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An Interdisciplinary Multi-focal Approach to Falls Prevention in an Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital

Speakers: Molly Mesibov, RN, CRRN, Nursing Manager, HCA, CarePartners Rehabilitation Hospital
Date Recorded: July 8, 2020
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

In 2018, our 80-bed, CARF-Accredited medical rehabilitation hospital located in Asheville, North Carolina, established patient fall prevention as its top patient safety priority for the year. Falls are a significant health care problem and can result in catastrophic consequences. They are considered a nurse-sensitive indicator because they depend on the quantity and quality of nursing care rather than medical interventions. Fall prevention is crucial, and identification of fall prevention strategies always take precedence. As a top priority, we decided to develop an interdisciplinary team made up of nurses, therapists, leadership and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to use evidence-based practices and develop a multifocal approach to fall prevention. 
  
After careful data review, we implemented a multifaceted Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program in spring of 2018. With these interventions, and specifically the Stop Light Safety Protocol, we have seen dramatic improvements in falls prevention, with rates decreasing an average of 50% overall. However, this is a continued effort, and to be sustainable we will always need extra time and attention to this issue. With our focus continuing to be on safe patient outcomes and falls reduction, we are certain we can continue this impressive trend of falls prevention. This session will identify the tools and processes we used to implement our falls prevention program and achieve these outstanding outcomes.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  •  Explain why falls occur in Inpatient Rehab Facilities more often than other specialties
  • List three new and creative ways that you can prevent falls in your facility
  • Describe the basic components of the Stop Light Protocol
  • Design a plan for implementation of a Falls Prevention Program at your facility, including three ways to reinforce the program with your staff


A Look Back: Adapting to Change in an Ever Changing Environment During the Historical COVID-19 National Health Emergency

Speakers: Kim Pickerel, RN, CRRN, Vibra Healthcare and Wendy Albertson, RN, CCM, CCDS, Vibra Healthcare
Date Recorded: June 24, 2020
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

The session will look back 60 days and discuss necessary adaptations Vibra Healthcare made in response to the Covid 19 National Health Emergency. We will address the fluidity required as it relates to policy and process change, clinical and administrative operations, and the culture swing in response to the Covid 19 Emergency. From corporate leadership to care at the bedside, the session will discuss Vibra Healthcare’s forward thinking approach to navigating our acute Rehabilitation Hospitals through unchartered waters.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe Leadership’s role in an ever changing, fluid environment – mitigating chaos and promotion of heightened communication during emergency
  • Support facility level operators to meet the needs of patients, employees and communities – Reinforcing the “Thank you” - being “The Calm”
  • Discuss like process changes among audience and response to every changing rules, i.e., CMS waivers


Processes to Drive Change

Speakers: Ellen G. Wilson, MSPT, UCLA Health System; David Alexander, MD, California Rehabilitation Institute; and Susan Rodman, MSPT, GCS, CPC, California Rehabilitation Institute
Date Recorded: May 13, 2020
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

This session will review a process established between UCLA Health and the California Rehabilitation Institute (ARU) to expedite referrals and transfers to ARU, shorten acute length of stay, and minimize readmissions to the acute care facility. The session will describe the process and also share metrics for various steps along the way, including acute LOS, readmission rate, and estimated expenses saved on the acute care side. A monthly steering committee, comprised of UCLA and Cal Rehab professionals, continues to refine the process, recommend improvements, as well as review all readmissions to determine if any could have been prevented. This program is a model for how acute care and post-acute facilities could partner for optimal patient and financial outcomes.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify inpatient rehab referral barriers to post-acute settings
  • Identify an efficient pre-admission process to facilitate post-acute admissions and optimize the patient experience
  • Discuss strategies to reduce readmission


The Time for Virtual Care is Now

Speakers: Jason Peoples, HB, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation
Date Recorded: April 29, 2020
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

This presentation will provide an overview of the state of telehealth/virtual care prior to COVID-19 as a baseline, addressing he COVID-19 situation and the rationale for rapid expansions and provide guidance for Mary Free Bed’s deployment strategy and thoughts on going forward expectations.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the State of Virtual Care
  • Assess the COVID-19 Situtation and the Rationale for Rapid Expansion
  • Guide the deployment of virtual care, operations and regulatory


Is it a Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection?

