ABOUT FUNCTIONAL BASELINE TESTING & REHAB (FBT)

Functional Baseline Testing is a method by which clinicians may address functional activities with worker's compensation patients. This testing and treatment process will enable the therapist to provide an alternative to Work Hardening Therapy, a program increasingly fraught with reimbursement issues requiring expensive equipment and excessive square footage. 

Functional Baseline Testing a method to incorporate functional activities into a traditional physical rehab program without the space and equipment expense required for Work Hardening facilities.

Functional Baseline Testing and Treatment equipment needs can be met for under $2500.00 (in addition to standard clinic equipment). Functional Baseline Testing and Treatment can be done in a standard, already equipped PT clinic. FBT is a method to prepare an injured worker for return to work. Every job has Material Handling and Non-Material Handling requirements. Functional Baseline Testing emphasizes job-matching and precise goal setting in these key areas of work. FBT is also a method to increase Worker's Compensation revenues by retaining patients formerly lost to providers with Work Hardening programs.

Why do Functional Baseline Testing? Decreased utilization of traditional Work Hardening. From the Provider perspective, Work Hardening is expensive to provide & poorly reimbursed. It requires equipment, space, time, and staff expense. There is the decreasing payment by worker's compensation PPO's. From the Payer perspective, insurance companies do not think Work Hardening is a good investment. They view Work Hardening as "expensive baby-sitting". Regarding results, there are mixed outcomes in Work Hardening. "50-80% success" and "Outcomes are unclear" is what the research indicates. Another reason to perform an FBT is the rise of "Modified Duty" programs plus the increased pressure for early return to work. There is also the need to furnish the appropriate treatment pathway for workers with behavioral obstacles preventing return to normal activity.

Also included: When should functional baseline testing be done in a rehabilitation program? Who can perform functional baseline testing? Where can functional baseline testing be done? How is functional baseline testing done?

The time frame for completing the online course is 30 days for each participant.  2 Contact Hours CE.

OBJECTIVES

  • Identify protocols to administer evaluation of lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling tasks.

  • Apply the necessary elements of musculoskeletal screening.

  • List the elements and application of various positional tolerance tests.

  • Examine pain/disability questionnaires and other select Performance Criteria.

  • Outline and apply basic documentation skills for Functional Baseline Tests.

  • Construct functional goals in a treatment plan using the Job Matching approach.

  • Plan progress treatment using functional activities.

  • Explain how to bill for the service.

PRE-REQUISITE SKILLS

  • ROM Assessment

  • Strength Assessment

  • Postural Assessment

  • Neurological Assessment

  • Basic Functional Assessment

*CEUs:

This course is currently pre-approved for CEUs by the AOTA, BOC and COPSKT

This and many of our courses are currently or have in the past been pre-approved for continuing education credit by most state PT boards. Other specialities/professional disciplines should be able to submit for individual credit but it is important for you to contact your state licensing board or professional credentialing board for information regarding policies and the amount of continuing education credits allowed for online courses.

Who Should Register

PTs, PTAs, PT Students, OTs, OTAs, OT Students, CHTs, ATs, RNs, NPsCertified Safety Professionals, Risk Managers, Claims Managers, Safety Committee MembersHuman Resources Professionals, Industrial Engineers, Industrial Hygienists, ErgonomistsAthletic Trainers, Chiropractors, Office Furniture Sales and anyone wanting to learn how to decrease risk of onsite employee injury and increase employee productivity and satisfaction.

This seminar will be helpful to any of the following who meet the prerequisites above: OT's, PT's, COTA's. PTA's

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REFUND POLICY

Refunds are not available for distance learning courses.

Testimonial

"Excellent course content and information. Excellent printable content as well."

M.L., PT, CEAS, Springfield, MO

Testimonial

"It was well designed and informative."

T.L., PT, North Haven, CT

Ron Porter, Director, PT, CEAS III

Ron Porter, Director, PT, CEAS III

Ronald W. Porter is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Occupational Safety and Health, and Ergonomics. 

In the past 35 years, since becoming Director of the Back School, he has instructed over 1000 workshops and seminars on Ergonomics Awareness and Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention to physical and occupational therapists; medical doctors; chiropractors; occupational health nurses; and industrial health and safety professionals. 

Ron has worked with over 300 companies, including Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; US Foods; Mars Incorporated; E.I. Du Pont; DS Waters; Shell Oil; International Paper; WestRock; Arizona Public Service Company; Association of California Water Agencies/Joint Powers Insurance Agency and the United States Navy; consulting on the development and implementation of innovative ergonomics programs for both individual plant sites and entire corporations. 

He was chosen as the 2012 ASSE Ergonomics Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year, one of the 50 Most Influential People in Workers' Compensation by the 2014 SEAK National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference and received a 2016 Presidentís Award presented by the ASSE. 

His recent presentations include: 

The 2007 - 2017 American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conferences - The 2016 Region IV ASSE Professional Development Conference | The 1995 - 2005 and 2011 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Annual Conferences | The 2010 National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition | SEAK Annual National Workersí Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conferences in 2005 - 2007 and 2013 and a March 2010 national webinar on the Aging Workforce for the ASSE Virtual Classroom. 

His Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Graduate Degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

MODULE 1: THE 5 W'S OF FUNCTIONAL BASELINE TESTING (FBT)

  • The 5 W's of functional baseline testing (FBT)
  • What, why, who, when and where 

MODULE 2: FBT & BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL (BPS) MODEL OF PATIENT CARE

  • Biopsychosocial (BPS) model of patient care
  • Negative-passive-coping patients
  • Symptom magnifiers 
  • Performance criteria profile

MODULE 3: FBT PROGRAM

  • Functional Baseline Screen
  • Job description and physical demand levels
  • Pain/perceived disability questionnaires and scoring
  • Musculoskeletal screening
  • Coefficient of variance (CV or COV)
  • Progress note and treatment plan

MODULE 4: CASE STUDY

  • Case study review 
  • Tim the Auto World counter guy 

MODULE 5: EQUIPMENT & SPACE NEEDED

  • Equipment and space needed
  • Web links for equipment companies

MODULE 6: HOW TO CHARGE

  • Charges for functional baseline testing (FBT) programs
  • FBT forms
  • References