Please join us as Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. presents “2017 Coding & Billing for Speech Language Pathology Services” webinar conference on December 8, 2016 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST. An accurate understanding of the coding and billing process is critical for speech-language pathologists in the outpatient therapy setting. This webinar will teach SLP’s how to report the correct CPT code(s) based on interventions provided, define the definition of substantial of a time-based CPT code and ensure the SLP is billing correctly to the insurance carrier.

To register online with a credit card, click HERE. To register by check, click Printable Registration Form, complete the form and mail with check to the address listed on the registration form.

One registration allows as many people to watch and listen to the webinar on one computer and/or phone line. If your computer has no speaker or you unable to be at a computer, you can still call in to the phone number provided to hear the audio portion and follow along with the handout in pdf format.

This course is available for 0.2 ASHA CEUs. Participants must listen to the live webinar on December 8, 2016 and complete a short test to be eligible for CEUs. A certificate of attendance, if not applying for CEU’s, will be available upon completion of the webinar for each participant and may be adequate for credit in some states; you will need to contact your state licensing regulatory body to determine whether or not credit will be granted for this webinar conference.

Can’t Listen Live on December 8th? Not a problem. Register for the webinar, email us after the webinar stating no one from your organization logged in or called in to listen live, we will verify, and then send you a playback link of the actual live presentation along with the handouts. The playback link can be viewed on your computer as many times as you would like and audio comes through your computer speakers. ASHA CEU’s are not available if you do not listen live on December 8, 2016.


An accurate understanding of the coding and billing process is critical for rehab professionals. “2017 Coding & Billing for Speech Language Pathology Services” covers the correct use of CPT codes used by speech language pathologists and speech language assistants in all outpatient settings including private practice, hospital-based outpatient departments, rehabilitation agencies, schools, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities doing Part B and in a patient’s home. The course will review the definition of substantial of time-based CPT codes per the American Medical Association (AMA) in order to bill correctly to the Medicare program and private insurance carriers. Billing scenarios are discussed and reviewed to ensure speech language pathologists can accurately charge patients correctly for their services. Lastly, the webinar will review CCI edits as they pertain to outpatient speech therapy services and show how what SLP bills may determine whether PT and OT services are paid on the same date of service.


At the completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Be able to select and bill the appropriate CPT code based on the type of speech therapy evaluation performed
  • Describe & understand how to select the correct treatment CPT code(s) based on interventions provided
  • Understand how to bill for the evaluation for a speech-generating communication device
  • Differentiate between one-on-one interventions and group therapy
  • Define “per hour”, “each additional 15-minutes”, and “each additional 30-minutes” and what is a substantial portion of a time-based CPT code to bill to Medicare and private insurance carriers
  • Define and distinguish between column 1/column 2 CCI edits
  • Be able to read the CCI edit chart correctly and apply modifier to the correct CPT code on the claim form
  • Understand how what SLP’s bill may impact PT and OT payment when patients are seen on the same day
  • Be able to charge correctly for the services you provide under outpatient therapy benefits for Medicare and private insurance carriers


Rick Gawenda, P.T., graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Gawenda is currently the President and founder of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. and Director of Finances for Kinetix Advanced Physical Therapy Inc., a private practice located in southern California. He has provided valuable education and consulting to hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, private practices, nursing homes, and his peers in the areas of CPT and ICD-10 coding, billing, documentation, reimbursement, and compliance as it pertains to outpatient therapy services as well as denial management and the appeals process for Medicare denied claims. Mr. Gawenda’s website,, provides a valuable source of information on rehabilitation rules and regulations, coding, documentation, and reimbursement.

Mr. Gawenda is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA). Mr. Gawenda is the Past President of the Section on Health Policy & Administration of the APTA as well as Past President of the Michigan Association of Medical Rehabilitation Program Administrators.

Mr. Gawenda is also the author of “The How-To Manual for Rehab Documentation: A Complete Guide to Increasing Reimbursement and Reducing Denials” and “Coding and Billing For Outpatient Rehab Made Easy: Proper Use of CPT Codes, ICD-9 Codes and Modifiers”.


Speech language pathologists, speech language assistants, private practice owners and practice administrators, office managers at private practices, as well as administrators, directors, managers, and supervisors in skilled nursing facilities, hospital outpatient therapy departments, schools, rehabilitation agencies, home health agencies, and comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities.


