Schedule of Events

All session materials and recordings will be available for registered attendees on the AMRPA Virtual Conference Platform. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

IRF Boot Camp

Sunday, October 24, 2021

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET

 Optimizing Rehabilitation Physician Practice in Inpatient Settings: Financial and Operational Tools for Joy in the Workplace

 Coding and Billing for Professional Services on Inpatient Rehabilitation
 Karl J. Sandin, MD, MPH
 Assistant Professor of Surgery (trauma) Creighton University School of Medicine
 President, Excellence in Rehabilitation Medical Group Inc

Building an Understanding of Rehabilitation Hospital/Unit Operations and Finances
Catherine J. Knight, MSN
Division Vice President, Kindred Healthcare

 Benefits and Pitfalls of a Physician-directed Acute Care Rehabilitation Consultation/Liaison Service
 Kevin Moser, MD
 Consult Director, Tower Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Wyomissing


On Demand Content & Poster Presentations Available for Viewing

Monday, October 25, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET

Conference Welcome
Anthony Cuzzola, AMRPA Board Chairman, Vice President, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

Medical Rehabiltiation Patient Perspective Speaker
Tim Callahan, Tim Callahan Foundation: Overcoming Paralysis

11:00 a.m. - Noon ET

Implementing and Sustaining Advanced Telehealth and Technology in Inpatient Rehabilitation

Moderated by: Mara McDermott, Vice President, McDermott+ Consulting

Panelists: Jason Peoples, Director of Technology and Innovation, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital; Dr. Christopher Plastaras, Clinical Director of Musculoskeletal Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Medicine, MossRehab

Noon - 1:00 p.m. ET

Networking Breakout Sessions & Exhibitor Hours

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. ET

Concurrent Tracks - Listed Below


Track 1: Clinical Care Delivery - A Team Approach

  • ‎Providing Post-‎Acute ‎Rehabilitation for ‎Patients with High ‎Medical Acuity: ‎Collaboration and ‎Coordination to ‎Achieve Better ‎Outcomes
    Eileen Hartranft, ‎PT, MBA, DPT, ‎Program Director, ‎MossRehab ‎


 Track 2: Operations and Leadership Development 

  • What Determinants ‎Affect Inpatient ‎Satisfaction in a ‎Post-Acute Care ‎Rehabilitation ‎Hospital?
    Sinyoung Park, ‎PhD, Assistant ‎Professor, ‎University of North ‎Florida


 Track 3: Regulatory, Legislative and Accreditation Matters 

  • IRF Audits, Extrapolations, ‎Medical Necessity Denials, ‎and Appeals:  Seeking a ‎‎“Meeting of the Minds” ‎ ‎Between IRF Providers and ‎the OIG and CMS’ Audit ‎Contractors
    Peter Thomas, J.D., ‎Managing Partner, Powers ‎Firm; Ronald Connelly, J.D., ‎Principal, Powers Law Firm


Track 4: Technology, ‎Research, and ‎Innovation

  • Building Trust and ‎Successful Outcomes in ‎Outpatient ‎Telerehabilitation: ‎From Training to ‎Implementation
    Michele Beltram, DPT, ‎Director - Education ‎and Residency, Kessler ‎Rehabilitation Center; ‎Kristy Borrows, DPT, ‎Clinical Specialist PT, ‎Kessler Institute for ‎Rehabilitation        


 Track 5: COVID-19 and ‎Other Topics 

  • Team-Based Care: A ‎Pathway To ‎Improving Quality ‎Measures In The ‎Midst Of A Global ‎Pandemic 
    Eliza Greer, BSN, ‎RN, Clinical ‎Director of Nursing, ‎TriStar Skyline ‎Medical Center; ‎Patrick Nicks, MHA, ‎Administrative ‎Program Director, ‎TriStar Skyline ‎Medical Center

1:45 - 2:00 p.m. ET

15 Minute Break

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. ET

 Concurrent Tracks - Listed Below


 Track 1: Clinical Care ‎Delivery - A Team ‎Approach

  • Prevalence of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo in a TBI Population
    Regan Harrell, PT, DPT, ‎Board Certified ‎Neurologic Clinical ‎Specialist , Staff Physical ‎Therapist, UPMC ‎Rehabilitation Institute- ‎Mercy Hospital; Chelsea ‎Manetta, PT, DPT, Staff ‎Physical Therapist, ‎UPMC Rehabilitation ‎Institute- Mercy Hospital        


 Track 2: Operations ‎and Leadership ‎Development 

  • ‎Is the Proof of ‎Being A Value ‎Based Organization ‎in your IRF ‎Pudding?
    Jane Snecinski, ‎FACHE, MBA, ‎President, Post ‎Acute Advisors, LLC


 Track 3: Regulatory, ‎Legislative and ‎Accreditation Matters

  • ‎Rehab in the ‎Crosshairs:  Government ‎Fraud and Abuse ‎Enforcement in the ‎Rehabilitation Space
    Scott Grubman, JD, ‎Attorney, Chilivis, Grubman, ‎Dalbey & Warner LLP        


