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The Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast with Dr. Karen Litzy features top experts in health, wellness and business with a particular focus on physical therapy. We take evidence based medicine and break it down making it easier to understand and immediately apply to your life. At Healthy Wealthy & Smart our goal is simple: to provide you with the best information to live a healthy and pain free life!
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Now displaying: October, 2015
Oct 26, 2015

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and took a chance on something new?  If it has been a while I highly suggest you do something, even if it is small, at least once a week that challenges you and makes you just a bit uncomfortable.  That is exactly what my guest on the podcast has done for years and as a result she is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, an assistant professor in the physical therapy department at Hampton University and the most recent Miss Virginia USA.  Dr. Desiree Williams has accomplished so much in her life already because she takes those chances, works hard, is super organized, and is proactive about her life and her goals.  This was such an inspiring conversation and my huge takeaway is to have more confidence in myself and believe in my values and my decisions.

In this episode we talk about:

* Why she decided to become a PT.

* How she got started in the pageant world and how she has been so successful.

* Her top tips for managing your time efficiently (I thought I was organized but this girl puts me to shame).

* Her platform as Miss Virginia USA and how she incorporates her education and passion for health and wellness into that platform.

* How she is able to keep the negativity that can be associated with the pageant world out of her head.

* Her best advice for students thinking of going into the world of academia

* And much, much more!

 

Dr. Williams' confidence and positive attitude is clear and she gives so many nuggets of advice in this interview on how to stay positive, grounded and most importantly yourself.

 

Enjoy this wonderful talk and stay Healthy Wealthy & Smart!

 

Karen

 

Oct 19, 2015

This is the continuation of the interview with Dr. Bronnie Thompson from last week about living well with chronic pain.  In this episode we answer listener questions! 

In this episode we go through the following questions:

* What she would say to give confidence to someone who is afraid that no matter what they do, they will always hurt?

* Is there value in a pain diary?

* Any tips on instituting an exercise program in widespread pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia?

* Any helpful strategies to get a reluctant patient on board with exercise?

* How does Dr. Thompson's research in pain apply to the manual therapy profession?

* And much much more!

 

I want to send lots of love and thank yous to Dr. Bronnie Thompson for an amazing interview experience and sticking around for this very important part two of our conversation. 

Thank you for all of the positive comments and kind words from last week's interview and I know you will find the same value in this episode!

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy & Smart!

 

Karen

Oct 11, 2015

I know what you are thinking...living well with chronic pain?!?  Some thoughts that went through my head were:

"Are you kidding me...that sounds impossible"

"Sounds like an oxymoron to me."

"Does that mean take lots of pain meds to feel better?"

 And I am sure you can think of lots of other things to say!  But after you listen to this incredible interview with Dr. Bronnie Thompson, your thoughts will be challenged!  You will start to see that yes...you can live well with chronic pain.  You can find value and fun in your life doing the things you love despite pain.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Values based pain management
  • Dr. Thompson gives some amazing examples of motivational interviewing (I am talking really great so be ready to take notes!).  
  • The process your patients can follow to reoccupy their self-concept in the face of chronic pain.
  • How to be a real human with all of your patient interactions.
  •  Making the patient the center of your practice.
  • And so much more!

This is the first part of a two-part interview with Dr. Thompson.  The second part will air next week!  

Thanks for listening and if you like what you are hearing please share it and leave a rating here!  Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy & Smart! 

Karen

***PS....You will also listen to what made me totally break down and cry for the first time on air!  Get the tissues ready!

 

Oct 8, 2015

In this podcast I am joined by Rick Gawenda, PT and he answers your burning questions about ICD 10. 

Some of the topics we covered in this podcast are:

* The 7th character...what is it and when do you have to use it?

* How many ICD 10 codes need to be on a claim form?  Can you ever have too many?

* What are the documentation requirements in the patient's medical records?

* Are the diagnosis codes the same as the treatment codes?

* What are external cause codes for injuries?

* Rick takes us through a few tutorials on how to code based on some diagnoses.

This was a super informative episode!  Rick literally knows most of this stuff off the top of his head (which I was very impressed with) and he shares with us a very comprehensive look at the major aspects of the ICD 10 coding system. 

Thank you all for listening and please feel free to share with friends and family!  And if you like what you are hearing I would be ever so grateful for a review on iTunes!

Have a great week and stay healthy wealthy and smart!

Karen

Oct 5, 2015

As any medical professional will tell you, navigating the Medicare system is challenging.  Add to that a cash physical therapy business and things can get really confusing! To help get us through this sea of confusion that is Medicare, Dr. Jarod Carter has written a fabulous book entitled Medicare and Cash Pay Physical Therapy.  It is a comprehensive guide based on all he has learned from over five years of owning a cash-based clinic and many hours of working with different attorneys and authorities on this subject.  Dr. Carter has also been teaching about the private pay business model for a number of years and often consults for in-network practices participating with Medicare.  So this book is not only focused solely on the rules as they apply to cash-based practices.  It is written for any practice owner wondering how she/he can accept private payment for the variety of services a PT business may provide to beneficiaries.   

In this episode we talk about:

* Why Jarod decided to become a physical therapist

* Why and how he started his cash-based PT practice

* What is the difference between participating, non-participating, and no relationship w/ Medicare

* Can a PT opt out of Medicare

* What is an ABN and when is it necessary to use it vs. a private contract with your patients.

* Is there a "loophole" to see Medicare patients in a cash PT model

* And much more!

One thing to remember...if you have any questions about your practice and how it fits in to the Medicare system always contact a healthcare lawyer to help with your specific situation. 

Enjoy the podcast and thanks for listening!

Karen

 
 
 
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