Chairman's Letter

Moving in a Positive Direction

Over the last four years Dr. Gans has worked tirelessly to address the many challenges facing our field. Under his leadership we have made great strides in developing innovative and progressive ideas to position the medical rehabilitation field for the future. We are all very thankful for Dr. Gans’ contributions to our association.

As incoming Chair of the Board, I am committed to our association’s mission in guiding our efforts. Our mission states, “AMRPA is the nation’s only trade organization dedicated solely to the interests of Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals and Units (IRH/U), outpatient rehabilitation centers and other medical rehabilitation providers with a focus on collective advocacy to advance the field of medical rehabilitation and support the medical rehabilitation needs of persons with disabilities.”

In my new role, I look forward to working with our members to keep the AMRPA’s momentum moving in a positive direction. We will continue to work for a stable environment that will allow us to effectively serve the patients and families in our communities. We will also work to continue to be recognized as the champions of medical rehabilitation in order to best serve the public.

Our association’s leadership is committed to addressing the many challenges that remain and those that may present themselves. These challenges include better alignment of our payment system with evidence-based care, reducing regulatory burdens on our providers such as the 60% Rule, audits, appeals and therapy caps, ensured patient access and coverage, and restoring payment cuts. These challenges will remain a priority.

AMRPA is composed of members with a wealth of talent. We have many voices within our association and we need to be responsive to the collective good, as well as individual needs. One of the best ways to ensure broad representation is for you to get involved. Many committees and work groups need members who can share their clinical, administrative and financial expertise. Many of these committees are listed on our webpage under the About Us tab. If you are willing to get involved, contact our Washington office +1-202-223-1920 and give your name to Catherine Beal (cbeal@ We can’t represent your interests, concerns or ideas if you remain on the sidelines.

On behalf of the AMRPA leadership, we look forward to working with you and your team. We have a strong association and with your actions and support we will remain strong, relevant and progressive. Thank you for your involvement and ongoing commitment to our mission.

Richard Kathrins, PhD
President & Chief Executive Officier, Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation