Education event

Center for Medical Rehabilitation Services and Hospital Services for Continuing Care Annual Conference
Rethinking post-acute care—the challenge of reform

October 28 – 29, 2010
Huntington Beach, CA


Where some see challenge, others see opportunity. What is your vision of post-acute care under health care reform?

Join us as we examine the landmark legislation that will change the way we provide care for decades to come. The conference opens with keynote Gerben DeJong, PhD, nationally known speaker and author on reform’s controversial bundled payment system. DeJong will explain how bundling will reshape patient care and why we need to move from a “culture of compliance” to a “culture of innovation and best practice.” Find out why the next five years may offer some of the most promising opportunities for innovation in post-acute care.

What else will you learn? Federal topics include an update from providers using the CARE Tool, analysis of the operational and financial implications of MDS 3.0 and RUGs IV, and the impact of reform on Medicare policy from the leadership of CMS’ Chronic Care Policy Group. Plus, clinical and operational sessions on topics such as rehabilitation nursing, hospital case management and navigating organizational change will help you improve management and practice of care.

Who should attend? Post-acute care professionals including rehabilitation managers, skilled nursing managers, COOs, CNOs, administrators and hospital case managers would all benefit.

Make plans now to join us this year in Huntington Beach.


Thursday, October 28

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.   Registration/Check-In

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.   Welcome

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.   Keynote Session
Bundled Payment—Threat or Opportunity?

Gerben DeJong, PhD, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Post-Acute Innovation and Research, National Rehabilitation Hospital
A nationally known health care speaker and author, DeJong will help us see into the future of post-acute care under health care reform. Learn about seven key elements necessary for the successful implementation of the bundling system and potential opportunities for post-acute providers. Find out how to influence policy in the crucial years to come.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   General Session
Caring for Our Soldiers—What We Can Learn from VA Models of Care
Susan Lucht, Clinical Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Polytrauma, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
While our patients may not be soldiers, there’s much we can learn from the VA and their coordinated system of care. Case studies will demonstrate the effectiveness of the VA model in care and transition—from the battlefield, to hospital, to home. How the VA is integrating the Medical Home model will also be explored.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.   Hosted Luncheon
Best Practices Awards

This annual event honors facilities whose innovative practices and programs have enhanced patient’s lives or improved operations. For information or forms, select the “Best Practice Awards” tab on this web page.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.   Breakout Sessions (choose one)
Can You Handle My Patient? What Case Managers Need to Know
Rowena Stajer, Administrator, Care Management and Jill Schuyler, Director, Case Management/Social Work, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
Hospital case managers play a pivotal role in post-acute patient placement. Learn how one facility’s model of team case management has resulted in reducing acute length of stay while improving collaboration with SNFs in managing complex patients. Find out what they look for in post-acute providers and how to interact with case managers.

Managing Organizational Change—A Case Study
Melinda Staveley, Vice President, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital and President, Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
Change is challenging—for everyone involved. Yet change, managed properly, can offer new opportunities when respecting everyone involved in the process. In this session a former CEO will explain how she weathered a change of ownership in her 50-year old, independent facility and worked with new leadership and existing employees. Learn about the issues she encountered and take home strategies on how to lead your facility through a changing health care delivery system.

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.   Breakout Sessions (choose one)
Why Rehabilitation Nursing isn’t Nursing as Usual

Terri Gately, RN, MS, CRRN, Nurse Clinician, Post-Acute Care, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Rehabilitation nurses treat medically-complex patients, but with a focus on the whole person. They promote independence and provide support when needed—all while moving patients to the highest level of functioning possible. Learn about the practice of rehabilitation nursing and find out how reform may raise rehabilitation nursing’s profile in the continuum of care.

Projecting the Impact of MDS 3.0 and RUGs IV
Becky Carroll, Principal, Director of Clinical Operations and Tracy Addleman, Manager, Reimbursement, HFS Consultants
MDS 3.0 will be in effect Oct. 1 and RUGs IV is coming. Understanding how your RUGs score affects revenue will help you plan more effectively for future costs and operational changes. Learn about the operational and procedural changes MDS 3.0 will bring and how to project the financial impact of RUGs IV. A crosswalk will show how RUGs III and IV map to each other and to the hybrid that will be in effect Oct. 1.

5:15 – 6:45 p.m.   Exhibitor Fair & Reception
Mingle with your peers and meet with vendors to view the latest products and services for post-acute care.

Agenda, Friday, October 29

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.   Breakfast Session
Networking Tables

Join your colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal session. Discuss current issues and practices, share ideas on how to better meet patient needs, or just get to know your peers better.

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.   General Session
CMS Annual Update on Post-Acute Policy

Laurence Wilson, Director, Chronic Care Policy Group, CMS Management, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Hear leadership from CMS’ Chronic Care Policy Group explain current changes in IRF and SNF reimbursement and policy positions. Attendees will also learn what to expect going forward under reform. Bring your questions to this interactive session with a key CMS contact on post-acute care.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.   General Session
Provider Update on the CARE Tool—Phase II
Pamela Roberts, PhD, Manager, Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology and Harriet Aronow, PhD, Research Scientist III, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
The CARE Tool is now in Phase II of testing. What do providers have to say about the day-to-day use? How does it work in rehabilitation and how will the Tool impact acute care? Listen to one provider’s report on the Tool’s progress and the clinical and organizational impact experienced in their facility. The implications for post-acute care services and patient placement will also be examined.

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   General Session
Transforming the Continuum of Care for Seniors through Health Care Reform

Gretchen Alkema, PhD, Vice President, Policy and Communications, The SCAN Foundation
The SCAN Foundation envisions a world where medical treatment and human services are integrated to support seniors and help them maintain healthy, independent living. This session will describe opportunities in the health care reform law to improve the full continuum of care including how medical care providers can collaborate with home- and community-based services to help seniors age with dignity and choice.


