February Webinars focus on Policy

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The February webinars focus on policy. These will be recorded and made available after the live webinar in the On-Demand Library.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7 pm ET

This course will highlight Medicare regulation and policies related to complex rehab that impact the ability for people with mobility limitations to receive CRT items and services that would improve their health outcomes, daily function, and quality of life. Specifically, the course will cover recent rules and policies related to CRT mobility, wheelchair seating, and wheelchair options and accessories.  The course will discuss and assess strategies to bring about needed change.  This course will also inform participants regarding ways they can be involved in ushering in meaningful change.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to describe 3 rules or policies that prevent access to CRT.

The participant will be able to describe scenarios where Medicare policies have a negative impact on non-Medicare beneficiaries.

Participants will be able to describe Medicare rules or policies that must not or are not required to be applied to Medicaid.

Ms. Stanley is now a health policy consultant and former Vice President of Government Relations for Sunrise Medical.  She serves on the board and executive committee of RESNA and the Chair of RESNA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC).  Ms. Stanley also serves as the RESNA Liaison on the NCART board.  She is passionate about improving access to assistive technology and innovation to improve the lives of people with disabilities.  This requires in-depth knowledge of coding, coverage, and payment policies.  In her roles, Stanley has been involved in efforts to improve access to technology; she has chaired workgroups focused on modifying pricing methodologies, the HCPCS coding process and coverage of CRT items and was on the taskforce to obtain Medicare coverage of speech generating devices.   Ms. Stanley is a NRRTS Fellow recognized by the assistive technology community for her regulatory expertise and efforts to ensure appropriate access to technology for people with disabilities.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7 pm ET

ADA Basics and Enforcement

Speaker: Kelly Narowski, MA, ADAC

Funding and Public Policy, Beginner Level

This course explores the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from a civil rights framework and is designed to help increase your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and core concepts in the ADA. The 5 titles of the ADA will be explained and real-life situations of discrimination shared. Further, disability advocacy and ADA enforcement measures will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to identify and discuss the 5 titles of the ADA.

The participant will be able to define the general nondiscrimination requirements of the ADA and learn real-life examples.

The participant will be able to describe both ADA advocacy and its enforcement measures.

Kelly Narowski has vast experience as a disability rights advocate and professional speaker in both the military and civilian worlds. She has worked as a government contractor, having delivered hundreds of presentations for the Department of Defense. Some of her current and former positions include: Board member for both the Whole Person and the Midland Empire Centers for Independent Living, Liaison for the 82nd Airborne Division’s Wounded Warriors Committee, Army Family Readiness Group Advisor, Lead speaker for the Think First Foundation, and Advocate for the Fayetteville Council for Persons with Disabilities. Ms. Narowski is certified as an ADA Coordinator and an Army Master Resilience Trainer. She holds a master’s degree in disability studies from CUNY’s School of Professional Studies. Ms. Narowski is an accessible travel expert and avid traveler. As a wheelchair user, she has visited 45 states and 47 countries. Ms. Narowski currently lives at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 5 pm ET

Post-Election Analysis: Impact on CRT Access

Speaker: Amy Cunniffe, B.A., Political Science

Sponsored by Numotion

ATP Prep Content, Funding and Public Policy, Beginner Level

The political winds are changing in our nation’s capital. Course participants will learn more about the changes likely to occur in health care policy due to the 2020 election results. These policy changes could mean a significant shift in the direction of health care policy. The specific needs of the disability community will also be impacted. The course will outline what changes are likely to occur in federal policy including Medicare and Medicaid policy, insurance coverage, health reform and anticipated coverage changes for those who rely on Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT). In addition, the course will outline key areas of controversy and anticipated hurdles that must be overcome to achieve better policy changes to improve CRT access.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to describe the key health care issues debated in the 2020 election campaign and how these issues impact the final election outcome and share of power in federal policy making.

The participant will be able to describe the policy views and perspectives of newly elected health care leaders.

The participant will be able to describe how health care leaders work together to find common ground and where are they likely to fall short of finding compromise.

Amy Cunniffe, Leader of Government Relations for Numotion, is an experienced Washington health care leader with many years of experience with the U.S. government and leading government relations organizations. Prior to joining Numotion, Cunniffe served as Principal at Washington Council EY, GE Healthcare’s Leader for the Government Relations team, and the top lobbyist at the medical device trade association, AdvaMed among other roles.  In addition to her work with Numotion, Cunniffe operates a bipartisan consulting firm in Washington, DC called SplitOak Strategies LLC. Cunniffe served in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. Earlier in her career, she worked as an Assistant to the Speaker of the House of Representatives for Policy, among other responsibilities in the House leadership.

Tuesday, February 17, 2021 at 3 pm ET

Making Lemons into Lemonade: Telehealth’s Place in Complex Wheelchair Prescription

Erin Michael, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS and Meredith Linden, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS

ATP Prep Content, Best Business Practice, Intermediate Level

The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted access to healthcare, including complex wheelchair prescription. Swift action had to be taken to ensure that current wheelchair and seating equipment was meeting the end users’ needs or to complete evaluations for new equipment, pushing providers to integrate telehealth and remote services into wheelchair provision. This course will highlight how remote services can be utilized throughout the wheelchair delivery process, identify potential pros and cons of the remote services model, as compared to in-person, and clarify best practices to practice remotely. Our course will address the question of whether telehealth and remote services can be used to successfully meet client needs when in-person assessment is not possible.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to define telehealth (or remote service) and describe the primary differences between this and in-person service.

Participants will identify three challenges associated with remote wheelchair service provision and how to mitigate them.

Participants will identify three benefits associated with remote wheelchair service provision.

Erin Michael, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS is Manager of Patient Advocacy and Special Programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) in Baltimore. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Ithaca College in 2006. She specializes in treating clients with a variety of paralyzing neurological conditions and has specialized in seating and mobility for over 12 years. Michael is the coordinator of the ICSCI Seating and Mobility Clinic. She received her assistive technology professional certification in 2011 and her seating and mobility specialist certification in 2013. Michael is currently an Executive Board member of the Clinician Task Force. She previously served as vice-chair of the Seating and Wheeled Mobility SIG of RESNA and as a member of the RESNA Professional Standards Board. Additional areas of interest include advocacy and adaptive sports and recreation. She is Chair of Team Kennedy Krieger, an adaptive sports and program serving the greater Baltimore area.

Meredith Linden, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS is a clinical specialist at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. She received her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2006 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2008 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She specializes in treating both adults and children with a variety of paralyzing neurological conditions and has specialized in seating and mobility since 2009. Linden has been a certified assistive technology professional since 2011, and a certified seating and mobility specialist since 2015. Areas of interest including clinical education, seating and mobility, virtual reality, serial casting, pediatrics, and aquatic therapy.

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