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Commonsense

My thoughts on why occupational therapy is anything but ordinary
  • What will OT look like in 10 years?

    Given the current rate and breadth of change we see all around us--social, technological, demographic, environmental, political & economic change--what will OT look like in 10 years? 20 years? It's always interesting to browse an OT publication...
  • I'm running for Director on the AOTA Board

    Why am I running? I believe that occupational therapy is at a critical point in our history as a profession and as a practice. Next year, 2017, marks the centennial of the formal founding of our profession and our professional association. We should...
  • Let's make some lemonade.

    Just got an email from my college roommate. She's flown across the country to be with her 90+ year old mother who is experiencing a health crisis. The last paragraph: Did I mention she refused OT? She is fed up with your colleagues who asked her...
  • Yes, it is about the everyday.

    Last year my high school class reached one of those milestone reunion years. I went to the reunion, but what was even better were the connections renewed-or made for the first time--via Facebook and our class reunion page. That page and those connections...
  • AOTA Board Position on Entry Level: What about other stakeholders?

    Recently the AOTA Board of Directors Issued a position statement regarding entry level at the OTD level. I have a number of concerns about the Board's action and the statement itself: More than a dozen years ago, AOTA clarified the distinct...
  • Please don't let us down . . .

    I work in a community health care management network. Some of what I do is care management. Most of what I do is occupational therapy. Our program partners with primary care practices to support health management-typically by following up with patients...
  • Who cares?

    My first semester as an OT student, I worked as a graduate assistant on a phone survey about the impact of the "new" hospital prospective payment system on occupational therapy. Everyone I spoke to was "doom and gloom" about the changes...
  • Proposed Medicare settlement regarding "improvement"

    I was at the National Association for Homecare & Hospice Annual Conference when the news broke about the proposed settlement which would eliminate the "improvement" standard for Medicare beneficiaries to qualify or continue to qualify for...
  • Teach a man to fish . . . or help him become a fisherman?

    I've been an OT for going on a quarter century. During that time, I have seen--and owned--many tee shirts that used the old "give a man a fish . . . teach a man to fish" saying to convey what occupational therapy is about. After many years...
  • I detest 3-in-1s!

    It seems like it's standard operating procedure: Order a 3-in-1 when a patient is discharged to home from acute, rehab or SNF. If it hasn't happened by then, the home health OT orders it. The rationale: "that's what Medicare pays for...
  • It's OT Month: Live Life to Its Fullest

    I've been an OT for 22 years. That means I have a lot of tshirts, mugs, post it pads and pins with various designs and logos for OT Month. About 10 years ago, AOTA switched from having a different slogan for OT month every year to a slogan I really...
  • In home health: A happy coincidence

    On April 1, 2001, a new requirement goes into effect for Medicare home health, specifically for therapy documentation. In a nutshell, therapy documentation must substantiate the need for therapy in functional terms. There must be a reassessment of the...