News and Trends in Interim Therapy
The place to find information for the Therapist and HCO regarding the practice of all types of therapy. Lots of web-based articles and video clips will be used to keep readers updated on the latest trends and practice related news. Along the way, this blogger will seek all opportunities to have some fun and highlight the lighter side of topics as well. Subscribe, comment and join in on the discussions!
Seems like everything in our industry is changing. The exception is that therapists are still highly trained, skilled and really care about what they do. We have been flexible in our business and our approach to the practice of therapy throughout our 20+ years as an interim staffing company. That fact has enabled us to survive and thrive through many changes in healthcare during our business life. Even now, we see opportunity in the current changes and we are positioning ourself and our therapists to thrive in the coming years. Stay in touch with us to see how we adapt and innovate to stay in front. Visit our Youtube channel and our Facebook page for the latest on our direction. Join in the fun and get fired up for the changes along with us!
“Spring” Hot Jobs
Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants: Full and Part-time in Hospital based Outpatient Clinics
• Busy outpatient clinics needing full-time and part-time physical therapy coverage. Must have a minimum of 1 year outpatient experience and be licensed in Missouri. Facilities located in West and North St Louis County and Crawford County.
Occupational Therapists: Full and Part-time SNF Settings
• Occupational therapists with SNF experience needed in various St Louis South County, Crawford and Jefferson County facilities.
Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants: Part-time Inpatient
• Experienced inpatient therapists needed for St Louis based hospitals. Must be licensed in Missouri and have at least one year experience in an inpatient setting.
Here is a link to the registration for the Missouri PTA Spring Conference and some other helpful information! See you there.
We are always educating ourselves on the best way to reach our existing therapists and make connections with new ones. Social media has presented us with many opportunities. Getting familiar with each of the “social” services and how to best make use of them is a challenge. We currently have accounts with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, SlideShare and LinkedIn. They are all great places to share our message and meet our therapists but we need feedback from you to let us know if we are hitting the target - or not?? For the first time, we have listed a job opening on our company page at LinkedIn and feel like that will be a great place for us to advertize openings as we go forward. Please review the link below and let us know your thoughts. We are off to a great new year!
Click here for LinkedIn Job Posting
Great question via e-mail to Peggy from an upcoming OT graduate:
I am currently a student who will be graduating with my Masters degree of Occupational Therapy this coming May. Do you feel PEG is a good fit for new graduates looking to start their careers? Are there mentoring opportunities for new members to the profession?
"unknown" but Very Smart Student
Response from Peggy on behalf of PEG and its relavent for many situations:
Thanks for your email! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!!! Wow! A long journey, wasn’t it? And I know a tough one, so you do deserve credit. I am a PT and understand the level of commitment.
As far as starting your career as an interim OTR, it really is up to the individual candidate. I have had this company now since 1991 and over those years I have hired a handful of therapists right from school that did amazingly well. I am glad you said “fit” because that is truly why I started this company.
This company can be a “fit” for a new grad that is possibly more mature, may have some other “life” experience like previous work history or had some leadership positions. I am looking for therapists who are CONFIDENT, COMPETENT, and OUTGOING, meaning an interim therapist does not need to be a super-therapist but just interested in helping their patient, who is confident in their abilities as a therapist but also knows when to ask questions when unsure. This description fits therapists with all levels of experience! It really depends on the individual, as I mentioned earlier. If you enjoy a challenge, want to broaden your horizons in all areas of your profession, learn a lot and see a lot by exposure to multitudes of other clinicians/settings/equipment, this is a GREAT place to start. And yes, all new grads are assigned a mentor to begin their practice as therapists. They are in contact with each other often to review patient care and treatment plans.
I would love to talk to you more about PEG Therapists. If you would like me to call you, just email me back your phone number and when the best time is to call or you could call me on my cell, 314-973-9053. I think it would be very beneficial to meet and talk about what you are looking for and if it is a match with what we are looking for with PEG. There is so much to tell you… I am looking forward to talking to you about how exciting it is to practice OT as an interim therapist!
Peggy Abeln, PT
PEG Therapists, Inc.
December 23 announcement from APTA
Legislation Passed to Prevent Caps and Cuts for 2 Months
The House of Representatives passed legislation to extend the payroll tax break, fee schedule update, rural payment update, therapy cap exception extension and other end year provisions this morning. The Senate also passed the measure this morning and was signed by the President this afternoon. This will prevent the 27.4% fee schedule reduction on January 1, 2012, maintain the 1.0 GPCI floor on rural payments, and provides for a continuation of the exceptions process to the $1880 therapy cap until February 29, 2012.
When Congress returns next year, attention will turn to the conference committee assigned to hammer out a deal between the two chambers to prevent these cuts and caps effective March 1, 2012. But the differences remain large over how to pay for the deal. The profession must continue to remain vigilant to prevent this from happening next year.
Thank you for your continued support on these issues for the profession and the patients we serve.
Legislation is making us nervous as we attempt last minute calls to our Representatives and Senators - here at the Holidays!! Please read the latest news and let us know your opinions. Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!
I have posted this previously but it is an important resource for therapists and I am hoping that by posting it again that our readers find it to be helpful. Thanks for visiting and please tell your friends and co-workers about our site and its resources. Happy Holidays from all of us at PEG Therapists!