In this episode, we are discussing an important reimbursement issue related to physical therapy, as well as pain care in general. That is value-based healthcare. Value-based healthcare is a healthcare delivery model in which providers, including hospitals, as well as practitioners, are paid based on the patient's health outcome. This model differs from the traditional fee-for-service or a capitated approach in which providers are typically paid based on the amount of services they deliver. Joining me on this episode to discuss the trend of value-based healthcare, specifically in the physical therapy profession, is Dr. Alice Bell.
She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Montana. Now is on staff as a Senior Payment Specialist in the Public Affairs Unit of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her professional activities include serving as a member of the Centers for Medicare Technical Expert Panel for alternative payment systems, the CPT Editorial Panel, and is an APTA appointee to the NDHI Opioid Crisis Workgroup. She has been involved in bundled payment projects and exploring the alternative practice and payment model efforts focused on early and direct access
to physical therapy.
In this episode, you will learn all about value-based healthcare, where value-based care intersects with the biopsychosocial approach to pain. Also, how physical therapists can assess their readiness for participating in an alternative payment model and how physical therapists can play a more central role in addressing pain in the US healthcare system. Without further ado, let's begin and let's learn about values-based healthcare with Dr. Alice Bell.
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