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  • Videos Highlight Innovative Practice in ICUs, Using Evidence to Improve Care

    Two new APTA videos and accompanying handouts illustrate how early physical therapy in intensive care units (ICUs) and using evidence can help reduce health care costs and improve patient care. APTA members Christiane Perme, PT, CCS, and Gerard P. Brennan, PT, PhD, outline the opportunities available to physical therapists (PTs) who are ready to take on new challenges, particularly those related to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and integrated health care systems, in today's health care environment. Other videos highlight a prospective surveillance cancer model and improving health through fitness

    Looking for more information on ACOs? Check out FAQs on the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Pioneer Models, a new ACO definitions handout, and a dispelling ACO myths chart. In addition, ACO assessment checklists are available for PTs in private practice and PTs practicing in health care organizations with ACO status.     

    Changes to PQRS Measure 131 Outlined in New Podcast

    A new podcast provides additional detail about 2 major changes in 2012—frequency of reporting and the quality data codes—to Physician Quality and Reporting System (PQRS) Measure 131: Pain Assessment and Follow-Up. A case study, which also is included in the podcast transcript, takes listeners through 3 scenarios using the measure's new codes. 

    Guide Focuses on Unintended Consequences of EHRs

    A thorough and honest assessment of an organization's readiness should take place before choosing an electronic health record (EHR), says an online resource designed to help health care organizations anticipate, avoid, and address problems that can occur when implementing and using EHRs.  

    The Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records, prepared by RAND Corporation for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, aims to provide practical, troubleshooting knowledge and resources to primary EHR users, such as chief information officers, directors of clinical informatics, information technology specialists, and clinicians involved in the implementation of an EHR. However, frontline EHR users, such as health care providers, also may find the guide useful.

    Four modules address how to avoid, understand and identify, and remediate unintended consequences of EHRs. Tools and examples are available for both current and future EHR users, in addition to 15 case examples that outline issues encountered and provide solutions and lessons learned.