Speakers: Mandy Bodily-Bartrum, DNP, MPH, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Vibra Healthcare and Valerie Pasnau DNP, RN, CRRN, Vibra Healthcare
Date Recorded: February 19, 2020
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

This session will review the difference between clinical and surveillance criteria, a brief review of CDC criteria for identifying a catheter-associated urinary tract infection and evidence-based practices to help prevent these infections from occurring.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between clinical and surveillance criteria

  • Describe the criteria used to define a catheter-associated urinary tract infection

  • List two ways providers can help promote prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections


The Opioid Crisis and Rehabilitation Hospitals: Survival and Recovery

Speaker: Leonard B. Kamen, DO, FAAPMR, FAOCPMR, CAQPM, Clinical Director, Clinical Associate Professor, MossRehab Hospital Outpatient Center, Temple University Hospital Department of PMR
Date Recorded: January  29, 2020
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

This presentation will provide perspective on the neuroscience and behavioral elements of addiction. Opioid use disorder as a chronic brain disease characterized by disturbances in brain reward, motivation, memory and related brain circuitry will be reviewed. Opioid use in the IRF for the painful sequela of trauma or surgery remains fraught with a confusing array of protocols and guidelines. Both undertreatment and overtreatment of pain may unintentionally be the trigger to a substance use disorder in the susceptible individual. Screening tools to assess the potential for addiction or misuse of opioids will be described as this represents a predisposing element to trauma itself further complicating the intricate rehab process. An opioid stewardship program within the IRF may promote safe and effective pain management inclusive of non-pharmacologic, alternatives to opioids. Medication assisted therapy (MAT) for OUD has proven value but may be stigmatized and utilized unevenly in the IRF setting. Several healthcare systems have adopted a warm handoff system that allows for individuals to transition from OUD to MAT with psychosocial and drug counselling. Intensive opioid treatment and office-based therapies will be described. Integration of OUD treatments in the setting of IRFs and rehabilitation hospital-based outpatient clinics are within the IRF mission to demonstrate effective and efficient outcomes for complex neurological and functional impairments. The rehabilitation and recovery process of the survivors of the OC will be reviewed.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the unique properties of this class of drugs that have contributed to pain relief, addiction and the opioid epidemic of these last 20 years. 
  • Explain why opioid and other substance abuse disorders resulting in brain injury, poly-trauma and sophisticated surgical procedures require intensive team resources to affect recovery.
  • Describe how multimodal pain management,psychological guidance, novel technology and Medication Assisted Treatment can be integrated into rehab systems & provide support in the opioid crisis.


Lessons Learned During Implementation of an Interdisciplinary Medication Management Program

Speakers: Carolyn Ferrer, MOT, OTR/L, CPAM and Kathleen Sell, MS, OTR/L, CKTP, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Date Recorded: December 18, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

This webinar will discuss the lessons learned in the development, implementation and outcome analysis of an interdisciplinary medication management program on an inpatient unit of a rehabilitation hospital. This program was initiated and lead by occupational therapy clinicians and involved participation from nursing, speech language pathologists, neuropsychologists, physicians and pharmacists. The planning phase lasted nearly a year, followed by a six week pilot program and time spent for outcome review. Positive outcomes were noted as evidenced by all participants not being readmitted into our hospital system within 30 days of discharge. We will discuss the challenges and successes during the various stages of the program as well as our future plans to expand and improve the program.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale for the development of a medication management program
  • Implement methods discussed to plan their own interdisciplinary program
  • Identify effective methods for the development and implementation of an interdisciplinary medication management program


CMS Discharge Planning Final Rule: What You Need to Know

Speakers: Peter W. Thomas, JD – Powers, Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC, and Tracey Nixon, MS, CHC, ROC Healthcare Advisors
Date Recorded: December 11, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

