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This 2-day live course is a part of the Advanced Competency in Home Health program. Pre-requisites are required for admission.

 Export to Your Calendar 9/7/2019 to 9/8/2019
When: Sept. 7-8, 2019
7:30 - 5:30
Where: Chatham University Eastside Physical Therapy Dept.
6585 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15206
United States
Contact: Home Health Section - APTA

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Early Bird Discount ends August 2, 2019. Save $40 on your registration when you register early.

Registration for this event will close on August 19, 2019.


Home Health Section Members, login for discounted registration.

APTA member but not a Home Health Section member? You'll save $55 or more if you join the Home Health Section before registering.

Course registration fees (early/late):

  • Home Health Section member ($490/$530)
  • APTA non-Section member ($540/$580) - you should just join the Section. But if you prefer not to, ask for the APTA discount code before registering.
  • Non-member ($590/$630)

This face-to-face course is a part of the Advanced Competency in Home Health program. If you are not already familiar with the requirements of the Advanced Competency in Home Health program, you should review the requirements before registering for this course.

Pre-requisites: This course has four online pre-requisite courses. You must have successfully completed the pre-requisite courses prior to attending this course. Sorry, no exceptionsReview the program requirements here.

This is a course for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.





Registration for this course is limited to 60 participants, on a first-come first-served basis. This course is offered several times annually. Refer to the Calendar of Events for additional listings.

The Advanced Competency in Home Health program is a hybrid program consisting of core and elective on line modules and a 2-day live face to face course. This 2 day, 15 hour course is designed to complement and build on the core modules of the Advanced Competency in Home Health program. During the two day program, participants will revisit and practice skills required for quality cardiopulmonary, orthopedic and balance assessments that will be integrated into clinical vignettes. Participants will use these skills to support a thorough but efficient OASIS start of care or physical therapy evaluation in the home setting. Throughout the 2 day program, ethical and regulatory issues, as well as documentation will be incorporated into clinical case studies. Participants should be able to take the skills covered back to their home health settings and incorporate them immediately into patient care.

Audience: Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants

After completing this program, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate and interpret appropriate tests and measures for the cardiopulmonary system
  2. Demonstrate and interpret appropriate tests and measures for the musculoskeletal system
  3. Understand the implications of medications within the home health setting, on patient function and health status
  4. Discuss ethical issues for the home health therapist
  5. Identify strategies for an effective and efficient OASIS start of care
  6. Correlate clinical and functional findings to OASIS data collection items
  7. Identify skilled documentation and justification of therapy services

FACULTY (biographies)

  • Melissa Bednarek, PT, DPT, PhD, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Kandy Ortgies, PTA
  • Nicholas J Panaro, PT, DPT, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: Attendees should be knowledgeable about their state continuing education requirements. The Home Health Section does not apply for CEU approval to all states that require it, only to those we anticipate are most pertinent to the course, based upon location. Many states provide individual licensees with a means of obtaining credit and some states will automatically accept for credit courses sponsored by an APTA component. You'll find contact information for your state licensing board on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website.

The Home Health Section is an approved CE provider by the State of New York. As an APTA component, the Home Health Section is a pre-approved provider of PT continuing education in the State of Pennsylvania.

COURSE CANCELLATION POLICY: Registration for this course is limited. Full refunds will be provided for cancellations received in writing before August 2, 2019. Cancellations after Aug. 2 and before Aug. 17, 2019 will receive a refund minus a $50 administrative fee. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Aug. 17. The Home Health Section reserves the right to cancel the course up to two weeks prior to the course. In the event that the course should be cancelled, registration will be refunded in full. In the event of cancellation due to circumstances beyond our control, the Home Health Section is not responsible for expenses incurred by the registrants including but not limited to the cost of airline tickets, other travel, food or room.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: If you are in need of hotel accommodations in Pittsburgh for the ACHH course, we have a block of rooms at the SpringHill Suites - Bakery Square, which is in walking distance to the course venue. The rate is $159 (regular rate is $219). Please click the link below to make your reservation.

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Start Date: Friday, September 6, 2019

End Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019

Last Day to Book: Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh Bakery Square for 159 USD per night

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