Fall Conference 2018

October 2, 2018 - Pre-Conference

Leading Change: Proven Tools for Real-World Success

October 3- 5, 2018 - 3 Day Conference

Surfing the Rehab Waves with Strategies for Innovation and Change

Agendas: Pre-Conference and 3 Day Conference

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Leading Change: Proven Tools for Real-World Success

Success in an incredibly dynamic industry like health care is dependent on having an agile organization that can navigate and adapt to change quickly and decisively. Leaders have no time to waste and need every decision they make and action they take to have meaning and impact well beyond what he or she can accomplish alone.

Using the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership as our roadmap, this pre-conference course will provide all leaders, from novice managers to experienced executives, insight into the specific behaviors proven through research to produce leadership results. After a brief introduction of each leadership practice, the presenters will teach primarily through hands-on learning activities designed to allow attendees to experience using practical tools that they can take back to their teams and organizations for immediate application toward solving any business challenge at hand.

Finally, the presenters will briefly describe how the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership was chosen as a leadership development model for their organization and has been used to develop leadership behaviors throughout the organization in a multi-stage rollout approach, with the ultimate goal of helping attendees recognize the essential role that leadership development plays in creating and sustaining an organizational model geared toward continuous improvement and effective change management. Visit Infinity Rehabs Leadership Academy webpage on the program they developed using the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. Video

Attendees of this pre-conference will receive access to 4 follow up webinars on leadership development tools. Topics and dates to be announced.

Learning Objectives

Through hands-on learning activities, participants will be able to:

  1. Show your team how to excel through shared values;
  2. Demonstrate how long-term interests can be realized by enlisting in a common vision;
  3. Discover and apply new and innovative solutions to constantly improve and grow;
  4. Mobilize others toward a common goal by understanding how influence among key stakeholders;
  5. Explain how genuine encouragement and support can fuel individual and team performance.


  • Michael Billings, PT, MS, CEEAA, President of Infinity Rehab
  • Derek Fenwick, PT, MBA, GCS, Director of Professional Development at Infinity Rehab
  • Michelle Jabczynski, MS, CCC-SLP Director of Compliance and Strategy at Infinity Rehab


Fall Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

  • Check in begins at 7:30am
  • Conference Welcome
  • Forging Leadership in a Storm of Disruption
  • Managed Care Strategies for Todays Challenges
  • The Opioid Epidemic - Our Impact as a Rehab Industry
  • Concurrent Session 1:What You Need to Know About the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM)
  • Concurrent Session 2:Completing Effective Internal Investigations
  • Welcome Reception with Connections & Cocktails

Thursday, October 4, 2018

  • The Waves of Regulatory Changes: What You Need to Know Now to Avoid Going Over the Falls
  • Quality Reporting Under Medicare Part B: Deciphering QPP, MIPS and APMs
  • Assistant Pay Reimbursement: Assessing the Impact & Analyzing Strategies for the Future
  • Small Group Breakouts
  • NARA 40thAnniversary Celebration (Cocktail attire)

Friday, October 5, 2018 (Half Day)

  • Concurrent Session 1:Health Care Held Hostage - How to Arm Your Practice to Defend Against Cyber Attacks
  • Concurrent Session 2: Utilizing Telehealth Applications in Your Practice
  • Can we talk? Facing Productivity Challenges in a Patient-Centered World


Continuing Education Availability

Attendees must meet all requirements in order to be eligible for CEUs - this includes signing in each day, providing a valid license or ASHA number, completing ASHA form (SLP only), and completing assessments.  Attendees have till October 12th to complete the assessments for each day.  Assessments completed after the 12th will result in a delay in their receipt of their certificate.

  • Pre-Conference = 5.00 contact hours/0.50 CEUs (AHSA course ABFR0005; PT through State of IL; AOTA #9038)
  • 3 Day Conference = 15.00 contact hours/1.50 CEUs (variable) (AHSA course ABFR0006; PT through State of IL; AOTA #9038).  CHC 17.7 CCB CEUs.

