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ag2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida

39 months ago

Hi everyone,I started home health 5 mths. ago after 18 yrs. of acute care.I am working directly for a P.T.who works for the homecare co.I am wondering what a fair salary would be? I see about 20 pts./wk.All fairly local.Thanks,looking forward to getting feed back.

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jeremiahfredrick in Florida

39 months ago

AG 2803,

I have only heard of a few salary positions for PTA's in home health so I can't give feedback with any certainty. I can say through experience that per visit rates can range from as low as $28 to upwards of $55. I've seen an average per visit rate of $45 lately so taking that annually would get you around 43k. Salary will be a bit different though because it is guaranteed, while the patient load will likely change regularly. Often PT's are paid salary with a "minimum" visit quota per week. The primary advantage for salary would be consistent pay. The greatest disadvantage can also be the same if that makes sense (you get $1,600 bi-weekly if you see 20 or 26 patients). You get paid the same whether you go over or under the agreed weekly visit rate. I would imagine that most companies would have a bonus/surplus pay if you exceed a certain number of visits though. Wish I could provide more input…
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dspta in Dallas, Texas

39 months ago

I work in Dallas, and I do home health full-time. I contract out with multiple companies, and I do anywhere from 35-50 visits per week, depending on the week. The per visit range in the DFW area is $55-60 per visit for contract, and $50 per visit for w-2 wage employers. Full-time employers ae paying close to $45 per hr up to 60 visits per pay period, then they pay the PRN rate after that.

I've learned that if you set up your LLC and go the way of the contractor, you will make a whole lot more money and not have to work as many hours. You can contract with multiple companies, which will keep your coverage area tighter and you spend less time on the road and more time making money. The tax benefits are worth it as well, but I would advise consulting an accountant your first year.

If someone is doing HH for $28 per visit then they are severely underpaid.

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ag2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida

39 months ago

dspta in Dallas, Texas said: I work in Dallas, and I do home health full-time. I contract out with multiple companies, and I do anywhere from 35-50 visits per week, depending on the week. The per visit range in the DFW area is $55-60 per visit for contract, and $50 per visit for w-2 wage employers. Full-time employers ae paying close to $45 per hr up to 60 visits per pay period, then they pay the PRN rate after that.

I've learned that if you set up your LLC and go the way of the contractor, you will make a whole lot more money and not have to work as many hours. You can contract with multiple companies, which will keep your coverage area tighter and you spend less time on the road and more time making money. The tax benefits are worth it as well, but I would advise consulting an accountant your first year.

If someone is doing HH for $28 per visit then they are severely underpaid.

Good to hear,thanks for the responces.Im getting $38/visit and with the price of gas,I am glad my furthest pt. is 20 min away.

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Jose in Winter Garden, Florida

39 months ago

dspta in Dallas, Texas said: I work in Dallas, and I do home health full-time. I contract out with multiple companies, and I do anywhere from 35-50 visits per week, depending on the week. The per visit range in the DFW area is $55-60 per visit for contract, and $50 per visit for w-2 wage employers. Full-time employers ae paying close to $45 per hr up to 60 visits per pay period, then they pay the PRN rate after that.

I've learned that if you set up your LLC and go the way of the contractor, you will make a whole lot more money and not have to work as many hours. You can contract with multiple companies, which will keep your coverage area tighter and you spend less time on the road and more time making money. The tax benefits are worth it as well, but I would advise consulting an accountant your first year.

If someone is doing HH for $28 per visit then they are severely underpaid.

Florida is saturated with PTA's nowadays. What is the demand like for PTA's Home Care in Dallas/Fort Worth?

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jeremiahfredrick in Florida

39 months ago

As one of the others mentioned, time is the most crucial aspect of home health. When visits are spread far apart then over the course of the day you might be losing upwards of 2-3 visits daily. $38 per visit in Florida might be on the low side unless they are private pays or smaller private insurers. I contracted for several years and was given offers of private pays on occasion at $28-35. I would usually take them because the patients were in my rural hometown. Medicare visits are $45-$55 per visit in Northeast Florida. If you are captive/salaried you should be getting the same rate per visit regardless of the payor. AG are you getting mileage too?

