The Pursuit of Excellence in the Changing Healthcare Environment: A Pediatric Home Health Model

April 10, 2015 9:00am - 4:30pm

*This is a Closed Event for Therapy 2000 Employees Only*

This event is open to OT/ST/PT.

This course is pending approval for 6 CEUs from TSHA and 6 CCUs from TPTA.

This course is  approved for 6 CEUs from TOTA (type 1).


Cuyler M Romeo, OTR, M.O.T., SCFES

Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS

Course Location:

Therapy 2000

2535 Lone Star Dr.

Dallas, TX


Course Description:

As the healthcare environment continues to evolve we, as home health therapy providers, must learn to be effective and efficient stewards of the limited healthcare resources available.  Opportunity for the advancement of clinical excellence is present as payment/reimbursement increasingly shifts toward an outcomes model versus previous measurements of volume of procedures, visits, services or interventions.

Home health therapy providers are in a unique position to continue to play a critical role in this healthcare transformation while leading the way with regard to effective therapy utilization.

How do we maximize our effectiveness through adaptive systems and processes with an emphasis on evidence based care and collaboration with other providers?

How might we utilize ongoing reflective practice and deliberate performance to determine the right plan so that we support the best possible outcomes for children and families?

About Our Speakers:

Cuyler M Romeo, OTR, M.O.T., SCFES

Director of Clinical Innovation; Feeding and High Risk Infant Program Director

Cuyler completed her Masters level occupational therapy training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and discovered her passion for medically fragile infant feeding while completing her clinical fellowship in a Level 3 NICU for Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX.  Cuyler pursued this specialty by working as a feeding therapist at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, AZ in both the in-patient (NICU, PICU, well baby) and out-patient settings while earning her therapeutic handling certification in TAMO®.  She later joined a group of feeding therapists as a founding partner of Mealtime Connections, LLC, a pediatric feeding specialty clinic serving Southern Arizona.  As a partner, Cuyler had the opportunity to mentor under fellow partner Marsha Dunn Klein, Med, OTR/L and promote a global approach to feeding through education, lecturing, and advocacy.

Cuyler returned to her home state of Texas in 2010 and continued to expand her feeding skills while working for Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, TX.  She earned her AOTA board specialty certification in Feeding, Eating and Swallowing in 2012 and currently serves on the BASC board for AOTA.  She transitioned back to home care as feeding specialist and team manager for Therapy 2000, a pediatric home health agency serving over 6 metropolitan areas across the state.  Cuyler now serves as the Director of Clinical Innovation for Therapy 2000 and focuses her efforts on clinical program development, professional lecturing and direct teaching.

Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS

Occupational Therapy Program Director; Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialty Program Direcctor

Jennifer studied Psychology and Spanish as an undergraduate at Indiana University and received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 1996 from the University of Indianapolis. She has worked in pediatrics since 1999 and is currently the Occupational Therapy Program Director & the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program Director for THERAPY 2000, a growing pediatric home health therapy company based in Dallas, Texas. Jennifer guides overall philosophy and delivery of OT programming, as well as therapist training and clinical development. She works with children and families, mentors other therapists, and coordinates the OT student program.

Jennifer’s main area of interest and expertise is in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. This interest and expertise was developed through experiences such as: working for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (North Carolina, with TEACCH and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center as resources); serving on an interdisciplinary team at Mason City Schools Early Childhood Center to develop specialized programming for children with ASD (near Cincinnati, Ohio, with support and resources through the Kelly O’Leary Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and OCALI, the Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence), and serving as primary In-Home/Parent Trainer for McKinney ISD. Jennifer believes strongly in the importance and power of the therapeutic relationship, and provides mentoring and training in this area as well. Jennifer has been a Registered Yoga Teacher since 2006 and a yoga studio owner in the Dallas area since 2011.

Learner Objectives:

At the end of the training, participants will:

1.       Identify and describe at least 3 important healthcare industry factors directly impacting pediatric therapy service delivery.

2.       Define and describe therapeutic concepts such as medical necessity, dosage, medical home/neighborhood, and outcomes.

3.       Identify at least 3 strategies or concepts associated with positive outcomes in coordination of care, caregiver engagement and effective home programming.

4.       Demonstrate the ability to utilize the Factors of Clinical Excellence Model when planning treatment for children and families with a variety of strengths, interests and areas of need.


*This is a Closed Event for Therapy 2000 Employees Only*


“Based on our CEU application method, TSHA requires all speech professionals miss no more than 10 minutes of class to receive full credit. Partial credit is not available for speech therapistsIf you are late to class at start or after break by more than 10 minutes, no credit can be granted, although you are still warmly welcome to attend.”

Thank You for your understanding of this externally mandated requirement.

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