The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 17.7 CCB CEUs. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor. (3 day conference only)


Program Speakers

  • Mike Billings, PT, MS, CEEAA

    Mike Billings, PT, MS, CEEAA


    Topic: Pre-Conference & Utilizing Telehealth

    Michael Billings, PT, MS, CEEAA, is the President of Infinity Rehab and has extensive experience in organizational leadership. His special interests include managing evidence-based clinical programs and patient outcomes with special emphasis on therapeutic exercise for the older adult. Michael received a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University and recently completed his Doctor of Health Science degree.

  • Derek Fenwick, PT, MBA, GCS

    Derek Fenwick, PT, MBA, GCS

    Director of Professional Development

    Topic: Leading Change: Proven Tools for Real-World Success

    Derek Fenwick, PT, MBA, GCS, is the Director of Professional Development at Infinity Rehab. He is a past President of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association and has served on APTA’s Post-Acute Care Payment Reform Workgroup and Leadership Development Committee. Derek earned a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Saint Louis University in 2003, followed by a Master of Business Administration degree in Health Care Management from Regis University in 2010. Derek recently earned SHRM Senior Certified Professional status from the Society for Human Resource Management.

  • Michelle Jabczynski, MS, CCC-SLP

    Michelle Jabczynski, MS, CCC-SLP

    Director of Compliance and Strategy

    Topic: Leading Change: Proven Tools for Real-World Success

    Michelle Jabczynski, MS, CCC-SLP, is the Director of Compliance and Strategy at Infinity Rehab. She has led an extensive career in the long-term, sub-acute, adult rehab setting as a Speech-Language Pathologist since earning her Master’s from the University of Wisconsin in 2005. She joined Infinity Rehab in 2012 as an Area Rehab Director and most recently served as Home Health Director where she achieved operational and financial excellence in both roles. Since 2014, she has served as a Leadership Coach for the Infinity Rehab Leadership Academy. In this volunteer role, she leads department managers through experiential learning and project implementation to achieve professional leadership skills.

  • Stephen Hunter, DPT, PT, OCS

    Stephen Hunter, DPT, PT, OCS


    Topic: Fall Conference Welcome

    Stephen Hunter PT, DPT, OCS received his physical therapy degree from University of Utah and has worked for Intermountain Healthcare since 1984. Stephen completed a 2-year orthopedic residency at the Kelsey Institute in Austin Texas in 1995 and became board certified in orthopedic physical therapy in 1996. He received his clinical doctorate in July of 2008 from the University of Utah. Currently, Mr. Hunter enjoys treating patients in Salt Lake City and is the administrator over 11 outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinics. Stephen has a passion for improving clinical quality and has been involved in research on this topic since 1986. Mr. Hunter speaks nationally and has authored several abstracts and articles in such publications as: Spine, The Spine Journal, Physical Therapy, PT Magazine, Work Injury Management, and the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Stephen has been a NARA member for more than 15 years and has served as Regional Coordinator, Membership Chair, Board Member at Large, Vice President and currently serves as the President. He has served as a member of the executive committee for the past 4 years. He enjoys spending time with his family and performing humanitarian work in Africa.

  • Ben Fung, PT, DPT, MBA

    Ben Fung, PT, DPT, MBA

    COO & Co-Founder

    Topic: Forging Leadership in A Storm of Disruption

    As an Independent Media Producer & Startup Entrepreneur, Ben is a healthcare clinician turned social media connector. With experience in every major healthcare setting, his mission is now optimizing growth for companies and investors in various industries including healthcare, geo-technology, human resources, and marketing. Ben currently serves as COO of UpDoc Media, a marketing agency for health/tech businesses; and, as a CFO of Recharge, an investor backed CrossFit-Physio-Mindfulness hybrid with a mission to redefine the healthcare experience by breaking down the silos of medicine, health, fitness and wellness.

  • Jeff Schlatt, OT/L

    Jeff Schlatt, OT/L

    Director of Operations

    Topic: Developing a Clinical Pathways Program for Today's Reimbursement Models

    Jeff Schlatt is the Director of Operations for Athena Therapy, managing all aspects of business for contract therapy services in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and for home health organizations. An experienced leader, Jeff also oversees operations that provide rehab services at free-standing outpatient clinics and on-site therapy for return to work injuries. His innovative approaches to tracking data maximizes profitability by managing expenses and increasing revenue streams while ensuring excellent clinical outcomes. In addition, Jeff provides consulting services for rehab providers across the continuum of care related to data analytics, business development, operations oversite and employee retention.

