Please join us for a very important upcoming webinar “Medicare Therapy Cap Repealed & Its Implications” on March 2, 2018 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST. This webinar will discuss the changes to outpatient therapy services in 2018 and beyond due to passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
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 1.0 CEU 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 March 2nd? 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.
On February 9, 2018, the United States Senate and House of Representatives passed H.R. 1892 – “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018” and President Trump signed the bill into law at approximately 8:30am ET on February 9, 2018. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 71-28 and passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 240-186.
This legislation contains several important implications that will have an impact on outpatient therapy services provided by physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and speech-language pathologists. This legislation changes the following regarding outpatient therapy services:
- Annual outpatient therapy cap, exception process, and use of the KX modifier
- Dollar threshold for the targeted medical review process
- Payment rates for services provided by a physical therapist assistant or occupational therapy assistant
This webinar will discuss what the therapy cap repeals means for providers of outpatient therapy services, the continued use of the KX modifier, changes to the targeted medical review dollar threshold and payment changes for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries receiving outpatient therapy services by physical therapist assistants and occupational therapy assistants. I will also discuss the 2018 payment changes concerning the most common CPT codes billed by physical and occupational therapy. Did you know there are 7-8 CPT codes that pay better than therapeutic exercise? Are you leaving your hard earned money with the insurance carrier by billing the wrong CPT code?
At the conclusion of this webinar presentation, participants will be able to:
- Describe and understand the therapy cap and services provided above $2010 in calendar year 2018
- Define the dollar amount for claims subject to the targeted medical review process
- List factors that will determine what claims are selected for the targeted medical review
- Discuss payment changes for services provided by a PTA and OTA to Medicare outpatients
- Be able to calculate the dollar amount for each visit that will be applied to the annual therapy cap dollar
- Recite the payment rate for the top CPT codes billed by physical and occupational therapy
- Understand the difference between massage and manual therapy and what code has a higher payment rate
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
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”.
WHO SHOULD LISTEN:
Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, private practice owners and practice administrators, coders and office managers at private practices, as well as directors, managers, supervisors, compliance officers, risk managers, and billers in skilled nursing facilities, hospital outpatient therapy departments, schools, rehabilitation agencies, home health agencies, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, and billing companies.
INCLUDED IN YOUR MATERIALS PACKET:
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 and resources.
Audio – phone connection required only if your computers do not have speakers or you will not be at a computer. Handout is sent via email approximately 5 days prior to live webinar conference date to the email address provided in the registration. If you register within 5 days of March 2, 2018, instructions will be emailed the evening of the day you registered (after 6:00PM pacific time). Please white list firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you receive the required information. First 40 minutes is presentation/lecture and last 20 minutes is question and answer.
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.
HOW THE WEBINAR CONFERENCE WORKS
Register for the event before 11:30am EST on March 2, 2018.
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 March 2, 2018, 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: email@example.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 on the registration form.
Written requests for refunds received on or before February 21, 2018, 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 February 21, 2018. We are 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. Email your request for a refund to the conference coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLAYBACK LINK or AUDIO RECORDINGS
Playback link or CD recordings (audio only) are NOT included with registration, but registrants have an option to purchase a playback link for $49.95 or CD recording (audio only) for $69.95 prior to completing online registration or send in the additional payment with your registration and check. Playback link is best option as you are able to view and listen to the webinar live on your computer as many times as you would like and the playback link is emailed 72 hours after the completion of the webinar where CD’s will take 10-14 days for delivery.
TelSpanWeb System Requirements to View Webinar:
• Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
• MAC OS X v10.4 or Higher
• 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: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer
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: http://web.telspan.com/systemcheck
If you have questions about registration or logistics for this webinar conference, please contact the Webinar Conference Manager:
Michelle Gawenda • 661.350.6187 • email@example.com
If you wish to contact Rick Gawenda directly, you may email him: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at: https://gawendaseminars.com
REGISTER ONLINE WITH A CREDIT CARD: Click HERE
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.
Hospitals: Due to the short time frame for registration, we will take a PO for this webinar only. Please call Michelle at 661.350.6187 to arrange for the PO and registration for this webinar.