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Minimum Data Set (MDS)

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) are collaborating with the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (National Center) to create a Minimum Data Set (MDS) that will facilitate enhanced data collection to describe the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant workforce.

The National Center, located in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has made the MDS a priority initiative. The profession is pleased that it has been chosen to be part of the initiative.

The MDS will allow physical therapy to answer questions that will determine, among others, the number of providers; the race and sex of these individuals; and the facilities and geographic location in which services are provided. This data set will substantially facilitate workforce planning.