Biography

Laura J. Cohen, Ph.D., P.T., is a Strategic Consultant with EBG Advisors, Inc.  Dr. Cohen has 30 years’ experience working with individuals of all ages with long-term complex impairments, dual eligible beneficiaries and the aging population. She has worked across the continuum of health care settings including trauma, acute care and catastrophic care hospitals, and post-acute care (IRF, LTCH, SNF, HHC, ALC, day programs, etc.). She brings a unique perspective with macro and micro knowledge of the complex interconnecting components of the health care system.

Dr. Cohen is a consultant to clients in the post-acute care marketplace including rehabilitation, complex rehabilitation technology (CRT), and durable medical equipment (DME). Her clients include health care organizations, providers, payors, device manufacturers, CRT and DME suppliers, and those companies that support the health care industry. She advises clients on legislative and regulatory environment, healthcare redesign, Medicare and Medicaid policy reform, and policy development. She is skillful at recognizing and predicting unintended consequences of proposed implementation scenarios.

Representative Experience

Spanning her career, Dr. Cohen has maintained a clinical practice specializing in neurorehabilitation and seating and wheeled mobility services to keep pace with clinical practice and evolving technology. At the same time she has served as a consultant to a broad scope of clients in regards to accreditation, credentialing, clinical practice, program integrity, medical review, electronic health records, and compliance for rehabilitation, CRT and DME. This combined experience has provided her with a rare view of clinical practice patterns, supplier issues, professional development needs, documentation concerns, and policy matters. She is experienced in both identifying comprehensive post-acute care needs for individuals with complex needs, and a veteran at recognizing barriers to healthcare services for aging and dual eligible populations.

A recognized thought leader, Dr. Cohen has been appointed by Federal and State government agencies and contractors to serve on various panels and technical advisory boards tasked with recommending policy improvements. At the request of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, she provided testimony for a hearing on Medicare policy for power wheelchair provision. Presently she serves on the Steering Committee to establish a Medicare Separate Benefit Category for Complex Rehabilitation Technology (H.R. 750, S. ).

A committed American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) volunteer leader and RESNA Fellow recognized by the assistive technology community for her volunteerism and contributions to the field, she is the past Chair and ex-officio member of the RESNA Professional Standards Board. She presents regularly at professional conferences and to a range of stakeholders. Dr. Cohen has multiple peer reviewed publications and in 2015 served as a Guest Editor for a special edition of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation on Seating and Wheeled Mobility. Her research interests are to promote outcomes research designed to influence clinical practice and impact public policy. Motivated by challenges that require resourceful innovative solutions her pursuit is to ensure individuals with complex needs have access to quality rehabilitation and technology services and devices from qualified professionals through responsible utilization management.

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh  (Ph.D.)
    • Health and Rehab Sciences
  • The Sage Colleges-Sage Graduate School  (B.S.)
    • Physical Therapy