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January 10th, 2024 – History of the BMAT: Validity, Reliability, Use Across the Continuum of Care and Building in EHRs

[FREE to Members] Presented and recorded live January 10th, 2024 from 2 PM – 3 PM Eastern


The history of the BMAT including the why and how leading up to creation of BMAT 2.0 will be covered. The use of clinical utility studies, the IRB research project, building it in Cerner and other EHRs, follow-up with strategic initiatives to ensure consistent and standardized use will be included, as well as why and how it was spread throughout the U.S. and internationally. This presentation will also include recent work on how BMAT is being simplified in EHRs with fewer clicks and screens to assist in decreasing the burden of documentation. BMAT 2.0 will be compared and contrasted with the VA MSST, a derivative flowchart tool of the BMAT.

Objectives – After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the history, creation and development of the BMAT, including how reliability and validity were established, why and how BMAT 2.0 was created and developed.
  • Explain how documentation of assessments in the EMR can be updated and simplified for improved efficiency and ease of use
  • Discuss support tools that can be used to ensure appropriate SPHM interventions are consistently used and SPHM practices are better standardized
  • Define, compare and contrast assessments versus screening tools, and discuss state practice acts and delegation guidelines to consider when choosing to use an assessment versus a screening
  • Discuss how BMAT 2.0 compares and contrasts to the VA MSST; clarify how BMAT is represented in the VA MSST article and flowchart.

Meet the Speaker(s)

Teresa Boynton, MS, OTR, CSPHP
Teresa Boynton, MS, OTR, CSPHP is currently an independent consultant.
From 2015 – 2018 she worked for Hill-Rom assisting healthcare organizations to build safe patient handling and mobility programs focused on: developing effective education and training, improving efficiency and caregiver safety, protecting patients by mobilizing early and often, and use of a standardized assessment linked to mobility practices. Prior to this, Teresa worked for Banner Health for over 26 years where she was focused on: preventing caregiver injuries and resolving workers’ compensation claims and implementing standardized SPHM and fall prevention programs. In 2003 she began work on what became the “Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool,” including building it in EMRs. Using over five years of feedback from BMAT users, she and colleagues developed BMAT 2.0 and published an article and support tools in the July 2020 American Nurse Journal. She received a 2020 “Innovation Award” from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy for her work on developing and implementing BMAT and SPHM programs. Teresa is a longtime member of ASPHP and works on the Certification and Renewal Committee and the CSPHP Exam Committee. She regularly presents on complications of immobility, effectively using workers’ compensation and injury data to improve practice and building sustainable SPHM programs that includes use of a standardized mobility assessment.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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