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Kenneth L. Miller

PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Dr. Kenneth Miller has been an educator, physical therapist, and consultant for the home health industry for more than 20 years and serves as a guest lecturer, adjunct teaching assistant, and adjunct professor in the DPT program at Touro College in Bay Shore, New York. He has presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Educational and Leadership Conference of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy and Education Section of the APTA, and the Annual Conference of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice on a variety of topics, including objective testing, professionalism, interdisciplinary team modeling, osteoporosis, differential diagnosis of dizziness, documentation, patient engagement, student program development, and home health regulations.

He serves as chair of the Practice Committee of the Home Health Section (HHS) of the APTA. As the chair, he led the development of the "Providing Physical Therapy" section in the third edition of the home handbook, the Home Health Student Program Roadmap & Toolkit, and The Home Health Section Toolbox of Standardized Tests & Measures. He is a member of the editorial boards of the GeriNotes publication and of the Journal of Novel Physiotherapy and Physical Medicine, and is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and the Journal of Primary Care. Dr. Miller has authored numerous articles for the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, GeriNotes, and the HHS newsletter, The Quarterly Report.

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Exercise and Drug Interactions

Presented by Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Exercise and Drug Interactions

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Video Runtime: 69 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 35 Minutes

The To Err is Human report on medical errors sheds light on the need for greater attention to medications and their effects on physical and mental functioning over the past 20 years. There is a greater understanding of drug-drug interactions and potentially inappropriate prescribing/administration of medications. This course is an intermediate-level course for physical therapists and occupational therapists. Clinicians completing this course will develop an understanding of the effects of lifestyle (sedentary vs. active) on physiology, how physiological changes impact the body's ability to metabolize medications, and how to incorporate this knowledge into exercise prescription and patient education. The learner will receive concrete strategies and resources to help improve patient safety related to exercise-drug interactions.

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Preventing Readmission With COPD: Transition From Acute to Home Care

Presented by Rebecca Crouch, PT, DPT, MS, CCS, FAACVPR, Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAPTA, and Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Preventing Readmission With COPD: Transition From Acute to Home Care

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Video Runtime: 94 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

Readmission to the hospital for patients with COPD is a national concern. It is a problem for hospitals because it comes with a penalty from CMS if the readmission occurs within 30 days of discharge. Patients with COPD require monitoring beyond the acute care setting, and the current evidence supports continued monitoring of these patients beyond the acute care setting and the acute exacerbation. However, transition from the acute care setting to the home (or outpatient setting) is not always smooth, and communication is often lacking. This course will discuss the problem of readmission and transition of care, as well as the patient with COPD who is treated in the acute care setting and moves to the home setting. The identification of COPD patients at high risk for readmission will be discussed, along with the medications the patients may be sent home with and best practice for care in the home and outside the hospital.

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Preventing Readmission With Heart Failure

Presented by Rebecca Crouch, PT, DPT, MS, CCS, FAACVPR, Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAPTA, and Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Preventing Readmission With Heart Failure

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Video Runtime: 125 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 46 Minutes

Readmission to the hospital for patients with heart failure is a national concern. It is a problem for hospitals because it comes with a penalty from CMS if the readmission occurs within 30 days of discharge. Patients with heart failure require monitoring beyond the acute care setting, and current evidence supports continued monitoring of these patients beyond the acute care setting. However, transition from the acute care setting to the home (or outpatient setting) is not always smooth, and communication is often lacking.
This course will discuss the problem of readmission and transition of care, as well as how heart failure is treated in the acute care setting and moves to the home setting. The identification of heart failure patients at high risk for readmission will be discussed, along with the medications the patients may be sent home with and best practice for care in the home and outside the hospital.

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Chronic Disease Management: Therapists' Role in Improving Health Part 1

Presented by Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Chronic Disease Management: Therapists' Role in Improving Health Part 1

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Chronic Diseases are considered to be among the costliest, most common and preventable of all health problems. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has implemented the Medicare Readmissions Reduction Program under the authority of the Affordable Care Act, which financially penalizes hospitals for readmissions within 30 days, including acute and chronic health conditions. This two-part series will focus on the management of heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes mellitus type 2. This course provides background on chronic disease, information about best practice interventions, and strategies for care planning for chronic disease management.

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Chronic Disease Management: Therapists' Role in Improving Health Part 2

Presented by Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Chronic Disease Management: Therapists' Role in Improving Health Part 2

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Chronic Diseases are considered to be among the costliest, most common and preventable of all health problems. This two-part series focuses on the management of heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes mellitus type 2. Part two explores strategies for improving health confidence and patient activation, reducing re-hospitalization, and demonstrates the use of the teach back method for improving patient engagement.

