Plan your day

The Educational Conference & Expo offers general session presentations each morning and 5 concurrent educational tracks in the afternoons. 



Monday, September 24, 2018

7:00 AM

Registration Opens

7:30 AM –
8:00 AM

IRF Boot Camp Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM –
11:00 AM

IRF Boot Camp

11:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Opens

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

12:00 PM – 12:10 PM

Conference Welcome
Richard Kathrins, PhD, President & CEO, Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, and Chair, AMRPA Board of Directors

12:10 PM –
1:00 PM

Moving Forward – Slowly: Rehabilitation’s New Path for 2018 and the Immediate Future
Carolyn Zollar, MA, JD, Executive Vice President for Policy Development and Government Relations, AMRPA

1:00 PM –
1:15 PM

Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation Trends from eRehabData® and Other Sources
Sam Fleming, Director, Fleming-AOD / eRehabData®

1:15 PM –
2:00 PM

Medical Rehabilitation Patient Perspective
Roseann Sdoia, Boston Bombing Marathon Survivor

For Roseann Sdoia, April 15, 2013 began much the same way every Patriot’s Day had for the past 15 years. Her plans were always the same— to see the Red Sox play at Fenway and then, head over to one of her favorite Boylston Street bars to watch the Marathon with friends. Everything seemed perfect….And then, the unthinkable happened. Two bombs exploded and Roseann was just steps from the second blast. She remembers the flash by her feet and thinking it was too late to run. And she remembers the selfless kindness of strangers, without whom, she may have lost her life instead of just part of her right leg. Although not a marathon runner herself, Roseann avidly enjoyed running three to five miles a day. Today, as she works through her recovery, she is challenging herself to run again and hopes to inspire others to work through their own loss with courage and conviction. She hopes to raise awareness for those in desperate need of prosthetics.

2:00 PM –
2:30 PM

Networking Break with Exhibitors


Business Operations and Leadership Development

Clinical Care Delivery: A Team Approach

Regulatory, Legislative, and Accreditation Matters

Marketing and Relationship Management

Outside the Box

2:30 PM –
3:00 PM

eRehabData® Driven Performance Optimization

Lisa Werner, MBA, Director of Consulting Services; Sam Fleming, Director, Fleming-AOD / eRehabData®

Sharing Practices within a Protected Environment: Benefits of a PSO

Stacey Coffee, RN, MSN, CRRN, Clinical Informatics Coordinator; Suzanne Kauserud,   FACHE, MBA, PT, VP Administration; Judy Zdobysz,  MS CPHQ, Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Carolinas Rehabilitation; Michele Cournan,  DNP, RN, CRRN, FNP, ANP-BC, Quality Risk Manager; Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital

Major Developments in Medicare Audits and Appeals: Navigating the Administrative Appeals Process

Peter Thomas, JD, Principal; Ronald Connelly, JD, Principal, Powers Law Firm

Successful Growth Strategies for IRF/IRU Providers

Daniel Walter, MBA, Senior Principal, Walter Consulting; Jeff Garber, Chief Strategy Officer, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

How Rehab Can Get A Seat at the Table in the New Payment Environment: BPCI Advanced, ACOs and Others

Doug Baer, BS, Chief Executive Officer; Debbie Reber, MHS, OTR, Vice President, Clinical Services, Brooks Rehabilitation; Rich Kathrins, MHA, PhD, President & CEO, Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation; Barbara Mohr, PT, MHA, CEO, UVA Encompass Health Rehab Hospitals

3:15 PM –
3:45 PM

Attracting, Developing and Keeping Multi-Generational Talent in Therapy Clinics Across the Care Continuum

Eileen Hartranft, PT, MBA, DPT, Program Director, MossRehab

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Management of Neurological Voiding Dysfunction in Across the Rehabilitation Continuum

Chloe Slocum, MD, MPH, Associate Director of Quality, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital / Harvard Medical School Department of PM&R

A Comparison of Inpatient Post-Acute Care Use in Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage

Lane Koenig, PhD, President, KNG Health Consulting


Maximizing Admission Processes To Drive Bottom-Line Results

Tracey Nixon, MS, CHC Owner, President, ROC Healthcare Advisors


U.S. Rehabilitation Opportunities in China

Peter Thomas, JD, Principal, Powers Law Firm; Jason Chen, CEO & Chairman, DIH Technologies

4:00 PM –
4:30 PM

Preventing Physician Burnout in the IRF Setting

Elissa Charbonneau, DO, MS, Chief Medical Officer, Encompass Health

Eradicating Falls And Improving Discharge To Community Through A3 Practical Problem Solving

Peter Cassidy, MBA, PT, FACHE, Vice President;  Matthew Shall, MD, Medical Director Carolinas Rehabilitation Mount Holly; Kristen Barboza MBA, PT,  Director of Rehabilitation, Carolinas Rehabilitation

Medicare Advantage & Post-Acute Hospitals: A Regulatory and Statistical Review

Lisa Grabert, BS, MPH, Research Facult, Georgetown University; Sam FLeming, Director, Fleming-AOD / eRehabData®

What is "Prehab?"

