RAC-CT® Certified

The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is the driving force in care planning, quality measures, survey process, and reimbursement in skilled nursing facilities. Having a solid understanding of the entire MDS item set is key to capturing the unique needs of each individual ensuring appropriate reimbursement. Having a therapy partner that can support your community beyond MDS Section O: Special Treatment, Procedures, and Programs, is critical as the industry rapidly approaches the new Patient-Driven Payment Model effective October 1, 2019. Functional Pathways is that partner. Our team of Resident Assessment Coordinator-Certified Program (RAC-CT®) experts are here to answer your questions. If you are feeling less than prepared, we would love the opportunity to show you how Functional Pathways is ready to help prepare and position your community to provide care a better way under PDPM and across the continuum.

Check out how we're preparing for BIG CHANGES!

(RAC-CT®) certification is the distinguishing characteristic of an expert in resident assessment. AANAC’s RAC-CT program has long set the national standard for skilled nursing facility PPS and MDS education. More and more employers are requesting

RAC-CT certified applicants in their job postings as it has become the mark of a professional who is committed to their career and residents.

 

Meet our certified staff below!

Have a burning question about PDPM or just want to learn more about our strategy? Contact us at

pdpm@fprehab.com!

Melissa Ward

Melissa Ward

VP of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs

Melissa has over 20 years of healthcare experience with most of her career devoted to improving care in the senior living community. She brings expertise in program development, maximizing functional outcomes, and ensuring appropriate reimbursement in adherence with state and federal regulatory guidelines. During her 5-year tenure with Functional Pathways, she has been instrumental in the development of best practices for effective and efficient care delivery within multiple alternative payment initiatives.

Chris Geier, Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Chris Geier, Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Director of Revenue Cycle

Chris Geier brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience with her knowledge of accounts receivable including: billing, contracting, credentialing, and revenue management in her role as Director of Revenue Cycle at Functional Pathways. Before her promotion to Director in 2016, she served as the Assistant Billing Manager when hired in 2013 prior to becoming Billing Manager later that year.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management with a minor in Finance from Tusculum University.  

Karen Welsh

Karen Welsh

Director of Clinical Outcomes

Karen has over 30 years of SNF and post-acute care experience with an extensive background in Five Star and Quality Measure Improvement programming and outcome management. Her areas of expertise include: PDPM, clinical program development, compliance, documentation audit and improvement processes, clinical reimbursement, and EMR development and implementation.

Gina Tomscik

Gina Tomscik

Director of Compliance & Regulatory Strategy

Gina has worked in post-acute care for 28 years. She has been with Functional Pathways for nine years and currently serves as the Director of Compliance and Regulatory Strategy. Her areas of expertise include: ensuring compliance with regulatory changes, understanding clinical
reimbursement, and following state and federal guidelines. She is actively pursuing her certification in health care compliance (CHC).

Verona Bair

Verona Bair

Clinical Reimbursement Specialist

Verona is a Registered Nurse with over 40 years of experience serving multiple roles in the long-term care industry. As a DON and MDS Coordinator she focused on education related to policy and procedure as well as reimbursement. She has assisted facilities struggling with
compliance and large census buildings nationwide.

Beth Reigart

Beth Reigart

Clinical Outcomes Specialist

Beth has worked in health care for 39 years. In addition to being a registered occupational therapist, Beth holds a master’s degree in public health and certifications in Rehabilitative Tai Chi, Relaxation Based Pain Relief and use of the Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool (BCAT). Her RAC-CT certification is an impressive addition to her expertise and illustrates her commitment to professional development. Beth has been with Functional Pathways for three years and is a key contributor to PDPM implementation and clinical initiatives. 

Jennifer Callahan

Jennifer Callahan

Clinical Outcomes Specialist

Jennifer has extensive clinical and operational experience in the post-acute care continuum and has held various leadership positions both operationally and clinically. Jennifer’s experience includes identifying areas of operational opportunity, improving clinical outcomes and efficiencies through program development and training, and increasing accuracies of coding and documentation for optimization of patient-centered care. 

Sarah Sears

Sarah Sears

Documentation Compliance Coordinator

Sarah has worked in health care for almost 20 years. In addition to being a COTA, Sarah is also a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has her master’s in business administration. Her RAC-CT certification is an impressive addition to her expertise and illustrates her commitment to professional development. Sarah has been with Functional Pathways for almost three years.

Anita Wagner

Anita Wagner

Area Director of Operations

Anita Wagner has been with Functional Pathways since April 2018 as an Area Director of Operations.  She has her BS in Physical Therapy and graduated from University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.  She has worked as a manager in skilled nursing facilities and ST rehab settings for the past 25 years for both operational and clinical oversight. She has held project lead positions in various focus groups for employee relations and clinical development.  She is current overseeing multiple contracts for FPR within SNF/IL and AL communities.

Casie Jo Davis

Casie Jo Davis

Documentation Compliance Coordinator

Casie Jo Davis has worked in the SNF and LTC sectors as an LPTA for 15 years in addition to serving as a DOR. She has worked the last 3 years in the Compliance department for FP as a Documentation Compliance Coordinator and has been with Functional Pathways for 10 years.

Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley

Area Director of Operations

Colleen Oakley joined Functional Pathways in February of 2015 as a Regional Manager. She holds a BSc in Occupational therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She moved into management in 2001 and has worked in multiple states. After going through an AIT program, Colleen got her Nursing Home Administrator license in Tennessee in December of 2010 and moved into a Divisional Vice President role in February of 2011.

Beth Dunn

Beth Dunn

Area Director of Operations

Beth Dunn graduated from Baltimore City Community College as a PTA in 1980. She has been a practicing clinician for thirty-nine (39) years and has spent the last fourteen (14) years as an Area Director. Beth has worked with Functional Pathways since April 2015 after working with an acute care hospital designing bundle payment programs for orthopedic conditions. Beth started her career in Maryland and moved to Florida to manage the Florida and southeast area.

Wanda Terrell

Wanda Terrell

Documentation Compliance Coordinator

Wanda Terrell has been a PTA for 29 years and an employed with Functional Pathways for 11 years.  She started her career on Long Island in 1990 and worked in an outpatient chronic pain clinic providing manual therapy services. She relocated to Wilmington NC in 1997 and continued in outpatient manual therapy, until 2006 when she found a small rural Nursing Home looking for a PTA and found my new home. The residents and staff were like family and she worked in that facility for two years as staff PTA, becoming the CM in 2008 when Functional Pathways took over the contract. In 2010 she became a Regional Manager for Functional Pathways and continued in that position until 2012, when the position she now holds Denial Recovery Coordinator and truly found her home.

Terri Watts

Terri Watts

Area Director of Operations

Terri has worked in Health care for 26 yrs.  In addition to being a PTA, Terri received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Services Management and has worked in Multisite Management for the last 15 years. Holding positions ranging from Director of Rehab to Regional Vice President, Terri has been an employee of Functional Pathways since 2018 and recently started her position as Area Director of Operations.

Marie Robb

Marie Robb

Quality Compliance Specialist

Marie Robb, DCC, MPT has been a physical therapist for twenty-two years. Twenty-one years has been in the skilled nursing and home health settings. She has been with Functional Pathways for nine years. Five years was spent as a lead PT in a building in Ohio and four years in compliance auditing and training therapist to improve their documentation. She is from a small town north of Pittsburgh, Koppel, PA. Marie attended Beaver Falls High School and completed her under and post-graduate degrees at Gannon University in Erie, PA. She is currently working on RAC -CT certification.

Sherri Hunter

Sherri Hunter

Area Director of Operations

Sherri Hunter, PT, RAC-CT has over 28 years of post-acute multi-site, multi-state leadership experience in healthcare roles ranging from Senior Vice President of Rehab Operations, Vice President of Home Health & Hospice Operations, & Regional Director of Utilization & Reimbursement. She holds a BS degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of GA & a BS degree in Psychology & Sports Training from Berry College. She has worked for Functional Pathways since November 2017.

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith

Area Director of Operations

Lindsay Smith has worked in post-acute care for over 23 years.  She has experience with in-house and contract rehab programs in SNF, ALF, ILF, Home Health, and Consulting Services.  Lindsay has been with Functional Pathways since July 2018 as an Area Director of Operations in MA, NJ, and PA.  Lindsay holds a BS in Occupational Therapy from Baker College, is certified through NBCOT, and is licensed in Rhode Island.

Shelly Taylor

Shelly Taylor

Area Director of Operations

Shelly Taylor graduated from OT school in 2006 from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. She has worked with the geriatric population in a number of settings with a primary focus in SNF’s, most of that time working as a Manager in various capacities. Shelly joined the Functional Pathways team in April of 2015 as a Area Director of Operations in and around the Cincinnati area.