On-Demand Webinar
RST CE logo

Visit us at:
Facebook  Twitter


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Program ID : SS1.1.2019
Webinar Length of Time: 1.25 Hour

Link to view the lecture presentation:




Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP
Director, 35th International Seating Symposium
Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Education & Training Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology
University of Pittsburgh, United States

Mark is an Associate Professor and Director of the Continuing Education Program in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the course director for the International Seating Symposium and directs several other continuing education venues including web-based post-professional education and training. His area of research is in the development and application of functional outcomes measures, product development, and telerehabilitation. He is the co-developer of the Functional Mobility Assessment and manages a registry of large data related to mobility outcomes. He also has over 27 years of clinical experience at the Center for Assistive Technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Dean, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Pittsburgh, United States

Anthony Delitto is the dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) and professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. He received his BS in Physical Therapy from SUNY Buffalo, NY, his MHS in Physical Therapy and his PhD from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. He is active in the Sections on Orthopedics and Education, and Past-President of the Section on Research for the APTA.

Jonathan Pearlman, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology
University of Pittsburgh, United States

Dr. Jon Pearlman is an Associate Professor & Chair in the Department of Rehab Science & Technology, and the founding director of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals. Jon received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and his PhD in Rehabilitation Science. Jon is a translational researcher focused on developing and improving technologies which support physical rehabilitation and improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Carol Shrader
The Blessing Counter, United States

Carol is mother to young adult triplets, two of whom have Cerebral Palsy, plus a 13-year-old daughter. In 2008, her then 11-year-old son created a blog — The Blessing Counter -- and encouraged her to write. His willingness to have his story told so that even just one family could find hope in the journey of raising children with Cerebral Palsy inspires her still.

John Lovelace, MS
President, UPMC for You, Inc.
President, Government Programs and Individual Advantage UPMC Health Plan, United States

John Lovelace holds several positions within the UPMC Insurance Services Division, through which he oversees the government health program lines of business with UPMC. This includes the managed Medicaid programs, managed long-term services and supports, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicare and Medicare Special Needs Programs, individual medically underwritten coverage and the operations of federally facilitated marketplace operations. He has been associated with UPMC insurance services for more than twenty years.

Presented at the 35th International Seating Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA USA

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

  • No conflicts have been disclosed.


This course is the Opening Session for the 35th International Seating Symposium. It includes three presentations in addition to opening remarks. Featuring keynote speaker presentations by Carol Schrader and John Lovelace, President, Government Programs and Individual Advantage at UPMC Health Plan.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA,
Jonathan Pearlman, PhD

The W Word – A Parent’s Perspective
Carol Shrader

By sharing one family’s story, this session will offer a glimpse into how a family comes to terms with a cerebral palsy diagnosis and finds beauty in having their child roll through life. The session will offer an insider’s look at what defines your patients – and what doesn’t.

Opportunities to Serve People with Disabilities in an Increasingly Managed Insurance Market
John Lovelace, MS

The advent of Medicare Advantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans, which offer a voluntary enrollment option to low income frail seniors and people with disabilities, and Managed Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports, create many new and exciting opportunities for program participants, advocates, service providers and payers to develop new relationships that focus on achieving the Triple Aim of improving participant experience, managing the cost trend and enhancing the outcome of care. Integrated Medicaid and Medicare benefits, which have now emerged in many state Medicaid programs, provides the opportunity to better integrate acute and post-acute medical care, including the management of chronic conditions, with long term services and supports. Participant choice and preference should drive decision making, and it should clearly be coupled with a shared decision-making strategies in a provider/participants alliance. The development of a value-based payment strategy focused on participant satisfaction and long and short-term outcomes will drive new and more effective approaches to supporting individuals.

Learning Objectives

Upon viewing this webinar, participants will be able to:




CEU Registration and Cost

0.100 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for viewing 1.0 hours of instruction.
The cost for the webinar is $59.00

Instructions to Obtain CEUs

go to the RSTCE web site at: www.rstce.org

    1. Enter user name and password or create new profile
    2. Select Webinars
    3. Select the webinar:SS01.2019 - 35th ISS Welcome & Opening Remarks
    4. Complete your registration

A payment confirmation will be sent via e-mail.
(Allow 10 minutes for the database to process payment and send a confirmation e-mail).

After viewing the webinar

    1. log back into database and Select Post Tests and Evaluation for:
      SS01.2019 - 35th ISS Welcome & Opening Remarks
    2. Select and complete Post Tests and Evaluations

You will receive your CEU Certificate via e-mailed as a PDF file (Please allow 10 minutes for the database to process your certificate and send it to your e-mail)

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.
The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions.

The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.

Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University's mission. This policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in University programs and activities. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations. For information on University equal opportunity and affirmative action programs and complaint/grievance procedures, please contact: William A. Savage, Assistant to the Chancellor and Director of Affirmative Action (and Title IX and 504 Coordinator), Office of Affirmative Action, 901 William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, 412- 648-7860

Updated | 07.16.2019