Member rate: $425
Nonmember rate: $550

Registrations received after October 7 are subject to an additional $100 tuition.

Tuition includes luncheon, reception, program materials and CEUs. Onsite registrations and any unpaid registrations as of the date of the meeting are subject to an additional 10% fee.

Americans with Disabilities Act
If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact the California Hospital Association at (916) 552-7637

Cancellation Policy
A $75 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation received in writing by October 21. No refunds will be made after this date. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be faxed to (916) 552-7506, or e-mailed to

A confirmation will be e-mailed to all registrants; directions and parking information will be included.

Continuing Education Credit

Full attendance at the educational sessions is a prerequisite for receiving continuing education credit. Attendees must sign in at the conference and include their professional license number, if required. Certificates of attendance will be e-mailed after the conference.

Health Care Executives—CHA is authorized to award 8.5 hours of pre-approved Category II (non-ACHE) continuing education credit for this program toward advancement, recertification, or reappointment in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Nursing—Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 11924, for 10.2 contact hours.

Nursing Home Administrators—CHA is authorized by the State of California, Department of Public Health to award 10 contact hours of general credit. Provider Number 1142.


Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
Located on the coastline of Southern California and in the heart of Surf City USA™ this resort hotel is a coastal oasis featuring stylish accommodations. The resort’s proximity to the beach and year-round sunshine attracts visitors from across California and the nation.

Outside of the conference educational sessions, plan extra downtime for surf lessons, quiet walks on the beach, or bike rides on the boardwalk. Fine dining, unique shopping and wildlife viewing are are also close by. Travel to this coastal resort is easy—John Wayne/Orange County Airport is located minutes away.

Room reservation deadline is October 7
Discounted sleeping rooms are available for $185, single or double occupancy. For reservations, call (714) 845-8000 and mention the “CMRS/HSCC Annual Conference.” Don’t delay—discounted sleeping room deadline is October 7 and room availability is limited.

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On behalf of the California Hospital Association, we would like to thank our corporate sponsors and exhibitors for their support of the 2010 CMRS/HSCC Conference.

2010 Platinum Sponsor


2010 Gold Sponsor:


2010 Silver Sponsor:

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2010 Exhibitors to Date Include:

  • Ancillary Care Solutions
  • Calmoseptine, Inc.
  • Creative Bus Sales
  • EZ Way, Inc.
  • Germstar
  • GPS Healthcare Consultants
  • Hertz Supply Company, Inc.
  • HFS Consultants
  • Innerface Architectural Signage, Inc.
  • MediServe
  • Peoplefirst Rehabilitation
  • Posey
  • ProClaim-Advance Tissue
  • RehabCare
  • Total Living Choices
  • Transitions for Veterans
  • Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation

Sponsor the conference

Sponsorship opportunities include free exhibit space at the vendor reception, multiple day conference registrations, free color advertising in the conference program, extra face time with the attendees and much more. (See registration form for full information on sponsorship levels and benefits.)

Exhibit at the vendor reception

Two representatives from your company are able to attend and exhibit space during the evening reception is provided.

Unable to attend? Still want to get your name out there?
Try a Take One Table.

It’s easy. Send your materials and we’ll take care of the rest. CHA will set out your materials during the evening reception.

Want more information? Click here.

Contact Lisa Sbragia Hartzell at (916) 552-7502 or

Best Practices Awards

The annual best practice awards honor members who have developed exemplary programs and innovative ideas. By recognizing and highlighting the excellent work and unique contributions of our members, we celebrate our successes and support our ability to learn from each other.

What is a Best Practice?
A “best practice” is any practice or program that has had a positive impact upon operations, patient care, or clinical outcomes.

Last year, we honored the following programs:

“Wheelchair Dance”- Ballroom dance program for disabled individuals and their partners. Submitted by Liz Clerno, CTRS, RTC, Lead Recreation Therapist, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, San Diego

“Got Wounds….We’ve got the fix!” – Development and implementation of a wound care order set in the skilled nursing setting. Submitted by Lynne Mantz, RN, LNC, Director, Transitional Care Unit, Lodi Memorial Hospital, Lodi

“Making FIM Fun!” – Team coordination and patient involvement in the collection (and celebration!) of discharge FIM scores on an inpatient rehabilitation unit. Submitted by Marion Ambrose, RN, CRRN, PPS Coordinator, Kaiser Vallejo Rehabilitation Hospital, Vallejo

Who is Eligible?
All CHA member inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities or other post-acute care services or programs are invited to submit entries.

How the Best Practices will be Juried
Evaluation for the best practice awards will be made by an independent panel of judges, based on the following 1) creativity, 2) effectiveness, 3) efficiency, 4) quality, and 5) ability to be replicated by other facilities.

How to Enter and other Instructions
Entries for the Best Practice Award may be submitted by e-mail, fax, or U.S. Mail. Please include a completed “2010 Best Practice Entry Cover Sheet” and a narrative description of your program or practice, and any additional materials that may help portray your practice (e.g., policies and procedures, training materials, etc). (download instructions and forms)

Deadline for Submissions
The deadline for submitting entries is September 10, 2010. Awardees will be announced on or about October 1, 2010.  Submit entries to:

California Hospital Association
Attn: Blanca Ochoa
1215 K Street, Suite 800, Sacramento, CA 95814 
Fax: (916) 554-2226, e-mail:

Please contact Patricia Blaisdell if you have any comments or questions at (916) 552-7553, or


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