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FOTO Rehab Outcomes Blog

Saturday #APTACSM 2019 Top Picks

This year the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association is happening much earlier. The meeting is scheduled in Washington DC from January 23-26

 This year there are many sessions that should connect for those of you who appreciate outcomes, payer contracts focused on value, and ways to improve your outcomes. The conference is coming to an end. Enjoy your final day!

Saturday 8-10 am    Innovations in Knee Arthroplasty: State of the Art in Surgery and Rehabilitation (Michael Bade, Jason M. Jennings, Andrew Kittelson, Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley)

The continuum of care for total knee arthroplasty will be discussed during this session. What are the factors that will most impact the outcomes after the procedure? You will learn those factors. You will also learn about how health care data can be leveraged to predict outcomes. 

Saturday 11 am - 1 pm   The Real World: How Therapists Can Thrive in Value-Based Care (T. Rowe)

value-based-careThis session will share the steps to take for physical therapists to successfully transition out of the fee-for-service payment model.  You will hear case studies of the ups and downs involved with transitioning. The session will help prepare you for value-based care payment models.

Saturday 11 am - 1 pm    Transforming Patient-Reported Data Into Actionable Analytics (Gerard Brennan, Kennedy Hawkins, Kate Minick, Lee Pierce, Devyn Woodfield)

value-based-health-careHealth services data is the focus of this session. What data do you have and what are you doing with it? This session will highlight the type of data you need and how to use it to improve patient care. If you use FOTO, you are ahead of the game because you have both individual patient data with predictive analytics along with aggregated data on your outcomes. In the event you are interested in health services research, you can request access to FOTO data for your research. 

See Booth 1121 Details!

This year FOTO has something special.  A few of the research advisory board members will be available to speak with you one-on-one. Daniel Deutscher arrives from Israel to share he knowledge. He will be at FOTO's booth (#1121) on Saturday from 1:15-1:30 pm for a Science Talk to discuss the Impact of Risk Adjustment on Provider Ranking. You can also learn from Daniel when he presents his orthopaedic platform presentation. 

 Daniel Deutscher - Orthopaedic Platform Presentation - Saturday 3-5 pm

Clinical Interpretation of the Neck Functional Status Computer Adaptive Test

The focus of Daniel's topic:  Reliability of point estimates and change scores, combining distribution and anchor-based thresholds of clinically important improvement and functional staging model as a facilitator of identify clinical meaningfulness.


Saturday 3-5 pm  Eugene Michels Research Forum-Patient-Reported Outcomes: Do They Improve Clinical Care?  (Judith Baumhauer, Karon Cook, Jeff Houck, RobRoy Martin)

comptuer-adaptive-testingKaron Cook, who is part of FOTO's Research Advisory Board, is speaking in this session. If Karon is allowed to let her personality and humor shine, this forum will combine education and entertainment. The focus in this forum will be patient reported outcomes and expand into more than just using the outcomes for individual patients. This session will delve deeper and look at aggregated data to analyze clinical performance and health care delivery. You will be able to participate in a lively debate revolving around patient reported outcomes.


Stop by booth 1121 to talk to the FOTO team. Rayleana, Judy, and Nikki have a few focused topics on their agenda that might interest you. Product demonstrations will of course be happening at the booth. The new topic will be how FOTO is ready to support your MIPs participation with FOTO's clinical quality data registry. I hear that you will be able to see the dashboard the development team created to help you succeed. On Thursday you have a chance to hear from Mark Werneke sharing the upcoming online educational courses. On Friday you have an opportunity to hear from Deanna Hayes about the development of a new patient reported outcome measure for regional swelling.  As mentioned above, on Saturday Daniel Deutscher will be here from Israel sharing the importance of risk adjustment and the risk you assume when your data is not appropriately risk adjusted. Mark Werneke will again be at the booth on Saturday to share how the frequency of assessment affects outcomes.

Until next time,

~Selena

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