In her role as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Client Experience, Windy Adams is responsible for the implementation, optimization, and sustained success of Forcura’s clients and partners. Her expertise is in optimizing organizational processes and the utilization of Forcura’s tools for back-office and clinical success when it comes to the unique challenges that home health and hospice organizations face with regulations.

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Forcura

WINDY ADAMS

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

How Data & Analytics Can Drive Smart PDGM Business Decisions (Thursday, August 1, 8:30-9:20 AM, Augusta, Business & Operations Track)

John B. Aker, D. Min., is a former Passionist Monk and career Army Officer. Along with his brother, Alan Aker, MD, John and his wife, Rose, formed The Aker Kasten Home Health Care Agency, LLC in Boca Raton. Driven by a desire to nurture more than the physical needs of their patients, John and Rose, who serves as Chief Operating Officer, offer emotional and spiritual care as well. John entered the United States Army at the beginning of the Vietnam conflict and, after intensive training in military intelligence, was assigned to The Pentagon as a covert intelligence agent. John became driven with a desire to invest his life in others. Upon completing a Master of Divinity and later a Doctor of Ministry, John continued his military career as an Army Chaplain. The Aker Kasten Home Health Care Agency strives to improve the quality of life for those with chronic or terminal illness or home care needs by treating the whole person. Private Duty care is supplemented with access to chaplain services for all their patients, ensuring care for each patient’s emotional and spiritual well-being in addition to traditional physical care. Compelled to extend superior service, Aker Kasten Home Health Care Agency recruits and trains only those home health aides, companions, and homemakers who are committed to the unique vision and values of the agency and who demonstrate caring with competence and compassion. Over the years, John and Rose have carefully grown their accredited agency, welcoming dedicated and long-serving staff to leadership team positions. The family-owned and locally-operated agency continues to flourish amid the ever-changing landscape of our industry. John is often sought after as a speaker and thus has enjoyed a speaking around the world. He has also published three books and countless journal and periodical articles. Married for fifty-four years, John and Rose have been blessed with three daughters and sons-in-law, 20 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Chief Executive Officer & Administrator, Aker Kasten Home Health Care Agency

JOHN B. AKER, MD

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

YOU CAN DO IT: Daring to Care for the Whole Person (Wednesday, July 31, 9:00-9:50 AM, St. Andrews, Clinical & Quality Track)

Nancy E. Allen BSN, RNC, CMC, is CEO of Solutions for Care, Inc., a consulting company specializing in community-based health care and care management. Nancy’s passion includes assisting providers to develop effective operations for compliance to deliver quantifiable outcome driven patient care. Her many years of experience includes clinical and administrative roles in home care agency, as well as 10 years experience as surveyor for a state regulatory agency and accreditation organization. Nancy is certified as a Clinical Specialist in Home Health, Care Management, and as a Long Term Care Surveyor. Nancy has served as a Corporate Integrity Monitor for the Office of Inspector General and as a Medicare Hearing Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Medicare Fair Hearing Department where she conducted and adjudicated federal administrative hearings. With a team from the University of Hawaii, Nancy serves as an educator and resource in the development of community-based health care in the Pacific islands of the Republic of Palau and American Samoa. Nancy is a contributing author to the "Handbook for Home Health Administration" and numerous other articles in national home care publications. Her recently updated book "Survivor! Ten Practical Steps to Survey Survival" has helped many achieve deficiency-free surveys.

Chief Executive Officer & Owner, Solutions for Care

NANCY E. ALLEN, BSN, RNC, CMC

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Survey Survival: How to MAKE COMPLIANCE HAPPEN! (Thursday, August 1, 8:15-9:20 AM, Congressional, Medicare Track)

A leader in the field of home care and hospice, Tim’s expertise and career has included a unique blend of clinical, operational, fiscal, and academic roles. Tim is a frequent presenter at national and state conferences and is often asked to contribute to industry forums. Tim provides organizational, operational, turn around, and change management services to home care agencies across the country and is highly skilled at helping agencies to create real change and progress on their path to Triple Aim outcomes. He is also the Co-Director of the 2016-2017 National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study. Prior to joining Fazzi, Tim was the Vice President of Clinical Operations for Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester & Monroe County in New York. He was also an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. He earned his MBA and MS from the University of Rochester and his BSN from St. John Fisher College.

President, Fazzi Associates & Chief Clinical Officer, WellSky

TIM ASHE, RN, MS, MBA

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Succeeding Under PDGM & Beyond with Data Analytics & Insights (Tuesday, July 30, 1:15-2:05 PM, Royal Dublin, PDGM Track)

Chris Attaya joined SHP in 2014 after spending 28 years in executive and consulting positions within the home health and hospice industry. In his role, he is responsible for product development and client relationships to help organizations achieve increased operational and financial performance through the use of SHP’s industry-leading analytics platform and benchmark data. Prior to SHP, Chris was the Chief Financial Officer at the VNA of Boston and had worked at Partners Health Care at Home as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer. He received a BA in Public Health from Tufts University and an MBA from the Graduate School of Management at Boston University with a concentration in health care finance.

