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What Physical Therapists and Their Patients Should Know About Treadmill Desking

Author Travel Force Staffing | 04.10 | Category Gadgets, Healthcare Industry Trends, Physical Therapy, Product Reviews, Therapy Jobs, Video

New medical documentation software allows allied healthcare professionals to sit in front of a computer and get a lot done; the downside to that is physical therapists experiencing, first-hand, what patients with sitting-induced neck and back pain go through. The treadmill desk is a trending solution for sedentary workers who wish to become more active ones, reaping the health benefits along the way.

The concept of the treadmill desk was born when **Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic, developed it as part of his work with non-exercise activity thermogenesis, constructing a “treadmill desk” by placing a bedside hospital tray over a simple treadmill. In 1996, Dr. Seth Roberts, a professor of psychology from UC Berkeley designed the first prototype of the 3 kinds of treadmill desks available today, which are:

  • A desk that is designed to cover a traditional treadmill (example: TrekDesk)
  • Treadmills designed to fit under a standing desk (example: The Rebel Crank-up Desk)
  • Desks fabricated by original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and are a treadmill with desk included (example: LifeSpan)

If You’re Thinking of Recommending Treadmill Desking to a Fellow Physical Therapist or Patient…

Patients expect their physical therapist to be up to date on the latest innovations in ergonomic workspaces, so it never hurts to study the different varieties of treadmill desks out there and recommend one that works for you.  A review of several treadmill desk brands was penned by a Michigan physical therapist who wrote this article that interested PTs can click on to get direct links to treadmill desks manufacturers; costs range widely from $400 to $4,000.

These are a few highlights, assurances and other important things to remember for those just starting out “treadmill desking”:

  • Users can burn an estimated 100-130 calories per hour at speeds slower than 2 miles per hour**
  • Treadmill desks require compliance with the same ergonomic safety standards recommended for any computer desk**
  • The recommended speed for walking on a treadmill while working at a computer is less than 2 miles per hour**
  • Beginners on the TrekDesk are advised to add no more than 15 minutes more walking each day initially.**

See what your work day on the move would be like via SparkPeople’s product review of the The LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 treadmill desk!

Stay Busy and Productive in Travel Therapy Jobs in All 50 U.S. States!

Travel Force Staffing has high paying therapy jobs in some of the most coveted tourist destinations in the nation. Our therapists stay active, thanks to flexible PT jobs that let them see and do a lot in travel therapy assignments lasting an average of 13 to 26 weeks, with more permanent jobs available. Being productive in your job without sitting all day sets a great example for patients—so keep moving whether you have a treadmill or not. Your mood, BMI and positive outlook on life are just waiting for your feet to catch up!

**Facts for this article were taken from PRWeb.com and U.S. News and World Report’s article: Are Treadmill desks the cure for America’s sitting epidemic

Patient Outcomes in Physical and Occupational Therapy Improve with Emerging Technologies like Sway and Jintronix

Author Travel Force Staffing | 03.21 | Category Gadgets, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Product Reviews, Video

It’s exciting when allied healthcare professionals get the chance to work with technologies that let them treat patients remotely, from anywhere! Companies like Jintronix and Sway Medical are offering just that chance, by providing virtual rehabilitation platforms or smartphone apps that help make therapy possible from your living room, an airport, your office—basically anywhere.

Last fall Sway released a customizable version of their FDA approved iPhone app that assesses postural sway and concussion risk. In short, Sway provides balance testing, sideline evaluations of a head injury, orthopedic injury screening, recovery tracking and fatigue monitoring—watch this “How does Sway work” video to learn more:

 

Why Sway is Making Therapists Swoon

The product is saving allied healthcare providers big money as an alternative to costly force platforms.  Developed by Chase Curtiss, a clinical exercise physiologist, Sway Balance is of considerable value to any therapist who works in rehabilitation, sports medicine or fall risk; it’s a go-to app when therapists find themselves outside of the clinic, and in need of a fast, reliable concussion screening. **Healthcare professionals can purchase a yearly subscription to the app for $199 – a fraction of the cost of a typical balance platform. Better yet, the patient-facing app is free to download!

Another Technology Therapists Will Love: Jintronix

Jintronix is also making therapists and patients take note—when, thanks to a powerful software platform, therapy can be done anywhere, via portal and client application: “The Wave”.  The games offered by Jintronix were created by some of the most talented physical therapists and occupational therapists working in allied healthcare today. After taking the company’s **video tour, therapists can appreciate how engaging and fun the virtual environments are for patients. The therapy exercises, done via motion and tracking camera, record patients’ movements in real time; this allows the therapist to maintain a high standard of care as though the patient were right there in the room—and carry on as though the patient never left it! Therapists can review performance metrics online, as well as modify and prescribe treatments accordingly.

