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  • APTA Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry Again Receives CMS Designation for MIPS Reporting

    APTA's Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (Registry) has been approved again by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR). The designation for 2018 means that physical therapists (PTs) who participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program can submit their data directly from the Registry, but the CMS approval is also an acknowledgment that APTA offers a robust, reliable system for tracking and benchmarking patient outcomes.

    Although voluntary for now, PT participation in MIPS could be mandatory as early as 2019, making it important to become familiar with the system (APTA encourages eligible PTs to voluntarily participate in MIPS now).The Registry’s QCDR status will be particularly helpful for practices whose electronic health records (EHRs) do not have the capability to report directly to MIPS.

    According to Heather Smith, PT, MPH, APTA's director of quality, the value of the Registry goes well beyond MIPS data submission.

    "Registry data will allow physical therapists to understand their treatment patterns, interventions, and outcomes for specific patient populations," Smith said in an APTA news release. "In everyday practice, PTs then use the information objectively to evaluate how a patient, a group of patients, or a population of patients are cared for."

    Registry users can access nonproprietary outcomes measures supported by CMS, as well as measures specific to particular EHR systems. In addition, APTA has begun the process of developing its own quality measures. The Registry also will include region/disease-specific treatment and outcome modules to help PTs treat patients according to established clinical practice guidelines. The first such module, focused on congenital muscular torticollis, is now under development through a partnership between APTA and the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.

    The Registry enables PTs to make improved, data-informed clinical decisions, track and benchmark outcomes against industry data, and demonstrate the value of physical therapist services to payers and fellow providers. It directly integrates with multiple third-party EHR systems. For more information about the Registry, visit www.ptoutcomes.com.

    Headed to the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in February? Check out the Registry booth at the APTA Pavilion, the Registry poster session on February 23, and 2 related presentations: "A Multi-Dimensional Data Collection System (#2145)" and "Balancing Inclusion and Use of Outcomes Instruments in the Registry (#2144)."


    • How is measurement of process a measurement of outcome?

      Posted by Allen Duyck on 1/17/2018 5:40 PM

    • I am looking for information on your registry. We are looking at our options for the 2019 year and the start of MIPS? What is the cost associated with yours and does it work along with Optimis? Thanks

      Posted by Carol Severson on 3/26/2018 1:55 PM

    • Hi, Carol! Please reach out to registry@apta.org and we'd be happy to speak with you about the PT Outcomes Registry and answer any questions you might have.

      Posted by Rachael Crockett on 3/29/2018 11:53 AM

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