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Use of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Physical Therapist Practice: Report of the Industry Stakeholder Collaborative Task Force on Outcomes Instrumentation


As health care continues to shift toward value-based payment models, it is incumbent on physical therapy practices to incorporate patient-reported outcomes into their standard process of care delivery. Patient-reported outcome tools (PROs) are survey-based instruments that capture the patient and/or caregiver’s perspective regarding health (or disability) status or quality of life. A large number of PROs are available for use, but they vary widely in terms of their reliability, validity, and administrative effort to implement. Payers are already adopting programs that require use of one or more PROs for quality measurement in value-based payment models (e.g., CMS).

Legislation, Advocacy, and the Government Affairs Committee

By Tom DiAngelis, PT, DPT

Well, it has certainly been an interesting start to the 115th Congress and Trump presidency. As I mentioned in my column last November, and was highlighted in our lobbyists’ February Advocacy in Action column by Alpha Lillstrom Cheng, JD, MA, and Jerry Connolly, PT, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) of the Private Practice Section (PPS) meets every two years immediately after the new Congress is elected.

The Right Choice


HIPAA and security considerations when choosing an EMR vendor.

By Gwen Simons, Esq, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Choosing an electronic medical record (EMR) vendor can be one of the most important decisions a practice makes because it is not easy to change EMR programs once the choice is made. Therapists are increasingly choosing cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) programs for greater access and lower startup/maintenance costs. But when the program stores patient data on cloud servers, more attention must be paid to the EMR vendor’s security safeguards and contract terms to fully comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and avoid a security breach.

Spread the Word


Spoiling the best kept secret in health care.

By Sturdy McKee, PT, MPT, CEO

It’s no secret that not enough people know about physical therapists and what we can do to help them. In many cases our families don’t even know what we do when we go to work. On social media recently, the phrase “Physical Therapists, the best kept secret in health care” is being bandied about. But despite people not knowing, what physical therapists do is inspiring, meaningful, and incredibly valuable to individuals and society. We need to do a better job of spreading the word.

Establishing a Compliance Program


The steps you need to take to ensure your business is compliant.

By Tom Ambury, PT, CHC*

As we enter 2017, the need for private practices to have their own compliance program has become more apparent. Since 2011, we have seen the need for compliance grow. We have seen regulations increase, compliance laws enhanced at both the federal and state levels, and insurance policy changes regarding providing rehab or physical therapy services.

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