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  • National Registry on Patient Outcomes Moves Forward

    APTA plans to have a national registry of physical therapy patient outcomes ready for widespread use by 2015, as health care requirements for quality reporting and outcomes reporting increasingly dictate payment for services.

    APTA says the registry will be an organized system to collect uniform data on patient outcomes that can offer clinical guidance to promote best practices; provide a reporting mechanism that meets regulatory requirements; generate benchmarking quality reports at the individual, clinic, regional, and national levels; and collect data to advance research, inform policy, and contribute to emerging payment models. At the same time, the data collected will demonstrate the value of physical therapist practice and its impact on patients and clients.

    The APTA Board of Directors at its meeting last week enthusiastically reaffirmed its stance that the national registry is a top priority. The board voted to proceed with ongoing efforts toward the registry, further clarifying its purpose, structure, and scope. Concerning the sustainability of such a huge undertaking, in terms of financial investment and time commitments by staff and members, the Board agreed that a business plan will be developed by the December 2013 board meeting based on the premise that the registry will be self-sustainable within 10 years.

    A new National Registry webpage includes a video dispatch that followed the board’s deliberations; APTA will post updates and further information on the registry there as they become available. To view the entire discussion that led to the board’s decision on the registry, and to see all of the open proceedings from the August meeting, visit APTA’s livestream page, where video of the meeting is archived.


    • why reinvent the wheel if something like FOTO could be utilized?

      Posted by David Quint -> =FUZEF on 8/23/2013 4:33 PM

    • Does this mean we get to document on this registry plus functional G-codes? That does not sound efficient.

      Posted by Richard Stout on 8/23/2013 7:18 PM

    • I am using FOTO. It seems like FOTO is already functional and operational and that the registry would duplicate it's function. I suspect FOTO would be happy to cooperate with the APTA instead of reinventing the wheel. Also, FOTOs database would give headstart on outcomes data. For Medicare we also have G codes for outcomes. Is the concept to have mulitple systems and drown us in even more paperwork or "electronic work"? When does the priority revert to patient contact time with a PT, rather than paperwork? Are we headed for a day when aides and PTAs do treatment and PTs do evals and paperwork?

      Posted by Debra Layne on 8/24/2013 6:46 PM

    • FOTO already has 5 million+ patient episodes which allows sophisticated risk-adjusted benchmarking for clinicians and providers. Public reporting of clinican outcomes are also underway. There are over 90 published peer review journal articles supporting both FOTO's clinical utility and the science behind FOTO measures. I agree with previous emails regarding APTA's national registry plan - why reinvent the wheel?

      Posted by Mark Werneke on 8/26/2013 7:28 AM

    • The recent Medicare fee schedule rule outlines the role of professional societies to establish registries. APTA's primary business partner for the development of the national registry, Quintiles Outcome (Outcome Sciences), will help determine the best approach for data integration, aggregation, and compliance with government standards, but the goal is for the registry to collect data from numerous existing databases. APTA hopes to have multiple partners in this endeavor and has already had preliminary conversations with several groups, including FOTO.

      Posted by News Now Staff on 8/26/2013 1:39 PM

    • Al Amato and Ben Johnson from FOTO should be on your task force for sure. Both are PT's and pioneers in this space. These guys way ahead of the curve in terms of Outcomes and Satisfaction in the space of Physical Therapy. We have been a client of FOTO for years and it is a very valuable tool.

      Posted by Grant Koster on 8/26/2013 4:02 PM

    • KISS method please - Keep it Simple and Smart.

      Posted by Sharon Justice on 8/26/2013 6:43 PM

    • I agree with not reinventing the wheel and using our resources wisely. What are we willing to spend on this when other outcomes tools are already up, running, and easy to use. My only other comment is I have used Foto and it isn't nearly as easy to use as weboutcomes. Take a look at its website for details and compare. It's the better wheel!

      Posted by David Ellis on 8/28/2013 10:12 PM

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