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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.
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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
9:45-11:15 This Session Presented By Peter Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP
11:15-12:30 Lunch on Own
12:30-2:00 This Session Presented By Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP
2:15-3:45 This Session Presented By Peggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP
4:00-5:00 This Session Presented By Peggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP
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
10:10-12:10 This Session Presented By Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S
12:10-12:25 Break & Light Snack
12:25-1:25 Panel Discussion With All Presenters
1:25 Adjourn, Sign Out, and Certificates of Completion
Location & Lodging
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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.
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ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
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.
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