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Welcome to Medical Rehab Matters, AMRPA’s podcast about inpatient medical rehabilitation.

Medical Rehab Matters discusses some of the conditions treated and therapies used in inpatient medical rehab hospitals and units while addressing some of the legislative and regulatory issues that impact patients and their families and caregivers.

Join us for weekly episodes of Medical Rehabilitation Matters on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and iHeartRadio. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Episode 1 Stroke | Episode 2 Cancer | Episode 3 TBI  
Episode 4 Innovative Technology | Episode 5 Amputation | Episode 6 Highlights
Episode 7 Prior Authorization | Episode 8 Patient Perspective | Episode 9 Spinal Cord Injury | Episode 10 Traumatic Brain Injury 2 | Bonus Mini-Episode SCI

Episodes of #MedicalRehabMatters are hosted by Dr. Bob Krug and Patricia Sullivan, and feature a wide range of inpatient rehabilitation patients, physicians and professionals with a personal interest in the field.

Episode 1: Stroke

Stroke impacts approximately 800,000 people in the U.S. each year and more than two-thirds of them receive inpatient rehabilitation services after they’re released from the hospital. Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and the fourth leading cause of death. About one quarter of inpatient medical rehabilitation patients are there because of a stroke. 

With Joel Stein, MD, Physiatrist-in-Chief and Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine, Columbia University, and Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College; Argye Elizabeth Hillis, MD, Director, Center of Excellence in Stroke Detection and Diagnosis, Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute; Jaclyn Barcikowski, MD, Associate Program Director of the Residency Training Program, MossRehab; and patient Brian Reid. Cohosted by Robert Krug, MD, AMRPA Immediate Past Board Chair and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Advisory Group for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, and Patricia Sullivan, AMRPA Communications Director.

Stroke Resources

 Episode 2: Cancer

In this episode of Medical Rehab Matters, we talk about cancer and inpatient medical rehabilitation. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 1.9 million new cancer cases in the U.S. this year. Many of them will benefit from inpatient medical rehab at different points during and after their cancer treatment.

This week's guests are Vishwa Raj, MD, a cancer rehab specialist at Carolinas Rehab, Sarah Mullan, MS, OT, an occupational therapist and Manager of Cancer Rehabilitation at the Levine Cancer Institute, and Michael Stubblefield, MD, Director of Cancer Rehab at Kessler.  Cohosts: Patricia Sullivan, director of communications for the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and Robert Krug, MD, who is the immediate past chairman of the AMRPA Board and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Advisory Group for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Cancer Resources

Episode 3: Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the United States. Each year an estimated 1.5 million Americans sustain a TBI; 230,000 people are hospitalized because of a TBI; and 80,000 to 90,000 people experience the onset of long-term disability due to a TBI.

With Brent Masel, MD, the executive vice president for medical affairs with the Centre for Neuroskills, and a clinical professor of neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Masel is a board member of the North American Brain Injury Society and the Brain Injury Association of America, where he serves as the national medical director. He is joined by Gary Seale, PhD, LPA, LCDC, regional director of clinical services at the Centre for Neuro Skills Houston, and a researcher and psychologist specializing in brain injury, stroke, and substance misuse, and he is a panel member on BIAA’s TBI Guidelines Project. Cohosts: Patricia Sullivan, director of communications for the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and Robert Krug, MD, who is the immediate past chairman of the AMRPA Board and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Advisory Group for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

TBI Resources

Episode 4: Innovative Technology

In this episode, we discuss innovative technology. We consider some of the key barriers that people with disabilities face in accessing assistive devices and technologies, and what can be done to help address those barriers. We also discuss some of the legislative and regulatory issues related to innovative technology.

Our guests are Andrés Gallegos, chair of the National Council on Disability; Bruce Gans, MD, AMRPA’s Chief Policy Officer; Peter Thomas, ITEM Coalition Co-Coordinator and Managing Partner of Powers Law Firm; and Joe Nahra,  ITEM Coalition Co-Coordinator and Director of Government Relations for Powers Law Firm. This episode is cohosted by Kate Beller, AMRPA Executive Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Development, and Robert Krug, MD, immediate past chair of the AMRPA Board of Directors and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Advisory Group.

Episode 5: Amputation

In this episode of Medical Rehab Matters, we talk about amputation, prosthetics and inpatient medical rehabilitation. About 185,000 amputations occur in the U.S. each year and approximately 2 million Americans live with limb loss and that number is expected to double in coming years.

