Dispelling the Most Common Therapy Myths


This webinar will address some of the most common therapy myths that exist in outpatient therapy and teach participants why they are not true and are just myths. Rick discusses 22 myths in this eye opening webinar! Click below to learn more about the course objectives or to purchase by credit card or check.

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In my role as a consultant, speaker and presenter, one of my responsibilities is to provide my clients and participants with the correct information with references, when applicable, to successfully run their therapy practice or department while remaining compliant with Medicare and private insurance carrier rules and regulations. Over my past 15 years in my current role, I have received many “urban legend myth” questions that have been passed down that people think are true. The goal of this webinar is to dispel some of those myths. Some of the 22 or more myths that will be addressed in this webinar include:

  • Therapy students can’t treat Medicare outpatients
  • You can’t double book Medicare patient’s
  • You can’t bill 2 CPT codes during the same 15-minute period
  • You can’t bill more than 4 units per hour
  • The definition of  “requires direct one-on-one contact” applies only to Medicare
  • Medicare requires an order to begin outpatient therapy services
  • Medicare requires a re-evaluation every 10 visits
  • Medicare doesn’t pay for maintenance therapy
  • You must issue an ABN when a Medicare beneficiary exceeds the therapy cap
  • I can collect cash from a Medicare patient for covered therapy services
  • Medicare Advantage plans follow Medicare rules and regulations
  • Medicare does not pay for reevaluations same day you provide treatment


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

  • Identify the supervision requirements of a student treating a Medicare outpatient
  • Describe how you can schedule Medicare and non-Medicare patient’s
  • Recite what you can and can’t bill together during the same 15-minute time period
  • Describe how you can bill more than 4 time-based units in an hour
  • List what insurance carriers also follow the definition of group therapy and “requires direct one-on-one contact”
  • Define what the Medicare program does require for payment (order or plan of care)
  • Identify the criteria for a re-evaluation to be billed to Medicare and private insurance carriers
  • Recite when maintenance therapy is covered under the Medicare program
  • Describe when you can and can’t issue an ABN to a Medicare beneficiary
  • List what services you can collect cash for from a Medicare beneficiary
  • Understand the difference between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans


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. 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, revenue enhancement 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, speech-language pathologists, private practice owners and practice administrators, coders and office managers at private practices, as well as directors, managers, supervisors, coders, and billers in skilled nursing facilities, hospital outpatient therapy departments, schools, rehabilitation agencies, home health agencies, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, and therapy billing companies.


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.


A certificate of attendance will be available upon purchase of the webinar 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 listened to via a CD of the live presentation that occurred on May 16, 2018.


Time:  Approximately 1 hour and 51 minutes  (including Q&A time recorded)


There are no refunds once your order has been processed since the handouts/links will be emailed to you immediately after your order has been completed. CD’s will be mailed the following business day by regular US mail.

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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

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