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

 Medical Rehabilitation Patient Perspective

Mr. Richard “Rich” Diegel is a man who overcame the worst of what COVID-19 could throw at him in September 2021. After spending over 3 months in the acute care setting, in ICU, on a ventilator and receiving ECMO treatments, he then transitioned to St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Hospital to get a chance at life. In this session, Rich and his wife share their experience and what inpatient rehabilitation means to them.  

Richard Diegel, Donna Diegel, Carly Bixler

Thank you to our Sponsor: LifePoint Rehabilitation

12:45 – 1:30 PM

 Creating a Safe Workplace Environment

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? 

Steven Chapman, Associate Vice President, Emergency and Trauma Services, Albert Einstein Medical Center

Mark J. Wilhelm, Senior Director of Public Safety, Einstein Healthcare Network (Jefferson Health)   

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. 

Preethi Fernando, Author, Speaker, Consultant

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 

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

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

Casey Gadd, Ronella Eaddy 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

Parag Shah, Stuart Kirwan, Mindi Manes, Corinne Romano and Steven Maly, Brooks Rehabilitation 

Navigating Challenging Waters; In Challenging Times

Dawn Etman and Sharon David, 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

Katie Ilch and Melissa Banta, Sheltering Arms Institute


5:15 – 6:15 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. 

Moderator: Dr. Bruce Gans, AMRPA Chief Policy Officer and AMRPA Board Chairman from 2009-2011, 2014-2017 

Panelists: Kate Beller, EVP for Policy Development and Government Relations, AMRPA, Chris Lee, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals, Mark Tarr, President and Chief Executive Officer, Encompass Health, Kathleen Yosko‎, President, KCY Healthcare Advisors

6:15 – 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, Senior Director, LW Consulting; Jonathan Gold, Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Counsel, AMRPA

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

  • Business Development – Brian Fritz, Director of Rehabilitation, Select Medical

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

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

  • Unit Managers – Robert Powers, Manager of Rehabilitation Services, Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital

  • Quality – Remy Kerr, Director of Health Policy and Quality, AMRPA

8:00 – 8:25 AM

 State of the Association & AMRPA National Leadership Excellence Award

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

8:25 – 9:05 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.

9:05 – 9:35 AM

 Networking Break with Exhibitors

9:35 – 10:10 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, Executive Vice President for Policy Development and Government Relations, AMRPA
Kristen O'Brien, McDermott+

10:10 – 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, LW Consulting

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, Ammon Coray and Melissa Pahl, Intermountain Healthcare - Utah Valley Hospital 

Building a Lean and Performance Based Culture 

Christine Vidmosko, Hartford Healthcare

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

Mary Ellen DeBardeleben and Elisabeth Brisley, Encompass Health

1:50 – 2:35 PM


Optimization of Medications Available at Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital 

Samuel Onusko, Rose Mueller, Michael Gutridge, Bridget Blayney and Victoria Whitehair, MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio/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, Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare

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 Dalbey & Warner LLP

4:05 – 4:50 PM

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

Mooyeon Oh-Park and Janet Herbold, 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 and Tanaiya Fisher, HonorHealth Rehabilitation Hospital

Leveraging Accreditation in the Value Proposition: Ten Accreditation Standards that will Engage your Stakeholders across the Spectrum of Care

Terrence Carolan, CARF International 

5:00 – 5:45 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 government oversight via the relevant OIG reports as well as the Medicare Advantage appeals process.

Christina A. Hughes, Powers Law
Robyn Pauker, Attorney, Registered Civil Mediator, Managing Partner, Pauker Franklin Law, LLC

6:00 – 6:45 PM

 Interactive Poster Presentations

6:45 – 7:30 PM

 Networking Reception

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

7:30 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

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

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, Bruce Brasser, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Sally Wagner, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation at Covenant HealthCare

Must Haves for a Comprehensive Performance Dashboard  

Lisa Werner, Fleming-AOD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

*Agenda subject to change