 Track 4: Technology, ‎Research, and ‎Innovation

  • ‎Augmented Reality as a ‎Tool for Patient ‎Education
    Lindsay W. Humphrey, ‎MOT, OTR/L, Rehab ‎Educator; Elizabeth ‎York, MD, Resident ‎Physician


 Track 5: COVID-19 and ‎Other Topics

  • ‎Impact of ‎Vaccination in the ‎Rate of COVID-19 ‎Staff Infection in an ‎Acute Inpatient ‎Rehabilitation ‎Facility
    Alberto Esquenazi, ‎MD, Professor and ‎Chair, MossRehab ‎

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET

Health Equity: An Emerging Focus in the Administration and among Stakeholders

Moderator: Jonathan Gold, Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Counsel, AMRPA

Panelists: Brian Moore, MD, Medical Director of Utilization Management and Physician Advisor, Atrium Health; Naomi Senkeeto, Managing Director, Health Equity Policy, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

11:00 a.m. - Noon ET

 Addressing Workplace Violence in Health Care Settings

Moderator: Barbara Goodspeed, MHA, FACHE, Manager, Quality and Safety Experience, Spectrum Health

Panelists: Mark Reed, CHPA, Director of Support Services, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital; James Kendig, MS, CHSP, CHCM, CHEM, LHRM, Field Director, The Joint Commission; Ken Caldera, Vice President, Human Resources, Select Medical

Noon - 1:00 p.m. ET

Networking Breakout Sessions & Exhibitor Hours

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. ET

Concurent Tracks - Listed Below


 Track 1: Clinical Care ‎Delivery - A Team ‎Approach

  • Sharing Practices ‎Within A Protected ‎Environment: Benefits ‎of a PSO
    Janet Pue, DPT, NCS, ‎PSO ‎Coordinator/Director ‎of Rehabilitation, ‎Carolinas ‎Rehabilitation-Patient ‎Safety Organization ‎EQUADR; Nancy ‎Christensen Mayer, ‎MBA/HSA, CCC-SLP, ‎System Operations ‎Director, ‎Intermountain ‎Healthcare; Gina Tipton, MBA, BSN, RN, CRRN, CSSBB, Vice President and Hospital Administrator, Atrium Health Navicent Rehabilitation Hospital


 Track 2: ‎Operations and ‎Leadership ‎Development 

  • Data Drives ‎Patient ‎Throughput: ‎Improving ‎Patient ‎Transition from ‎Acute Hospital ‎to Acute Rehab ‎and Educating ‎Stakeholders ‎for Success
    Maria ‎Limongello, PT, ‎DPT, Director ‎of Rusk ‎Outreach and ‎Admissions, ‎NYU Langone        


Track 3: Regulatory, ‎Legislative and ‎Accreditation Matters

  • New CARF 2022 Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program Standards and 2022 CARF Standard Changes
    Terrence Carolan, MSPT, Managing ‎Director, Medical ‎Rehabilitation, CARF ‎International        


 Track 4: ‎Technology, ‎Research, and ‎Innovation

  • ‎Positioning IRF’s ‎in Value Based ‎Programming ‎through Care ‎Transitions and ‎Virtual Health
    J'nise A. Ramsey, ‎MBA, MS, ATC, ‎Regional Director ‎of Network Care ‎Transitions, Mary ‎Free Bed ‎Rehabilitation ‎Hospital; Sherry ‎Mullins, MSHP, ‎Regional Director ‎of Network Care ‎Transitions, Mary ‎Free Bed ‎Rehabilitation ‎Hospital; Jason ‎Peoples, HB, ‎Director of ‎Technology and ‎Innovation, Mary ‎Free Bed ‎Rehabilitation ‎Hospital


 Track 5: COVID-19 ‎and Other Topics

  • Characteristics ‎of Dysphagia in ‎COVID-19
    Michelle Valenti, ‎MA-CCC-SLP, ‎Speech ‎Pathologist, ‎Sarasota ‎Memorial ‎Hospital

1:45 - 2:00 p.m. ET

 15 Minute Break

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. ET

 Concurrent Tracks - Listed Below


 Track 1: Clinical ‎Care Delivery - A ‎Team Approach

  • The Brooks Clinical ‎Practice ‎Enhancement (CPE) ‎Program: A Pathway ‎To Clinical ‎Excellence Within ‎A System Of Care
    Jacqueline ‎Osborne, DPT, ‎Clinical Practice ‎Enhancement ‎Program ‎Coordinator; ‎Robert Rowe, PT, ‎DPT, DMT, MHS, ‎FAAOMPT, ‎Executive Director, ‎Brooks Institute of ‎Higher Learning, ‎Brooks ‎Rehabilitation


