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Audio: The Basic Essentials for Physical Therapist Coding and Compliance (Recorded)
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Presenters: Helene Fearon, PT


$99 Member | $169 Nonmember
(APTA Members' Office Managers (must be registered by the APTA member): $99. No group rates are available.

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:
January 26, 2012
Date Published:
January 27, 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.

Course Completion Requirements


Course Information | Objectives | Presenter Bios | CEU Information | Course Completion Requirements | Technical Requirements
Course Information

It is challenging to run a physical therapy practice that can comply with today’s fast-changing rules on coding, billing, and various processes. Payers are increasing scrutiny of providers and their efforts to identify overpayments and recoup money from providers. Find out the top payment challenges for physical therapy and get practical advice on how to address them to ensure you get the revenues you deserve.

Expert rehabilitation consultant, Helene Fearon, will provide information on the top payment challenges for physical therapists and let you know the steps you can take to minimize the risks of denials and recoupment. During the Q & A session following the presentation, you may ask your questions directly to the expert.

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

  1. Describe the current procedural terminology for timed codes.

  2. Reduce risk of improper payments by identifying payment policies regarding billing and documentation for timed CPT codes.

  3. Describe the essentials of modifiers, and apply the appropriate use to support the treatment.

  4. Recite the various policies surrounding fee schedules and contracted rates.

  5. Identify 2012 CPT coding changes and significant program changes in Medicare.

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Presenter Bio (s)

Helene Fearon, PT, co-owner of Fearon Physical Therapy and partner in Fearon & Levine Consulting, has more than 30 years of experience as a physical therapist in varied settings. She has worked as a clinician and an administrator in various outpatient settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health, and outpatient clinics. Her current private practice focuses on work injury management and manual orthopedic physical therapy. She is a consultant and peer reviewer for multiple payers, both private and federal, as well as for peer-review organizations. Fearon served as president of the Arizona Physical Therapy Licensing Board for the State of Arizona from 1999 to March 2007. She is a recent past member of the American Medical Association's (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) editorial panel. Fearon is currently APTA’s representative to the AMA's CPT Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC), and a past member of AMA CPT Assistant Publication Editorial Board.

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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: 14S1756
  • 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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Technical Requirements
Computer System Requirements.
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