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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/14/2024 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    (LMS-Regulatory-Oct-Nov-2024) In its Regulatory, Legislative, and Payment Updates series, APTA's Health Policy and Payment team will provide an overview of the most significant and impactful federal regulatory and commercial payer policy updates in 2024; this session will cover developments between October and November.

    Get inside intel from APTA's Health Policy and Payment team on the most significant and impactful federal and commercial payer policy updates in 2024.

    Throughout the year, APTA's regulatory staff will provide regular updates on federal rulemaking impacting policy and payment for both outpatient providers (Medicare Physician Fee Schedule) and institutional, post-acute care providers (home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals). APTA will cover both proposed and final rules, and may address other nonrecurring federal rules that impact physical therapists.

    And on the commercial payer front, you’ll receive regular roundups of significant updates to private payer policies, including changes at both national and regional levels.

    This registration is for the November 14 webinar, which covers developments October-November 2024. 

    Please note: CEUs are not currently available for Ohio, but the application for CEUs will be submitted closer to the webinar date. If approved, this course would be eligible for CEU credit (1 contact hour).

    Andrew Amari, JD

    Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

    Andrew Amari, JD is a specialist within APTA's Health Policy and Payment Unit, advocating on regulatory policy issues affecting physical therapists in a variety of practice settings. Before joining the association in March 2022, Andrew was a regulatory analyst at the Association of American Medical Colleges, focusing on hospital payment and graduate medical education policy issues. Andrew received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a JD from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He is a member of the Wisconsin Bar.

    Rachel Miller, MPH

    Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

    Rachel Miller, MPH is a health policy and payment specialist within APTA's Health Policy and Payment Unit as of August 2022. Rachel advocates to federal regulators on policy issues that affect the physical therapy profession. Before joining the association, she was working towards her master's degree in health policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While continuing her education, Rachel showed community members how to obtain health insurance as Certified Application Counselor in a student-run clinic. Before that, she helped stop the spread of COVID-19 as a case investigator at a local health department. She obtained her bachelor's degree in public health from the University of South Florida.

    Wanda Evans, PT, DPT, MHS

    Sr. Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

    Wanda K. Evans, PT, DPT, MHS, is a senior payment specialist at APTA. Her responsibilities include communicating with members and insurers on inquiries regarding third-party, billing, CPT coding, and payment policies; providing resources in policy development; monitoring trends; and assisting in association efforts to advance payment policies. She remains a treating clinician in the outpatient setting. Before joining APTA, she was the clinical documentation and utilization review coordinator for Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital Network. Prior to that she was the supervisor of physical therapist and occupational therapist services for Kaiser Permanente Mid Atlantic. She has been an APTA member since she was a student. She received her bachelor of physical therapy and doctor of physical therapy degrees from Howard University, and a master of health science degree in orthopedic and sports physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis. She also is a certified kinesio taping practitioner. 

    Alice Bell, PT, DPT

    Sr. Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

    Alice is on staff as senior payment specialist in the Payment and Practice Management Department of the APTA. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Montana. Her specialties include integrated care delivery models, post-acute care, and long-term care. A board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy, she has lectured and written many articles on topics related to physical therapy and the older adult. She has spent the majority of her career in post-acute care and long-term care settings and has more than 36 years of experience as a physical therapist. Her professional activities include serving as a member of the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Steering Committee, co-leader of the NQF Opioid Stewardship Member Workgroup, APTA appointee to the NDHI Opioid Crisis Workgroup, APTA appointee to the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Action Team, Member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Technical Expert Panel for Skilled Nursing Alternative Payment Systems, Appointee to the National Quality Forum (NQF) for Long Term Care Quality Measures, Member of the Steering Committee for NQF's National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Home Project, and representative of the Coalition of Rehab Therapy Organizations’ Joint Commission’s Long Term Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee.

    Chase Kuhn

    Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

    APTA

    Chase Kuhn, PT, DPT, is a specialist in APTA’s Health Policy and Payment unit, advocating for the profession of physical therapy as it relates to commercial insurers. He received both his bachelor’s degree in health science and his DPT with research specialization from the Ohio State University and subsequently participated in their Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. He joined APTA staff with prior work experience in financial loss mitigation and hospital-based revenue cycle administration.

    Course Instructions

    1. Click on the Contents tab to watch the course recording.
    2. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
    3. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 


      Need Assistance?

      For assistance logging in, accessing activities, claiming credit, or for other questions or concerns, please e-mail learningcenter@apta.org. 

    1. Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/10/2024 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

      (LMS-Regulatory-Aug-Oct-2024) In its Regulatory, Legislative, and Payment Updates series, APTA's Health Policy and Payment team will provide an overview of the most significant and impactful federal regulatory and commercial payer policy updates in 2024; this session will cover developments between August and October.

