Ascend in a Nutshell

Ascend is all about collaboration and execution. In addition to gleaning tons of actionable business wisdom from our superstar speakers, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take the floor yourself as you participate in meaningful discussions about technological, regulatory, clinical, and financial trends that will shape the future of outpatient rehab therapy.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

4–7 PM Welcome Happy Hour & Badge Pickup

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7:00–8:30 AM

BREAKFAST & BADGE PICKUP

8:30–10:15 AM

ASCEND KICKOFF & KEYNOTE

Are You Running Your Business or is It Running You? with SUE HAWKES
CEO | YESS!

10:15–10:25 AM

COFFEE BREAK

Are Your Managers Killing Your Company Culture?
with BRIAN HARTZ, PT, MPT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Founder and CEO | HARTZ Physical Therapy

11:20–11:30 AM

BREAK

11:35–12:35 PM

Alternative Revenue Streams Panel
with NANCY HAM
CEO | WebPT
and
LINDSAY BECKER, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, CGFI-M3
Owner and Director of Performance | Buckeye Performance Golf
and
JENNIFER ALLEN, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CHT
CEO and Co-Founder | Bodycentral Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine
and
SHAWN BURGER, PT, DPT, CSCS
Vice President of Outpatient Division | Burger Physical Therapy

Medicare’s Targeted Probe and Education Review: Why Would They Pick You?
with MARY DAULONG, PT, CHC, CHP
President and CEO | Business & Clinical Management Services, Inc

Draft Pick to Hall of Famer: The Roadmap to Expertise
with DANIEL MCCUTCHEN, PT, DPT, OCS
Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Professional Development | Makovicka Physical Therapy

12:35–2:00 PM

LUNCH AND VENDOR SHOWCASE

2:00–2:40 PM

TRAILBLAZER TALKS

Our Time is Now: A Call for PT Action
with HEIDI JANNENGA, PT, DPT, ATC
Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer | WebPT

An Insider’s Take on Rapid Growth: Is It Good for the Industry?
with GRANT KOSTER, PT, ATC, FACHE
Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations | Athletico Physical Therapy

Beating Burnout
with TAVONA BOGGS, PT
Life Coach and Founder | Wellness PT Society

2:40–2:55 PM

SNACK BREAK

2:55–4:25 PM

Payer Rule-Palooza: What You Need to Know to Get Reimbursed in 2019 and Beyond
with RICK GAWENDA, PT
Founder and President | Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc.

A Guide to the Healthcare Marketing Ecosystem
with KEITH JENSEN, MA
Chief Marketing Officer | Waud Capital Partners

4:35–5:15 PM

The Exchange
The Exchange is a small peer-to-peer discussion session where you get the opportunity to network and grow together around a specific topic

5:15–7:00 PM

NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR

7:00–8:30 AM

BREAKFAST

8:30–9:50 AM

DAY TWO KICKOFF AND KEYNOTE

Why Doers Must Delegate: The Key to Next-Level Success in Practice 
with AMY LAFKO, MSPT, MBA
Owner and Principal | Cairn Consulting Solutions

9:50–10:00 AM

COFFEE BREAK

10:00–11:30 AM

Mergers and Acquisitions in 2020 – How To Know When The Time Is Right For You
with PAUL MARTIN, MPT, CBI, M&AMI
President | Martin Healthcare Advisors

The Slippery Slope of Sloppy Documentation: Why Therapists Get Denials During Documentation Reviews
with JOHN WALLACE, PT, MS
Chief Business Development Officer of Revenue Cycle Management | WebPT

11:30–11:40 AM

BREAK

11:40–12:15 PM

The Exchange – Round 2
The Exchange is a small peer-to-peer discussion session where you get the opportunity to network and grow together around a specific topic

12:15–1:30 PM

LUNCH AND VENDOR SHOWCASE

1:30–2:30PM

How to Build A Winning Front Desk Management System
with BRIAN GALLAGHER, PT
Owner and CEO | MEG Business Management

PT Advocacy: Turning Advocacy into Achievement
with DR. BRENDAN SULLIVAN, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, MSCS, CSCS
Founder | Empire Health & Wellness Center
and
BEN BARRON, MSPT
Vice President, Business Development | WebPT

Attain and Retain: Using WebPT Reach to Convert Leads into Patients
with SCOTT HEBERT, PT, DPT
Director of Product Management | WebPT
and
ADRIENNE SLIZ
Operations Enablement Specialist | WebPT

2:30–2:45 PM

SNACK BREAK

How To Become The Authority in Physical Therapy With Marketing
with DR. STERLING CARTER, DPT, MS, CSCS
President and CEO | Sterling Physical Therapy & Wellness
and
MR. STEPHEN CARTER, MBA, PMP
CEO and Co-Founder | Sterling Staffing Solutions

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