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Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, ACEEAA, CHC

Ellen R. Strunk Instructor Bio:

Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, ACEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT has worked in various roles and settings as a clinician, manager/director, and policy expert. 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. For the past 13 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 also supports organizations' post-acute care work in many areas including provider education, measure development, and regulatory compliance.

In addition to assisting clients meet their operational and clinical goals, Ellen lectures nationally on the topics of regulatory compliance in the post-acute care space and coding/billing/documentation to meet medical necessity guidelines and payer regulations, as well as 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 4th edition of Guccione's Geriatric Physical Therapy with a chapter on Health Policy for Physical Therapists and Older Adults.

Volunteerism and advocacy are an important part of her life. As an advocate for issues to advance the care of the older adult, Ellen has served on a number of CMS Technical Expert Panels, served as co-project lead on obtaining National Quality Forum endorsement of a functional outcome measure, and personally advocated to Congress and CMS on a number of policies affecting physical therapy.

Ellen is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), having served on the Payment Policy and Advocacy Committee, where she advanced the agenda of physical therapy in post-acute care. As a longtime member of the APTA Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, the APTA Home Health Section and the APTA Health Policy and Administration Sections, she has served in senior leadership positions as well as 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 Rehab Agencies and Providers (NARA), and the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care (NASL).

Ellen R. Strunk's Continuing Education Courses

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?…

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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?…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Fundamental Concepts of Defensible Documentation

Fundamental Concepts of Defensible Documentation

Video Runtime: 45 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

It is often said, "If it is not documented, it was not done." This cliche, while true, often triggers frustration in clinicians struggling to keep up with documentation.… Read More

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Patient-Centered Defensible Documentation

Patient-Centered Defensible Documentation

Video Runtime: 41 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 25 Minutes

Recent revisions to the SNF requirements of participation (RoP) emphasize resident-centered care planning. But translating this concept into daily practice is… Read More

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Why Quantifiable Information Matters in Defensible Documentation

Why Quantifiable Information Matters in Defensible Documentation

Video Runtime: 42 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 20 Minutes

The implementation of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) presents a new landscape for SNF documentation requirements. Clinicians have a lot to learn about… Read More

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Interprofessional Collaboration in Defensible Documentation

Interprofessional Collaboration in Defensible Documentation

Video Runtime: 35 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 23 Minutes

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… Read More

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Optimal Care Management in a Changing Regulatory Environment

Optimal Care Management in a Changing Regulatory Environment

Video Runtime: 82 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 40 Minutes

Most physical therapists and physical therapist assistants don't go to physical therapy (PT) programs to learn about payment models and regulatory issues. In… Read More

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Georgia Ethics and Jurisprudence (2022)

Georgia Ethics and Jurisprudence (2022)

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…

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Professionalism in Practice: Examining Common Ethical Challenges (2022)

Professionalism in Practice: Examining Common Ethical Challenges (2022)

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…

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Ethics in Practice: Resources for PTs and PTAs (2022)

Ethics in Practice: Resources for PTs and PTAs (2022)

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…

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Section GG: Mastering Self-Care Assessment

Section GG: Mastering Self-Care Assessment

Video Runtime: 30 Minutes; Learning Assessment: 30 Minutes

Are you or your team challenged with coding the Section GG mobility items accurately? This course will support clinicians by providing clinical training… Read More

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Section GG: Mastering Mobility Assessment

Section GG: Mastering Mobility Assessment

Video Runtime: 43 Minutes; Learning Assessment: 36 Minutes

Are you or your team challenged with coding the Section GG Mobility items accurately? This course will support clinicians by providing clinical training… Read More

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