The Proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM): What Does It Mean for Skilled Nursing Facilities?

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

  1. Describe the components of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).
  2. List the clinical categories identified for PT, OT and ST groupings.
  3. Define the role of function as a predictor of therapy costs.
  4. Understand the calculation of the variable rate per diem.
  5. Develop action steps to prepare for the implementation of a change in payment to insure quality of care does not diminish.


1:00pm-1:12pm Chapter 1: Components of the PDPM
1:12pm-1:24pm Chapter 2: The Clinical Categories for PT, OT, and ST
1:24pm-1:36pm Chapter 3: The Role of Function, Cognition, and Nursing Categories
1:36pm-1:48pm Chapter 4: The Variable Rate Per Diem (VPDA) and MDS Changes
1:48pm-2:00pm Chapter 5: Action Steps to Prepare for the Implementation of a Change in Payment