ASHT e-Community: Log in, network and explore the exchange of knowledge

Posted by Mo Herman, MA, OTR/L, CHT on 02/22/2015

Did you know that as a member of ASHT, you have full access to the ASHT e-Community? Whether you are a clinical therapist, researcher, student, new CHT, aspiring CHT or newly retired, you can log in and have direct access to the 3,000+ members in the various forums available. There are active discussions and an exchange of knowledge occurring daily including; clinical treatment issues, legislation, CHT exam prep, practice and reimbursement. You may have a specific question or issue that your fellow members can help you with in any one of the e-Community groups. There are also archived and searchable discussions so you can easily find helpful information from past discussions.
It is exciting to know that our e-Community is exploding with an exchange of knowledge from its members. I encourage you to log in, subscribe to the different groups and explore the discussion topics for yourself. Visit the forums and don’t be afraid to post your knowledge, experience and expertise. Once you have joined a group, it is easy and convenient to reply via email, too!  Network, make friends, support your colleagues and learn about the changing healthcare environment. Take advantage of this valuable member benefit by logging in to the ASHT e-Community and explore. You won’t be disappointed!
To access the ASHT e-Community, please visit www.asht.org, and click on the e-Community tab in the blue ribbon at the top of the page. (Note: You must be logged in to view the e-Community, as it is a member-only benefit.) To get started, browse our different discussion forums under "All Groups" on the right-hand side of the screen. For your convenience, ASHT has created instructional videos on how to accomplish different tasks on the site.

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I just read the article "One ASHT Member Ponders Cultural Implications of American-Style Hand Therapy by Michele Auch. I had a recent similar experience on a medical mission to Vietnam with Resurge. I brought thermoplastic materials and provided instruction in its use, however, I completely agree with Michele. There has to be less expensive, readily available, and easy to work with alternatives so the local therapists can provide needed orthotics without reliance on visiting hand therapists and donations of materials. I considered Orfit tape but this is also expensive. Plaster casting material may be the best alternative. I work with a great cast tech and he and I have been discussing working together to come up with some ideas. I would love to hear other ideas people come up with. thanks, Jennifer Chan, OTR, CHT

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Hi Jennifer. Thanks for your comments. I am glad you sensed the same needs that I did! I recently learned that there is a company in The United Kingdom that sells a biodegradeable plastic that is mixed with a wood product. It is called Woodcast. Check it out here: http://www.woodcast.fi/en/frontpage /also, I am wondering if you had any ideas about what the had locally in Vietnam that could be used. Michele Auch, OTR/L, CHT

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Hi All....Need some clarification! We have a physician that orders ultrasound on his post-op ORIF distal radius fractures, especially if they have adhesive scarring on the volar forearm. When the plate and screws are stainless steel, U/S is contraindicated. What about titanium plates and screws, is ultrasound safe over the volar forearm? Thanks for everyone's help.

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I was asked by our Neurosurgeon about abductor tendinitis in his thumb after all day use of a Kerrison tool in surgery. He also has weak grip and pinch. I looked at one site for these instruments and noticed one with a loop handle. Any suggestions?

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We had a staff meeting today to discuss updating our current eval form with regards to the new eval codes. An OT had asked for clarification on modification of tasks. Does the modification of task, mean requiring help with a standardized or assessment tool, positioning of hand for goniometric measurements, and or any modification with anything during the evaluation process. Ex. Pt is having difficulty managing putting on her jacket b/c she has a orthosis that is new to her and has difficulty managing it? And or a patient having difficulty with managing a zipper on his jacket due to stiffness and pain post op. We would like to think it would be anything that the patient requires assistance with the entire time that the patient is with us for the eval. Any clarification would be helpful. Thank you in advance.

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If a patient is seen in the Hand clinic for management of a healing fracture, we find out at the next visit that she is also receiving home care PT and OT. I am an OT, does that mean I have to D/C that patient? Our MD is overseeing this patient's care.

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It is my position that modalities are non-timed, and the codes assigned those modalities should be used as such. So, is it fraud that paraffin is being billed as ther. activity (a timed, one on one charge)? The EMR has been programmed to only bill 97530 when I choose Paraffin. I am not able to bill for paraffin without using that code.