Hillary Hawkins, MD, Medical Director, Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital

Improving Clinical Practice—and Payment Rates—through Effective Documentation

John Wallace, PT, MS, Chief Business Dev. Officer for RCM, WebPT, Inc.

4:45 PM –
5:45 PM

EMR Platforms and Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals Plenary


6:00 PM –
7:30 PM

Opening Networking Reception with Exhibitors


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

7:00 AM –
8:00 AM

Morning Yoga

8:00 AM

Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens

8:00 AM –
9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast & Educational Roundtables
Educational Roundtable Topics and Moderators Below:

  • Unit Managers: Bruce Brasser, Vice President of Network Operations, Mary Free Bed
  • Marketing: Gail Solomon, Vice President, Communications and Brand Management, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
  • Legislative and Regulatory: Martie Kendrick, JD, Partner, Akin Gump; Carolyn Zollar, MA, JD, Executive Vice President for Policy Development and Government Relations, AMRPA; Jonathan Gold, JD, Regulatory and Government Relations Counsel, AMRPA
  • Nursing: Julie Hensler-Cullen, MSN, RN, Director of Quality and Education, MossRehab
  • Medical Directors: Alberto Esquenazi, MD, MossRehab
  • Quality: Mimi Zhang, AMRPA Senior Policy and Research Analyst; Barbara Goodspeed, MHA, Manager, Quality Improvement, Spectrum Health
  • Compliance: Jane Snecinski, MBA, FACHE, President, Post Acute Advisors

9:10 AM –
9:30 AM

State of the Organization & AMRPA National Leadership Excellence Award
Richard Kathrins, PhD, President & CEO, Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, and Chair, AMRPA Board of Directors


9:30 AM –
10:30 AM

Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges in the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration
Martie Kendrick, JD, Partner, Akin Gump


10:30 AM –
11:15 AM

Keynote Presentation

"The Future of Medical Rehabilitation: Lessons from the Past"
Edward A. Eckenhoff Memorial Award & Lecture presented by John L. Melvin, MD, MMSc


11:15 AM –
11:45 AM

Networking Break with Exhibitors


Business Operations and Leadership Development

Clinical Care Delivery: A Team Approach

Regulatory, Legislative, and Accreditation Matters

Marketing and Relationship Management

Outside the Box

11:45 AM –
12:15 PM

The Success and Challenge of Developing A Complete Continuum of Care in an Integrated Delivery System: The Partners Continuing Care Story

David Storto, MA, JD, President, Partners Continuing Care & Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

Transgender Healthcare in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting: Key Considerations Affecting Provision of Care, Development of Education for IRF Care Providers, and Ongoing Assurance of Quality and Service to Patients who are Transgender

LeAnna Becker, PT, DPT, Director of Rehabilitation, Weiss Memorial Hospital

A Win in District Court: Leveraging the Cumberland County v. Price Decision in your Appeals

Brigid Greenberg, PT, MHS, Manager of Post Discharge Services and Appeals, Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation

Road to Recovery: The Intersection between Patient Experience and Patient Education

Patty Jobbitt, MSA,PT, Chief Operating Officer, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

Tomorrow's Rehabilitation: A Virtual Environment

Jason Peoples, HB, Virtual Health Developer, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation

12:15 PM –
1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

12:15 PM –
1:00 PM

 AMRPA Denials Management Committee Meeting (Closed)

1:45 PM –
2:15 PM

With Great Success Comes Great Responsibility- Preparing for Change Within

Thomas Smith, OTR/L, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, MossRehab

Quality Indicators: What's New and Different

Lisa Werner, MBA, Director of Consulting Services; Melissa Berkoff, Fleming-AOD Consulting

The Future of Post-Acute Care: Payment Systems Reform

Martie Kendrick, JD, Partner, Akin Gump; Eli Tomar, JD, Counsel, Akin Gump

Treating a Diverse Population: An Evidence Based Toolkit to Provide Empathetic and Collaborative Rehabilitation Care to the Melting Pot

Cristina Klymasz, MS, OTR/L, CBIS, RYT, CLT and Phil Driscoll Jr., MBA, FACHE, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

Which Factors Predict Patients’ Outcomes in Terms of Functional Gains and Discharge Location in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities?