PTs and OTs Are Seeing the Gap between Therapy and Technology Shrink, As Potential to Excel in Allied Healthcare Expands!  

It is now possible for occupational and physical therapists to focus more on patient outcomes, as well as provide more streamlined, objective and organized evidence of patient improvements; this is a boon to the PT or OT amassing data that proves just how marketable they are on the healthcare landscape, and how indispensable they are to patients. Call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online at Travel Force Staffing to find out how you can ride this information and technology driven wave!

 **Cost of Sway technology derived from: thehealthcareblog.com

Questions and Answers for Physical Therapy Graduates Seeking Travel Therapy Jobs

Author Travel Force Staffing | 03.06 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapy Job Questions, Travel physical therapy jobs

Recently we had a PT graduate send us a few very good questions regarding his interest in travel physical therapy jobs. In the process of answering his questions, we also thought would be important to share them with our online community. So, here are his questions and Travel Force’s answers about physical therapist graduates seeking travel therapy jobs.

1. Do new graduates generally have good outcomes in choosing traveling PT as a first career choice or are new grads turned down often due to little experience? A: Many facilities are happy to have fully licensed new graduate Physical and Occupational Therapists join their team as a Traveler. The decision will be based on the specific need of the facility and if they have support available for the Physical orask about travel therpsy questions occupational Therapist at the time. New Graduates are most successful in securing a position if they are flexible with pay rate expectations, location and setting choices.  Once a Physical or Occupational Therapist has had a year or more of experience and has completed at least one travel assignment, they will have many more options available to them.

2. Also, my fiancé is a nurse who also wants to travel. Do you have travel nursing assignments as well where we could potentially travel together?  A: Many of our Travelers choose to travel with a companion. This works best when you are both working with the same Recruiter and when you are both flexible with locations. Travel Force specializes in Allied Health professions, however if your RN partner has applied for a job with American Traveler Staffing Professionals, as partner, Travel Force can arrange to have a single Recruiter work with both of you.

3. Lastly, is there any other good insight you may have for a new PT grad looking into this? I really hope to find a reputable agency that will help me succeed in my new profession.  A: Be sure you trust your Recruiter. Good Recruiters are up front and honest, they don’t promise you what they can’t provide and they are honest with you in regards to the jobs they have available that will be a good match for your experience. A good Recruiter does not want to place you in the wrong job for the sake of getting you a job. Also, work hard on your resume to be sure it showcases you well, no one else knows your accomplishments like you do

Fell free to contact Travel Force Staffing with any allied health travel job career related questions you might have. Our expert consultants are here to help you advance your career and find the next great travel therapy job around! Call us at 800-617-0608 or apply for travel therapy jobs online.

What Every Physical Therapist Needs to Know About Obamacare

Author Travel Force Staffing | 02.28 | Category Allied Healthcare, Education, Healthcare Industry Trends, Physical Therapist Education

A common goal among healthcare professionals is in sync with what the patient population wants, too: improved access to medical services and affordable coverage for every American. Now that healthcare reform, “Obamacare” is underway, physical therapists are doing what they can to expedite the more positive measures that Mr. Obama’s plan brings to allied healthcare, like expanded Medicare benefits and the ability to treat and evaluate without a referral from an MD.

The Positives of Obamacare

Progress is being made by state legislators, broadening physical therapy options for Americans from coast to coast. To date, these are healthcare reform goals that many allied healthcare professionals fully support and try to increase public awareness of:

  • More open access to physical therapy providers: 48 states in the U.S. no longer require patients to seek a referral from a medical doctorpositives list for Obama healthcacre before coming to a physical therapist for an evaluation. 44 U.S. States, including Washington D.C. allow PTs to evaluate AND treat patients without referrals.
  • Strong Support of Legislation for Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services: these laws will make physical therapy a mandated benefit under Medicare, NOT just an option. This legislation will also repeal limits on outpatient therapy, by lifting restrictive caps on treatment costs and long 2-year waiting periods. Therapists strive as well, for reform of the Medicare physical fee schedule.
  • Stronger support of “comparative effectiveness research”: this can prove a physical therapist’s intervention is, in some cases, just as effective as surgery, with less risk posed to the patient and a shorter recovery period.
  • Make physical therapy available to poor patient populations: This can be achieved, in part, by including PTs in programs that expand access in Indian reservations.
  • Increase access to federal scholarships and loan initiatives for physical therapists, many of whom have trained in accordance with the APTA’s Vision 2020 goal.

