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Jan 16, 2020 | FOTO Team

FOTO Receives QCDR Designation from CMS

FOTO’s QCDR integrates with leading therapy EMRs and FOTO’s Outcomes Manager program to provide a complete MIPS reporting solution for rehab clinicians

Knoxville, TN, Jan. 16, 2020 – Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO), a Net Health company, today announced that it has been approved as a 2020 Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the 11th year that FOTO has achieved CMS-approved registry status and its second year as a QCDR for MIPS, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System that took effect in 2019 for rehab clinicians, including physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs) and speech language pathologists (SLPs).

FOTO’s QCDR has successfully reported more than 265,800 patient episodes of care, covering 1.8 million patient visits, on behalf of rehab clinicians participating in MIPS for the 2019 performance year.

“We’re pleased to receive the QCDR designation again, and will continue to work with CMS and other rehab authorities to lead the industry in therapy outcomes management and reporting,” said Deanna Hayes, PT, DPT, MS, Director of Research and Measurement at FOTO. “Our QCDR, along with our outcomes management solution and related services, simplify the reporting process and enable rehab providers to take a data-driven approach to compliance and outcomes.”

FOTO provides a complete MIPS reporting solution. The FOTO QCDR integrates with many therapy EMRs and FOTO’s Outcomes Manager, the industry’s leading outcomes management program, to ensure patient data and therapy documentation are easily captured, analyzed and reported to CMS in a timely manner. FOTO’s dedicated MIPS registry specialists and advisory services provide the product and regulatory support rehab providers need throughout the performance year to ensure MIPS success.

“FOTO’s therapy outcomes expertise and years as a Qualified Registry stand out in our industry,” said Laura Shawver, Administrator at The Therapy Network, who manages MIPS reporting for 15 clinicians in the practice. “We’re devoted users of FOTO’s Outcomes Manager, and their QCDR made our transition to MIPS reporting seamless. The QCDR dashboard provides incredible transparency, allowing us to dig into the data to understand factors impacting performance and empower clinicians to proactively monitor and improve their MIPS scores.”

FOTO’s Outcomes Manager maintains the nation’s largest database of therapy outcomes, enabling practices to improve clinician performance and patient outcomes with real-time data on treatment effectiveness and efficiency. The system’s science-based measurement tools, risk-adjusted predictive analytics and benchmark comparisons deliver the insights clinicians need to transform the patient experience and excel in the two categories of MIPS for rehab clinicians in 2020—Quality and Improvement Activities.

FOTO offers the most extensive list of MIPS Quality measures for reporting (20), including seven NQF (National Quality Forum)-endorsed measures and 10 patient-reported outcome measures. To learn more about FOTO’s MIPS QCDR, visit fotoinc.com/mips-qcdr-and-foto.

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Jan 14, 2019 | FOTO Team

FOTO’s CMS-Designated Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) Provides Rehab Therapists Extensive Choice in Measure Selection

Knoxville, TN – January 14, 2019 -- Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO), a provider of web-based patient outcomes management solutions, risk-adjusted functional assessments, and predictive analytics, is pleased to announce its endorsement as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2019.

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Aug 28, 2018 | FOTO Team

FOTO Brings Net Promoter Score Dashboard to Healthcare to Improve Patient Satisfaction

Real-Time Performance Alerts Drive Patient Retention and Referrals for Clinics

Knoxville, TN – August 28, 2018 – Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO), a leading healthcare data analytics company with 21 million clinical patient assessments, today announced the addition of a Net Promoter Score® (NPS®) Dashboard to its Predictive Healthcare Analytics platform for clinics. 

 The addition of the NPS allows healthcare providers to monitor real-time patient satisfaction, bringing a valuable quality assessment and agility to the healthcare industry. Patients receive a better medical experience and clinicians benefit from patients’ active participation in their care.   

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Jun 13, 2018 | FOTO Team

FOTO Advises Congress on Innovation in Health Care

Provides Research Brief to House Ways and Means Committee On Pay-for-Performance Policies That Can Improve Quality of Patient Care

Knoxville, TN – June 14, 2018 – Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) accepted an invitation by the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health to offer guidance on how Congress may assist the medical industry to create new policies to improve healthcare.  

 FOTO provided to Congress detailed insights about pay-for-performance policies, using data from its Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures database of nearly 22 million patient assessments. Specifically, FOTO demonstrated the effectiveness of a value-based healthcare payment program using risk-adjusted performance measures, and provided results from a value-based payment pilot study using FOTO performance measures that resulted in a 12 percent cost savings.

 The Congressional Ways and Means Committee hearing, chaired by Peter Roskam (R-IL), was the second in a series on Innovation in Health Care. The hearing focused on innovative practices and technology that physicians and other providers are implementing. The Committee is seeking ways to modernize the U.S. healthcare system, improve healthcare delivery, encourage care providers to be accountable for outcomes, and innovate a payment system that emphasizes value-based care.

 “Our national healthcare system is in need of a significant overhaul, and we are proud to contribute FOTO’s vast experience and lessons learned from our robust scientific methods, technology, database and innovative approaches to measure, report, and encourage value-driven care,” said Deanna Hayes, Director of Research at Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc.

See the letter of the response comments to the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on health here.

 FOTO’s ground breaking pay-for-performance model has been implemented by large payers in the U.S. Including Health Partners in Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.

 About FOTO

Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) has been continuously improving solutions to efficiently measure and reliably report patient functional outcomes for the physical rehabilitation industry for 26 years. FOTO’s web-based measurement solutions are used by clinicians to determine fair and accurate risk-adjusted predictions of the expected improvement in patients’ functional ability.

 More than 21 million patient assessments have been compiled in the FOTO database – one of the largest in North America. Visit www.FOTOinc.com for more information.


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Apr 30, 2018 | FOTO Team

FOTO Announces Dr. Trevor A Lentz as Recipient of the 2018 D.L. Hart Memorial Outcomes Research Grant

Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) May 19, 2016

Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) announces Dr. Trevor A. Lentz, PT, PhD, MPh of Duke Clinical Research Institute as recipient of its annual D.L. Hart Memorial International Research Grant to research improved quality of care for musculoskeletal conditions.


The winning research proposal from Dr. Lentz seeks to reduce musculoskeletal pain and opioid abuse by developing an improved  version of the OSPRO-YF measure. Specifically, the project uses Item Response Theory (IRT) to improve OSPRO-YF measures of pain associated psychological distress like fear avoidance, negative mood, and positive affect/coping. The IRT-derived OSPRO-YF promises to provide insight into improving patient care and lowering healthcare costs with more precise and reliable estimates of psychological domain performance. When fully developed, the new OSPRO-YF measure could be incorporated into the FOTO Outcomes Management System. 



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