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Mobility Courses and Presenters

Mickae Lee

Keynote: Mickae Lee

Title: Director, Advocacy & Communication - NCART
Professional Biography: Mickae Lee has dedicated over 10 years of her career to the complex rehabilitation technology (CRT) industry. For the past seven years, she has dedicated her time to working with NCART (the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology) where she is currently serving as the Director of Advocacy and Communication. Mickae is passionate about ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to the equipment they need and is grateful to be working alongside consumer advocacy organizations, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, clinicians, and consumers to advocate for needed policy changes.

Keynote Speech Title: Starting at Square One: Choosing Your Building Blocks
Instructional Level: All
Target Audience: All Seminar Attendees
Presentation Description: Independence is achieved differently for everyone because no two people are the same.  Countless configurations, meticulous measurements, and ongoing adjustments are all part of the process when it comes to pairing someone with the best mobility and communication systems for their unique needs.  The one constant that stretches itself across any evaluation is the need for the equipment to be available and to be covered appropriately by Medicare, Medicaid, and other payers.  Without the option to select the most medically appropriate components, independence becomes limited to “the next best thing”; whatever is covered by insurance. This quick opening session will arm you with information about policy changes that have had negative outcomes for complex rehab technology, what advocacy work is being done to protect access, and what action you can be taking to preserve your ability to help others achieve maximum independence.


 

Jay Doherty

Presenter: Jay Doherty

Current Title & Credentials: Director, Clinical Education/ OTR, ATP/SMS
Professional Biography: Jay Doherty graduated in January 1995 from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and has been in the field working with individuals who need assistive technology and wheelchairs for 25 years. Within that time, he has worked as an Occupational Therapist at National Rehabilitation hospital from January 1995 to October 1996. After, he worked at ATECH Services (an Assistive Technology Center in NH) from October 1996 to June 2009. From June of 2009 to present, he has worked for Quantum Rehab working with power wheelchairs, teaching therapists and other clinicians how to properly use the equipment they sell and the clinical considerations they need to consider pertaining to each piece of equipment. During the last 25 years, Jay has also earned the Assistive Technology Professional and Seating and Mobility Specialist certifications from RESNA.

Course Title: The Case for Bluetooth: Technology Leading to Independence
Contact Hours/CEU's: 1.5 Contact Hours/.15 CEU's for this session.
Instructional Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Target Audience: PT/PTA, OT/OTA, ATP/SMS
Course Description: Technology continues to advance with time. Along with advancements in technology often comes a greater level of independence for people with disabilities. Bluetooth is one of those technologies that offers a great deal of independence for individuals who are slowly losing their function. This course will review the capabilities that Bluetooth and Infrared technology offer individuals who have disabilities. The course will also include a demo of some of the technology as well as case studies of individuals who use the technology and the independence that this technology offers them.

Measurable Learning Objectives:

1. List three different common household devices that Bluetooth can offer independent access too.

2. Name two items each power wheelchair manufacturer offers for access to other technology and how these options enhance an individuals independence.

3. Discuss three reasons that Bluetooth access through the wheelchair electronics should be explored with individual progressive conditions


 

Christie Hamstra

Presenter: Christie Hamstra

Current Title & Credentials: MSPT, DPT, ATP
Professional Biography: Christie Hamstra is a Clinical Education Specialist with Motion Composites and has experience as both a Physical Therapist and ATP in the area of seating and mobility and wheelchair prescriptions. Christie received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Andrews University, and a transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Oakland University. As Christie has worked in the realm of seating and mobility in many settings, she brings her expertise and passion to share with fellow clinicians. Christie has provided education in multiple areas of the United States, as well as The European Seating Symposium and CSMC in Canada.

Course Title: Client Centered Prescriptions: You say it, but are you doing it?
Contact Hours/CEU's: 1 Contact Hour/.1 CEU for this session.
Instructional Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Target Audience: PT/PTA, OT/OTA, ATP/SMS
Course Description: When prescribing equipment, we try to be as client-centered as possible. However, it is a balancing act to make sure the goals of the client are being met while accommodating for therapeutic goals as well. How much of your prescription would you say is actually based on the client opinion and knowledge? How much is the therapist opinion and knowledge? How much is the dealers’ opinion or motive? Or how much is based on the funding source? There are many elements which come into play when prescribing a wheelchair and it can be difficult to make sure you are truly staying client-centered. This presentation will review the process of a wheelchair prescription while managing the client, therapist, dealer and funding sources interests. We will review therapeutic models and college standards which highlight the therapist goals and responsibility as well as strategies to manage all priorities and opinions. We will highlight key points which lead to successful prescriptions as well as client satisfaction, decreasing the risk of equipment abandonment. 

