HISTORY: 20 Years of Growth
Over the past 20 years, AMRPA membership has grown to include hospitals and units, outpatient rehabilitation centers and units, and other medical rehabilitation providers. AMRPA was originally a part of the National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (NARF), and then the American Rehabilitation Association (ARA). These two associations represented the needs of both vocational and medical rehabilitation.
In 1997, AMRPA was created as its own entity to better serve the unique needs of medical rehabilitation to advocate for the protection of these specialty hospitals and units, which is distinct and separate from the needs of vocational rehabilitation programs.
Who We Are
AMRPA is the national voluntary trade association representing more than 500 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units (IRH/Us), hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs), and settings independent of the hospital, such as comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities (CORFs), rehabilitation agencies, and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). AMRPA members provide rehabilitation services across multiple health care settings to help patients maximize their health, functional skills, independence, and participation in society so they can return to home, work, or an active retirement.
The many legislative and policy issues AMRPA is working on include the Recovery Audit Contractor Program (RAC) and Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) activities and reviews; bundling; health care reform; 75 Percent Rule implementation and study; IRF PPS rules and criteria; ACO; Continuing Care Hospitals; annual Federal budget proposals; research and demonstration projects on the future of Post Acute Care Services, such as the Post Acute Care Payment Reform Demonstration Project (CARE tool); Medicare Physician Fee Schedule; therapy caps, and outpatient therapy payment alternatives.
To best serve our growing constituency, the AMRPA offers a wide range of programs, information tools, educational activities and member benefits.
What We Do
AMRPA provides its members with the knowledge and tools to navigate successfully the challenges facing medical rehabilitation providers and adapt to the changing federal regulatory environment. Refer to “membership” for detailed membership benefits and services.
AMRPA's Key Activities
AMRPA represents and advocates for interests of medical rehabilitation providers to Congress and the Administration. Monitors the development and implementation of federal law, policy and regulations. Prepares comments, letters of support/opposition and provider testimonies on legislative and regulatory issues facing medical rehabilitation providers. Promotes the funding and conduct of research to advance the field and to develop evidence- based practice and public policy.
AMRPA keeps members informed of all significant policy, legislative and regulatory issues affecting medical rehabilitation providers through:
- “Action Advisory Alerts”--timely electronic updates, along with the availability of pertinent documents. Off the Record–-a weekly electronic newsletter which provides summary information on current legislative and regulatory issues.
- AMRPA Magazine--a monthly report on medical rehabilitation matters and trends, including in-depth analysis of legislative, regulatory and operational issues.
- "Membership Calls” held on an as needed basis to provide timelyinformation on emerging developments and issues affecting the field.
- eRehabData ® incorporates available data in advocacy and educational initiatives. It is owned by AMRPA. AMRPA collects and distributes data and analysis of national and regional trends in medical rehabilitation to all members.
Education & Participation:
Regional meetings, web based seminars and Fall and Spring conferences throughout the year provide the latest intelligence information and facts about the “hot” issues impacting medical rehabilitation providers including: legislative, regulatory, operational, financial and strategic issues. Members receive discounted and priority registration to all programs.
“Members Only” privileges include complete access to all information on the AMRPA website (www.amrpa.org).
AMRPA supports members in their grassroots efforts to educate Congressional representatives on issues of importance to the medical rehabilitation community.
“Members Only” may increase their activity and involvement by participating on AMRPA committees and may request to be nominated to the Board of Directors.
All members are listed in and have online access to AMRPA’s Membership Directory.
AMRPA researches, develops and distributes specialized tool kits to support and assist members with key issues, such as the Medicare Appeals Approach.
AMRPA staff are available to facilitate access to information or expertise on a broad range of issues, and business challenges.
Members can obtain information; submit queries and post-employment opportunities on the AMRPA website at no charge.