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Rick Gawenda, PT

Rick Gawenda Instructor Bio:
Rick Gawenda, PT, is founder and President of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Rick is Director of Finance for a physical-therapist-owned private practice with multiple offices located in Southern California. In addition, he was Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Detroit Receiving Hospital from February 2003 to December 2009, where he was responsible for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. He has provided valuable education and consulting to hospitals, private practices, and rehabilitation agencies in the areas of CPT/ICD-9 coding, billing, documentation compliance, revenue enhancement, and denial management, as they relate to outpatient therapy services.

Mr. Gawenda is the past President of the Section on Health Policy & Administration of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as the past President of the Michigan Association of Medical Program Rehabilitation Administrators. He is on the editorial advisory board for Advance for Directors In Rehabilitation. Mr. Gawenda serves as the liaison between the Michigan Physical Therapy Association and National Government Services, which is the Medicare Fiscal Intermediary for the State of Michigan.

Mr. Gawenda is the author of The How-To Manual for Rehab Documentation: A Complete Guide to Increasing Reimbursement and Reducing Denials and Coding and Billing For Outpatient Rehab Made Easy: Proper Use of CPT Codes, ICD-9 Codes and Modifiers.

Rick Gawenda's Continuing Education Courses

CPT Codes 97110-97799 Utilized by PT & OT

CPT Codes 97110-97799 Utilized by PT & OT

This course will teach physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapy assistants how to correctly select the most appropriate CPT code based on their documentation and intent of the… Read Morearrow_right

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Understanding PT Evaluation Codes: Case Scenarios

Understanding PT Evaluation Codes: Case Scenarios

This course will teach participants the four components that must be met and documented in the medical record to report the appropriate physical therapy evaluation complexity level. The course will teach participants how patient personal… Read Morearrow_right

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Understanding OT Evaluation Codes: Case Scenarios

Understanding OT Evaluation Codes: Case Scenarios

This course will teach participants the three components that must be met and documented in the medical record to report the appropriate occupational therapy evaluation complexity level. The course will teach participants how patient comorbidities… Read Morearrow_right

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Introduction to CPT Codes: Codes Used by PT & OT

Introduction to CPT Codes: Codes Used by PT & OT

This course will discuss how the monetary value of a CPT code is determined and what the relative value units are that make up the three components of a CPT code. In addition, this course will teach participants the supervised and constant… Read Morearrow_right

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NCCI Edits & Billing for PT & OT Services

NCCI Edits & Billing for PT & OT Services

This course will teach participants the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits and the use of modifier 59 as they apply to outpatient therapy services. The course will thoroughly explain the Medicare “8-minute rule” and the… Read Morearrow_right

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NCCI Edits & Billing for SLP Services

NCCI Edits & Billing for SLP Services

This course will teach participants the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits and the use of modifier 59 as they apply to outpatient therapy services. The course will thoroughly explain the Medicare “8-minute rule” and definition… Read Morearrow_right

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CPT Codes Most Commonly Used by SLPs

CPT Codes Most Commonly Used by SLPs

This course will discuss how the monetary value of a CPT code is determined and what the relative value units are that make up the three components of a CPT code. In addition, this course will teach participants the CPT codes most commonly… Read Morearrow_right

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Therapy Cap, ABN, and Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction Policy

Therapy Cap, ABN, and Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction Policy

This course will teach the participants the current status of the therapy cap, therapy cap exception process, and what is occurring with claims that exceed $3,700 in a calendar year. This course will discuss when it is and is not appropriate… Read Morearrow_right

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Documentation: Everything After the Evaluation Until Discharge

Documentation: Everything After the Evaluation Until Discharge

This course will teach participants the required elements for a progress report, daily note, discharge report, and Medicare Part B certifications and recertifications. While completing this course, participants will learn how a progress… Read Morearrow_right

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Documentation for Evaluations and Re-Evaluations

Documentation for Evaluations and Re-Evaluations

This course will teach participants the required elements regarding documentation for evaluations and re-evaluations. The course will focus on the importance of the subjective intake and objective examination during the initial evaluation… Read Morearrow_right

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Navigating MIPS for Physical and Occupational Therapy in 2019 (Recorded Webinar)

Navigating MIPS for Physical and Occupational Therapy in 2019 (Recorded Webinar)

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from standard MedBridge courses. For calendar year 2019,… Read Morearrow_right

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