Webinars
Fearon & Levine Webinars are 90-minute seminars delivered via the Internet, designed to provide efficient and cost effective educational experiences for you and your staff in the comfort and convenience of your clinic, facility or home. These live, interactive presentations connect professional and administrative staff directly to the nation's leading experts in the areas of documentation, coding, billing, regulatory compliance, and practice management for physical therapy services. Whether one of our regularly scheduled Webinars, published here on our site, or one individualized and privately provided to meet the specific needs of your practice or facility, these presentations allow you to view and learn about critical compliance issues and ask questions and receive accurate, source-verified answers directly from the experts.

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Audit Insurance: How Investing in an Effective Compliance Plan Can Prevent Post-Audit Economic Stress/Destruction for Physical Therapy Practices
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Speakers: Katherine Karker-Jennings JD MS and Stephen Levine PT DPT MSHA FAPTA
Recorded On: 5/22/2014

Summary: CMS has a wide-ranging array of audits available to them, many of which focus on outpatient therapy practices, and these audits can entail pre-payment or post-payment reviews that can be financially toxic for therapy providers. To be effective, Compliance Plans must be tailored to the individual practice, and should provide legal protections that can't be obtained out of a box or from generic Plans available for free on the Internet. An effective Compliance Plan, when drafted by an attorney specializing in Medicare, allows the provider/supplier to rest easier knowing that it will essentially be like buying insurance against a future substantial government determined overpayment.
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Ready, Set...Go! Successful Transition to ICD-10
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Speakers: Rhea Cohn, PT, DPT and Helene Fearon, PT, FAPTA
Recorded On: 3/25/2014

Summary: This webinar is a follow-up to two previous Fearon & Levine webinars on ICD-10. Providers should now be entering the middle stages of preparation for ICD-10, which includes education of staff, finalizing modifications of internal processes, and testing with external stakeholders. Documentation will need to be more specific so that it aligns with the more granular ICD-10 code descriptors. Internal preparatory audits will be a useful tool to identify documentation deficiencies that will need to be addressed prior to October 1, 2014.
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PQRS 2014 Updates: How to Ensure Success
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Speakers: Heather Smith, PT, MPH, Program Director of Quality for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Recorded On: 3/4/2014

Summary: Physical therapists and occupational therapists who bill Medicare for outpatient physical services in private practice settings (using the 1500 claim form or 837-P) can obtain a 0.5% bonus payment in 2014 if they report on quality measures under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Eligible professionals, including physical and occupational therapists, that do not satisfactorily report data on quality measures for the January 1, 2014-December 31, 2014 reporting period, will be subject to the 2.0% adjustment in their fee schedule amount in 2016.
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Key to Private Practice Success: The Cost of Doing Business - Financial Essentials for Physical Therapists
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Speakers: Hank Balavender PT, CBI and Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA
Recorded On: 2/11/2014

Summary: This webinar provides an overview of the basic financial statements necessary for healthy practice management, and reviews the concepts of fixed, variable, semi-fixed, and semi-variable costs as they relate to determining your clinic/facility cost per visit and the opportunity to predict the financial impact of contracting decisions made by therapists. In addition, the importance of establishing a budget and financial metrics that will enhance practice value and performance will be presented. 
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Speech-Language Pathologists Say Goodbye to CPT 92506 and Hello to 4 New Evaluation Procedure Codes
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Speakers: Dee Adams Nikjeh, Ph.D, CCC-SLP
Recorded On: 12/9/2013

Summary: This webinar presented by Dee Adams Nikjeh, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, will present the history and rationale behind these new procedure codes and will discuss how these codes may be most appropriately used in place of CPT 92506.
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ICD-10: Plan For a Successful Transition
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Speakers: Rhea Cohn, PT, DPT
Recorded On: 10/29/2013

