Help them win a grant, help your patients stay safe!

Fellow occupational therapists! Barbara Hellman, MOT, OTR/L and her daughter* invented a product that makes car seat buckles easy (for grandparents, parents with hand weakness etc.)  They are now a TOP 8 finalist for a $5K Grant and need your vote to help them win.
The contest ends on this Tuesday July 16th, so please take a moment to support a fellow therapist and vote for UnbuckleMe.

Vote here: https://themamaladder.com/grant
Barbara’s daughter and business partner Rebecca Davison* is the Mom Entrepreneur listed (scroll down to find her name & UnbuckleMe).

Thank you so much!  The support from the therapy community is greatly appreciated, and it is perfectly okay to vote from more than one device until July 16th.

UnbuckleMe is the award-winning solution for parents or grandparents who struggle to unbuckle kids’ car seat buckles (commonly due to arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervain’s or other hand/wrist conditions).
Barbara Hellman, MOT, OTR/L and her daughter Becca are eager to share UnbuckleMe with people who need it. Use promo code OTLOVE to save 15% off purchases on the website.

They also work with private clinics and practitioners across the country and sell wholesale with a minimum 6 piece order.

Here’s a great video of the product in action: https://youtu.be/5yXB76HvVmoNeed some inspiration? Read this blog and get inspired on  how they brought this product to market!Feel free to reach out to Barbara directly at barb@unbuckleme.com to learn more.

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Pediatric Therapy Equipment for Sale in Manhattan ( NYC)

The sale includes some office equipment plus a climbing wall, special needs high backed swing, portable foldable play pen and balls, Little Tikes high backed 2 in 1 Baby toddler swing  and other  pediatric therapy equipment including this 10 x12 swing frame ( can help with disassembly) is for sale. All in great shape and reasonably priced.

For a full list  and description of equipment, plus prices and year bought  click here.  and download the spread sheet. Cash and checks are accepted. The practice owner will require an immediate deposit on all large items.  
Questions or to make arrangements??  Contact the practice owner at  917 544 0897
or email at  
aqtapllc@gmail.com

Interested parties can receive pictures of the equipment. Pick up must be completed by July 12, 2019 – address:
227 West 29th St. #3R
Btw 7th-8th Ave
NYC 10001

Please feel free to share with colleagues.

UnitedHealthcare Announces New Pilot Program to Increase Access to Physical Therapist Services as Result of Collaboration With APTA

This week, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) announced a pilot program in 5 states that will waive the cost of copays and deductibles for 3 physical therapy sessions for patients with low back pain (LBP) living in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and New York. The pilot, which could affect as many as 1 million enrollees, goes into effect July 1, 2019. Other states will join the program in 2020 and 2021.

Specifically, the pilot will be available to UHC enrollees with new onset of LBP when receiving care from an outpatient in-network provider. This benefit change will not extend the enrollee’s physical therapy or chiropractic benefit maximum, and will apply only to services related to treating back pain. Enrollees must have physical therapy or chiropractic benefits remaining in order to use this benefit.

UHC will send emails about the benefit change on a quarterly basis to enrollees in the 5 states as they gain access to the benefit. Information also will be included on myuhc.com in the enrollee’s benefit information under Rehabilitation Services – Outpatient Therapy and Chiropractic (Manipulative) Treatment.

This pilot follows a multiyear collaboration between APTA, OptumLabs, and UHC that included publication of a study in the American Journal of Managed Care (subscription required). This study affirms that higher copays and payer restrictions on provider access may steer patients away from more conservative treatments for LBP, including physical therapy and chiropractic services. “Innovative modifications to insurance benefits,” authors write, “offer an opportunity for increased alignment with clinical practice guidelines and greater value.”

“This type of collaboration between a professional association and a private insurer is key to advancing the essential role of the physical therapy profession in improving outcomes for patients,” says Carmen Elliott, MS, APTA’s vice president of payment and practice management. “APTA continues to advocate for benefit design that is validated by data and meets the needs of patients, providers, and payers.”  For additional info 

Here’s my two cents... Having been in the industry for long enough to to remember the days when providers worried that insurers would not honor negotiated reimbursement rates, while insurers were concerned  that providers would find loopholes to augment the claims they submitted,  I am always happy when I read of  insurer-provider alliances. I do  think this program is a step in the right direction. On the other hand, while the APTA was talking with UHC, I wish they would have discussed how this insurance company has devalued the profession, and has adopted a LOW flat fee methodology for its in network providers that does not factor in the amount of time a therapist spends with a patient. UHC also has a history of audits using a “Recovery Services” team who aggressively try to classify therapy services either as medically unnecessary, or retroactively deny payment, and often demand  refunds because documentations submitted in audits ” did not support” payment or meet their standards. For certain practices, especially those OON, I have never seen a more aggressive attempt to classify services that were rendered in the good faith that they would be paid for as “overpayments” with refunds demanded or taken from future payments. These are not simply “first world problems’ of physical therapists; they strike at the core of why more and more practices opt out rather than in with carriers like United Health Care. Addressing these core issues could help all patients, not just those with LBP and really help increase a patient’s access to physical therapy.

