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Home Health Therapy: Policy and Practice

  • Thursday, June 12, 2014
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Webinar


  • For registrants employed by a KHCA member agency, but without a registered e-mail address. E-mail for the registration code.

Fees include one connection. Multiple site participation from one agency requires a separate registration fee for each connection.
Cancellations: Written requests for refunds received by June 5 will receive a refund less a $25 processing fee. Fees are non-refundable after this date; there are no refunds for no-shows.
Note: On-line registrations are a commitment for payment by the registering agency.
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Kansas Home Care Association presents

Home Health Therapy:
Policy and Practice

Thursday, June 12, 2014
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. CST

Speaker:  Karen A. Vance, OTR
Supervising Consultant, BKD Health Care Group

Webinar Overview: Therapy service delivery in home health illustrates well how policy and payment models can drive practice. The shift in Medicare payment from cost based to prospective payment with the therapy threshold calculation created a dramatic change in therapy utilization. The corresponding shift from process based to outcome based quality measures created opportunities to connect therapy utilization with the outcomes needed in home health. However the emphasis on visit count overshadowed such opportunities. The visit count and reassessment requirements saw additional changes in utilization as well as office processes to assure proper billing. The impact from the Jimmo vs Sebelius ruling has yet to see the full impact on practice due to the emphases still being on visits versus plan of care content. The MedPac recommendations, however, will have the greatest impact as the emphasis shifts further from ‘volume based to value based’ health care. The question remains, can therapists demonstrate the value brought to home health when there is no longer an emphasis on visits?

This session reviews each of these policy and payment changes, the impact on practice, opportunities lost and regained. Strategies for optimizing such opportunities will conclude the session.

After attending this webinar, the home health participant will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of policy on therapy practice.
  • Clarify issues surrounding therapy reassessment requirements.
  • Explain the facts of Jimmo vs. Sebelius and the effect on therapy plans of care.
  • Describe the MedPac recommendation for removing therapy utilization from the PPS rate calculation.
  • Identify strategies to prove the value of therapy after utilization no longer adds to PPS payment.

Target Audience:  Administrators, clinical managers, therapy staff

Registration Fee: 
KHCA Members:  $149 per agency line 
Non-Members:  $298 per agency line 

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