Vice President of Product Strategy, Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP)

CHRIS ATTAYA, MBA

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Managing Utilization Under PDGM With Star Ratings in Mind (Wednesday, July 31, 8:30-9:50 AM, Royal Dublin, PDGM Track)

Jacqueline Bain, Esq., is a proficient health care attorney with The Florida Healthcare Law Firm in Delray Beach, Fla. Her background focused on negotiating and analyzing health care contracts for compliance and has specific experience regarding compliance with federal Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act and HIPAA, and state laws on fee-splitting, the corporate practice of medicine, and all of the reporting issues that affect individual providers, group providers, provider networks, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and drug and alcohol treatment centers. Jacqueline graduated from the State University of New York at Albany magna cum laude and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York, and is admitted to argue in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, the Florida Bar (Health Law Section), and the New York State Bar Association (Health Law Section).

Board Certified Specialist in Health Law, The Florida Healthcare Law Firm

JACQUELINE BAIN, ESQ.

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Identifying Kickback Risks: You CAN Avoid False Claims! (Monday, July 29, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Oakmont, General Track)

Lee Bentley III is the former presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, historically one of the most active health care enforcement judicial districts in the United States.

Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

LEE BENTLEY

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Working in the World of Whistleblowers: Fear Not, IT CAN BE DONE! (Tuesday, July 30, 2:15-3:35 PM, Augusta, Business & Operations Track)

Michael Blackstone is a physician, having earned his MD from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2006. After serving as resident physician at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Dr. Blackstone founded Suture Health, Inc., in 2009. In 2011, Suture Health launched SutureSign, an electronic signature platform designed as a network to maximize physician participation and value to post-acute providers, shortening the reimbursement cycle and driving new revenue to home health and hospice companies alike. Dr. Blackstone has presented his program on partnering with physicians at numerous home care conferences.

Chief Executive Officer, Suture Health

MICHAEL BLACKSTONE, MD

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Optimizing Order Management Under PDGM IS POSSIBLE (Tuesday, July 30, 1:15-2:05 PM, Oakmont, PDGM Track)

Charles Breznicky, Jr., is a registered nurse with over 15 years of experience in various health care fields. His prior experience in the home health industry includes serving as a field nurse, performance improvement specialist, clinical manager, and health information systems manager. He is currently a Clinical Consultant Manager with BlackTree Healthcare Consulting and has assisted agencies in preparing for recent changes to the Home Health Conditions of Participation, development of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement programs, survey preparation, and management of programs under Targeted Probe and Educate. In addition he has served as Interim Executive Vice President and Interim Quality Manager assisting agencies during executive transitions.

Clinical Consulting Manager, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting

CHARLES BREZNICKY, JR.

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

How to Prepare for PDGM in Your Revenue Cycle Departments (Wednesday, July 31, 10:20-11:40 AM, Royal Dublin, PDGM Track)

Charles Canaan, RN, MPH, has over 20 years of diverse nursing experience in a variety of health care settings, including inpatient, outpatient, home, and organizational. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and a Master of Public Health degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of South Carolina. He currently provides education and consultation to Medicare Part A and Part B providers with learning needs.

Senior Provider Education Consultant, Palmetto GBA

CHARLES CANAAN

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Palmetto GBA and the Review Choice Demonstration (Monday, July 29, 1:00-4:00 PM, Royal Dublin, Medicare Track)

Scott Carbonara is a keynote speaker, author, and consultant who is passionate about engaging a company’s greatest asset: its people. Known as “The Leadership Therapist” for his diverse background – including serving as an award-winning crisis counselor to executive chief-of-staff of a multi-billion-dollar company – Scott has spoken for such esteemed groups as SAS, Walmart, AT&T Global, multiple health care systems, and the federal government. He is the author of several leadership books including "A Manager’s Guide to Employee Engagement" (McGraw Hill). Scott breathes life into topics including employee engagement, culture, change management, communication, and customer service.

Keynote Speaker, Spiritus Communications

SCOTT CARBONARA

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Engagement Starts With You (Tuesday, July 30, 4:20-5:30 PM, International Ballroom II-III, General Track)

Amy Cassata, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Swift Medical, has 15 years of experience as a post-acute care nurse in Chicago, with her last six years as director of clinical operations at a multiple site, multiple state organization. Her expertise includes overseeing departmental budgets, clinical operations, staffing resources, and major EHR configurations in a wide range of health care facilities and projects. Amy has helped multiple organizations transition from traditional, paper-based record keeping and documentation systems to fully electronic, online EHRs. Given her practical nursing background, Amy understands the possible barriers to the adoption of digital solutions and works to ensure that administrators and providers are fully satisfied with clinical workflows and training. As a result, Amy works to bring increased cost-savings and clinical efficiency to all projects ultimately driving enhanced care delivery from providers and improved experiences for patients.

Vice President of Clinical Operations, Swift Medical

AMY CASSATA, RN, WCC

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Rethinking Wound Care & Pressure Ulcer Prevention TOGETHER (August 1, 11:00-11:50 AM, St. Andrews, Clinical & Quality Track)

Dawn Cheek RN, BSN, has more than 30 years of experience in health care operations, including 15 years in management roles. She has a broad base of experience in clinical compliance and documentation improvement for providers nationwide. She has expertise in utilization review processes, home health and hospice appeals, and implementation of Medicare regulations for medical necessity and Recovery Audit Contractor preparation. She provides extensive knowledge of clinical operations and home care and hospice documentation regulations. Her nursing background, coupled with her leadership experience of front-line staff and medical record documentation review, allows her to effectively educate on clinical documentation review, clinical operations, and agency compliance.

