What is NARA?

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Who We Are
Mission Statement
Core Values
Membership
George G. Olsen, Esq
NARA’s Logo

 

Who We Are

The National Association of Rehab Providers & Agencies (NARA) represents more than 45,000 therapists, rehab providers, and rehab support organizations across the country ranging from rehab agencies, private practices, schools and athletic organizations to inpatient and adult living and skilled nursing facilities. As members, providers have access not only educational opportunities, but advocacy, legislative updates and other regulatory efforts directly impacting the rehabilitation industry.

NARA is a unique association because we meet the needs for all therapy disciplines in all therapy settings.  Our members benefit from the collective knowledge shared through networking and educational opportunities created and developed by NARA. These opportunities allow members to learn best practices for running their rehab business more efficiently so they can serve all their stakeholders in the most effective ways.

Since rehabilitation providers businesses are impacted significantly by legislation, NARA works closely with George G. Olsen and his staff at Williams & Jensen in Washington, D.C. to make the voices of our members heard on Capitol Hill.  Williams & Jensen provide members access to current hot topics directly from Capitol Hill.

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Mission Statement

To share knowledge, support, and resources in Rehabilitation Industry uniting clinical excellence and successful business management.

 

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Core Values

NARA serves its members by following our organization’s core values, which include:

  • Sharing knowledge
  • Advocacy
  • Operations focused
  • Value-based
  • Building relationships
  • Compliance-driven
  • Entrepreneurial

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Membership

Whether your organization provides therapy, provides ancillary support to therapy providers or is local, regional or national based, NARA can be beneficial to your business. Our members range from larger national companies to regional companies and local clinics. At  NARA, we work closely with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) who strive to create a bigger awareness of each individual discipline. We are a member-driven organization, and our goal is to not only provide support, but promote growth for our physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy providers with support and advocacy.

NARA’s main focus to create a community of rehab providers who assist each other in making their businesses better. Whether it affects the front of your operation, the back end or the way you deliver care, membership with NARA can benefit your organization. Membership is organization-based, rather than individually-based, so your entire organization can take advantage of the benefits we offer. We strongly encourage members to include their key management staff and those who impact the business on our eBlast list so each person can get information firsthand and put it to use immediately. 

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George G. Olsen, ESQ.

George Olsen has given a voice to NARA members on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for over 30 years. He was recently recognized as one of the top lobbyists in Washington, D.C. As the President of Williams & Jensen, his primary concentration has been health law, representing pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, health insurance and managed care organizations, hospitals and health care systems, and other types of providers and suppliers. He has expertise in legislative, regulatory, and policy matters concerning the healthcare sector.

Mr. Olsen’s knowledge has been used to help shape legislative for several bills that impacted prescription medication, Medicare, omnibus budgets, the Food & Drug Administration and health insurance. He not only helped shaped these laws, but participated in the rulemaking processes that resulted from them. Mr. Olsen has also represented clients under Congressional investigation, defended clients in anti-trust lawsuits and investigations and was involved in the development of the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Statements of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care.

In addition to serving Williams & Jensen clients, Mr. Olsen is a member of the National Health Lawyers Association, the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys, the American Bar Association, and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

Williams & Jensen was co-founded in 1970 by J. D. Williams, one of the most respected tax and business lobbyists in Washington, and the late Robert Jensen, known for his antitrust, securities, and litigation experience. Since its beginning, Williams & Jensen has grown to become one of the few leading independent law firms in Washington with a practice focused primarily on lobbying. On a daily basis, they help companies and organizations in the U.S. and around the world influence legislation and public policy process in Washington. The firm's record of winning in Washington has attracted a clientele of leading companies, trade associations, and institutions, many relying on the firm's services for more than three decades. They are consistently ranked among Washington’s top lobbyists each year.  Williams & Jensen has assisted NARA in being a voice on Capitol Hill in support of legislation, regulation, and policy concerning rehabilitation providers.

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NARA’s Logo

The NARA Logo

The goal of NARA’s new logo is to answer three simple questions:
Who is NARA?
Who does NARA represent?
How is NARA involved in Rehabilitation?

Each element of our logo helps answer these three questions. Take a moment and see what each component of our logo represents.

  • The stars represent our sister organizations and the regulatory bodies NARA works with to advocate and support the interests of our members and their businesses.
  • The eclipses represent physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
  • The Capitol Building represents George and Williams & Jensen, who keep NARA connected to the pulse of legislative happenings that impact our members and industry.
  • The circle created  by the stars and eclipses illustrate that NARA recognizes and supports the many aspects that come together to create the Rehabilitation Industry.
  • NARA is the shortened name or “nickname” of the Association.
  • The arch line represents our coverage of all settings where therapy is delivered, from outpatient to hospital, from skilled nursing facility to schools, from home health to occupational health.

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