Full disclosure: Bulletproof Decision Making is an independent project and is not endorsed by the APTA or the Orthopedic Section.
One of the 'Brand Personalities' from APTA's new Move Forward branding campaign is...
"Completing flawless and thorough documentation to insurance companies"How do we do that?
One way to get 'flawless and thorough documentation' is the new Hip Pain and Osteoarthritis Clinical Practice Guideline from the Orthopedic Section of the APTA.
This practice guideline is special in that it is the first guideline to include measures of Activity Limitations and Participation Restrictions.
Patients can 'self report' their activity limitations using a scale such as the OPTIMAL (eg: squatting).
The new hip guideline includes measures (eg: Functional Squat Test) that objectively measure these self-reported activity limitations.
The first two guidelines (heel pain and neck pain) do not include standardized activity and participation measures.
Some Medicare experts deride patient self-report scales (like the OPTIMAL).
They say the OPTIMAL is not objective.
I think it is.
Here is evidence that OPTIMAL is objective.
If you base your Medicare compliance program on the OPTIMAL (like I do) then you may want to prepare yourself.
The new hip guidelines give you better data about patient function and are consistent with the philosophy of Bulletproof Decisions.
I can't think of a better definition for Bulletproof than "flawless and thorough".