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Speech Pathology Service Delivery: Decision Making and Medicare Documentation Requirements for Patient Selection, Ongoing Treatments and Discharge Planning

# e24   Speech Pathology Service Delivery: Decision Making and Medicare Documentation Requirements for Patient Selection, Ongoing Treatments and Discharge Planning

by Thomas Slominski, MA, CCC-SLP

0.3 CEUs

$ 59.00

This online CEU course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (3 contact hours) and discusses Medicare documentation guidelines for Speech-Language Pathology service delivery. The specific components of successful and effective evaluation and treatment notes are examined and explained to ensure optimal therapy practice and reimbursement success.  Sections Include:

  1. Recent Documented Change In Condition
  2. Higher Prior Level of Function
  3. Reasonable Expectation of Significant Progress
  4. Documenting Progress
  5. Functional Goals
  6. Long Term and Short Term Goals
  7. Skilled Services
  8. Focus on the Condition and Not the Diagnosis
  9. Application of Medicare Guidelines: Case Study #1
  10. Application of Medicare Guidelines: Case Study #2
  11. Application of Medicare Guidelines: Case Study #3
  12. Documenting Lack of Progress
  13. Functional Maintenance Programs
  14. Physician Certification

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

Course Format: Text.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain Medicare guidelines for prior level of function.
  2. Identify evidence of skilled services in progress notes.
  3. Discuss Medicare criteria for significant progress.
  4. List criteria for establishing functional maintenance programs.
  5. Explain Medicare guidelines for medical necessity.
  6. Write examples of positive expectation for progress for various diagnostic groups.
  7. List necessary components of treatment goals.
  8. Explain Medicare guidelines for frequency and duration of services.
  9. Discuss physician certification Medicare guidelines. 

A score of 80% or better must be received on the post-test in order to
receive a certificate of completion.

Thomas J. Slominski, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been in private practice since 1972. Mr. Slominski is a nationally recognized expert regarding third-party documentation issues. For the past 15 years he has presented documentation seminars to SLPs and other healthcare professionals. Of the over 8,000 participants who have attended Mr. Slominski's seminars, 96% said they would recommend his seminar to a colleague. Also, Mr. Slominski is the author of Medicare Guidelines Explained for the SLP and editor of two other Medicare documentation manuals: Medicare Guidelines Explained for the PT and Medicare Guidelines Explained for the OT.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Thomas Slominski is author of resource materials and online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Thomas Slominski is Owner and President of Northern Speech Services; Ownership interests and receives salary.

Nonfinancial — Thomas Slominski has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.  

 


Intended Audience

  • SLPA
  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.3 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 3 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 07/31/2015.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

  • More FAQ: Please click here.

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Testimonial:

"Medicare reviews were increasing at our facility. I needed more direction in documentation and in learning what Medicare looks for to either approve or deny claims. This course provided detailed guidance and improved my documentation skills for all patients. It provided needed guidelines to aid in decision making for continuing treatment and appropriate discharge planning, which can be a challenge as patients and families are rarely ready for discharge even with preparation. I keep telling my colleagues that they need to take this course."

—L.V.
Speech-Language Pathologist

What other customers are also saying about this eCourse:

"Need for medical necessity, What qualifies as skilled services, how to utilize functional maintenance programs,.... Actually, all of the topics were helpful since I am new to the skilled nursing environment. I especially appreciate all of the examples of documentation as well as including our interpretations." - V.H., 1/13/2016

"Examples of goals and resons for denials are beneficial." - L.L.

"Case studies helped to explain concepts." - R.M.

"Fantastic course. One of the best text-based courses I have taken. " - C.F.

"Discussions specific to what Medicare Reviewers will and will not pay for regarding services was helpful." - L.H.

"Directly applies to my job on a daily basis." - A.H.

"Applicable and easy to read." - A.S.

"I liked the specific examples of appropriate versus inappropriate documentation. It was all beneficial." - K.F.

"Completing it at my pace. Much easier when working full time." - M.L.

"Liked the specific examples provided for different cases." - K.H.

"Benefited from the documentation of prior levels of functioning and progress." - K.S.

"Examples were helpful." - T.C.

"Very straight forward. Included information as it related to different settings: acute care, SNF, IRF, home care." - B.W.

"All of the information was helpful and appreciated." - A.B.

"Thorough documentation practices." - J.W.

 

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