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2019 Therapy Conference


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March 5, 2019
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
Lewis Center, Ohio (near Columbus)

The 2019 Therapy Conference welcomes senior living therapists from around the state for a day of intense education. You will gain new perspectives on issues that drive your everyday work. The event is structured to combine networking and education on the hard topics that are confronting the senior care industry. The conference addresses issues facing all aspects of therapy, but is pertinent to the whole range of long term supports and services professionals. Engage with experts while keeping current in an ever-evolving profession. Return home with new knowledge, polished skills and fresh perspective about how to advance excellence in senior living.

Conference Location:

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, OH 43035.
Each participant is responsible for h
is/her own lodging and dinner arrangements. We encourage you to make your hotel reservations as early as possible.
A limited number of rooms are available for OHCA guests at a reduced rate. Mention you are attending an event by OHCA for the group rate. The hotel may have additional rooms available once all of the OHCA rooms are gone, but they may not be at the special rate.

Every room and suite includes complimentary wireless Internet access, VOIP Telephone with speakerphone and voicemail, pillow-top mattress, refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee makers. Free parking is available at the Conference Center.

Reservations can be made by calling (614) 880-4300 or via the hotel website at

Conference Schedule

8:30 am Check In & Continental Breakfast

Take this time to pick up your conference materials, catch up with colleagues and enjoy coffee and pastries.

9:00 am ? 12:30 pm ? Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM)

The countdown to PDPM?October 1, 2019?has begun. PDPM?Patient Driven Patient Model?is an entirely new payment model for all Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Medicare Part A payments. The new model completely transforms Medicare Part A payments! SNFs across the nation are actively developing PDPM transition plans to ensure there will be minimal disruption to cash flow, limited claim denials, and avoid major workflow disruptions. PDPM will have potential far-reaching implications affecting numerous aspects of SNFs including revenue flow, reimbursement, compliance, billing, software, quality data outcomes and THERAPY SERVICES.

That?s why a significant portion of this year?s Conference will focus on PDPM. OHCA?s Regulatory Director Mandy Smith, LNHA, PTA, will kick off the session with an overview of the new system explaining the five rate components, group methodology, rate tapering and what assessments will be required.

Next, Shane Craycraft, NHA, RN, a favorite conference speaker, will join Mandy as they discuss areas of high impact on the MDS, setting the diagnosis, and bringing nursing back into the skilled nursing facility. They will also share about the increased role of the IDT in managing PDPM.

Cindy Gensamer, HSE will wrap up the session by discussing how therapy will be affected by these changes and how to continue to be successful. Useful tips on determining appropriate levels of therapy and the PT/OT/ST Component will be shared. Cindy will also discuss the benefits and concerns with utilizing group and concurrent therapy services as well as how each therapy component of the daily per diem rate will be established. Lastly, you will receive practical methods to prepare for PDPM and how to prepare from a therapy perspective

Presented by: Mandy Smith, LNHA, LPTA, WCC, RAC-CT, CEAL, LMT, OHCA Regulatory Director; Shane Craycraft, LNHA, RN, Health Care Management Group; Cindy Gensamer, LNHA, MBA - Vice President of Absolute Rehabilitation & Consulting Services, Inc.

12:30 ? 1:15 pm ? Networking Luncheon (included in your registration fee)
After a morning of learning about PDPM, take this time to relax with your peers and enjoy a complimentary luncheon.

1:15 ?2:15 pm ? State and National Regulatory Update

In the past year there have been a myriad of changes in both state and federal regulations. There also continues to be an increased number of immediate jeopardies cited. We will review top survey citations, immediate jeopardy trends, Ohio survey issues, and the expected CMS changes.

Presented by: Mandy Smith, LNHA, LPTA, WCC, RAC-CT, CEAL, LMT, OHCA Regulatory Director; Shane Craycraft, LNHA, RN, Health Care Management Group

2:15 ? 2:30 pm ? Networking Break

2:30 ? 3:30 pm Dementia and Therapy

Nearly all residents with dementia have signs of depression, and therapists should be aware of the signs, symptoms and treatment options available. Identifying residents with depression will play a key role in PDPM. Join Joshua Cox and Jeenna Anness as they describe the progression of dementia and the impact on function at each stage as well as sharing strategies and programs that will enhance the quality of life for people with dementia.

Presented by: Joshua B. Cox, COTA/L and Jeena Anness, MEd. CCC/SLP

3:30 pm Adjourn
Jeena Anness, MEd. CCC/SLP, Regional Director of Operations

Jeena Anness graduated from the University of Toledo in 1996 with a Master?s Degree in Speech/Language Pathology. She has over 20 years experience in Geriatrics, specializing in Dysphagia, Dementia Rehabilitation, voice disorders, speech sound production and communication. Jeena has significant work experience in both clinical and operational management including MDS, CMI, Reimbursement, Programming, Compliance and Operational Analyses. Jeena started as a staff speech therapist in skilled nursing facilities throughout Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania in 1996 with RehabWorks. She has served patients with multiple diagnoses and disorders including, but not limited to, stroke, Parkinson?s disease, Alzheimer?s, vocal cord paralysis, multiple sclerosis, oral and laryngeal cancer, Huntington?s disease, and traumatic brain injury. She has also trained patients to eat and speak during and following trach placement/removal. In 2001, she joined the Premier Therapy team as a staff therapist. She began managing at the facility level in 2002 and moved in multiple facility management in 2007. Jeena is qualified to teach this course due to her significant clinical and management experience throughout her 20+ years in Skilled Nursing. She understands the significance of Dementia training with patients, staff and family members. Starting with a thorough case history, dementia programming can be tailored to meet the needs of any patient and lead to successful and meaningful quality of life.

