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2015 Current Payment Trends in Private Practice: What’s Affecting YOUR Bottom Line
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2015 Current Payment Trends in Private Practice: What’s Affecting YOUR Bottom Line

When: 6/27/2015
8:30 AM
Where: Movement Performance Institute
8830 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  90045
United States
Presenter: Rick Katz, PT, DPT; Dennis Langton, PT; Leslie Torburn, PT, DPT
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782

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Course Description

This course will review current payment issues for physical therapist services in California. Topics will include Medicare Functional Limitation Reporting and PQRS compliance along with understanding the new Medicare Therapy Cap and Manual Review Process. We will also cover defensible documentation and include an overview of the upcoming changes with ICD-10, we will discuss issues related to discount network administrators, the ASH/Cigna transition and how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may affect you. The course includes an interactive question and answer session.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand how to comply with current Medicare billing, reporting and documentation requirements.
  2. Understand the impact of the ACA on the delivery of physical therapist services in California.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of current private payer payment issues and requirements.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the recent ASH/Cigna transition and utilization review process.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of payer resources to self-remedy future payment issues.


June 27th, 2015
8:30-9:00 am       Registration
9:00 am - Noon    Session
Noon -1:00 pm     Lunch (on your own)
1:00-4:00 pm        Session
4:00 pm                Evaluation and Adjourn


Rick Katz, PT, DPT has 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 E.I.M. Institute in 2013. He is currently a faculty member at CSUN. He currently serves as the Chairperson for the CPTA’s Payment Policy Committee, member of the Finance Committee and is a past CPTA Board of Directors member. He chairs the APTA Private Practice Section’s ACO task force. He is the recipient of the CPTA’s James McKillip Leadership Award and the Charles Magistro Service Award. Rick is the President of Adient Physical Therapy which owns and operates PT facilities in 4 western states. Rick enjoys the combination of patient care, management and teaching along with his volunteer work with the APTA.

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 presented over 30 post graduate research papers and taught over 100 post-graduate professional courses, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of orthopedics, manual therapy, orthotics and prevention education. He is presently a consultant in head, neck, and facial pain to the Clinical Research Foundation, and an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California. Mr. Langton is co-author of a functional anatomy text on the head, neck and temporomandibular joint and contributing author on two textbooks on evaluation and treatment of CMD. 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 Chapter Board of the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) and is Finance Officer and liaison to the CPTA Payment Policy Committee.

Leslie Torburn, PT, DPT is a graduate of University of Southern California. Her professional career includes a broad range of clinical and research experience spanning over 30 years. In addition to consulting work, she is a member of the Motion Analysis Laboratory teams at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford Medical Center, and at Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California. For the last 15 years, her consulting work has focused on workers compensation. She currently provides work-site ergonomic evaluations and return-to-work services for numerous employers. She gained insight on the payer-side of health care with over 10 years of providing utilization review at a leading workers compensation carrier. As a member of the Medical Evidence Evaluation Advisory Committee (MEEAC) of the California Division of Workers Compensation, she is actively involved in the assessment of guidelines developed for adoption in care of workers with injuries, with an emphasis on evidence based medicine.


6.0 contact hours or 0.6 CEUs (approval pending)

Instruction Level


Target Audience

PTs, PTAs, Students, Billing Managers, Coding Clerks, and Private Practice Owners.


Registration received by June 13, 2015
$125 APTA members
$200 Non-members

Add $100 for late registration.


All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after June 13, 2015.

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