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ag2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida

39 months ago

Jeremiah Fredrick in Florida said: As one of the others mentioned, time is the most crucial aspect of home health. When visits are spread far apart then over the course of the day you might be losing upwards of 2-3 visits daily. $38 per visit in Florida might be on the low side unless they are private pays or smaller private insurers. I contracted for several years and was given offers of private pays on occasion at $28-35. I would usually take them because the patients were in my rural hometown. Medicare visits are $45-$55 per visit in Northeast Florida. If you are captive/salaried you should be getting the same rate per visit regardless of the payor. AG are you getting mileage too?

I don't get mileage,just $38/visit,but I thought that because my pts. are 20 - 25 min. from home and eachother it is OK.

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jeremiahfredrick in Florida

39 months ago

AG how spread out are your patients? Have you clocked you mileage per day/per week? You might be surprised to find you are driving more than you think. I'm guessing 20-25 minutes is 30 miles away? If it's city 20-25 minutes then perhaps 15-20? Either way you are looking at somewhere between 100 and 130 miles weekly. Say 100 x typical mileage rate of $.44 = $176 dollars a month. Every minute you are driving you are not treating or documenting so it's kind of a loss of productivity from my perspective. Asking for mileage from my calculation brought you up to $40 per visit. I don't mean to pry or convince you to change what works for you but if it was me I would ask for more per visit.

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ag2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida

39 months ago

Jeremiah Fredrick in Florida said: AG how spread out are your patients? Have you clocked you mileage per day/per week? You might be surprised to find you are driving more than you think. I'm guessing 20-25 minutes is 30 miles away? If it's city 20-25 minutes then perhaps 15-20? Either way you are looking at somewhere between 100 and 130 miles weekly. Say 100 x typical mileage rate of $.44 = $176 dollars a month. Every minute you are driving you are not treating or documenting so it's kind of a loss of productivity from my perspective. Asking for mileage from my calculation brought you up to $40 per visit. I don't mean to pry or convince you to change what works for you but if it was me I would ask for more per visit.

I work in my town and a town over and put $35/wk.of gas in car,not bad.I figure 1 tx. a wk.fills tank for Mon.- Fri.I rarely use my car on weekends.I keep track of mileage for when I do taxes.

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ag2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida

39 months ago

lisapta in Delray Beach, Florida said: Happy Thanksgiving to all !
As many of you know already, I have started online tutoring for those who need assistance in tackling the tricks of this monster test! I have been out of PTA school since 2001 and was grandfathered in. I had to take the test in fla.It was like going back to school , mainly bc my background is in orthopedics.
I will resume session on Monday following the holiday, its been great so far as i am working with others within a different forum as well.
Be well and good luck!!!
Grandfathered in to what??

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lisapta in Boynton Beach, Florida

39 months ago

AG 2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida said: Grandfathered in to what??

It is a term used when the state board for the state in which you resided did not require one to take the state boards. I moved to fla and had to take the boards after being out since 01.

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ag2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida

39 months ago

lisapta in Boynton Beach, Florida said: It is a term used when the state board for the state in which you resided did not require one to take the state boards. I moved to fla and had to take the boards after being out since 01.

If you had to take the Fl. boards why do you say you were grandfathered in? I don't mean to sound rude.I was licensed in NY for 16 yrs. and had to take a few tests not the state boards to get my Fl. license.I took the NY state boards right after graduation so I would not have to take them again if I ever moved,which I did.

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ag2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida

39 months ago

AG 2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida said: If you had to take the Fl. boards why do you say you were grandfathered in? I don't mean to sound rude.I was licensed in NY for 16 yrs. and had to take a few tests not the state boards to get my Fl. license.I took the NY state boards right after graduation so I would not have to take them again if I ever moved,which I did.

I didn't mean to be offensive,just want to understand.If one had to take the boards to work in a different state that one graduated from,then one was not grandfathered in.

