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NONSTOP Content for Health Policy

The ACRM Health Policy Networking Group is proud to sponsor a NONSTOP track for health/disability policy, ethics and advocacy. That’s 3+ days of cross-cutting educational content—16+ hours of health policy content (46.25 educational credit hours possible)

3-Day CORE Conference // 28 – 30 OCT

NONSTOP content for health policy is available throughout the 3-day CORE conference with a wide selection of topics, including:

  • Weight Management Interventions for People with Mobility Impairments
  • Disparities in Neurorehabilitation
  • Palliative Care and Rehabilitation
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Quality Measures for Inpatient Rehabilitation


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  • PLUS NONSTOP content for 6 diagnoses, 12 focus areas and dozens of cross-cutting topics spanning multiple diagnoses
  • 500+ scientific paper & poster presentations
  • CME/CEU credit in your choice of 15 disciplines—more than any other rehabilitation conference
  • Access to DOZENS of ACRM Meetings: special interest groups, networking groups & task forces



Health Policy Content Highlights

For specific HEALTH POLICY programming and gobs of details (including faculty names, session descriptions and schedules) see the CONFERENCE APP.


Sheldon Berrol Memorial Chautauqua #3162

A Hands-On Look at Research Ethics Concerning Patients with Disorders of Consciousness


 Presenters: Joseph T. Giacino, PhD, FACRM; Lynne Brady Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP; Cecilia Carlowicz, BA

Joe Giacino, PhD, FACRM

Joseph T. Giacino, PhD, FACRM

Lynne Brady Wagner

Lynne Brady Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP

Cecilia Carlowicz, BA

Cecilia Carlowicz, BA

Navigating the complex ethical issues surrounding traumatic brain injury (TBI) as providers is inevitably precarious, and priorities and values differ from person to person. In particular, issues frequently arise along the divide between clinical care and research. Providers in many different situations may be faced with a decision of whether to consider nascent research paradigms to guide treatment decisions.


PLENARY I: Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, FACP

Helen Burstin, MD, MPHWED, 28 OCT // 8:15 AM – 10:15 AM

The Healthcare Quality Landscape: Role of Rehabilitation Medicine #1001

ACRM is pleased to announce that Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, FACP will present the opening plenary at the 92nd Annual Conference.

Dr. Burstin will offer a view of healthcare quality from the national perspective, with a special emphasis on the evolving health policy landscape. The shift to value over volume and the move toward outcome measures will be highlighted. In addition, the specific role of rehabilitation medicine in the context of patient-focused episodes of care and alternative payment models will be explored. Read More >>>


These symposia received the highest ratings of all submissions with a primary focus on health policy reviewed by the 2015 Program Committee  …


Participatory Action Research to Strategize Long-term Health and Participation Disparities with People with Disabilities #3158

PRESENTERS:  Joy Hammel, Lex Frieden, Janet Smith, Katherine McDonald, Susan Magasi, Christina Papadimitriou

Twenty five years following the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with disabilities continue to experience persistent disparities in health care access and community living, community participation, and economic participation. However, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and the ADA Olmstead Decision systems change initiatives to rebalance funding toward community living and supports, we have new opportunities in rehabilitation to extend services and supports into the community. This symposium will focus on two federally funded participatory action research (PAR) projects to document and examine these participation disparities, and to design and evaluate innovative interventions to address disparities using a community-based, consumer-directed approach.


Weight Management Interventions for People With Mobility Impairments: Increasing Relevance, Accessibility, and Sustainability #3228

PRESENTERS: Susan Robinson-Whelen, PhD; Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, PhD; James H. Rimmer, PhD; Margaret A. Nosek, PhD

Obesity rates are strikingly high among people with disabilities. Physical activity and weight loss programs are often inaccessible and fail to offer information and strategies that address the circumstances of people with disabilities. This symposium will describe efforts to develop relevant and accessible weight loss programs and will describe a framework for adapting evidence-based obesity prevention strategies for people with disabilities. The speakers and audience will be challenged to address how adapted programs can be scaled to public health and how such programs can better respond to the needs of people who represent the full range of abilities.


Quality, Evidence, and Advocacy in the New Era of Healthcare #3154

PRESENTERS: Lex Frieden; Matthew Davis, MD; Suzanne Groah, MD; Rochelle E. Tractenberg, PhD; Merrill Friedman

Quality measures play an increasing role in Medicare reimbursement. Critics highlight the failure of Quality measures to appreciate the needs of medically complicated patients – including those with disabilities. This symposium addresses challenges with current measures, difficulties with statistical analysis, the role of managed care, and the need for advocacy by consumers and providers. The panel includes Drs. Matt Davis and Suzanne Groah, physician specialists in SCI; Dr. Rochelle Tractenberg, an expert in statistics and measurement; Ms. Merrill Friedman, Director of Disability Policy Engagement at Amerigroup; and Lex Frieden, an internationally recognized leader in advocacy for people with disabilities.



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If you plan to attend at least ONE pre-conference instructional course in addition to the CORE conference, the best registration value is the WORLD PASS WORLD PASS registration bundles conference favorites into one low price
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Not too late to participate in Dallas! ACRM is seeking proposals for scientific poster presentations of your LATE-BREAKING RESEARCH. See submission guidelines and submit your abstract by 14 August.

ACRM Wants Your Late-Breaking Research!


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The ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) offers NONSTOP CONTENT for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, cancer and pediatric rehabilitation plus 11 additional focus areas.

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*Although significant changes are not anticipated, all schedules, sessions, and presenters posted on this website are preliminary and subject to change.