 Track 3: Regulatory, ‎Legislative and ‎Accreditation Matters

  • OIG IRF Audits: Lessons Learned from Providers
    Peter W. Thomas, JD, Managing Partner, Powers Law Firm; Cris Huerta,MBA, CRRN, Vice President, HCA Healthcare; Anne Marie McDonough, MPH, BSN, Senior Director of Rehabilitation Medicine, North Shore/Staten Island University Hospital; JoAnn Larkins, Director of Rehabilitation Nursing, Lourdes Health System


 Track 4: ‎Technology, ‎Research and ‎Innovation

  • Who You Gonna Call? Standardizing Interdisciplinary Communication Using Technology in Inpatient Rehabilitation
    Melissa Burns, PT, DPT, NCS, Clinical Quality Leader, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital


 Track 5: COVID-19 ‎and Other Topics

  • We Are Safe: A ‎Multidisciplinary ‎Approach in ‎Response to ‎COVID-19
    Emily Nguyen, ‎MSN, RN-BC, ‎CNML, Nurse ‎Manager, ‎Hartford ‎Healthcare; ‎Susanne Yeakel, ‎MSN, RN, NEA-‎BC, CNML, Nurse ‎Director, Hartford ‎Healthcare

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

9:45 - 11:00 a.m. ET

AMRPA: A Year in Review and State of the Organization, and presentation of the AMRPA National Leadership Excellence Award
Anthony Cuzzola, AMRPA Board Chairman, Vice President, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

Edward A. Eckenhoff Memorial Award and Lecture: Sponsored by Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare, presented to Dennis O'Malley, Health Care Consultant and Former AMRPA Board Chairman

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. ET

AMRPA Policy & Legislative Update
Kate Beller, JD, EVP for Government Relations and Policy Development, AMRPA and Kristen O'Brien, AMRPA Legislative Counsel, Vice President, McDermott+ Consulting

11:45 a.m. - Noon ET

Trends and Forecasts for Inpatient Rehabilitation
Sam Fleming, President, Fleming AOD/eRehabData

Noon - 12:45 p.m. ET

Educational Roundtables

  • MarketingGail Solomon, Vice President, Communications & Branding, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation, Select Medical, Inpatient Rehabilitation Division

  • Legislative & RegulatoryKate Beller, EVP for Government Relations and Policy Development, AMRPA

  • NursingJulie Hensler-Cullen, MSN, RN, Director of Quality and Education, MossRehab

  • QualitySuzanne Kauserud, FACHE, PE, Vice President, Continuing Care Services, Atrium Health

  • ComplianceJane Snecinski, FACHE, MBA, President, Post Acute Advisors, LLC

  • Rehabilitation PhysiciansKarl Sandin, President, Excellence in Rehabilitation Medical Group, Inc, Medical Director, Arroyo Grande Rehabilitation, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Creighton University School of Medicine and Sandeep Singh, MD, CMO, SVP of Medical Affairs, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. ET

15 Minute Break

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. ET

Concurrent Tracks- Listed Below


 Track 1: Clinical ‎Care Delivery - A ‎Team Approach

  • Optimizing ‎Implementation of ‎Evidence-Based ‎Contextualized ‎Treatment During Acute ‎Inpatient TBI ‎Rehabilitation
    Jennifer Bogner, PhD, ‎Professor, The Ohio ‎State University Wexner ‎Medical Center; Kristin ‎Hull, OTD, Therapy ‎Education Coordinator, ‎Rehabilitation Hospital ‎of Indiana; Barbara ‎Darkangelo, DPT, NCS, ‎Senior Clinical ‎Specialist Physical ‎Therapist, James A. ‎Haley Veteran's ‎Hospital; Erin ‎Montgomery, MS, CCC-‎SLP, CBIS, Speech-‎Language Pathologist, ‎The Ohio State ‎University Wexner ‎Medical Center, Dodd ‎Rehabilitation; ‎Samantha Myers, CTRS, ‎Recreation Therapist, ‎James A. Haley Veteran's ‎Hospital 


 Track 2: ‎Operations and ‎Leadership Development

  • ‎Using the BRAIN ‎Framework to ‎Implement Lean ‎in a Neuro ‎Rehabilitation ‎Facility
    Joe Walters, MS, ‎CPHQ, CBIS, ‎Director ‎Analytics, On ‎With Life, Inc.‎


 Track 3: Regulatory, ‎Legislative and ‎Accreditation Matters

  • ‎Is There Value in Your ‎Inpatient ‎Rehabilitation ‎Facility?
    Stephan Peron, BA, ‎CVAQ, Managing ‎Director, VMG ‎Health; Sydney ‎Richards, BA, CVA, ‎Manager, VMG Health


 Track 4: ‎Technology, ‎Research and ‎Innovation

  • Using Technology to Improve Efficiency and Caseload Management in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities
    Alberto Fiandaca, BS, Solutions Manager, WellSky


 Track 5: COVID-19 ‎and Other Topics

  • Data Driven ‎Process for ‎Quality ‎Improvement
    Lisa Werner, ‎MBA, Director of ‎Consulting ‎Services, ‎Fleming- AOD

1:45 - 2:00 p.m. ET

 15 Minute Break

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

 Poster Presentations