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Course #: 2215

New Opportunities and New Challenges When Evaluating and Treating Persons with Dementia

Location Date Price
Orlando, FL
March 29-30, 2014

CEUs: 1.2

1 person:$375.00
2-4 people:$350.00
5+ people:$350.00
*Groups MUST register at the same time to qualify for the group rate.
Thank you for your interest in this seminar. We are unable to take further registrations as the seminar date has already past. Please feel free to view other uplcoming seminars by clicking here or contacting our office at 888-337-3866.

Description

The Therapy Playing Field Has Changed  

The Opportunity:  Medicare can no longer deny services to persons with dementia based on the "Improvement Standard." Persons with dementia can now receive therapy services to achieve or maintain their highest level of function or services that can slow or prevent further decline even when no progress can be demonstrated.

The Challenge:  SLPs need to understand specific documentation principles, how to "stage" a patient for appropriate goals, and understand evidence-based interventions to successfully bill for Medicare services. SLPs also need to know what constitutes skilled service and what establishes medically necessity.

Seminar Description: The settlement of the Jimmo v. Sebelius Class Action lawsuit required Medicare to establish new policy guidelines for services to persons with progressive disorders including persons with dementia. The "Improvement Standard," long used by Medicare to deny services to persons with dementia, can no longer be used as the sole denial criteria to approve or deny services to this population. Rather, evidence of medical necessity, including the need for skilled services and use of evidence-based interventions will now be the criteria for approving or denying claims.


The information in this clinically focused seminar will explain how to fully comply with the new Medicare policies. The old stigma attached to persons with dementia (red flag – can't learn – won't improve – no funding) will be replaced with proactive thinking (specific, targeted interventions work – the knowledge and training of a professional is needed – documentation is key – the right interventions can increase safety and help maintain the highest level of function). Participants will leave this seminar understanding the new Medicare documentation guidelines and how to "Stage" patients for successful treatment outcomes.

 

Attend This Seminar To Learn:

  • A decision-making model for assessment, treatment and maintenance of persons with dementia. 
  • Appropriate intervention programs for each stage of dementia including severe dementia.
  • Criteria for transitioning clients from treatment to maintenance programs.
  • Medicare guidelines for reimbursable service.

 


Content Disclosure: The content of this CE seminar does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and nonfinancial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab found above.



Cancellation Policy & Late Registration

Registration Cancellation Policy:

Tuition will be refunded less a $25 processing fee if emailed notification is received by NSS up to two weeks prior to the seminar date. Two weeks to 72 hours prior to seminar date: 50% refund; 72 hours or less: no refund. NSS reserves the right to cancel the event up to 7 days prior to the seminar date. If cancelled by NSS full tuition refunds will be issued. Substitutions are permitted if NSS is notified in advance by phone or email.

Late Registration Fee:

Add $20 to tuition rate if registration is received within
2 weeks of the seminar date.

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Outline

Saturday, March 29, 2014

7:15-7:55       Check In and Onsite Registration (coffee and tea)

7:55-8:00      Welcome & General Seminar Information 

8:00-9:30       This Session Presented By Jamie Reilly, PhD, CCC-SLP

        • Communication Characteristics of Persons on the Dementia Spectrum
        • Standardized Tests That Can Guide Treatment Planning
        • Interventions That Are Supported by Clinical Research

9:30-9:45      Break

9:45-11:15    This Session Presented By Peter Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

        • Pharmacology in the Dementia Population: Implications for Assessment and Treatment

11:15-12:30   Lunch on Own

12:30-2:00    This Session Presented By Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP

        • Evidence-Based Interventions
        • Spaced Retrieval
        • Environmental Adaptations

2:00-2:15      Break

2:15-3:45      This Session Presented By Peggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP

        • Additional Evidence-Based Interventions
        • Montessori Methods
        • Reminiscence Therapy
        • Sensory Interventions
        • Validation Therapy

3:45-4:00      Break

4:00-5:00      This Session Presented By Peggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP

        • Service Delivery Strategies To Maximize New Opportunities To Assess and Treat Persons with Dementia
        • Implications of Jimmo v. Sebelius Class Action Suit Settlement for Rehabilitation Services
        • The Concept of "Staging" and Why This is Crucial for Goal Setting and for Attaining Positive Treatment Outcomes
        • Introduction To Required Documentation Including the Importance of Medical Necessity and Skilled Service
        • Assessment Tools that Can Facilitate Successful Outcomes 

         5:00       Adjourn

Sunday, March 30, 2014

7:30-8:00         Sign In (coffee and tea)