    Prior to employment with Athena Therapy, Jeff was the CEO at Ohio Diagnostic Services, a company providing functional capacity evaluations throughout Ohio. He also was the director of outpatient occupational therapy at MetroHealth Medical System in Cleveland, a level 1 trauma center.  While there, he directed operations for the occupational therapy department, served as the lead occupational therapist for the spinal cord program, and developed the wheelchair clinic and the return-to-work program. Jeff graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in Allied Health with a major in occupational therapy.

  • Mark McDavid, OTR, RAC-CT

    Mark McDavid, OTR, RAC-CT

    Rehabilitation Consultant

    Topic: What You Need to Know About the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM)

    Mark McDavid is an experienced leader within the field of skilled rehabilitation therapy services. He has a proven track-record of dynamically growing therapy programs, and he has become a sought after source in regards to regulatory compliance, MDS, MPPR, manual medical review, functional status coding, and documentation. As the owner of Seagrove Rehab Partners, Mark works to enhance therapy-related operations and Medicare compliance in a wide variety of settings, including long-term care and rehab agencies. Mark’s knowledge and its application to business strategies has earned national recognition within professional organizations, to include appointment to AANAC’s Expert Advisory Panel and election as a board member-at-large for the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA), where he leads the SNF Work Group. 

  • Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT

    Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT

    Director of Clinical Education

    Topic: What You Need to Know About the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM)

    Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT, is Director of Clinical Education for Encore! Rehabilitation Services. Additionally, she volunteers as the Gerontology Professional Development Manager for the American Speech Language Hearing Association's (ASHA), is a member of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine community faculty, and is a current RUC advisor and prior CPT advisor to the American Medical Association's Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC).

  • Sabrena McCarley, MBA-SL, OTR/L, RAC-CT

    Sabrena McCarley, MBA-SL, OTR/L, RAC-CT

    Director Clinical Operations

    Topic: What You Need to Know About the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM)

    Sabrena earned her B.S. in Occupational Therapy as well as her Master’s in Business Administration-Strategic Leadership from Dominican University of California.  She is a CarFit Instructor and holds certifications as a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) and Resident Assessment Coordinator–Certified Program (RAC-CT). Sabrena is a member of the Living in Place Advisory Panel and is actively involved in leadership with the Occupational Therapy Association of California as Chair for Advocacy and Government Affairs.

    Sabrena’s career has been exclusively in skilled nursing working with the geriatric population with multiple diagnoses and complexities with varying levels of acuity and maximizing their quality of life.  McCarley has held staff OT positions, Director of Rehabilitation positions and regional Director of Clinical Service positions providing clinical trainings, regulatory support and mentorship to therapists.  In her experiences, she has been responsible for partnering with customers to develop and train compliance, reimbursement and geriatric clinical programs for Occupational, Physical, and Speech Pathology as well as interdisciplinary teams of nurses, administrators, dieticians and social workers.  Her philosophy is that the patient is the center of any IDT or holistic approach.  In order to get the best outcomes for our patient, we must remember that they are the reason for what we do.

  • Martha Schram, PT

    Martha Schram, PT

    President & CEO

    Topic: What You Need to Know About the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) & Productivity Challenges

    Martha Schram is the President and CEO of Aegis Therapies. Ms. Schram is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of Aegis, including the management of the contract rehabilitation and wellness services Aegis provides to healthcare organizations and the oversight of Aegis’ growing home health, outpatient and wellness business. Aegis clients include skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, home care organizations and individuals utilizing Aegis’ Medically Oriented Gyms and outpatient rehabilitation services.

    Prior to becoming President of Aegis, Ms. Schram was a Division Vice President and Group Vice President for Aegis. Her varied and successful career prior to Aegis includes serving as an Area Vice President for NovaCare in Wisconsin; an Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services for Divine Savior Healthcare in Portage, Wisconsin; and Clinical Coordinator for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Earlier in her career, Ms. Schram held a variety of senior management and leadership positions with increasing responsibility in geriatric healthcare businesses.

    Ms. Schram earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care (NASL), and is Chairman of the NASL Medical Services Committee. She is also a member of The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Scholarship Endowment Board and the International Council on Active Aging Advisory Board.

