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WEBINAR We’re so SMART and so SKILLED! Do You Make That Evident in Your Documentation?
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WEBINAR We’re so SMART and so SKILLED! Do You Make That Evident in Your Documentation?

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern
Where: GoToWebinar
United States
Contact: Marcus Dean
(877) 636-4408

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We’re SMART! We’re SKILLED! But that’s not often what comes through in our documentation. Why is that? As we become experienced therapists analyzing our patients during treatment, making subtle adjustments to obtain a more desired response becomes simple or second nature.Do we lose sight of the extensive education and treatment experience it takes to acquire these skills? Analysis of impairments and movement or cognitive patterns that are less than optimal causing limits to function defines our expertise. Integrating evidenced based practice and clinical reasoning into an effective and efficient person-centered treatment plan requires our knowledge, experience, and skill. Payors scrutinize our skills because our documentation does not accurately reflect our services. Could this be due to the “Paradox of Expertise”? Do we overlook our skill and fail to effectively document how our expertise leads to patient outcomes? We are the value – it’s not the equipment or the number of visits. The payer wants to know that they are paying for a service that only you, a licensed highly educated and trained therapist, can provide. Learning to effectively and concisely document your skill in relation to patient outcomes demonstrates the value you provide and can reduce the risk for denials. This session will review the importance of effectively documenting your skill which is necessary for communication, safe patient hand-off, and reimbursement. 

Educational Objectives:

  • Explain what a medical reviewer expects to see documented for skilled services related to physical therapy.
  • Identify key terminology for documenting and detailing your skill for services provided.
  • Describe strategies to more effectively support skilled physical therapy, evidenced by your knowledge, analysis and treatment through your progress reports and daily notes.

About the Speaker: Jaclyn Warshauer, PT 

Jaclyn Warshauer, PT is the National Director of Medical Review and Quality Services at Aegis Therapies. At Aegis she monitors and trains on regulatory affairs, trains therapists on conducting documentation auditing, and is a resource regarding Medicare coverage, coding and documentation requirements. Prior to employment with Aegis therapies, Jaclyn was a Medicare Medical Reviewer for 9 years with National Government Services, a Medicare MAC. Jaclyn has served as a resource to CMS on subjects related to coverage and documentation of therapy services. Jaclyn has conducted many national teleconferences and seminars on documentation guidelines and auditing for rehabilitation services. Jaclyn is a member of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and the Health Policy and Administration (HPA) section of the APTA.

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