Developing Outpatient Therapy Payment Alternatives
Project Director: Trudy Mallinson
Jan 2010 – Dec 2013
The purpose of this project is to identify, collect, and analyze therapy-related information tied to beneficiary need. This five-year project was conceived to address that lack of therapy-related information tied to beneficiary need and the effectiveness of outpatient therapy services. The Developing Outpatient Therapy Payment Alternatives (DOTPA) initiative is collecting standardized patient assessment information in institutional (e.g., nursing facilities) and community settings across the country and using these data to guide the development of recommendations for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider as payment method alternatives. The project will provide standardized information on patient health and functional status, independent of site of care, and will examine outcomes associated with treatment in each type of setting. The ultimate goal is to develop payment method alternatives to the current financial cap on outpatient therapy services. CMS has contracted with RTI International to carry out the demonstration and instrument development projects. RTI International has subcontracted work to multiple clinical and research experts to contribute to the completion of the projects. Previously at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and currently at USC, Dr. Mallinson collaborates on these initiatives in the areas of instrument development and measurement psychometrics.
|Private||RTI International||21-312-0209853 Task Order 12||$31,298|