2020 Coding and Billing for Physical & Occupational Therapy

Please join us as Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. presents “2020 Coding and Billing for Physical & Occupational Therapy” webinar conference on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 1:00pm – 3:30pm EST. This 2.5-hour webinar will teach participants what CPT code to bill dependent upon their intent and documentation in the medical record as well as discuss the 2020 new and deleted CPT codes related to dry needling, biofeedback, cognitive function, and manual muscle testing. The webinar will provide case scenarios to teach participants how to bill correctly to the Medicare program as well as non-Medicare insurance carriers.

To register online with a credit card, purchase a ticket on this page. 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 and each participant would be eligible to print off a certificate of attendance that may be eligible for 2.5 CEUs from your state board or national association. 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.

Can’t Listen Live on November 20th? 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. Playback link is emailed 72 business hours after the completion of the webinar.


An accurate understanding of the coding and billing process is critical for rehab professionals. 2020 Coding & Billing for Physical & Occupational Therapy covers the correct use of CPT codes for evaluations, reevaluations, modalities and interventions used by physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in all outpatient settings including private practice, hospital-based outpatient departments, rehabilitation agencies, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities doing Part B, and home health agencies doing Part B in a patient’s home. This webinar will discuss the new 2020 CPT codes for dry needling, biofeedback and cognitive function interventions. The course will review Medicare’s 8-minute rule and the definition of substantial of time-based CPT codes per the American Medical Association (AMA) in order to bill correctly to insurance carriers who do not adhere to Medicare’s 8-minute rule. Billing scenarios are discussed and reviewed to ensure therapists can accurately charge patients correctly for their services not only to the Medicare program, but also to non-Medicare insurance carriers.


At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe & understand how to select the correct CPT code(s) based on the intervention(s) provided
  • Recognize which CPT codes are service-based and which are time-based for billing purposes
  • Explain the deleted and new CPT codes regarding dry needling, biofeedback, and cognitive function interventions for 2020
  • Differentiate between one-on-one interventions and group therapy
  • Understand who can bill L codes to Medicare and what is included in the L code payment for orthotics
  • Describe and understand Medicare’s “8-Minute Rule” to bill correctly and ensure correct reimbursement
  • Define “each 15-minutes” and what is a substantial portion for non-Medicare insurance companies that do not apply Medicare’s “8-minute rule” (i.e. follow AMA guidelines)
  • Be able to charge correctly for the services you provide under outpatient therapy benefits for Medicare and non-Medicare 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, www.gawendaseminars.com, 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”.


Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, private practice owners and practice administrators, office managers at private practices, as well as 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.


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 not been submitted to any state board or national organization for CEU approval. A certificate of attendance 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 11:00AM EST on November 20, 2019.

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 November 20, 2019, 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:  seminars@gawendaseminars.com. 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 online or on the registration form.


Written requests for refunds received on or before November 6, 2019, 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 6, 2019. 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:  seminars@gawendaseminars.com.


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 or send in the additional fee with your registration and check.

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  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
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  • Linux
  • Solaris

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  • 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

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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  • seminars@gawendaseminars.com

If you wish to contact Rick Gawenda directly, you may email him: info@gawendaseminars.com or visit his website at: http://www.gawendaseminars.com


If you want to pay by check, complete the Printable Registration Form and submit with your payment to the address listed at the bottom of the registration form.


November 20, 2019


1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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To register online with a credit card, purchase a ticket at the bottom of this page. The only way to register for this webinar is online with a credit card. We do not take Purchase Orders (PO’s) from any organization!

One registration allows as many people to watch and listen to the webinar on one computer.

Can’t Listen Live? Not a problem. Register for the webinar below; email us after the webinar stating no one from your organization logged in or called in to listen live. We will verify and send you a playback link of the actual live presentation and the handouts.

If you know you will not listen live; you do not need to purchase the playback link for an additional $49.95. If you will listen live and want the playback link, add on the playback for an additional $49.95. The playback link can be viewed on your computer as many times as you would like, and audio comes through your computer speakers.

The Playback link is emailed within 72 business hours after completing the webinar.

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


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