In a recently recorded podcast, APTA member Jose Kottoor, PT, MS, provides his perspective of accountable care organizations (ACO) and their relevance to physical therapists. Kottoor addresses strategies to reduce costs by decreasing the length of stay in acute care hospitals, such as early mobility of patients, weekend therapy, evening shifts for therapies, and using telehealth. He also discusses improving outcomes and quality measures, and reducing readmissions. Kotoor wraps up his presentation by highlighting the various opportunities for physical therapists who participate in programs aimed at disease risk management, health promotion, prevention, and fitness, in addition to those that reduce repeat emergency department visits, hospital admissions and readmissions, the incidence of falls, and the need for surgery.
A PowerPoint presentation accompanies this podcast.