RICK GAWENDA, PT, is a licensed physical therapist with nearly 25 years of experience. He graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy and currently serves as the founder and President of Gawenda Seminars & Consulting, Inc. Mr. Gawenda is also Director of Finance for Kinetix Advanced Physical Therapy, a private practice with offices located in Southern California. In addition, he previously worked as the Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he was responsible for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has provided valuable education and consulting to skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, private practices, and rehabilitation agencies in the areas of CPT/ICD-10 coding, billing, PQRS, documentation compliance, revenue enhancement, practice management, and denial management as they relate to outpatient therapy services. Mr. Gawenda has presented nationally since 2004 and currently presents approximately 100 dates per year around the United States.

Mr. Gawenda is the past President of both the Section on Health Policy and Administration of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Michigan Association of Medical Program Rehabilitation Administrators and the author of The How-To Manual for Rehab Documentation: A Complete Guide to Increasing Reimbursement and Reducing Denials and Coding and Billing For Outpatient Rehab Made Easy: Proper Use of CPT Codes, ICD-9 Codes and Modifiers.

Financial - Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education
Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists