Rehabilitation Therapy

2018 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention

Rehab - Where Has the Time Gone? A Discussion about how SNF Operators and Therapy Providers Can Redesign Clinical Programs That Emphasize the Quality Instead of Quantity of Therapy Services

Sunday, October 7
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Calling all SNF operators and therapy contractors! Rapidly shrinking fee-for-service payment models, and an increasing emphasis on achieving quality outcomes with all payers means that SNFs should re-think how therapy professionals can contribute to overall SNF operations and quality achievement. Back for a fifth year, AHCA and NASL bring you this important half-day session featuring the most current information on evaluating benchmarking data and change care processes to improve outcomes for residents with the most complex and costly conditions. This targeted event will include SNF operators and therapy professionals sharing their experience in leveraging therapy staff to achieve successful interdisciplinary outcomes for short and long-stay residents on high-impact quality metrics. CE approval has been requested.

There will be coffee available for registered attendees and a networking break with the event sponsors.

Please see the separate descriptions for each of the Rehabilitation Therapy Day session topics.

Daniel E. Ciolek, PT, MS, PMP

Associate Vice President, Therapy Advocacy
American Health Care Association

Dan Ciolek is the Associate Vice President of Therapy Advocacy with the American Health Care Association. Mr. Ciolek's clinical and healthcare policy experience spans 30 years. He has practiced as a physical therapist clinician, manager, and business owner in a variety of settings including acute inpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, home health, outpatient, and industrial health. He previously earned the Geriatric Physical Therapy Specialist certification, and is currently a certified Project Management Professional.

Before joining AHCA in 2013, Dan served in the Subject Matter Expert and Project Manager capacities in numerous Centers for Medicare and Medicaid contracts. Specific to therapy services, Dan's CMS work has included: national outpatient therapy utilization analysis for PT, OT, and SLP services; medical review; workgroup facilitation; development of policy recommendations; development of Medicare Learning Network and 1-800-Medicare content, and Physician Quality Reporting System reporting enhancements.

Additionally, Dan has contributed to therapy health policy activities at the University, State, Chapter and National levels. These activities included: elected and appointed positions; adjunct faculty/lecturer; author of professional articles; invited speaker; technical expert panelist, and invited contributor of health policy concepts to professional and provider organizations. Dan's advocacy efforts have been recognized through his receipt of two national professional awards for Policy Making and Advocacy for Older Adults.

Overall, Dan is recognized as a leading expert in therapy policy and research, including a focus on reimbursement issues. His efforts have contributed directly to numerous Medicare policy changes.

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Cynthia K. Morton, MPA

Executive Vice President
National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL)

Cynthia Morton is a national expert on Medicaid, Medicare and other public policy affecting the long term and post-acute care sector. Currently, she serves as the Executive Vice President for the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL), where she advocates for her members’ interests. NASL is the exclusive national trade association representing providers and suppliers of ancillary services and products to the long term and post-acute care sector. NASL member companies provide speech-language pathology, physical, occupational and respiratory therapy; portable x-ray/EKG and ultrasound; long term and post-acute care point-of-care and analytic software systems and other ancillary services. Prior to joining NASL, Cynthia served as the Vice President for Political Affairs for the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). Cynthia has represented the long term care sector for more than 20 years in federal and state level lobbying. Previously, Ms. Morton served as the special assistant to the director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, where she covered issues such as Medicaid managed care, and provider reimbursement rate setting. Cynthia has also served as an appointee for two Virginia Governors, Douglas Wilder and Gerald Baliles. Cynthia graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in political science and holds a Master's of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2005 and 2006, Roll Call magazine named Cynthia Morton as one of the leading long term care lobbyists.

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