Physical Therapist's Guide to Health Care / Edition 1

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Overview

The Physical Therapist's Guide to Health Care is the simple, clear app roach to understanding health care in today's changing environment. Th is book provides a strategy based approach to help physical therapists successfully manage change and meet the challenges of clinical practi ce in common practice settings. This essential text includes an intro duction to health care that covers the basics of health care financing , health care reimbursement systems, cost containment strategies and r eferral services. Important issues covered in this book include trends in acute, subacute, home health care practice, outcomes management an d prevention.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

This is the simple, clear approach to understanding healthcare in today's changing environment. This book provides a strategy based approach to help physical therapists successfully manage change and meet the challenges of clinical practice in common practice settings. This essential text includes an introduction to healthcare that covers the basics of healthcare financing, healthcare reimbursement systems, cost containment strategies, and referral services. Important issues covered include trends in acute, subacute,and home healthcare practice, as well as outcomes management and prevention. Chapters include information on healthcare reimbursement systems and cost containment strategies, time and caseload management, documentation requirements, quality management in physical therapy, and the role of the physical therapist in prevention and wellness.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Cynthia Potter, PT, DPT, PCS (Healthquest Community Service)
Description: This book addresses the evolving role of the physical therapist in the changing healthcare delivery system and how physical therapists can be best prepared to respond to those changes. The skills and trends that go beyond clinical decision making to insure that physical therapists continue to effectively deliver their services are addressed.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the physical therapist with an orientation to changes in the role of physical therapy and to provide strategies for physical therapists to be proactive in the current healthcare environment.
Audience: It is geared specifically for physical therapists and physical therapist assistant students.
Features: The book begins with a description of recent trends that have impacted the role of physical therapists such as integrated service delivery and decreased inpatient hospital stays. An introduction to healthcare financing, reimbursement, and cost containment strategies follow. The strongest chapters in the book address trends in specific settings, including acute care, sub-acute care, and home healthcare. These chapters would especially be helpful for a physical therapist who may be changing settings and needs to become familiar with terminology and practices in a new setting. The need for physical therapists to be efficient and provide efficacious treatment is addressed in several chapters on time management, caseload management, outcome measurement, and documentation requirements. The chapter on utilization management features some useful questions and answers about utilization review and utilization management along with strategies for the physical therapists affected by these processes. The quality management chapter has limited information and lacks specific discussion about various current methods being used to assess quality. A chapter describing the expanding role of physical therapists in prevention and wellness concludes the book. Each chapter of the book concludes with a "Test Your Skills" exercise which helps the reader to synthesize information and encourages the reader to develop creative solutions to the problems presented. An extensive glossary and several appendixes are included. A list of approved physical therapy abbreviations, several APTA documents related to practice (Guidelines for Documentation, Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and the Policy Direction, Delegation, and Supervision in Physical Therapy Services), and a sample of a critical pathway can be found in the appendixes.
Assessment: Compared to other books available describing the delivery of healthcare services in the U.S., this book is unique in specifically addressing physical therapy services. It would be most useful for students in providing an overview and introduction to the many complex issues in today's clinical environment. It will be of limited use to an experienced, practicing clinician since few of the many topics covered are described in detail or include specific implications for practice. Those who are reentering practice or changing settings will find the book helpful in describing the current environment. Because of the rapid changes in healthcare, subsequent editions of this book will be required.
From the Publisher

"The text will serve as a good reference for professional issues throughout the curriculum. Topics were well suited for classroom discussions."

