2019 PDPM Webinar Series 
A comprehensive approach to readiness for October 1, 2019

Program Format

14-Part Webinar Series



All webinars will be held from 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

  1. Thursday, February 28 - Function Score and PDPM
  2. Thursday, March 14 - PDPM Primary Diagnosis Category: Major Joint Replacement and Spinal Surgery
  3. Thursday, March 28 - PDPM Primary Diagnosis Clinical Category: Acute Infections
  4. Friday, April 12 - PDPM Primary Diagnosis Clinical Category: Acute Neurological
  5. Friday, April 26 - PDPM Primary Diagnosis Category: Cancer
  6. Friday, May 10 - PDPM Primary Diagnosis Category: Cardiovascular and Coagulation
  7. Friday, May 24 - PDPM Primary Diagnosis Category: Medical Management
  8. Friday, June 14 - PDPM Primary Diagnosis Category: Non-surgical Orthopedic/Musculoskeletal
  9. Friday, June 28* - PDPM Primary Diagnosis Category: Pulmonary (New Date!)
  10. Friday, July 12 - PDPM Primary Diagnosis Category: Non-orthopedic Surgery
  11. Friday, July 19 - PDPM Primary Diagnosis Category: Orthopedic Surgery
  12. Friday, August 2 - PDPM Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Component
  13. Friday, August 16 - PDPM Non-Therapy Ancillary (NTA) Component of PDPM
  14. Friday, August 30 - PDPM Nursing Component

Target Audience

MDS coordinators, therapy personnel, ICD-10 coders, business office and finance personnel, administrators, DONs, and all other members of the Interdisciplinary Team accountable for payment.


Program Description

The new Medicare Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) begins October 1, 2019. For Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) providers, this will warrant not only significant operational changes but also a change of thinking, as the new PDPM removes therapy minutes as a determinant of payment and strengthens the relationship between payment and clinical characteristics to promote payment accuracy and provide the resources necessary for SNFs to meet the care needs of a diverse range of residents. Key components of this payment accuracy rely upon the understanding of how the six components (PT, OT, ST, NTA, Nursing, Non-Case Mix) of the PDPM impact reimbursement. Additionally, PDPM requires a greater understanding of how to identify the medical complexity of residents and ensure that complexity has been captured within the Minimum Data Set (MDS). The identification of medical complexity will require SNFs to have a keen understanding of the ICD-10 codes and how the ICD-10 codes determine how the resident is classified into the PDPM clinical categories.


This 14-part PDPM webinar series is targeted for MDS coordinators, therapy personnel, ICD-10 coders, business office and finance personnel, administrators, DONs, and all other members of the Interdisciplinary Team accountable for payment. LeadingAge New York has selected this nationally recognized expert and webinar series approach to facilitate a methodical, systematic, and thorough approach to understanding the PDPM. Each session dives deeper into each element of the PDPM process and will provide the necessary coding instruction for each of those elements, including how the ICD-10 codes fit into the PDPM clinical categories and drive reimbursement.


This webinar series approach will also eliminate travel costs and time out of the building and allow an unlimited number of staff to participate LIVE!


PDPM is a significant change which will require in-depth, detailed training and planning. To be ready for PDPM, LeadingAge NY encourages all SNFs to participate in this series.



Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, BA, CPC, QCP, RAC-MT, DNS-CT
Principal, Wilhide Consulting, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA

Judy Wilhide Brandt has more than 25 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in nursing facilities as a nurse manager, executive, state surveyor, RAI manager for Virginia, and consultant. She is a master teacher for AANAC and a national expert on matters relating to the MDS and the prospective payment system.

She is a certified professional coder in a unique position to explain ICD-10 coding for a skilled nursing facility under PDPM. She is the national LeadingAge MDS Expert and principal of Wilhide Consulting based in Virginia Beach, VA, serving clients nationwide.

Registration Information

Registration Fees:


LeadingAge NY Primary Members: 


LeadingAge NY Associate Members & Non-Members: 


Note: The fee includes one (1) connection to each live webinar and one (1) digital material packet per session. Recording of this webinar series are not included in the registration fee.

Payment Information
We accept the following forms of payment: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  
Check payments can be accommodated when necessary, however; registrations will not be complete until payment is received. Full payment must be received by the date of the audio conference to access to the materials and ensure participation.

Cancellations received by Feb. 21, 2019 are refundable, less a 25 percent administrative fee. Those who are registered and cancel after that date or do not attend the event will not receive refunds and are still responsible for payment in full if not already paid. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to edu@leadingageny.org.

LeadingAge New York reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment in which case pre-registered participants will be notified and full refunds provided.

Webinar Materials
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LeadingAge New York Mission Statement: To create the future of aging and continuing care services in New York State.
Sponsored by the Foundation for Long Term Care (FLTC), educational affiliate of LeadingAge New York.
Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age. 

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