SNF Patient Driven Payment Model

Please join us as Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. presents “Getting Ready for the Patient Driven Payment Model In The Skilled Nursing Facility Setting” webinar conference on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT. This 1.5-hour webinar will discuss and teach participants the new Patient Driven Payment Model payment system that becomes effective with dates of service on and after October 1, 2019.

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 and each participant would be eligible to print off a certificate of attendance that may be eligible for 1.5 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 June 4th? Not a problem. Register for the webinaremail 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.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updates its prospective payment systems annually in the form of proposed and final rule-making. In 2019, the CMS finalized their plans to replace the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) payment system with a new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) effective October 1, 2019. This new payment model will fundamentally change the drivers of SNF payments and represents another step towards the CMS vision for value-based purchasing. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has openly discussed how the proposed Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) will provide patients an opportunity “to choose a skilled nursing facility that offers services tailored to their condition and preferences”.

Does the SNF Proposed Rule for FY 2020 include any modifications to the SNF PDPM model? Will the PDPM model actually be implemented on October 1, 2019? And what does PDPM have to do with the SNF’s Quality Reporting Program? This webinar will explore these questions and more.


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

• Identify the components of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)
• Define the role of physical, occupational and speech-language therapy in the SNF benefit
• Understand the impact of quality reporting programs on the SNF setting
• Develop action steps to insure patients in your care receive the appropriate level of care


Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC has worked in various roles & settings as both clinician & manager/director. Presently, Ellen is owner of Rehab Resources & Consulting, Inc., RRC specializes in helping customers understand the CMS prospective payment systems in the skilled nursing facility and home health setting, as well as outpatient therapy billing for all provider types. Ms. Strunk’s experience includes utilizing medical record reviews and data systems to help both inpatient and outpatient therapy providers meet regulatory guidelines. She has worked with clients on a variety of Medicare/Medicaid payment and certification matters, including substantial overpayment assessments and facilitation of Corporate Integrity Agreements. Ms. Strunk lectures nationally on the topics of regulatory compliance in the post-acute care space and coding/billing/documentation to meet medical necessity guidelines and payer regulations, as well as pharmacology for rehabilitation professionals, clinically appropriate exercise for older adults, and the importance of functional outcomes to value-based payment.

Ellen is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the APTA Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, the APTA Home Health Section and the APTA Health Policy & Administration Sections. She serves on a state level as the Practice & Reimbursement Chair for the Alabama Physical Therapy Association. She is a member of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the National Association of Rehab Agencies and Providers (NARA), and the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL).


Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and speech-language pathologists who practice in the skilled nursing facility setting, nursing home administrators, directors and managers as well as billers and billing departments of skilled nursing 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.


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 flashIf sound goes in and out, it is due to your internet connection and is not the fault of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc is not responsible for organization fire walls or computer software issues that may interfere and/or prohibit your connection to the webinar portion of the presentation.


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 12:00PM EDT on June 4, 2019. First 70 minutes is presentation/lecture and last 20 minutes is question and answer.

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 June 4, 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: 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 May 21, 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 May 21, 2019We 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 fill out our contact form.


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.


June 4, 2019


1:00 pm - 2:30 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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