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maysmythe@*****.*** in Vallejo, California

38 months ago

Paul PTA in Austin, Texas said: I run one of the largest therapy home health staffing companies in Texas. If you are looking for work in Austin, Houston, Dallas, or San Antonio, please let me know. We would love to talk to you!

Do you still have home health opportunities in Austin, TX for PTA's

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PTA in Sanford, Florida

37 months ago

SOS
I am about to sign with Pediatric HOme health, what is the rate per visit when is Pediatric....
Thanks

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R. Haynes in Fort Myers, Florida

32 months ago

Does anyone know what the going rate right now is For PTAs working as independent contractors in Florida? I realize there may be some differences in locations but just looking for general price range.

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jeremiahfredrick in Florida

32 months ago

R. Haynes in Fort Myers, Florida said: Does anyone know what the going rate right now is For PTAs working as independent contractors in Florida? I realize there may be some differences in locations but just looking for general price range.

R. Haynes,

By independent contractor do you mean a 1099 employee? I seldom hear of 1099 PTA's but commonly here of PTA (myself included at times) working PRN for multiple agencies. If your situation is the latter of the two then I would generally say between $40-50 per visit plus mileage (Northeast Florida). If you are 1099 then that is another can of worms. The change in contributions to FICA would increase at least 7.5% and that would have to be figured into your rate.

Hope this helps!
Jeremiah

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artisan in Ennis, Texas

29 months ago

I work in Dallas, and I do home health full-time. I contract out with multiple companies, and I do anywhere from 35-50 visits per week, depending on the week. The per visit range in the DFW area is $55-60 per visit for contract, and $50 per visit for w-2 wage employers. Full-time employers ae paying close to $45 per hr up to 60 visits per pay period, then they pay the PRN rate after that.

I've learned that if you set up your LLC and go the way of the contractor, you will make a whole lot more money and not have to work as many hours. You can contract with multiple companies, which will keep your coverage area tighter and you spend less time on the road and more time making money. The tax benefits are worth it as well, but I would advise consulting an accountant your first year.

If someone is doing HH for $28 per visit then they are severely underpaid.

I am a PTA new to TX with three years outpatient experience and would like to try home health. I am in Ellis Co. and would like advice on how to get started. Please let me know if there is a way I can contact you for advice.

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jeremiahfredrick in Florida

29 months ago

To be honest to those pondering home health, unless you are in a VERY tight geographical area 50 visits a week is unrealistic (assuming Mon-Fri 9-6. Provided your giving quality care AND meeting Medicare guidelines for min requirements for home visits. I do have friends who push 6 days a week but it's hard not to get burn out in a few months. Most use a 10 visits a day max, assuming 45 tx time and 15 minute travel usually 1 cx or reschedule lands you 8-9 visits. Of course there are exceptions but I believe we do our profession a serious disservice when we compromise quality care. Just my thoughts...

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sogeofa00 in Auburndale, Florida

28 months ago

I am about to start full time with a HHA as a PTA and I was told that I would be pay $45/visit, however, when I received the offer letter it stated $20/hour. Is there a difference between being paid by hour or visit in the home health field? I am about to call them to clarify, but I wanted to check for a possible answer first with those of you who've worked HH before.
Thanks for your help.

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Z in Sebring, Florida

28 months ago

sogeofa00 in Auburndale, Florida said: I am about to start full time with a HHA as a PTA and I was told that I would be pay $45/visit, however, when I received the offer letter it stated $20/hour. Is there a difference between being paid by hour or visit in the home health field? I am about to call them to clarify, but I wanted to check for a possible answer first with those of you who've worked HH before.
Thanks for your help.

If they quoted you $45/visit, which is fair, then the offer letter should reflect the same. Is this a salaried position or would you get a 1099 at the end of the year?

