Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 9, 2022  (All Sessions in Central Time)

12:00 PM

Registration Opens

3:00 – 6:00 PM

IRF Boot Camp

6:00 – 7:00 PM

IRF Boot Camp Networking Event

7:00 – 9:00 PM

  AMRPA Board of Directors Dinner (Closed)

Monday, October 10, 2022 (All Sessions in Central Time)

7:00 AM

Registration Opens

7:00 – 11:00 AM

Exhibitor Move In

7:30 – 8:00 AM

 IRF Boot Camp Breakfast

8:00 – 11:00 AM

 IRF Boot Camp

8:30 – 11:00 AM

AMRPA Board of Directors Meeting (Closed)

11:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Opens

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

12:00 PM 

 Conference Welcome

Anthony Cuzzola, Vice President, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute & Chairman, AMRPA Board of Directors 

12:00 – 12:45 PM


 Prior Authorization's Role for Patients & Caregivers

This session will focus on prior authorization practices used by Medicare Advantage plans and commercial payers, and outline how such practices  impact access to inpatient rehabilitation care.  The session will touch on major recent developments that could facilitate new payer policies, including Congressional action and government oversight reports.

12:45 – 1:30 PM

 Creating a Safe Workplace Environment for Staff, Patients, & Families

Health care workers are on the front lines not only for care delivery, but also for verbal abuse, physical assault, and the risk of significant injury. Data shows that health care workers account for more than 70% of all non-fatal workplace injuries due to violence – and the numbers continue to rise. About two-thirds of these acts are perpetrated by patients or visitors and one-third by co-workers. What can our rehabilitation hospitals do to protect employees and create a safe workplace environment?   

1:30 – 2:15 PM

 Behind the Mask: Addressing the Mental Health of Our Team

Stress. Frustration. Burnout. Already an issue, the emotional, psychological, and behavioral well-being of health care workers has been exacerbated by the pandemic. It has led to an even greater focus on how our employees think, feel and cope with events both on a daily and long-term basis. This important session will explore how to identify risk factors, provide support and resources, and create a more resilient and engaged workforce. 

2:15 – 2:45 PM

 Networking Break with Exhibitors

Concurrent Tracks

Track One:

Clinical Care Delivery:
A Team Approach

Track Two:

Operations and Leadership

Track Three:

Building Strategic Business Relationships, Technology, Research and Innovation

Track Four: 
Regulatory Compliance,
Accreditation Matters,
and Other Critical Topics

2:45 – 3:30 PM

Discharge Planning Checklist Reimagined: Phase 1

Lindsay Humphrey, Rachael Patrick and Katherine Sell, Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital/University of Utah Health

The Great (Resignation) Engagement: Three Ways To Start Reversing The Flow - Now! 

Everett Taylor, Taylor Systems Executive Coaching, LLC

Growing an Acute Rehabilitation Program during a Pandemic 

Barbara Mohr, EnduraCare Acute Care Services 

Top 10 Condition Level Deficiencies During CMS Survey & Certification - Now and Into the Future

Richard Curtis, Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ)

3:35 – 4:20 PM

Inculcating a Culture of Quality & Regulatory Compliance

Richard Curtis, Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) 

Elevate Your Expertise (EYE) Series: Taking Rehab Nursing Care to the Next Level 

Liz Follis, Danielle Housman, Lindsay Humphrey and Rachael Patrick, Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital/University of Utah Health

COVID Decompression: Transforming A Rehabilitation Unit To A Medical/Surgical Unit 

Ronella Eaddy, Casey Gadd and Vishwa Raj, Carolinas Rehabilitation

Prospective Payment System Coordinator: Data Entry or So Much More

Belinda Lemcool, Mary Free Bed at Munson Medical Center                                                                    

4:25 – 5:10 PM

A Novel Visual Analytics Tool for Tracking Opioid Administration and Reduction

Stuart Kirwan, Brooks Rehabilitation 

Navigating Challenging Waters; In Challenging Times

Sharon David and Dawn Etman, Parkview Health 
Lisa Pervin, Best Business Practices Consulting, Inc 

Maximize Your Profitability Through Real Estate 

Mike Jorgenson, CARR

Improving the Discharge Process at Sheltering Arms Institute

Melissa Banta, Elon University  
Katie Ilch, James Madison University 


5:15 – 6:00 PM

 AMRPA at 25 Years Old: Where We’ve Been & the Future of Medical Rehabilitation 

The creation of AMRPA in 1997 presented a new opportunity and renewed commitment to represent the ‎continuum of medical rehabilitation providers with one voice. Since its inception, AMRPA has been a ‎membership-driven organization, one that listens to its members, supports their operational and ‎informational needs, advocates on their behalf and works with them to ensure their viability and patient ‎access to care. AMRPA and the medical rehabilitation field must now look to the next 25 years to ensure we are well positioned for the ever-changing health care world. During this panel session, we will reflect on where we’ve been as both an association and a field as well as the future of medical rehabilitation. 