8:00-10:00      This Session Presented By Peggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP & Peter Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

        • "Staging" Patients with Communication Disorders for Successful Treatment Outcomes Including Documentation Requirements — Case Study Format

10:00-10:10    Break

10:10-12:10    This Session Presented By Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S

        • "Staging" Patients with Swallowing Disorders for Successful Treatment Outcomes and Documentation Examples — Case Study Format

12:10-12:25    Break & Light Snack

12:25-1:25      Panel Discussion With All Presenters

        • Application Exercises To Reinforce Learning and To Ensure Participants Can Implement Course Material on Monday Morning

          1:25     Adjourn, Sign Out, and Certificates of Completion

Speaker Profile

Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC-SLP, is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author and consultant. Passionate about enriching the lives of people with dementia, Jennifer is on a mission to put the focus of care on the person’s preferences, interests and abilities. With her 25 years of industry experience, including leading countless live national and international trainings, facilitating ground-breaking research, and managing innovative person-centered care projects for The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Jennifer flawlessly bridges the gap between care communities and the individuals they serve. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori International Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and is the only person in the US teaching this international program.

Jennifer is the author of 5 nationally recognized books on dementia including the silver-medal winning Creative Connections in Dementia Care and I Care, the gold-medal winning work that also received a 5-star rating as a Reader Favorite. Jennifer is widely known for her revolutionary work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study and publishing 2 books on the subject.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Jennifer Brush is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Jennifer Brush is presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees. 

Financial — Jennifer Brush is author of "Meal Time Matters" and "Meal Time Matters at Home"; receives royalties.
 
Financial  Jennifer Brush is author of "A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval"
and "Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit"; receives royalties.
 
Financial — Jennifer Brush is an editor and author for IDEAS Institute; receives consulting fees. 
 
Financial — Jennifer Brush is owner of Brush Development; ownership interests. 
 
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Brush has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

 


Mary L. Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is currently the Corporate Rehabilitation Consultant for speech pathology with HCR ManorCare. In her 25+ years in the profession, Ms. Casper has focused clinically in swallowing disorders in the geriatric population and communication intervention for individuals with dementia. She is well-versed in regulatory, reimbursement, and clinical operations issues in the SNF setting. Ms. Casper served as Coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 15 (Gerontology) from 2008-2013, was the ASHA Convention Swallowing Program Topic Chair for 2013, and represents the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the SMAC (State Medicare Administrative Contractors Network) liaison.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Mary Casper is employed with HCR ManorCare; receives salary.

Financial — Mary Casper is presenter of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Mary Casper is a past coordinator for ASHA's Special Interest Group 15 and was the 2013 and 2014 ASHA Convention Swallowing Program Topic Chair; received no compensation in these roles.

Nonfinancial — Mary Casper represents the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the SMAC (State Medicare Administrative Contractors Network) liaison; receives no compensation.


Peter Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, earned his MS and PhD in Speech – Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh and an Executive Graduate Degree in Healthcare Financial Management from Ohio State University. Dr. Johnson serves as a healthcare consultant. He develops continuing education programs as well as one-on-one mentoring. He assists in the development of memory units. His previous experience includes working in acute care, home care, outpatient clinics and long-term care.

 Dr. Johnson served as a Column Editor for the American Speech – Language Hearing Association (SID 13) Dysphagia Newsletter and the (SID 11) Administration and Supervision Newsletter. He is a four-time recipient of the President's Award and the Outstanding Service Award from the Florida Association of Speech – Language Pathologists and Audiologists. He is the Chair of the Florida Department of Health State Licensing Board for Speech – Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

 Dr. Johnson has co-authored several books including Business Matters: A Guide for the Speech-Language Pathologist; Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing and Practical Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Effect of Medication on Therapy. His newest book is, A Clinicians Guide to the Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial Peter Johnson is presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees. 

Financial — Peter Johnson is author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties. 

Financial — Peter Johnson is Coauthor of the text, "Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing"; receives royalties.

Financial  Peter Johnson is Coauthor of the text, "Practical Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Effect of Medication on Therapy"; receives royalties.

Financial — Peter Johnson is Coauthor of the text, "A Clinicians Guide to Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia"; receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial — Peter Johnson is Chair of the Florida Licensing Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

 


Jamie Reilly, PhD, CCC-SLP, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of progressive aphasia and dementia.  He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida where he currently teaches courses in dementia, traumatic brain injury, and neuroimaging.  Dr. Reilly has published extensively on disorders of semantic memory in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia, and he remains an active clinical service provider for the UF Speech and Hearing and Memory Disorders clinics.