Travel Force Staffing: Where Supply Meets Demand

Now that so many new Americans qualify for medical benefits and have entered the healthcare marketplace, supply must meet the demand. The Baby Boomers have reached retirement age, and the nation has seen cases of chronic disease, 75% of total healthcare costs, rise along with the aging population. Only a highly trained medical professional is prepared to meet these kinds of challenges.

Cue the well-educated PT! Physical therapy offers an alternative to the surgery and prescription drugs many patients may need; a PT’s rigorous training, accompanied by experience in an advanced clinical setting, prepares therapists to meet specific patient needs. An excellent place to build an allied health professional’s resume is at an experienced healthcare staffing agency that encourages “Travelers” to work in diverse settings that exercise every muscle, so to speak, in their repertoire of advanced clinical skills. PTs, PTAs, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists grow their skill sets in therapy jobs that contract with the nation’s top, award winning healthcare employers.

Experienced Staffing Agencies are Ideal for More Than Just Physical Therapists

Travel Force Staffing supports Graduate Medical Education (GME), which includes availability of clinical fellowship programs. We are proud to offer speech language pathologists CFY opportunities for recent graduates that are going places! Leaders in allied healthcare are looking to improve patient outcomes. Some think healthcare reform puts us on the right track. Leave us a comment and tell us what YOU think!

**Facts and statistics cited in this blog were taken from the American Physical Therapy Association’s article: The Role of the Physical Therapist in National Healthcare Reform

Keep Your Therapy Practice Revenue Flowing with a Smooth ICD-10 Conversion

Author Travel Force Staffing | 02.04 | Category Career Tips, Healthcare Industry Trends

After a 1-year delay it appears to be full speed ahead with the ICD-10 conversion for medical providers nationwide. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services appear to be standing firm on the October 1, 2014 deadline for conversion. The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is required by all health facilities covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) including occupational and physical therapy facilities.

The changes to the coding system are significant and getting it right is important to keeping revenue and reimbursement flowing post conversion.

How to keep Therapy Revenue Flowing during Conversion

ICD-10 Conversion checklist:

  • Develop an implementation strategy complete with timeline and budget.
  • Prepare a list of all documentation that you currently record ICD-10 diagnosis codes. Medical forms, ICD-10 Conversion planningclinical documentation, computer and billing systems, EHR, reimbursement claims, patient eligibility, payer authorization, and quality reporting are a good place to start.
  • Convert paper and electronic forms to conform to the longer, alphanumeric ICD-10 codes which provide greater specificity for patient diagnosis.
  • Collaborate with all relevant software vendors and payors such as billing services, clearinghouses, and therapy practice management systems to coordinate software compatibility testing.
  • Analyze, document, and implement changes to your practice work flow and business processes.
  • Set up staff training sessions. All staff that work with the current ICD-9 system must be trained on the ICD-10, such as occupational and physical therapists, front desk staff, and coding/billing staff.
  • Make arrangements for supplemental staffing. Even with all the planning and testing there are likely to be business disruptions during conversion. In fact, many conversion experts advise to expect multiple disruptions. But while the conversion is taking place, patients still need to be attended to in a compassionate and customer-focused manner. During your conversion, you can ensure your patients receive the quality treatments they’ve come to expect through the temporary staffing of physical and occupational therapists.

Travel Force staffs prestigious facilities nationwide including Outpatient Centers, Rehab Centers, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities with experienced therapists in careers where quality patient care matters most. Our fully-online staffing program is ideal for staffing managers who have to plan therapy jobs for leave, expansion, census fluctuations, vacations, unit openings and filling difficult positions. Travel Force Staffing has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval since 2005.

It’s never too early to arrange for temporary staffing in preparation for ICD-10 conversion and there is no charge to post a therapy job. In fact, the earlier you post, the more time you have to make the best selection for your facility. You can speak to a therapy recruitment specialist at 800-617-0608 for more information.

2014 Healthcare Employment Projections Indicate Job Growth of 30% or More

Author Travel Force Staffing | 12.31 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapy, Top Rehab Careers, Travel Therapist

Healthcare careers continue to boost U.S. job growth and will do so into the foreseeable future. Healthcare employment is projected to grow by 31% or 4.6 million jobs over the next ten years, according to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.therapist employment rise

Therapy Professions in High Demand

Occupational Therapy (OT) takes the top spot among therapy careers and is projected to grow by 33% or 36,400 jobs through to 2020. The median salary for OTs is $75,400 per year. Permanent and travel occupational therapist jobs are available nationwide in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and home health service providers.

