The American Physical Therapy Association, in Alexandria, Va., has appointed a Scientific Advisory Panel to oversee its Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, according to a news release.

PT_news-01The members of the panel are: James Irrgang, PhD, PT, ATC, FAPTA, director; Kristin Archer, DPT, PT, PhD; Linda Arslanian, DPT, PT, MS; Janet Freburger, PhD, PT; Christopher Hoekstra, DPT, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Stephen Hunter, DPT, PT, OCS; Michael Johnson, PhD, PT, OCS; Christine McDonough, PhD, PT; and Linda Woodhouse, PhD, PT.

The panel will provide direction for the registry on scientific integrity, clinical application, quality, public policy and research, according to the release. Its members also will contribute and provide oversight to the registry’s research agenda, data management and analysis strategies, clinical application and utility of the registry, addition of content areas (modules) and scholarly publications.

A top priority for the APTA, the registry helps evaluate patient outcomes from physical therapist services by collecting data from across the continuum of physical therapy care. Data will help guide best practices, help providers meet regulatory reporting requirements, generate benchmarking reports, and help shape payment policy, according to the release. Data from the registry is published in the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes database, a worldwide universal coding system that provides standardized codes and names for more than 73,000 data elements.

“The Scientific Advisory Panel represents excellence and a wide range of expertise — research scientists, front-line clinicians, and managers and administrators from the physical therapy business community,” APTA President Sharon Dunn, PhD, PT, OCS, said in the release.

In addition to helping identify areas of success and opportunities for improvement in providing patient care, the registry supports physical therapists in quality and compliance programs required by payers, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System.

The APTA represents more than 93,000 PTs, PTAs and students of physical therapy nationwide.