On September 26, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its long-awaited final rule revising the discharge planning requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and home health agencies (HHAs). The changes will likely have profound effects on how hospitals and post-acute providers (including IRFs) not only organize their discharge process but also in how they receive referrals.  The rule, which became effective on November 29, 2019, updates the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation (CoPs), and includes an update to current regulations regarding patient rights in hospitals, intended to promote innovation and flexibility, and improve patient care. This webinar will review the regulatory changes and provide operational insights and practical considerations for the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) provider.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the new discharge planning regulations and the requirements for ensuring compliance

  • Discuss what your IRF must do in order to ensure your facility is compliant with patient choice in discharge planning

  • Identify key operational challenges facing IRFs in implementing the new requirements


Arrangements with Physicians and Other Risks: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Speaker: Christina A. Hughes, JD, MPH – Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, PC
Date Recorded: November 6, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

The presentation will cover compliance risks involved in IRF arrangements with physicians and vendors, as well as relationships with other facilities whose patients originate from or are transferred to the IRF. Specific risks under the Stark law, the anti-kickback statute, the beneficiary inducement prohibition, and other relevant laws will be identified and discussed. The presentation will emphasize arrangements that may exist between IRFs and physicians, including medical director arrangements and medical staff membership. The presentation will include a brief overview of the relevant laws, but will focus primarily on how IRFs can remain in compliance and what risks to watch for in the highlighted arrangements. Best practices for creating and monitoring the types of relationships that pose risks will also be discussed.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify potentially risky financial arrangements with physicians, vendors, and other entities

  • List the key elements needed in certain arrangements with physicians for compliance under the Stark law

  • Describe best practices for avoiding compliance issues under the Stark law and anti-kickback statute


What Does My Spinal Cord Injury Patient Need?

Speaker: Kathryn Burke, OTR/L, MBA
Date Recorded: September 25, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

A patient comes into the ER from a catastrophic event, anything from a fall to a car accident. This patient has had a complete change in their life – They will no longer be able to do what they were previously able to do naturally, due to a spinal cord injury.  Throughout their acute care stay, the consulting team deems them appropriate for an inpatient rehab stay at your hospital. Is your physician, nursing, therapy, case management and neuropsych staff prepared to treat this patient? Do you know what equipment will be needed for a patient like this? This presentation will provide you with the basics you will need in order to effectively treat a patient with a spinal cord injury. A checklist will also be discussed to make sure all areas that are vital to the patients survival and outcomes will be discussed..

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Create a basic foundation for evaluating and treating patients with non-complex, low-level spinal cord injuries
  • Demonstrate the knowledge needed to provide education to patients with a spinal cord injury
  • Compile a list of resources to aid in the evaluation, treatment and education in a patient with a non-complex, low-level spinal cord injury


Considerations for Adolescents on Adult Inpatient Rehabilitation Units

Speaker: Sue Harlow, OTD, OT/L
Date Recorded: September 12, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

Each year, inpatient rehabilitation units within adult facilities have adolescents referred to their programs. Some programs have strict age-based admission criteria that allow only those 18 and older, while others have a cutoff of 16, or even 12 and above. In many cases, only a few adolescents are admitted each year. Units should ask, “Is our facility prepared to adequately address adolescent needs and issues to ensure optimal outcomes?” This webinar will help answer that question..

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define adolescence and developmental characteristics that may be expected from this population
  • Discuss the standards of care by the World Health Organization for children and adolescents in healthcare facilities
  • Describe key considerations when admitting adolescent patients into an adult rehabilitation unit
  • Explain required CARF standards for inpatient rehab units with no pediatric specialty programs


Stepping it Up: Improving Your Amputee Rehabilitation Program

Speaker: Ramona Hignite, PT, DPT, NCS, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Date Recorded: August 27, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

Rehabilitation for persons with amputations requires a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach in order to maximize functional recovery and empower persons served through knowledge and promotion of self-advocacy.  This webinar is designed to help programs evaluate their current amputee care, identify key areas of focus, and offer suggestions on how to improve services in order to build a better amputee rehabilitation program.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize information presented in order to analyze their own amputee rehabilitation programs
  • Identify key areas of their amputee rehabilitation programs to focus on for improvement
  • Discuss various ways to address the areas for improvement in order to enhance their amputee rehabilitation program
  • Select new strategies to utilize in their amputee rehabilitation program