Measurable Learning Objectives:

1. Upon completion, attendees will be able to identify client goals and differentiate them from other stakeholders’ goals when prescribing wheelchairs and seating.

2. Upon completion, attendees will be able to identify and maintain their obligations as a health care professional when it comes to mobility and seating prescriptions.

3. Upon completion, attendees will be able to identify two strategies to enhance client-centered prescriptions.


 

Angie Kiger

Presenter: Angie Kiger

Current Title & Credentials: M.Ed., CTRS, ATP/SMS
Professional Biography: Angie Kiger is the Clinical Strategy and Education Manager for Sunrise Medical US. She earned a Master of Education degree in Assistive Technology from George Mason University. Angie is an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS), and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Angie has over 18 years of experience working in the field of assistive technology. Prior to joining the Sunrise Medical team in 2012, she worked with infants, children, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to working as a clinician, Angie has served as an adjunct instructor at George Mason University and presented at numerous industry conferences in the US and abroad. She has written articles for trade publications and serves as a member of Mobility Management magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Course Title: Discovering Independence: Standard & Alternative Input Drive Controls
Contact Hours/CEU's: 2 Contact Hours/.2 CEU's for this session.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: PT/PTA, OT/OTA, ATP/SMS
Course Description: Independence through power mobility can be life-changing for a client with physical disabilities. From standard joysticks, proportional head arrays, to proximity switches there are numerous types of input devices an individual can use to drive a power wheelchair. However, selecting the drive control is only one piece of solving the drive control mystery. Determining the best place to mount a drive control device and the equipment needed to make that happen can be challenging. During this two-hour seminar participants be introduced to a variety of equipment, adaptations, and concepts that may improve their clients’ level of success with finding greater independence through power mobility.

Measurable Learning Objectives:

1. Upon completion of this educational session participants will be able to distinguish between the way a non-proportional drive control and proportional drive control function as it relates to driving power wheelchairs. 

2. At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to propose three adaptations that can be made to a standard proportional drive joystick to improve the ability of a client with limited fine motor skills to drive a power wheelchair.  

3. Upon completion of this educational session, participants will be able to articulate three onboard programming changes that could improve a user’s success in driving a power wheelchair.

4. At the conclusion of this educational session, participants will be able to compare and contrast at least five alternative drive controls and defend the clinical application of each.


 

Jay Doherty

Presenter: Claudia Amortegui

Current Title & Credentials: President & Owner of the Orion Group
Professional Biography: Claudia Amortegui is president of The Orion Group, a consulting company specializing in the reimbursement of complex rehab technology. She graduated with her MBA from the University of South Carolina. Claudia's extensive and diverse experience comes from consulting for over 25 years, and from working on all sides of the industry: with Medicare, a manufacturer, and provider. She has been published numerous times in national industry publications and has conducted education programs throughout the US and Canada. Her clients consist of manufacturers, providers, referrals and funding sources. 

Course Title: Finding Success in the Reimbursement of CRT
Contact Hours/CEU's: 1.5 Contact Hours/.15 CEU's.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: PT/PTA, OT/OTA, ATP/SMS, RN
Course Description: Funding sources always keep us on our toes, whether you are a clinician, ATP or manufacturer there always seems to be something new when it comes to reimbursement or certain requirements seem to change. Sometimes these can actually be beneficial, but others seem to limit access even more. Where do we stand today when it comes to ordering and providing the appropriate wheelchair and making sure it is properly reimbursed? Are clients still having to rent some of their CRT wheelchair bases? Do they have to rent the separate options? How does competitive bidding affect CRT? Is my client required to order a specific wheelchair? Is a therapist required to complete an evaluation and write an LMN? What is the time frame to have all documentation completed? Is prior authorization available for all CRT wheelchair orders, including the options/accessories? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed during the session. This session will also provide the latest Medicare updates as they relate to complex rehab technology (CRT). We will discuss the most current coverage policies and documentation requirements. Whether you are a clinician ordering equipment or an ATP providing equipment, you must be up to date with all the details to ensure the best service for your client. 

Measurable Learning Objectives:

1. Upon completion of this session, the attendees will be able to describe 4 key requirements in documentation as they relate to proper Medicare funding.

2. Upon completion of this session, the attendees will be able to identify at least 3 CRT items that are required to be rented.

3. Discuss three reasons that Bluetooth access through wheelchair electronics should be explored with individual progressive conditions

4. Upon completion of this session, the attendees will be able to describe 2 common errors within the required documentation for mobility products.