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jeremiahfredrick in Florida

28 months ago

The offer sounds correct and this is why. Per visit rate is $45, your hourly rate is $20 (meetings, training, PTO, holidays, ect). Almost all HHA use "units" to calculate visit rates and then multiple that figure by your hourly rate. A licensed PTA in your case is 2.25 "units" per visit. Multiply 2.25 x $20 and you get your "visit rate" of $45. It makes sense when HHA have to pay separate amounts for visits such as SOC or ROC's, DC and so on. What is your mileage? That is a number you should be concerned about ...Hope this helps

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jeremiahfredrick in Florida

27 months ago

Therapy reassessments

CMS is finalizing the elimination of the 13th and 19th visit reassessment requirements. For episodes beginning on or after January 1, 2015; at least every 30 calendar days a qualified therapist (instead of an assistant) must provide the needed therapy service and functionally reassess the patient. This policy change will lessen the burden on HHAs of counting visits and reduce the risk of non-covered visits so that therapists can focus more on providing quality care for their patients, while still promoting therapist involvement and quality treatment for all beneficiaries regardless of the level of therapy provided.

www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2014-Fact-sheets-items/2014-10-30.html

www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2014/10/31/2015HHRule/

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Chermomof2 in Hurst, Texas

27 months ago

Jeremiah Fredrick in Florida said: The offer sounds correct and this is why. Per visit rate is $45, your hourly rate is $20 (meetings, training, PTO, holidays, ect). Almost all HHA use "units" to calculate visit rates and then multiple that figure by your hourly rate. A licensed PTA in your case is 2.25 "units" per visit. Multiply 2.25 x $20 and you get your "visit rate" of $45. It makes sense when HHA have to pay separate amounts for visits such as SOC or ROC's, DC and so on. What is your mileage? That is a number you should be concerned about ...Hope this helps

What is a fair Mileage rate? Also can you explain...If paid $20/hr and visits are about an hour...How do they get 2.25 units that= $45/visit...I am considering Home Health.

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PTAAN in Overland Park, Kansas

27 months ago

Can anyone chime in on the current rates/salary for PTA in socal? Graduating next year and I want to know my options. I recently saw a post that they are hiring PTA/COTA for 45k a year and thought that was really low especially for so. cal. Thanks in advance

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homosassagirl in Homosassa, Florida

22 months ago

I have started home health prn for 2 companies in central Fl. I have my own LLC company and medical liability insurance but only 1 of those companies pays me on a 1099. The 1099 employer pays me $60 a visit but no mileage the W2 employer pays me $50 a visit plus $4.20 for gas per house. The other W2 employer pays me $45 with no mileage but i am only seeing patients that are within 20 min of me with that company.

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Future PTA in Olathe, Kansas

21 months ago

Paul in Austin, Texas said: You may visit our website at www.guardianhealthcare.com . You can call either our Austin or Houston offices and we would be glad to help you.

Hey could I get your email I'm graduating in December and would like to knee my options in Austin and Houston! Thanks!

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turnkeytherapy in Austin, Texas

21 months ago

For anyone looking for home health work, I have customers in most states that are always looking for more help. If anyone works with a home health therapy company and wants to make $500, please refer them to us! www.turnkeytherapy.com . You will find our email address on the contact us page.

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Lady texan in Pasadena, Texas

21 months ago

bluelineman in McKinney, Texas said: Check your email.

Could you send me info on your company & if you happen to know other HH agencies that offer benefits.

Thank you

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fernando in Hudson, Florida

16 months ago

Ron Engler said: I work home health as a pta in south Texas. I have 14 years experience in the health field. I am working my butt off, 50-60 hours a week, but I am making 10,000 a month. I enjoy meeting pt's in their home, it's nice to see the pt. as a person. I think old people are cute in their own way. I have a PT who is great! Our company is hiring and I'm looking forward to a bonus for bringing on a new PTA.

Hi ron. As you still in home care? would love to talk to you

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ag2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida

16 months ago

Im in Pinellas Co, Fl.,what are Home Health PTAs earning per visit?

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fernando in Hudson, Florida

16 months ago

Artisan in Ennis, Texas said: I work in Dallas, and I do home health full-time. I contract out with multiple companies, and I do anywhere from 35-50 visits per week, depending on the week. The per visit range in the DFW area is $55-60 per visit for contract, and $50 per visit for w-2 wage employers. Full-time employers ae paying close to $45 per hr up to 60 visits per pay period, then they pay the PRN rate after that.

