Happy Halloween from
Swing by on October 31st to see
what we decide to dress up as
Hint: It involves the fairest of them all, 7 tiny friends, and an apple
October is National Physical Therapy Month
Did You Know?
You have the right to choose any physical therapy facility you want .
Choosing Your Physical Therapist
You are the most important member of your health care team, and you are entitled to choose the most appropriate health care professional to meet your goals.
Freedom of Choice
You have the freedom to choose your own physical therapist. Currently, you may be evaluated by a physical therapist without a physician’s referral in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, all 50 states and the District of Columbia allow some level of treatment by a physical therapist without a physician’s referral.
Keep in mind that your insurance policy may require a visit to the primary care physician first or may limit your access to preferred providers only.
Your physician may refer you for physical therapy that is to be provided in the physician’s office, or to a facility in which the physician has a financial interest. If this is your situation, be aware that you have the right to choose your own physical therapist and that you are not obligated to receive physical therapy in any specific facility. Always insist that your physical therapy be provided by a licensed physical therapist.
How to Choose a Physical Therapist
Make sure that you receive physical therapy from a licensed physical therapist. Physical therapists are professional health care providers who are licensed by the state in which they practice. If you are receiving physical therapy from a physical therapist assistant, be sure that he or she is supervised by a licensed physical therapist. Ask the physical therapist’s clinic if it participates with your insurance company. Receiving care from a participating physical therapist should minimize your financial responsibility. There may be good reasons, however, to see a physical therapist who does not participate with your insurance plan. If you need a physical therapist who has special skills related to your particular condition, or if the location or other aspects of the care or the facility meet your needs, this may be a good choice for you. Ask whether the physical therapist’s clinic will submit claims on your behalf to your insurance company. Some policies require copayments for services, and the amount of the copayment will depend on whether the physical therapist is part of the insurer’s provider network. You also will have to meet your deductible. Your physical therapist’s clinic should be able to help you calculate an estimate of your financial responsibilities.
Acknowledgment: Shannon L. Hoffman, PT, DPT All contents © 2011, 2010 American Physical Therapy Association. All rights reserved. *Direct access provisions vary state by state. For specific provisions in your state, visit www.apta.org/advocacy. A direct access map can be found under State Government Affairs/Current Issues.
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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
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On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
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Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers
Prep 25 m / Cook 1 h / 6 servings 266 cals
6 bell peppers, any color
1 pound ground beef
4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
1 small onion, chopped
1 small tomato, diced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish.
Lightly mix together the ground beef, egg, bread cubes, onion, tomato, garlic, chili sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
Wash the peppers, and cut jack-o'-lantern faces into the peppers with a sharp paring knife, making triangle eyes and noses, and pointy-teeth smiles. Slice off the tops of the peppers, and scoop out the seeds and cores. Stuff the peppers lightly with the beef stuffing, and place them into the prepared baking dish so they lean against each other.
Bake in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender and the stuffing is cooked through and juicy, about 1 hour.