Dysphagia Programs: What the Rehab Manager Needs to Know


Are you the Rehab Manager who does not know enough about your Dysphagia Program? Have you been trying to find a competent therapist, but don’t know where to look?

This course is designed to benefit the new or experienced Manager, Recruiter or Program Development Coordinator who needs to know the “ins-and-outs” of Dysphagia care.

This course offers ways to promote and obtain reimbursement for your facility’s dining program. Additionally, you will confidently understand what the Advanced-Level Dysphagia Therapist looks for when choosing an employment setting. Finally, you will know how to nurture the Entry-Level Therapists you already have. The content is Intermediate for PT, OT and SLP clinicians, as it assumes a general familiarity with Medicare in Skilled Nursing Facilities, the MDS, PPS, and pricipals of geriatric rehabilitation. The focus is on increased understanding and application by the participant.

Teaching Methods: This reader-friendly text has live web links to up-to-date sites, a useful reference list, assignments and a required exam.

Course Goal: The participant will acquire knowledge for fostering competence in the Dysphagia Therapist, as well as implementing and promoting a dysphagia care program in the Long Term Care setting.

Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:

  • Cite Medicare guidelines for the practice of Dysphagia Therapy
  • List three ways of promoting competence in the beginner Dysphagia Therapist
  • Participate in establishment of a dysphagia care team
  • Develop strategies for recruitment and retention of Dysphagia Therapists
  • List qualitative and subjective negative outcomes of dysphagia in Long Term Care
  • Utilize direct dysphagia therapy and restorative nursing programs to increase revenue
  • Manage the dysphagia program using current billing and coding procedures

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