preferred practice pattern

pre·ferred prac·tice pat·tern

(prē-fĕrd' prak'tis pat'ĕrn)
The category of conditions used by physical therapists to diagnose and formulate a plan of care within their scope of professional practice. The categories include musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular-pulmonary, and integumentary.
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The exam is performed on site in minutes and produces a diagnostic interpretation and associated report, including care instructions that are aligned with the American Academy of Ophthalmology preferred practice pattern for diabetic retinopathy.
Conjunctivitis summary benchmarks for preferred practice pattern guidelines.
Ophthalmologists can read the Academy's AMD Preferred Practice Pattern guidelines at http://bit.ly/aaoamdppp.
Organized by preferred practice patterns, the text covers rehabilitation of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary systems, and interventions overlapping those systems.
It differs from its predecessors, and other cardiopulmonary textbooks, by its use of the American Physical Therapy Association's cardiovascular/ pulmonary preferred practice patterns, outlined in the 'Guide for Physical Therapist Practice: Edition Two'.
Although this text is impressively detailed and informative, the preferred practice patterns on which this text is based would not be familiar to New Zealand therapists and can make reading confusing at times.
Third, the claims administration process used by companies should include preferred practice patterns, disability profiles and full managed care integration.
The recently published Preferred Practice Patterns for the Professions (ASHA, 1993) provides detailed information on speech pathology concerning clinical indications for procedures, clinical processes, setting and equipment specifications, safety and health specifications, and documentation guidelines for use by professional peers, third-party payers, administrators, and the general public.
The establishment of preferred practice patterns will greatly improve collective control of costs, and cost control is a critical success factor for the nineties.

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