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Audio: 2011 Source Audio Conference: Medicare Audits and Physical Therapy: Mitigate Your Risk (Recorded)
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Presenters: Katherine Karker-Jennings, JD, MS; Stephen M. Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA


$99 Member | $169 Nonmember
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:
October 2011
Date Published:
October 2011
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

The Medicare Program is increasing efforts to prevent improper payments through prepayment audits, post-payment audits, and other initiatives. To reduce the risk of an audit, it is essential for physical therapy practices to comply with today’s fast changing rules. Find out the details on how to identify and reduce risk of improper Medicare payments in your practice and respond to audits.

Expert health care attorney Katherine Karker-Jennings, JD, MS joins Stephen Levine, coding and payment policy expert, to provide information regarding the auditors and their recent activities, risk areas for physical therapists, and practical suggestions on how to respond to an audit. During the Q & A session for the presentation you may ask your questions directly to the experts.

Note: Although this presentation may provide information concerning legal issues, such information is not intended to be legal advice or to be a substitute for your own lawyer's counsel, and the presentation does not create an attorney-client relationship. Nothing that you may say to the presenters will be confidential, nor will it be protected by the attorney-client privilege.

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

  1. Identify the Medicare auditors and their recent activities, particularly related to physical therapy.

  2. Reduce risk of improper payments by citing relevant Medicare regulations pertaining to physical therapy.

  3. Detect and respond to problems in your practice.

  4. Minimize risk of a formal audit or onsite visit.

  5. Determine practical strategies for dealing with an audit.

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Presenter Bio (s)

Katherine Karker-Jennings, JD, MS, is the founder and owner of Katherine Karker-Jennings, P.A., a national healthcare law firm located in Baltimore, Maryland. She has been a practicing health care lawyer since 1980 and specializes in representing health care providers of all types (sole practitioners, institutions, groups, etc.) and disciplines (therapists, physicians, reimbursement managers, etc.) in a variety of settings. Such representation extends to matters involving Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, third party audit/reimbursement appeals, intermediary/carrier claims disputes, Medicare Part A and Part B appeals including representation before federal courts nationwide, compliance issues including the drafting of copyrighted Compliance Plans, and representing providers before state licensing boards. In addition, Karker-Jennings has acted as special counsel and expert witness in both federal and state civil and criminal investigations and formal proceedings involving allegations of Medicare fraud. Karker-Jennings has presented many seminars on various health law issues before national, regional, and local associations and groups over the past several years, including the American Health Lawyers Association, National Association for Home Care, and National Association of Rehabilitation Agencies (NARA). She has also authored articles in national publications on medical reimbursement issues.


Stephen M. Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA, is a partner in Fearon & Levine, a national consulting firm focusing on practice management and payment policy in the outpatient rehabilitation setting, with particular expertise in the areas of documentation, coding, billing, and compliance. Fearon & Levine has a client base in over 35 states and the District of Columbia, and he and his partner, Helene Fearon, PT, have taught seminars and lectured in more than 46 states. Levine is a nationally recognized expert in the physical therapy profession, and consultant to physical therapy providers, as well as local and national third party payers, regulators, and case management agencies in the areas of CPT coding and relative values, RBRVS, cost containment, fraud and abuse, quality assurance issues, payment/reimbursement strategies for physical therapy services, and physical therapy documentation, utilization review, and medical necessity. Additionally, Levine has worked extensively with federal investigative and law enforcement agencies, including the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Justice, and Federal Bureau of Investigation, in the areas of fraud, abuse, medical necessity, over-utilization, and medical policy review. Levine has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association for 25 years, having served many positions at the state and national level. Nationally, he was Vice-Speaker of the House and a member of the APTA Board of Directors from 1997 – 2002, following which he served as an APTA Board member and Speaker of the House of Delegates from 2003 - 2008. Additionally, Levine has served as adjunct faculty in multiple physical therapy professional and post-professional educational programs.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2 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: 15S0229
  • 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 recorded 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

You will receive an e-mail with a toll-free number and access code to dial in for the presentation, and the Web site to download course handouts. It is imperative that we have a correct e-mail address so that we can provide this information.

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