January 29, 2020 | Abby Jackson

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Three Tips to Planning Your Time at CSM 2020

Are you ready to kick off the new decade at APTA’s 2020 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), February 12-15 in Denver, Colorado? As the largest physical therapy (PT) conference in the country, APTA brings together clinicians, directors, staff and other rehab leaders from across the country to hear from innovative thinkers, share best practices and learn about the latest PT developments. It’s a fantastic opportunity that I encourage everyone to consider.  Whether you’re new to CSM or an experienced CSM attendee, here are three tips to help you make the most of your time:

1. Create a “Top Sessions List”

With so many great sessions on the agenda, now is the time to start planning which ones will be on your “must-see” list. This will help you to prioritize topics and get the most out of your experience.  I’ve compiled my picks for the top five sessions to attend—check them out below. From care strategies to changes in therapy reimbursement to clinician burnout, these are my “not to be missed” sessions. What are yours?  Visit the CSM website to review the program and build your schedule now.

2. Schedule Professional Meetings

CMS is not just about education, it’s also about networking. I always look forward to running into old colleagues and making new connections. While some of your interactions will be spontaneous, others need to be planned in advance. CSM gathers the best and brightest in our industry—so it’s the perfect place to forge new professional relationships and career opportunities. Is there someone you’d like to meet? Don’t leave that up to chance; reach out and schedule a meeting today.

3. Sign Up for Fun

 While that may sound counter-intuitive, the best social hours and events tend to fill up fast. There are a number of activities being planned at the show, so find out which ones you want to be at and register early. Of course, we recommend that you join our Valentine’s Day Mixer on Friday, Feb. 14th. FOTO®, ReDoc®, and BuildPT have joined up to show our love and appreciation for the hard work you do every day as rehab leaders and clinicians. The party is just minutes away from the convention center at the restaurant Tamayo, starting at 7 pm, for dinner and drinks. Click here to register.

I hope to see you all there in a few weeks…and be sure you stop by ReDoc booth #1721 and FOTO booth #1627 to say hello!


My Top Sessions to Attend at CSM

PP-2491: Getting Paid for Physical Therapist Services: Documentation, CPT Coding, Billing, and Payment.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 8:00am – 5:00pm

Why attend – This session will provide valuable information, like updating us on the ongoing changes in therapy reimbursements. It’s vital for therapists to have an awareness of CPT coding, how their documentation should support their billing and the modifiers required for specific
billing scenarios.

HP-2793: Health System Current Topics, Strategies, and Innovations.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 8:00am – 5:00pm

Why attend – Understanding the management of resources, outcomes, and relevant costs for target populations is crucial in today’s rehab industry. Learn to spot early changes in your health system and utilize the knowledge to adjust your strategies for providing the best care for our clients, patients, and payors.

PP-2501: Optimizing Job Satisfaction for All: It’s a 2-Way Street
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 8:00am – 10:00am

Why attend – Clinician burnout in healthcare is a common issue. Tackling the issue of burnout is a two-way street; this session will cover both the provider aspect and management’s leadership aspect. It will be beneficial in helping us, as leaders, to understand our people and make sure we surround ourselves with good team members and provide the team with all they need. As practitioners, you need to be aware of the things to look for when exploring a new opportunity, making sure the setting will help you on your career path and provide job satisfaction.

OR-2684: Demonstrating Value: Using Clinical Data and Databases to Improve Outcomes for Patients and the Population
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Why attend – As the industry moves towards a pay for performance setting, the outcomes obtained are going to be huge. It is important for us to demonstrate the value of the services provided. This will be an excellent session to help us do just that.

HP-2595: LAMP Catalyst “TED Style” Talks: Shared Lessons on Leading Within and Leading Others
Friday, February 14, 2020 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Why attend – In any career path, it’s important to learn from others. During this session, we’ll hear from several leaders from across our industry. They will share personal stories, experiences and lessons learned. I am excited to listen in as the “TED-style” talks are always infused with great inspiration.

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