Quality and Practice

Quality & Practice


About AAPM&R's Registry


A registry is a collection of records or lists of information maintained in an ordered fashion to allow efficient access to that information – similar to a database.

AAPM&R's Registry is a physiatry-owned, single repository of data which will harness the combined power in numbers of the entire specialty. This mass of data can then aid the specialty by guiding efforts to reduce burnout and defend our scope of practice.

Not only does AAPM&R's Registry provide the data to demonstrate your value, it provides data to improve your care by tracking your success on a national scale and studying the most effective treatments for your patients. As more data is collected, the specialty will become stronger, together.


You can participate directly from your office! From the moment a patient calls to make an appointment to the time they transition from your care, there is a story being told about your clinical care. It starts with the patient’s information being documented, and grows over time with more details, new findings, and patient satisfaction scores. Each time a patient sees their provider, data is recorded in their electronic health record (EHR), which is then reported to the Registry. Key information from the provider’s EHR is sent in a secure and encrypted fashion to the Registry for analysis.


Decision-making is no longer fueled by anecdotes or the benefit of the doubt. Decision-making demands data – factual evidence that your skills and services are deserving of a patient’s patronage, an institution’s referral, or a payor’s reimbursement.

You need quantifiable proof of your value.

You can’t gather that proof on your own and the data an institution collects will not sufficiently focus on or benefit physiatry.  The accurate documentation of PM&R through data is an effort that will involve all of physiatry, together, and it starts with AAPM&R’s Registry.

AAPM&R’s Registry is essential for the specialty and its future as it aligns with the shift to a value-based health care system. By serving as a physiatry-owned, single depository of data, the Registry will harness the combined power in numbers of the entire specialty. This mass of data can then aid the specialty by guiding efforts to reduce burnout and defend our scope of practice.


The strategic planning and development of the Registry is overseen by AAPM&R staff and physiatrist-led steering committee.

  • Michael Hatzakis, Jr., MD, (Chair)
  • Joseph Hornyak, MD, PhD
  • Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH
  • Mark Huang, MD
  • John Lesher, MD (Chair, Low-Back Pain Pilot)
  • Alan Novick, MD (Chair, Ischemic Stroke Pilot)
  • James Sliwa, DO


AAPM&R's Registry Announces New Pilot Sites

Jul 20, 2020

AAPM&R’s Registry is thrilled to announce their first 3 sites for the Ischemic Stroke and Low Back Pain data collection pilot program:





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AAPM&R’s Registry is a single repository of rehabilitation data, which will harness the combined power in numbers of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialty. This mass of data can then aid the specialty and others by guiding efforts to reduce burnout, defend scope of practice and demonstrate the value of rehabilitation care. AAPM&R’s Registry will also provide data to improve care by tracking success on a national scale, gaining insights from Patient Reported Data and studying the most effective treatments for patients. As more data is collected, rehabilitation will become stronger, together.

With AAPM&R’s Registry, participants can compare their patient outcomes, professional performance and care processes against other physicians across the country. The Registry will be able to measure the continuum of care from initial patient contact, through intervention and follow up.

Data to Demonstrate Your Value and Improve Your Care:

  • Benchmark your practice – Identify practice strengths and weaknesses using AAPM&R’s Registry clinical data from other practices to compare against the performance and outcomes data of your practice. Run quality reports on demand, providing clinician- and practice-level results, plus national results and patient-level detail for AAPM&R Registry measures.
  • Enhance quality and practice efficiency – Use AAPM&R’s Registry data to analyze practice processes and procedures, and as a source for fact-based decision-making. Because AAPM&R’s Registry will capture data over time at the individual and practice level, it will help practices efficiently manage patient care and optimize practice resources.
  • Improve patient care – Monitor patient interactions, track interventions, identify and address gaps in quality of care, and measure quality outcomes.
  • Manage patient populations – Proactively manage clinical conditions for entire patient populations by running reports on specific care criteria.
  • Join a community of quality improvement – Become a member of a like-minded community of quality-driven professionals striving to continuously improve patient care. Interact with your peers to create opportunities for sharing quality improvement strategies and broaden your professional network.

Currently recruiting! AAPM&R’s Registry is currently recruiting institutions and practices who are committed to quality improvement to serve as pilot sites for ischemic stroke and low-back pain. If you are interested in learning more about our pilot programs, please contact registry@aapmr.org.