In addition to the expertise and advice presented during this webinar conference, you’ll also receive a handout (in PDF format) that will include related references as well as supplemental modifier 59 “cheat sheet” to assist the provider in identifying which CPT code(s) require modifier 59 appended to them.


Audio – phone connection required only if your computers do not have speakers or you will not be at a computer.

Webinar – Computer and internet connection required. Participants will be provided a url link where they can log in and follow the presentation on their computer as the speaker provides the presentation. If your computer has speakers, you will be able to hear the audio portion through your computer speakers and will not require a phone connection. If no speakers on your computer or unable to be at a computer, participants will need to call in to the phone number provided to them to hear the audio portion. You will need adobe flash.


This webinar has been submitted by CIAO Seminars to ASHA for CEU approval. Additional information will be provided when available. Participants must listen to the live webinar on December 8, 2016 and complete a short test to be eligible for CEUs. A certificate of attendance, if not applying for CEU’s, will be available upon completion of the webinar for each participant and may be adequate for credit in some states; you will need to contact your state licensing regulatory body to determine whether or not credit will be granted for this webinar conference.


Register for the event before 11:30AM EST on December 8, 2016.

When you register, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail that serves as your receipt. Approximately 5 days before the webinar conference, you will receive a separate email that provides you with instructions for accessing the call and a handout attachment. If you register within 5 days of December 8, 2016, instructions will be emailed the evening of the day you registered (after 6:00PM pacific time). Please make sure that your email system will accept messages from the webinar conference host: The easiest way to do this is to add this email address to the contacts list in your email software.

Gather your staff and listen to the webinar conference via speaker phone, follow along with the session handout, and participate in a live, interactive Question and Answer session. Registration includes ONE DIAL-IN CONNECTION AND/OR COMPUTER CONNECTION (you can gather as many people at that location as you wish), an electronic handout, and a certificate of completion for participants.

PLEASE NOTE: ONE REGISTRATION PROVIDES YOU WITH ONE PHONE AND/OR COMPUTER CONNECTION FOR THE WEBINAR CONFERENCE. You may pay for additional locations where indicated on the registration form.


Written requests for refunds received on or before November 24, 2016, will receive a refund less a $60 processing fee; fees are nonrefundable after this date. There are no refunds for no shows or any other reasons after November 24, 2016. We are not responsible for organization firewalls or computer software issues that may interfere and/or prohibit your connection to the webinar portion of the presentation. Email your request for a refund to the conference coordinator:


Playback links and audio recordings are NOT included with registration, but registrants have an option to purchase a playback link that can viewed on your computer just like watching it live (no limit to the amount of times it can be viewed) for $49.95 or audio recording (CD) for $69.95 prior to completing online registration.

TelSpanWeb System Requirements to View Webinar on Computer:

   Operating Systems:

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • MAC OS X v10.4 or Higher
  • Linux
  • Solaris

Internet Browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 7 or Higher (Windows)
  • Firefox 4 or Higher
  • Safari 4 or Higher
  • Google Chrome 2 or Higher

   Stable Internet Connection, DSL or Above:

  • 100 kbps for Video Transmission
  • 300kbps for Screen Sharing and Remote Control
  • Recommended 500kbps to ensure fluidity of all Services

Flash Player 10.3 or Newer:

Disabled pop-up blockers

Computer speakers for participants listening over the computer


In order to ensure successful connection to your upcoming meeting, please take a moment to conduct a system test by clicking this link:

Contact Us

If you have questions about registration or logistics for this webinar conference, please contact the Webinar Conference Manager:

Michelle Gawenda • Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. • 661.350.6187 •

If you wish to contact Rick Gawenda directly, you may email him: or visit his website at:



SLP/SLPA CEUs Provided by: CIAO Seminars
77 Bay Bridge Drive
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
888-909- 2426 toll free / 850-916-8886 phone / 850-916-8885 fax
Course transcripts and certificates available through CIAO

CEUs 0.2 (2.0 Contact Hours) SLP/SLPAs
CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (SLP/SLPA)


This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).

Questions about CEUs? Contact Michelle or Cory at CIAO 888-909-2426