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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 a nationally recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the areas of memory, swallowing, and environmental interventions for people with dementia. She has served as the Principal Investigator on applied research grants that have examined issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS dementia, hearing impairment, dining, dysphagia, and the long-term care environment. Her research and consulting in the area of environmental modifications has resulted in improved functioning for people with dementia. Jennifer is the author of Meal Time Matters and Meal Time Matters at Home, training programs that build nursing assistants' and home caregivers' skills related to dining, swallowing disorders, and safe feeding assistance. In addition, she is the primary author of two books: Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit™ (ECAT) and A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval. Additionally she is the editor of IDEAS for a Better Visit, as well as the author of numerous articles related to cognitive disorders, memory loss, and dementia.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Jennifer Brush is author 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, BRS-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 CE seminars offered by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees.

Nonfinancial — Mary Casper is a past coordinator for ASHA's Special Interest Group 15 and is the 2013 and 2014 ASHA Convention Swallowing Program Topic Chair; receives 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, is an author, lecturer and clinician who has lectured extensively on dementia management, including consulting with facilities interested in the development of Alzheimer's centers. He is currently the Speech Mentor with Select Medical where he develops new clinical programs, conducts continuing education seminars, provides small group and one-on-one mentoring nationally, and maintains the clinic hotline to answer any specific clinical questions related to dementia. Dr. Johnson received his graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and received an Executive Graduate Degree in Healthcare Financial Management from Ohio State University. He has also co-authored several books including  Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing and Practical Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Effect of Medication on Therapy.

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 employed with Select Medical; receives salary. 

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.

Nonfinancial — Peter Johnson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 



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 author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

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

Financial — Jamie Reilly is employed with the University of Florida; receives salary. 

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  
e33 Recent Research On Aging, Memory & The Environment Applied To Communication, Cognitive & Dining Interventions
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP
.1 $24.00
e77 Using The Environment To Support Communication And Activities Of Daily Living: A Functional Approach For People With Dementia
Michelle Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP 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.
.15 $34.00
e07 Dysphagia Practice: Moving Toward More Comprehensive Treatment Protocols
Robert Arnold, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, BRS-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, BRS-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
.1 $24.00
e112 I Care: Educating Professional And Family Care Partners Of People With Dementia
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP
.1 $24.00

Products

  Title Price  
Meal Time Matters $75.00
Meal Time Matters—At Home $75.00
Meal Time Matters — COMBO ORDER $140.00
I Care $14.00

More Offerings by: Peter Johnson

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e28 Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing (e-course)
Lynette Carl, PharmD, BCPS and Peter Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP
.4 $79.00

Products

  Title Price  
Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Can Affect Eating and Swallowing (Text) $67.00

More Offerings by: Jamie Reilly

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e76 Neurogenic Communication Disorders: Evidence-Based Interventions for Right Hemisphere Disorders, TBI, Dementia and Aphasia
Margaret Blake, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Jerry Hoepner, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jamie Reilly, PhD, CCC-SLP
.9 $129.00

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
.3 $59.00

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