Education event

Center for Post-Acute Care Annual Conference
Post-Acute Care Evolution — Finding Purpose in a Changing System of Care

January 24 – 25, 2012
Newport Beach, CA


The federal government has begun to reshape the way we deliver care.
Our challenge? In a word, evolve.

Our system of silos will rapidly become obsolete as providers transition to new reimbursement systems. Collaboration and communication across all disciplines will be key to a successful evolution — for our patients and our profession.

This year’s conference will broaden your thinking on new ways to provide care. Our event opens with keynote David Storto of Partners Continuing Care. Well before reform became a household word, Partners has been providing integrated, high quality, cost-efficient care — and to great results for patients and operations. Storto will explain the organization’s care model, why it works and how to apply its principles to your services.

What else will you learn? Federal topics include an update from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and a report on CMS quality initiatives. Sessions on increasing collaboration across levels of care and interdisciplinary teams will provide new ways of thinking about old problems. Plus, clinical and operational sessions will help you improve patient management and practice of care.

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

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


Tuesday, January 24

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

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Pre-conference Session
Center for Post-Acute Care Member Meeting

Come early to learn about the recently developed Center and their plans for the coming year. Hear about ways to be involved including post-acute care workgroups and committees.

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.    Keynote Session
Developing Your Continuum of Care to Flourish Under Reform

David Storto, President, Partners Continuing Care and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
While the future under health care reform is fraught with major uncertainty and risk, there is also significant opportunity. The success of the post-acute provider will be dependent on creating a full continuum of services.  New and creative management strategies and a sound infrastructure will be essential ingredients. Learn why the Partners model flourished and how PAC providers can apply these principles as we prepare for reform.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.    General Session
An Introduction to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

Valinda R. Rutledge, Director of Patient Care Models Group, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Better health, better care, lower costs. These are the goals of CMMI, a CMS organization recently created to promote and develop new models of care that improve outcomes and provide cost efficiencies. Learn about the work of CMMI and their key initiatives, including bundled payment and the community-based care transitions program (CCTP), a grant-funded program to improve transitions of care and reduce readmissions.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.    Hosted Luncheon

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.    General Session
Quality Measures Update: What Providers Need to Know

Alyssa Keefe, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, California Hospital Association
Quality of care is at the forefront of health care reform’s mandate. CMS has implemented numerous quality reporting programs that will have major implications for providers in both operations and reimbursement in 2012. Learn about the major players in quality measures, how policy is developed and the anticipated impact on provider reimbursement.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.    General Session
Reshaping Teams to Meet Reform’s Coordinated Care Concept

Bob Habasevich, Senior Strategist, Quality and Performance Improvement, MediServe
How effective are your teams? Have you adequately trained and prepared your staff? This session will help you understand the requirements of team coordination in a health care setting and provide guidance on how to measure team effectiveness and value of service. Find out why old practices need to go and how to recognize new opportunities for delivery of patient care.

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.   Breakout Sessions (choose one)
By the Numbers: What Research Tells Us about Outcomes in Rehabilitation (Rehab Focus)

Elizabeth Sandel, MD, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Napa Solano Service Area, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and Director of Research and Training at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo
Observational research may answer some questions while raising others. Why are there are disparities in health care delivery in post-acute care? Are functional outcomes different depending on care pathways? Is there any research to support the 3-hour rule? In this session a researcher will describe her group’s work and its implications for post-acute care.

Communication and Collaboration: Pillars to a Model of Post-Acute Care (SNF Focus)
Christine M. Mlot, MD, Co-founder and President, GeriNet Medical Associates; and Kim Phan, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, HealthEssentials,  LLC
At HealthEssentials patients are transitioned across the continuum to the highest level of care possible and stay there. Lower readmission numbers are only part of their success story. Learn how their model has revolutionized the delivery care in SNFs and how to apply its principles to your operations.

5:00 – 6:30 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, Wednesday, January 25

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast Tables
Join your colleagues for coffee and conversation at this informal session.

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.    General Session
From Here to There: Next Steps for IRF and SNF Care

Daniel B. Walter, Founder and Senior Principal, Walter Consulting
Soon health care delivery models will change dramatically. What kind of model will you adopt, and more importantly, why? As providers assume more risk they’ll need to consider the value of services, patient flow and how to stop competing with each other. Learn how to evaluate the care you provide and whether or not to partner with others.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.    General Session
Department of Health Care Services Update — What’s Ahead for Providers and Beneficiaries

Jane Ogle, Deputy Director, Health Care Delivery Systems, California Department of Health Care Services
Leadership from DHCS will discuss state initiatives, current challenges and future plans in the delivery of medical care and long-term care services and supports. Find out how they plan to deliver care in light of current budget shortfalls and improve care coordination for seniors and persons with disabilities. Hear about the status of the State’s plan to develop and implement integrated care and funding for dual-eligibles.

11:00 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.   General Session
Care Environments of the Future

Anne McLeod, Senior Vice President, Health Policy, California Hospital Association
Want a peek into the future of health care? This session will provide a big picture view of the future of health care delivery under reform. Recent data and trends in care will be analyzed to predict what may come in business costs, reimbursement, delivery of care and more. Hear an update on national reform and the California Health Benefit Exchange.


Register by January 13 and save

Member rate: $425
Nonmember rate: $550

Registrations received after January 13, 2012 are subject to an additional $100 tuition.

Tuition includes reception, luncheon and CEs. 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 January 17. 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

Continuing Education

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

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 8.75 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified 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 10.5 contact hours.

Nursing Home Administrators — The California Nursing Home Adminstrator Program has approved this program for 11 contact hours. Course #7202. Provider #1142.


Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Discount sleeping room deadline is January 6
Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach is the host hotel and site for this year’s conference. This Southern California bayside destination is located in a relaxed and luxurious beach community. The Hyatt Regency is the perfect setting for both work and play with corporate business amenities and world-class shopping, dining, and performing arts nearby. John Wayne/Orange County Airport is conveniently located 10 minutes away and the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle for guests.

Reserve your rooms now. Special room rate of $150 is available for single/double occupancy. Please call (888) 421-1442 to make your reservation and mention the “Post-Acute Care Conference” to receive the discounted rate.

To book a room online, click here.


On behalf of the California Hospital Association, we would like to thank our corporate sponsors and exhibitors for their support of the 2012 Post-Acute Care Conference.

2012 Platinum Sponsor


2012 Silver Sponsors

2012 Exhibitors to Date

 Accredited Home Health Services

Ascendian Healthcare Consulting

Calmoseptine, Inc.

Foundation for Health Coverage Education

GPS Healthcare Consultants

HFS Consultants

INNERFACE Architectural Signage

ProClaim AMS



The AltieriGroup

Transitions For Veterans

Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation

Sponsor the conference

Sponsorship opportunities from $1750 – $4500 offer extra benefits including 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

$750 for two representatives and exhibit space during the evening reception.

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. The cost is $250 per Take One Table.

Click here to download a registration form with exhibit rules and guidelines.