Therapy and Nursing Collaboration: Enhancing Communication to Achieve Quality Outcomes - On-Demand

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Therapy and Nursing Collaboration: Enhancing Communication to Achieve Quality Outcomes - On-Demand

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Available ON-DEMAND

Presented on:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Presented by:
Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT

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With the upcoming proposed reform to the prospective payment system (PPS), aligning resident documentation across multiple disciplines will drive reimbursement more than ever. Promoting collaboration between your facility’s nursing and therapy departments is not enough; each facility must have specific policies, procedures, and effective communication strategies in place to avoid an audit and improve resident-centered care.

This three-hour virtual workshop offers nurses and therapists an opportunity to learn together and participate in interactive exercises based on carefully chosen case studies that highlight common hurdles in achieving interdepartmental collaboration. These activities will be followed by guidance, expertise, and commentary from our industry experts — in real time.

Speakers Liz Barlow, BSN, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, and Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT, will use their own experiences on the floor to help participants understand the everyday challenges of aligning resident documentation across disciplines to optimize reimbursement and provide resident-centered care. Listeners will also have an opportunity to submit questions throughout the program so Barlow and Kinder can provide on-the-spot education and feedback.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Apply communication strategies to achieve collaboration between therapy and nursing teams for resident-centered care
  • Clarify methods for promoting consistent and quality documentation practices across the interdisciplinary team
  • Explain why collaboration between therapy and nursing teams is imperative with the advent of multiple quality reporting measures (i.e., new QMs through the Five-Star Quality Rating System, the Quality Reporting Program, and the Value-Based Purchasing program) and why functional outcomes and measures are vital to the success of a facility

Who Should Listen?

  • Nurses
  • Therapists
  • MDS coordinators
  • Administrators
  • Social services


Part 1: Purposeful Partnerships and Methods to Promote Communication

  • Medicare daily meeting
    • Changing the culture of communication among team members
    • Guidance on meeting structure, including sharing of tools
    • How to establish the right culture, maintain it, and translate it to quality of care
  • Case study and exercise Part 1: Resident care

Part 2:
The Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Process

  • Maintaining collaboration throughout the RAI process
    • Explaining each department’s role in the RAI process
    • Breaking down the jargon and language across disciplines, including therapy and nursing
    • Collaboration between disciplines for MDS, Care Area Assessments, and care plans
  • Case study and exercise Part 2: Sections B, C, G, K, I, and GG

Collaboration Part 3:
Payment Reform, Quality, and Survey

  • Expanded guidance for proper documentation and collaboration on:
    • Potential impacts of PPS reform
    • The new survey process and updated Critical Element Pathways
    • Achieving quality outcomes (Value-Based Purchasing program, Quality Reporting Program, Five-Star Quality Rating System)
  • Case study and exercise Part 3: Preparing for the shift from PPS to proposed RCS-I


  • Daily Medicare Meeting Outline
  • Preadmission Checklist
  • Resident Services Meeting Record

Meet the Speakers

Liz Barlow

Liz Barlow, BSN, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, senior director of quality at RehabCare, is a Certified Rehab Nurse with over 25 years in long-term care. She started her nursing career in cardiac care and acute care rehab and soon found out that postacute care was her passion. She has worked in a variety of long-term care roles, including director of case management and national director of quality; from a therapy perspective, she has worked as a rehab director and vice president of clinical services. Her current role involves leading a team of therapists who educate and train on quality outcomes and care throughout the country in SNF therapy departments.

Barlow has presented at many professional organization conferences on LTC nursing and therapy topics. She currently serves on the Kentucky Board for Multiple Sclerosis and just completed a term with the Western Kentucky University Health and Human Services Board of Stakeholders.

Renee Kinder

Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT, is a speech-language pathologist and currently serves as director of clinical education for Encore Rehabilitation, where she oversees education and training programs for interdisciplinary team members related to Medicare regulations and evidence-based, interprofessional clinical programming. She recently served as a member of the CMS Technical Expert Panel aimed at PPS reform, resulting in the ANPRM for RCS-I.

Kinder is a member of the HCPro Editorial Advisory Board for PPS Alert for Long-Term Care and is the author of McKnight's Rehab Realitiesblog. She is a community faculty member for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)’s Healthcare and Economics Committee, where she serves as the RUC Alternate Advisor to the AMA's Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee. Additionally, Kinder maintains active membership in ASHA’s special interest groups for swallowing, neurology, and gerontology and currently serves as professional development manager for gerontology.

Webinar system requirements and program materials: 
To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version is now available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $299 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $299 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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