McBee

DAWN CHEEK, RN, BSN

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Compliance Challenges & PDGM (August 1, 11:00-11:50 AM, Royal Dublin, PDGM Track)

Arnie Cisneros, PT, has over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist across the care continuum, and he serves as a post-acute consultant for multiple Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) systems. In 2012, he was awarded a Bundle Payment for Care Improvement Pilot Program, in conjunction with the Detroit Medical Center, to address Episodic Bundling for Lower Extremity Joint Replacements. The 2016 Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) Initiative is based on Model 2 Bundling Pilot programs for total joint replacements, which Arnie has managed since 2014 for the Detroit Medical Center.

President, Home Health Strategic Management (HHSM)

ARNIE CISNEROS, PT

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Operational Guide to PDGM: How to Rewire for Value Era Success (Tuesday, July 30, 2:15-3:35 PM, Royal Dublin, PDGM Track)

With over 30 years of targeted health care law experience, Mr. Cohen’s background and expertise is in transactional health care and corporate matters. He is Florida Bar board-certified as a specialist in health care law and is the founder of The Florida Healthcare Law Firm, a firm which brings vast experience, knowledge, and practical advice to a wide range of health-related entities such as physicians' offices and physician group practices, medical staffs, home health agencies, surgery and imaging centers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, durable medical equipment providers, ambulatory surgery centers, multidisciplinary (MD/DC) practices, and many others.

Board Certified Specialist in Health Law, The Florida Healthcare Law Firm

JEFFREY COHEN, ESQ.

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Marketing in Health Care, Do's & Don'ts (Wednesday, July 31, 2:30-3:50 PM, Augusta, Business Operations Track)

Christina Crumbley, RN, MSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, is the Chief Operating Officer at Signature HomeNow. Christina has 28 years of nursing experience in home health care, including specialized work in operational and clinical management, education, leadership training, regulatory compliance, and quality assurance. She has provided consulting services as part of various companies as well as independently, focusing on start-up agencies, accreditation, and process improvement both operationally and clinically. She currently oversees home health operations, clinical services, and business development of 11 home health agencies for Signature HomeNow.

Chief Operating Officer, Signature HomeNow

CHRISTINA CRUMBLEY, RN, MSN, HCS-D, HCS-O

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Supervisor SEAL Bootcamp: The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday (Monday, July 29, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, St. Andrews, Clinical & Quality Track)

As a seasoned sales professional and national trainer for Heartland Home Health and Home & Hospice Advantage, John E. Dalton has developed a clear understanding of each personality type and their influencing factors related to learning. This experience has not only led him to understand his audience when presenting material, but it has also provided him with the insight to explain the key factors with each unique generation in the workforce.

Owner, Optimum RTS

JOHN E. DALTON

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

CIRCLE MARKETING (Thursday, August 1, 11:00 -11:50 AM, Oakmont, Business & Operations Track)

William A. Dombi, Esq., specializes in legal, legislative, and regulatory advocacy on behalf of patients and providers of home health and hospice care. With over 40 years of experience in health care law and policy, Dombi has been involved in virtually all legislative and regulatory efforts affecting home care and hospice since 1975, including the expansion of the Medicare home health benefit in 1980, the formation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the institution of the Medicare Prospective Payment System for home health in 2000, and the national health care reform legislation in 2010. Regarding litigation, Dombi was lead counsel in the landmark lawsuit that reformed the Medicare home health services benefit, challenges to HMO home care cutbacks for high-tech home care patients, lawsuits against Medicaid programs for inadequate payment rates, a nationwide class action against then-HCFA for its failure to enforce the federal HMO Act, litigation directed against the “Interim Payment System” for the Medicare home health benefit, and a lawsuit addressing the so-called Medicare “case mix creep adjustments” in 2008-2010. In addition to litigation, Dombi offers extensive community and professional educational services through lectures, publications, teleconferences, and videos. He is the editor and lead author of "Home Care & Hospice Law: A Handbook for Executives", the only comprehensive legal treatise on the topic. His lectures include market trends in home care, compliance, risk management, patient rights, fraud and abuse, health care reimbursement, legislative and regulatory reforms, and legal issues in telehealth services. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Washington, D.C. He is also admitted to numerous federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court and several Courts of Appeals. He serves on the Advisory Board for BNA’s Health Law Report and Medicare Report. He also is a longstanding member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.

President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

WILLIAM A. DOMBI, ESQ.

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Federal Policy Update: We Can Do It! (Tuesday, July 30, 9:00-10:30 AM, International Ballroom II-III, Medicare Track)

Lani Dornfeld, Esq. is a Member in the health law practice at Brach Eichler, a leader in health law representation. A Certified Healthcare Privacy Professional, she is a sought-after speaker on a variety of health care topics, including HIPAA and information privacy, medical records law, corporate compliance, informed consent, guardianship law, advance directives, and fraud and abuse topics. She lectures regularly to local, state, and national audiences. She also trains medical and dental practices and other health care providers on HIPAA and corporate compliance, policies, and procedures. Lani also has written a number of articles on these and other health care topics. At Brach Eichler, Lani's practice is focused on handling regulatory, corporate, and transactional matters for her clients, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, substance use disorder treatment facilities, physician and dental groups, and physicians, dentists, and other individual health care practitioners. Lani has extensive experience counseling clients on regulatory and compliance matters, including HIPAA, OSHA, and corporate compliance, and assists with the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and training required by these laws. She also works with clients to investigate and manage regulatory compliance issues, including privacy and security breach situations and responses. Lani helps clients navigate through the complex investigation of privacy and security breach incidents, including ransomware attacks and other security breaches, and incident response and federal and state reporting obligations.

