Education event

Post-Acute Care Seminar
Outcomes research and influence on policy, decreasing readmissions, IRF and SNF operations

October 25, 2011
Pasadena, CA


The health care environment has never been more complex or intense.

Post-acute care providers must sort through a crowd of existing and emerging issues that will change how and where care will be provided. In particular, dramatic cuts to reimbursement and increased reporting requirements in quality and documentation pose significant hurdles. While recognition of post-acute care’s value is increasing, the role within the larger system of care is still unclear.

Before providers can move forward, a solid understanding of the issues and post-acute care’s role is essential. In this one-day seminar expert faculty will examine the industry’s most complex issues and boil it down to the essentials you need to know. Program highlights include:

  • Outcomes research — findings, mechanisms for assessment, implications for policy
  • IRF operations — the role of PM&R in health care reform
  • SNF operations — finding value beyond the bottom line
  • Updates on state and federal issues and what they mean to providers
  • Panel — developing community partnerships to decrease readmissions
  • Special pre-conference meeting of the newly-formed Center for Post-Acute Care.

Make plans today to join your colleagues at this informative seminar.


9:00 – 9:45 a.m.   Pre-Conference
Center for Post-Acute Care Update

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. General Sessions

Life after IRF/PAI and MDS — Why Outcomes Matter More than Ever

  • Ways to meaningfully assess patients and outcomes
  • Implications of outcomes research on functional status, quality of life
  • CARE Tool — update on validation research
  • Research findings and implications for health care policy

Panel: Developing Community Partnerships to Decrease Readmissions

  • Three viewpoints — hospital, home health, residential community
  • Relationships with other providers, levels of care
  • Communication and documentation methods to smooth transitions, promote successful care
  • A two-way street — building accountability for care

12:30– 1:30 p.m. Hosted Luncheon

1:30– 2:30 p.m. General Session
California Update on Legislation and Post-Acute Care Policy

  • California budget negotiations — what to expect going forward, implications for post-acute care
  • Behind-the-scenes info on key bills — physical therapy, worker’s comp, elder abuse, home health and more
  • The advocacy process — how CHA members help shape position, policy

2:45– 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakouts (choose one)

Recreating PM&R — Taking a Fresh Look at Practice and Purpose

  • How PM&R can evolve — opportunities for the taking
  • Meeting stakeholder needs — patients, payers, partners in care
  • Changing the mindset — shared risk = shared reward, being part of a greater “whole”
  • Moving forward — how to shape your future

The New SNF: Finding Value Beyond the Bottom Line

  • Identifying DPNF contributions
  • Creating a value statement — ease of access, transfer to other services, managing under- and uninsured patients
  • Positioning the SNF — proactively framing services with outcomes data on readmissions, quality and more


General Sessions

Keynote: Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, directs the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). He is also associate director of Research at RIC and professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. His research interests focus on health services, psychosocial aspects of rehabilitation including substance abuse, and measurement issues in rehabilitation.

Martin Gallegos, DC is senior vice president and chief legislative advocate for California Hospital Association. Prior to joining CHA, Dr. Gallegos served in Governor Davis’ administration as the director of the California Office of the Patient Advocate. In 1994, Dr. Gallegos was elected to the 57th Assembly District of the California State Legislature.

Panel Session

Nancy Pratt is senior vice president of clinical effectiveness at Sharp HealthCare. Ms. Pratt provides leadership in quality, patient safety and organizational performance improvement, and directs clinical service lines and clinical decision support.

Marcia Reissig is the chief executive officer of Sutter Care at Home (formerly Sutter VNA & Hospice), the home health affiliate of Sutter Health. Ms. Reissig is responsible for the development, administration and integration of the system’s home care programs which include home health, hospice, home infusion pharmacy, home attendant care and care management.

Greg Bearce is vice president of operations at Episcopal Home Communities based in Pasadena, CA. Episcopal Home Communities provides a broad spectrum of residential care for older adults.

Joanne Handy is the president and CEO of Aging Services of California, which represents the nonprofit senior living field of CCRCs, assisted living, senior housing and community-based services. Aging Services is the founding sponsor of AgeTech California, a partnership of the senior living and home care fields advancing the use of technologies by providers.

Breakout Sessions

Skilled Focus
Steve Gold is chief officer of Senior Care and Support Services at Palomar Pomerado Health. Mr. Gold oversees the operation of the districts’ hospital-based skilled nursing facilities, Villa Pomerado and Palomar Continuing Care Center, as well as system oversight for all Environmental, Food Service and Nutrition, Chaplaincy and Volunteers.

Rehabilitation Focus
Robert Quinn, MD is chief medical officer and medical director of Rehabilitation Services at Dominican Medical Foundation. Dr. Quinn oversees a team of therapists in the hospital, rehabilitation center, home health and outpatient settings. Through these programs Dominican provides patients with a full range of rehabilitation services and specialty care.


The Pasadena Hilton
168 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Reservation deadline is September 24

The Pasadena Hilton is the host hotel and is located in the vibrant, historic, and pedestrian-friendly city of Pasadena. The hotel is centrally located to many popular Los Angeles and Southern California attractions including the world famous Rose Bowl, Hollywood, and the Universal City markets. Transportation is easy; the hotel is located 20 minutes from Bob Hope Burbank Airport and 45 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Sleeping rooms are available at a discounted rate of $129, single or double occupancy. For reservations call (626) 577-1000 and mention the “California Hospital Association” to receive the special rate. Don’t delay; discount deadline is September 24 and room availability is limited.


$295 Member
$500 Nonmember

Tuition includes continuing education, lunch and course materials.

Cancellation Policy
A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven days prior and emailed to, or faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be made after this date. If the seminar is cancelled paid participants will be fully refunded within 30 days.

Continuing Education

Full attendance at the educational session is a prerequisite for receiving professional continuing education. Attendees must sign in at the seminar and, when required, include their state bar or professional license number. CE certificates will be e-mailed.

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 4.5 hours of preapproved 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 #CEP 11924, for 5.4 Contact Hours. (Certificates must be retained by licensee for a period of 4 years.)

Nursing Home Administrator — Application has been made to the State of California’s Nursing Home Administrator Program to award continuing education for this program.