Defensible Documentation in the Acute Rehabilitation Setting

Description:  Healthcare reform is rapidly changing the landscape of reimbursement moving towards a value-based payment system. Clear and concise documentation is critical to payment. This 90-minute webinar is designed for clinicians to rethink how they document patient care to show value and progress specifically in the acute rehab setting. Additionally, this educational opportunity will provide clinicians with tools proven for defensible documentation. Lastly, therapists will be educated on the appeal process for therapy denials which includes examples of appeal/denial letters, key takeaways and lessons learned. 

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

  • Analyze patient presentation to formulate realistic functional goals, identify treatment effectiveness, and correctly modify therapeutic interventions.
  • Implement defensible clinical documentation that demonstrates need for multi-disciplinary skilled therapy and an inter-disciplinary team approach to care to the Acute Rehab setting.
  • Identify and choose appropriate CPT codes.
  • Review key points to provide supportive documentation for a patient’s Individualized Overall Plan of Care
  • Describe the different levels of appeal and what occurs at each level
  • Provide appropriate detail in documentation to support the denial/appeal process

Instructors: Patricia Scavuzzo, MS, CCC-SLP, Director of Rehabilitation Services, AMITA Health Adventist Medical Centers and Kari Maurelia, PT, MBA, Manager of Clinical Quality, AMITA Health Alexian Brothers, Rehabilitation Hospital/AMITA Health, Adventist LaGrange Medical Center
Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Occupational Therapy
    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 contact hour. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 3: Professional Issues – Legal, Legislative, & Regulatory Issues.

    Physical Therapy
    This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.5 contact hours. 

    Speech-Language Pathology

    This course is offered for 0.15 CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).


    Patricia Scavuzzo, MS, CCC-SLP
    Receives an honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
    No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

    Kari Maurelia, PT, MBA
    Receives an honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and a salary from Amita: Alexian Brothers Rehabilitation Hospital
    No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

    Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

    • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
    • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


    Online Learning Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists