Dana’s Desk

Reflections Part 9

By Dana Mandel     In my last related post in May, 2017, I described the first years of private practice as the Mandel Therapy Group and hiring the first employee, Patti Webb, PT.  It didn’t take very long before the administrative requirements of my growing practice began to overwhelm my ability to treat my… Read more »

Reflections Part 8

By Dana Mandel       In my last related post in March, 2017, I described the first years of my practice as a physical therapist as an employee of a large preschool program, and treating my first private patients.  The number of private patients began to grow, and there were not enough hours available… Read more »

Reflections – Part 6

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I took a couple of months off from my series of posts about reflections on 30 years of physical therapy practice and my pathway to becoming a physical therapist to wish everyone a happy and successful New Year and share the news about Lifespan becoming a Medicaid Service… Read more »

Lifespan Receives Approval as a Medicaid Service Bureau

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     In March, 2016, the Medicaid reimbursement process for the School Supportive Health Services Program underwent a dramatic change.  School districts requesting reimbursement from Medicaid for services covered by this program may no longer use the Central New York Information Center (CNYRIC) as a contractor for submitting SSHSP claims… Read more »

Happy New Year! 2017 Highlights

BY DANA MANDEL, PT, PCS     2016 was a very successful year for our practice and we are looking forward to continuing to provide cost-effective, comprehensive, and compliant related services in the least restrictive environments during 2017.  A few highlights of our plans for 2017 are as follows:   Continue to develop our database… Read more »

Reflections – Part 5

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I would like to thank everyone that has responded to me about my series of posts in the previous months’ Lifespan E-newsletters.  I have continued to appreciate your congratulations and enjoy learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice.  Given the interest and… Read more »

Reflections – Part 4

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I would like to thank everyone that has responded to me about my series of posts in the previous months’ Lifespan E-newsletters.  I have continued to appreciate your congratulations and enjoy learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice.  Given the interest and… Read more »

Reflections as I Begin My 30th Year of Practice (2)

by Dana Mandel     I would like to thank everyone that responded to me about my post in last month’s Lifespan E-newsletter. I appreciate your congratulations and enjoyed learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice. Given the interest and response, I thought I would continue to share the… Read more »

Reflections as I Begin My 30th Year of Practice

By Dana Manadel   This June, I will begin my 30th year of practice as a physical therapist.  My path to choosing and training for this profession began while I was a student at SUNY Binghamton, majoring in English and General Literature.  While attending college, I was employed at Broome Developmental Center as a Mental… Read more »

Lifespan Sponsored Event – Get a Grip on the Finger Lakes

  A group of antique automobiles, all manufactured prior to January 1, 1916 (have to be at least 100 years old) will be touring the Finger Lakes Region this summer, mostly within Cayuga and Tompkins Counties. The tour, a part of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) will be stopping for a lunch break… Read more »

End of the Gap Elimination Adjustment

From Dana’s Desk     Our local school districts received some very good news recently. New York State Senate has finally killed the Gap Elimination Adjustment that had reduced the amount of aid to school districts for the past six years.   The cutback in State aid instituted in 2010 led school districts to eliminate… Read more »

Schumer Comes to Central NY to Promote Disability Rights

by Helen Littlejohn     Recently Senator Charles Schumer came to Syracuse to speak at ARC of Onondaga about legislation he is introducing that would force states to comply with placing adult individuals in the least restrictive environment instead of institutional care.  In the legislation, it encourages states to release funding to help parents who… Read more »