The Physical Therapist as a Primary Care Provider for Patients With Low Back Pain

This Webinar is scheduled for October 19, 2017 - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) - mark your calendar! and watch your email for more details.

WEBINAR FORMAT! Approximately 3 weeks prior to the session, you will receive a link to the recorded session content. You must review this and be prepared to interact with the presenters during the live session on October 19th.

Following a brief overview, participants will use the chat function to ask questions directly to the speakers during the live Q and A session.

Session Description:

Physical therapists are well positioned to be the providers of choice for patients who experience low back pain. Successful physical therapist practice in a primary care setting requires knowledge in medical screening, sound clinical decision making, and clinical reasoning to select optimal physical therapy interventions. This session will discuss the development and implementation of a pilot program specific to the management of low back pain in a direct access environment at the Cleveland Clinic. Topics covered will include: (1) organizational stakeholder collaboration and policy navigation; (2) scheduling logistics; and (3) integration of documentation. The speakers will share lessons learned from the implementation of this project. Case studies will be used to highlight physical therapist practice and value of access to physical therapy services in a primary care setting.

Meet the Speakers:

Ian Stephens, PT, DPT, OCS Dr. Stephens graduated from Ohio University in 1998 with a master's in physical therapy. He received a transitional doctorate in physical therapy from Regis University in 2011. Dr. Stephens is board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy. He is a clinical team leader at Cleveland Clinic. His clinical interests include low back pain, neck pain, headache, and chronic pain.

Christine Schulte, PT, MBA Christine Schulte is a Director of Outpatient Rehab for the Cleveland Clinic Rehab and Sports Therapy. She received her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Cleveland State University in 1986 and her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix 2006. She accepted her current role in October of 2010 as the Director of Outpatient Operations for the Main Campus and the Western Region sites of Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy. Christine’s current responsibilities include operational directions for 25 locations, 35 cost centers and over 150 employees. Christine’s administrative role brings vast experience with employee engagement, policy and procedure development, marketing, budgetary process, productivity standards, time management controls, treatment guidelines, scheduling, and operational efficiencies. She works closely with her team to ensure compliance and quality of care throughout her region and has been instrumental in medical record updates and a documentation audit process. Christine also continues to evaluate and treat patients in her specialty of aquatics. Prior to this role Christine enjoyed 20 years at Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights, Ohio. At Marymount, Christine’s career afforded her a variety of experiences in Rehabilitation settings including Acute Care, IRU, SNF, Homecare, Outpatient and Sports Therapy. Her role expanded as she gained responsibility for additional clinical operations as the Administrative Director for Marymount Hospital Rehabilitation Services, Pain Management, Laboratory Services, Occupational Medicine, Employee Wellness as well as Program Director for the Patient’s First Initiative.

Sandra Passek, PT, DPT Sandra Passek is a Director of Technology for Cleveland Clinic Rehab and Sports Therapy.

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Type:E-Learning Course
Tags:Passek, Back pain, Schulte, Ian Stephans
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