Are You Using Objective Functional Outcome Measures in the Schools?
Section: Academy of Pediatric PT
Session Code: PD-2B-6282
Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Hilton Riverside
Room: Quarter Deck B
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act of 2012 mandate patient-centered care and objective functional outcome reporting. These mandates include children receiving school-based therapy. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, as per Public Law 94-142, identifies a wide range of functional goals as priorities for a given student. The focus of school-based physical therapy is to support the student's ability to benefit from special education services. So how do we begin this process? In this presentation, the speakers will discuss dynamic systems theory as a framework for understanding the complex nature of functional mobility and employing objective functional outcome measures in the schools to direct our clinical decision making and plan of care.
The speakers will describe their approach to creating a process for assessing a student's ability to participate in motor activities within the school in reference to current federal guidelines for quality and payment policies, as well as practice standards. Attendees will learn about research exploring the validity of adapted adult tools for use in school-aged children, with an emphasis on tools that are quick, efficient, and cost-effective in the school setting and that meet federal regulations and practice standards.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Identify key characteristics of an ideal outcome measure and explain the difference between a performance-based tool and a capacity-based tool.
2. Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the process presented to screen school-age students.
3. Explore future needs and directions for outcome research in the school-aged population.
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