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Skilled Nursing Facility: What’s New In Fiscal Year 2018
Hosted By: Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc.
Location: Webinar
Ypsilanti, MI
Start Time: 9/20/2017 1:00 PM
End Time: 9/20/2017 2:30 PM
Time Zone: Eastern

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Skilled Nursing Facility: What’s New In Fiscal Year 2018

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
(time varies depending upon your location)

• 10:00 am - 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time
• 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Mountain Daylight Time
• 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Central Daylight Time
• 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time

One registration allows for one computer log on and/or one phone line in which you can have as many participants sit and listen via your computer speaker or speaker phone and all would be eligible to receive a course certificate that you could submit to your state for POSSIBLE CEU credit

Presenter: Ellen Strunk, MS, PT, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

Early Registration Deadline: September 6, 2017 at 11:59PM EDT
Final Registration Deadline: September 20, 2017 at 11:30AM EDT

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:

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

Includes a live Question & Answer session at the end of the presentation.

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, 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.

Webinar recordings are NOT included with registration, but registrants have an option to purchase a webinar playback link for $49.95 (view via your computer as many times as you would like and audio comes through your computer speakers) or CD (audio only) for $69.95 prior to completing online registration or send in the additional fee with your registration and check.

Audio - phone connection required only to hear the audio portion of the webinar

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. 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.

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 copying and pasting the entire url link in your web browser:

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 on or 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 handouts. 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 this webinar conference via your computer speakers or a speaker phone, follow along with the session handout on your computer, and participate in a live, interactive Question and Answer session.

Event Deadlines / Fees:
The early deadline for registration for this webinar conference is 11:59pm EDT, September 6, 2017. Final registration for the webinar conference is 11:30am EDT on September 20, 2017. Please call Michelle at 661.350.6187 if you would like to register after the deadline.
Registrant Type Deadline Name Deadline Date Fee
New Early Registration 9/6/2017 $129.00
New Late Registration 9/19/2017 $159.00
Online Registration is closed. If you would still like to register, please contact Michelle at 661.350.6187.

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