Robin L. Marcus, PT, PhD, OCS
This is 1 of 4 collaborative care models APTA is supporting as part of Innovation 2.0. Starting in April 2016, APTA and the 4 models' member experts are conducting online Learning Labs to share the results of the models. Below is a brief description of the model:
This project will team an academic physical therapy program with the primary provider of post-acute care physical therapy services for patients after hip and knee surgery to examine a new model of post-acute care for this vulnerable patient population. Our objectives are successful integration of current evidence, resulting in decreased variation in physical therapy care, and improved quality indicators in hip and knee post-surgical patients. In partnership with the contract provider of physical therapy services to local SNFs, our academic physical therapy program will develop evidence-based care pathways for post-acute care of patients with hip fracture, total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty. We will leverage our academic medical center resources to provide an infrastructure to support shared data collection, standardized functional outcome measures, analyses, and dissemination of patient centered outcomes, healthcare costs and other quality indicators. We will engage faculty, students and community physical therapists in this initiative through regular clinical improvement meetings, regular feedback in the form of dashboards and other mechanisms, and use of personal engagement metrics in performance evaluations across all parties. Physical therapists will work collaboratively within our healthcare system to improve value driven outcomes, i.e., improving health care outcomes at a lower health care cost.