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Thursday, July 23, 2009
FHA Regional Office
Orlando, Florida


This workshop is designed to provide attendees with a better understanding of the following:
1. CareTool Demo
2. Report to Congress on the 75% Rule - RTI is studying (a) access to IRF care; (b) alternative definitions for patient classification, such as function and co-morbid conditions; and (c) conditions outside the designated CMS-13 that can benefit from IRF care.
3. Outpatient Ambulatory Therapy - RTI is studying different ways to measure need for therapy and alternative payment methodologies for Part B services.

Barbara Gage, PhD
Barbara Gage, PhD, is the deputy director of aging, disability, and long-term care studies at RTI and leads RTI's post-acute research efforts. Most of her research for Congress and the federal government has focused on Medicare payment policies and beneficiaries' use of post-acute care, including rehabilitation, psychiatric, and long-term care hospitals; home health agencies; and skilled nursing facilities. Dr. Gage specializes in studying episodes of care, beginning with acute hospital discharge and including all subsequent services. She has directed numerous studies analyzing the impact of the various Medicare payment policy changes, including studies of the relative use of PAC (pre- and post-BBA), case-mix analysis of long-term care hospital patients, relative use of inpatient and ambulatory rehabilitation services, bundled post-acute payment demonstrations, and the development of items to monitor the impact of the Medicare payment systems on access and quality of care. She has also studied community-based systems for elderly/disabled populations.

Suggested Attendance
Florida Society for Rehabilitation (FSR) members and employees of hospital-based acute rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation services.

Registration Fees
FSR members




The registration fee includes handouts, refreshment break, and networking dinner.
Note: FSR members will have their quarterly membership meeting Friday, July 24, at the FHA Regional Office in Orlando. Come early and attend this workshop!

Cancellations/Refund Policy
The registration fee, less a $25 processing fee, is refundable if written notice (e-mail: education@fha.org; fax: 407-423-4648) is received by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 16, 2009. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after July 16. The refund policy is applicable to those who indicate payment forthcoming prior to the program or on-site.
No refunds will be issued for anyone who does not comply with written notice of cancellation by the deadline and the full registration amount will be due and owed to FHA.

Recommended attire for this program is business attire. Bring a jacket or sweater as conference area will be air-conditioned and temperatures may vary.

FHA wants to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently from other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you need any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please write to the Education Department at education@fha.org or call (407) 841-6230.