How Changing Post-Acute Payments Impact the Role of the PT

SPECIAL NOTICE - NEW FORMAT! There is NO Live Q and A - this will be a "virtual" Webinar ONLY.

The course content will be recorded in October. You will receive an email when it is ready for review. Please review the recording and prepare a few questions and email them directly to: no later than October 19th using the subject line: "Questions for Post-Acute Payments course". **Please do not call or email Member Services.**

We will compile all questions and prepare responses in writing and upload them to the course no later than October 26th.

Course Description

By early 2018, we will know whether CMS is proposing to implement two new PAC payment systems – SNF and Home health. After the webinar, PTs would be educated on the new payment systems and how payment rates are calculated. PTs also will be educated on how these payment systems do or do not align with the work of the IMPACT Act and current status of functional measure development.

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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Completion Instructions

Review recorded content, compile and submit questions, attend live Q and A. There are NO CEUs for this course - it is free to all.

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Kara Gainer, Heather Smith, PT

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Type:E-Learning Course
Domains:Kara Gainer, Heather Smith, post acute payments
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