Demand for physical therapists (PT) continue to rise and is projected to grow by 39% or 77,400 jobs to 2020. With more patients entering the system through the Affordable Care act and an aging boomer demographic, physical therapists will continue to be in high demand. The median salary for PTs is $79,860 per annum. Permanent, travel, and temporary physical therapy jobs are available in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and nursing homes nationwide.

Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) continues to experience strong demand in the U.S. job market with a projected growth rate of 23% or the addition of 28,800 jobs through 2020. Median salaries for a SLP is $69,870 and positions are available nationwide in schools and hospital systems.

Therapy jobs in Florida and Texas in High Demand

Currently, there is high demand for speech language, physical and occupational therapy jobs in Florida and Texas. Travel therapy jobs are ideal for therapists who have a desire to work at top rehab facilities nationwide and who have the ability to embrace change and adapt quickly. Permanent and temporary positions are currently available with above-average wages and exceptional benefits.

Travel Force Staffing specializes in nationwide career opportunities for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, PTAs, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied professionals. Contact us now online or at 1-800-617-0608 and find out how you can put your rehabilitation skills to good use anywhere in the nation with higher than average wages and a generous employee benefits package including free private housing.

Certified Physical Therapists are Writing Their Own Ticket in Top Pay Jobs

Author Travel Force Staffing | 12.24 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Ongoing Education, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Travel physical therapy jobs

Specialist certification is the formal recognition of clinical excellence for physical therapists. Building on a broad base of education and practice, in order to develop a greater depth of skill, allows the therapist to help not just a broader base of clients, but a more specific population of patients.

Travel Force Staffing is committed to understanding the tremendous commitment to lifelong learning that these therapists have taken; we honor that dedication by placing them in top therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. States, in hospitals let them work extensively in their specialties, listed here:physical therapist certifications

  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports
  • Women’s Health

Travel Force Works Closely with Every Therapist, Finding an Ideal Employment Match

At our staffing firm, consultants work round the clock, helping therapists land the ideal allied healthcare job. It should be noted that the physical therapy job market is particularly strong in the following U.S. States:

  • Arizona PT jobs: There’s so much to do in this gorgeous state that everyone wants to live there—including a large demographic of seniors that require a physical therapist’s recession proof skills.
  • California PT jobs: This is in the top five highest paying states for therapy jobs (average PT salary: $95K)
  • Washington PT jobs: The Evergreen State is helping lead the way in ensuring the Vision 2020 goals set by the APTA.
  • Virginia PT jobs: The annual salary in the Lover’s State is very competitive with the national average and may soon rise above it.
  • Texas PT jobs: The Lone Star State’s physical therapy association has been enjoying record turn outs at their annual conference. Therapy jobs are hot here!
  • Illinois PT jobs:  The average salary here of $90K is 5% above the national average for therapists.
  • Kansas PT jobs: The lower cost of living in Kansas makes the high earnings of therapists here even more of an incentive to apply.

Seek Excellence and Apply at Travel Force Today

Physical therapists are known for challenging themselves in order to maximize their potential on the allied healthcare career path—that’s why so many get certified in one of the 8 specialties acknowledged by the ABPTS—read more about the certification process by visiting their website that also gives certification testing dates and deadlines  in 2014. Call or apply online today to get the career resources you need to rise to the top in your PT career, and all other branches of allied healthcare! Apply online or call 1-800-617-0608 today to work toward a universal goal among therapists of creating direct access to PTs for all concerns related to movement, function and health.

**Salary figures in this blog are cited in: salarybystate.org

2013 Recruiter of the Year Award

Author Travel Force Staffing | 12.16 | Category Allied Healthcare, Awards, Recruiter of the Year

Travel Force Senior Consultant, Shari Maniscalco, is a winner of the HT Magazine 2013 Recruiter of the Year Award. Amongst hundreds of submissions, Shari made it to the final and received the so deserved and prestigious award. Below are the comments from the Traveler who nominated Shari.

“Sheri is a great recruiter she really cares about her travelers and has an innate sense of what locations will be good fits for her travelers. She goes above and beyond what a normal recruiter would do. I have enjoyed working with her a great deal and plan to continue working with her. While on my first assignment in Florida I was struggling with changes that came as traveler versus a staff nurse and going from a big teaching facility to a small community hospital and it was Sherri who helped get me through. I think Sheri is what every recruiter should be and feel lucky to get to work with such an excellent person.”