  • P.J. Windell PT, DPT, MC, CHC

    P.J. Windell PT, DPT, MC, CHC

    Director of Corporate Compliance and Reimbursement

    Topic: Completing Effective Internal Investigations

    P.J. Windell, PT, DPT, MS, CHC–PJ is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, with a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy; University of Indianapolis, with her MS degree in Physical Therapy; and Des Moines University with her Doctorate in PT.  She holds her Certification in Health Care Compliance, and currently serves as the Director of Corporate Compliance and Reimbursement for Creative Health Solutions, as well as a consultant in the field of rehabilitation compliance management. 

    Additional roles held in the field of geriatric rehabilitation include:  National Neurological Specialist with Gentiva Health Services sharing knowledge and expertise in developing appropriate clinical rehab programs within Gentiva with an emphasis on falls and balance, cardiopulmonary and neuro rehab for the geriatric home based population; Regional Director of Clinical Services for Aegis Therapies responsible for clinical program development, training and regulatory oversight with an emphasis on geriatric rehabilitation in LTC settings.  P.J.  has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Indianapolis assisting with their clinical neurology curriculum.   P.J. is a member of HCCA, NARA and the APTA including Section membership in Geriatrics and Health Policy and Administration. 

  • Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

    Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

    Rehab Consultant

    Topic: The Waves of Regulatory Changes: What You Need to Know Now to Avoid Going Over the Falls

    Ms. Strunk specializes in helping clients understand the Medicare prospective payment systems for skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies, as well as the Medicare conditions of participation and fee schedule for rehab agencies.  Her experience includes utilizing medical record reviews and data systems to help both inpatient and outpatient therapy providers meet regulatory guidelines and deliver medically necessary therapy services in these settings.  Ellen received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and earned her American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Board Certification in Geriatric Physical Therapy in 1999. She has been a practicing physical therapist for over 20 years, working in the hospital, skilled nursing, home health, outpatient and cardiac rehab settings.  She has held various roles including clinician, manager and Director over multiple programs. Presently, Ellen is owner of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc., a company providing continuing education and consulting services for post-acute care settings.  Ellen is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), where she has served on Payment Policy Strategy Committees advising the APTA Board of Directors on payment policy in all settings. She serves on a state level as the Chair of the Practice and Reimbursement Committee for the Alabama Physical Therapy Association.  In 2009, Ellen became a Certified Expert in Exercise for the Aging Adult, a certification course sponsored by the APTA's Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.  In 2015, Ellen became Certified in Healthcare Compliance through the HealthCare Compliance Association.

  • Heather Smith, PT, MPH

    Heather Smith, PT, MPH

    Director of Quality

    Topic: Quality Reporting Under Medicare Part B: Deciphering QPP, MIPS and APMs

    Heather Smith currently serves as the Director of Quality for APTA.  In her current roll, Heather leads and coordinates quality initiatives for the Association and develops key member resources related to quality for programs under Medicare that impact PTs including the respective post-acute care Quality Reporting Programs (QRPs), the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and the Functional Limitation Reporting (FLR) requirements for therapy services under Medicare.  She serves in a consulting role for the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry with a focus on measure development and compliance with quality reporting regulations. She has presented at national meetings and webinars on quality related topics that impact physical therapists.

    Heather is involved in several technical expert panels which work to maintain measures for quality reporting programs including: MIPS measure #130 Documentation of Current Medications in the Medical Record, #131 Pain Assessment on Evaluation and #182 Functional Outcome Assessment.  Additionally, she participated in two TEPs in 2013 convened by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and RTI International which focused on the results of the Developing Outpatient Therapy Payment Alternatives (DOTPA) project including data analysis for the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) item set.  

    Heather previously worked for New York Presbyterian Hospital and University of Pennsylvania Health System where she served in a quality improvement position. She received a Black Belt in Six Sigma from Pennsylvania State University.   Her transition into quality was facilitated in part by the acquisition of her Masters in Public Health from Drexel University.  Previous to her role in quality improvement, she was a practicing clinician for over ten years.

