Catalog 2018-2019 
    Feb 26, 2021  
Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PTA 136 Topics in Physical Therapy II

3 credits

Course covers administrative skills relevant to the PTA including accurate and timely billing, resource management, managing productivity, and an overview of payment systems. Additional topics include skills for reading healthcare literature and the APTA Guide to PT Practice.

Prerequisites: PTA 126 , PTA 135 , PTA 145 , and PTA 155  

Corequisites: PTA 146  and PTA 156  

Quarters Offered: Spring

Global Outcomes:
This course teaches to the global outcome of Teamwork.

This course teaches to the global outcome of Information Literacy.

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Use online and print resources to find current laws, regulations, and policies that apply to physical therapy, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants 
  • Describe how current healthcare laws, regulations, and policies affect physical therapist assistants
  • Collect relevant healthcare literature using print and online research tools
  • Identify basic concepts in professional literature including validity, reliability and level of statistical significance
  • Generalize the main ideas of a piece of relevant healthcare literature and how they apply to the clinical work of a physical therapist assistant
  • Explain the relevance and importance of resource management in physical therapy
  • Discuss implications of providing accurate and timely information for billing and reimbursement purposes
  • Describe aspects of practice management including organizational planning and operation of the physical therapy service
  • Discuss legal practice standards, including federal, state, and institutional regulations related to patient care and fiscal management
  • Define and give examples of billing fraud, waste and abuse related to physical therapy
  • Identify ways to prevent billing fraud, waste, and abuse in the field of physical therapy
  • Identify resources and reporting actions if a PTA identifies fraud, waste, or abuse related to the utilization of and payment for physical therapy and other health care services
  • Self-assess professional behaviors including interpersonal skills, communication skills, use of constructive feedback, professionalism, responsibility, and stress management
  • Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of other health care providers in patient-centered care
  • Employ appropriate etiquette when using electronic communication tools in professional communications
  • Identify the components of the PTA Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI) and their correct application

Total Hours: 30 Lecture Hours: 30