      Get inside intel from APTA's Health Policy and Payment team on the most significant and impactful federal and commercial payer policy updates in 2024.

      Throughout the year, APTA's regulatory staff will provide regular updates on federal rulemaking impacting policy and payment for both outpatient providers (Medicare Physician Fee Schedule) and institutional, post-acute care providers (home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals). APTA will cover both proposed and final rules, and may address other nonrecurring federal rules that impact physical therapists.

      And on the commercial payer front, you’ll receive regular roundups of significant updates to private payer policies, including changes at both national and regional levels.

      This registration is for the October 10 webinar, which covers developments August-October 2024. 

      Please note: CEUs are not currently available for Ohio, but the application for CEUs will be submitted closer to the webinar date. If approved, this course would be eligible for CEU credit (1 contact hour).

      Andrew Amari, JD

      Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

      Andrew Amari, JD is a specialist within APTA's Health Policy and Payment Unit, advocating on regulatory policy issues affecting physical therapists in a variety of practice settings. Before joining the association in March 2022, Andrew was a regulatory analyst at the Association of American Medical Colleges, focusing on hospital payment and graduate medical education policy issues. Andrew received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a JD from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He is a member of the Wisconsin Bar.

      Rachel Miller, MPH

      Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

      Rachel Miller, MPH is a health policy and payment specialist within APTA's Health Policy and Payment Unit as of August 2022. Rachel advocates to federal regulators on policy issues that affect the physical therapy profession. Before joining the association, she was working towards her master's degree in health policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While continuing her education, Rachel showed community members how to obtain health insurance as Certified Application Counselor in a student-run clinic. Before that, she helped stop the spread of COVID-19 as a case investigator at a local health department. She obtained her bachelor's degree in public health from the University of South Florida.

      Wanda Evans, PT, DPT, MHS

      Sr. Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

      Wanda K. Evans, PT, DPT, MHS, is a senior payment specialist at APTA. Her responsibilities include communicating with members and insurers on inquiries regarding third-party, billing, CPT coding, and payment policies; providing resources in policy development; monitoring trends; and assisting in association efforts to advance payment policies. She remains a treating clinician in the outpatient setting. Before joining APTA, she was the clinical documentation and utilization review coordinator for Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital Network. Prior to that she was the supervisor of physical therapist and occupational therapist services for Kaiser Permanente Mid Atlantic. She has been an APTA member since she was a student. She received her bachelor of physical therapy and doctor of physical therapy degrees from Howard University, and a master of health science degree in orthopedic and sports physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis. She also is a certified kinesio taping practitioner. 

      Alice Bell, PT, DPT

      Sr. Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

      Alice is on staff as senior payment specialist in the Payment and Practice Management Department of the APTA. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Montana. Her specialties include integrated care delivery models, post-acute care, and long-term care. A board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy, she has lectured and written many articles on topics related to physical therapy and the older adult. She has spent the majority of her career in post-acute care and long-term care settings and has more than 36 years of experience as a physical therapist. Her professional activities include serving as a member of the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Steering Committee, co-leader of the NQF Opioid Stewardship Member Workgroup, APTA appointee to the NDHI Opioid Crisis Workgroup, APTA appointee to the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Action Team, Member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Technical Expert Panel for Skilled Nursing Alternative Payment Systems, Appointee to the National Quality Forum (NQF) for Long Term Care Quality Measures, Member of the Steering Committee for NQF's National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Home Project, and representative of the Coalition of Rehab Therapy Organizations’ Joint Commission’s Long Term Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee.

      Chase Kuhn

      Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

      APTA

      Chase Kuhn, PT, DPT, is a specialist in APTA’s Health Policy and Payment unit, advocating for the profession of physical therapy as it relates to commercial insurers. He received both his bachelor’s degree in health science and his DPT with research specialization from the Ohio State University and subsequently participated in their Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. He joined APTA staff with prior work experience in financial loss mitigation and hospital-based revenue cycle administration.

      Course Instructions

      1. Click on the Contents tab to watch the course recording.
      2. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
      3. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 


        Need Assistance?

        For assistance logging in, accessing activities, claiming credit, or for other questions or concerns, please e-mail learningcenter@apta.org. 

      1. Contains 5 Product(s)

        (LMS-Regulatory-2024-Bundle) In its Regulatory, Legislative, and Payment Updates series, APTA's Health Policy and Payment team will provide an overview of the most significant and impactful federal regulatory and commercial payer policy updates in 2024.

        In its Regulatory, Legislative, and Payment Updates series, APTA's Health Policy and Payment team will provide an overview of the most significant and impactful federal regulatory and commercial payer policy updates in 2024.

        Get inside intel from APTA's Health Policy and Payment team on the most significant and impactful federal and commercial payer policy updates in 2024.

