2017 Conference Session Descriptions
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FRIDAY 10/20/17






Incorporating Challenging Exercise Prescription and Motor Learning Strategies to Improve Outcomes for the Geriatric and Neurologic Population 6.5 CE
JJ Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, CSRS,CEEAA


Improving patient outcomes is always a priority for rehabilitation.  There is an expansion of the literature highlighting the benefits of incorporating motor learning strategies into everyday therapy programs.  In addition, the #2 recommendation in the APTA Choosing Wisely campaign has noted the importance of not under-dosing strength training in aging adults. This new educational initiative is emphasizing the importance of matching the intensity and duration of exercise to an individual’s goal and ability.


This course will focus on ways to integrate motor learning strategies while challenging patients to their appropriate physical level.  This will include challenges for balance, aerobic conditioning, functional activities, as well as strengthening with an emphasis on providing appropriate adjustments to intervention programs for all practice settings.  Videos of actual patient cases will be used throughout the lecture material. 


AM: Maximizing Movement: A Synopsis of Research Conducted Over 35 years of Clinical Practice 3.25 CE

Richard Bohannon, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, FAPTA

PM: Research Poster Presentations 3.25 CE



This lecture presentation will focus on movement, both as a body function and activity. A specific body function, pelvifemoral motion, will be discussed. Four  mobility activities will be addressed. Measures of these mobility activities and impairments associated with them will be specified. Recommendations for reducing mobility limitations will be provided.


Manual Therapy Pearls from Head to Toe 6.5 CE

John Winslow, DPT, OCS, MTC, ATC



This course provides an evidence based manual therapy approach toward evaluation and management of common musculoskeletal conditions. Emphasis will be on enhancing the participant’s clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills.


The ABCs of Prevention and Fitness - A Mind-Body System for Improved Patient Outcomes 6.5 CE
Vicki Gold, PT, MA



This one-day course will introduce participants to the nature and value of integrating mind-body techniques into patient care and will offer a simple system for achieving measurable results.  Lecture, personal and professional anecdotes and interactive learning techniques will facilitate a deep understanding and ability to apply “The ABCs of Prevention, Fitness and Function“ system in a clinical or educational setting.

“Alignment, Breathing and Centering” are the basic elements of “The ABCs . . . “system.

“S-l-o-w-M-o-t-i-o-n” and a safe bending, lifting and carrying segment called “The Basic Moves” are also included.  It is hoped that participants will find this course inspiring, as well as informative – and fun!


SATURDAY 10/21/17




Documentation, Coding and Billing for Physical Therapy Services 6.5 CE
Rick Gawenda, PT



Insurance payers are increasingly reviewing therapy claims to ensure that the therapy provided to the beneficiary required the skills of a therapist, was billed appropriately, and the required documentation was present in the patient's medical record. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continue to focus their efforts on reducing inappropriate payments to providers of therapy services in all settings. The Office of the Inspector General continues to focus on outpatient therapy services in their yearly work plans. An accurate understanding of the coding, billing and documentation process is critical to ensure that you are paid correctly and in a timely manner if medical records are reviewed prior to payment and will keep their money upon a post-payment medical record audit.


This seminar covers the new PT evaluation codes for 2017, correct use of CPT codes, L codes for orthotics, and modifiers used by Rehabilitation professionals in all outpatient settings including private practice, hospital-based, rehab agencies, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and even in a patient's home. This course thoroughly reviews Medicare Part B and other third party payer documentation guidelines for initial evaluations, re-evaluations, progress and discharge reports, daily notes, certifications/recertifications, and plans of care. Resources and references will be provided to help therapists and therapy assistants stay current with the ever-changing reimbursement guidelines and regulations as they pertain to outpatient therapy services.


Pediatric Powerhouse: Building on Your Skills with Creativity and Practical Application 6.5 CE
Amy Schlessman, PT, DPT, DHS



What’s in your toolbox? Get your gears going with an appraisal of pediatric tests and measures, concrete strategies to promote patient progress, and a plethora of handy treatment strategies performed with minimal equipment, in small spaces, with common household items, and combined with academic concepts. Conclude this course equipped and empowered with the supplies for success!


Advances and Integrative/Alternative Treatments of the Shoulder and Hip Impingement Syndromes, Including Yoga and Pilates 6.5 CE
Venise Mule Glass, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Participants should bring a yoga mat or towel from home


The participants will be able to learn the latest diagnostic procedures, diagnoses, surgeries, and treatments to successfully manage their shoulder and hip patients. Unusual cases will be discussed, along with unique and different treatment approaches, and exercises that have been proven to be successful. Evidence Based and Best Practice Guidelines will be reviewed. 


KEYNOTE:NEW in 2017! - Presented during lunch on Saturday. 

Opioids, Apathy and Overtreatment: Epidemics Threaten the Heart of Patient Centered Care

Erin K. Jackson, JD, MA



The opioid epidemic has garnered national headlines, questions in the presidential debates, and action by law enforcement officials, medical providers, and Congress.  But what if these efforts are oriented in the wrong direction?

This presentation suggests that the so-called “opioid epidemic” is instead a byproduct of America’s pain epidemic.  Bridging the gap between a provider’s clinical work and the patient’s battle with pain, this presentation addresses the often-ambiguous ethical and legal obligations imposed upon providers who engage with those who hurt.  The presentation will explore the societal and environmental circumstances that have created today’s pain population. It will further address pain patients’ discomfort with the panicked labeling of increased opioid use as an “epidemic,” fearing that their access to needed medications is at risk. 

This course will explore three primary topics: (1) a brief overview of a physical therapist’s legal and ethical obligations surrounding a patient’s opioid usage, (2) a pain patient’s fears about losing access to opioids, and (3) the implementation of clinical practices that are both sensitive to pain patients’ fears and ethically sound. 

This presentation will emphasize the components of a respectful, nonjudgmental patient-clinician conversation about opioids and pain.  By better understanding the patient’s perspective on pain, which the speaker will share from her personal experience as a chronic pain patient, participants will become more mindful of both their legal and ethical obligations, but also of the words they use in conversations with patients in pain. We will explore the ways in which providers’ ethical obligations create opportunities for dialogue and support.


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