Archive: PT 2012: Professional Issues Programming

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    Thursday, June 7

    Emerging Issues in Private and Workers' Compensation Insurance: Trends, Impacts, and Opportunities for the Physical Therapist

    Time: 8:00 am-10:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Karen Jost, PT, MS; Carmen Elliott

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    It's a new era for physical therapists when it comes to payment. As spending for health care services continue to rise, group health and workers' compensation insurers and employers continue to refine cost-containment strategies. These strategies include encouraging employees to seek cost-effective care, modifying benefit plans, and shifting costs to the employee, as well as implementing utilization management strategies. This session will explain these trends and identify methods to both improve the efficiency of current administrative practices and appropriately maximize consumers' insurance benefits. The session will also explore innovative practice management approaches during this post-health reform era.

    MICs, MACs, RACs, and ZPICs: Defending Your Physical Therapy Practice From Medicare Audit Contractors

    Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Jennifer Colagiovanni, JD; Amy K. Fehn, JD

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    This presentation will focus on emerging issues in Medicare and Medicaid audits of physical therapy practices. The presenters will use real-world scenarios to discuss successful appeal strategies and audit defenses to integrate into your appeals. Attendees will learn key considerations for each level of the appeals process, the integration of experts into the appeal strategy, and important legal defenses to raise on appeal. Drawing on vulnerabilities identified in physical therapy audits, the session will examine key risk areas for physical therapy practices and address proactive compliance measures to minimize these risks.

    Friday, June 8

    Maintaining Professional Integrity in a Challenging Health Care Environment

    Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Barbara B. Gresham, PT, MS, GCS

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    Integrity is a cornerstone of every profession, and the physical therapy profession embraces the importance of integrity in clinical practice, research, and education. However, research reveals ongoing and emerging challenges to professional integrity in all health care professions, including technological advances, social media, and evolving social and generational mores and values. This session will discuss the distinctions between personal integrity and professional integrity and review the concept of integrity as a key tenet of professionalism. The speakers will offer strategies to address a variety of challenges encountered by the health care profession in general and physical therapy in particular.


    Emerging Issues in Medicare: What Every PT Needs to Know to Comply With Regulations

    Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Roshunda Drummond-Dye, JD; Gayle Lee, JD

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    Medicare statutes, rules, and policies are constantly changing and vary depending on the setting in which PTs and PTAs practice. Hear about the latest developments related to fee schedule payments, the therapy cap, local coverage determinations, refined payment systems, recovery audit contractors, fraud and abuse, and much more. The information provided during this course will be valuable as you adapt your practice to ensure compliance with the changing regulations.

    Saturday, June 9

    Clinical Education Technologies: Practical Lessons and Tips

    Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, Med, Jody S. Frost, PT, DPT, PhD 

    CEUs: 0.2 (2 contact hours/CCUs)

    This session is designed for PT and PTA academic programs and clinical educators to share and discuss helpful tips and lessons learned in using the PT and PTA Clinical Performance Instrument Web and the Clinical Site Information Form Web. Topics to be addressed include an overview of the status of these web-based software tools and data related to their use; how information from these programs is being used for academic program and clinical education assessments; student performance assessment; documentation in support of accreditation requirements; longitudinal trend analysis; how the costs of these technology resources are being sustained; and how clinical educators view these resources. Opportunities for small group interaction, technology demonstrations, and question and answer session will be provided with PT and PTA programs currently using these resources.

     

    Successful Business and Organizational Models for Residency and Fellowship Development

    Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Greg W. Hartley, PT, DPT; Robert Rowe, PT, DPT, DMT, MHS

    CEUs: 0.3 (3 contact hours/CCUs)

    This session is ideal for individuals and organizations interested in developing a credentialed clinical residency or fellowship. Program directors, administrators, and members of the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education will discuss business models that have been successfully implemented in credentialed residency/fellowship programs around the country. Innovative organizational models used to address the credentialing criteria will be explored to demonstrate how a clinical residency/fellowship can fit into your unique practice situation. Examples of financial management will be provided.

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