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Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT

Ellen R. Strunk Instructor Bio:
Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT, has worked in various roles and settings as both a clinician and a manager/director. Ellen is an expert at helping customers understand the CMS prospective payment systems in the skilled nursing facility and home health settings as well as outpatient therapy billing for all provider types. She has years of experience in utilizing medical record reviews and data systems to help inpatient and outpatient therapy providers meet regulatory guidelines and improve clinical outcomes. For the past 10 years, Ellen has worked with dozens of clients as principal consultant and founder of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc. Her experience in both the home and community aspects of the post-acute care continuum gives her a unique perspective in finding solutions while ensuring a patient-centered approach is not lost in translation.

Ellen has worked with clients on a variety of Medicare/Medicaid payment and certification matters, including substantial overpayment assessments and facilitation of corporate integrity agreements. Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc. conducts interdisciplinary medical record review and compliance risk analysis appeals and appeals management and can assist in the development of clinical pathways as well as in obtaining Medicare certification for rehabilitation agencies.

In addition to helping clients meet their operational and clinical goals, Ellen lectures nationally on a variety of topics: regulatory compliance in the post-acute care space, coding/billing/documentation to meet medical necessity guidelines and payer regulations, pharmacology for rehabilitation professionals, clinically appropriate exercise for older adults, and the importance of functional outcomes to value-based payment. Ellen is a published author, having contributed to the fourth edition of Guccione’s Geriatric Physical Therapy with a chapter on health policy for physical therapists and older adults and to Women’s Health in Physical Therapy with a chapter on exercise and aging.

Ellen has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, representing them on multiple Technical Expert Panels with CMS. As a long-time member of the APTA Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, the APTA Home Health Section, and the APTA Health Policy & Administration Section, she has served in senior leadership positions and authored multiple articles and educational tools for the sections. She serves on a state level as the practice and reimbursement chair for the Alabama Physical Therapy Association. She is a member of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA), and the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL).

Ellen R. Strunk's Continuing Education Courses

Measuring and Improving Outcomes in Post-Acute Care

Measuring and Improving Outcomes in Post-Acute Care

This course examines the current state of rehabilitation outcomes measurement in post-acute care (PAC) settings: inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, long term acute care and home health care. Patients cared for in these… Read Morearrow_right

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How Strong is Your Patient's Exercise Program? Part 1

How Strong is Your Patient's Exercise Program? Part 1

Are you still using manual muscle testing as the only measure of muscle performance for your older adult patients? Are you still using endurance and number of minutes as the only measure of aerobic capacity for your older adult patients?… Read Morearrow_right

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How Strong is Your Patient's Exercise Program? Part 2

How Strong is Your Patient's Exercise Program? Part 2

Are you still using manual muscle testing as the only measure of muscle performance for your older adult patients? Are you still using endurance and number of minutes as the only measure of aerobic capacity for your older adult patients?… Read Morearrow_right

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Ethics in Practice: Resources for PTs and PTAs

Ethics in Practice: Resources for PTs and PTAs

Ethics or moral philosophy is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. To be ethical is not the same as following the law. The law often incorporates ethical standards… Read Morearrow_right

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Professionalism in Practice: Examining Common Ethical Challenges

Professionalism in Practice: Examining Common Ethical Challenges

Ethics or moral philosophy is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. To be ethical is not the same as following the law. The law often incorporates ethical standards… Read Morearrow_right

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A New Look at Section GG for the Skilled Nursing Facility: 2018 Update

A New Look at Section GG for the Skilled Nursing Facility: 2018 Update

If you currently practice (or plan to practice) in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), then you must prepare for Section GG. The Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT) of 2014 requires the standardization of patient assessment… Read Morearrow_right

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A New Look at Section GG for the Home Health Agency: 2018 Update

A New Look at Section GG for the Home Health Agency: 2018 Update

If you currently practice (or plan to practice) in a Home Health Agency (HHA), then you must prepare for Section GG. The Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT) of 2014 requires the standardization of patient assessment data… Read Morearrow_right

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A New Look at Section GG for the Inpatient Rehab Facility: 2018 Update

A New Look at Section GG for the Inpatient Rehab Facility: 2018 Update

If you currently practice (or plan to practice) in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), then you must prepare for Section GG. The Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT) of 2014 requires the standardization of patient… Read Morearrow_right

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

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM): What Does It Mean for Skilled Nursing Facilities? (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. On July 31, 2018, the… Read Morearrow_right

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

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM): Strategies for Implementation & Keys to Success (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. On July 31, 2018, the… Read Morearrow_right

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

The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM): 131 Days to Implementation – Are You Ready? (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. In less than six months,… Read Morearrow_right

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The PDPM Final Countdown: What’s on Your Checklist? (Recorded Webinar)

The PDPM Final Countdown: What’s on Your Checklist? (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. The Centers for Medicare… Read Morearrow_right

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Life Under PDPM: What We’ve Learned So Far (Recorded Webinar)

Life Under PDPM: What We’ve Learned So Far (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. On October 1, the Patient-Driven… Read Morearrow_right

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Georgia Ethics and Jurisprudence (2020)

Georgia Ethics and Jurisprudence (2020)

Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have always faced numerous obligations to maintain compliance with federal and commercial healthcare programs. The array of requirements seems burdensome in comparison with other providers.… Read Morearrow_right

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Functional Outcome Measures in IRF & SNF: How is CMS Measuring Them? (Recorded Webinar)

Functional Outcome Measures in IRF & SNF: How is CMS Measuring Them? (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.

Since 2017, PTs… Read Morearrow_right

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Fundamental Concepts of Defensible Documentation

Fundamental Concepts of Defensible Documentation

It is often said, “If it is not documented, it was not done.” This cliché, while true, often triggers frustration in clinicians struggling to keep up with documentation. Poor documentation has many costs for SNF providers, including… Read Morearrow_right

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Patient-Centered Defensible Documentation

Patient-Centered Defensible Documentation

Recent revisions to the SNF requirements of participation (RoP) emphasized resident-centered care planning. But translating this concept into daily practice is still a challenge. This course will examine the concept of resident-centered… Read Morearrow_right

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Why Quantifiable Information Matters in Defensible Documentation

Why Quantifiable Information Matters in Defensible Documentation

The implementation of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) presents a new landscape for SNF documentation requirements. Clinicians have a lot to learn about what is expected by payers and reviewers alike. Defensible documentation doesn’t… Read Morearrow_right

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Interprofessional Collaboration in Defensible Documentation

Interprofessional Collaboration in Defensible Documentation

Skilled nursing facilities are required to develop a care plan for each beneficiary and provide services in accordance with the care plan. Several studies and investigations have found that SNFs had deficiencies in doing just that, resulting… Read Morearrow_right

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