 

Physical Therapy/Rehab/Pilates and Office Equipment from a NYC PT Practice for Sale

Contents of Physical Therapy Office in Manhattan  for Sale
All  medical and rehabilitation/ fitness  equipment  is in VERY GOOD condition, with much less than 10 years old and very well maintained.  It includes  US/Estim with cart, cold packs, Hydrocollator, Pilates reformer and other Pilates equipment, 7 Cardon hi-lo tables,Treadmill with medical rails, Pilates Cadillac, Pilates Chair.Lots of misc. small equipment as well as  office furniture and accessories.

For a full list  and description of equipment, plus prices and year bought- click here.  Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. The practice owner will require a deposit on all large items.  Questions or to make arrangements?? – Contact the practice owner at  917 613 9794
or email at  nycptsale2019@gmail.com

Interested parties can receive pictures of the equipment and the equipment can be viewed on  the mornings of July 6 and July 8 (between 8-10:30 AM)   Additional times can be arranged as needed. Regarding pickup:  Pickup can happen on July 26 or 29th (no later than 29th) It is possible that a COI (certificate of insurance) if movers are used for larger pieces.

Please feel free to share with colleagues.

June 2019 Equipment list for sale

Immediate Part Time IC Position in Fabulous Pediatric Practice in Scarsdale NY ( Westchester County)

Started by Dana Smith PT, DPT, SIPT with 20 years of experience, Sensory Jim & Friends is a pediatric therapy center that specializes in enabling children with sensory processing disorders and gross motor challenges grow through personalized therapy.  Cases vary from Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Challenges, Hypotonia, Torticollis, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Orthopedic injuries, ADD/ADHD, Prematurity and Cerebral Palsy to name a few.

A Part Time Contract Pediatric Physical Therapist is needed for  this state-of-the-art expanding out-patient pediatric physical therapy practice. The office is conveniently located in Scarsdale, NY.
  • Salary: $90.00 to $115.00 /hour
  • Must have two years of pediatric physical therapy experience for younger pediatric position
  • Strong Orthopedic background for pediatric ortho injuries and scoliosis
  • Flexible days and hours available
  • Torticollis and pediatric orthopedic experience a plus
  • Very Competitive Pediatric PT salary for the area
  • NYS Licensure is required – Degree from APTA accredited school
  • Work alongside SIPT certified Pediatric PT as well as sensory based pediatric occupational therapists
  • Seeking warm, loving and compassionate individual to work with children (ages 0-16) and their families

Serious inquiries – Please contact Dana directly at:

Dana R. Smith, PT, DPT, SI-PT
Westchester Physical Therapy, PLLC
Home of Sensory Jim (Mascot) & Friends
Please visit our website for details on our process/facility www.westchesterpediatricpt.com
929-33-KIDPT or 929-335-4378
drdana@westchesterpediatricpt.com

Well Established Alternative Education and Related Services Programs in Prime Manhattan Location for Sale

New York City’s premiere acute care therapeutic center is for sale.  This highly regarded and well established program has provided an alternative education program, OT, PT, ST, social skills groups, special instruction, ABA, SEIT, play therapy/counseling, workshops,tutoring and family training to NYC children for the past 16 years.

The program is housed in a private converted brownstone on a tree lined street in the rapidly growing Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan. This rare find has sky lights, fireplace decor and outdoor space both in the rear of building and on the roof top.

This is a comprehensive asset sale including 6000 square feet of smart boards, computers, curriculum, evaluations, materials, therapy equipment, and high end furniture. There are potential opportunities to maintain existing lease, staff and enrolled children.

The ask price is $3M. Serious and qualified buyers only, please contact happyhour4kids@gmail.com for more information. 

SLP position in a NYC Therapeutic Nursery Available Immediately

OVERVIEW:Available Immediately
PART TIME ( 12.5 hours- IC)  SLP position at the Louise and Henry Loeb Therapeutic Nursery School in NYC

The Speech Language Pathologist is responsible for assessing and treating preschool children in the Child Development Center Therapeutic Nursery. The nursery provides a highly structured, small group classroom for children ages 3-5, focusing on developmental delays in communication, social responsiveness, play skills, motor development, sensory processing, and attention and learning deficits.

RESPONSIBILITIES including, but not limited to:

  • Speech and Language interventions for preschool children with developmental delays and disorders.
  • Consultation with parents, special education staff and other related service providers.
  • Participation in weekly interdisciplinary team meetings.
  • Occasional workshops for staff, parents and community programs.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology
  • New York State License/ Certifications- CCP-SLP, TSHH/TSSLD
  • NYC DOE initial or professional certificate as a teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities
  • Previous experience in an NYSED approved preschool center based program (preferred)

To apply for this position – click here

Manhattan Pediatric OT Practice for Sale

A very well established, highly regarded  pediatric OT private practice in a PRIME MANHATTAN LOCATION is available for sale. This is a great opportunity to purchase a wonderful practice or establish a second location if you are in another borough.

