APTA member Michael Johnson, PT, PhD, OCS, recently was named to the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. The Council provides advice and recommendations to the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on priorities for a national health services research agenda. The 21-member panel comprises private-sector experts who contribute a varied perspective on the health care system and the most important questions that AHRQ's research should address in order to promote improvements in the quality, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of clinical practice. Johnson is the only physical therapist on the panel.
Johnson, regional director and chief clinical officer for the Home Health Practice at Bayada Home Health Care in Moorestown, New Jersey, has held numerous positions within APTA. He served as the Pennsylvania Chapter's chief delegate (2009-2011) and as a member of APTA's Government Affairs Committee (2005-2008). He is a member of the association's Workforce Consulting Group (2006-present) and PTJ's Special Feature Advisory Group (July 2009-present). He has been active in clinical and health policy-related research, resulting in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed abstracts and articles. In addition, Johnson has participated as a consultant on 2 expert work groups involved in developing quality measures for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for use under the Physician Quality Reporting System. He also is a member of the Steering Group for the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance.