NASL 2020 Winter Legislative & Regulatory Conference

Feb 24, 2020 12:00pm -
Feb 26, 2020 05:00pm
Intercontinental Hotel, DC Wharf, Washington, DC

Event Type: Conference
Category: Annual Meeting

Registration Instructions

Schedule of Events 

Speakers and Sessions will be added as they are confirmed, so please check back often  


Monday, February 24


12:00 - 5:00pm


Registration Open


12:00 – 1:00pm


Welcome to DC Social


1:00 – 2:00pm


Health IT Catching FHIR – ONC’s View on Interoperability

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology,


Hear from the federal agency driving interoperability about what’s ahead in this new decade. Get the latest intel on what ONC’s final rule on interoperability may mean for patient and provider access to electronic health information and the use of FHIR Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Learn how federal health IT policy will shape the new information blocking enforcement landscape and how that will impact your business.


2:00 – 3:00pm


Understanding the Cut to Medical Specialties, Including the Cut to Part B Therapy

Justin Elliott, Vice President of Government Affairs,  APTA

Rachel Kramer, Partner, The Moran Company


Learn the details of the new policy finalized by CMS that reforms and increases the value of physician-billed Evaluation and Management CPT codes under the Physician Fee Schedule.  CMS has finalized cuts to multiple specialties (including rehab therapy) to  offset the increase in value to the E&M codes.  This presentation will provide education on how CMS may affect the cuts as well as campaign information for asking Congress to intervene and delay or stop the cuts. 



Hill Staff Panel on CONNECT Act

Meghan O’Toole, Health Legislative Assistant for US Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Danielle Janowski, Health Legislative Assistant for US Senator John Thune (R-SD)


The panel will explain provisions of the CONNECT Act which includes new authorities for CMS to increase opportunities for Medicare Providers to provide services through telehealth.




Networking Break


Potential Government Response to PDPM

Glenn Hendrix Esq., Chairman, and Sara Lord, Esq., Partner

Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP


Litigation attorneys, Glenn Hendricks and Sara Lord, will present post-PDPM litigation risks and contracting strategies for rehab therapy providers and SNF providers.  Understand how will PDPM create new opportunities for plaintiff lawyers to sue rehab therapy providers and SNFs.  Understand new risks that rehab therapy providers and SNFs face from a government investigation and enforcement perspective and what therapy providers should you do to protect their companies. 


5:00 – 6:00pm


NASL Diagnostic Testing Committee Meeting

6:00 – 7:30pm

NASL Opening Night Reception




Tuesday, February 25


7:00 – 8:00am


NASL Emerging Leaders Breakfast – BY INVITATION ONLY


Registration Open




NASL Attendees’ Breakfast




NASL Medical Services Committee Meeting



Professional Therapy Association Panel  

  • APTA – Justin Elliott, Vice President of Government Affairs, and Kara Gainer, J.D., Director of Regulatory Affairs
  • AOTA – Sharmila Sandhu, J.D., Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, and Heather Parsons , MSOT, Vice President of Federal Affairs
  • ASHA – Sarah Warren, Director of Health Care Regulatory Advocacy, and Susan Adams, Esq., Director for State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs


Panelists from each professional therapy association will present and discuss their respective organization’s top 2-3 legislative and regulatory priorities for 2020 and their positions on those.   Specific topics that will be covered include the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) for skilled nursing facilities and the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) for home health, and the various implementation issues their members have experienced since the payment systems have gone into effect.  Panelists will also discuss some of the specific activities/education/discussions they are facilitating this year with respect to both.  Other topics will include Interstate Compacts; MACRA as it relates to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) & Alternative Payment Models (APMs); Managed Care issues; and how their respective organizations think CMS will apply the cuts to their discipline-specific CPT codes in the E&M issue for 2021.



10:00 – 10:15am


Networking Break



An Insider's Guide to Coordinating for Connectivity
Mariann Yeager, CEO, The Sequoia Project


The Sequoia Project has been facilitating connectivity in the private sector for years now. In the fall of 2019, it was named the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) and part of a public-private partnership with ONC. Hear from health IT veteran and Sequoia Project CEO Mariann Yeager, who is charting the path toward greater connectivity. How will the RCE tackle trust issues that create barriers to nationwide interoperability? Will implementation of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) eliminate these obstacles?




Dialogue with Mariann Yeager of The Sequoia Project

After we hear from the federal government and its RCE partner about TEFCA and interoperability, NASL is flipping the script. This not-to-be-missed opportunity to dialogue with Mariann Yeager is your chance to share valuable insights from the post-acute care sector as the demand for electronic health information is on the rise.



NASL Luncheon



1:15 – 2:15pm


Bouncebacks:  Reducing Hospitalizations for Nursing Home Residents
Deborah Finley, MPA LNHA CPHQ 

The Missouri Quality Initiative (MOQI) is a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) Innovations Center and Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office sponsored Initiative to reduce avoidable hospitalizations of nursing home residents and improve quality of care for long-stay residents nationwide.



Networking Break



NASL IT Committee Meeting


  • ONC Interoperability & Information Blocking Final Rule
    Committee members will discuss the ONC final rule and its impact have 20 minutes for peer sharing and open discussion on how their respective companies experienced the implementation of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) on October 1st, and some of the issues, successes, ongoing challenges that were identified.
  • Transfer of Health Data & Measures
    Led by the NASL Interoperability Tiger Team, the Committee will review key data elements needed at transfer to fulfill the Transfer of Health Quality Measure that takes effect on October 1, 2020.


NASL Board of Directors Meeting



Wednesday, February 26



7:00 – 8:00am

NASL Attendees’ Breakfast




7:30 – 9:00am

  • NASL Congressional Leadership Award
  • Legislative & Regulatory Update

Cynthia Morton, MPA, Executive Vice President, NASL

Michaela Sims, J.D., President, Sims Strategies and NASL Policy Counsel

Michaela and Cynthia will present education on key regulation and  legislation that impacts rehab therapy and the long term and post-acute care sector.  They will detail the legislative issues that NASL members will be lobbying later that day.  The presentation will include an update on how various issues will impact the sector including the Presidential race.  




9:00 – 9:30am


Final Preparation for Hill Visits




Adjourn to Capitol Hill for Meetings
with Members of Congress



Register for CEUs for the NASL Winter Conference


Thank you to the sponsors of the NASL 2020 Winter Legislative & Regulatory Conference


Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations received on or before February 14, 2020 will receive a credit for the paid registration fee, minus a $50 processing fee.
  • Credit issued for a cancelled registration must be used within one year, and will be forfeited if not used within that time. 
  • Credits are transferrable to another employee of the NASL member company.
  • No credit will be issued for cancellations received after February 14, 2020.


Early registration ends on 12/1/2019.
Regular registration starts on 12/2/2019 and ends on 2/24/2020.
Late registration starts on 2/24/2020.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 2020 Winter Conference - includes 3% credit card processing fee
Member Fee: $643.75$643.75$743.75
Non-Member Fee: $1287.50$1287.50$1387.50