Emily Rosario, PhD, Director of Research, Institute Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare

2:30 PM –
3:00 PM

Medical Director Leadership Development: Select the Best, Bring Up the Rest, Know When to Refresh

Sally Brooks, MD, CMO, Kindred Rehabilitation Services



Technology Plays A "Hand" In Patient Safety

Kerry Flint, PhD (Graduland), RN, MSN, CIC, Infection Control Practitioner; Joanne Sedei, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer, Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital

Rehabilitation in a Value-Based Framework: Implications of New Payment and Delivery Models

Chloe Slocum, MD, MPH, Associate Director of Quality, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital / Harvard Medical School Department of PM&R

Does Engaging with a Patient Logistic Center (Hospital Command Center) Increase Census? Reduce Onset Days? Improve Time of Day of Patient Arrival? Decrease Admission FIMS?

Mark Prochazka, MOT/MHA, Administrative Director; Susan Gisler, DPT, Assistant Director, UNC Healthcare

30 Day Unplanned Re-admissions After An IRF Stay: Identified Trend, Etiology and Contributing Factors Based On a Retrospective Study

Rashmi Chandran, PT, MBA, Director of Therapy Operations, Weslaco Regional Rehabilitation Hospital

3:15 PM –
3:45 PM

A Unified Post Acute Care Reimbursement Model - Paying for Outcomes vs Setting Based on Acuity - (Do We Really Care About Outcomes?)

George Kyriacou, M.S.P.H., CEO/President, Gaylord Hospital

Drug Diversion: It Takes a Team to Identify, Investigate and Educate

Valerie Pasnau, DNP, RN, Vice President Clinical Development & Operations, Vibra Healthcare

What Does the FY 2019 IRF PPS Final Rule Mean for You?

Carolyn Zollar, JD, EVP for Policy Development and Government Relations; Mimi Zhang, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, AMRPA


How One Facility Improved Reimbursement by Mastering the IRF-PAI Process

Melissa Banta, DPT, Manager of Therapy Services; Wayne Campbell, RN, CRRN, Nursing Coordinator, Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Centers; Sam Fleming, Director, Fleming AOD / eRehabData®

Stop Dating and Get Engaged

Ingrid Cheslek, BSN, Chief Clinical Operations Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

4:00 PM –
4:30 PM

Networking Break with Exhibitors

4:45 PM –
5:15 PM

The Impact When Your Strategic Plan and Compliance are not Aligned

Jane Snecinski, MBA, FACHE, President, Post Acute Advisors


Identification of Risk of Acute Care Transfer from IRF: Predictive Modeling and Workflow Integration

Joseph Stillo, M.D., Ph.D., VP Medical Services, Encompass Health

"Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!" Survival Tactics in the World of CMS Reviews

Emily Morgan, J.D., M.S., CCC/SLP, Director of Appeals, Kindred Hospital Rehab Services

A Pseudo Stroke Bundle: Preparing For The Future Through Post-Acute Care Collaboration

Joyal Pavey, MBA, OTR/L, Market Director, Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

Post-Acute Care Challenges: Contrasting Clinical Acuity Utilization Management To Data-Driven Models For Optimal Post-Acute Outcomes

William Restum, Ph.D., CEO, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan – A DMC Hospital; Arnie Cisneros, PT, President / Founder, Home Health Strategic

5:30 PM –
6:30 PM

Interactive Poster Presentations


6:30 PM –
7:30 PM

Exhibitor Networking Reception





Poster Presentations
For information on how to submit your poster, click here!

Successful Acute Rehabilitation of the Bariatric Patient in a Non-Bariatric Specialty Center: A Case Study
Ashley Barnes, MOT, OTR/L, Supervisor, Rehabilitation Services, OSF Healthcare St. Francis Medical Center

Revitalizing a Community TBI Support Group to Meet the Needs of Our Discharged Patients & Families
Richard Bryans, MA, CCC-SLP, Rehab Coordinator, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

PRN Therapy Staff And The FIM Instrument: Prior Education, Training And Remediation For Improved Outcomes
Wendy Bunting, MS, CCC-SLP, Director of Rehabilitation, Riverside Rehabilitation Hospital