I've learned that if you set up your LLC and go the way of the contractor, you will make a whole lot more money and not have to work as many hours. You can contract with multiple companies, which will keep your coverage area tighter and you spend less time on the road and more time making money. The tax benefits are worth it as well, but I would advise consulting an accountant your first year.

If someone is doing HH for $28 per visit then they are severely underpaid.

I am a PTA new to TX with three years outpatient experience and would like to try home health. I am in Ellis Co. and would like advice on how to get started. Please let me know if there is a way I can contact you for advice.

Hi Artisan
Im an OT moving to houston. Are you still in HH? if so can i email you for a couple of qs?

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fernando in Hudson, Florida

16 months ago

AG 2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida said: Im in Pinellas Co, Fl.,what are Home Health PTAs earning per visit?

Hey AG
I see you are in pinellas co. I'm in pasco (im an OT) and its dead up here.. getting 10 visits weekly. How are things down in pinellas?

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ag2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida

13 months ago

I am at the mercy of my PTs, I want about 15 visits weekly, sometimes I only have 8-10.Thinking about branching out, any suggestions?

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Rob in Beaumont, Texas

13 months ago

ag2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida said: I am at the mercy of my PTs, I want about 15 visits weekly, sometimes I only have 8-10.Thinking about branching out, any suggestions?

I have full time availability for PTA's but I'm in Texas. Houston and Beaumont. Pay is on the high end with benefits and you would be working directly for my therapy company.

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ag2803 in tarpon springs++, Florida

13 months ago

homosassagirl in Homosassa, Florida said: I have started home health prn for 2 companies in central Fl. I have my own LLC company and medical liability insurance but only 1 of those companies pays me on a 1099. The 1099 employer pays me $60 a visit but no mileage the W2 employer pays me $50 a visit plus $4.20 for gas per house. The other W2 employer pays me $45 with no mileage but i am only seeing patients that are within 20 min of me with that company.

Are you a PT or PTA?

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Ron in Magnolia, Texas

13 months ago

Ron Engler said: I work home health as a pta in south Texas. I have 14 years experience in the health field. I am working my butt off, 50-60 hours a week, but I am making 10,000 a month. I enjoy meeting pt's in their home, it's nice to see the pt. as a person. I think old people are cute in their own way. I have a PT who is great! Our company is hiring and I'm looking forward to a bonus for bringing on a new PTA.

Hello Ron,
I am located in the Houston area & I am interested in working for a good company in Home Health as a PTA. Can you let me know the name of your company or a few reputable ones. Thank you
Can email me at dawnolearypta@gmail.com

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jpags in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

10 months ago

hey there I just wondering if you can tell me how much the salary range in traveling PTA in New York and also Home health care salary range.. planning to move in new York next month and I'm looking for a job...

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James15 in San Antonio, Texas

7 months ago

I'm looking to move to the San Francisco/Bay Area in a few months. I current work in home health and am wondering if anyone can give me an idea what the PTA pay rate is in that area?

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Ete11a in Manhattan, Kansas

7 months ago

Hello all,

Im looking into PTA as a career field. I will have a bachelors in Kinesiology, CPT, and hopefully a CSCS when I get through. Have you seen any of those affect pay rate? Also, can someone break down how home health pay works? Saw a comment that said company pays $50/visit and comes out to $43k/year. Not sure how that math works out.
Also for you Dallas TX people: BLS.gov shows avg PTA salary to be 75-80K in Dallas Metro/Allen TX area. Is this accurate? Or is it just cost if living bump? Saw a job in Beverly Hills, CA that offered $80k as well and I believe between taxes, gas, and living COL would be higher there.

Thanks,
Eddie

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Truth in Lake Placid, Florida

7 months ago

Ete11a in Manhattan, Kansas said: Hello all,

Im looking into PTA as a career field. I will have a bachelors in Kinesiology, CPT, and hopefully a CSCS when I get through. Have you seen any of those affect pay rate? Also, can someone break down how home health pay works? Saw a comment that said company pays $50/visit and comes out to $43k/year. Not sure how that math works out.
Also for you Dallas TX people: BLS.gov shows avg PTA salary to be 75-80K in Dallas Metro/Allen TX area. Is this accurate? Or is it just cost if living bump? Saw a job in Beverly Hills, CA that offered $80k as well and I believe between taxes, gas, and living COL would be higher there.