        Throughout the year, APTA's regulatory staff will provide regular updates on federal rulemaking impacting policy and payment for both outpatient providers (Medicare Physician Fee Schedule) and institutional, post-acute care providers (home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals). APTA will cover both proposed and final rules, and may address other nonrecurring federal rules that impact physical therapists.

        And on the commercial payer front, you’ll receive regular roundups of significant updates to private payer policies, including changes at both national and regional levels.

        This bundle includes all five webinars scheduled for the 2024 Regulatory, Legislative, and Payment Updates series.

        Please Note: CEUs are not currently available, but we anticipate CEUs will be available for all courses, pending approval. If CEUs are approved, these courses would offer 1.0, 1.5, or 2.0 contact hours, depending on the course. Given the evolving nature of the content in these courses, CEU status will be available closer to each presentation date. 

      2. Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/08/2024 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

        (LMS-Regulatory-Jun-Aug-2024) In its Regulatory, Legislative, and Payment Updates series, APTA's Health Policy and Payment team will provide an overview of the most significant and impactful federal regulatory and commercial payer policy updates in 2024; this session will cover developments between June and August.

        Get inside intel from APTA's Health Policy and Payment team on the most significant and impactful federal and commercial payer policy updates in 2024.

        Throughout the year, APTA's regulatory staff will provide regular updates on federal rulemaking impacting policy and payment for both outpatient providers (Medicare Physician Fee Schedule) and institutional, post-acute care providers (home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals). APTA will cover both proposed and final rules, and may address other nonrecurring federal rules that impact physical therapists.

        And on the commercial payer front, you’ll receive regular roundups of significant updates to private payer policies, including changes at both national and regional levels.

        This registration is for the August 8 webinar, which covers developments June-August 2024. 

        Please note: CEUs are not currently available for Ohio, but the application for CEUs will be submitted closer to the webinar date. If approved, this course would be eligible for CEU credit (1 contact hour).

        Andrew Amari, JD

        Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

        Andrew Amari, JD is a specialist within APTA's Health Policy and Payment Unit, advocating on regulatory policy issues affecting physical therapists in a variety of practice settings. Before joining the association in March 2022, Andrew was a regulatory analyst at the Association of American Medical Colleges, focusing on hospital payment and graduate medical education policy issues. Andrew received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a JD from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He is a member of the Wisconsin Bar.

        Rachel Miller, MPH

        Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

        Rachel Miller, MPH is a health policy and payment specialist within APTA's Health Policy and Payment Unit as of August 2022. Rachel advocates to federal regulators on policy issues that affect the physical therapy profession. Before joining the association, she was working towards her master's degree in health policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While continuing her education, Rachel showed community members how to obtain health insurance as Certified Application Counselor in a student-run clinic. Before that, she helped stop the spread of COVID-19 as a case investigator at a local health department. She obtained her bachelor's degree in public health from the University of South Florida.

        Wanda Evans, PT, DPT, MHS

        Sr. Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

        Wanda K. Evans, PT, DPT, MHS, is a senior payment specialist at APTA. Her responsibilities include communicating with members and insurers on inquiries regarding third-party, billing, CPT coding, and payment policies; providing resources in policy development; monitoring trends; and assisting in association efforts to advance payment policies. She remains a treating clinician in the outpatient setting. Before joining APTA, she was the clinical documentation and utilization review coordinator for Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital Network. Prior to that she was the supervisor of physical therapist and occupational therapist services for Kaiser Permanente Mid Atlantic. She has been an APTA member since she was a student. She received her bachelor of physical therapy and doctor of physical therapy degrees from Howard University, and a master of health science degree in orthopedic and sports physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis. She also is a certified kinesio taping practitioner. 

        Alice Bell, PT, DPT

        Sr. Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

        Alice is on staff as senior payment specialist in the Payment and Practice Management Department of the APTA. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Montana. Her specialties include integrated care delivery models, post-acute care, and long-term care. A board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy, she has lectured and written many articles on topics related to physical therapy and the older adult. She has spent the majority of her career in post-acute care and long-term care settings and has more than 36 years of experience as a physical therapist. Her professional activities include serving as a member of the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Steering Committee, co-leader of the NQF Opioid Stewardship Member Workgroup, APTA appointee to the NDHI Opioid Crisis Workgroup, APTA appointee to the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Action Team, Member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Technical Expert Panel for Skilled Nursing Alternative Payment Systems, Appointee to the National Quality Forum (NQF) for Long Term Care Quality Measures, Member of the Steering Committee for NQF's National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Home Project, and representative of the Coalition of Rehab Therapy Organizations’ Joint Commission’s Long Term Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee.

