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  • From PT in Motion: The Power and Potential of Clinical Registries

    To succeed in a value-based care environment, all health care providers—including physical therapists—must embrace accountability in the form of standardized patient outcomes data. Clinical outcomes registries are one way many health care professional societies and large health systems are doing so.

    This month’s issue of PT in Motion magazine includes a feature article on clinical outcomes registries such as APTA’s Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, including a look at how they work, and how practices can increase the power of their electronic health record (EHR) data to inform and improve patient care.

    "Strength in Numbers: The Power and Potential of Clinical Data Registries" explores how other medical professional societies are using registries to collect and analyze outcomes to improve patient care. Nicholas A. Vaganos, MD, a cardiologist whose employer participates in a clinical registry, tells PT in Motion, "When you pay attention to the data…it helps improve your treatment and your documentation."

    The registry directors interviewed for the article share examples of how the findings from large amounts of clinical data can revolutionize the way providers practice by providing real-time insights to supplement clinical practice guidelines. The article includes practical insights from physicians, quality experts, and an EHR software vendor on the nuts-and-bolts of participating in a registry.

    To find out more about APTA's Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, visit the registry website or email registry@apta.org.

    "Strength in Numbers: The Power and Potential of Clinical Data Registries" is featured in the November issue of PT in Motion and is open to all viewers—pass it along to nonmember colleagues to show them 1 of the benefits of belonging to APTA. Printed editions of the magazine are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.


    • Let me provide a different perspective. These types of registries do not account for unique, innovative, or creative approaches to care that no one else is doing. If there's "Strength in Numbers" as it says, it means most people are doing similar things. Advances come from the one clinician who decides that the way everyone else is doing it isn't the best and strikes out on his own. The vast majority of true break-through treatments in our field came about in this way. All this bureaucratic hoop jumping is stifling creativity in our field. And as for it serving to increase or justify reimbursement (as stated on the registry web site), dream on. I absolutely guarantee you that 10 years from now, your reimbursement will be lower in real dollar (i.e. inflated adjusted terms) and your paperwork load will be larger. In fact, I'm willing to bet $1,000 on that. Any takers?

      Posted by Brian Miller on 11/11/2017 7:08 PM

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