What's new for 2011?
• The keynote: Last year, the keynote at CELA was a clinical presentation. This year, it's a government affairs presentation. Jennifer Higgins of the Capitol Health Group will discuss the "perspectives on complex rehab technology in health care reform and in the new Congress." "We were looking for something that would be a good lead-in to the Capitol Hill visits," said Simon Margolis, executive director of NRRTS. "We felt we needed to put our little piece of the pie in perspective."
• The sessions: This year, they will be broken up into clinical and business tracks. The business sessions: "Reduce Waste & Improve Efficiency" and "How to Get Employees to Think Like Owners," both presented by Chris Calderone of the The Lean Health Group. "We're trying to engage a few more of the business owners, who tend to leave before the sessions," Margolis said.
• The price: The price to attend CELA increased, mostly due to the change in venue from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. It's $125 for NRRTS registrants, $150 for friends of NRRTS and $175 for non-registrants.