Summary: This 90 minute webinar is an update of Fearon & Levine's previous ICD-10 webinar held in April 2013. This webinar will provide an update of the current state of transition to ICD-10 in the industry, review expanded descriptions of ICD-10, discuss examples of typical Outpatient physical therapy patient scenarios and how to locate appropriate ICD-10 codes and provide multiple practice management resources to facilitate successful implementation of ICD-10.
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HIPAA Compliance: Protecting You and Your Patient
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Speakers: Rhea Cohn, PT, DPT, Helene Fearon, PT, FAPTA and Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA
Recorded On: 5/14/2013

Summary: This webinar will review the important aspects of HIPAA's privacy and security rules and the practice implications pertaining to HIPAA. Practice vulnerabilities will be identified and tips and strategies will be provided so that providers can update their current policies and procedures and internal processes related to HIPAA compliance.
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ICD-10: Making a Successful Transition
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Speakers: Rhea Cohn, PT, DPT, Helene Fearon, PT, FAPTA and Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA
Recorded On: 4/9/2013

Summary: This webinar will describe ICD-10 and how it differs from ICD-9, and discuss practice strategies needed to be successful in preparations for implementation of ICD-10.
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2013 Medicare Changes for Speech-Language Pathology: Billing, Coding, and Documentation
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Speakers: Dee Adams Nikjeh, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Helene Fearon, PT, FAPTA, and Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA
Recorded On: 3/13/2013

Summary: The final rule for the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contains critical information for speech-language pathologists who provide services to Medicare Part B beneficiaries. This webinar will address key issues as they relate to speech-language pathology.
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Policy Pandemonium: Medicare Part B and Therapy Services Reporting Functional Limitations
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Speakers: Helene Fearon, PT, FAPTA and Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA
Recorded On: 12/18/2012

Summary: On November 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Final Rule to inform providers regarding the 2013 Fee Schedule. This webinar will provide an overview of the key elements of the Final Rule and their impact on the provision, documentation, claims submission, and payment for therapy services under Medicare in 2013.
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Part 2: Making PQRS Work Effectively For Your Private Practice: Beyond Implementation
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Speakers: Heather Smith, PT, MPH, Program Director of Quality for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Recorded On: 11/6/2012

Summary: Part 2 in this webinar series will discuss important process considerations beyond the basics of participation, including the importance of auditing your success and accessing, understanding, and interpreting your annual feedback reports. Helpful tips including the most common provider pitfalls in failure to achieve reporting success will be provided, and the proposed changes to the PQRS system for CY2013 will be discussed.
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Part 1: Making PQRS Work Effectively For Your Private Practice: Getting Started
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Speakers: Heather Smith, PT, MPH, Program Director of Quality for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Recorded On: 9/25/2012

Summary: Part 1 of this series reviews the basics of the PQRS program, including the program's history and current reporting requirements, detailed review of the measure specifications and the current list of measures available to physical and occupational therapists, case studies will be utilized to provide examples to guide providers in reporting under this program.
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A Bold Change: An Alternative Payment System for Therapy Services
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Speakers: Helene M. Fearon, PT, and Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA
Recorded On: 3/1/2012

Summary: Learn how the environment has necessitated a transition from the current procedural and time-based codes to a one in which the clinical judgment and decision-making of the physical therapists is reflected in a coding structure, the current options being discussed and developed related to payment for the future, and how a transition to a new payment system will likely impact your practice.
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Protecting Against Audits: Defending Medical Necessity for Physical Therapy
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Speakers: Rhea Cohn, PT, DPT and Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA
Recorded On: 1/31/2012

Summary: This webinar provides critical information to help you assess whether you are appropriately justifying medical necessity in your documentation, the steps to take in the event of an audit, and the importance of developing a corrective action plan to address any insufficiencies that may be identified through a self-assessment process.
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Audit Alert! Keys To Protecting Yourself From New "Predictive Modeling" Audits
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Speakers: Helene Fearon, PT, Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA, and Katherine Karker-Jennings, Esq.
Recorded On: 9/28/2011

Summary: Learn critical information to help you assess your potential risk for these new predictive modeling audits, understand key compliance issues related to these areas of risk, how to respond these audits, including requests for information that accompany them, and the benefits of obtaining legal representation and expert advice under attorney/client privilege when appropriate.
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