Wheelchair Seating Clinics: Strategies and Methodologies for Success


Credits: .1 CEU
Presenter: Theresa Berner, MOT, OTR/L, ATP



The Therapist’s role in the wheelchair seating evaluation, training and delivery is a vital component to consumers’ success. Wheelchair suppliers are under immense pressure to have precise documentation with multiple details; therapist’s time to complete this has been challenged. A key component to being able to provide necessary services and pertinent documentation is the structure in which therapists function. Another aspect of success is efficiency and work flow to complete documentation. This course will offer strategies for the organization of services such as weekly clinics or structured scheduling. The course will also review options available under an EMR platform and provide examples of templates for documentation. Most importantly, the course will review and give guidance on billing opportunities so that the clinician’s time is recorded and clinics do not give away services. By the end of this course, the clinician will have practical strategies to be successful in participating in wheelchair service delivery.

Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to list one structure of a seating clinic that promotes revenue generation.
The participant will be able to name 2 CPT codes that can be used in therapy billing to cover clinical time.
The participant will be able to identify one work flow model of services for seating service delivery.

Theresa Berner, MOT, OTR/L, ATP is an occupational therapist and Rehabilitation Clinical Manger at the OSU Wexner Medical. She has over 24 years’ experience in seating and positioning and adult rehabilitation. Theresa has been certified by RESNA as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). She is responsible for the Assistive Technology center and is a clinical instructor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at OSU where she is involved in teaching both in the OT and PT programs. Theresa is a member of the Clinician Task Force, AOTA, RESNA, and Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. Theresa has participated in presentations at the International Seating Symposium in the U.S. and Vancouver Canada, Congress on Spinal Cord injury Medicine, The Academy of PM&R, American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA), RESNA, and Posture and Mobility Group in Glasgow Scotland. Theresa recently received the 2016 Academy of Spinal Cord Injury TLC Distinguished Clinical Award and the 2017 OSU Medical Center Values in Action Award.