APTA is asking its members to choose wisely in order to help consumers do the same.
This week, all APTA members were invited by e-mail to participate in a survey that will help the association identify the "top 5 things physical therapists (PTs) and patients should question," for consideration to be included in the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation's "Choosing Wisely" campaign. This high-profile effort aims to educate consumers on health care procedures that tend to be done frequently, yet whose usefulness is called into question by evidence. The survey is now available online.
APTA is among the first 3 nonphysician provider organizations to be invited to join this project, which is being promoted by Consumer Reports and has already garnered media attention.
The association's work to create a physical therapy-related list began with a call for suggestions from members. A member expert panel reviewed over 170 suggestions and narrowed the list down to 9 candidates, basing its choices on Choosing Wisely requirements that the tests or procedures have been called into question through generally-accepted evidence, yet are frequently done.
Members have until June 3 to complete the survey. The top 5 questioned procedures will go to the APTA Board of Directors before being submitted to the ABIM Foundation for final approval. Members who missed the initial e-mailed survey link are being advised to be on the lookout for a reminder e-mail coming soon. (Not receiving e-mails from APTA? Update your e-mail preferences or check your spam folder.)
Choosing Wisely is a consumer-focused effort that is not intended to influence payment or coverage decisions. Instead, the initiative is designed to foster conversations between patients and health care providers about the care that is truly necessary for the individual health care consumer.
Once approved by the APTA Board of Directors and accepted into the program, APTA's Choosing Wisely list will become a feature of its Integrity in Practice Initiative, a broad effort to eliminate fraud, abuse, and waste from health care and strengthen the good reputation of physical therapy. The effort was the subject of a feature article (members-only access) in the February issue of PT in Motion.
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