        Chase Kuhn

        Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

        APTA

        Chase Kuhn, PT, DPT, is a specialist in APTA’s Health Policy and Payment unit, advocating for the profession of physical therapy as it relates to commercial insurers. He received both his bachelor’s degree in health science and his DPT with research specialization from the Ohio State University and subsequently participated in their Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. He joined APTA staff with prior work experience in financial loss mitigation and hospital-based revenue cycle administration.

        Course Instructions

        1. Click on the Contents tab to watch the course recording.
        2. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
        3. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 


          Need Assistance?

          For assistance logging in, accessing activities, claiming credit, or for other questions or concerns, please e-mail learningcenter@apta.org. 

        1. Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/18/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

          (LMS-Concussion-Traumatic-Brain-Injury) This 2-hour module will deliver the core current concepts of the concussive injury for the direct-access Physical Therapist. We will review concussion phenotypes, key aspects of evaluation, intervention, and referral processes throughout the collaboration of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team.

          This course is one out of six course offerings in the Brain Injury Certificate Series.

          This 2-hour module will deliver the core current concepts of the concussive injury for the direct-access Physical Therapist. We will review concussion phenotypes, key aspects of evaluation, intervention, and referral processes throughout the collaboration of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team.

          Learning Objectives:

          Introduction to Concussion:

          • Identify the historical landmarks of the Concussive Injury.
          • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and present-day medico-legal hindrance: “It’s all in your head” and its impact on patient outcomes.
          • Identify common signs and symptoms of concussion in patients utilizing an evidence informed screening tool.
          • Validate the patient’s symptom profile utilizing a comprehensive and targeted physical examination.
          • Translate the examination objectives into targeted interventions based on concussion phenotype.
          • Describe the Rehabilitative Team and Physical Therapy’s Leadership Role in Concussion Rehabilitation.

          Jessica Schwartz

          PT, DPT

          Jessica Schwartz is an award-winning orthopedic residency-trained Doctor of Physical Therapy, a national spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association, founder of Concussion Corner Academy®, host of the Concussion Corner Podcast®, and a persistent post-concussion symptom survivor, advocate, and concussion educator.

          After spending a full year in rehabilitation and experiencing the profound dichotomy of being both doctor and patient, Dr. Schwartz identified gaps in concussion treatment and management in the global healthcare community. Her role has been to identify cognitive blind spots for healthcare providers focusing on comprehensive targeted physical examinations, rehabilitative teams, and concussion care management.

          Her vision is to facilitate collective competence across the healthcare continuum to better identify, treat, and care for the concussion patient of today while putting the "care back into healthcare" for this underserved patient population.

          Dr. Schwartz hopes that by educating each other about the multi-system nature of these injuries and the scopes of practices of the multidisciplinary providers that have access to and have the ability to care for this cohort of patients, she will be able to facilitate a better patient-clinician encounter.

          By speaking candidly about her experience with living with persistent post-concussion symptoms for over a decade, she hopes to facilitate learning from provider to provider, patient to provider, and caregiver to provider, honing in on the power of storytelling and collegial communication from a place of candor, evidence, and enthusiasm.

          Course Instructions

          1. Click on the Contents tab to watch the course recording.
          2. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
          3. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
          4. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 

          Need Assistance?

          For assistance logging in, accessing activities, claiming credit, or for other questions or concerns, please e-mail learningcenter@apta.org. 

        2. Contains 14 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/18/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

          (LMS-BRAIN-INJURY-CERT) This six-part certificate series will explore the physical therapist's approach to patient management following a brain injury. In these courses, participants will learn about brain injury rehabilitation, including evidence-based interventions such as mindfulness meditation and psychoeducation. All 6 courses are required to obtain the Brain Injury Certificate sponsored by APTA.

          This six-part series will explore the physical therapist approach to patient management following a brain injury. In these courses, participants will learn about brain injury rehabilitation, including the use of mindfulness meditation and psychoeducation intervention, as well as exploring evidence-based tools for improving physical, cognitive, and psychosocial health following brain injury. Primary diagnoses to be covered includes post-concussion syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and more.

          PLEASE NOTE: courses will be released as they are developed. However, all six parts must be completed in order to receive the Brain Injury Certificate.

          To view the learning objectives* and speaker credentials for each course, please click on the links below:

          * Information on the remaining course will be posted as it becomes available. 

          Kyla Pearce

          MPH, PhD, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher

          Dr. Pearce (she/her) is the Senior Director of Programs and Research at LoveYourBrain, a national nonprofit that delivers evidence-based holistic health programs for the brain injury community. She oversees the design, implementation, and evaluation of LoveYourBrain Yoga, Mindset, and Retreats programs on a large scale. She has trained over 2,500 clinicians, yoga teachers, brain injury advocates, people with brain injury, and caregivers in how to adapt yoga, mindfulness, and psychoeducation for this population. She has developed a range of TBI-specific evidence-based yoga and mindfulness program curricula and integrated them into 60+ community and 30+ clinical contexts and online. She recently completed a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Dartmouth College investigating the impact of yoga and meditation for people with neurological conditions, including traumatic brain injury, and has published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals on these topics. She lives in Vermont with her husband, the Executive Director of LoveYourBrain Foundation, and their three children. You can learn more about her here.

