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Payer Summit - Partnering in Policy and Payment
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When: Friday, October 11, 2019
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Fairview Ridges Education Center
152 Cobblestone Court
Burnsville, MN 
United States
Contact: Craig Johnson
(651) 747-4350

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Approved for 6 MN BPT CEUs

MNPTA Payer Workgroup Speakers:

Craig Johnson, PT, MBA
Lori Froehling, PT, MS
Kathleen Picaard, PT
Chris O'Hotto, PT, DPT
Jeff Vrudny, PT, MBA
Julie Somsky, PT, MSHA

 Our Sponsor: Handi-Medical

Panel Guests:

Nancy Garrett, Ph.D., CHCIO, Executive Director of Provider Transformation at Aetna, a CVS Compan; Karen Amezcua, Sr. Director of Contracting at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; Shawn Frost, MD, SFHM, FACP - Associate Medical Director for Care Delivery Systems at HealthPartners Health Plan; Erica M, Nowak, Contract Manager, Provider Relations and Network Management; Neil Wahlstrom, MBA, FACHE, PT, OCS - Director, Clinical Value Advancement - Medica; Cheryl Newgren, Health Care Benefits Policy Consultant - MNDH;, Dr. Abbie Miller, MD, MBA, CHCQM - Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Preferred One Insurance; David Elton, Chief Strategy Officer at UnitedHealth Group Ventures - Orthology - United Health Group;  Dr. Julia Joseph Di Caprio - Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at UCare.

Course Description:

The MN APTA payer workgroup and payment committee is hosting a day-long event featuring every major payer in Minnesota!   In the morning, attendees will discuss payment issues facing physical therapy and then hear representatives from each payer speak on key topics including direct access to physical therapy, identification of high value networks, physical therapy and the rising total cost of care, and innovative concepts that could shape the future.  Following the payer representatives, there will be questions and answers with the entire panel.   In the afternoon, there will be the opportunity to identify key metrics for therapy practices and payers including number of visits, number of interventions, and outcome measures.  With these tools, participants will be equipped to advocate for physical therapy services with employers and will be equipped to empower patients to advocate for physical therapy payment.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to articulate an understanding of the payment issues facing the profession as well as MN APTA activities and purpose of the payer workgroup and payment committee.

2. Through interaction with MN Payer representatives, participants will gain an understanding of the payer perspective relative to physical therapy practice including direct access, identification of high value networks, and payment policies.

3. Participants will be able to describe payer data and physical therapy performance metrics including number of visits, number of interventions, and outcome measures to ensure high value treatment for consumers.

4. Participants will gain confidence in tools and tactics to empower patients to advocate for physical therapy payment and advocate for employers and physical therapy benefits. 


 Time  Topic
 7:30 – 8:00 am  Participants Check in/Registration
 8:00 – 8:45 am

 Introductions -
 Panel Participants 
 Payer Advocacy Workgroup

 8:45 – 9:00 am  Break 
9:00 – 11:10 am

 Physical Therapy Value
 Payer Presentations and  Q&A:






    Preferred One 

    United HealthCare

 11:10 – 11:20 am  Break
 11:20 – 12:00 pm  Payer Panel & Participants Q & A 
 12:00 – 1:00 pm  Lunch 
 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Data Payers are collecting that informs their views and perceptions of physical therapy 

   • PT Indices – HealthPartners
   • SecureCare – UM BCBS  
   • What data should your practice be tracking?

 2:00 – 2:15 pm  Break
 2:15 – 3:15 pm

How to advocate – for our patients,  for our profession.  Our value to patients?

 3:15 – 3:30 pm  Opportunities, Next Steps & Wrap Up

Registration Information

Who should attend this course: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Clinic Administrators

Early Bird Registration Price: $75   
After September 23, 2019:  $99

Cancellations: Except for medical emergencies, cancellations two weeks before the course will be completely refunded, cancellations one to two weeks before the course will be refunded at the rate of 50%, and cancellations less than a week before the course will not be refunded. 

Questions: Please contact the MNPTA office with any registration questions at: 651-635-0902 or

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