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FOTO, Inc., Introduces improved Patient Inquiry, a web based program for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Patients. Includes G Codes and Severity Modifiers for CMS Functional Limitation reporting.

FOTO introduces scientifically validated, web based, computer assisted (CAT), patient report surveys, utilizing efficient item response test (IRT) procedures for measuring functional status and functional limitation in patients suffering from Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. The CAT methodology shortens the number of questions required, for the patient to answer, to obtain a valid functional status. As with other measures developed by FOTO, These innovative surveys also produce automatic G code, severity modifier calculation for functional limitation reporting required by Medicare for outpatient rehabilitation therapy providers.

Knoxville, TN January 4, 2012, Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc., (FOTO) is introducing the release of the industry's most efficient and innovative surveys for measuring functional status and functional limitation in patients suffering from Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD). According to FOTO, the goal was to make the PFD surveys shorter and easier to complete for patients. Based on feedback from expert PFD therapists, and the research work led by Ying-chih Wang Ph.D., FOTO developers employ the use of CAT in an IRT methodology to shorten the number of questions a patient must answer to obtain a valid measure of functional Status. The improved surveys include the Urinary Functional Status Measure, the Bowel Functional Status Measure, the Bowel Constipation Functional Status Measure, and include the Pelvic Prolapse Distress Inventory, the Pain Disability Index, and the Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire. This research is presented in multiple articles, authored by Dr. Wang, pending publication in the Physical Therapy Journal.

According to Curtis Jones, FOTO's COO, the improvement gained by adding the CAT methodology to these surveys provides FOTO customers with a more complete line of efficient functional status surveys, by adding pelvic floor function, complementing FOTO's existing line of orthopedic, industrial, and neurological functional status surveys. "Improving the efficiency of our Patient Inquiry surveys always pays dividends for our customers and their patients. And, like all our surveys, we are automatically calculating and assigning the proper severity modifier and G-Code for functional limitation reporting that Medicare now requires. Being able to collect and track this data in an efficient manner to track outcomes is key - patients can take the surveys in the office or at home with minimal staff time required. Our customers have collected sufficient data for non-CAT, full-length pelvic floor dysfunction survey instruments but had noted the process was too lengthy for the patient. These improved survey instruments will make the surveys much shorter without sacrificing accuracy."

FOTO’s CEO, Ben Johnston, PT, adds:

"FOTO recognizes the growing importance of PFD in orthopedic physical rehabilitation and has been working for years to develop these efficient surveys for the Pelvic Floor specialist. Providers now can employ our cost-effective, PFD patient report surveys with our automated web based survey system - Patient Inquiry - to save significant patient, staff and therapist time. Providers will also find Patient inquiry's reporting an efficient guide to correct coding compliance with the functional reporting requirements now imposed by Medicare."


About FOTO:

FOTO is a Knoxville, TN, based corporation that has been continuously improving solutions that efficiently and reliably measure and report functional outcomes for the Rehab industry for 20 years. FOTO’s web-based solutions are risk-adjusted to enable fair and accurate measurement and predictions of the expected improvement in a patient’s functional status. Approximately 5 million patient surveys have been compiled in the FOTO database, and researchers have utilized FOTO data to publish over 85 articles on functional outcomes in refereed medical journals. These publications have led the way in enhancing the science of measuring outcomes and the use of outcomes in payment methodologies. FOTO is considered the standard in measuring functional outcomes in Rehabilitation.

For detailed information on the ruling or to learn more about the Patient Inquiry product, contact Judy Holder at 1.800.482.3686 x238

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