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Welcome to Medical Rehab Matters, the AMRPA Podcast 

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.

In 2022, join us for biweekly episodes of Medical Rehabilitation Matters on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and iHeartRadio. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Listen to Season 2

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. Listen to Season 1

Season 2

Episode 8: Inpatient Medical Rehab and Policy

In this episode, we’re talking about the policy work AMRPA does every day. We talk with three guests about the policy work they do for AMRPA in particular, and the inpatient medical rehabilitation field and patients, in general. Our guests are Kate Beller, AMRPA Executive Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Development; Jonathan Gold, Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Counsel at AMRPA; and Remy Kerr, Director of Health Policy and Quality. This episode is hosted by Patricia Sullivan, AMRPA Director of Communications. 

 

Episode 7: PM&R Training

In this episode we talk with Miguel Escalón, MD, about physical medicine and rehab physicians, how they’re trained and their work in an inpatient medical rehabilitation hospital or unit. Dr. Escalón is a physiatrist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, as well as chair of the Resident Fellow Program Directors Council of the American Academy of Physiatry. He is also the residency program director for the PM&R resident program at Mount Sinai, and fellowship director of the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship. He is board certified in PM&R, Brain Injury Medicine and Spinal cord injury medicine. This episode is hosted by Patricia Sullivan, AMRPA director of communications.  

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Episode 6: Gabby Giffords and Aphasia

In this episode, we talk with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her speech pathologist, Fabi Hirsch, PhD. On January 8, 2011, the Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head at pointblank range when an assailant opened fire during a constituent event outside a grocery store in Tucson, killing six people and wounding 12 others. After she was released from the acute care hospital, Rep. Giffords received inpatient medical rehabilitation treatment at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital. Eleven years after the shooting, she still lives with aphasia, a communication disorder frequently associated with traumatic brain injuries and strokes. She and Dr. Hirsch, talk about aphasia, Gabby’s on-going recovery and more in this episode.

Our cohosts are Kate Beller, AMRPA Executive Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Development, and Dr. Robert Krug, immediate past chair of the AMRPA Board of Directors and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Advisory Group.  

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Episode 5: Another Look at Prior Authorization Part 2

In this episode we continue our discussion of Medicare Advantage plans and prior authorization with a focus on the impact of prior auth on the health system at large. Our guests are Vishwa Raj, MD, Medical Director at Carolinas Rehabilitation; and David Storto, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy & Growth Officer for Well Force and a former member of the AMRPA board of directors.  

Our cohosts are Kate Beller, AMRPA Executive Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Development, and Dr. Robert Krug, immediate past chair of the AMRPA Board of Directors and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Advisory Group.  

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Episode 4: Another Look at Prior Authorization

In this episode we look at Medicare Advantage plans and prior authorization and a recent report by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General. Our guests are Robyn Pauker, an attorney, and her husband, David Honig, a healthcare attorney, who talk about Robyn’s father’s experience with prior authorization, and Dr. Brian Moore, Chief Medical Officer for Physician Advisor Services at Atrium Health. Our cohosts are Kate Beller, AMRPA Executive Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Development, and Dr. Robert Krug, immediate past chair of the AMRPA Board of Directors and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Advisory Group.    

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Episode 3: Role of Inpatient Medical Rehab Hospitals & Units During COVID Part 2

This is the second of two episodes on a report on The Role of IRH/Us During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. As we discussed in our last episode, in 2021 AMRPA retained ATI Advisory (to conduct quantitative and qualitative research on the role of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals (IRHs) during the pandemic. A presentation and panel discussion were held during the 2022 AMPRA Spring Conference. In this episode, we present the panel discussion that featured some of the leaders of AMRPA answering questions about IRFs and COVID and related issues. Our panelists are Rhonda Abbott, Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer, TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network; Doug Baer: President & Chief Executive Officer, Brooks Rehabilitation; Chris Lee, Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals; Dr. Mooyeon Oh-Park, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Montefiore Health System; And Joyal Pavey: Vice President, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Advisory Group; and Kate Beller, AMRPA EVP for Policy Development and Government Relations, helped moderate this discussion. 

Episode 2: Role of Inpatient Medical Rehab Hospitals & Units During COVID

This episode is the first of two on a report on The Role of IRH/Us During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. We think you'll find it informative. In 2021 AMRPA retained ATI Advisory (ATI) to conduct quantitative and qualitative research on the role of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals during the pandemic. A presentation and panel discussion were held during the 2022 AMRPA Spring Conference and we are presenting it in two consecutive episodes of this podcast. In this episode, you'll hear important insights from the report. Guests are Tyler Cromer, who leads ATI Advisory's Medicare Innovation Practice, and Conner Esworthy, who advises ATI clients on matters concerning financial and operating strategy.

Episode 1: Welcome to Season 2

Season 2 begins with a look back on three episodes in last season covering prior authorization, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

You’ll hear from guests 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. Kate Beller, JD, AMRPA EVP for Government Relations and Policy Development, on prior authorization; Christopher Comey, MD, of Advanced Neurosurgery Associates, LLC, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and James Wilson, DO, and Michael Kelly, MD, of MetroHealth in Cleveland, talk about traumatic brain injury; and 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, a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified rehabilitation psychologist talk about spinal cord injury.

 

AMRPA thanks Bioventus for its sponsorship of Medical Rehab Matters.