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  • The Skilled Nursing Facility Conundrum

    Last week I was involved in a discussion regarding membership in the APTA. For once the topic wasn't new graduates but therapists who were members but no longer are. The question was, what would it take to bring them back in? What do they value? I responded by describing how a SNF functions. Fix that chaos and they'll return. SNFs are unique. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 2, 2015
  • Study Reflects Poorly on Self-Referral to PT Services

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., recently issued a press release concerning a new study. Published in the Forum for Health Economics & Policy, the study is titled ''Physician Self-Referral of Physical Therapy Services for Patients with Low Back Pain: Implications for Use, Types of Treatments Received and ...
  • Facilities Don't Want to Pay for PT Experience

    Previously I've written about the financial burden on newly graduated DPTs. If undergraduate costs are included, a new graduate could be as much as $100,000 in debt. The debt is driving decisions about jobs, salaries and benefits. Until last week, I hadn't considered the effect this is having on more experienced therapists. A friend of mine from ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 26, 2015
  • Back in the Pool

    For about twenty five years, I swam laps in an indoor pool near my house once or twice a day almost daily. My form was never great, and my swim lasted only about twenty minutes. After my swim I'd sometimes stay for use of the steam room or the whirlpool. When I was finished, I came out feeling clean and relaxed, like a blob of spaghetti, yet ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on August 26, 2015
  • PTs Learning from OTs

    While there are many important differences between the physical and occupational therapy fields, it is more often than not found that each profession can learn a lot from the other. Back in July I went to visit Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in health care, housing, and support services for seniors ...
  • Why Nothing Will Change at the APTA

    In my last blog, I described my concerns that nothing will change with the APTA, expensive consultant group or not. I expect them to continue with the same message but repackage with new words. I see subtlety in their future. The reason I don't expect change is simple. The same people will still be in charge. No one is stepping down from a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 19, 2015
  • AOTA Issues Backpack Safety Tips

    With the start of school approaching, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., issued a press release on July 30 stating, in part: ''Heavy loads carried by more than 79 million students across the U.S. can cause low-back pain that often lasts through adulthood. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on August 5, 2015
  • Is the APTA Repackaging an Old Message?

    I've spent more time thinking about the ''new'' APTA. This could be a golden opportunity for the APTA to reinvent itself and address the needs of its current non-members. By asking questions and actually listening to the answers, its membership might grow and it could become a true association of the profession. Alas, I just don't think so. I ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 29, 2015
  • Taking the Emotion Out of the Emotion

    I've been working with a nurse with severe anxiety and symptoms of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). I introduced her to Open Focus attention and many other ideas that I intuitively felt would be helpful to her. She looked quite different when I saw her the next day, appearing less anxious and generally brighter. I asked if she implemented ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on July 28, 2015
  • The Neurocognitive Engagement Therapy (NET) Program

    I recently took a trip to Allentown, Pa. to visit Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in health care, housing, and support services for seniors, and learn about a breakthrough program that will pave a more sufficient path for patients with Dementia and other cognitive impairments. The Neurocognitive ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on July 24, 2015
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