Steve Gnatz MD, MHA, Chief Medical Officer, and Azlan Tariq DO, Chief Clinical Officer at Integrated Rehab Consultants (IRC), were joined by Ashir Wahab MD, CMD, Medical Director of Long-Term Care at Oak Street Health to present SA7 – The Role of the Physiatrist in the Skilled Nursing Facility. 

Scheduled to take place in Chicago April 2-5, PALTC20 was held virtually instead this year to ensure the safety of all participants during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Course SA7 explained the role of the physiatrist in SNF-based rehabilitation programs, from patient evaluation through rehabilitation team management and discharge. The participants learned about the role of the physiatrist in the skilled nursing facility environment, including the value of physiatry consultation, the common challenges and opportunities of working with a physiatrist, and the trends affecting rehabilitation in the SNF. 

The course was approved for credits; CME 1.5, Nursing CE 1.5, MOC 1.5, CMD Clinical 1.5, NAB 1.5. If you attended the event or are interested in watching the video to obtain the above credit, please go to to learn more. To listen to the course, without obtaining credit, click here. 

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is the only medical specialty society representing the community of over 50,000 medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other practitioners working in the various post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings. The Society’s 5,500 members work in skilled nursing facilities, long-term care and assisted living communities, CCRCs, home care, hospice, PACE programs, and other settings.

Steve Gnatz is the Chief Medical Officer for Integrated Rehab Consultants and has been working to increase the overall awareness of Physiatry, as well as help advance the field of PM&R. This includes authoring over 47 published abstracts and peer-reviewed articles, including the well-regarded book, EMG Basics. His impressive 20-page CV lists over 100 presentations he’s given to audiences of all types on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Gnatz holds a master’s degree in health administration (M.H.A.) and is board-certified by both the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. 

Dr. Azlan Tariq is a Board-Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician and the Chief Clinical Officer for Integrated Rehab Consultants. Since July 2012, Dr. Tariq has been a consulting physician with IRC, practicing within the post-acute rehabilitation environment throughout Greater Chicagoland and Northern Indiana. Dr. Tariq also has an outpatient practice, focusing on musculoskeletal and medicolegal issues.

Ashir Wahab MD, CMD, is the Medical Director of Long-Term Care at Oak Street Health. Dr. Wahab has been practicing for over 22 years. He spent his first 15 years in primary care and then transitioned to post-acute work full time.

Integrated Rehab Consultants (IRC) is the largest physiatry group in the country specializing in post-acute rehabilitation in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs). Physiatry, also known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), is a branch of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability (bone, brain, neuromuscular experts) and quality of life. Our board-certified doctors work with SNFs and IRFs to optimize therapy treatment plans, focusing on functional rehabilitation and recovery for patients with physical and cognitive impairments. We can help patients discharge quicker and safer – adding a needed layer of clinical oversight and capabilities for post-acute facilities, who specialize in rehabilitation and see a higher acuity patient. For more information or to partner with a physiatrist from IRC, go to