Thanks,
Eddie

I found that doing home health wears me out. Though, you have the freedom of being "outside". I personally work in a SNF in a small town where the SNF has a hard time finding help. They pay top dollar. I do a good job but I DO NOT bust my tail. I pull in $75K, get good insurance and get paid time off. If I were single, I'd hook up with a recruiter, like Jackson, and travel around on 13 & 26 week assignments. Go to different locations from Oregon to Florida. Texas, North Carolina and Florida are best to keep you busy and make money. Meet a hell of a lot of people. Then again...I like to stay in one building...work my 8 hours, go home and do an evening ride on my Harley. Peace!

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Truth in Lake Placid, Florida

7 months ago

Wow...this web page is like "Home Health Central" Cool though. We can learn a lot rom one another.

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mamba in Niles, Illinois

5 months ago

Risty Durbin, PT in Houston, Texas said: Hi, my name is Risty Durbin, PT. I am the chief operating officer of Theramax Therapy Services- Houston TX. We offer the same current rate, though depending on some other factors and the area of coverage, we give a little bit more than $50.00. Email me if you are interested in working with us. The company is paperless so don`t need to worry about the paperwork submission. Also you are assigned to 1 person only ,as a contact point, in dealing with your patients with Theramax. Visit us online: www.heramaxtherapyservices.com or email me at risty@thermaxherapyservices.com

Hey Risty, I am a student PTA and I will be done by the end of next year. I plan on moving to Houston at the beginning of my PTA career. What is the current rate for PTA's per visit at Theramax? Also, how long does each session typically last?

-Kevin Kalappurayil

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bigchevydude in Springfield, Illinois

5 months ago

I'm looking to possibly move to a hot area for PTAs especially home health to pursue a high paying home health job. I'd imagine Texas is still a pretty good area, although not as great as it was a few years ago. I'm wondering what city would be my best bet as far as supply/demand/pay? I'm looking for at least 50 a visit as mentioned in this thread. Any recommendations on what companies are good/bad....Any advice would be great. Thanks so much!!!

I can be contacted at jdhommert@gmail.com

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alewis0929 in Pflugerville, Texas

3 months ago

pam in Lufkin, Texas said: If you are interested in home health and relocating consider a larger company If you want more information you can email me at pdcasper@txhha.com

Based on the location I would be asking at least $65,000 a year. Or $45 per hour. I'm making $58,400/year as a new grad at a SNF. And home health pays more than what I make hourly. Which is $29/hour. (Recent raise)
So with your experience, the setting and location, you need to ask for the higher end of the pay avg for your profession.

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alewis0929 in Pflugerville, Texas

3 months ago

bigchevydude in Springfield, Illinois said: I'm looking to possibly move to a hot area for PTAs especially home health to pursue a high paying home health job. I'd imagine Texas is still a pretty good area, although not as great as it was a few years ago. I'm wondering what city would be my best bet as far as supply/demand/pay? I'm looking for at least 50 a visit as mentioned in this thread. Any recommendations on what companies are good/bad....Any advice would be great. Thanks so much!!!

I can be contacted at jdhommert@gmail.com

As I stated in what appears to be the wrong discussion. Minimum $65k a year or what you stated $50/hour. I make almost $60k and am a new grad in a SNF in the surrounding Austin area. Dallas, Houston are top paying so with your location, setting (home health) and experience I would ask high end of the pay avg for your profession.

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Jade Tran in Houston, Texas

3 months ago

Risty Durbin, PT in Houston, Texas said: Hello Jonathan,
As a new grad, I would really advice you to get an experience from the hospital acute setting, then acute out patient setting, just to give you a good foundation. Most of the hospitals has both inpatient acute and out patient clinic rehab at the same time and they rotate the therapist from one department to another. In home health , you are working by your own and it is very important that you have a very good foundation. It is worth investing your time working in the hospital for a few months or even years even though therapist working in the hospital makes less money compared to home health therapist.Once you get the knowledge, then, you can hit the home health work.