Recruitment to Retention, and Everything in Between

Speaker: Emily Babson, RacR – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Date Recorded: July 31, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

Mary Free Bed found itself in dire straits in 2011. A deteriorating building, cramped patient rooms and noisy hallways had led to low staff morale and struggling financial performance. With survival as a key motivator, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital committed to building the high-performing workforce through unique recruitment tactics to ensure an appropriate fit with the right talent in a competitive marketplace. With new processes in place, Mary Free Bed increased its employee engagement score from the 59th percentile in 2015 to the 93rd . This session will focus on the unique recruitment and retention strategies that the Mary Free Bed team used to be able to grow and thrive, focusing specifically on our nursing staff.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize challenges of recruiting high performing, culturally fit staff in a high demand and low supply market.
  • Apply engagement tactics in the recruitment, onboarding and retention stages to fully immerse staff in the mission and purpose of your organization.
  • Review techniques to re-recruit your high performers within the organization


Implications of the IRF OIG Audit and Best Practices for Avoiding a Similar Fate

Speaker: Christina A. Hughes, JD, MPH – Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, PC and Peter W. Thomas, JD – Powers, Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC
Date Recorded: June 27, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

The session will provide a brief overview of the findings and recommendations from the OIG audit released in late 2018 covering services provided in the IRF setting. Guidance will be provided on proper techniques and best practices for facilities to ensure correct documentation and other potential steps to take to avoid similar audit results for individual facilities. The session will also address prior authorization of IRF services (as one of OIG’s recommendations), as well as AMRPA efforts to work with OIG and CMS to reduce the IRF admission error rate.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the findings of the OIG audit report on IRF services
  • List the critical documentation components for Medicare coverage of IRF services
  • Describe best practices for documentation
  • Discuss the implications of government efforts to implement prior authorization for IRF services


Road to Recovery: The Intersection between Patient Experience and Patient Education

Speaker: Patty Jobbit, MSA, PT, CEO, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Date Recorded: June 13th, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

Upon admission to the inpatient rehabilitation hospital, the patient and family members are overwhelmed with new information and the road ahead. In a quest to improve the patient experience and overall patient outcomes throughout the rehab journey, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) put it in reverse, and looked both ways at a tool that had been used for patient education and realized the tool was at a dead end and needed to take a U turn for a Road to Recovery.

The tool was a Patient Education Notebook which contained valuable information; however, the information was not user friendly, was not visually appealing, did not focus on the patient, and the notebook was not being used as an interactive patient education resource book for the patient and/or family members. The first stop light on RIM's road to recovery was to talk with their Patient & Family Advisory Council about the Patient Education Notebook. It was at that meeting that it became apparent that the tool was either put in a closet and never looked at, or the patient's family was reading it and didn't understand the materials. The RIM team then started the transition from the Patient Education Notebook to the Road to Recovery Patient Resource Guide.

This session will review the Road to Recovery tool, and the process in which RIM transitioned from an educational notebook to an interactive patient resource guide, the impact on the patient, the impact on staff communication/interactions, the impact on the discharge process, and the impact on patient experience scores.

At the conculsion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Express how preparing the patient upon admission to their rehab journey (with a patient centric tool) will enhance patient experience outcomes,
  • Recognize how an interactive educational tool can enhance the patient experience,
  • Explain how the use of a patient resource guide can improve team and patient communication to improve the discharge process and patient outcomes.


Maximizing Admission Processes to Drive Bottom-Line Results

Presented by: Tracey Nixon, MS, CHC, Owner, ROC Healthcare Advisors
Date Recorded: May 21, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

Have you ever thought acute care hospitals refer appropriate inpatient rehabilitation hospital (IRH/U) patients to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) or competitor because it is easier and quicker than waiting for an admission decision from your IRH/U? If you answered yes, you may have a problem. In today's value-based purchasing environment, assuring efficiency of key referral and admission processes impacting a patient's acute hospital journey to inpatient rehabilitation is critical for maximizing census and developing collaborative partnerships that facilitate smooth transitions between care facilities.

