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Audio: Accountable Care Organizations: Opportunities and Challenges for Physical Therapists (Recorded)
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Presenters: Heather Smith, PT, MPH; Nancy White, PT, DPT, OCS; Roshunda Drummond-Dye, JD


$99 Member | $169 Nonmember

0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Course Level:
Basic to Intermediate
Date Recorded:

December 8, 2011

Date Published:

January 2012

Delivery Method:

  Audio Conference

APTA's audio conference recordings bring the experts to you! Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) while listening at your own pace to recorded live audio conferences.

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On October 20, 2011, the Department of Health Human Services (HHS) released the highly anticipated Medicare Shared Savings Program final rule on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ACOs are networks of physicians , hospitals and other providers that will be incentivized to work together to achieve the three part aim of better care for individuals; better health for populations; and lower growth in Medicare expenditures. As these organizations form, the physical therapy profession will be faced with significant opportunities and challenges. Therefore, it is of vital importance that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants understand how ACOs will be operate and what tools they can use to show the expertise and value that physical therapy will add to these formations.

In this audio conference, expert speakers Heather Smith, Nancy White and Roshunda Drummond-Dye, APTA's Associate Directors of Practice Management, Quality Initiatives and Regulatory and Payment Counsel, will give an in-depth analysis of the final rules as well as information on clinical and business applications to aid physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as they make decisions on how and whether to enter into contractual relationships with ACOs.

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Upon completion of this audio conference, you will be able to:

  1. Identify final policies regarding the governance and legal structure of the ACO.
  2. Cite final quality measures, how to report and the timeline for basing performance on the quality measures.
  3. Determine what type of infrastructure is needed participate in an ACO.
  4. Distinguish the requirements for Medicare providers who can form ACOs on their own and providers who are allowed to contract with ACOs.
  5. List the requirements for marketing and patient assignment to the ACOs.
  6. Determine what changes need to take place within your physical therapy practice to thrive inside and outside of ACOs.
  7. Cite Medicare's fraud and abuse waivers for Medicare Shared Savings arrangements.

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Presenter Bio (s)

Heather Smith, PT, MPH, is the Associate Director of Quality Initiatives American Physical Therapy Association. In her current role, Smith provides leadership and management in matters of quality improvement, initiatives and policies, including the coordination of the Association's public policy goals that include quality initiatives, as well as the strategic objectives of payment and standards of practice. Previously she worked in the Quality Improvement Division for both New York Presbyterian Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where she gained expertise in quality measurement and public reporting. Her transition into quality was facilitated in part by the acquisition of her master's degree in Public Health from Drexel University. Previous to her role in quality improvement, she was a practicing clinician for over ten years with the majority of her focus in orthopedic outpatient setting. Smith received her bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Nancy White, PT, DPT, OCS Nancy White is an associate director of practice for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In this position, she provides support and consultation to members and staff in the area of practice management. Prior to joining APTA, White spent 30 years in direct clinical practice and management. She practiced for 10 years in a cash-based physical therapy practice that offered a full spectrum of health promotion, fitness, and wellness services. Prior to this, she was co-owner of a multi-clinic private practice. She is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and has been an active APTA member since 1979. She has a master of physical therapy degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Marymount University.

Roshunda Drummond-Dye, JD Roshunda Drummond Dye is regulatory and payment counsel at APTA in the Government and Payment Advocacy Unit. She is an expert in Medicare and Medicaid regulations specifically issues related to home health, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient physical therapy, and rehabilitation agencies. She also has over 10 years of experience in dealing with federal fraud and abuse laws such as Stark II and the Anti-kickback Statute. Drummond-Dye comes from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) where she served as Senior Policy Analyst and worked on federal health care legislative and regulatory issues. Prior to joining ASTRO, Drummond-Dye served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Sonny Callahan where she worked on a range of issues including Medicare and appropriations. She received her law degree from the Southern University Law Center and completed her undergraduate work at Talladega College.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S0224
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Pennsylvania: Denied

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.


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Course Completion Requirements

After you listen to the live audio conference and review the handouts, you will return to the My Courses page on the Learning Center to take the online posttest and print your CEU certificate. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.


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