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Opening Networking Reception with Exhibitors

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 (All Sessions in Central Time)

7:00 AM

 Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens

7:00 – 8:00 AM

 Networking Breakfast & Educational Roundtables 

  • Compliance – Jane Snecinski, FACHE, MBA, President, Post Acute Advisors, LLC

  • Legislative & Regulatory – Kate Beller, EVP for Government Relations & ‎Policy Development, AMRPA

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

  • Nursing – Julie Hensler-Cullen, MSN, RN, Director of Quality and Education, ‎MossRehab

  • Rehabilitation Physicians – Sandeep ‎Singh, MD, CMO, SVP of Medical Affairs, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation ‎Hospital

  • Unit Managers – To be determined

  • Quality – To be determined

8:00 – 8:30 AM

 State of the Organization & AMRPA National Leadership Excellence Award

Anthony Cuzzola, Vice President, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute & Chairman, AMRPA Board of Directors 

8:30 – 9:00 AM

 Keynote Presentation - Ed Eckenhoff Memorial Award and Lecture

Established in 2018, the Edward A. Eckenhoff Memorial Award & Lecture was created to honor this visionary rehabilitation and Association leader. Nominees for this award and lecture must have demonstrated life-long commitment to the field of medical rehabilitation.

9:00 – 9:30 AM

 Medical Rehabilitation Patient Perspective

9:30 – 10:00 AM

 Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:00 – 10:30 AM

 AMRPA Legislative & Regulatory Updates 

AMRPA EVP Kate Beller will cover the major developments in AMRPA’s 2022 regulatory and legislative policy agenda, with particular focus on the proposed Inpatient Rehabilitation Review Choice Demonstration, prior authorization reform initiatives, and the status of unified post-acute care payment efforts. Ms. Beller will cover AMRPA’s recent and pending engagement with key post-acute care policymakers and oversight entities, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). 

Kate Beller, EVP for Policy Development and Government Relations, AMRPA 

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation Trends from eRehabData® and Other Sources

As the Director of eRehabData®, Sam Fleming is an expert in variance and complications of regulatory compliance. Mr. Fleming will discuss trends from eRehabData®, as well as current topics in medical rehabilitation quality and payment systems, including QRP, IRF-PAI, and PPS.

Sam Fleming, Director, eRehabData®

Concurrent Tracks

Track One:

Clinical Care Delivery:
A Team Approach

Track Two:

Operations and Leadership

Track Three:

Building Strategic Business Relationships, Technology, Research and Innovation

Track Four:

Regulatory Compliance,
Accreditation Matters,
and Other Critical Topics

10:50 – 11:35 AM

Care Partner Program

Amanda Stumbo, Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital partnered with Select Medical Hospital 

Ethics and Professionalism: Lessons Learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Nate Miller, ClearSky Health 

Telehealth - Does it have a role in Inpatient Rehabilitation? 

Jane Snecinski, Post Acute 

Therapy Minutes Compliance: A Collaborative Approach

Regina Moriarty, Hartford Healthcare 

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

 Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

1:00 – 1:45 PM

Let's Get Hands-on: The Benefits of a Hands-on Safe Patient Handling Course in Reduction of Caregiver Injury in a Level 2 Trauma Center 

Tyler Huish, Intermountain Healthcare - Utah Valley Hospital 

Building a Lean and Performance Based Culture 

Christine Vidmosko, Sacred Heart University 

Telehealth Follow-Up During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Utility in the Brain Injury Population  

Nabela Enam, Gary Galang and Kristen Harris, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Quality Reporting Program Update

Elisabeth Brisley and Mary Ellen DeBardeleben, Encompass Health 

1:50 – 2:35 PM


Optimization of Medications Available at Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital 