Our guests are Roseann Sdoia, who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013, her doctor, David Crandell, MD, Medical Director of the Amputee Program at Spaulding, and Scott Riddle, CPO, a prosthetist and Vice President of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Bionics at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Cohosts: Patricia Sullivan, director of communications for the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and Robert Krug, MD, who is the immediate past chairman of the AMRPA Board and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Advisory Group for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Amputation Resources

Episode 6: Medical Rehab Matters Highlights

In the weeks since this podcast began, we’ve learned a lot inpatient medical rehabilitation and about podcast production, including that it’s not always possible to include everything we record. In this episode, we’re going to present some of the things we couldn’t earlier – from our episodes on cancer (starting at 1:28), amputation (starting at 17:34), and stroke (starting at 26:44).

Guests: Dr. Vish Raj, a cancer rehab specialist at Carolinas Rehab, and Sarah Mullan, an occupational therapist and Manager of Cancer Rehabilitation at the Levine Cancer Institute. Dr. Michael Stubblefield, Director of Cancer Rehab at Kessler. Roseann Sdoia, who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013,  David Crandell, MD, Medical Director of the Amputee Program at Spaulding in Boston. Scott Riddle, Vice President of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Bionics at Mary Free Bed. Dr. Jaclyn Barcikowski from Moss Rehab, Dr. Argye Hillis, Director of the Center of Excellence in Stroke Detection and Diagnosis, at the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute, Brian Reid, a patient who suffered a stroke in May 2020, and his wife Veronica. Cohosted by Dr. Robert Krug, immediate past chairman of the AMRPA Board and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Advisory Group and Patricia Sullivan, AMRPA director of communications.

Episode 7: Prior Authorization

In this episode, we discuss about Prior Authorization and its impact on patients.

Our guests are Kerry Maher, MD, Senior Vice President of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Consulting and Education at Brooks Rehab, and Michael Long, Rehabilitation Division President at Vibra Healthcare. Cohosts: Robert Krug, MD, past chairman of the AMRPA Board of Directors and VP of Medical Affairs for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Advisory Group, and Kate Beller, JD, AMRPA EVP for Government Relations and Policy Development.

 

Episode 8: Patient Perspective

In this episode, we hear from Tim Callahan, the Patient Perspective Speaker at the 2021 AMRPA Fall Conference. Tim suffered a severe spinal cord injury and doctors said he would never walk again. Listen to his amazing and inspiring story after an introduction by AMRPA Board Chair Anthony Cuzzola. 

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Episode 9: Spinal Cord Injury

In this episode, we speak with neurosurgeon Christopher Comey, MD, of Advanced Neurosurgery Associates, LLC, affiliated with Northside Hospital in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and James Wilson, DO, a physiastrist at MetroHealth, in Cleveland, and Michael Kelly, MD, also of MetroHealth, in Cleveland.  Cohosts: Patricia Sullivan, director of communications for the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and Robert Krug, MD, who is the immediate past chairman of the AMRPA Board and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Advisory Group for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

 

Episode 10: Traumatic Brain Injury

In this episode, we again discuss traumatic brain injury and inpatient medical rehab. Our guests are Richard Kunz, MD, a physiatrist and associate professor at VCU and Chief Medical Officer, Sheltering Arms Institute, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Daniel W. Klyce, PhD, LCP, ABPP, licensed clinical psychologist and board certified rehabilitation psychologist. He serves as the rehabilitation psychology advisor at the Sheltering Arms Institute. Cohosts: Patricia Sullivan, director of communications for the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and Robert Krug, MD, who is the immediate past chairman of the AMRPA Board and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Advisory Group for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Bonus Mini-Episode: Spinal Cord Injury

In this bonus mini-episode, we talk with Margi Williams, PhD, RN, MSN, CRRN, FNP-BC, FABDA, FARN, about spinal cord injury. Margi is a rehab nurse who has spent many years working with spinal cord injury patients. She is on the Adjunct Nursing Faculty at Brenau University, Norcross, Georgia and has been actively involved with the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) for more than 25 years. She has given numerous conference presentations, authored rehabilitation nursing guidelines, author-presenter of a CARF Webinar and two ARN Webinars, and author-presenter of several presentations for ARNs PRN (Professional Rehabilitation Nursing) course, in addition to other ARN volunteer activities. Cohosts: Patricia Sullivan, director of communications for the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and Robert Krug, MD, who is the immediate past chairman of the AMRPA Board and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Advisory Group for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

AMRPA thanks Merz Therapeutics for its sponsorship of Medical Rehab Matters.