Therapist to Therapist/Nurse Patient Handoff Promotes Patient Safety, Communication, and Satisfaction
Jennifer Carotenuto, MPA, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS, Manager, Inpatient Rehabilitation Services; Lisa Stanley, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, Rehab Services Coordinator; Emily Holmer, MPT, NCS, Rehab Services Coordinator, Tampa General Hospital

Clinical Care Delivery- A Team Approach
Tracey Connolly, MSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan; Kathryn Burke, OTRL, Clinical Therapy Manager of the Spinal Cord Unit, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

Spa Team Program
Mary Kate Cross, CTRS, Manager of Prospective Payment  Services, Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation

Glancy F.I.M. (Finding our Inner Mojo):  How a FIM Focused Performance Improvement Project Resulted in Organizational Culture Transformation
Alison Freeman, DPT, Therapy Manager; Mona Lippitt, CTRS, Director, Glancy Rehabilitation Center

Read Readmission Reduction Utilizing a Multipronged Transitional Team Approach
Valerie Geyer, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Senior Director of Nursing, Tower Health-Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing

A Unique Approach to Patient Fall Prevention Combining Information Technology and Clinical Teamwork
Andrea Hagen, MSN, CRNP, NP-C, Manager of Professional Development, Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation

Including Patients in Team Conference: Enhancing Patient Engagement, Improving the Patient Experience and Advancing the Clinical Team's Skills in Patient Communication
Eileen Hartranft, PT, MBA, DPT, Program Director; Wanda Beckwith, OTR/L, Clinical Manager of Therapy Services, MossRehab

Toward a Rehabilitation Treatment Taxonomy:  Defining the Active Ingredients of Rehabilitation
Julie Hensler-Cullen, MSN, RN, Director of Quality and Education, MossRehab

Effective Team Collaboration for Patient Problem/Goal Management and Team Conference in the IRU/H
Shawn Hewitt, OTR/L, Product Manager of Rehab, Mediware

Rehabilitation Services Integration Across a Large Healthcare System Garners Superlative Results in Patient Experience, Employee Engagement and Operational Excellence
Marcie Hurlbutt, MSPT, Senior Director, Rehabilitation Services, Spectrum Health

Chronic Dysphagia with Late Effect Ionized Radiation Exposure; A Multi-Discipline Approach to the Rehabilitation of the Head and Neck Cancer Survivor
John Kelly, MPT, Senior Outpatient Therapist; Charlotte Purcell, CCC, SLC, Speech Language Pathologist, Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation

Road to Better Outcomes through a Focused FIMs Approach
A. Elizabeth Koyle, PT, DPT, PhD, Executive Director, Rehab Therapy Programs, University Health System

Expediting Discharges Using a Culture of Improvement Model
Erica Yates, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CRRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist; Cindy Sutton, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager; Kelly Walters, MSN, APRN, CNP, Nurse Practitioner; Kathy Patera, BSN, RN, PPS Manager, Cleveland Clinic

Rural Hospitals Can Support an Inpatient Rehab Facility
Alana Longwell, DO, Medical Director, Newman Regional Health

Building A Concept-Based Orientation for Rehab Nurses
Pamela Mayes, MSN, RN, PCS, Nurse Educator, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

Renovations: Mitigating the Negative Effects on Delivery of Care
Michael Williams, M-Arch, Associate Architect, Boulder Associates Architects

Promoting Safety:  A Multidisciplinary Approach And Application Of Research To Impact Aspiration Pneumonia Incidents In An Acute Care Hospital Setting
Erica Newberg, MA, CCC-SLP, Supervisor Inpatient Rehabilitation Services, Spectrum Health

Changes in Rehabilitation Nursing: Caring for LVAD Patients
Elsa White, RN, Nurse Manager, Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital

Which Specific Functional Abilities Predict Home Discharges for Older Adults in Inpatient Rehabilitation?
Paul Novak, MS, Director of NeuroRehab Institute; Nancy Smith, RN, Program Manager, Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital

A Recipe for Team Conference Success: The Ingredients are More Important Than the Technique
Don Packard, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Operations, Spectrum Health

Preventing CAUTIs Through Sealed Catheter Junctions
Valerie Pasnau, DNP, RN, CRRN, Vice President Clinical Development and Operations, Vibra Healthcare

Collaborative Approaches to Management of Patients with Functional Neurologic Disorder
Marshall Poole, DO, Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City Michigan

Implementation of Limb Loss Program
Cyndi Rogers, RN, ASN, Charge Nurse, Methodist Hospitals