          Jessica Schwartz

          PT, DPT

          Jessica Schwartz is an award-winning orthopedic residency-trained Doctor of Physical Therapy, a national spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association, founder of Concussion Corner Academy®, host of the Concussion Corner Podcast®, and a persistent post-concussion symptom survivor, advocate, and concussion educator.

          After spending a full year in rehabilitation and experiencing the profound dichotomy of being both doctor and patient, Dr. Schwartz identified gaps in concussion treatment and management in the global healthcare community. Her role has been to identify cognitive blind spots for healthcare providers focusing on comprehensive targeted physical examinations, rehabilitative teams, and concussion care management.

          Her vision is to facilitate collective competence across the healthcare continuum to better identify, treat, and care for the concussion patient of today while putting the "care back into healthcare" for this underserved patient population.

          Dr. Schwartz hopes that by educating each other about the multi-system nature of these injuries and the scopes of practices of the multidisciplinary providers that have access to and have the ability to care for this cohort of patients, she will be able to facilitate a better patient-clinician encounter.

          By speaking candidly about her experience with living with persistent post-concussion symptoms for over a decade, she hopes to facilitate learning from provider to provider, patient to provider, and caregiver to provider, honing in on the power of storytelling and collegial communication from a place of candor, evidence, and enthusiasm.

          Kathleen Bechtold

          PhD

          Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

          Kathleen T. Bechtold, Ph.D., ABPP is a clinical psychologist who is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology and specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals with brain injury. She is an Associate Professor within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been an active researcher for the past twenty years with over 50 publications focusing on recovery and adaptation to brain injury. She is the Psychology Training Director for the Johns Hopkins Department of PM&R and provides supervision and training to psychology postdoctoral fellows, physiatry residents, and neuropsychiatry fellows in brain injury care. Dr. Bechtold is the President of the American Board of Rehabilitation of Psychology, serves on the American Board of Professional Psychology Ethics Committee, and previously served as a Trustee to the American Board of Professional Psychology. She provides national consultation and mentorship to professional colleagues regarding business practices as well as the legal and ethical considerations for the practice of psychology. 

          Rob Landel, PT, DPT, FAPTA

          Director of Clinical Residency and Fellowship Programs

          University of Southern California

          Rob Landel, PT, DPT, FAPTA is Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, where he is the Director of Clinical Residency and Fellowship Programs. He is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. With over 35 years of experience treating people with orthopedic, neurologic and vestibular complaints, Dr. Landel has lectured and trained therapists and physicians in the US, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa in managing these patients. He founded USC Physical Therapy Associates, the division’s Faculty Practice, and the division’s first residency program (orthopedics). Dr. Landel has published on a variety of topics in orthopedics and in vestibular rehabilitation and has received national awards in teaching and research. His current clinical interest is the diagnostic dilemma and management challenge posed by patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms of dizziness.

          Allison Nogi

          PT, DPT

          Emory University School of Medicine

          Allison Nogi is a neurologic clinical specialist and graduated from Emory University in 2016 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy. She then went on to complete a neurologic residency in physical therapy at Emory University. She has practiced at both Emory University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

          As a clinical specialist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Allison was on the leadership team that created the Vestibular Rehabilitation Triage Program, which is a clinical program that uses physical therapists as direct providers, reducing wait-times for individuals with chronic and acute dizziness. Through this program, she has showcased the value of physical therapists having direct access to appropriately treat or refer patients to the most appropriate specialist. Allison also helped establish the outpatient Brain Injury Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, which facilitated a multi-disciplinary treatment approach for individuals with complex brain injury. Outside of clinical care, Allison also created the Johns Hopkins University Vestibular Competency course, an online continuing education course aimed at promoting further understanding of the vestibular system and its influence on disease and symptom presentation.

          Throughout her career, Allison has been involved in research. While at Johns Hopkins, she was a member of Dr. Michael Schubert’s Laboratory of Vestibular Neuroadaptation. At Emory University, she is involved with Dr. Mark Lyle’s Rehabilitation and Applied Movement Performance Laboratory. Outside of academic research, she consults with BrainQ Technologies for their EMAGINE trial, which is a multi-site trail in the United States that uses a device to potentially promote neuroplasticity and recovery in acute stroke survivors.

