Common Questions and Answers Regarding Physical Therapist Assistants

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By Rick Gawenda, PT

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are integral members of the private practices where they are employed. However, care must be taken to ensure the work they do is in compliance with all legal regulations, as those that apply to PTAs are different from those that apply to physical therapists. In this article, I will provide the answers to some of the more common questions I receive regarding PTAs.

Connecting with Your Community

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By Peter Decoteau

Connecting with the community is an essential part of marketing for any physical therapy practice — it means meeting your community where their needs are, building relationships, and bringing value to people beyond the walls of your clinic. Brian Hay, PT, DPT, Marketing Committee member and communications officer at Performance Physical Therapy, recently presented a webinar, “How to Get the Most Out of Your Community Events,” aimed at helping PPS members engage with potential clients and patients by making an impression in the community. In the presentation, Brian gave an insightful and comprehensive overview of how to select, market, organize, execute, and follow up on events to raise awareness of your services to those who are most likely to access them.

Advocacy in Action

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Educate lawmakers and candidates

By Alpha Lillstrom Cheng, JD, MA


There are 435 seats in U.S. House of Representatives. Following the constitutionally mandated census every 10 years, these 435 seats are redistributed across the 50 states. As a result of the 2020 census and the shift of where Americans are living, seven states (California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia) each lost a single congressional district, which meant that those seats were redistributed to states with increasing populations: Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon each gained a seat, while Texas gained two.

Three Steps to Effective Conflict Resolution for Business and Home Success

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By Stephen Rapposelli, PT

If you are a physical therapist, you may very well possess certain traits woven into your very soul that make you lousy at conflict resolution. I would be willing to bet that you hate conflict, you want everyone to get along, you make everyone feel better in most instances, and you love it when everyone gets along. Are you raising your hand right now?

How to Terminate an Employee: Document, Document, Document

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By Allen Andrascik, Esq

“Document, document, document” is the mantra that most, if not all, employment lawyers will tell their clients, big or small, who are faced with a problem employee who may ultimately need to be discharged for not measuring up to expectations. It is never an easy task to confront having to let an employee go, especially when your business or organization has invested time and energy into training the employee to become an integral part of your operation.

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