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

Functional Outcome Measures in IRF & SNF: How is CMS Measuring Them?
For the past two years, PTs and OTs in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities have been required to collect data on functional status—data that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will use to publicly report on functional outcomes in these post-acute
care settings. As a result, consumers and payers will have the ability to compare providers within and across settings, making the accurate collection and reporting of this data paramount.

In this live webinar, we’ll cover what you need to know to ensure your processes for collecting and interpreting this data are both reliable and accurate. You’ll learn to better understand the method that CMS uses to calculate the measures, how to read and interpret the report’s results, key competencies that can affect outcomes, as well as important processes to ensure accuracy of data. 

Meet Your Instructor

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

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the CMS functional outcome measures used in post-acute care settings.
  • Describe the CMS discharge functional score measures used in post-acute care settings.
  • Understand how to retrieve and interpret the facility’s outcome reports.
  • Examine the competencies and processes that are vital to ensure the data is reliable and accurate.


1:00pm-1:15pm Chapter 1: The CMS Functional Outcome Measures
1:15pm-1:25pm Chapter 2: The CMS Discharge Functional Score Measures
1:25pm-1:35pm Chapter 3: The CMS Provider Reports
1:35pm-1:45pm Chapter 4: Competencies and Processes 
1:45pm-2:00pm Question & Answer Session

Mar 3, 2020

1:00pm – 2:00pm (EST)

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