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Wonder girl

Dear Andrea,

I took your Musculo Primer class in Eden Prairie last Summer with the people from Hong Kong. I am wondering if you can send/forward me a sample of one of your daily PT notes for pool therapy. We are getting more pool referrals from MDs and I am putting what I learned from your class to use :) but wanted to see an example or template for daily notes, especially to ensure I'm documenting all the correct things for reimbursement. I am hoping to take another of your courses in the upcoming year!  Thanks, Sarah L, Northfield, MN

Dear Sarah,

Thank you so much for the kind words. We are delighted to hear that your business is prospering. To that end, I have attached some samples to use for documentation. I am also enclosing library language that you are free to use in your assessments to justify aquatic therapy.

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So far, everyone seems to be looking at the impending Affordable Care Act through rose-colored glasses. Everyone except you providers that is. To you, you know the word "reform" actually means "cuts." Not to your patients, but to you in the form of lower and lower reimbursements (after all, everyone knows that doctors and therapists and nurses make too much money).

Like all medical professions, aquatic therapy is a business and to stay in business, you have to plan for the future. To that end, be looking for us to post more and more HRA stories from around the country in the hopes they will better help you navigate these uncharted waters, starting with this article from Dr. Kevin Smith, an anesthetist who has a problem about working for free.

While we at Aquatic Resources Network make no bones about the fact that we think the HRA represents a major blow against our industry and therapy in general, we know that their are other opinions out there. If you wish to so opine, feel free to comment to our postings or submit your own guest blog. We will happily supply you with your own complementary pair of rose-colored glasses.

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