Member, Health Care Practice Group, Brach Eichler LLC

LANI M. DORNFELD, ESQ., CHPC

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

HIPAA Breach Response, Investigation & Reporting: How YOU CAN Follow the Rules to Reduce Fines and Penalties (And What the Rules Don't Say, But You Need To Know) (Wednesday, July 31, 1:00-2:20 PM, Oakmont, Business & Operations Track)

Kristen Duell has 15 years' experience in the health care sector. She began her journey as a personal care aid and discovered her passion for delivering exceptional care. Her hunger to make a larger change led her down the path of health information technology, where she has accumulated experience holding roles in implementation, sales, marketing, and training. In role as CEO of Savii, Kristen is a visionary that drives Savii with her passion in delivering a solution that helps agencies deliver exceptional care through retention rates, ultimately increasing their bottom line through human focused innovation.

Chief Executive Officer, Savii

KRISTEN DUELL

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Not Just Another Caregiver Retention Strategy (Wednesday, July 31, 9:00-9:50 AM, Royal Melbourne, Private Duty+ Track)

With over 30 years’ experience in health care administration, Ruthi Farrago has been an advocate for future-focused innovation within the health care industry. She’s been an administrator of an inpatient and outpatient comprehensive rehabilitation and orthopedic division at Downstate Medical Center, an academic medical center serving the Brooklyn, and has 20 years of experience in all facets of home care including both Certified and Private Duty home care. For the past 14 years, Ruthi has been a Director of Operations for SeniorBridge, a wholly owned private pay subsidiary of Humana offering a comprehensive approach to care thru integrated home care and geriatric care management services. She is responsible for advancing strategic initiatives, driving revenue and improving quality and customer engagement. Some of her achievements include developing a national network of care managers and home care agencies to support Humana members in all markets in order to assure high quality integrated care coordination. Ruthi holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from SUNY College of Oneonta and currently completing a Master’s Degree in Gerontology at Long Island University. Ruthi has been a Certified Geriatric Care Manager (CMC) and she is a current member of the Case Management Society of America.

Director of Operations, SeniorBridge

RUTHI FARRAGO

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Personal Home Care Services for Medicare Advantage Members (Wednesday, July 31, 2:30-3:30 PM, Royal Melbourne, Private Duty Track)

Michael Ferris has decades of consulting experience within the post-acute industry, both independently and as a principal of Simione Healthcare Consultants. In his current role as advisor with Healthcare Strategica, Mike and his team of advisors works closely with post-acute organizations to identify areas of focus, find opportunity gaps and delivers tailored advisory services to aid organizational growth. From the C-Suite to sales development, Healthcare Strategica helps post-acute organizations survive and thrive in today’s competitive environment.

Managing Partner, Author & Advisor, Healthcare Strategica

MIKE FERRIS

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Building a Data-Driven Sales Culture: Analytics That Accelerate Growth (Wednesday, July 31, 10:20-11:40 AM, Congressional, Business & Operations Track)

Krisdee Foster began her career with Palmetto GBA in 2002 as a Senior Provider Relations Representative in the Provider Outreach and Education Department. During this time, she was responsible for 16 states, focused mainly in the southwestern United States, where she conducted Medicare workshops for home health and hospice providers. In 2011, she left Palmetto GBA to be a stay-at-home mom to her two beautiful children. She enjoyed over five years of being home and doing some contractual work both with Palmetto GBA as the Social Media Representative and with several other companies located in Columbia, SC. In 2016, Krisdee returned to Palmetto GBA once again as a Senior Provider Relations Representative focusing on the Medicare Pre-Claim Review Demonstration project. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Sport and Entertainment Management from the University of South Carolina.

Senior Provider Relations Representative, Palmetto GBA

KRISDEE FOSTER

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Palmetto GBA and the Review Choice Demonstration (Monday, July 29, 1:00-4:00 PM, Royal Dublin, Medicare Track)

Melinda Gaboury, COS-C, is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc. (HPS). Melinda and Mark Cannon founded the company in 2001 to provide financial, reimbursement, clinical, and cost reporting services to the home health, hospice, and rehabilitation therapy industries. Melinda’s priority remains bridging the gap between clinical and financial issues in home health agencies. She is a speaker for multiple state home care associations and serves on the National Association for Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association Work Group and is ex-officio on the advisory board. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Home Care Association of Florida. Melinda is also the author of "The Home Health Pocket Guide To OASIS-D".

Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Provider Solutions

MELINDA A. GABOURY, COS-C

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

SESSION #1: Patient-Driven Groupings Model: 5 Months to Go! (Monday, July 29, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM, International II-III, PDGM Track) … SESSION #2: Home Health Targeted Probe & Educate (Tuesday, July 30, 2:15-3:35 PM, International II-III, Medicare Improvement Track)​ … SESSION #3: PDGM: Revenue Cycle Management Changes! (Wednesday, July 31, 1:00-2:20 PM, International II-III, PDGM Track) … SESSION #4: Documentation Absolutes for Review Choice Demonstration (Thursday, August 1, 8:00-9:20 AM, International II-III, Medicare Track)

J’non Griffin is a 31-year veteran of home care as a registered nurse. She received her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration in 2005. She has experience as a field nurse, director, and executive with home health and hospice agencies, both large and small. She has also served as Director of Staff Development and Appeals for home health and hospice agencies. J'non has taken part in mock surveys for agencies and prepared agencies for accreditation, and has been directly involved in accreditation surveys, acquisitions, and many regulatory crises with state survey agencies and the intermediary. She is currently a member of HCAF's Board of Directors.