Acute care hospitals are increasingly forming preferred provider networks that focus on facilitating smooth transitions, preventing unnecessary readmissions and reducing the acute care length of stay. This presentation will focus on identifying the common barriers to an efficient referral/admission process, strategies for removing the barriers and maximizing census.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe readmission process barriers that can impact IRF admissions,
  • Identify pre-admission strategies and processes to better facilitate IRF admission acceptance,
  • Discuss strategies for maximizing census and revenue.


New Nurse Leader Orientation

Speakers: Debra Eisenstadt, MS, BSN, RN, CNML; Tiffany Omann-Bidinger, BSN, RN; and Diane Pelant, RN, MSN, CCRN; Saint Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Health
Date Recorded: May 14, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

It is essential that professional nurse leaders are effectively prepared to address challenges and opportunities in today’s ever-changing health care environment. However, limited literature exists related to a competency-based curriculum to develop professional nurse leaders, and the need to have a vested interest in professional development of nurse leaders exists. Over the last five years, nurse leaders have gathered information on the importance of using clearly defined, evidence-based, nursing leadership competencies, and thankfully, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA), and Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) have supported the need to develop these leadership skills and core competencies.

A review of current processes at the organization revealed a complete lack of an evidence-based curriculum for the orientation of new nurse leaders. Research validated this, as well as a lack of mentorship, and perceptions of nurse managers and supervisors on competencies that contribute to the process. This resulted in the development and implementation of formal, evidence-based curriculum for new nurse leaders: A 12-Month Nurse Director Orientation and Mentorship program.

The evidence based AONE competencies focused on 5 domains: Communication and Relationship Building, Knowledge of Health Care Environment, Leadership, Professionalism, and Business Skills. Subject matter experts were identified to formally meet with newly hired Directors. New Nurse Leaders and Mentors are selected based on similarities from the DisC and Strength Finders Assessment. In addition to the completion of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation modules, the new nurse leader completes a series of defined professional leadership development courses. This comprehensive program, embedded in the AONE competencies, will inspire, innovate, and enhance strong professional nurse leaders within an organization.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the 5 domains within the AONE competencies,
  • Discuss the process in implementing a structured nurse leader orientation and mentorship curriculum,
  • State rationale for subject matter experts.


Medical Rehabilitation Headlines and Highlights

Speaker: Carolyn Zollar, JD, AMRPA Senior Policy Counsel
Date Recorded: April 16, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

This session will cover updates on key issues of importance to medical rehabilitation providers. It will address the President's budget, MedPAC recommendations, and the status of the FY 2019 IRF PPS final rule. It will also cover the latest trends in IRF data and implications of any changes to the IRF quality reporting program, as well as the implementation of a unified post-acute payment system (Unified PAC PPS), and standardized patient assessment data elements (SPADE). In addition it will provide an overview of the Medicare Advantage program and contractor activity.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the effects of federal healthcare policy on medical rehabilitation providers,
  • Explain CMS' FY 2019 IRF PPS final rules and changes to the quality reporting program,
  • and analyze potential form and impact of the PAC PPS on the field


Understanding Your Position for FY 2020 and the New CMGs

Speakers: Sam Fleming, Director, eRehabData®, and Lisa Werner, MBA, MS, SLC, Director of Consulting Services, Fleming-AOD
Date Recorded: February 13, 2019
AMRPA Member Webinar Recording Fee: $75
Non-member Webinar Recording Fee: $125

This session will introduce the projections for fiscal year 2020 CMGs. We will identify how to read the outcomes reports in eRehabData®, discuss how to create a needs assessment for improving IRF-PAI coding, and evaluate process changes that will result in improved coding of sections H and GG items.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how to read the outcomes reports for fiscal year 2020 projections,
  • Discuss how to create a needs assessment for improving coding of sections H and GG on the IRF-PAI,
  • and evaluate process changes that will result in improved coding of sections H and GG items.


Continuing Care Networks: The Importance of Post-Acute Integration 

Speaker: Jane Pike-Benton, MS, RN
Date Recorded: January 24, 2019
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $100
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $150

This Many healthcare systems are employing a Continuing Care Network strategy designed to lead to improved quality, enhanced patient experience and simutaneous reducation in expenditures. A Continuing Care Network is a selective group of high performing post-acute care providers designated through an objective process. These providers commit to collaborating closely with hospitals and other healthcare stakeholders to advance a series of shared objectives focused on quality, value and patient experience.

Join us to gain insight into the development of Continuing Care Networks, as well as to discuss some of the quality and financial metrics that may be significant for your organization during the learning process. 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the value of Continuing Care Networks in today's healthcare enviornment.
  • IDiscuss the post-acute variability related to quality and spending.
  • Identify steps to position your organization for selection into a Continuing Care Network.


Important Updates in the IRF Quality Reporting Program 

Speakers: Mary Ellen DeBardeleben, MBA, MPH, CJCP and Andrew Baird, JD
Date Recorded: December 5, 2018
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $100
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $150

Listen to key updates and insights on the federal IRF Quality Reporting Program and why CMS’ actions in this area matter now.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe recent updates and changes to IRF quality measures and the IRF QRP.
  • Explain how the IRF QRP could impact your hospital in the future.
  • Discuss the context of quality reporting within current policy frameworks.


Medicare Guidelines for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities: Both Sides of the Fence 

Speaker: Debra Riegel
Date Recorded: November 1, 2018
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $100
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $150

This webinar will provide an overview of why Medicare is focusing reviews on Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) claims. Debra will discuss common reasons for denials of those claims, and how your facility can avoid and/or respond to those claims. 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define CERT and how CERT plays a role in the Medicare IRF reviews.
  • Identify top reasons for IRF claim denials.
  • Recognize ways to prevent denials or respond to those denials on appeal.


Transforming Post-Acute Care Strategies for Optimal Success in Bundled Payment

Speaker: Debbie Reber
Date Recorded: October 17, 2018
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $100
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $150

Brooks Rehabilitation is one of the first post-acute systems to enter as an awardee convener in the Center for Medicareand Medicaid Innovation's (CMMI) Model 3, Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative. This speaker provides the results of their years of experience participating in the bundled program. 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Characterize nation's journey to value-based health care.
  • Describe key components of Medicare's new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model that started October 1, 2018.
  • Identify the four core tactics used by Brooks Rehabilitation to optimize financial and clinical outcomes in episodic care management.
  • Analyze results to date in terms of quality measures, cost reductions, resource investment and gainsharing.
  • Discuss six keys to developing successful acute partnerships.


Leveraging Community Relationships to Enhance Rehabilitative Services

Speaker: Kristina M. Tennant, OTR/MPT
Date Recorded: August 29, 2018
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $100
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $150

This course will provide an overview of the direction that one program took in development of its comprehensive inpatient rehab program renovation and expansion.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how to leverage patient stories and its impact on key stakeholders.
  • Identify key partners within your institutions.
  • Recognize key stakeholders in your community as potential partners.


New 2018 CARF Standards: Workforce Development and Management

Speaker: Chris MacDonell, FACRM, BSc, OT
Date Recorded: August 14, 2018
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $100
Webinar Fee (Non-member): $150

As the field of Human Resources goes through changes, it is imperative that CARF standards be reviewed and revised to offer needed guidance to the field of health and human services. This review and revision addresses new approaches to workforce development and management.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key changes from 2017 to 2018 CARF Standards.
  • List key steps to successful succession planning.
  • Differentiate the approaches to performance evaluation.


