Blog Upcoming Webinar: The Building Blocks of a Successful Outcomes Program By Clinicient, 06.18.19 FacebookTwitterLinkedin How good is the therapy that you provide? Is there objective data that shows the care you provide actually improves your patient’s conditions? These were the questions keeping Intermountain ROMS founder, Stephen Hunter, up at night nearly 20 years ago – and they’re still the questions helping improve outcomes and reduce costs for thousands of therapy patients across the country. A Growing Desire for Outcomes Data While the term “outcomes” has been around for decades, today there’s a new sense of urgency around the topic. As patients in today’s healthcare market are burdened with ever increasing deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses, they’re shopping around for the highest quality care they can afford. Providers who can prove they deliver the best outcomes for a patient’s hard-earned dollar will come out on top. Those who can’t will be left behind. Simultaneously, acts of process improvement can reduce practice variation and work towards appropriate service utilization through collaboration with stakeholders. Collecting and leveraging outcomes data has been the norm at Intermountain Healthcare for several years. Sometimes, it isn’t easy to take a look at your data and see that you aren’t performing as well as you thought you were. But, this is exactly what therapists should be doing. If you aren’t collecting your outcomes data, you will not get a sense of where you can improve. Feeling lost in a fog of MIPS terminology? Download our free MIPS glossary to gain a better understanding of its common and not so common terms.Download Glossary So, what does the data mean? Some providers are waiting for our current “Fee for Service” system of payment to end before they act. Unfortunately, this is both a poor business strategy as well as a decision that will negatively impact the quality of care we deliver to patients. Healthcare consumers and payers are figuring this out, too. Technology such as electronic health records and outcome management systems are tools that practitioners can use to capture their data and tabulate the outcomes. The outcomes data can then be examined to see if and/or how process improvements can be made. Many have speculated that moving forward, participation in continuous quality improvement will not be optional – but rather required – in the next few years. Essentially, get used to and incorporate methods for the value-based model now before you’re faced with heavy penalties. When a practice begins thinking about improving value in physical therapist services, measurement and continual refinement to improve are the keys. Want to learn more? Join us with Stephen Hunter, DPT, OCS, Founder of Intermountain ROMS, to learn why outcomes are here to stay and the simple rules of a successful outcomes program in your practice. Register for this webinar to learn: How you’re being measured today (whether you like it or not) Top components of a successful PRO system Takeaways from lessons learned at Intermountain How to combine outcomes collection with standard processes to improve care What’s on the horizon for CMS and the fee for service shift Can’t make it? No worries. Register today and we will send you an on-demand recording after the webinar.