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Outcomes are important in direct management of individual patient care and for the opportunity they provide the profession in collectively comparing care and determining effectiveness.

Measuring outcomes is a critical component of physical therapist practice. Outcomes are important in direct management of individual patient care and for the opportunity they provide the profession in collectively comparing care and determining effectiveness.

APTA launched the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry in 2017 to provide a user-friendly system for collecting uniform data on patient and client outcomes. Data will help guide best practices, help providers meet regulatory reporting requirements, generate benchmarking reports, and help shape payment policy.

Standardized outcome measures provide a common language with which to evaluate the success of physical therapy interventions to determine which intervention approaches comprise best clinical practice.

Read more about measurement and outcomes in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.


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APTA's Registry Is a Bridge Between Research and Practice

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APTA spoke with Megan Valenzano, PT, DPT, compliance officer and director of regulatory affairs at Fox Rehabilitation, about her experience with APTA's Registry, lessons learned, and the Registry's role in advancing the profession.

APTA's Outcomes Registry Again Receives Key CMS Designation

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The APTA Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry has been approved as a qualified clinical data registry — an important benefit for PTs in MIPS.

COVID-19 Core Outcome Measures

Jun 29, 2020 / Open Access

Cross-academy/section task forces have identified two sets of core outcome measures for patients diagnosed with COVID-19, one for adults and one for children.

The Power of Predictive Analytics

Feb 1, 2020 / Feature

How patient data can answer questions to help PTs provide better care, improve outcomes, and lower costs.

The Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry: 2019 by the Numbers

Dec 12, 2019 / News

The Registry integrates with EHRs to help providers easily benchmark patient outcomes, participate in the MIPS, and improve patient care.

Don't Be Afraid to Sweat

Aug 26, 2019 / Perspective

Recognizing that we need to adjust our clinical practice requires self-reflection, patience, and a lot of effort.

50th Mary McMillan Lecture – NEXT 2019

Aug 16, 2019 / Podcast

Thomas G. McPoil, PT, PhD, FAPTA, discusses his Mary McMillan Lecture at APTA’s NEXT 2019 in Chicago.

MIPS, Quality Improvement, and the Registry

Jun 10, 2019 / Interview

APTA spoke with Peyton Fandel, PT, DPT, who played a key role in evaluating the potential benefits of MIPS and enrollment in APTA's registry.

MIPS Is Here

Apr 1, 2019 / Column

This is what you need to know now.