Samuel Onusko, The MetroHealth System/Case Western Reserve University 

Optimizing Your PEM V2 Score

Linda Jackson, Swedish Acute Rehabilitation Unit 

Return-to-Work Post-Spinal Cord Injury: A Comprehensive Rehabilitative Program Pilot Study

Nakisha Gutierrez, MGH Institute of Health Professions 

The Current State of Medicare Audits, RCD, OIG, and Medical Necessity in IRFs

Ronald Connelly and Peter Thomas, Powers Law Firm


2:40 – 3:10 PM

Networking Break with Exhibitors

3:15 – 4:00 PM

Operationalizing a Sustainable Post-Covid Rehabilitation Program

Clare Small-McEvoy, Main Line Health 

Reflecting On 15 Years Of A Therapy Clinical Ladder: An Undertaking Well Worth The Effort 

Eileen Hartranft and Marcia Moore, MossRehab

Bobby the Bladder: Interactive, Animated Storytelling as a Novel Education Method Following Spinal Cord Injury

Danielle Housman and Lindsay Humphrey, Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital/University of Utah Health

New Year, Same Risks: Government Enforcement Trends and Priorities Affecting Rehab Providers 

Scott Grubman, Chilivis Grubman

4:05 – 4:50 PM

Management of Acute Care Transfers Post Merger: Clinical and Operational  Perspectives 

Janet Herbold and Mooyeon Oh-Park, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital 

Developing a Culture to Promote Clinical Staff to Become Master Adaptive Learners  

Robert Rowe, Brooks Rehabilitation

Integrating Assistive Technology Into Patient Care For The Inpatient Rehabilitation Department 

Cheryl Scott, HonorHealth Rehabilitation Hospital

A Window into the Future of Rehabilitation Accreditation: Seeking Input from the Field on Novel Standards in Critical Care Rehabilitation, Progressive Neurological Conditions and Concussion Management 

Terrence Carolan, CARF International 

5:00 – 5:45 PM

 Staff Recruitment and Retention

Several industries are experiencing staffing shortages that impact schedules, experiences, and retention. With a scarcity of qualified healthcare professionals, the industry must think out of the box for ways to recruit ideal candidates by means such as culture, training, and benefits. Likewise, these avenues must be illustrated to the current workforce to keep them engaged, loyal, and healthy. This session will address these issues and offer examples of assuring staff recruitment and retention.

6:00 – 6:45 PM

 Interactive Poster Presentations

6:45 – 7:30 PM

 Networking Reception

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (All Sessions in Central Time)

7:00 AM

 Registration Opens

7:00 – 8:20 AM

 AMRPA Education Committee Meeting & Breakfast (Closed)

7:30 – 11:00 AM

 Exhibit Hall Open

7:30 – 8:20 AM  

Networking Breakfast with Speaker

Concurrent Tracks

Track One:

Clinical Care Delivery:
A Team Approach

Track Two:

Operations and Leadership

Track Three:

Building Strategic Business Relationships, Technology, Research and Innovation

Track Four:

Regulatory Compliance,
Accreditation Matters,
and Other Critical Topics

8:25 – 9:10 AM

The Role of Rehab Educator for TBI Services on Inpatient Rehabilitation: Lessons Learned

Liz Follis, University of Utah Health, Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital 

Moving and Grooving: Relocating and Growing the UNC Hospitals Rehabilitation Center 

Lesley-Anne Bandy, Kelly Fletcher and Mark Prochazka, UNC Hospitals 

Transformative Tools To Measure Value

Lorissa MacAllister, Enviah, PC
Bryan Williams, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

How To Successfully Achieve Zero Covid-19 HAI Throughout the Pandemic

Joi McMillon, Catholic Health Services 

9:15 – 10:00 AM


Functional Outcomes Among Inpatient Rehabilitation Patients During The COVID-19 Pandemic: An Observational Study 

Justin Sleffel, St. Luke's Health System                                                                                                                                                                                      

Unit Based Clinical Leadership Team: A Tool to Advance Safety, Quality, and the Patient Experience 

Eileen Hartranft and Julie Hensler-Cullen, MossRehab                                                           

Performance Under Pressure: Outcomes, Value and Culture

Lorissa MacAllister, Enviah, PC 

Must Haves for a Comprehensive Performance Dashboard  

Lisa Werner, Fleming-AOD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

*Agenda subject to change