Joshua B. Cox, COTA/L

Graduate of Kent State University with 8 years of experience in occupational therapy and six years of combined experience in outpatient, facility, and corporate management. Josh has been with Premier since March of 2014 and has served in various positions including Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Facility Rehabilitation Director, and Area Director. Additional certifications and training include being a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Fieldwork Educator, Certified in the Interactive Metronome System, a Beckman Oral Motor Trained Therapist, advance training in behavioral intervention techniques, and Perspective Payment Systems (PPS) in Skilled Nursing Facilities. He has presented at the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association?s annual Midyear Conference, at local universities, clinics, and schools. Josh has served for over two years as a committee member with The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, on both the Certification Development and Validation Committee and on the Certification Examination Standard Setting Committee.

Shane Craycraft, Corporate Director of Clinical Services, RN, BSN, LNHA

Shane Craycraft is the Corporate Director of Clinical Service for the Health Care Management Group. He is a Registered Nurse, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has been in the long-term care profession for 22 years. Shane has been very active in the Ohio and American Health Care Associations. He has served as an Ohio Board Member, the Chairman of the Regulatory Committee, Chairman of the Quality Committee, member of the AHCA Quality Improvement Committee and is a Chairman's Award recipient. In addition, he has worked with government agencies and served on the Board of the Person Centered Care Coalition.

Cindy Gensamer, LNHA, MBA - Vice President of Absolute Rehabilitation & Consulting Services, Inc.

A MBA graduate of Malone University, Cindy Gensamer serves as the Vice President of Absolute Rehabilitation & Consulting Services, Inc. Cindy currently serves as a Board Member for Ohio BELTSS (Board of Executives of Long Term Services & Supports). She is on the NHA Advisory Committee at Kent State University. She is a HSE (Health Services Executive) and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Cindy is also certified in the MDS process and is a Certified Eden Alternative Associate. During Cindy?s tenure in the rehabilitation business she has become an expert in areas related to fiscal responsibility, clinical expertise, regulatory compliance, and managing successful rehab departments. She presents on various topics related to rehabilitation in many different forums throughout the country. Cindy is a member of PHCA, OHCA, AHCA, Leading Age Ohio, Leading Age PA, Eldercare Professionals of Ohio, The International Society of Virtual Rehabilitation, The Coalition for Person Centered Care, Executives in Long Term Care, and Licensed Nursing Home Administrators of America.

Mandy Smith CEAL, LNHA, LMT, LPTA, RAC-CT, WCC ? Regulatory Director OHCA

Mandy has 20 years of experience in the long-term care industry. Starting her career out in the physical therapy field when PPS was implemented, Mandy quickly realized the importance of case-mix scores and the MDS. She became certified as a Resident Assessment Coordinator through the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators to better understand the MDS, Case Mix, Quality Measures, and nursing?s role in the long-term care environment. Having been in management for years she felt the need to further her career potential and began educating fellow providers through her company and associations. Mandy received her license as a Nursing Home Administrator after a 6 month Administrator in Training (AIT) internship which allowed her to experience all of the areas of nursing home management and care. She is also a Certified Executive for Assisted Living (CEAL) and is Wound Care Certified (WCC) through the Wound Care Education Institute. Mandy has been the Regulatory Director with Ohio Health Care Association since 2010. OHCA is comprised of around 1000 nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and ICF/ID facilities including waiver providers which represent over 300 associate members. Mandy oversees assisted living, Regulatory, and Council of Nurses Committees along with MDS and case mix specific issues. She assists providers and associate members with the survey, regulatory, clinical, and operational issues. She advocates for providers through state agencies and national association affiliations. She is an educational resource for conferences and a daily resource for providers.

Continuing Education Credit:

5 hours of credit have been requested for the following groups. For final approval status, please contact the OHCA office at 614/436-4154 or refer to the website at

Occupational Therapist: Application has been submitted to the Occupational Therapy Section of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board.

Physical Therapists: Application has been approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA).
This program has been approved for 5 hours of continuing education credit for the following

Ohio Licensed Administrators: The Ohio Health Care Association is an approved provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Board of Executives of Long Term Care Services and Supports (BELTSS). Administrators can earn 5 hours.

*Nurses please note any continuing education that has been approved by BELTSS (or any other accredited body) can be accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing in the State of Ohio. Nurses may use this continuing education to meet their licensure requirements. Please refer to OBN continuing education rules 4723-14-01 thru 4723-14-19.

Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology - Meets Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology education standards as stated in ORC 4753-4-01-B-2: Continuing education hours may be earned in the following continuing education experiences... Any activity approved for continuing education hours in related disciplines by any licensure board of the state of Ohio or any other state.

Membership is by facility or company. Please check with your administrator to see if the facility you work within is a member.

OHCA Members:
prior to February 19 $125
February 19and after $150

Non Members:
prior to February 19 $195
February 19 and after $225

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