2 Contact Hours

Description: This course introduces the upcoming changes in healthcare reimbursement from a passive perspective payment system (PPS) to a pay-for-performance (PFP) system, one that emphasizes outcomes and quality of services delivered and not quantity. It demonstrates how therapists and managers can successfully implement a client-centered, outcomes-based service delivery model, while still being able to meet and even exceed productivity and revenue expectations. This course is appropriate for therapists of all levels.

Instructor: Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L

Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults. He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010. He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults. Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy.

Audience: OT, OTA, PT, PTA, ST

Skill Level: Entry Level, Intermediate, and Advanced Practitioners

Contact Hours: 2

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Text-Based learning modules, course activities, and interactive forum

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all online activities/handouts, pass each section quiz, and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain how staff development can enhance therapeutic opportunities.
  2. Identify three ways to optimize therapy with minimal budget constraints.
  3. Explain how to use creativity and functional activities to improve outcomes.
  4. Identify at least five supplemental treatment strategies to drive revenue and improve outcomes.
  5. Explain how communication and a consistent scheduling system will help advocate for quality care and make your department run more efficiently.
  6. Explain how your future success depends on making appropriate job choices.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Pay-For-Performance: Returning to Outcomes-Based Rehabilitation

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3. Coursework - Pay-For-Performance: Returning to Outcomes-Based Rehabilitation

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4. Course Final and Survey - Pay-For-Performance: Returning to Outcomes-Based Rehabilitation


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion