Issues Impacting Postacute Care

This Webinar is scheduled for November 16, 2017 - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EST) - 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 November 16th.

Course Description

This session focuses on the regulatory issues that affect physical therapists who work in home health, skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation, and long-term care hospitals. the presenters will discuss the latest developments of the IMPACT Act and implementation of standardized quality measures across the respective settings. Discussion also will include the latest developments of MedPAC’s work on the postacute care (PAC) unified payment system and ways that PAC physical therapists can prepare themselves to survive in this new era of reform. Other topics that may be covered are Medicare conditions of participation and the CJR bundled payment initiative.

Meet our presenters

Kara Gainer joined APTA in 2017 and provides leadership and strategic direction to the regulatory affairs team on key programs, initiatives, and policy development in the federal regulatory space. She has extensive knowledge and experience working on policies related to Medicare, Medicaid, health care reform, and provider billing and reimbursement. Prior to joining APTA, Kara was a health care consultant with Drinker Biddle & Reath, where she developed and executed comprehensive public policy strategies for her clients that integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications efforts. She also served as attorney advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, and clerked with the US Senate Sergeant at Arms. Kara received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Montana and law degree from the University of Montana, School of Law, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Heather Smith, PT, MPH, currently serves as director of quality for APTA. In her current role, Heather coordinates quality initiatives for the association and develops and implements key member resources related to quality. Two areas of focus in her work include the physician quality reporting system (PQRS) and the functional limitation reporting (FLR) requirements for therapist services under Medicare. She also serves as staff lead on the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry. Heather previously worked for New York Presbyterian Hospital and University of Pennsylvania Health System, where she served in quality improvement. 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 more than 10 years, with the majority of her focus on orthopedics in the outpatient setting.

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Learning objectives

  1. Explain Medicare’s proposed changes to the PAC payment systems and how it may impact physical therapist services.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of changes coming to PAC assessment tools and awareness of coming changes.
  3. Identify opportunities for becoming involved in CJR and SHFFT models and assess CJR or SHFFT collaborator value for the physical therapist/physical therapist practice.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the new requirements for long-term care facilities and interpret how to speak the language of compliance, as skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities do.

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Type:E-Learning Course
Tags:acute care
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