Please join us as Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. presents “Skilled Nursing Facility: What’s New In Fiscal Year 2018” webinar conference on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT. This webinar will provide the skilled nursing facility changes for Fiscal Year 2018 as they pertain to physical, occupational and speech therapy services provided under Part A benefits. See below for the full webinar description and objectives.

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 September 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.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updates its prospective payment systems annually in the form of proposed and final rule‐making. These documents are very important to those who practice in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) since they impact the way care is delivered and paid for. This webinar will examine the final rule for SNF changes to Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Medicare payment rates and the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP). The notice updates the Resource Utilization Group IV (RUG‐IV) payment rates, includes functional outcome measures in the QRP, and continues to shift Medicare payments from volume to value with continued implementation of the SNF Value‐based Purchasing (VBP) program. Additionally, CMS clarifies definitions and provisions related to investigation of complaints and team composition. The webinar will also provide participants with the most current information on CMS’s proposed revisions to the existing SNF prospective payment system, the proposed Resident Classification System, Version 1 (RCS‐1).


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

  1. Identify changes to the payment provisions for Rehab RUGs in the SNF
  2. Describe the role of physical, occupational and speech‐language therapy in the functional 
outcome measures
  3. Understand the impact of value‐based purchasing on the SNF setting
  4. Identify the most significant changes to the SNF‐PPS in the proposed RCS‐1 model


Ellen received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since that time, she has worked in various roles & settings as both clinician & manager/director: hospital; transitional care; Director of rehab for a hospital home health agency; Clinical Consultant, Director of a HH staffing division, Rehab Agency Administrator and Director of Governmental Affairs for a company providing rehab services in long term care, home health & outpatient settings. Presently, Ellen is owner of Rehab Resources & Consulting, Inc., a company providing continuing education and consulting services for post‐acute care settings. She specializes in helping customers understand the CMS prospective payment systems in skilled nursing facilities and home health settings, and especially how to deliver medically necessary therapy services in these settings. Her experience includes utilizing medical record reviews and data systems to help both inpatient and outpatient therapy providers meet regulatory guidelines. Ellen is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, where she serves as Director on the APTA Section on Geriatrics (SOG) Board, and is a member of the APTA Home Health Section & the APTA Health Policy & Administration Sections. She serves in the dual role of Treasurer and Chairperson of the Practice & Reimbursement Committee for the Alabama Physical Therapy Association.


Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, speech-language pathologists, nursing home administrators, nursing home billers, MDS Coordinators, as well as directors, managers, and supervisors in 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 reference links.


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 September 20, 2017, instructions will be emailed the evening of the day you registered (after 6:00PM pacific time). Please white list to ensure you receive the required information. First 75 minutes is presentation/lecture and last 15 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.


Register for the event before 11:30AM EDT on September 20, 2017.

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 September 20, 2017, 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 September 6, 2017, 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 September 6, 2017. 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:


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:

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 • 661.350.6187 •

If you wish to contact Rick Gawenda directly, you may email him: or visit his website at:


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.