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  • Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry Open for Business, Ready to Make History

    After several years of careful development, APTA has launched what it predicts will be a new chapter in the history of the physical therapy profession: the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (Registry). The project aims to build an extensive nationwide repository of patient and practice data that APTA Chief Executive Officer Justin Moore, PT, DPT, describes as "a bridge from our proud past in physical therapy to fully realizing our potential in the future."

    The Registry collects and aggregates electronic health record data from participating physical therapist (PT) practices, allowing PTs to make improved, data-informed clinical decisions, track and benchmark outcomes against industry data, and demonstrate the value of PT services. It's the most extensive resource of its kind designed specifically for use in the physical therapy profession.

    Speaking at the Registry's February 15 launch event held at the APTA 2017 Combined Sections Meeting, APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, described the platform as "a resource that will elevate the care we provide our patients, that will better visualize our value, and that will help define our future, both as individual therapists and as a profession."

    "Ultimately, that means making a difference in people's lives," Dunn added.

    In a video dispatch on the launch, Jay Irrgang, PT, PhD, FAPTA, who heads up the scientific advisory panel that oversaw the development of the database, described the Registry as a singular source of data "from the profession, for the profession," adding that information from the Registry has the potential to impact not only practice, but quality improvement initiatives, payment, and research.

    The extent of those impacts? To a large degree, that's up to the profession itself, Moore told the audience at the launch event.

    "The Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry has the potential to become one of the most significant developments in the history of our profession, but only if we, as a profession, make use of it," Moore said. "The Registry is a bridge to our full potential. It's up to us now to walk across it."

    Visit the Registry website to find out how it works, and learn how you can use the Registry to transform your practice—and the profession.

     

     

     

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    • "Dr. Dunn is supervising the launch of the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry which capitalizes on more clinical data to encourage policy makers to support physical therapy. Dr. Dunn stresses, “We need more data to justify a change in payment.”" Really? REALLY?!? It's going on 39 years now that I've heard that we need more data to justify being paid commensurate to our value. If we don't have the data by now or aren't recognized by now for our value, we never will be. Does she really think that if we provide reams of data to insurers proving our worth, that suddenly they will open their coffers and shower us with wealth because it's the right thing to do? Get real! Too many in our profession are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. I recently compared average reimbursement per patient to 25 years ago when I moved to Michigan. It is lower! It is not just lower in inflation adjusted terms. It is lower in nominal dollar terms. And it's getting harder and harder to receive even that dwindling reimbursement. We can have all the high minded ideals and aspirations in the world but if the bottom line isn't being met, the rest withers on the vine. Somehow, I'm reminded of the following situation when thinking of the relationship between PTs and third party payers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdFLPn30dvQ

      Posted by Brian Miller on 2/23/2017 7:21 AM

    • hi i am having trouble with walking due to a stoke what kind of treatment would you think i should get

      Posted by ANNA HOUGHTON on 2/24/2017 4:03 PM

    • To date, data has never caused our profession to receive higher reimbursement. To the contrary, witness the explosion of outcomes data and research over the past 20 years and contrast that with payment that has decreased by at least 50%. On a graph, diverging lines between research and reimbursement would argue that we should never again engage in any outcomes data collection as it risks further declines in the small amount we currently receive. It is clear that these efforts are a waste of time and resources. The solution to reimbursement is clearly political, not clinical and certainly not academic. Brian P. D'Orazio DPT, MS, OCS

      Posted by Brian D'Orazio on 3/10/2017 4:00 PM

    • All I can say is that we as a profession need to take a step up and fight the fight to show our value in healthcare. Not sure that outcome data will be the driving force, but it surely can't help to objectively prove that we can provide quality conservative care while reducing healthcare costs exponentially. We need a much more strong presence and support from the APTA to help show this value while also helping to drive us into full autonomy in numerous ways (non-restrictive direct access, referrals for certain imaging, prescribe certain meds, etc.) that still currently cause our profession to be scrutinized as non-valuable. Let's meet our Vision 2020 goals as doctors, all standing together as one unified group of valuable healthcare professionals!

      Posted by Tracy Urvater on 3/14/2017 10:09 PM

    • I agree wholeheartedly with both Brians above. I am so tired of playing this game and jumping through gazillions of moving hoops! The sad reality seems to be that in the politicized healthcare world no one really cares about the humans who need our services or about us as the providers. It's time we- and the APTA-play hardball. The demands we- and many other healthcare professionals face- are ridiculous. We have got to stop acquiescing to this BS!

      Posted by Trisha B on 3/17/2017 10:12 PM

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