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  • Innovation 2.0 Series of Learning Labs Kicks Off With Pay for Performance

    Insights on developing and implementing a pay-for-performance program that focuses on delivering care for patients with low back pain are yours to glean from the first Innovation 2.0 Learning Lab, now available in the APTA Learning Center. This free webinar includes the recorded session, including the presenters’ slide deck, and a downloadable guide to replicating the program in other practices.

    The inaugural online Learning Lab in APTA’s Innovation 2.0 series focuses on a pay-for-quality program for treatment of patients with low back pain (LBP). The project, conducted through Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah, focuses on LBP treatment as the basis for a comprehensive incentive program that doesn't just tally outcomes but looks at what prevents some patients from progressing. The project includes development of a "severity adjustment formula" that could predict when a patient has a low chance of achieving a minimally clinically important difference from physical therapy—before physical therapy begins.

    The Innovation 2.0 series is designed to promote the participation of physical therapists in innovative models of care delivery by replicating successful models throughout the country. Free access to the course and materials is available through the APTA Learning Center.

    Look for other Innovation 2.0 Learning Labs later this year; topics include adding value to a postacute care setting, PTs as part of an accountable care organization, and a patient-centered medical home model that addresses childhood obesity.

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