Though its pilot test will be delayed until June because of changes to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the APTA Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (PTOR) is becoming more of a reality each day, with workflows, sample data entry screens, and staff ready or nearly ready to proceed.
The APTA Board of Directors received an update on PTOR progress during its April 3-5 meeting in Alexandria, where staff outlined progress on one of the association's top priorities for 2014. Current plans are for PTOR to begin pilot testing in early June, and to make its official debut in conjunction with the 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in February.
When complete, the registry will provide a user-friendly system to collect uniform data on patient and client outcomes. That data will help guide best practices, help providers meet regulatory reporting demands, generate benchmarking reports, help shape policy, and contribute to emerging payment models. APTA believes that the overall impact of the registry will be to demonstrate the value of physical therapist practice and the ways it can transform society.
At the Board meeting, APTA staff described the standard elements of the system, which will include visit report forms, workflow and patient management lists, and a data exchange that provides real-time access. Users will be able to opt in to other features that would make it possible to run quality measures on patient populations and connect to other electronic health records (EHR) systems.
Board members also got a glimpse "beyond the build" to learn how APTA is managing the legal, communications, and marketing side of the project, including a logo—a clean design that will help create identity and recognition.
With most of the program creation elements in place, the registry will transition during the first half of 2014 from a project overseen by an APTA task force to a full-fledged association-managed product. Current plans are for the task force to conclude its duties in July.
The PTOR webpage includes a video dispatch created after Board deliberations in August of 2013. APTA will post updates and further information on the registry there as they become available.
To see the full discussion on this and other topics from the April Board of Directors meeting, watch the archived livestream of all open sessions.
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