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Jun 13, 2018 | Leigh Castleberry

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 | Leigh Castleberry

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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Apr 30, 2018 | Leigh Castleberry

FOTO Announces Recipient of D.L. Hart International Research Award: Dr. Jason R. Rodeghero

Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) May 19, 2016

Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) today announced Dr. Jason R. Rodeghero DPT, PhD, OCS, AT, FAAOMPT as recipient of its annual D.L. Hart Memorial International Research Award, to recognize his research to identify predictive characteristics related to patients with shoulder pain, and to restore shoulder function while reducing healthcare costs.

 

Dr. Rodeghero’s peer-reviewed research study, Risk stratification of patients with shoulder pain seen in physical therapy practice, is co-authored by Cleland JA, Mintkem PE, and Cook CE. The study was selected for award specifically for showing how functional patient-reported data, derived from the Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO) database, can be used to model and predict risk stratification of patients to identify effective physical therapy care.

 

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Feb 27, 2018 | FOTO Team

FOTO Report: Data Trends in U.S. Healthcare and Patient Rehabilitation

80% of U.S. Population Has Two or More Health Complications 

FOTO Database of 21 Million Patient Health Measures Provides Insight into Rehabilitation Trends

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -  February 27, 2018 - Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) today announced results of its most recent analysis of U.S. physical health rehabilitation data: Data Trends in U.S. Healthcare & Patient Rehabilitation. The report examines physical health rehabilitation trends data from 2000-2017, pulled from FOTO’s database of 21 million patient assessments.

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Feb 21, 2018 | FOTO Team

FOTO Healthcare Database Featured in New Research: Impact of Risk-adjustment on Quality of Physical Therapy Care  

Research Finds 70% of Clinics Improperly Ranked on Quality Levels

Knoxville, TN – February 21, 2018 – Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) today announced that a new research study led by Dr. Daniel Deutscher, PT, PhD has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (www.jospt.org). Dr. Deutscher’s research utilizes FOTO’s comprehensive database of rehabilitation outcomes housing 21 million patient assessments.

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