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Pharmacology for Geriatric Practice

Presented by Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Pharmacology for Geriatric Practice

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Annually in the US, there are about 400,000 preventable adverse drug events that account for $3.5 billion in extra costs. Physical therapists are key members of the interdisciplinary health care team with the knowledge and skills to monitor patients' medication for intended effects, side effects and adverse drug events in the geriatric population. Using the 2015 Updated Beers Criteria - List of Potentially Inappropriate Medications for Older Adults (published by the American Geriatrics Society), physical therapists have the necessary tools to address medication safety with their patients to reduce the risk of adverse drug events and associated re-hospitalizations which are considered preventable. Many older adults believe that over the counter medications are "safe" for them to use, not knowing the dangers these medications pose. The Beers Criteria is a useful tool for therapists to integrate into practice to determine which prescription and over the counter medications are potentially inappropriate and/or the effects medications may have on physical performance and functional ability.

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Functional Assessment and Clinical Decision Making

Presented by Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Functional Assessment and Clinical Decision Making

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Up to one-third of adults age 65 or older fall each year, and approximately 20% of those who fall sustain a serious injury. Additionally, depression rates approach 25% in the home care (Medicare age) older adult population which significantly increases the short-term risk of hospitalization in the geriatric home care population. This course will utilize case scenarios to provide a backdrop for using functional assessment tools with older adults to identify physical (strength and endurance), cognitive (depression/dementia/delirium) and mobility (balance and fall risk) impairments. The data gathered during the assessment and examination will be incorporated into clinical decision making to foster effective triaging and/or care planning.

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Using the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF) as a Map for Geriatric Care

Presented by Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Using the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF) as a Map for Geriatric Care

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The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is a classification system developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) used to define health and disability across the health continuum using a bio-psychosocial model. Geriatric Physical Therapists work with a challenging patient population due to the complex interplay of chronic disease and aging and the resultant impact on function and disability. Caring for these patients requires an ability to identify contextual factors (environmental and personal) that may be barriers or facilitators to achieving the goals established in the plan of care.
This course will focus on using the ICF to shift the focus of disability from causation to impact that a person's health has on function. Moving away from the Nagi disablement model to the ICF model is a paradigm shift requiring a change in the language used by and the thinking of clinicians. Rather than treating disease and disability, clinicians will seek to improve health and function. The participant will be provided tools to apply the ICF in a practical sense and operationalize the ICF for evaluation, plan of care development (interventions/goals) and integrate defensible documentation for all patient encounters.

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The Impact of Diabetes Mellitus in Geriatric Care: Part 2

Presented by Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

The Impact of Diabetes Mellitus in Geriatric Care: Part 2

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The Affordable Care Act has mandated health care providers focus on quality care provision and patient outcomes. Accountable care organizations have been created to reduce expenses and improve health by focusing on preventative care. Physical Therapists have an opportunity to provide patient self-management education and support with the geriatric population by addressing co-morbidities when prescribing exercise and physical activity programs. Individualized, patient-centered programs addressing co-morbidities that focus on engagement realize improved adherence and better outcomes with regards to losing weight and controlling blood glucose. This course will provide the practicing geriatric physical therapist with the tools to be more patient centric, provide best practice as identified by clinical practice guidelines, and address health behavior change to increase physical activity for patients with diabetes.

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The Impact of Diabetes Mellitus in Geriatric Practice: Part 1

Presented by Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

The Impact of Diabetes Mellitus in Geriatric Practice: Part 1

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 86 million U.S. adults currently have prediabetes leading to an increased risk of developing type 2 Diabetes, Stroke and Heart Disease. Type 2 diabetes is considered a preventable disease since contributing factors can be lack of physical activity, obesity, and socioeconomic factors which are all mostly modifiable. Physical Therapists working with the geriatric population must be knowledgeable of the disease process of diabetes, be able to instruct patients about reducing risk factors, and provide exercise prescription. Physical therapists are poised to provide preventative care to patients with diabetes. This course will provide the practicing geriatric physical therapist with the tools to address health behavior change and increase physical activity for patients with risk factors for developing diabetes.

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Jan 23, 2017

Chronic Disease Management: Therapists' Role in Improving Health

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Dec 22, 2015

The Impact of Diabetes Mellitus in Geriatric Care

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