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Treating in the Gray Zone: Post-Acute Care Considerations
Presented by Melissa Collier, MS, CCC-SLP, CHC, CDP
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Course: #10066Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course helps post-acute care clinicians better understand how to approach treatment when things aren’t black and white. It addresses scenarios such as geriatric frailty/weight loss and diet modification, the paradigm shift to a patient-choice model, legal considerations regarding diet waivers, and the care plan process. The SLP's role on the post-acute interdisciplinary team is also discussed.

Post-concussive Syndrome
Presented by Erin O. Mattingly, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS
VideoAudio
Course: #10057Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course describes post-concussive syndrome, including etiology, predictors, and common symptoms. Differential diagnosis and treatment considerations are also addressed.

Building Your Case for Medical Necessity: The Nuts and Bolts of Skilled Therapy Documentation
Presented by Melissa Collier, MS, CCC-SLP, CHC, CDP
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Course: #9839Level: Introductory1.5 Hour
This course provides participants with an understanding of documentation requirements in a post-acute setting, including Medicare regulations and guidelines. It identifies why speech therapy services are denied and ways to mitigate the denial of skilled services, and describes how to document medical necessity.

Brain Health Basics: Strategies for SLPs to Support Healthy Aging for Adult Patients
Presented by Megan L. Malone, MA, CCC-SLP, Jennifer Loehr, MA, CCC-SLP
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Course: #9785Level: Introductory1 Hour
This Back to Basics course focuses on the preventative aspect of improving brain health with adult patients, with emphasis on elements that SLPs can target during instruction or counseling aspects of patient treatment and caregiver support. Additional information is provided on advocacy for these services and community outreach to organizations working with older adults.

Best Practice for Assessment and Treatment of Bilingual Aphasia
Presented by Maria Muñoz, PhD, CCC-SLP
Video
Course: #9759Level: Intermediate1.5 Hour
This course focuses on best practice in the assessment and treatment of bilingual aphasia by speech-language pathologists. Recommended practices are contrasted against common mistakes made by clinicians working with bilingual patients with aphasia. Implementation of best practices are modeled through case studies.

Dysphagia in Neurodegenerative Disease
Presented by Debra M. Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
VideoAudio
Course: #9732Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Dysphagia is common in individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson’s disease. This course discusses the underlying pathophysiology and appropriate treatment programs for each disease, as well as use of alternate methods of nutrition/hydration.

Evaluation of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Presented by Erin O. Mattingly, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS
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Course: #9717Level: Introductory1 Hour
This is Part 1 of a two-part series. This course focuses on functional evaluation of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) across the treatment continuum, from acute care to outpatient care to sideline assessment. Symptom identification is discussed, as well as benefits and limitations of both formal and informal assessment tools.

Gold-Standard Documentation Strategies: Medicare and PDPM SNF Documentation
Presented by Lorelei O'Hara, M.A., CCC-SLP
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Course: #9673Level: Intermediate1.5 Hour
Scrutiny is the name of the game in skilled nursing facility (SNF) clinical service delivery. This course discusses how to create bullet-proof documentation using appropriate language and coding for Medicare Part A and B claims, and how to support the interdisciplinary team with iron-clad support for patient-driven payment model (PDPM) payment components, including cognitive and mood assessment tools.

Decision Making for Alternate Nutrition and Hydration - Part 1
Presented by Denise Dougherty, MA, SLP
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Course: #9581Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This is Part 1 of a two-part series about alternate nutrition and hydration (ANH). This course reviews patient and family concerns that impact the ANH decision-making process, including religious beliefs and culture. Advance directives are discussed and and resources for patients/families are provided.

Social Isolation and COVID-19 Cognitive Decline: From Zero to Hero!
Presented by Amber B. Heape, ClinScD, CCC-SLP, FNAP, CMD, CMDCP
VideoAudio
Course: #9514Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Social distancing and isolation associated with the COVID-10 pandemic have begun to take a toll on patients in residential settings, but SLPs can help mitigate the long-term consequences. This course will discuss the risk factors for and effects of isolation, as well as potential strategies to prevent or reverse pandemic-related cognitive decline.

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