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MIPS 2019 for Physical and Occupational Therapy
Hosted By: Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc.
Location: Webinar
Ypsilanti, MI
Start Time: 12/18/2018 1:00 PM
End Time: 12/18/2018 3:30 PM
Time Zone: Eastern

If you have questions about registration or logistics for this webinar conference, click the grey "Event Contact Information" button above for contact information for the webinar conference manager. If you have content or other questions specifically for Rick Gawenda, please contact him through his website:

MIPS 2019 for Physical and Occupational Therapy

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
(time varies depending upon your location)

• 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Pacific Standard Time
• 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Mountain Standard Time
• 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Central Standard Time
• 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

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 2.5 CEUs from your state board or national association. You will need to check with your state board and/or national association. regarding CEU approval

Presenter: Rick Gawenda, PT

Early Registration Deadline: December 4, 2018 at 11:59PM EST
Final Registration Deadline: December 18, 2018 at 11:30AM EST

For calendar year 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to add physical therapists and occupational therapists in private practices as a Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinician. The final rule will be released by CMS on or around November 1, 2018 and the expectation is CMS will finalize their proposal and add physical therapists and occupational therapists as eligible clinicians to participate in MIPS.

This webinar will assist physical therapists and occupational therapists in private practices, office managers, administrators and owners of private practices, and billers and billing companies of private practices in their preparation to report MIPS in calendar year 2019. This webinar will teach participants:

• The 4 categories of MIPS, how each category is weighted and its impact on your
final score
• How to calculate if you will be required to participate in MIPS in 2019
• Different ways to participate in MIPS (Individual vs Group) and how to report
data to CMS
• Low-volume thresholds that may give private practices the opportunity to not
be required to participate in MIPS
• Low-volume opt-in option to give you an opportunity for a positive payment
adjustment in 2021
• The measures available to report by physical therapists and occupational therapists,
what format they can be reported to CMS and give examples of the code(s) that
must be reported for some of the measures
• Provide some examples of the over 110 Improvement Activities that are available
to report on in 2019
• Payment adjustments for calendar years 2021 dependent upon successful or
unsuccessful participation in MIPS in 2019


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

• List the 4 categories in the 2019 MIPS program and how each category is weighted
• Recite how MIPS eligible clinicians can report the data to CMS
• Name the measures available to report for physical and occupational therapy
• Explain the 2-phase Determination Period and how it will determine if you must
participate in MIPS to avoid a negative payment adjustment
• Differentiate the 3 options available to participate in MIPS
• List the 3 low-volume thresholds that would exclude a MIPS eligible clinician
from being required to participate in MIPS
• Explain the low-volume opt-in option available to physical and occupational
therapists in private practice

Includes a live Question & Answer session at the end.

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,, 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 and occupational therapists in private practices, office managers, administrators and owners of private practices, and billers and billing companies of private practices.

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.

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 EST on December 18, 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 December 18, 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: 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, December 4, 2018. Final registration for the webinar conference is 11:30am EDT on December 18, 2018. 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 12/4/2018 $159.00
New Late Registration 12/17/2018 $179.00
Online Registration is closed. If you would still like to register, please contact one of the following individuals:

Reyna at 661.974.6176
Grace at 661.400.9575
Michelle at 661.350.6187

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