Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC
Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC has worked in various roles & settings as both clinician & manager/director. Ellen is an expert at helping customers understand the CMS prospective payment systems in the skilled nursing facility an home health setting, 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 both inpatient and outpatient therapy providers meet regulatory guidelines as well as improve clinical outcomes. For the past ten 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 insuring 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, compliance risk analysis appeals and appeals management, can assist in the development of clinical pathways, as well as in obtaining Medicare certification for rehabilitation agencies.
In addition to assisting clients meet their operational & 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, 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 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 & 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).