    — Barbara Behrens, Mercer County Community College

From The Critics
Reviewer: Cynthia Potter, PT, DPT, PCS(Healthquest Community Service)
Description: This book addresses the evolving role of the physical therapist in the changing healthcare delivery system and how physical therapists can be best prepared to respond to those changes. The skills and trends that go beyond clinical decision making to insure that physical therapists continue to effectively deliver their services are addressed.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the physical therapist with an orientation to changes in the role of physical therapy and to provide strategies for physical therapists to be proactive in the current healthcare environment.
Audience: It is geared specifically for physical therapists and physical therapist assistant students.
Features: The book begins with a description of recent trends that have impacted the role of physical therapists such as integrated service delivery and decreased inpatient hospital stays. An introduction to healthcare financing, reimbursement, and cost containment strategies follow. The strongest chapters in the book address trends in specific settings, including acute care, sub-acute care, and home healthcare. These chapters would especially be helpful for a physical therapist who may be changing settings and needs to become familiar with terminology and practices in a new setting. The need for physical therapists to be efficient and provide efficacious treatment is addressed in several chapters on time management, caseload management, outcome measurement, and documentation requirements. The chapter on utilization management features some useful questions and answers about utilization review and utilization management along with strategies for the physical therapists affected by these processes. The quality management chapter has limited information and lacks specific discussion about various current methods being used to assess quality. A chapter describing the expanding role of physical therapists in prevention and wellness concludes the book. Each chapter of the book concludes with a "Test Your Skills" exercise which helps the reader to synthesize information and encourages the reader to develop creative solutions to the problems presented. An extensive glossary and several appendixes are included. A list of approved physical therapy abbreviations, several APTA documents related to practice (Guidelines for Documentation, Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and the Policy Direction, Delegation, and Supervision in Physical Therapy Services), and a sample of a critical pathway can be found in the appendixes.
Assessment: Compared to other books available describing the delivery of healthcare services in the U.S., this book is unique in specifically addressing physical therapy services. It would be most useful for students in providing an overview and introduction to the many complex issues in today's clinical environment. It will be of limited use to an experienced, practicing clinician since few of the many topics covered are described in detail or include specific implications for practice. Those who are reentering practice or changing settings will find the book helpful in describing the current environment. Because of the rapid changes in healthcare, subsequent editions of this book will be required.
Cynthia N. Potter
This book addresses the evolving role of the physical therapist in the changing healthcare delivery system and how physical therapists can be best prepared to respond to those changes. The skills and trends that go beyond clinical decision making to insure that physical therapists continue to effectively deliver their services are addressed. The purpose is to provide the physical therapist with an orientation to changes in the role of physical therapy and to provide strategies for physical therapists to be proactive in the current healthcare environment. It is geared specifically for physical therapists and physical therapist assistant students. The book begins with a description of recent trends that have impacted the role of physical therapists such as integrated service delivery and decreased inpatient hospital stays. An introduction to healthcare financing, reimbursement, and cost containment strategies follow. The strongest chapters in the book address trends in specific settings, including acute care, sub-acute care, and home healthcare. These chapters would especially be helpful for a physical therapist who may be changing settings and needs to become familiar with terminology and practices in a new setting. The need for physical therapists to be efficient and provide efficacious treatment is addressed in several chapters on time management, caseload management, outcome measurement, and documentation requirements. The chapter on utilization management features some useful questions and answers about utilization review and utilization management along with strategies for the physical therapists affected by these processes. The quality management chapter has limitedinformation and lacks specific discussion about various current methods being used to assess quality. A chapter describing the expanding role of physical therapists in prevention and wellness concludes the book. Each chapter of the book concludes with a "Test Your Skills" exercise which helps the reader to synthesize information and encourages the reader to develop creative solutions to the problems presented. An extensive glossary and several appendixes are included. A list of approved physical therapy abbreviations, several APTA documents related to practice (Guidelines for Documentation, Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and the Policy Direction, Delegation, and Supervision in Physical Therapy Services), and a sample of a critical pathway can be found in the appendixes. Compared to other books available describing the delivery of healthcare services in the U.S., this book is unique in specifically addressing physical therapy services. It would be most useful for students in providing an overview and introduction to the many complex issues in today's clinical environment. It will be of limited use to an experienced, practicing clinician since few of the many topics covered are described in detail or include specific implications for practice. Those who are reentering practice or changing settings will find the book helpful in describing the current environment. Because of the rapid changes in healthcare, subsequent editions of this book will be required.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556423789
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 998,227
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Curtis, PhD, PT

Dr. Kathleen Curtis is a professor in the Physical Therapy Department at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches courses in research methods, professional development, health services administration, health behavior, and patient-practitioner communication. In addition to her responsibilities at California State University, Fresno, she is also an educational consultant with Health Directions, her own consulting firm. Dr. Curtis received her bachelor of science in physical therapy at Northeastern University. She received her master’s degree in health science from San Jose State University and received her doctorate in education at University of California, Los Angeles.

Her background includes a wide variety of experiences in clinical practice, staff development and supervision, clinical research, and clinical and academic teaching. Her interests include methods to enhance career development and longevity of professionals in the rehabilitation fields. She administers an annual outcomes assessment in the Physical Therapy Department at California State University, Fresno. She coauthored and currently serves on the advisory board of California State University, Fresno’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Interprofessional Collaboration, the first post-baccalaureate program of its kind in the country.

She has published extensively in rehabilitation literature and serves as a manuscript reviewer for several journals. She was recently awarded the California Physical Therapist Faculty Research Award for her study on helping behavior in physical therapists.

She has been teaching clinical education and career development workshops for the past 14 years and has trained more than 3500 clinical instructors and coordinators in the United States and Canada. In addition to teaching workshops, she published a six-module volume, Training Programs for Clinical Instructors, which is currently in use in more than 500 hospitals, colleges, and universities across the United States and Canada.

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Table of Contents

Contents 

Chapter 1: Managing Change
Kathleen A. Curtis, PhD, PT
Chapter 2: Basics of Health Care Financing and Reimbursement
Wendy Kristy, MPT
Chapter 3: Cost Containment Strategies
Wendy Kristy, MPT
Chapter 4: Referral and Access to Physical Therapy Services
Tod Steffenilla, MPT
Chapter 5: Trends and Strategies for Physical Therapy Practice in Acute Care 
Sonya Yokes, MPT
Chapter 6: Trends and Strategies for Physical Therapy Practice in Sub-acute Care
Julie Roberson, MPT
Chapter 7: Trends and Strategies for Physical Therapy Practice in Home Health Care
Nicole Hodson-Chennault, MPT
Chapter 8: Time Management Techniques
Noelle Righter-Freer, MPT
Chapter 9: Caseload Management and Delegation
Noelle Righter-Freer, MPT
Chapter 10: Measuring Outcomes of Physical Therapy
Wendy Kristy, MPT
Chapter 11: Documentation Requirements
Jenna Sawdon, MPT
Chapter 12: Utilization Management
Noelle Righter-Freer, MPT
Chapter 13: Quality Management in Physical Therapy
Noelle Righter-Freer, MPT
Chapter 14: The Role of Physical Therapy in Prevention and Wellness
Judith M. Reposo, MPT, and Dana Stypula, MPT

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