Audits and Appeals

Speaker: Lisa Werner, MBA, MS, CCC-SLP
Date Recorded: May 30, 2018
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $100
Webinar Fee (Non-member): $150

This session focuses on audit trends in the rehabilitation industry. Werner discusses successes and failures and how the provider can improve their chances for payment, as well as reviews the appeal process, what to include in an appeal letter, and how to improve the medical records to prevent future dentials.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the various auditors reviewing rehabilitation records.
  • List top reasons for denial and how to improve their records to avoid payment denials.
  • Describe appropriate information to include in a denial letter to ensure payment.


Specialized Medical Home: Innovative Healthcare for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

Speaker: Mendel Kupfer, MD, FAAPMR; Marci Ruediger, PT, MS; Tracy Kardon, LMSW
Date Recorded: June 26, 2018
Webinar fee (AMRPA Member): $100
Webinar fee (Non-member): $150

The goals of the specialized home program include reducing readmissions and emergency department visits as well as improving quality of life of persons with SCI. It is accomplished through the delivery of integrated, coordinated, and proactive healthcare services over three years which will be highlisted in this presentation.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the model of a proactive, specialized, multidisciplinary SCI Medical Home to ensure successful short and long term outcomes for patients and families with complex spinal cord injuries and chronic disability.
  • Discuss how the financial and psycho-social challenges faced by these patients compound the medical issues and the ways that this model proactively addresses those issues.
  • Identify lessons learned from this model project, from both the administrative and clinical perspectives. 


Utilizing FIM Scores to Establish Fall Risk on an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Speaker: Melissa Denker, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Date Recorded: June 13, 2018
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $100 
Webinar Fee (Non-member): $150

This course will provide specific details and supporting research for establishing a 'low fall risk' program for your inpatient rehabilitation unit and the benefits that are associated with more accurate fall risk identification.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Establish at least two risks associated with falls.
  • Define parameters for identifying patients as 'low fall risk' on an inpatient rehabilitation unit.
  • Identify at least two benefits to more accurate identification of fall risk for an inpatient rehabilitation unit.


Assessing Return to Acute Care for Program Improvement

Speaker: Cindy D'Egidio, PT, MBA
Date Recorded: April 4, 2018
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $100
Webinar Fee (Non-member): $150

This course will review the quality reporting requirements for inpatient rehabilitation for of acute readmissions an dthe changes to be implemented October 1, 2018.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the quality reporting requirements currently in place for acute care readmissions and prepare your facility for changes beginning October 1, 2018.
  • Identify key research that differentiates patients at risk for readmission within inpatient rehabilitation programs and review evidence-based methods used to reduce acute care readmissions.
  • Analyze your facility and strategically implement progressive and innovative performance improvement solutions for new and advanced programs.


IRF Rules and Regulations 102: For New and Seasoned IRF Leaders

Speaker: Bekki Roe
Date Recorded: March 7, 2018
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $64
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $124

This course is designed to be a resource to persons new to inpatient rehabilitation, newly promoted to a leadership role or those seeking validation of their interpretation of the CMS regulations.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the CMS IRF exemption criteria and the attestation process.
  • Explain the difference between reasonable and necessary criteria and medical necessity.
  • Recognize the required documentation details to be validated in concurrent chart review.
  • Identify how IRF rule myths evolve and are just that.
  • Utilize easy access to CMS resources.


Marketing the Mary Way - Digital Style

Speaker: Ben Risinger
Date Recorded: January 30, 2018
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $64
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $124

Purchase the recording of this webinar to learn new media tips and tactics that work in the health care industry. The session is designed for communicaiton professionals and will focus on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize social media advertising concepts and tactis.
  • Apply tips for successful engagement on digital media.
  • Acknowledge the value of digital media to health care and rehabilitation.


Making Your Physicians Compliance Champions

Speakers: Jane Snecinski, MBA, FACHE
Date Recorded: November 14, 2017
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $64
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $124

Many organizations have challenges in gaining the cooperation of their rehabilitation physicians to consistently demonstrate compliance or finding or participating in ongoing education. This presentation will discuss the key role CMS has defined for rehabilitation physicians in demonstrating compliance, the challenges your rehab physicians have in obtaining IRF compliance education, the challenges rehab physicians face in compliant documentation (including using an emr) and ways other providers have incorporated compliance into measurement of physician performance.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the operational processes implemented that improved the pre-cert outcome.
  • Discuss training implemented that improved the liaisons abilities to get authorizations for IPR.
  • Prepare peer to peer arguments on appeals.


