When Pain Education Isn’t Enough

Although I truly appreciate all the work that has been done in the pain sciences world, it still isn’t enough to help guide our clinical decision making process.

I have unanswered questions: which patients are the best candidates for pain education? How soon should a change occur? How much of a change is enough to warrant a positive response…

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Lazy Language is De-izing Our Profession

De-izes…. The first time I heard this combination of sounds was with the word “dehumanizes.”  Lazy language dehumanizes patients.  One example that I recall was Room 220, Bed 2. A few other examples include “the knee patient,” “the stroke patient,” “the gunshot wound.” Over time, the lazy language that dehumanized patients was replaced with words that put the patient…

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Insurance Oversight On Roids

Fourteen years ago I made the executive decision to specialize in geriatrics. This decision wasn’t made lightly. I considered not only the patient population, but also the business side of things. For example, that population would have huge growth requiring access to care. These individuals also deserved to have access to care to professionals who specialized and understood their…

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As I reflect on 2016, so many memories flood into my brain. For me, 2016 has been a year of many struggles. I think the most frequent comment I heard this year, “things aren’t easy for you,” or “life is just a struggle.”

I am more grateful than anyone knows for failing after being accountable and planning ahead for…

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2017 Brings New Evaluative Codes for Physical Therapists

A few things remain the same for Medicare rules and regulations for 2017: multiple procedure payment reduction, the therapy cap, and no payment for telemedicine for physical therapists. Please remember, your patients with Medicare can actually receive services past the “cap.” The real cap is $3,700.

The new codes are somewhat tricky and will require you do to some…

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Doctors are People Too

I tend to believe the majority of individuals practicing in the medical field inherently try to do good. Although we can’t deny the huge negative impact prescribing opioids has on people in pain, their families and society, I don’t believe physicians choose to prescribe opioids with an ill-intent.

In all honesty, I don’t believe prescribing opioids…

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