 

Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial — Jamie Reilly is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial Jamie Reilly’s research is supported by federal grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders (NIH/NIDCD) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR); receives grant funding. 

Nonfinancial — Jamie Reilly has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 


Peggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years of experience working with the geriatric population. She specializes in dementia intervention including the areas of communication, mobility, socialization, behaviors and dysphagia. Ms. Watson has co-written two books, Dementia Therapy & Program Development, which provides therapists a step-by-step guide to achieve successful outcomes; and Dementia Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit, written for caregivers. Ms. Watson has lectured on the topic of dementia nationally and internationally, and for state and national conventions. She is currently employed with Select Rehabilitation Hospital, Denton, Texas, and is also co-owner of Consultants in Dementia Therapy, PLLC, a company founded to be a resource for therapists whose responsibility it is to help people with dementia achieve their highest level of function. 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Peggy Watson is author of the text "Dementia Therapy & Program Development" published by Consultants in Dementia Therapy; receives royalty payments.

Financial  Peggy Watson is co-owner of Consultants in Dementia Therapy, PLLC; ownership interests.

Financial — Peggy Watson is author of the text "Dementia Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit"; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Peggy Watson is the author of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial  Peggy Watson is presenter of CE seminars offered by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees.

Nonfinancial — Peggy Watson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Location & Lodging

Seminar Location:

Rosen Plaza Hotel
Ballroom Main Level
9700 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Phone: 407-996-9700
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ROOM BLOCKPlease make hotel reservations as early as possible, as a limited number of rooms are available at discounted rates.  Mention Northern Speech for rooms starting at:

  • $129 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel: 407-996-9700 (seminar venue hotel)
  • $89 at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando: 407-996-8585 (short walk to seminar venue hotel)
 

Intended Audience

  • SLP

Accreditation


This course is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

FLORIDA:  NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Provider #SPA-026.

Content Disclosure: The content of this CE seminar does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab found above.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may provide their eligibility on the ASHA CEU Participant Form or inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.  

More Offerings by: Jennifer Brush

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e77 Using The Environment To Support Communication And Activities Of Daily Living: A Functional Approach For People With Dementia
Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Carrie Bruce, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Robin Chilton, MBA, OTR/L and Dr. Margaret Calkins, Ph.D.
0.15 $34.00
e07 Dysphagia Practice: Moving Toward More Comprehensive Treatment Protocols
Robert Arnold, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Roxann Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP and Cathy Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP
1.2 $149.00
e111 Making The Most of Mealtime: Helping Older Adults Compensate for Sensory Impairment During Meals
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP
0.1 $24.00
e112 I Care: Educating Professional And Family Care Partners Of People With Dementia
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Kerry Mills, MPA
0.1 $24.00
e124 A Functional Approach for Achieving Meaningful Goals with Persons with Dementia
Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
0.3 $47.00
e141 Creative Connections in Dementia Care: Engaging Activities To Enhance Communication for People with Dementia
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Rev. Katie Norris, M.Div
0.2 $39.00
e142 Navigating Neurocognitive Disorders: Step-by-Step Identification, Evaluation, Intervention and Collaboration
Jeanette Benigas, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Kelsey Loushin, LICDC-CS, CDP and Rev. Katie Norris, M.Div
0.85 $129.00
e154 Perspectives on Dysphagia Service Delivery: Focus on Treatment
Jay Rosenbek, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD and Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Karen Dikeman, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S and Roxann Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jacqueline Hind, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Marta Kazandjian, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Cathy Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jan Lewin, PhD,CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Christy Ludlow, PhD, CCC-SLP and Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP
1.9 $199.00

Products

  Title Price  
I Care $14.00
A Clinician's Guide to Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia $49.00

More Offerings by: Mary Casper

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e124 A Functional Approach for Achieving Meaningful Goals with Persons with Dementia
Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
0.3 $47.00

More Offerings by: Peter Johnson

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e28 Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing
Lynette Carl, PharmD, BCPS and Peter Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP
0.4 $79.00

Products

  Title Price  
A Clinician's Guide to Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia $49.00

More Offerings by: Jamie Reilly

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e76 Interventions For Neurogenic Communication Disorders
Margaret Blake, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Jerry Hoepner, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jamie Reilly, PhD, CCC-SLP
0.9 $103.00

More Offerings by: Peggy Watson

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e92 Dementia Therapy: A Speech-Language Pathologist's Guide To Successful Interventions and Proper Documentation
Peggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP
0.3 $59.00

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