Education event

Post-Acute Care Congressional Education Day

October 27, 2015
A post-acute care gathering in Washington, D.C.


Post-acute care is in the spotlight as Congress faces pressures to reduce Medicare costs and improve outcomes. Proposals under consideration, such as bundled or site-neutral payment, and implementation of new data collection requirements,  would have far-reaching implications for providers and patients. Now more than ever, the relationships we build with members of Congress — along with our ability to educate and inform — are vital to our federal advocacy.

Ensure our voice is heard 
Join us for CHA’s second Post-Acute Care Congressional Education Day to be held on Tuesday, October 27 in Washington, D.C. Participants will attend a morning issue briefing and training, and then proceed to Capitol Hill for visits with elected officials and their staff. CHA will manage the logistics and appointment scheduling; you bring the post-acute care message to the elected officials.

Register online now for this important event. For questions or further information about this special program, contact Patricia Blaisdell at (916) 552-7553 or

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Hospital-based content experts in post-acute care disciplines.


Attendees should plan to travel to Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 26 and return on Wednesday, October 28, to allow adequate time for scheduling our Capitol Hill visits on Tuesday.

Agenda for October 27, 2015

7:30 – 8:00 am

  • Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00 am

  • Morning Session: Advocacy Orientation and Issue Briefing

10:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • Capitol Hill Visits 
    Participants should expect to be scheduled for three to four Congressional visits spread throughout the day, with breaks. Cafeterias located in the Capitol Hill Congressional office buildings are readily available for lunch and break times between visits.

6:30 - 8:30 pm

  • CHA hosted dinner (location to be announced)


Anne O’Rourke is senior vice president for Federal Relations for the California Hospital Association (CHA). Based in Washington, D.C., Anne manages CHA’s Federal Relations office and represents the CHA membership before Congress and the White House and serves as the liaison to other state and national health organizations.

Alyssa Keefe is CHA’s vice president for regulatory affairs. At CHA, Ms. Keefe is responsible for policy development and analysis of federal regulation impacting California hospitals and health systems, and serves as a liaison between CHA and federal agencies, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Patricia Blaisdell is CHA’s vice president for Continuum of Care. Ms. Blaisdell has over 20 years experience in hospital and health care management and in acute and post-acute settings. She has particular expertise in rehabilitation and therapy services reimbursement and in clinical operations across the continuum of care.


The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is the host hotel for the Post-Acute Care Congressional Education Day.

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

To make your hotel reservations please call Marisa Ward at (916) 552-7656 or email

Special Accommodations:
If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact CHA at (916) 552-7637.


October 27, 2015
Attendees should plan to travel to Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 26 and return on Wednesday, October 28, to allow adequate time for scheduling our Capitol Hill visits on Tuesday.


While there is no charge for the program, pre-registration is required. Click here to register. Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent with pertinent program information.