President & Senior Consultant, Home Health Solutions

J'NON GRIFFIN, RN, WCC, HCS-D, COS-C

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

SESSION #1: Take It To The Next Level with PDGM, Coding & OASIS (Monday, July 29, 9:00 AM-4:15 PM, Congressional, Medicare Track) … SESSION #2: Protecting Your Agency & Staff Under PDGM (Wednesday, July 31, 2:30-3:50 PM, Congressional, Medicare Track)

Jamie M. Hasty is a Vice President with SESCO Management Consultants, Bristol, Tenn., and Richmond, Va. Jamie graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BBA in Human Resources Management. Her professional affiliations include the Society for Human Resource Management and various state chambers of commerce. Jamie is a generalist consultant in all areas of human resource management, with specialties in: affirmative action; policy development; wage and hour accounting; employment regulation compliance; training and development' compensation and performance management systems client representation with state and federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Labor; employee satisfaction assessments; executive screening and placement; and, general human resources consulting. The variety of client engagements and daily interaction over the course of Jamie’s career enables her to provide practical, helpful, and legal advice and support to clients in all industries throughout the country. She regularly conducts management training programs for clients and serves as guest speaker for state and national associations and chambers of commerce. Jamie is a certified trainer for Vital Learning Corporation and SESCO Leadership Institute. She is also a John C. Maxwell coach, trainer, teacher, and speaker.

Vice President, SESCO Management Consultants

JAMIE HASTY

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Workforce Turnover Reaches All-Time High: How Hiring Practice and Agency Culture Can Impact Your Bottom Line (Monday, July 29, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Oakmont, General Track)

Elizabeth E. Hogue is an attorney in private practice with extensive experience in health care. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was employed as a personnel manager by a Blue Cross-Blue Shield Plan. She studied at the University of Maryland School of Law, concentrating in health law, and gained considerable clinical experience, course work and employment experience in this area. Following her admission to the Bar, she developed an active practice in health law. She represents clients all over the country. Her clients are professional associations, physicians, managed care providers, and institutional health care providers, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, durable medical equipment companies, Private Duty agencies, and hospices. She has also represented a number of individual providers and case managers concerning health-related issues. Ms. Hogue gives approximately 20 presentations each year on health-related topics, including future trends in the health care industry. Her numerous articles are regularly included in trade association publications and other journals. She has written extensively on health-related topics. Her books include "Nursing Case Law Reporter", "Informed Consent", "Legal Liability", "Medicare/Medicaid Fraud and Abuse", "Contracting with Managed Care Providers", "Ethics Manual", "Termination of Services to Patients: Use of Policies and Procedures to Avoid Liability for Abandonment", "Case Management: Legal Issues", "How to Develop a Fraud and Abuse Compliance Plan", "How to Form Alliances Without Violating the Law", "Wound Care: Legal Issues", and "How Marketers Can Get Referrals without Breaking the Law". Ms. Hogue is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Elizabeth E. Hogue LLC

ELIZABETH E. HOGUE, ESQ.

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Legal Smorgasbord: New Challenges Under a Changing Landscape & Increasing Competition (Tuesday, July 30, 10:45-11:45 AM, International Ballroom II-III, General Track)

Kunu Kaushal is one of the latest influencers in the long-term care and health care space in Tennessee. He studied business management at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and proceeded to work in multiple health care fields focused on the highest quality of care. Passionate about impacting the health care space, founding a senior care agency was a natural fit. With the motivation of helping his grandparents as his first clients, Kunu started Senior Solutions Home Care in 2010. Today, the company provides in-home care, nutritional support, and transportation services to the entire state out of multiple offices. In his free time, Kunu enjoys family time with his wife Jill and their three daughters. As an eternal scholar, you’ll often find Kunu researching or learning more about the art of entrepreneurship. Grateful for the hundreds of families that trust the care of their loved ones to his team, Kunu focuses on being the market leader in the industry.

Founder & CEO, Senior Solutions Home Care

KUNU KAUSHAL

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

SESSION #1: Establishing Your Agency’s Culture as a Key Driving Force (Monday, July 29, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Augusta, Private Duty Track) … SESSION #2: Riveting Down to Your Core Business Functions & Scaling Your Business for Success (Monday, July 29, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Augusta, Private Duty Track)

Jeri Ann Kelly, BSN, RN, MBA, Chief Nursing Officer - Post Acute and Principal, has more than 28 years of experience in health care. With her background in case management, hospital revenue cycle, and home care and hospice administration, she is able to see patient care through the eyes of a clinician while monitoring financial strength in health care organizations. Her understanding of the clinical, operational, and financial issues that acute and post-acute providers face allows her to lead her team in providing the best outcomes for her clients. She helps providers meet clinical documentation standards and engrain processes that improve consistency and accuracy over the long term. Jeri Ann has also expanded into studying leadership, becoming a certified leadership coach, speaker, trainer, and DISC personality consultant.