          Currently, Allison practices at Emory University’s Dizziness and Balance Center. In parallel to clinical practice, she is pursuing her PhD at Georgia Tech with her research focusing on the influence of the vestibular system on descending postural control in both healthy individuals and individuals with brain pathology.

          Emily Plavchak

          PT, DPT

          Emily Plavchak, is the Senior Physical Therapist with Encompass Health Northwest Tucson. She received her Bachelors in Health and Kinesiology from Purdue University in 2015, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Trine University in 2019. Her career has primarily been in the inpatient rehabilitation setting, where she has developed a passion for treating neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinsons, etc. She has certifications in stroke rehabilitation (CSRS), brain injury (CBIS), and vestibular assessment and management from the American Institute of Balance. She is also an active member on the STOP committee through Encompass Health where she educates staff on techniques for safe patient mobilization.

           

          Course Instructions

          1. Click on the Contents tab to watch the course recordings.
          2. After each course, you will need to complete a post-course assessment. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass each assessment and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
          3. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
          4. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 

          Need Assistance?

          For assistance logging in, accessing activities, claiming credit, or for other questions or concerns, please e-mail learningcenter@apta.org. 

        3. Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

          (LMS-Cervical-Spine-Management)

          This course is one out of six course offerings in the Brain Injury Certificate Series.

          This course will focus on the signs and symptoms which result from impairments in the cervical spine commonly seen after a concussive event, and how to distinguish them from the overlapping manifestations from the multiple systems potentially involved. Best practice recommendations from the recent Clinical Practice Guideline for rehabilitation after a concussive event (Concussion CPG) will be discussed, and strategies for intervention and evidence for clinical management will be presented.

          Learning Objectives:

          Given a patient who has experienced a suspected concussive event, by the end of this session participants will be able to:
          1. Recognize the typical presentation of symptoms and signs of cervicogenic dizziness.
          2. Describe the recommended elements and sequence of the Concussion CPG including appropriate assessments to identify impairments in the Cervico-Musculoskeletal domain.
          3. Apply current evidence to select appropriate assessments of the cervical musculoskeletal domain. 
          4. Select appropriate interventions that address the cervical musculoskeletal domain.

          Rob Landel, PT, DPT, FAPTA

          Director of Clinical Residency and Fellowship Programs

          University of Southern California

          Rob Landel, PT, DPT, FAPTA is Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, where he is the Director of Clinical Residency and Fellowship Programs. He is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. With over 35 years of experience treating people with orthopedic, neurologic and vestibular complaints, Dr. Landel has lectured and trained therapists and physicians in the US, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa in managing these patients. He founded USC Physical Therapy Associates, the division’s Faculty Practice, and the division’s first residency program (orthopedics). Dr. Landel has published on a variety of topics in orthopedics and in vestibular rehabilitation and has received national awards in teaching and research. His current clinical interest is the diagnostic dilemma and management challenge posed by patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms of dizziness.

          Course Instructions

          1. Click on the Contents tab to watch the course recording.
          2. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
          3. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
          4. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 

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          (LMS-Regulatory-Apr-Jun-2024) In its Regulatory, Legislative, and Payment Updates series, APTA's Health Policy and Payment team will provide an overview of the most significant and impactful federal regulatory and commercial payer policy updates in 2024; this session will cover developments between April and June.

          Get inside intel from APTA's Health Policy and Payment team on the most significant and impactful federal and commercial payer policy updates in 2024.

          Throughout the year, APTA's regulatory staff will provide regular updates on federal rulemaking impacting policy and payment for both outpatient providers (Medicare Physician Fee Schedule) and institutional, post-acute care providers (home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals). APTA will cover both proposed and final rules, and may address other nonrecurring federal rules that impact physical therapists.

          And on the commercial payer front, you’ll receive regular roundups of significant updates to private payer policies, including changes at both national and regional levels.

          This registration is for the June 6 webinar, which covers developments April-June 2024. 

          Please note: CEUs are not currently available for Ohio, but should be available shortly after the live webinar date. If approved, this course would be eligible for CEU credit (1 contact hour).

          Andrew Amari, JD

          Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

          Andrew Amari, JD is a specialist within APTA's Health Policy and Payment Unit, advocating on regulatory policy issues affecting physical therapists in a variety of practice settings. Before joining the association in March 2022, Andrew was a regulatory analyst at the Association of American Medical Colleges, focusing on hospital payment and graduate medical education policy issues. Andrew received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a JD from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He is a member of the Wisconsin Bar.

          Rachel Miller, MPH

          Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

          Rachel Miller, MPH is a health policy and payment specialist within APTA's Health Policy and Payment Unit as of August 2022. Rachel advocates to federal regulators on policy issues that affect the physical therapy profession. Before joining the association, she was working towards her master's degree in health policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While continuing her education, Rachel showed community members how to obtain health insurance as Certified Application Counselor in a student-run clinic. Before that, she helped stop the spread of COVID-19 as a case investigator at a local health department. She obtained her bachelor's degree in public health from the University of South Florida.

