~ Includes a Comprehensive Review of Medicare Documentation Requirements ~
This course will provide guidance on how to navigate a successful career as a medical SLP in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). The first part provides an overview of the continuum of care, Medicare regulations, and the basics for working in a SNF. The second part describes the foundations for defensible documentation and billing using ICD-10 and CPT codes. Using the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual as the driving source, this course will provide specific instructions on how to write evaluations, plans of care, progress notes, and discharge notes that will stand up to review. Strategies to maximize productivity will be presented. Included in this course are handouts for writing functional, measurable, short-term and long-term goals. Offered for 0.25 SLP CEUs – 2.5 contact hours.
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.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Kellyn Dailey Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP, has worked over 30 years as a clinician, clinical specialist, and clinical manager in medical settings. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC where she teaches courses in Medical Speech-Language Pathology. She is a member of the North Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Professional Affairs Subcommittee on Healthcare and has presented at state and national conventions on Medicare documentation and ethics. Dr. Hall is a presenter of two other online courses offered through Northern Speech Services, “Oral Motor and Cranial Nerve Exam: What Every SLP Needs To Know” and “Navigating a Successful Career as a Medical SLP in a Skilled Nursing Facility”. She is the author of the Pediatric Dysphagia Resource Guide. Her current research focuses on the development and implementation of dining culture change practices for SLPs working in SNFs.
Financial — Kellyn Hall is a presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Kellyn Hall has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Related Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
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.
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.
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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 My Online 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 Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). 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 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.
What is an Online Course? Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content 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 device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online 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 ASHA 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 CEUs earned online.
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 My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click 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.
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.
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 ASHA 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 online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
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, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc) and newest version of your computer's operating system. 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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"I like how applicable this course is to my current work setting. The section on documentation requirements was most useful." – M.M. (Aug. 2019)
"The discussion on billing and defensible documentation was most beneficial. Though most of my career thus far as a recent graduate has been within the SNF setting, I really learned some new information that will help me provide better services to my patients." – A.E. (May 2019)
"All of it was beneficial. This is a relatively new work arena for me. I am currently retired but am considering working in an SNF. This presentation should prove very helpful at the outset of employment." – L.B. (Apr. 2019)
"Going over the differences between Medicare A and B regarding minutes/charges was very helpful. I liked the fact that the presenter has a lot of experience in skilled nursing facilities and is speaking from experience as well as knowledge." – M.B. (Apr. 2019)
"I appreciated the discussion on goal writing and progress notes details. I liked the resources and realistic expectations." – A.F. (Mar. 2019)
"The presenter was organized, thorough, current, well-paced and easy to listen to. I especially enjoyed the portion on specific goal writing for skilled services." – R.A. (Dec. 2018)
"All of it was excellent! VERY applicable." – S.E. (Dec. 2018)
"I found it all very beneficial to what I do in an SNF. The content is easy to understand and clearly stated. Good examples." – C.R. (Oct. 2018)
"I appreciated the examples of goals for this specific population. I found the billing section and the discussion about Medicare guidelines to be the most helpful." – M.V. (Aug. 2018)
"I found the entire course to be informative and beneficial to assist me in making the switch from the educational setting into the SNF's. It was helpful to see examples of how to bill, example goals, therapy, progress notes, etc. for documentation purposes." – A.D. (June 2018)
"Very clear and specific information that I use every day. I took this course as I was preparing to deliver home health services. I appreciate how the presenter used her own experiences to provide a realistic framework for what this type of service delivery looks like. I would not have been well prepared without this class. Thank you!" – J.K. (Apr. 2018)
"The section on how to write for Medicaid reimbursement to avoid reviews/audits was most beneficial. I liked that the course is clearly laid out - it is exactly what SLPs need to know about how to document their services appropriately! Loved the real examples from Casamba!" – B.B. (Feb. 2018)
"The descriptions of what to do/not do regarding documentation was super helpful and will definitely be implemented! I liked the applicability and the up-to-date information provided in an easy to understand, organized, and precise manner." – R.S. (Jan. 2018)
"Great course. I especially enjoyed the topic of how to write daily progress notes that would be acceptable if audited. I liked the handouts of acceptable therapy goals for various disorders in an SNF. All areas were very in depth." – V.M. (Dec. 2017)
"I found it all useful, and I really liked the goal ideas." – S.B. (Dec. 2017)
"The explanation of differences between Medicare/Medicaid were most beneficial. I liked the agreement that 90% productivity is basically impossible. However, I expected HMO insurance and what that requires/entails to be covered." – A.R. (Dec. 2017)
"The discussions on goal writing and Medicare guidelines were excellent." – L.C. (Nov. 2017)
"I liked the documentation suggestions." – C.Z. (Oct. 2017)
"I appreciated the updated information on changes to coding. I thought it was very well organized and presented." – A.B. (Aug. 2017)
"I loved the examples of goals. Easy to understand for a new clinician. Would have liked more information about day-to-day operations inside of a SNF and more examples of assessments/therapy activities to do with patients." – M.M. (Aug. 2017)
"I found the specifics of documentation to be most beneficial. I also think the discussion of productivity and ethics was important. This course was an overall helpful and to the point presentation." – S.D.A. (Aug. 2017)
"The information regarding MAC and LCD was very helpful. Easy to follow, speaker was very clear." – K.C. (July 2017)
"The discussion on RUG Levels was most beneficial. I like that it covered basics of starting work in a SNF." – C.S. (July 2017)
"It was informative and answered questions I had. The best part was the discussion on billing." – T.O. (June 2017)
"Clear presentation of content with examples. I found the portion on documentation really helpful." – E.M. (June 2017)