  • Dennis E. Venvertloh, CPA CHC

    Dennis E. Venvertloh, CPA CHC

    President & CEO

    Topic: Assistant Pay Reimbursement: Assessing the Impact & Analyzing Strategies for the Future

    Dennis is a life long resident of Quincy, IL. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Quincy University and is a Licensed in Illinois as a Certified Public Accountant.  Dennis is also Certified in Healthcare Compliance through the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA).  He has worked in public accounting and banking prior to co-founding Apex Rehabilitation, Inc d/b/a First Choice Physical Therapy in 1994 with his wife.

    He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of First Choice and oversees the Company’s finance, accounting, compliance, human resource and billing operations.  Dennis current serves on the Board of Directors of the HomeBANK, the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies, and as Chairman of the Adams County Sheriffs Merit Board.  He is a past President of the Board of Directors of Quincy Notre Dame High School, former member of the Board of Directors of the Quincy Notre Dame Foundation and past State Treasurer of Illinois Ducks Unlimited.

  • Nancy J. Beckley, MS, MBA, CHC

    Nancy J. Beckley, MS, MBA, CHC


    Topic: Small Group Breakout Discussion - Compliance

    Nancy Beckley is President of Nancy Beckley & Associates LLC, a firm specializing in outpatient therapy compliance.  The firm offers compliance outsourcing, risk assessment, compliance plan development, annual compliance training, and external auditing, due diligence and investigation support.  Clients including providers under Medicare probe review, progressive corrective action plans, corporate integrity agreements, ZPIC investigations and RAC audits.  The firm’s signature product is the compliance learning management system (LMS) for rehab specific courses in fraud, waste and abuse and therapy risk.  Training courses are delivered to over 5,000 therapy providers on an annual basis.

    She is a nationally known speaker and author in the area of rehab compliance, and has presented at the Provider Practice Compliance Conference, Florida Compliance Conference, and the Annual Compliance Institute.  She is a columnist for Compliance Today and the APTA Private Practice Section’s IMPACT magazine. 

    As a twenty-year NARA member, Nancy is considered a top knowledge expert in rehab agency and CORF regulations and has worked with over 125 provider groups in their quest for survey, certification, accreditation, policies and procedures, plan of correction and certification appeals.  Nancy was a member of the NARA workgroup assisting AAAASF (“Quad A”) in their Medicare application as a rehab agency deeming authority and was on the training team for the first group of Quad A inspectors/surveyors, and has served on the Quad A advisory group.  Nancy served on the CMS Technical Expert Panel for CORFs advising CMS on the opportunities and potential for CORFs from a policy and regulatory perspective.

    Nancy has been a NARA Board member, Program Chair, Nominating Committee Chair and now serves as the coordinator of the NARA’s Compliance Special Interest Group.  Nancy is certified in health care compliance by the HCCA Compliance Certification Board, and was among the first in the therapy industry to be certified, continuing to encourage others rehab providers further seek certification.  She has a MS in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from the University of South Florida.  She is a frequent speaker for APTA at the state and national level with upcoming presentations at FPTA, PTAW, APTA Private Practice Section and Combined Sections meetings.

  • Bill Wilson

    Bill Wilson

    VP Sales & Marketing

    Topic: Health Care Held Hostage How to Arm Your Practice to Defend Against Cyberattacks

    Coming Soon

  • Chris Peterson PT, DPT

    Chris Peterson PT, DPT

    Director of Telehealth

    Topic: Utilizing Telehealth Applications in Your Practice

    Chris Peterson is Director, Telehealth for Hartford Healthcare. He has clinical background as a physical therapist and business experience in healthcare management. In addition Chris has served as an adjunct faculty member in the doctoral physical therapy program at American International College in Springfield, MA and currently serves as Chair for the American Telemedicine Association’s Telerehabilitation Special Interest Group.

  • Linda Riccio, OTR

    Linda Riccio, OTR

    Vice President of Clinical Services

    Topic: Can we talk? Facing Productivity Challenges in a Patient-Centered World

    Linda Riccio, OTR has worked in various roles and settings in older adult care, in both operational and clinical roles on national corporate levels including long-term care, hospice and home-health settings.

    Linda consults in healthcare strategy nationwide as President of Creative Rehab Strategies, a company that provides education and consulting services for post-acute care.   Linda also is the Vice President of Clinical Services for Creative Health Solutions, a contract rehabilitation company based in the Midwest.  

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