Innovation 2.0 Finalists Demonstrate Success in New and Collaborative Health Care Models

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 18, 2014 — The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has announced its finalists in the Innovation 2.0 project, an initiative aimed at highlighting and advancing the impact of physical therapy in innovative and emerging models of health care, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), bundled payment, direct access, patient-centered medical homes, prevention and health promotion, and value-based purchasing.

"The health care environment is rapidly evolving with an emphasis being placed on collaborative care models that achieve the triple aim of improving health and outcomes and reducing costs," said Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, president of APTA. "Our finalists have demonstrated success in using new and collaborative models to achieve these goals, and we are proud to support them in their pursuit."

Three Innovation 2.0 project finalists were selected from among nearly 60 applicants. Applicants participated in a rigorous review process, which involved attending a workshop in May to present their projects to a review panel of 9 individuals representing various physical therapy settings across the continuum of care.

The 3 finalists selected to receive financial and in-kind support from APTA are:

  • Timothy Flynn, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists and Northern Colorado Individual Practice Association Inc (NCIPA), and Mountain and Plains ACO LLC, for "Facilitating Access Improving Care-Physical Therapists as Integral ACO Members"
  • Robin Marcus, PT, PhD, OCS, University of Utah, for "Adding Value to Postacute Care Settings Through Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Services"
  • Brian Wrotniak, PT, PhD, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, for "Patient-Centered Medical Home: An Innovative Model for Childhood Obesity Prevention With the Physical Therapist as a Key Player to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs"

APTA will work with each of the project leads over the coming weeks to finalize the details of a timeline for their participation in Innovation 2.0. Over the next 12 months, APTA will also work closely with each of the teams to further develop and advance their models, which will establish new and innovative templates that can be replicated for wider implementation in the health care system.

"APTA is committed to preparing its members for inclusion in new models of care and helping members thrive in this new health care environment," said Rockar.

APTA has selected 2 additional recipients and projects to receive financial awards:

  • Craig Johnson, PT, MBA, Minnesota Physical Therapy Association, for "A New Model of Care in Workers' Compensation: Direct Access to Physical Therapist Services by Workers with Low Back Pain"
  • Allison Orofino, PT, Marshall Medical Center, for "Integration of Physical Therapy in 90 Day Postacute Episodes of Care"

The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 88,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about the types of conditions physical therapists can treat, and find a physical therapist in your area, by visiting Consumers are encouraged to follow APTA on Twitter (@MoveForwardPT) and Facebook.

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