Session Descriptions

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Friday, September 12

7:30-8:30am – Registration & Exhibits Open- Edison Foyer

Keynote: Changes in Healthcare at the Federal Level- Edison ABCD
Christina Metzler, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, new ideas and new concepts are swirling in health care systems. Changes are occurring for occupational therapy as well as all other professionals. What is the main impact of these changes? How will it affect OT? And how can we use documentation to promote the value of OT within the health and social system?

9:15-9:30am – Exhibits & Networking Break- Edison Foyer

Write it Right: What Really Matters in Documentation- Edison ABCD
Cathy Brennan, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA, Consultant, St. Paul, MN

Documentation is the key to identifying medical necessity and outcomes of occupational therapy. This session will address what payers are looking for and the do's and don'ts for successful documentation to avoid payer denials.

10:45am-11:00am - Exhibits & Networking Break- Edison Foyer


Concurrent #1:  Medicare Part A Update- Edison EFG
Jennifer Bogenrief, JD, American Occupational Therapy Association Bethesda, MD

Medicare Part A covers inpatient services in a variety of settings. Basic information and latest developments that affect Part A coverage and reimbursement for occupational therapy will be covered in a context to help you with everyday documentation and other reporting in settings including skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and home health.

Concurrent #2:  Medicare Part B Update- Edison ABCD
Elaine Craddy Adams, OTR/L, Genesis Rehab Services, Kennett Square, PA; Christina Metzler;
Jeremy R. Furniss, MS, OTR/L, both of American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD

Medicare Part B covers outpatient occupational therapy services. Basic information and latest developments that affect how Part B covers occupational therapy will be covered in a context to help you with appropriate decision-making and everyday documentation and reporting such as for CPT© coding and outcomes measurement (e.g., G-Codes).

12:30-2:00pm - Lunch on Your Own – Exhibits Open- Edison Foyer

Documentation for Occupation-Based Practice– Edison ABCD
Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, CHT, FAOTA, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD

This presentation will provide an overview of problem and goal statement writing that reflects occupational participation as the focus of both treatment and outcomes. Creation of treatment notes that highlight the distinct contribution of occupational therapy while describing skilled service and functional outcomes will also be discussed. In addition, an overview of the PERFORM electronic documentation system, created by AOTA and based on Framework 3rd edition language will be presented.

3:30-3:45pm - Exhibits & Networking Break- Edison Foyer

CPT Codes for Occupational Therapy's Future
Jeremy R. Furniss, MS, OTR/L, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, MD

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes are utilized to describe and bill for occupational therapy services. AOTA is working to update many of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation codes. This session will focus on what you can do to help make sure that the potential new codes are valued fairly and accurately for occupational therapy services.

Saturday, September 13

7:30-8:00am – Registration & Exhibits Open- Edison Foyer


Our Services Are Primary to the Changing Health System:  How Can Our Documentation Reflect Our Contribution? - Edison ABCD
Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

As the health care system puts its focus on reducing re-hospitalization, promoting health, reducing secondary conditions and fostering participation occupational therapy’s role in enabling the skills for living is central. This presentation describe occupational therapy’s role in bridging between the medical and social model of care and discusses the language and knowledge that must be employed to lead the next phase of the professions contribution to health care.

8:45-9:00am - Exhibits & Networking Break- Edison Foyer

Using Patient-Reported Outcomes in Your Outcome DocumentationEdison ABCD
Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are increasingly recognized as valid and sensitive indicators of client self-efficacy, choice, control, and satisfaction.   This presentation will focus on what PROs look like, the evidence behind their use, a comparison of PROs to clinical performance outcome assessments, and how to integrate PROs into your outcome toolbox for use in everyday OT practice. 

10:30-10:45am - Exhibits & Networking Break- Edison Foyer

Concurrent #3: Preparing for ICD-10 ImplementationEdison ABCD
Elaine Craddy Adams, OTR/L, Genesis Rehab Services, Kennett Square, PA

Following a few delays, transition from the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) system to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) system is set to occur on October 1, 2015.  The ICD-10 system updates the coding options for client diagnosis, conditions, and complexities, significantly increasing the number and specificity of the codes.  An overview of the changes and available resources will be provided to help participants to prepare for the transition.  In addition, related considerations will be addressed regarding clinical documentation, coverage rules and guidance, and therapy claim submission and reimbursement.                     

Concurrent #4: Promoting Best Practices and Advocating for Occupational Therapy:  Strategies for Transforming CareEdison EFG
Michelle A. Kiger, MHS, OTR/L, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

This session will Identify 5 important steps to achieving “best practice."  There will be a discussion on where to find evidence-based care recommendations and description of effective and reliable knowledge translation processes for integrating these recommendations at every visit to support clinical outcomes.

11:45am-1:00pm - Lunch on Your Own – Exhibits Open- Edison Foyer

Achieving the Triple Aim in Occupational Therapy: Quality Improvement & Monitoring in Clinical PracticeEdison ABCD
Natalie E. Leland, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Healthcare reform aims to improve patient outcomes by achieving the triple aim of healthcare—ensuring the delivery of high quality, patient-centered, efficient care.  In order to incentivize the delivery of such care, policy is driving the transition from a system based on volume to a value-based payment model where providers will be paid based on their performance. This significant shift in healthcare will require clinicians and providers to work collaboratively to evaluate care delivery and engage in quality improvement initiatives to ensure the delivery of high quality care and achieve optimal patient outcomes. Within the context of healthcare reform, this presentation will discuss the framework for quality improvement by integrating examples from clinical practice to highlight quality improvement initiatives and sustained quality monitoring.

2:00-2:15pm - Exhibits & Networking Break- Edison Foyer

Demonstrating the Distinct Value of Occupational Therapy through DocumentationEdison ABCD
Amy Lamb, OTD, OTRL FAOTA, Vice President, American Occupational Therapy Association & Program Director, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

As we move the Centennial Vision forward, clear documentation of occupational therapy in practice has a key role to play in making occupational therapy more “widely recognized”.  Documentation that captures the full story of our clients through our occupational lens will increase the understanding of clients, other health care professionals, third party reviewers, and employers as to the distinct value that occupational therapy has within patient care, the health care team and the overall system.  This presentation will provide strategies to emphasize the occupational therapy value in documentation while providing linkages to evidence supporting our evaluation and intervention methods.