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Make plans to join us for this full day of PDPM prep training in Fort Worth!

When: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Trinity Terrace | Meeting Room: Longhorn Auditorium
1600 Texas St
Fort Worth, Texas  76102
United States
Contact: Dorothy Ferrick
(512) 467-2242

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PDPM: All-Call & Cross Check

Prepare. Position. Provide.

August 28  Trinity Terrace • Fort Worth

This day-long intensive is designed to ensure attendees are properly prepared and positioned to provide care in a better way under the upcoming Skilled Nursing Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) effective October 1, 2019. Through a deeper understanding of the critical elements of the MDS, attendees will learn critical implementation strategies to ensure the ability to capture accurate and audit-proof reimbursement.


Sessions will cover the fundamental elements of the PDPM case-mix components, including:

  • the importance of medical diagnosis selection
  • ICD-10 coding
  • the importance of comprehensive interprofessional assessments
  • and accurate capture of resident characteristics on the MDS 3.0. 

After this event, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the six components of the PDPM (Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), Non-Therapy Ancillary (NTA), Nursing, and Non Case-Mix Payment), understand Case-Mix calculation and key MDS assessment changes.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the link between Medical Diagnosis/ICD-10-CM code selection, section I and section J of the MDS in order to ensure accurate and audit-proof reimbursement.
  • Outline an effective PDPM strategic implementation timeline for their community.
  • Identify metrics to track and proactively manage therapy outcomes, quality measures and hospital readmissions. 

Target Audience:

  • Staff of SNF providers; especially:
    • business office managers
    • MDS nurses
    • nurse leadership
    • restorative nurses
    • senior management
    • therapy managers


WEDNESDAY, AUG 28: Trinity Terrace | Meeting Room: Longhorn Auditorium | Fort Worth

8:30 - 9:00 am

Arrival and Check-In

9:00 - 9:15 am

Speaker Introductions

9:15 - 10:15 am

PDPM System

10:15 - 10:45 am

MDS Assessments under PDPM

10:45 - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Medical Diagnoses and ICD-10 Coding and Audit Risks

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Break for Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 pm

PDPM Implementation

2:30 - 2:45 pm


2:45 - 3:00 pm


3:00 - 3:15 pm


3:15 - 3:30 pm

Q&A / Closing



Melissa Ward, PT, MS, RAC-CT, VP of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, Functional Pathways

Melissa Ward has over 20 years of healthcare experience with most of her career devoted to improving care in the senior living community. She brings expertise in program development, maximizing functional outcomes, and ensuring appropriate reimbursement in adherence with state and federal regulatory guidelines. During her 5-year tenure with Functional Pathways, she has been instrumental in the development of best practices for effective and efficient care delivery within multiple alternative payment initiatives. Melissa also oversees the development and execution of Functional Pathways’ PDPM initiatives: PDPM Academy and PDPM Client Portal. Melissa is an active member of the National Association in Support of Long-Term Care (NASL) where she serves on the Medical Services Committee. She is also a Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Care (PAC) trainer and led the development and implementation of Functional Pathways’ holistic, cross-continuum memory care program: Pathways to Engagement.

Gina Tomcsik, LPTA, RAC-CT, CHSP, Director of Compliance and Regulatory Strategy, Functional Pathways

Gina Tomcsik has been working in the post-acute care setting for 28 years. She began her career in the nursing home industry as a rehab tech while studying nursing at the University of Akron 1988-1990 and prior to earning her Associate Degree and license as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Cuyahoga Community College in 1993. Gina has been with Functional Pathways for nine years and currently serves as the Director of Compliance and Regulatory Strategy for Functional Pathways. In this role, Gina oversees the management of the denial and appeals process, internal auditing and monitoring, compliance with regulatory changes and reimbursement in both the inpatient and outpatient therapy settings, and adherence to rehabilitation standards, regulations, and delivery of therapy care. Gina has strong professional skill in documentation compliance and auditing, strategic planning, and team building. Gina passionately provides education in the areas of therapy documentation, billing, and coding at state health care association conferences and has lectured to Health Information Specialists at The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference. Gina is active in the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) and has met with Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill in the repeal of the therapy caps among other Post-Acute Care interests. Gina is Certified as a HIPAA Security Professional (CHSP) and is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). She currently holds membership with The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC) and is certified in Resident Assessment Coordination (RAC-CT). Gina is currently in the process of obtaining certification in health care compliance.



Functional Pathways is a national contract therapy provider with over twenty-three years of experience serving senior living communities. They have spent the last seven years developing proprietary software systems and customized clinical programs that have positioned them to help clients navigate the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). As we transition into the new reimbursement model, they believe our continued focus on Outcomes, Innovation, and Relationships are key to continuing the delivery of therapy a better way.


Bring your team! 10% discount for groups of 3+ from the same campus!

  • $149: LeadingAge Texas Members
  • $199: Non-Members


  • Administrators: This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 4.75 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS—Approval #20200827-4.75-A59274-IN
  • Nurses: LeadingAge Texas is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver with distinction, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides up to 4.75 contact hours. [view disclosure to participants]


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LeadingAge Texas thanks our event host, Trinity Terrace & our lunch sponsor:

Interested in co-sponsoring the event? Contact Crystal Laza to discuss sponsorship!

Contact Dorothy Ferrick, Events & Registration Manager

Cancellation & Substitution Allowance

  • Substitutions may be made at any time for persons unable to attend. Substitution requests must be submitted via email to Dorothy Ferrick, Events & Registration Manager at LeadingAge Texas, no later than 48 hours prior to the conference.
  • Cancellations received on or before August 2, 2019 will be refunded the full price of registration less a $50 fee. Cancellations received after August 2 will be refunded 50% of the registration price. No refunds will be provided for cancellations after August 14, 2019. A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.