Rhea Cohn, PT, DPT
Rhea Cohn has over thirty years of professional experience as a physical therapist, including roles as a senior manager, educator,
clinician and consultant. She received her Bachelor of Science from Tufts University and Masters in Physical Therapy from New York
University. Subsequently, Rhea earned her Post-Masters Certificate in Health Services Administration from George Washington University
and her transitional DPT degree from Simmons College.
As a clinician, Rhea worked in inpatient and outpatient settings. Her clinical expertise was in hand and upper extremity therapy.
Rhea also worked for four years as a utilization review consultant for a large mid-Atlantic managed care organization collaborating
with persons working in medical policy development and implementation, utilization and case management, claims, coordination of
benefits and special investigations.
Following almost two decades of clinical work, Rhea spent over a twelve years at the American Physical Therapy Association
(APTA) advocating for physical therapists in the area of payment policy in both the private and public sector. Rhea was
APTA’s staff advisor to the CPT Editorial Panel where she earned the Staff Liaison Award and the Educational Excellence
Award. She was also instrumental in APTA’s initial involvement in the CMS Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)
and has worked with Quality Insights of Pennsylvania on two projects relative to quality measure development. Rhea built
strong working relationships with many national and regional payers and has been asked to review and comment on many
Rhea expanded her work experience as Director of Workers Compensation Business Operations at the National Rehabilitation
Hospital in Washington, DC. This opportunity required close collaboration with the workers compensation community
including payers, case managers and adjustors. At the same time, Rhea utilized her knowledge of the increasingly
complex regulatory demands of an IRF-based setting to assist with staff education and other internal activities.
Besides her consulting work, Rhea is also an Assistant Professor in the George Washington University Doctor of
Physical Therapy Program. She is also serving on the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
Rhea has considerable experience in developing and implementing educational tools regarding reimbursement and
compliance, curriculum and advocacy materials, documentation, peer review, and other practice management tools
for physical therapists. Rhea has been an invited speaker in over thirty states for a variety of stakeholders,
including physical and occupational therapists, payers, fraud investigators, life care planners, nurses,
educators, and students.
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