Chief Nursing Officer - Post Acute & Principal, McBee

JERI ANN KELLY

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Leadership By Design, Not By Accident (Wednesday, July 31, 8:30-9:50 AM, Oakmont, General Track)

Grant W. Kindrick is a Partner at Bleakley Bavol Grace & Denman, which he joined in March 2011. He brings expertise in the areas of General litigation, insurance defense, commercial litigation, and workers' compensation. As a litigator, Mr. Kindrick has handled auto negligence, chemical and biological exposure cases, catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims, negligent hiring and retention claims, workers' compensation, insurance coverage and re-insurance disputes, premises liability claims, commercial transaction cases, complex probate litigation, corporate derivative lawsuits, and arbitrations. In 2007, Grant earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the Furman University in Greenville, SC. Mr. Kindrick earned his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2010. Since that time, Mr. Kindrick has practiced law in Florida handling high-end clients with large SIR workers’ compensation defense matters; state circuit court premises liability matters, automobile/trucking, employer liability matters; and federal court commercial litigation matters. Mr. Kindrick is a member of the Florida Bar the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and locally, he belongs to the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Partner, Bleakley Bavol Grace & Denman

GRANT KINDRICK, ESQ.

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

SESSION #1: Protecting Your Agency & Staff Under PDGM (Wednesday, July 31, 2:30-3:50 PM, Congressional, Medicare Track) … SESSION #2: Medical Marijuana in Home Care: Know Your Liability When it Comes to Staff and Patients Who Use (Thursday, August 1, 8:30-9:20 AM, Royal Melbourne, Business & Operations Track)

Brandi Kurtyka is the CEO and Co-Founder of myCNAjobs. On a mission to empower those delivering the care, she founded Christian-based myCNAjobs eight years ago and it has grown to be the largest network or professional care workers in the nation. Formerly, Brandi served various marketing and executive roles including running global research in 55 countries for TNS. Brandi is the author of the annual "Caregiver Trend Report" covering the latest trends in recruitment and retention for the senior care industry. Brandi is also a mom of three small kids and recently moved from Chicago to Tampa, Fla., to open an additional office.

Chief Executive Officer, myCNAjobs & HealthHire

BRANDI KURTYKA

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

DISCONNECTED: The 2019 Caregiver Trend Report (Tuesday, July 30, 1:15-2:05 PM, Royal Melbourne, Private Duty+ Track)

Sharon Litwin, RN, BSHS, MHA, HCS-D, is Founder and Senior Managing Partner at 5 Star Consultants, a national consulting and coding firm specializing in home care and hospice services since 2003. Sharon is a former ACHC and CHAP surveyor, performing Medicare-deemed surveys for over a decade. Sharon has been in the home care and hospice industry for over 25 years. In her consulting firm, Sharon assists home care and hospice agencies in providing quality, meeting regulations, ICD-10 coding, OASIS, increasing outcomes and Star Ratings, and having continued survey readiness. Sharon and her staff perform ICD-10 coding and OASIS reviews, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI), clinical record reviews, mock surveys, and help agencies across the country stay in compliance. Sharon is a regular speaker to education companies, state and national associations, and published author in industry-related publications.

Senior Managing Partner, 5 Star Consultants

SHARON M. LITWIN, RN, BSHS, MHA, HCS-D

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SESSION #1: Patient-Driven Groupings Model: 5 Months to Go! (Monday, July 29, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM, Royal Dublin, PDGM Track) … SESSION #2: Emergency Preparedness – Drills, Testing, Teaching, Planning & Coordinating: Are You in Compliance? (Wednesday, July 31, 10:20-11:40 AM, Augusta, Clinical & Quality Track)

Kimberly McCormick, RN, BSN, a highly accomplished nurse consultant in the home health industry, is Executive Clinical Director for Home Health Strategic Management (HHSM). Her 24 years of experience in home health, eight spent as administrator of a home health agency, has given her the experience and the knowledge to provide unrivaled insight into the home care arena. Kimberly served as an Associate Consultant with Home Health Strategic Management for two years, during which she established herself as an expert in the area of utilization management of home health services. During her time as Administrator, she achieved deficiency-free surveys by The Joint Commission, deficiency-free Department of Health and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) surveys, and a 0.42% error rate on an Additional Documentation Request audit. Kimberly authors the HHSM nursing newsletter and is presenting nationally on home care topics and care models proposed by CMS and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission for the future of the home health industry.

Executive Clinical Director, Home Health Strategic Management (HHSM)

KIMBERLY MCCORMICK, RN, BSN

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Operational Guide to PDGM: How to Rewire for Value Era Success (Tuesday, July 30, 2:15-3:35 PM, Royal Dublin, PDGM Track)

Jason Mehta is a former Assistant U.S. attorney and Partner at Bradley LLP, where he advises clients on proactive compliance as well as responding to government inquiries.

Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

JASON MEHTA

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Working in the World of Whistleblowers: Fear Not, IT CAN BE DONE! (Tuesday, July 30, 2:15-3:35 PM, Augusta, Business & Operations Track)

Holly Miller is a health care and technology sales and marketing expert with over 15 years of experience. Contributing to PlayMaker's strategic growth initiatives, Holly oversees the partner program and leads the sales and marketing team. Prior to PlayMaker Health, Holly served as the Associate Vice President of Sales, Non-Acute and Medical Technologies at HealthStream, the leading provider of online health care learning and performance management.

