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ALEXANDRIA, VA, January 21, 2016 — Data from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (Registry) is now published in the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC(c)) database, APTA announced today.
LOINC(c) is a worldwide universal coding system that provides standardized codes and names for more than 73,000 data elements. The APTA Registry helps evaluate patient outcomes from physical therapist services by collecting data from across the full continuum of physical therapy care. Gathering standardized data elements in a consistent nomenclature from many independent source systems contributes to the quality of data collection and allows the Registry to partner with various sources of practice management software, electronic health records, and outcomes platforms. Publication of the LOINC(c) names and codes for the data elements of the Registry sets a standard for data collection in physical therapy and allows the Registry to achieve a transparent and open process that will allow further partnership with leaders in the field.
"The need for a standardized nomenclature for data exchange is widely recognized as a crucial component to improving health care," explained APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS. "A challenge to effective health data exchange has been the lack of naming standards for identical concepts across different data systems. LOINC helps achieve a bridge across these systems."
The APTA Registry enables the demonstration of the value of physical therapist services and establishes benchmarks for physical therapists in delivering evidence-based care. Data sources include electronic health records, billing and documentation systems, physical therapy facilities, and individual physical therapists. This information will be used to help identify areas of success and opportunities for improvement in providing patient care. The Registry is in its pilot phase and anticipates public release in late 2016 or early 2017.
LOINC(c), developed by Regenstrief Institute Inc, has been adopted as a national standard in more than 25 countries, including the United States, and is accessible at no cost. It was adopted as the standard for lab tests and clinical document titles in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Electronic Health Record (EHR) "Meaningful Use" incentive program.
The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 93,000 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 www.MoveForwardPT.com. Follow MoveForwardPT on Twitter and Facebook.