After being a Physical Therapist Assistant now for 18 years, I would like to think I have a pretty sound grasp to what I am doing out there in the field. I work in the home health field and it appears every year some agencies feel it is necessary to send a Registered Physical therapist out to the home with me to check my work and to be sure I guess, that I am doing my job.
In other words am I giving a good treatment to the patient? Am I checking vital signs, do I know how to do a long arc quad. Do I know how to set up and implement an home exercise program. Really?
After 18 years if I do not then maybe I better find work elsewhere, don’t you agree? I run an Independent contracting business, Its my business. Why in the world would I consider giving inferior service? Poor work and time management means less referrals and a loss of income right?
I realize RPT supervision is the law, I know that rap already. What I think should be done from these home health agencies is that if a PTA has three years or more experience in the field, they should be opted out of a RPT standing over your shoulder to be sure you know how to take a blood pressure for goodness sake.
I cant vouch for any other PTA however, the school where I went to Saint Petersburg College in my estimation trains and educates the best Physical Therapist Assistant out in the field today. Sure I might be just a little bias.
How about in the future that a rule is written that you can waste a physical therapists time on a new PTA grad out of school or someone who has under three years experience.
Coming out to check on a PTA with probably more years experience then the RPT who is checking their work to begin with is questionable. I have seen good and bad therapists with all kinds’ of experience no matter how many letters they have after their name. Its not all about book knowledge.
Less babysitting and more patient satisfaction should what we all should be working on.
Richard Haynes PTA,CPT
Total Joint Fitness LLC