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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Physical Therapist's Guide to Health Care

Product Description

The Physical Therapist's Guide to Health Care is the simple, clear approach to understanding health care 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 health care that covers the basics of health care financing, health care reimbursement systems, cost containment strategies and referral services. Important issues covered in this book include trends in acute, subacute, home health care practice, outcomes management and prevention.

Chapters include information on health care 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.

Check out our new website dedicated to The Physical Therapist's Guide to Health Care. This innovative new website presents valuable up-to-date information as it becomes available. You can visit the site at

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Dr. Kathleen A. Curtis is the winner of the “President’s Award of Excellence” for 2005 at California State University, Fresno

A Brandon/Hill Selection!


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


"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

About 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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  1. To become a Physical Therapist you need to pass the NPTE exam which this website can help you with by providing test help, problems, and study guides.