This online CEU course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (3 contact hours) and discusses Medicare documentation guidelines for Speech-Language Pathology service delivery. The specific components of successful and effective evaluation and treatment notes are examined and explained to ensure optimal therapy practice and reimbursement success.
The content of this online CE course 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.
Thomas J. Slominski, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been in private practice since 1972. Mr. Slominski is a nationally recognized expert regarding third-party documentation issues. For the past 15 years he has presented documentation seminars to SLPs and other healthcare professionals. Of the over 8,000 participants who have attended Mr. Slominski's seminars, 96% said they would recommend his seminar to a colleague. Also, Mr. Slominski is the author of Medicare Guidelines Explained for the SLP.
Financial — Thomas Slominski is author of resource materials and online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Thomas Slominski is Owner and President of Northern Speech Services; Ownership interests and receives salary.
Nonfinancial — Thomas Slominski has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).
Offered for 3 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.
Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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 inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.
Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:
Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.
Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.
Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).
ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.
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What is an Online Course? Our Online Courses include text, audio, or video formats and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any computer, via your Northern Speech account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%) a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.
Receiving CEUs: Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to online CEUs.
Registering for an online course: You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.
Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course: You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click View next to the course you’d like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
Course completion timeframes: Nearly all our courses provide for unlimited time to complete your course. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.
Course content expiration: Nearly all our courses provide for continued access to course content and materials, even after completion of the post test. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.
Testing requirements: Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.
Certificate of completion: A certificate displaying participant name, date of course completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and the number of contact hours earned is presented to participants once a score of 80% or greater is earned on the post test. Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.
ASHA CE Registry: Northern Speech will provide CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry for you. At the time of course enrollment if you select that you are taking the course for ASHA Credit and if you provide your ASHA Member Number, Northern Speech will automatically submit your hours to the CE Registry after you successfully complete the post test. Please allow 45-60 days from the date of course completion for your hours to appear on your CE transcript. Note that ASHA will record your CEUs as earned on the last day of the month in which you completed your course. For example, if you completed your course on Nov 7, the CE Registry will reflect course completion as Nov 30.
Number of CEUs offered: We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs: NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
Course formats: Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page.
Course handouts: Most of our non-text online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout.
Purchase orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.
Group discounts: Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.
Computer requirements: For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc) and newest version of Flash Player. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
Course Cancellation Policy: A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
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"The entire overall review of this course was beneficial. I had not had any trainings on Medicare Documentation and Requirements." – P.R. (May 2017)
"I appreciated the multiple examples of how to create effective documentation, and I liked the focus on goals." – A.Z. (Apr. 2017)
"The statements and in-depth examples to clarify skilled versus non-skilled services were really helpful." – W.N. (Mar. 2017)
"Good examples and reminders of what reviewers focus on and what we need to focus on to demonstrate skilled services." – M.R. (Jan. 2017)
"The information regarding documentation for nursing home and home care is the most relevant, as I currently work in these settings. I liked the specific examples of documentation and what should be included in 'good' documentation and what is not considered adequate documentation. I have printed this out and will keep it in a binder at work so that I can refer to it as I document. This will greatly assist me in improving my documentation. Again, I appreciate how specific and detailed the information is." – S.L. (Dec. 2016)
"The discussions on the need for medical necessity WITH functional outcomes, the importance of not exceeding prior level of function, and how and when there are exceptions to exceeding prior level of function were all really helpful. I like that the format allowed me to read and re-read and to process the information at my pace. I also liked the format of the test as it required true understanding of the content (application)." – A.B. (Dec. 2016)
"I appreciated the differing cases and how to be efficient and complete with my documentation to avoid denials." – T.S. (Nov. 2016)
"The portion on documenting justification on dementia patients was especially beneficial. The case studies were effective in getting points across." – B.S.W. (Nov. 2016)
"I liked the specific documentation examples. There were a lot of examples that were beneficial." – C.B. (Oct. 2016)
"I enjoyed the information with goal writing, specifically expressing specific tx strategies as well as overall outcome expectations w/tx. I liked the specific examples to reference. I found this course very helpful." – K.K. (Sept. 2016)
"I liked that Mr. Slominski delineates exceptions to general Medicare guidelines as well as providing specific examples of the most pertinent domains to consider when documenting to maximize reimbursement in a variety of health care settings; his objective knowledge base aids clinicians who are typically 'led by the nose' by their respective health care employers." – R.A. (Aug. 2016)
"All of it was beneficial, really! Having the guidelines present as I document and approach my treatment programs will have a profound impact on my practice." – P.M. (June 2016)
"The entire course was beneficial. This is the best and most useful course I have taken in a very long time. Excellent course." – M.S. (June 2016)
"I liked the detailed information about the Medicare guidelines and what some reviewers may interpret." – S.K. (May 2016)
"I appreciated the explanation for all the excellent examples." – G.T. (Apr. 2016)
"Very informative with great case examples." – L.L. (Mar. 2016)
"Need for medical necessity, What qualifies as skilled services, how to utilize functional maintenance programs,.... Actually, all of the topics were helpful since I am new to the skilled nursing environment. I especially appreciate all of the examples of documentation as well as including our interpretations." – V.H. (Jan. 2016)
"Medicare reviews were increasing at our facility. I needed more direction in documentation and in learning what Medicare looks for to either approve or deny claims. This course provided detailed guidance and improved my documentation skills for all patients. It provided needed guidelines to aid in decision making for continuing treatment and appropriate discharge planning, which can be a challenge as patients and families are rarely ready for discharge even with preparation. I keep telling my colleagues that they need to take this course." —L.V. Speech-Language Pathologist