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SOG/HPA webinar:
Documenting Therapy Services for Medicare Medical Review — Sept. 17

As therapy services continue to be on the audit radar for various Medicare medical review entities and as Medicare regulations change with Functional Limitation Reporting and the need to support treatment frequency decisions, concise and convincing documentation is now more important than ever. Learn best practices from an experienced Medicare Medical Reviewer for supporting medical necessity and skilled services.

The intended audience for this session includes therapists (PTs, OTs, SLPs), physical therapist assistants, physical therapy students, physical therapy practice or rehabilitation department managers and administrators.

  • Receive an update on the current Medicare regulatory environment and its impact on documentation, including Functional Limitation Reporting.
  • Understand why concise and convincing document is now more important than ever.
  • Learn Best practices from a Medicare Medical Reviewer's perspective for creating documentation that demonstrates medical necessity and skilled services.
  • Understand what to look for in a therapy EMR documentation system to assure that it guides you in supporting medical necessity/skilled services.
About the presenter
Jaclyn Warshauer, PT is chair of HPA the Catalyst's Government Affairs and Practice Committee. Warshauer is currently employed as the Senior Clinical Claims Review Specialist for Aegis Therapies. At Aegis Therapies she is responsible for conducting documentation reviews and training, monitoring regulatory affairs, and is a resource regarding Medicare coverage, coding and documentation requirements. Prior to employment with Aegis therapies, Warshauer was a Medicare Medical Reviewer for nine years with National Government Services, a Medicare FI/MAC, where she was the lead of the NGS Therapy Unit. She authored the NGS LCD on Outpatient PT and OT Services and was co-author of multiple NGS rehab-related LCDs. Warshauer has served as a resource to CMS in Baltimore on subjects related to coverage of therapy services. While at NGS, Warshauer conducted many national teleconferences and seminars on Medicare coverage, coding and documentation guidelines for rehabilitation services. Prior to her Medicare work, she worked for 13 years in a variety of patient-care settings.

Full details can be found at this link:
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Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2013 free webinar:
New Resources and New Partnerships to be held on Aug. 22

One in three seniors aged 65+ falls each year, and this number increases to one in two by the age of 80. Each year, the Falls Free® Initiative sponsors Falls Prevention Awareness Day to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. This year's theme is "Preventing Falls-One Step at a Time." Listen as a panel of researchers, educators, and program leaders from across the country share their innovative partnerships to promote falls prevention awareness and discover new resources that you can use to spread the word.

Explore how to engage professional health care students in falls prevention screening and program delivery; the important role that Geriatric Education Centers and Emergency Medical Services can play in promoting falls prevention; how STEADI is being used to advance health care practice partnerships; and Partnerships and resources to help you evaluate the reach and effectiveness of your efforts.

One of the speakers is the Section On Geriatrics Balance and Falls SIG Chair Mindy Oxman Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS, CPH. To register for this free webinar, please visit

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It's time to start thinking about Section awards!
Student Research Award
Clinical Educator Award
Fellowship for Geriatric Research
Excellence in Geriatric Research Award
Adopt-A-Doc Award
Clinical Excellence In Geriatrics Award
Distinguished Educator Award
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award
Lynn Phillippi Advocacy for Older Adults Award
Volunteers in Action Community Service Award
Joan Mills Award

Nominations are due Nov. 1 and all awards will be presented at the Section Membership Meeting at CSM in January 2014. For additional information on the criteria and selection process for section awards, please visit the Section on Geriatrics website at or email

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Section Board seeks your feedback on proposed name change
Section President Bill Staples, PT, DHS, DPT, GCS, CEEAA recently proposed changing the name of the Section on Geriatrics, APTA to the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and is seeking member feedback at

The primary reason for a name change is to better brand who we are. More details can be found in the March 2013 issue of GeriNotes (page 3). The Board of Directors welcomes your comments at or at the link above. Thank you!

