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2012AB Outpatient Physical Therapy Improvement in Movement Assessment Log Source Information

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The American Physical Therapy Association produces the Outpatient Physical Therapy Improvement in Movement Assessement Log (OPTIMAL).

OPTIMAL enables clinicians to document patients' automatic exception to the outpatient therapy cap for payment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommended OPTIMAL as a tool for documenting objective and measurable physical function of patients.

OPTIMAL measures patients' difficulty and self-confidence in performing 21 specific functional movements.

Metathesaurus Scope
The Metathesaurus representation of OPTIMAL is extracted from the LOINC release files.

OPTIMAL is used by clinicians, educational institutions and research facilities.

Metathesaurus Update Frequency
OPTIMAL is updated in each Metathesaurus release as part of LOINC.

Sites Consulted

  1. APTA [Internet]. Alexandria (VA): American Physical Therapy Association. OPTIMAL Data Collection Instrument; c2012 [updated 2012 Jan 31; cited 2012 June 05]. Available from: