Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association

Annual Rehabilitation CEU Conference

  • Saturday, January 28, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Loyola University Maryland Graduate Center; 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD 21045 - Room 260


  • Standard Rate on or after October 13, 2016

Registration is closed

A Rehab Therapy Approach to Managing the Post Acute Heart Failure Patient

Originally Scheduled October 29, 2016
Please contact a MNCHA team member if you can no longer attend this event or need to make a registration substitution at or (410)527-0780

About the Conference

According to the CDC, 5.7 million Americans suffer from Heart Failure at this very moment. Odds are good that you are going to be called to see some of these people in their home. Every year it is a race between COPD and CHF to see which is the highest rehospitalization diagnosis. So are you fully equipped to assess and treat this patient in the home? Do you understand how a diseased circulatory system works and how that effects the rest of the body? Do you know how to monitor that and when to call the doctor? When the patient does need to go to the ER and when “abnormal” vitals are really typical for this patient?  And how to prescribe the appropriate exercise prescription for this patient? By the end of this course, you will be more confident about treating this patient population and helping the patient to stay comfortably in their own home.


  • Identify vesicular, abnormal and adventitious heart and lung sounds
  • Describe appropriate tests and measures used for diagnosis of heart failure
  • Demonstrate standardized scales used to assess a patient with heart failure and how to integrate into treatment
  • Discuss three standardized assessment tools for the patient with heart failure
  • Describe basic concepts of the medication regimen for a patient with heart failure
  • Discuss appropriate Hospice referral based on qualifying criteria

Participants should wear lab clothing, as we will be practicing the examination and intervention techniques on one another.  Also, please bring your own stethoscope for auscultation.

About the Speaker
Nikki Krueger, PT, MPT,  COS-C

Nikki Krueger, PT, MPT, COS-C, has been a practicing physical therapist for 15 years, 10 of which have been in the home health setting.  While Nikki has worked with a variety of patient populations, both in age and in diagnoses, most of her practice emphasis has been in the realm of cardio vascular and pulmonary physical therapy.  In addition to clinical practice, Nikki had been adjunct faculty at Rockhurst University for 5 years, and Southwest Baptist University for 4 years, assisting with the “Management of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Patient” course. Nikki currently works as part of the St. Luke’s Homecare and Hospice Quality Resources Department where her responsibilities include developing and teaching ongoing clinical education related to OASIS accuracy/outcomes/process measures, as well as disease processes. Nikki is a Certified OASIS Specialist – Clinical (COS-C) through OASIS Answers, Inc.  Nikki has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1999. She is currently a member of the Home Health Section, for which she previously served as the Education Committee Chair, and is actively a member of the Geriatric Section and the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section, for which she previously served as the Programming Committee Chair.   Nikki has been a member for the Kansas Physical Therapy Association since 2002, for which she has served as the past Membership Committee Chair and past Secretary.

Who Should Attend?

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

Continuing Education

8 hours continuing education are approved for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists.

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Cancellation Policy

Fees will be refunded, or invoices will be adjusted, only if written notice of cancellation is received two weeks prior to the workshop.  In the event of cancellation, MNCHA will retain or charge $20 of the initial registration fee per registrant to cover administrative overhead. Once written cancellation is received, a staff member will review for approval. If your cancellation is approved, we will email back a signed and dated copy of the cancellation that your agency should retain on file in case of questions.

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