Networking & Educational Seminar
for Lymphedema Therapists
Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA
Nov. 7-9, 2014

*** NOTE: There was an OPTIONAL pre-seminar presentation on Friday, November 7, from 4-5:30 pm (1.5 contact hours) with Heidi Miranda-Walsh, OTR/L, CHT, CLT-LANA, on "Lymphedema Treatment for the Head & Neck Oncology Patient."

LOCATION: Scripps Mercy Hospital, Lower Level Classrooms A, B, C; 4077 Fifth Avenue, MER-55, San Diego, CA 92103.

Heidi Miranda-Walsh, OTR/L, CHT, CLT-LANA: Lymphedema Treatment in the Head & Neck Oncology Patient and "Challenging Bandaging for Lower Extremity Lymphedema"
Michelle Heinrichs, DPT, CWS, CLT: "Wound Care for the Lymphedema Patient"
Paula Stewart, MD: "Precautions for CDT in the Medically Fragile Patient"
Jay Granzow, MD: "Innovations in Lymphedema Surgery"
Leslyn Keith, MS, OTR/L, CLT-LANA: "Obesity & Lymphedema"
Bob Weiss, MS: "Medicare & Lymphedema Treatment"
Linda Anne Kahn: "Lipedema or Lymphedema?"

CONTACT HOURS: 10.5 (or 12.0 with Optional Friday presentation).

Lymphedema Seminars is an Approved Provider #8208 for Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

PLEASE NOTE!! We have now also received CEU approval from the CA Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) #14-336.


FRIDAY, NOV. 7: (1.5 contact hours - Optional)
3:30 - 8:00 pm: Registration
4:00 - 5:30 pm: EXTRA FRIDAY Presentation: Heidi Miranda-Walsh, OTR/L, CHT, CLT-LANA: "Lymphedema Treatment for Head & Neck Oncology Patients"
5:30 - 8:00 pm: MediUSA-Sponsored Wine & Hors D'oeuvres Reception / EXHIBITS
6:15 - 7:45 pm: Product Demonstrations

SATURDAY, NOV. 8: (10.5 contact hours for seminar)
7:30 - 8:30 am: Lohmann & Rauscher-Sponsored Buffet Breakfast /Registration / EXHIBITS
8:30 - 8:45 am: Welcome
8:45 - 9:45 am: Michelle Heinrichs, PT, DPT, CLT, WCC: "Wound Care for the Lymphedema Patient"
9:45 - 10:45 am: Heidi Miranda-Walsh, OTR/L, CHT, CLT-LANA: "Challenging Bandaging for Lower Extremity Lymphedema"
10:45 - 11:00 am: Break / EXHIBITS
11:00 - 12:00 am: Paula Stewart, MD: "Precautions for CDT in the Medically Fragile Patient"
12:00 - 1:30 pm: Tactile Medical-Sponsored BUFFET LUNCH / EXHIBITS
12:30 - 1:30 pm: Product Demonstrations by Sponsors
1:30 - 3:00 pm: Jay Granzow, MD: "Innovations in Lymphedema Surgery"
3:00 - 3:30 pm: Break / EXHIBITS
3:30 - 6:00 pm: Interactive Sessions, Moderator: Leslyn Keith, MS, OTR/L, CLT-LANA
3:45 - 4:30: Session 1 4:30 - 5:15: Session 2 5:15 - 6:00: Session 3
7:00 - ?? pm: Optional JoviPak-Sponsored Faculty Dinner

7:30 - 8:30 am: Lohmann & Rauscher-Sponsored Buffet Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 am: Leslyn Keith, MS, OTR/L,CLT-LANA: "Obesity & Lymphedema"
9:30 - 10:30 am: Bob Weiss, MS: "Medicare & Lymphedema"
10:30 - 11:30 am: Linda Anne Kahn, CIDESCO, HHP, CLT-LANA, NCTMB, CMT, CNC: "Lipedema or Lymphedema?"
11:30 - 12:00 pm: Wrap-up and Evaluations

OBJECTIVES - Scripps Mercy Hospital Seminar • San Diego, CA • 11/14
Participants learned to:

  • Recognize different cancer treatments, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and their consequences and complications.
  • Understand how the therapist role and intervention can improve, attenuate the effects of the cancer treatments and improve patient's quality of life.
  • Understand the Manual Lymph Drainage techniques for Head and Neck Lymphedema.
  • Identify the different types of garments available for Head and Neck Lymphedema.
  • Identify wound type and depth of involvement based on understanding of normal tissue anatomy.
  • Describe elements to include in documentation and the essential elements to accurately describe a wound.
  • Discuss factors that are important to improving wound healing.
  • Identify appropriate dressings to manage the bioburden and moisture content of a wound.
  • Recognize the types of wounds commonly seen in lymphedema patient and determine the appropriate plan of care.
  • Understand the difference between the fluid and solid states of limbs with lymphedema.
  • Understand the progression from fluid to solid states in chronic lymphedema.
  • Identify the different surgical options for lymphedema.
  • Identify the appropriate selection of surgical lymphedema options.
  • Understand the integration of surgical options for lymphedema into a comprehensive lymphedema treatment system.
  • Identify the links between obesity and lymphedema.
  • Understand the mechanisms that result in adipose proliferation in the presence of lymph.
  • Recognize the urgency of addressing weight management in a comprehensive lymphedema program.
  • Share an evidence-based program proposal.
  • Identify the origins of our healthcare coverage relating to the reimbursement of lymphedema treatment services.
  • Identify 2014 changes to Medicare delivery and reimbursement, issues affecting lymphedema treatment delivery and changes anticipated for 2015.
  • Recognize key therapy billing and coding issues, functional limitations coding problems, and therapy cap and exception information.
  • Identify a deep understanding about lipedema including symptoms, classification, stages of lipedema and complications.
  • Develop an understanding of the psycho-social challenges to the lipedema patient and tools to address these challenges.
  • Identify supplements and diet that have been shown to be helpful for the lipedema patient.