          Wanda Evans, PT, DPT, MHS

          Sr. Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

          Wanda K. Evans, PT, DPT, MHS, is a senior payment specialist at APTA. Her responsibilities include communicating with members and insurers on inquiries regarding third-party, billing, CPT coding, and payment policies; providing resources in policy development; monitoring trends; and assisting in association efforts to advance payment policies. She remains a treating clinician in the outpatient setting. Before joining APTA, she was the clinical documentation and utilization review coordinator for Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital Network. Prior to that she was the supervisor of physical therapist and occupational therapist services for Kaiser Permanente Mid Atlantic. She has been an APTA member since she was a student. She received her bachelor of physical therapy and doctor of physical therapy degrees from Howard University, and a master of health science degree in orthopedic and sports physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis. She also is a certified kinesio taping practitioner. 

          Alice Bell, PT, DPT

          Sr. Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

          Alice is on staff as senior payment specialist in the Payment and Practice Management Department of the APTA. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Montana. Her specialties include integrated care delivery models, post-acute care, and long-term care. A board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy, she has lectured and written many articles on topics related to physical therapy and the older adult. She has spent the majority of her career in post-acute care and long-term care settings and has more than 36 years of experience as a physical therapist. Her professional activities include serving as a member of the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Steering Committee, co-leader of the NQF Opioid Stewardship Member Workgroup, APTA appointee to the NDHI Opioid Crisis Workgroup, APTA appointee to the National Quality Partnership Opioid Stewardship Action Team, Member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Technical Expert Panel for Skilled Nursing Alternative Payment Systems, Appointee to the National Quality Forum (NQF) for Long Term Care Quality Measures, Member of the Steering Committee for NQF's National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Home Project, and representative of the Coalition of Rehab Therapy Organizations’ Joint Commission’s Long Term Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee.

          Chase Kuhn

          Specialist, Health Policy and Payment

          APTA

          Chase Kuhn, PT, DPT, is a specialist in APTA’s Health Policy and Payment unit, advocating for the profession of physical therapy as it relates to commercial insurers. He received both his bachelor’s degree in health science and his DPT with research specialization from the Ohio State University and subsequently participated in their Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. He joined APTA staff with prior work experience in financial loss mitigation and hospital-based revenue cycle administration.

          Course Instructions

          1. Click on the Contents tab to watch the course recording.
          2. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
          3. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 


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            (LMS-Cognitive-Behavioral-Sequalae-TBI) ​The cognitive and behavioral sequalae from traumatic brain injury, regardless of severity of the injury, can lead to marked functional impairments. Physical therapists can play an important role in the process of recovery, adaptation, and adjustment to these sequalae through implementation of specific interventions and through collaboration with other neurorehabilitation professionals.

            This course is one out of six course offerings in the Brain Injury Certificate Series.

            The cognitive and behavioral sequalae from traumatic brain injury, regardless of severity of the injury, can lead to marked functional impairments. Physical therapists can play an important role in the process of recovery, adaptation, and adjustment to these sequalae through implementation of specific interventions and through collaboration with other neurorehabilitation professionals. This two-hour course will review the most common cognitive and behavioral sequalae from TBI based upon the severity of the injury, identify the targets of intervention depending on the phase of recovery, and review the roles of each neurorehabilitation team member as well as the collaborative opportunities between physical therapists and these other neurorehabilitation professionals. Interventions that physical therapists can implement to help address the cognitive and behavioral sequalae in the therapeutic process will be identified for the varied clinical settings (i.e., critical care, acute inpatient rehab, subacute, post-acute outpatient, community re-entry/engagement). Additionally, collaborative care model will be discussed and suggestions of how to implement collaborative interventions within the different clinical settings will be reviewed. 

            Learning Objectives:
            • Identify the most common cognitive and behavioral sequalae from TBI based upon the severity of the injury
            • Identify the targets of intervention depending on the phase of recovery
            • Identify the roles of each neurorehabilitation team member as well as the collaborative opportunities between physical therapists and these other neurorehabilitation professionals
            • Identify the interventions that physical therapists can implement to help address the cognitive and behavioral sequalae in the therapeutic process within the varied clinical settings 

            Kathleen Bechtold

            PhD

            Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

            Kathleen T. Bechtold, Ph.D., ABPP is a clinical psychologist who is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology and specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals with brain injury. She is an Associate Professor within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been an active researcher for the past twenty years with over 50 publications focusing on recovery and adaptation to brain injury. She is the Psychology Training Director for the Johns Hopkins Department of PM&R and provides supervision and training to psychology postdoctoral fellows, physiatry residents, and neuropsychiatry fellows in brain injury care. Dr. Bechtold is the President of the American Board of Rehabilitation of Psychology, serves on the American Board of Professional Psychology Ethics Committee, and previously served as a Trustee to the American Board of Professional Psychology. She provides national consultation and mentorship to professional colleagues regarding business practices as well as the legal and ethical considerations for the practice of psychology. 

            Allison Nogi

            PT, DPT

            Emory University School of Medicine

            Allison Nogi is a neurologic clinical specialist and graduated from Emory University in 2016 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy. She then went on to complete a neurologic residency in physical therapy at Emory University. She has practiced at both Emory University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

            As a clinical specialist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Allison was on the leadership team that created the Vestibular Rehabilitation Triage Program, which is a clinical program that uses physical therapists as direct providers, reducing wait-times for individuals with chronic and acute dizziness. Through this program, she has showcased the value of physical therapists having direct access to appropriately treat or refer patients to the most appropriate specialist. Allison also helped establish the outpatient Brain Injury Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, which facilitated a multi-disciplinary treatment approach for individuals with complex brain injury. Outside of clinical care, Allison also created the Johns Hopkins University Vestibular Competency course, an online continuing education course aimed at promoting further understanding of the vestibular system and its influence on disease and symptom presentation.

            Throughout her career, Allison has been involved in research. While at Johns Hopkins, she was a member of Dr. Michael Schubert’s Laboratory of Vestibular Neuroadaptation. At Emory University, she is involved with Dr. Mark Lyle’s Rehabilitation and Applied Movement Performance Laboratory. Outside of academic research, she consults with BrainQ Technologies for their EMAGINE trial, which is a multi-site trail in the United States that uses a device to potentially promote neuroplasticity and recovery in acute stroke survivors.

            Currently, Allison practices at Emory University’s Dizziness and Balance Center. In parallel to clinical practice, she is pursuing her PhD at Georgia Tech with her research focusing on the influence of the vestibular system on descending postural control in both healthy individuals and individuals with brain pathology.

            Course Instructions

            1. Click on the Contents tab to watch the course recording.
            2. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
            3. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
            4. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 

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            AoE-StudentDebt-May2024 Attendees will learn important 2024 updates on student loans that directly affect educators who have Federal Student Debt. We will cover the two major types of loan forgiveness, the differences between federal and private loans, and the IDR Waiver/One Time Account Adjustment.

            Attendees will learn important 2024 updates on student loans that directly affect educators who have Federal Student Debt. We will cover the two major types of loan forgiveness, the differences between federal and private loans, and the IDR Waiver/One Time Account Adjustment. 

            The IDR Waiver deadline is set to expire April 30th, 2024 and there are many borrowers who will benefit from this program. Many are unaware this Federal government program exists and don’t know how to take advantage of it. This program can be especially beneficial for borrowers who have multiple Federal Student Loans on different timelines. For example, someone who received an undergraduate degree and began to make payments on their loans, and then later went back and took out more loans for a graduate degree or PhD.  The IDR Waiver will also be especially beneficial for borrowers who are pursuing PSLF forgiveness and have older loans given out prior to 2010, called “FFEL loans”.  

            Understanding this information is really important for folks who may be candidates for loan forgiveness through the IDR Waiver, but they don’t know it because of the confusion around the programs.

            Course Objectives:
            After this presentation, learners will be able to:

            1. Upon completion of the session participants will understand the differences between Federal and Private Student Loans.
            2. Upon completion of the session attendees will understand the IDR Waiver/One Time Account Adjustment  https://studentaid.gov/announc... that expires April 30th, 2024 and how that directly affects student loan borrowers with multiple federal student loans on different timelines. 
            3. Upon completion of the session attendees will understand the different types of student loan forgiveness including PSLF forgiveness and Long-term forgiveness.

            Speaker Information:

            Dr. Connor Pierce is the Founder of After the DPT, where he helps DPTs understand their student debt. Connor is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and was a full-time practicing clinician for over 5 years. He passed the Certified Student Loan Professional® exam to become an industry leader in student loan advising. He has been teaching as an adjunct faculty at physical therapy programs for the past 4 years. He and his wife understand first-hand what DPT debt feels like as they are both DPTs who graduated with DPT debt in 2018.  They believe that their shared experience with DPTs who are graduating today, allows them to better understand and know how to help fellow DPTs handle their student debt.  Dr. Pierce has personally advised individuals on over $30 million dollars in student debt.

            0.1 CEUs will be available for this webinar. 

            Course Instructions

            1. Click on the Contents tab to watch the course recording.
            2. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
            3. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
            4. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 

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            For assistance logging in, accessing activities, claiming credit, or for other questions or concerns, please e-mail learningcenter@apta.org.