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Section on Geriatrics members can purchase Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 for only $100
Volume 3 topics include:
  • "Physical Therapy Applications for Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers"
    Cheryl LaFollette Anderson, PT, PhD, MBA, GCS
  • "Bariatric Geriatrics: Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults who are Obese"
    Michael L. Puthoff, PT, PhD
  • "Fall Prevention"
    Celinda P. Evitt, PT, PhD, GCS
  • "Health Promotions in Geriatric Care: The Collaboration Between Physical Therapy and Public Health"
    Kathryn K. Brewer, PT, GCS, MEd
  • "Exercise Prescription for Older Adults"
    Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD and Patrick VanBeveren, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, CSCS
  • "Successful Aging: Biopsychosocial and Environmental Implications for Physical Therapist Practice"
    Mary Thompson, PT, PhD, GCS
CEUs are no longer available for Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3. To order please visit the Section on Geriatrics online store here.

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The popular CEEAA Course Series is coming to Cherry Hill, NJ, and Milwaukee in 2014!
All PTs with the CEEAA credential will demonstrate expert clinical decision-making skills in (1) designing and applying an effective examination and exercise prescription and (2) measuring the effectiveness and reflecting the current evidence of exercise for all aging adults. The process to attain the credential of "Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults" is to complete formal didactic education, and to participate in supervised and mentored skills development, home-based reflection, and critical thinking. Three courses of two days each will address evidence-based examination and different and increasingly complex aspects of exercise design and delivery. The three courses are designed to build on each other; however, Courses 1 and 2 can be taken out of sequence.

Cherry Hill, N.J. dates are as follows:
Course 1: June 21-22, 2014
Course 2: July 19-20, 2014
Course 3: Sept. 20-21, 2014
All courses will be held at the Fox Education Center in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Milwaukee dates are as follows:
Course 1: July 12-13, 2014
Course 2: Aug. 16-17, 2014
Course 3: Oct. 11-12, 2014
All courses will be held at Marquette University in Milwaukee

For registration information, please click here.

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Section on Geriatrics product spotlight: Stand Tall DVD
The SOG offers members many educational/instructional information and tools. Each month we would like to place a spotlight on one that is available and that members might not know about. We would like to introduce you to the evidence-based Stand Tall Exercise Program DVD. This program was developed by Dr. Wendy Katzman, PT, DPTSc, OCS, based on her research at UCSF-SFSU to reverse the postural changes that often occur in the older adult. Physical therapists can improve patient compliance with exercise. We know how hard it is for our patient/clients to be compliant with their exercise programs. Here is a great way for them to exercise at home with the physical therapist designed Stand Tall exercise video. This program was developed for the older adult and reinforces good postural alignment and proper body mechanics while strengthening core and back muscles, improving posture and bone health with targeted strength training and weight bearing exercise. Visit the Section on Geriatrics Store and view a trailer of the DVD and read more about Katzman's specialized exercises and postural training. These exercises are based on clinical trials by Katzman. References and more information are located at:

The DVD is priced at $15 and includes free shipping.

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Breakdown of the CMS proposed rule
By Charlotte Bohnett
Recently, the American Physical Therapy Association shared its highlights of the 2014 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule. This summary boils down the 605-page proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services into a 16-page bulleted outline. The breakdown is incredibly helpful, and we definitely recommend you read it. However, many of you are crunched for time, so we sat down with PT Heidi Jannenga to develop an even more condensed rundown of the pros and cons of this proposal — a synopsis of the synopsis, if you will.
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Getting physical therapy patients moving
Michigan Tech News
How do you get physical therapy patients to actually do their exercises when nobody is watching? A Michigan Technological University researcher and his graduate students might have found a way to get more rehabbing people up and moving.
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Study: Improper back pain treatment is costing America billions of dollars a year
The Plain Dealer
Doctors have been costing the health-care system tens of billions of dollars a year and, in many cases, doing more harm than good because they're not following recommended guidelines for treating back pain. Instead of prescribing physical therapy and non-narcotic drugs such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, they've been ordering expensive scans, giving patients narcotics and referring them to specialists, presumably for surgery or other medical procedures.
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Help! Medicare rejected my claim — now what?
By Erica Cohen
So, you submitted a claim lacking functional limitation reporting to Medicare after July 1. Uh-oh. By now, you've probably received a polite rejection letter telling you that Medicare will not be providing you with reimbursement for your services — and neither will the beneficiary. What's a PT, OT or SLP to do?
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Medicare call-in to focus on ICD-10 basics and CMS implementation
PT in Motion
Are you ready to transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Medicare Learning Network will host a free call-in on Aug. 22, from 1:30-3 p.m. EDT, featuring a presentation on ICD-10 basics by Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association and an implementation update by CMS. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
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