This well established and highly regarded pediatric occupational therapy private practice is being offered for sale. For the past several years, at the owner’s decision, the practice has downsized to part time status but can easily gear up to full time status. The practice has a comprehensive database of former patients dating back over 10 years, extensive referral sources, and  part time staff eager to stay on at the practice under new ownership.
The practice enjoys a stellar reputation with local physicians, schools, and colleagues for its individualized care and unique treatment approach. The practice’s central location in a PRIME location in Manhattan is in close proximity to multiple private nursery schools, private and public elementary schools, and pediatrician practices in a family-centric neighborhood. It is easily accessible by public transportation.
There is a 24-hour concierge desk in the lobby. The office is a clean, bright space with numerous windows. The  900 square feet office includes 4 rooms plus a full bathroom: a sensory gym with fine motor activity table; another large treatment room used for formal evaluation, fine motor treatment of both older and younger children, and gross motor activities; a 3-person office; and an outfitted waiting room that accommodates up to 4 adults + children  comfortably. The lease is reasonable and transferable. There is over $20,000 in equipment included in the sale, including suspension equipment.

Full financial information including but not limited to full practice statistics, profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and tax returns for the last three years are available for inspection. The gross revenue for the company is consistently over $200,000.00 and the practice is debt free. The practice is currently structured as a cash based entity and does not participate as an RSA provider with the DOE.

The practice is being offered at $155,000.00 with negotiable terms.  The owner is willing to stay on for a reasonable transition period, and might consider longer-term employment opportunities with new owner.

Serious inquiries only:  Please contact Iris Kimberg, MS PT OTR on behalf of the practice owner at iris@nytherapyguide.com or infonytherapy@aol.com

 

 

Immediate Part Time Openings for a Peds OT to perform School Evals and Ongoing Treatment in a Great Westchester School District

Medalion Occupational Therapy Consulting PLLC  anticipates  immediate openings for therapists to provide both Occupational Therapy Evaluations and Ongoing Therapy Services in a great and supportive school district in Lower Westchester County for the summer and fall 2019. 

We are seeking therapists to do either evaluations and/or ongoing therapy services.  Therapists should have a minimum of 1 year of experience which includes working with CPSE children ages 4-5 and familiarity with IEP Direct.  

Evaluations are conducted on-site  Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Flexibility to choose as little or as many as your schedule allows. Depending on the child, you may need to administer the 1) VMI AND/OR M-FUN 2) Sensory Profile or SPM  and 3) One writing assessment such as WOLD, Print Tool, or ETCH, depending on the students age. Parent and teacher interviews are conducted as part of the evaluation process. Results are reviewed with the parents. 

Ongoing therapy services are generally twice weekly and clustered caseloads are expected to be  available. Our preferred applicant will have experience working within the school setting, be familiar with IDEA,  IEP  Direct  and love helping students reach their potential.  Consultation with teachers, other therapists, support staff, and families to facilitate classroom mobility and participation.

Documentation requirements include data collection, marking period progress updates, yearly IEP revisions including updated goals and treatment strategies.

EXCELLENT FEE FOR SERVICE 

Interested candidates please email  your resume to:
leeat@medalionoccupationaltherapy.com  

Leeat Medalion MS. OTR/L TLP-CC
Medalion Occupational Therapy Consulting PLLC.
28-20 214 Place. Bayside. NY, 11360 
c: 917-498-3034

Great Part Time Opportunity in a NYC Boutique Adult Physical Therapy Practice

Higher Physical Therapy is a boutique private practice in Uptown Manhattan  founded by Julie Zapata, MSPT, PT.  Committed to offering top notch one on one personalized care, all treatment sessions are one hour and individually tailored.  The practice is very busy and Julie is now expanding and looking for a part time physical therapist.
The practice is an out of network practice with the exception of Medicare Part B.The ideal candidate should be vibrant, energetic, patient, and kind with exceptional diagnostic and treatment skills and someone that will bring their own expertise and experience to enhance and complement  existing treatment philosophies.There is flexibility and the right therapists can establish their  own schedule, preferably 2-3 days a week spread out over  approximately 10 hours/week. The candidate must be willing to make a minimum of a one year commitment.Julie would love to consider therapists who have completed continuing education in manual therapy skills like Maitland or Myofascial Release. She will consider the right new graduate and will consider proving training in Myofascial Release or  at the Postural Restoration Institute or the Institute of Physical Art

For more information, or to apply please email 
 julie@higherphysicaltherapy.com
Julie Zapata, Physical Therapist, MSPT
427 Fort Washington Ave
W1A
New York, NY 10033
917.600.4627 call 
866.917.6627 fax
www.higherphysio.com