Working in home health will give you a very good flexibility since you control your schedule and can actually work less since the pay is higher compared to hospital and out patient setting. If you are a business minded person and you want financial growth and freedom after 10 years, then this is a good work set up for you. You can work like a horse in the first part of your career, save, save, then investing your money on new venture (eg.real estate) to give you passive income someday or even opening your own rehab and being the director of it at the same time. I know a lot of rehab directors who are PTA.

Good luck to you Jonathan!

Check this link for FAQ for Home Health therapist: theramaxtherapyservices.com/NewApplicantEmployeeFAQ.aspx

Hi Risty! I just wanted to ask you for advice. Where did you obtain your cert in Houston? I am thinking about going to HCC

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Kiks in Los Angeles, California

2 months ago

I'm so glad to find this post. Great info!

I a PTA. For those wanting info about West LA area. Have been doing HH ~ 3 yrs now but worked in variety of settings before. I recommend working other settings first and get your skills and confidence up. HH is great if you prefer independence and like to be outside, etc. But at same time you'll probably feel like your losing your skills.

Am dual state licensed w/app to 3rd (FL) in the works. Pay rate is $65 per visit here w/no mileage for most agencies (but you can tax that). I decided to work for ~ 3 agencies and limit my range and still have full schedule if I wish. I cover ~7 m S or E and only 3 m going N. If pt smokes I reassign. If they have a dog, almost always I politely ask they confine them. Had a dog try to bite me once. We have to carry our own liability insurance (~80/yr). Had been offered as low as $50.00 by 1 agency but able to negotiate $55 when I was first getting into HH and I still see an ad here and with that rate. I knew they were low balling me but I wanted and needed the HH experience. 3 mos later I was offered $60 at different agency but negotiated $65 and said good-bye to 1st agency who I had issues with paying me anyway. I have excellent references and fully bilingual which help. I wouldn't take anything under $60 per visit in LA area if that helps. Do not be afraid to negotiate!

I also have it set so that I call pt first and if they are flexible enough I take them, otherwise I decline. Many PTs are cool others are not so kind and I decline to work with those on any future cases too. If PTs can decide if they want a to work with a PTA then a PTA should feel comfortable voicing concerns working with certain PTs if PT is going to be nasty, maybe feel obligated to because of agency. More PTs in LA than PTAs though that may be changing with new school.

Plenty of HHA around which is good but also bad because some of them are not very legit with the stuff they do or want you to do.

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Kiks in Los Angeles, California

2 months ago

Also, due to my experience with the first agency. I always ask for agency's EIN so I can be sure I can add them for taxes. That agency didn't pay me on time, and never sent my 1099 at the end. BTW you are 1099 for most agencies here. An agency that doesn't pay you on time is not an agency you want to work for- no matter how desperate you are. I know a PT who had to take an agency to court over several thousand dollars. Some will be here today and gone tomorrow because area is huge. I am a registered business but starting off as sole proprietor for now. I eventually got into yoga and Pilates so be sure to keep up with training even if you're not getting credit for the board. It's important to be able to relate to the area you work in, possibly incorporate some of it in your treatments but also have something to fall back on or supplement your income.

Hope that helps!

Now if I may ask, anyone in the Jacksonville (beaches) area? I am thinking of relocating. Any suggestions on pay or the way it works there for PTA HH and/or yoga and Pilates studios/teachers? Thnks so much!

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Smiley in Georgetown, Texas

2 months ago

alewis0929 in Pflugerville, Texas said: As I stated in what appears to be the wrong discussion. Minimum $65k a year or what you stated $50/hour. I make almost $60k and am a new grad in a SNF in the surrounding Austin area. Dallas, Houston are top paying so with your location, setting (home health) and experience I would ask high end of the pay avg for your profession.

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Hi alewis. I saw that you mentioned you're a recent grad to PTA. May I ask where you went to school and how long you've been working? Thanks in advance!

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