Assistants & Techs: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Assistants & Techs: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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CONTACT HOURS:2.5 Hours
CEU:0.25
AOTA: Domain of OT, OTP,
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NBCOT®:3.25 PDUs
STATE: FL 20-171175 3hrs

Every practicing rehab professional has been faced with a dilemma at some point in their career concerning assistants and techs. Who can supervise a PTA or COTA? Can a tech provide treatment? Is it legal? How should assistants and techs be utilized? This course interactive movie course answers your ethical and legal questions regarding therapy assistants and techs.

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Every practicing rehab professional has been faced with a dilemma at some point in their career concerning assistants and techs. Who can supervise a PTA or COTA? Can a tech provide treatment? Is it legal? How should assistants and techs be utilized? This course answers your ethical and legal questions regarding therapy assistants and techs. Throughout the course you will explore the role of the assistant and tech, their proper utilization in therapy, and the influence of managed care. In addition, this course will help you to develop a strategy for success in your clinic setting which maximizes clinical staff, promotes teamwork, and results in better patient outcomes.

This interactive movie course is not designed just for managers. This course is designed for ANY rehab profession who has ever questioned the role of the assistant or tech. Instructional Methods include PowerPoint presentation, lecture.  Upon successful completion of the examination (80%) your certificate will be sent via email. Mixed level course.

Objectives

  • The participant will demonstrate an understanding between a licensed therapy assistant and a tech.
  • The participant will be introduced to basic knowledge of rules and regulations regarding the practice of physical and occupational therapy assistants.
  • The participant will review what duties an assistant or tech can perform in a rehab setting.
  • The participant will become familiar with how managed care has changed the role of the assistant and tech in therapy.
  • The participant will review how to use job descriptions, performance evaluations, and competency assessments in their clinical setting.
  • The participant will review how to assess and promote competency of staff.
  • The participant will describe how to appropriately incorporate therapy assistants into treatment.
  • The participant will explain how to establish effective communication guidelines in the clinical setting.
  • The participant will review the importance of written documentation.
  • The participant will explain how to foster a cohesive staff that functions together as a team.

Outline

  1. Defining the  Therapy Assistant
    1. Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
      1. General Scope of Practice
      2.  Supervision Requirements
      3.  Limitations of Practice
    2. Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
      1. General Scope of Practice
      2.  Supervision Requirements
      3. Limitations of Practice
    3. The Therapy Tech
      1. General Scope of Practice
      2. Supervision Requirements
      3. Limitations of Practice
  2. Assistants and Techs in the Clinic: What’s Right or Wrong?
    1. Assessment
    2. Modalities
    3. Therapeutic Exercises
    4. Splinting
    5. Wound Care
    6. Supervision
    7. Billing
  3. Benefits of Using Assistants & Techs
    1. Cost Effective
    2. Clinical Efficiency
    3. Clinical Outcomes
  4. Managed Care: The Tug of War in Therapy
    1. Pressure from Employers
    2. Caseload Size
    3. Billing Concerns
    4. Documentation Problems
    5. Accountability /Supervision
    6. Cover Your Bases
  5. Making It All Work: 7 Steps to Success
    1. Competency & Experience of the Therapist
    2. Competency & Experience of the Assistant
    3. Staffing Mix
    4. Therapist:Patient Ratio
    5. The Physician
    6. Determine Treatment Responsibilities
    7. Develop Clinical Competency
      1. Job Descriptions
      2. Performance Evaluation
      3. Competency Assessment
      4. Orientation / training
      5. Continuing Education
  6. Developing an Effective Team Relationship
    1. Written Communication
    2. Communication with Patients
    3. Physician Interaction

George LaCour, OTR, CHT graduated with a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1997. In 2003, he received his Certification in Hand Therapy. George worked for 9 years at a state-funded charity hospital where he developed a love for hand therapy and trauma rehabilitation. During this time he also served as Director of Rehabilitation. Currently, George works in a busy orthopaedic and sports medicine clinic where his focus is on treatment of upper extremity orthopaedic injuries with emphasis on work-related injury and sports medicine. Aside from his busy schedule, George still finds time to teach continuing education as well as serve as guest lecturer for LSUHSC School of Occupational Therapy. His career will always be dedicated to patient care, education,

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