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Positioning Your Physical Therapy Practice in the 2018 Payment Environment
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Positioning Your Physical Therapy Practice in the 2018 Payment Environment

When: May 12, 2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare
255 E Bonita Avenue
Pomona, CA  91769
United States
Presenter: Rick Katz, PT, DPT; Mitch Kaye, PT; Dennis Langton, PT; Dave Powers, PT, DPT, MA, MBA
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 x105

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Course Description

With the increased number of changes by Medicare, it is important for private practices and outpatient hospital providers to ensure they comply with current federal and state laws, regulations and clinical payment policies. Find out important information about commercial and Federal fee-for-service payment polices, defensible documentation, 2018 Medicare requirements, and Cash-Pay rules, Value-based payment rules that apply to physical therapist services in 2018-2019 and beyond. During the Q&A session following the presentations, you may ask your questions that vary across all outpatient settings directly with our expert. This is a course you can’t afford to miss.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Review the minimum documentation requirements as defined by laws and regulations.
  • Review supervision requirements for PTAs, PT aides, students/interns, and license applicants.
  • Understand the components important for legal, ethical, and defensible documentation.
  • Understand the critical components for documenting patient complexity in the initial evaluation 
  • Understand how the mis-valued codes were evaluated and the current formulas
  • More accurately use and document established CPT codes for the services they provide
  • Become prepared for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
  • Understand the 2018 Medicare changes
  • Review Medicare requirements that were not changed for 2018 including the use of the ABN form, manual claims review process and the use of billing modifiers
  • Understand the impact of proposed regulatory and legislative initiatives in CA
  • Gain insight into changes in healthcare delivery and payment trends


Rick Katz, PT, DPT received a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 1979 and obtained his Physical Therapy certification from a combined program at CSUN and UCLA in 1980. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from CSUN in 1985 and his DPT from Evidence In Motion Institute in 2013. Rick worked as a Physical Therapist in both hospital and outpatient settings where he developed programs for Cardiac, Pulmonary and Stroke patients. He is currently a faculty member at CSUN. He is a frequent guest lecturer at various Physical Therapy Programs throughout Southern California.

Rick has held numerous elected and appointed positions at the national, state and local levels. Elected to the CPTA Board in 2017, Rick currently serves as Chairperson for CPTA’s Payment Policy Committee, is Board liaison to the CPTA Government Affairs Committee, and serves on the CPTA Finance Committee. He Chairs the APTA Private Practice Section’s Vertical Integration Task Force and continues to serve as the Treasurer of California Private Practice Group, a Special Interest Group of the CPTA.

Rick is a Vice President with ATI Physical Therapy where he works as a Vice President of Operations and Payer Contracting for the western region. He also continues to serve as a Practice Expert for the Physical Therapy Licensing Board of California.

Mitch Kaye, PT is a graduate of the University of Southern California Physical Therapy program. Mitch has severed as the Director of Quality Assurance for PTPN, a national network of private practices, for the past 14 years. Mitch’s 28 years of clinical practice experience included working in acute care, outpatient and private practice settings. He also served as a full-time Medicare Consultant.

Current Association activities include severing on both the CPTA Payment Policy Committee as well as on the CPTA Quality Practice Committee, he is an Assembly Representative for Greater Los Angeles District.

Dennis Langton, PT received his B.S. degree in Health Education and Physical Therapy in 1973 from the University of Utah. His post graduate studies include a wide variety of advanced clinical courses in the areas of Manual Therapy, Sports Medicine, Neurology, Craniomandibular Disorders, and Work Rehabilitation. Mr. Langton has taught over 100 post-graduate professional courses, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of orthopedics, manual therapy, orthotics and prevention education.

He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Orthopedic, Private Practice, Aquatics, Geriatrics, Women's Health and Health Policy and Administration sections and is a Trustee of APTA-PAC. He currently serves on the CPTA Payment Policy Committee.

David Powers, PT, DPT, MA, MBA has been a Physical Therapist for more than 38 years. He has a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Arizona School of Health Sciences. He also has graduate degrees in both Management and Business. He has extensive experience and training in management and leadership, yet has maintained his hands on clinical skills throughout his professional career. Dave is presently the owner and Chief Executive Officer for Camarillo Aquatics and Rehabilitation Services, in Camarillo California and Center for Health Enhancement in Pacific Palisades California. His clinics provide physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology. His comprehensive rehabilitation programs cover services for pediatrics to geriatrics. He has integrated wellness and fitness programs into his clinics. Dave has stayed actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association and the rehab community, holding local, state and national offices. He continues to help move the profession forward in an ever changing healthcare environment.


Course Schedule

8:30 am - 9:00 am  Registration
9:00 am - 1:00 pm  Program


Approved for 4.0 contact hours or 0.4 CEUs


Target Audience

PTs, PTAs, and PT/PTA Students.


Registration Fees

Registration received before May 5, 2018
$100 APTA members
$160 Non-members

Add $50 for late registration.
No on-site registration permitted



All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 7 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after May 5, 2018.



Free surface parking



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