Vice President of Sales, PlayMaker Health

HOLLY MILLER

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Building a Data-Driven Sales Culture: Analytics That Accelerate Growth (Wednesday, July 31, 10:20-11:40 AM, Congressional, Business & Operations Track)

Teresa Northcutt has provided educational programs on OASIS assessment, ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding, agency communications and processes, documentation, quality improvement and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI), and care transitions for regional and state conferences. With over 35 years of experience as clinical services and quality improvement/education manager with home health agencies (independent, hospital-based, and governmental), a hospital patient educator and quality improvement facilitator, and a program manager with Primaris (Missouri's Quality Improvement Organization), Teresa brings comprehensive and contemporary knowledge of home care and quality improvement methods. Teresa joined Selman-Holman and Associates in 2011, and is certified in OASIS competency (COS-C), Homecare Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D), and Homecare Coding Specialist – Hospice (HCS-H).

Senior Associate Consultant, Selman-Holman & Associates

TERESA NORTHCUTT, BSN, RN, COS-C, HCS-D, HCS-H

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Start of Care SUCCESS in a Time of Great Change: Care Planning and Coordination (Wednesday, July 31, 1:00-2:20 PM, St. Andrews, Clinical & Quality Track)

Sherri Parson, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, COS-C, BCHH-C, HSC-H brings more than 25 years of health care experience to her role as Vice President of Education and Control Standards with Quality in Real Time (QIRT). Earning her RN license in 1994, Sherri started her career providing direct care first in hospital settings, including medical surgical, ICU, and interventional radiology before transitioning to home health. Sherri has been an in-home provider of skilled nursing services, as well as developing expertise in quality assurance, diagnosis coding, OASIS review, and regulatory compliance. Sherri further developed her home health expertise as a therapy manager and staff education and development expert. Sherri’s vast experience in home health prepared her for her current role at QIRT where she is responsible for hiring, training, and monitoring coding and OASIS review staff and managers, as well as establishing the metrics for key performance indicators to ensure continuous staff improvement in coding and OASIS accuracy. In addition to providing all staff training and education, Sherri travels around the country to present at state home care association meetings, national events, and to provide on-site, in-service programs to agencies. Sherri has authored numerous articles and is frequently sought after for her expertise by publications such as "Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health".

Vice President of Education and Control Standards, QIRT (Quality In Real Time)

SHERRI PARSON, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, COS-C, BCHH-C, HSC-H

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PDGM: All Fun & Games (Wednesday, July 31, 2:30-3:50 PM, Royal Dublin, PDGM Track)

Sue Payne joined the Corridor team as the Vice President of Clinical Services & Innovation in December 2016 after Transpirus (where she was the Senior Vice President of Clinical Services) was acquired by Corridor. Corridor provides support services nationally to the home health and hospice industry, which includes operations consulting, revenue cycle management, education, and coding and OASIS review services. In her role, Sue is responsible for identifying and implementing clinical and operational business development options to meet client needs. Sue has over 25 years in home care operations and strategic leadership. Prior to her role at Corridor, Sue was the Vice President of Home Health at Advanced Home Care and at Life Care at Home, both of which are multi-state home care providers. Previously, she was the Administrative Director at Bon Secours Home Care, a multi-site hospital-based home care agency. She has experience with hospital-based, long-term care-based, and privately-held home care companies. Sue was the recipient of the 2011 Leadership Award from the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina. She has presented nationally at Press Ganey, Visiting Nurses Association of America, American Congress of Healthcare Executives, and state associations on topics such as preventing avoidable readmissions, value-based purchasing, staffing retention, and early careerist mentoring. She currently serves as a VNAA board member and co-chair for VNAA Governance Committee. Sue has a BS degree in Nursing from Radford University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and holds a Certification in Home Health/Hospice from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.

Vice President & Chief Clincal Officer, Corridor

SUE PAYNE

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Managing Utilization Under PDGM With Star Ratings in Mind (Wednesday, July 31, 8:30-9:50 AM, Royal Dublin, PDGM Track)

Cheryl Peltekis, RN, is an infectious leader in the home health, hospice, and private pay home care industry. From the ground up, Cheryl built and ran a multi-million dollar Medicare-certified and JACHO-accredited home health and hospice agency for over 23 years. Cheryl also assist clients that are selling in growing their organizations to increase their value through her consulting company, Home Care Sales. Beginning in 2017, Cheryl has managed mergers and acquisitions and works with buyers and sellers to close transactions. She is also available to assist with loan financing and provide expertise with valuation cases.

Chief Executive Officer, Home Care Sales

CHERYL PELTEKIS, RN

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I Threw Away My Superhero Cape, It Kept Getting in the Way of Greatness! (Wednesday, July 31, 10:20-11:40 AM, Royal Melbourne, General Track)

Barbara Provini has over 35 years of experience in the health care industry, including nearly a decade specializing in hospice quality. Currently a Clinical Review Specialist for the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), a nationally-recognized, non-profit accreditation organization that has Medicare Deeming Authority for home health, hospice, and DMEPOS. Barbara educates and assists customers with interpreting the ACHC Standards and Medicare Conditions of Participation and advises and supports the Hospice and Home Health Surveyor team. Barbara’s experience has allowed her to successfully prepare and lead agencies with developing best practices and compliance strategies.

