||Welcome & Introduction to Payment Systems
||Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, and Commercial Payers
||Medicare rules and regulations for documentation
||The reimbursement process
||Lunch (on your own)
||Key components of Documentation: Evaluation, Systems Review, Standardized tests, Writing functional, measurable goals
||Choosing appropriate CPT codes and documenting for skilled services
BIO: Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA
Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and earned her APTA Board Certification in Geriatric Physical Therapy in 1999.
Since that time, she has worked in various roles & settings as both clinician & manager/director: hospital; transitional care; Director of rehab for a hospital home health agency; Clinical Consultant, Director of a HH staffing division, and Director of Governmental Affairs for a company providing rehab services in long term care, home health & outpatient settings.
Presently, Ellen is owner of Rehab Resources & Consulting, Inc., a company providing continuing education and consulting services for post-acute care settings. She specializes in helping customers understand the CMS prospective payment systems in skilled nursing facilities and home health settings, and especially how to deliver medically necessary therapy services in these settings.
Her experience includes utilizing medical record reviews and data systems to help both inpatient and outpatient therapy providers meet regulatory guidelines.
She lectures nationally on the topics of pharmacology for rehabilitation professionals, exercise & wellness for older adults, and coding/billing/documentation for therapy.
Ellen is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, where she is active in advocating on payment policy in all settings. Sheserves as the Federal Affairs Liaison for the Section on Geriatrics (SOG), and is a member of the APTA Home Health Section and the APTA Health Policy & Administration Sections. She serves in the dual role of President and Chairperson of the Practice & Reimbursement Committee for the Alabama Physical Therapy Association.
She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and faculty of the SOG’s Certified Expert in Exercise for the Aging Adult program.