This 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. Click below to learn more about the course objectives or to purchase by credit card or check.

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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.


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 June 4, 2019.


Time:  Approximately 1 hour and 39 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 at 661.350.6187 or contact Rick or Michelle via email by filling out our contact form.