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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.

    APTA CEO Search Under Way

    Executive search firm Isaacson, Miller has developed a scope document that describes the position for APTA’s chief executive officer (CEO) and is seeking candidates for individuals to fill the position, which became open in July. As the firm conducting the search, Isaacson, Miller will accept all inquiries, candidate recommendations, and self-nominations, via the e-mail address 4849@IMSearch.com.

    The scope document is available on the APTA Staff webpage, where other information and updates about the CEO transition appear. On Isaacson, Miller’s webpage that lists the position, click on the 4849@IMSearch.com e-mail link to receive an automatic reply that includes the scope document.

    APTA Exhibits at National Conference of State Legislatures

    APTA's sponsorship and participation in the eighth annual NCSL "Walk for Wellness" and the APTA physical therapy information booth were prominent features at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit last week, where the association was again a leading exhibitor.

    Also at this year's event in Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center, conference attendees took the "PT Challenge" at the APTA booth—they answered quiz questions on direct access, protection for the term "physical therapy," and the detrimental effect of high patient copays for physical therapist services. Winners were eligible for a drawing for a Kindle Fire. This and other activities drew numerous state lawmakers from across the country to the APTA booth, where APTA State Government Affairs staff and Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) volunteers educated them about direct access to physical therapist services, term protection for physical therapy, copays, infringement concerns, payment challenges, and other issues important to the physical therapy profession at the state level. See highlights from this year's event.