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

Presented by Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

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

  • Describe the components of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).
  • Identify staff competencies that will support PDPM success.
  • Define the role of the interdisciplinary team in patient assessment and care planning.
  • Develop action steps to be ready for PDPM and insure quality of care does not diminish.


1:00pm-1:15pm Chapter 1: Describe the Components of PDPM
1:15pm-1:25pm Chapter 2: Define Staff Competencies to Support PDPM Success
1:25pm-1:35pm Chapter 3: Define the Role of the Interdisciplinary Team
1:35pm-1:45pm Chapter 4: Develop Steps to be Ready for PDPM
1:45pm-2:00pm Chapter 5: Question & Answer Session