SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2015 - General Sessions
7:45-8:00am President’s Welcome
8:00-8:30am Keynote speaker from Saturday morning, October 24th will be: Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, M.D., PhD.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez is an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She specializes in physical rehabilitation after amputation, neuro rehabilitation, prosthetics, orthotics, and the treatment of swallowing disorders and speech and language disorders after stroke.
She serves as the medical director of Outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Gonzalez-Fernandez received her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1999. She completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in 2004 and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
8:30-9:00am Factor Analysis of Upper Extremity Prosthetic Patient Acceptance, Gerald Stark, MSEM, CPO/L, FAAOP, Ottobock
9:30-10:30am Federal and State Tax Credits and Incentives for Small Business Owners, Jeff Barbour, CPA
10:30-11:30am AM Break in Exhibit Hall (Exhibit Hall closes 11:30am)
11:30-12:00pm Reasons Not to Collaborate, John Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP
12:00-12:30pm Clinical Perspectives and Research on Prosthetic Alignment, John Brinkmann, MA, CPO/L, FAAOP
1:30-3:15pm Documentation is Our Future in O&P: What Should You be Addressing Today & What is Coming Your Way Very Soon, Mark Ford, OPIE Systems
3:15-4:00pm Improving Professionalism and Patient Outcomes, Scott Williamson, MBA, CAE
4:00-5:00pm Grassroots Mobilization & the Importance of an Independent Patient Voice, Dan Ignaszewski, Director of Govt Relations, Amputee Coalition
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2015 - Reimbursement Roundup
8:00-9:00am Medicare Prior Authorization & What You Need to Know, Dan Ignaszewski, Director of Government Relations, Amputee Coalition
9:00-10:30am Medicare Updates, Tracy Sessoms, Provider Outreach & Education, CGS Administrators
10:30-11:30am AM Break in Exhibit Hall (Exhibit Hall closes 11:30am)
11:30-12:30pm Improving Your Patient's Last Impression, Scott Williamson, MBA, CAE
1:30-4:30pm Dealing with Medicare Denials for components; Delivery Receipts and ICD 10, Zita Upchurch, Sterling Consulting
Gerald Stark, MSEM, CPO/L, FAAOP is the Senior Upper Limb Clinical Specialist for Ottobock Healthcare based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree as well as a Master of Science in Engineering Management. In his 24 year career he has held various administrative positions in Engineering, Clinical Care, Product Development, and Education. Gerry is a former instructor at Northwestern University Prosthetic Orthotic Center in Chicago and continues to serve as a Contributing Faculty Member. He has written and presented numerous topics nationally and internationally. He was recently honored as an “Outstanding Doctoral Student in Learning and Leadership” from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and "Outstanding Clinical Educator" from the AAOP in 2015.
Factor Analysis of Upper Extremity Prosthetic Patient Acceptance
Although there have been a number of studies that have attempted to investigate prosthetic upper limb prosthetic acceptance, very few have provided conclusive evidence to assess the overall clinical probability of wear. This has impacted approval for these increasingly expensive devices that are coming under increased scrutiny for funding. In a recent survey of upper limb prosthetic practitioners collective estimations were made with respect to the priority of the various factors that contributed to Upper Limb rejection as well as the rejection rates by level. From these factors a Bayesian forecasting model was constructed to provide an initial estimation of prosthetic acceptance. Methodology From initial phone interviews and previous upper limb survey 12 factors were identified as possible contributors to overall acceptance including: Amputation Level, Functional Advantage, Patient Gadget Tolerance, Time to Initial Fit, Confidence of Prosthetist, Quality of Patient/Prosthetist Relationship, Socket and Harness Comfort, Weight, Cosmetic Quality, Therapy and Training, Peer and Family Support, and Age of Patient.
Scott Williamson, MBA is President of Quality Outcomes, a company dedicated to establishing a consensus building approach to identify broad-based O&P outcomes data and to identify and teach professional best practices. He is a member of The National Quality Forum and sits on the Quality Measures Research Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pedorthic Research Foundation.
Improving Your Patient's Last Impression
Designed for office administrators and patient processing personnel, this session will cover the critical process of patient check out. How the interaction shapes the patient's impression of the overall visit and how important it is to patient outcomes.
Mark Ford, President, The OPIE Choice NetworkDocumentation is Our Future in O&P: What Should You be Addressing Today & What is Coming Your Way Very Soon
Ever since the “Dear Physician Letter” was released in 2011, the O&P profession has been forced to look at patient documentation in an entirely different way. The reality is that every other field in healthcare is also having to live by these new rules so we all need to learn how to optimize your documentation efforts. This discussion will review the current documentation requirements that CMS, HHS, and even commercial insurance payers have in place. In addition, we will discuss how we expect to see documentation requirements continuing to change over the next few years. Attendees will leave with an Action List to help their practices to successfully manage and prepare your company for the future of healthcare documentation in the US.
Dan Ignaszewski, Director of Government Relations and Development, the Amputee Coalition
Medicare Prior Authorization & What You Need to Know
Saturday, 8-9am Reimbursement Roundup
Saturday, Grassroots Mobilization & the Importance of an Independent Patient Voice, 4-5pm General Sessions
At the Amputee Coalition, we advocate for the limb loss community on policy issues and also encourage and empower amputees to advocate for themselves. The Amputee Coalition works on a variety of issues, including adequate insurance coverage for prosthetic devices, Medicare and Medicaid, funding for research and programs that help the limb loss community, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, Social Security disability benefits, veterans’ issues and reasonable travel procedures for amputees, among others.
Jeff Barbour, CPA is a partner in the Roanoke office of Brown, Edwards. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2003 with a Master of Accountancy specializing in taxation. He graduated summa cum laude in 2002 from Averett University, in Danville, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.
He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia, and is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Jeff is also active in the Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council and the Ferrum College Estate Planning Council.
Federal and State Tax Credits and Incentives for Small Business Owners