The Struggle Is Real: Managing Insurance Pre-authorizations and Denials Before They Happen

Speakers: Ali Zein
Date Recorded: September 12, 2017
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $64
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $124

Inpatient rehab programs continue to struggle with getting pre-authorization certifications from insurance companies.  While rules and practices employed by the insurance companies change routinely, there are processes that you can employ to know that you are arguing the best case for a patient to come into the organization.

Purchase this webinar recording to help you identify new ways to strengthen the pre-authorization process and the use of protocols/procedures to ensure approval as well as argue denials during peer to peer reviews.  This webinar will also guide you in setting up policies and procedures for your admissions team to follow to prevent denials and delays from happening.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the operational processes implemented that improved the pre-cert outcome.
  • Discuss training implemented that improved the liaisons abilities to get authorizations for IPR.
  • Prepare peer to peer arguments on appeals.


IRF Reality TV: How to Win the Documentation and Coding Game

Speakers: Paula Digby
Date Recorded: August 29, 2017
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $64
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $124

Competing on reality TV is fraught with daily challenges and ever-changing rules. It's a bit like working in an IRF. Understanding ICD-10 documentation and coding guidelines is key to being a survivor. Listen in as we help you find your voice for documentation and coding accuracy. Get your entire team working together using best practices and processes for appropriate reimbursement.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Teach your team ICD-10 in a nutshell
  • Understand the most risky IGCs and how to ensure your documentation supports their use
  • Analyze processes and documentation to uncover appropriate tier opportunities
  • Determine the expected variances between the IRFPAI and the UB


Attacking Denials Before They Occur: Documentation Strategies

Speakers: Tracey Nixon and Jane Snecinski
Date Recorded: July 20, 2017
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $64
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $124

Inpatient Rehab seems to be the target for many of the CMS contracots and the OIG, and the denial rates are staggering... 70-100%. And yet, the regulations have not changed in 7 years! When you receive a request for records are you confident about
the results? Or do you need a new approach to documenting medical necessity?

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify new ways to strengthen justification of your patients' medical necessity through the use of diagnosis-specific documentation and the use of protocols.
  • Define the role of your health care providers and their documentation as a critical part of your denial defense.
  • Develop the action plan for improving your documentation to avoid denials.


2018 Proposed Rule for the IRF PPS
 

Speakers: Carolyn Zollar, JD and Mimi Zhang
Date Recorded: July 19, 2017
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $124

AMRPA policy staff will provide an in-depth review of the FY 2018 proposed rule for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS), including the association's positions in its comment letter to CMS on the rule. The issues discussed will include:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • FY 2018 IRF PPS payment updates
    Changes to ICD-10 codes for presumptive compliance
  • Changes to the IRF Quality Reporting Program and Public Reporting
  • New IMPACT Act patient assessment items

Due to the everchanging nature of politics, this recording will not be available for purchase. You may download a PDF of the presentation slides by clicking here.


Promoting Your Rehab Program: Keys to Increase Volume
 

Speaker: Teresa Hayes, MSW, LICSW
Date Recorded: April 25, 2017
Webinar Fee (AMRPA Member): $64
Webinar Fee (Non-Member): $124

Are you doing all you can to market your rehab program and drive referrals?
This webinar will provide practical ways to define and market a rehab program, with an emphasis on referral sources, and how to highlight the benefits of acute rehab and the quality outcomes achieved by patients.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of a successful marketing team
  • ​Examine different approaches to cultivate strong relationships
  • Describe considerations to fine-tune your message
  • Discuss strategies to leverage your hospital as the post-acute provider of choice




Accreditation Information for Recorded Webinars

*Recorded Webinars are eligible for CME and CNE only*

Physicians      

                                     

 

 

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMPRA).  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Nurses
Amedco is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 
This course is co-provided by Amedco and AMRPA.  Maximum of 1.0 contact hour.