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Ellen Strunk PDPM
Webinar Series

We’ve partnered with Ellen Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC, to host a series of webinars focused on answering the most important PDPM questions. From how PDPM impacts therapy utilization to what to put on your implementation checklist, this series covers your most urgent concerns.

The Proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM): What Does It Mean for Skilled Nursing Facilities?

by Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM): Strategies for Implementation & Keys to Success

by Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM): 131 Days to Implementation – Are You Ready?

by Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

The PDPM Final Countdown: What’s on Your Checklist?
 
by Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC
 
PDPM Issue Chart

37.0%

How much therapy to provide

14.2%

How to get the primary diagnosis

30.4%

How to get the MDS coded accurately and by whom

11.9%

Whether the payments will be enough for my patients

6.5%

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More PDPM Resources

The transition from fee-for-service to value-based care isn’t just a
small adjustment. It’s a complete paradigm shift, one that puts even
more pressure on your organization. Our PDPM resources cover a
broad spectrum of practice areas that will be impacted by the change.

How to Implement a Restorative Nursing Program

by Jeri Lundgren, RN, BSN, PHN, CWS, CWCN, CPT

Building Clinical Capacity and Competency: Fall and Fall Injury Prevention

by Pat Quigley, PhD, MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP

3 Critical Elements to Leading through the Change and Innovation of PDPM

by Linda M. Shell, DNP, MA, RN

Missed Opportunities for Rehabilitation: Improving Care Transitions Between Hospital & Community

by Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, PhD

A Sample of Our
PDPM Course Catalogue

MedBridge offers education to prepare for the specific PDPM changes, as well as coursework in each PDPM condition category. Here are just some of the courses that focus on maximizing outcomes across our PDPM condition categories.

Transitions of Care in Stroke

Presented by Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

Transitions of Care in Stroke

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There has been increased focus on improving care coordination and transitions across the care continuum, due, in part, to the recent health care legislation focused on improving patient outcomes and reducing costs in post-acute care. In this course, Dr. Barbara Lutz discusses the impact of current U.S. health care policy on transitions of care for patients recovering from stroke, and explores stroke survivor outcomes across different post-acute care settings. She discusses the implications of the Impact Act of 2014 and describes existing transitional care models, with suggested applications to post-acute care for patients recovering from stroke.

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Rehabilitation Nursing for Patients with Cardiac Diseases

Presented by Cheryl Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CRRN

Rehabilitation Nursing for Patients with Cardiac Diseases

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This course is part of our CRRN® Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge CRRN® Prep-Program.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a specialized set of team interventions for the patient experiencing cardiac disease or surgery. This course will review the cardiac rehabilitation program, and the conditions appropriate for cardiac rehabilitation. The role of the rehabilitation nurse in cardiac rehabilitation will be stressed.

CRRN® is a registered trademark of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

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Polypharmacy: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

Presented by Demetra Antimisiaris PharmD, CGP, FASCP

Polypharmacy: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

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Polypharmacy is a silent syndrome that often presents as functional and cognitive impairment, a new diagnosis, or treatment failure. Most health care providers recognize that polypharmacy is increasingly prevalent and have the understanding that it may be impairing optimal outcomes, yet, many health care providers feel powerless to manage and advocate for improved outcomes in patients living with polypharmacy, due to lack of formal training regarding this subject. This course introduces the learner to dynamics that lead to polypharmacy, basic principles to recognize common polypharmacy pitfalls, and systematic techniques to approach polypharmacy and empower the learner to improve multi-medication use outcomes. The target audiences for this course are nurses (RNs), advance practice nurses (APRNs), therapists, and social workers.

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Transitions of Care: Pulmonary Disease Part 1

Presented by Cathy Wollman, DNP, RN, GNP-BC, CRNP

Transitions of Care: Pulmonary Disease Part 1

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Video Runtime: 73 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

This course will focus on nursing and interdisciplinary team (IDT) interventions required to improve outcomes for skilled nursing facility (SNF) residents with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pneumonia. COPD and pneumonia are identified among the five conditions responsible for potentially avoidable hospitalizations in nursing home residents. This course will review the definitions, pathophysiology, and evidence-based care for residents with COPD or pneumonia. Nursing staff will learn the essentials of comprehensive assessment and management of residents, identify risk factors for readmission, and manage clinical data during transitions of care. Individual roles of the interdisciplinary team will be examined. This course will assist the SNF to advance its reputation in the community by providing quality care to residents with COPD or pneumonia.

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Preventing Non-Ventilator Health Care Acquired Pneumonia

Presented by Kathleen Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN

Preventing Non-Ventilator Health Care Acquired Pneumonia

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Health care acquired pneumonia not related to a ventilator is an extremely under-recognized threat to patient morbidity and mortality. In a recent study, it was tied with surgical site infection for the number one hospital acquired infection. With mortality rates and hospital length of stay similar to ventilator-associated pneumonia, health care professionals can make a difference in preventing the infection by implementing simple patient care interventions such as oral care and mobility. This course explores why the hospitalized patient is at risk for pneumonia. An in-depth look at basic care practices that impact outcomes associated with reducing health care acquired pneumonia are outlined. This course content is applicable to nurses and other health care professionals who work with patients in acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care settings.

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Cognitive Rehab Strategies: Home Exercises, Individual & Group Therapy

Presented by Rob Winningham, Ph.D.

Cognitive Rehab Strategies: Home Exercises, Individual & Group Therapy

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There is increasing evidence supporting the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation interventions and cognitive stimulation programming. In this course, we will discuss some of that evidence and then explore a wide range of materials that can be used by therapists, caregivers, and others. It is important to know which types of exercises will exercise which cognitive abilities and parts of the brain, so as to target areas that need to be improved. Best practices will also be discussed to give attendees a wide range of skills and knowledge related to cognitive rehabilitation. This course is the fourth of a five-part series.

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Functional Cognition Part 2: Falls in the Elderly

Presented by Jennifer Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD

Functional Cognition Part 2: Falls in the Elderly

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This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

Older Adults have always wanted to remain in their home as long as possible. A recent trend in health care and funding focusing on home care rather than admission to a nursing facility makes this possible more than ever before. Home Care Nurses, Occupational and Physical Therapists, and other Home Care Providers will be increasingly asked to be involved in the care of these persons and assist with living situation decisions. This presentation will discuss important aspects of helping older adults stay in their home: cognition, home safety, screening, preventive interventions and resources. The participant will develop an understanding of the relationship between balance, cognition, aging, and the risk for falls. Selection of appropriate interdisciplinary assessment tools to screen for cognitive risk factors will be discussed. Intervention models to guide reduction of fall risks and safety related issues in the environment will be discussed. The impact of physical changes, fear of falling, and cognitive decline will be presented. At the completion of this educational session the participant will be able to select appropriate intervention approaches to address cognitive risk factors, reduce falls, assist the primary caregiver and enhance safe and independent community living.

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Dysphagia and the Older Adult: The Aging Swallow

Presented by Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Dysphagia and the Older Adult: The Aging Swallow

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What’s the difference between dysphagia and a normal, aging swallow? The aging swallow has specific characteristics that are distinct from and should not be confused with dysphagia. It is true, however, that dysphagia becomes more prevalent as we age and that aging may in some ways predispose us to swallowing difficulties. This course will describe changes in swallowing and supporting systems in the elderly that may contribute to dysphagia and enable clinicians to distinguish between normal aging and swallow dysfunction. It will also discuss potential interventions to improve nutrition and hydration, increase endurance, enhance swallow function, and support oral health in an aging population. Exercise, sensory interventions, oral hygiene, and medication management will be discussed as potential interventions.

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