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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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Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry

May 28, 2020

The registry enables you to demonstrate the value of PT services to consumers and payers, while also providing benchmarking data to enhance patient care.

Clinical Informatics and Outcomes

Aug 1, 2019 /

Tests and Measures

May 15, 2020

Members can access tests for the purpose of patient examination.

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COVID-19 Core Outcome Measures

Jun 29, 2020 / Resource

The Cross-Academy/Section COVID-19 Core Outcome Measure Task Force identified a core set of outcome measures for patients diagnosed with COVID-19, across the continuum of care and in all settings.

50th Mary McMillan Lecture – NEXT 2019

Aug 16, 2019 / Article

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.

PTJ: Outcomes Registry as Potential Leader in 'Systems Science'

Nov 19, 2018 / Review

Systems science emphasizes collecting and analyzing clinical data using a common language, say authors of a "Point of View" article in PTJ.

Moving Toward Quality Payment

Nov 1, 2018 / Feature

CMS has proposed changes to the 2019 physician fee schedule that would require eligible PTs to participate in Medicare's Quality Payment Program next year. To prepare, PTs must understand what's behind these efforts, what they need to do, and what may lie ahead.

Outcomes – A Strong Team Produces Better Results

Oct 18, 2018 / Perspective

With increased expectations to deliver high-quality care, it is important that we meet the standards that are being set for us.

New White Paper Presses for Consistent Mobility Assessments, More Outcome M...

Oct 9, 2018 / News

There is little consistency in the ways hospitals assess and promote movement, and almost no acknowledgement of mobility as an outcome measure. That needs to change, and soon, say authors of a new white paper.

What Is the PROMISe of Global Outcome Measures? 3 Things You Need to Know

Sep 5, 2018 / Perspective

Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are pivotal to assessing and achieving high-quality care.

Study: A Few Tests (And Demographic Variables) Can Help Predict Success of ...

Jun 12, 2018 / Review

A few tests and outcome measures can help shed light on the chances of a nonsurgical approach leading to success for athletes with ACL injuries.


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