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Life Under PDPM: What We've Learned So Far

Life Under PDPM: What We've Learned So Far
On October 1, the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) replaced the 20-year-old Skilled Nursing Facility’s (SNF) Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) payment system. If you are reading this, you made it through the transition! But how you’re doing depends a lot on how well you adapted your clinical
processes and integrated them into your operational system.

This webinar will talk about what the industry has learned so far. What is working? What hasn’t worked as well as we might have thought? Appropriate care delivery is at the core of SNF care and monitoring the outcomes of care will ensure that goal is met.

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 and settings as both a clinician and manager/director: hospital, transitional care, Director of Rehab for a hospital home health agency, Clinical Consultant, Director of a HH staffing division, and Director of Governmental Affairs for a company providing rehab services in long-term care, home health, and outpatient settings. Presently, Ellen is the owner of Rehab Resources & Consulting, Inc., a company providing continuing education and consulting services for post-acute care settings. For the past seven years, she has specialized in helping clients understand and navigate the CMS regulations for post-acute care settings, as well as how to prepare for the transition to a value-based system. Ellen is passionate about delivering medically necessary therapy services in these settings and lectures nationally on the topics of pharmacology for rehabilitation professionals, exercise and wellness for older adults, the importance of functional outcomes, and coding/billing/documentation for therapy services. Ellen is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, where she has served on a Payment Policy Strategy Committee advising the APTA Board of Directors on payment policy in all settings. She is a member of the APTA Section on Geriatrics, the APTA Home Health Section, and the APTA Health Policy & Administration Sections. She serves on a state level as the President of the Alabama Physical Therapy Association and as its Practice & Reimbursement Chair. She is a member of the American Health Care Association, where over the last three years she has been a part of a therapy workgroup to develop a national quality measure for rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine expected PDPM changes that have materialized without incident.
  • Examine unexpected PDPM-related issues that emerged unexpectedly.
  • Understand key areas that will require ongoing vigilance to ensure success in a PDPM model.


1:00pm-1:15pm Chapter 1: Expected PDPM Changes that have Materialized without Incident
1:15pm-1:30pm Chapter 2: Unexpected PDPM-related Issues that Emerged
1:30pm-1:45pm Chapter 3: Key Areas that Will Require Ongoing Vigilance to Ensure Success
1:45pm-2:00pm Question & Answer Session

Nov 19, 2019

1:00pm – 2:00pm (EST)

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