Shari Maniscalco, Senior Consultant - 2013 Recruiter of the Year Award

Physical Therapy Knows No Bounds for U.S. War Veterans

Author Travel Force Staffing | 11.08 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Monthly Events, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs

Wishing Servicemen of Every Age and Stripe a Happy Veteran’s Day!     

Veteran’s Day is a time to thank our men and women in uniform; it’s also an important day for the allied healthcare professionals treating our wounded servicemen to reflect on changes in physical therapy and how it impacts patients. The wide range in veteran’s ages receiving care—approximately age 20 to 105—is a big factor in treatment and therapy solutions. Physical therapists must be prepared to create individualized therapy plans for wounds that are changing with the times, taking into consideration wounds incurred in wars that span both generations and continents.

For example, younger veterans, injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, present with orthopedic injuries outside of the usual short-term conditions physical therapists are used to seeing in servicemen; i.e., blast injurieswar veterans from things exploding around them, and trauma caused by carrying heavy packs across uneven desert terrains. As the war in the Middle East goes on, injured troops and veterans in need of rehab therapy continue to rise. PTs are treating more patients with multiple limb amputations; while this is standard for therapists who work with veterans of war, the average age of amputees is dropping. PTs are treating much younger Vets now.

The good news is, that therapists in places like Walter Reed (Washington D.C. therapists are familiar with this VA hospital) are known for their excellent care of both young and old amputees; they built an amputee ward based on a sports medicine model that is changing lives for the better. From the east coast to the west coast, therapists are assisting Veterans with everything from orthopedic injuries to traumatic brain injuries, treating both short-term and long-term problems with cutting edge expertise.

Allied Healthcare Objectives that Win the War on Injuries

California therapists at the VA hospital in Los Angeles are well known for their care of older amputees as a result of diabetes, vascular degeneration or old injuries from serving in Vietnam—but in using these objectives in therapy, they help much younger servicemen, too.

  • Maximize patients’ independence in performing daily tasks again via excellent occupational therapy
  • Improve ambulation through mobility training
  • Increase physical strength, endurance and coordination
  • Let patients define and set goals; then learn to trust the therapist in helping them achieve these goals

Therapists Across America Salute Their Patients! 

Allied health professionals in VA hospitals, and rehab centers across America take pride in providing comprehensive therapy; PTs, OTs and all healthcare professionals in therapy jobs are working with state of the art therapy techniques and prosthetic limbs—so that wounded war veterans of any age will benefit. These therapists are heartened by the fact that advances in body armor and helmet design are improving emergency medical care. It is now possible for servicemen to survive injuries from landmines, combat and IEDs; it’s also possible for severely injured vets, who once were thought to be wheelchair bound the rest of their lives, to walk out of rehab centers on their own two feet. Congrats to these Vets and their rehab team. May physical therapists show their thanks and patriotism to men and women in the military every day! God bless America, everyone!

Footnote: Information in this article was gleaned from the California Physical Therapy Association and from their related article: PRNews Wire

National Physical Therapy Month

Author Travel Force Staffing | 10.10 | Category Allied Healthcare, Locations, Monthly Events, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs

 This year’s theme lists the Top 10 Fittest Cities for Baby Boomers

If ever there was anything that needed to be shared among friends, patients and the medical community, it’s the benefits of physical therapy. For over 20 years now, the APTA has done just that, by getting another National Physical Therapy Month well underway this October. This year, the theme has been expanded to include The Top 10 Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America. Celebrating seniors is such a good idea, considering they make up the largest base of patients in rehab. The APTA’s “Fit After 50 Program” is a great way to not only honor them, but help them keep up the good work.

Travel Force Staffing is proud to place allied healthcare professionals in America’s fittest cities for Baby Boomers. Ranked in order of the fittest, you’ll also find plenty of high paying therapy jobs in these lean and mean parts of the USA!Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America

Top 10 Fittest Cities for Baby Boomers

  1. San Jose, California
  2. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  3. San Francisco, California
  4. Denver, Colorado
  5. Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Seattle, Washington
  9. San Diego, California
  10. Raleigh, North Carolina

Move Forward in Your Therapy Careers This Month and Always!

MoveForwardPT.com, the APTA inspired site that creates awareness during National Physical Therapy Month in October and the rest of the calendar year, provides resources for both practitioners of PT and the patients.  Just click the Fit After 50 link to access a wealth of resources on staying committed to exercise and reversing the signs of aging. Pass the wisdom on, and check in often with your #1 staffing agency for therapy jobs from coast to coast when you call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online today!

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