Effectiveness of the LSVT® BIG Program in the Home Setting Compared to the Out-Patient Setting
Michele Weaver, PT, Spectrum Health

Embedding a Safety Culture of Education and Collaboration to Prevent Therapeutic Duplication of Medication
Karen Saunders, RN, BSN, CRRN, CBIS, Nurse Manager, Sheltering Arms Hospital - South

How to Advance Care Through The Disease Specific Certifications
Andrea Sheehy, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Therapy Operations; Tallet Rizik, MD, Medical Director, Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio

Vision Screen and Interventions for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury
Leah Nissley, MS, OTR/L, CBIS, Occupational Therapist, Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing

"Luck" is not a Compliance Strategy
Jane Snecinski, FACHE, President, Post Acute Advisors

And the Beat Goes On - Development, Implementation and Outcomes of a First Year Heart Failure Class
Kimberly Soden, MSN, RN, CRRN, Registered Nurse IV/Clinical Nurse, Tower Health System - Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing

Transitions Of Care After Severe Brain Injury: How To Attain The Best & Most Appropriate Rehabilitation For Your Patient/Client
Mary Tanis, LBSW, CBIS, Referral Development Representative, Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation; Jill O’Connell, BS, Referral Development, Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation

The Challenge of IRF PPS - Documentation, Coding and Compliance
Patrica Trela, BS, RHIA, IRF PPS Consultant, Simmons College


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

7:00 AM –
8:00 AM

Morning Yoga

8:00 AM

Registration Opens

8:00 AM –
9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast


8:00 AM –
8:45 AM

AMRPA Quality Committee Meeting (Closed)

8:45 AM –
9:30 AM

AMRPA Education Committee Meeting (Closed)


8:45 AM –
9:30 AM

AMRPA Clinical & Consumer Affairs Committee Meeting (Closed)


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

It's Just Respect: Creating an Inclusive Community for People with Disabilities Plenary Discussion
Julie Hensler-Cullen, MSN, RN, Director of Quality and Education, MossRehab (and invited speakers)


Business Operations and Leadership Development

Clinical Care Delivery: A Team Approach

Regulatory, Legislative, and Accreditation Matters

Marketing and Relationship Management

Outside the Box

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

You’ve Hired A New Nurse Leader: Now What? Phase Two

Debra Eisenstadt, MS, BSN, Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Services, Saint Cloud Hospital

Evaluating and Addressing Safety Culture in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital System

Maeve Lopreiato, MPH, BSN, Director of Quality Management; Bruce Pomeranz, MD, Senior Medical Officer, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

IRF‑PAI Coding and Case Coding Report: Helping You Help Yourself!

Stephanie Johnson, CCS, ETC, HIM, Coding Supervisor, Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation

How to Leverage Loyal Patients to Improve Revenue

Ben Barron, MSPT, Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, Professional Physical Therapy; Scott Hebert, PT, DPT, Co-Founder, CEO; Ryan Klepps PT, DPT, Co-Founder, COO, Strive Labs

Important Updates Regarding the IRF Quality Reporting Program

Mary Ellen DeBardeleben, MBA, MPH, CJCP, Director of Quality; Andrew Baird, JD, Director of Governmental Affairs, Encompass Health

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Managing Performance on CMS IRF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Measures

Troy Hillman, BS - Mathematics Analytical Manager & Govt. Rel. Associate, Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation

Rusk Rehabilitation in Acute Care : Driving Efficiencies and Throughput

Kate Parkin, PT, DPT, MA, Senior Director, Therapy Service; Jonathan Whiteson, MD, Vice Chair, Clinical Operations; Michael Tsang, MSW, MBA, Director of Operations, NYU Langone Health, Rusk Rehabilitation

Current Trends in Accredited Organizations

Christine MacDonell, OT, Managing Director, Medical Rehabilitation, CARF International

Digital Marketing TODAY in the Rehabilitation and Health Care Environment

Ben Risinger, MA, Professor, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Managing The Agitated TBI Patient: An Interdisciplinary Case Study

John Baker, RN, Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing


Contact a member of the AMRPA team for questions and assistance!

Responsibilities Name AMRPA Title Email Phone Number
Registration Julia Scott Account Coordinator 202-207-1110
General Conference Inquiries Rachel Koresky Operations Manager 202-207-1108
Continuing Education Credits Melanie Hein Education Administrator 847-686-2325
Exhibitor & Sponsorship Samantha Schwarz Member Services Coordinator 202-207-1132
Hotel Reservations Patrick Dougherty Meetings Manager 678-303-2979