RN Clinical Review Specialist, Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC)

BARBARA PROVINI, RN, BSN

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Building a QAPI Program: Raise the Level of EXCELLENCE in All Areas of Your Organization (Wednesday, July 31, 1:00-2:20 PM, Congressional, Medicare Track)

Michael Ringel's mission is to help associations, business owners, executives, and their families make prudent financial decisions to avoid financial failure. Michael coaches his clients on the academics of investing, based upon Nobel Prize economist’s investment strategies and theories. During the exit planning process, Michael help his business owner clients discover their exit objectives. These objectives include identifying how much money they need to receive from the sale of their business to maintain their lifestyle during retirement, identify the most effective way to transfer their business, and to whom do they wish to transfer the business. Michael joined Strategies for Wealth in 2004 after personally experiencing their uncommon planning process as a client since 2000. Prior to Strategies for Wealth, he was a partner with Let’s Talk Business Network, an entrepreneurial support community. He began his professional career at Deloitte & Touche and BDO Seidman. Michael received is B.S. degree in Accounting from State University at Albany and his MBA at New York University Stern School of Business. Michael has been a board member of Marlboro Jewish Center, Special Strides Riding Academy, and the National Institute for People with Disabilities of New Jersey. Michael and his family work closely with 3Hearts4Paws, a dog rescue in Marlboro, NJ. They have fostered over 100 dogs over the last few years and have six rescue dogs of their own.

Business and Exit Planner, Strategies for Wealth

MICHAEL RINGEL, CPA, RICP, CDFA

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Leaving Your Business is Inevitable, So Feel Great About It! (Thursday, August 1, 11:00-11:50 AM, Royal Melbourne, Private Duty+ Track)

Michelle Roflo, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C, is a compliance officer at Florida Homecare Specialists (FHS) and the chief operating officer of A+ Quality Management & Consulting. Michelle previously served as the administrator of Florida Homecare Specialists - Citrus Branch. Under her supervision and leadership, FHS has been one of the home health agencies chosen as a preferred agency for three Accountable Care Organizations in the area. She received her Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida, where she recently completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Michelle currently practices as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner at a multi-specialty clinic in Citrus County. Michelle stays committed, dedicated, and passionate with home care education and quality improvement.

Chief Operating Officer, A+ Quality Management & Consulting

MICHELLE ROFLO, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Medication Made Easy Thru TEAMWORK (Tuesday, July 30, 1:15-2:05 PM, St. Andrews, Clinical & Quality Track)

Adrian Schauer is the founder and CEO of AlayaCare, a healthtech start-up serving the home health care market and looking to deliver the next disruptive solution for the industry by combining remote patient monitoring, clinical documentation, and back office software. Adrian is a serial technology entrepreneur having built two successful mobile software companies, both achieving leadership positions in their respective markets before being acquired. Adrian is an active Angel Investor and sits on the boards of several companies including fast growing technology firms, including: Chipcare, a point-of-care medical device company; TrackTik, a software-as-a-service company; and, Resolver, a governance, risk, and compliance software provider. Adrian is also the co-founder of the Madiro Fund, a charitable organization created to support innovative solutions to the health problems in low income countries.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, AlayaCare

ADRIAN SCHAUER, B.ENG., MASC.

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Face the Future by Building an Ecosystem of Care (Tuesday, July 30, 9:00-10:30 AM, Royal Melbourne, Private Duty+ Track)

Sharon Seaton has 30 years of varied home health and hospice experience in clinical and senior management, as well as experience in compliance in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Her focus has been on quality, compliance, and education. As an Executive Director, her agency won an award for Agency of the Year for growth and quality scores. She also was the recipient of a Rotary International grant for rural hospice care. Sharon has served as a board member for the Colorado Hospice and Palliative Care Association. She is currently an Education Specialist and Quality Assurance Reviewer for home health coding, OASIS, and hospice coding services at The Corridor Group. Sharon has been a featured speaker at conferences across the U.S. showcasing both hospice and home health coding and compliance.

Education Specialist & Quality Reviewer, The Corridor Group

SHARON SEATON, RN

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Unlocking the Secret Code: What Your Coder NEEDS You to Know! (Tuesday, July 30, 1:15-2:05 PM, Congressional, Medicare Track)

Jamie Seneca is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring a proactive communications strategy and tactical plan which supports Trilogy Home Healthcare's marketing and sales department’s overall goals. She plans, implements, and executes Trilogy’s strategic initiatives with the purpose of providing a platform for branding, enhancing visibility in the community, and attracting referral sources and new patients. Jamie has 21 years of experience in health care marketing and has a refreshing approach when it comes to long term relationship building within the health care industry.

Director Community Relations, Trilogy Home Healthcare

JAMIE SENECA

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

How You CAN Use Technology to Accelerate Care in Home Health Care (Tuesday, July 30, 2:15-3:35 PM, Oakmont, Business & Operations Track)

Kimberly R. Smoak has been with the Agency for Health Care Administration since 1995. She is the Bureau Chief of Field Operations located in the Division of Health Quality Assurance, and is responsible for the oversight of field operations and the complaint administration unit. She is responsible for ensuring both federal and state survey work is completed timely, monitors quality improvement/quality assurance indicators for the division, training of survey staff and other agency staff, data management, and support functions. Ms. Smoak is also the State Survey Agency Director for the State of Florida. Ms. Smoak holds a Masters of Science in Health with the program emphasis in Aging Studies. She is also a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional. In 2009 and 2017, she received Survey & Certification Achievement Awards, presented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, for her work in survey and certification.

Bureau Chief of Field Operations, Agency for Health Care Administration

KIMBERLY R. SMOAK

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State Legislative & Regulatory Update (Thursday, August 1, 9:30-10:50 AM, International Ballroom II-III, General Track)

Angelo Spinola, Esq., is nationally recognized as one of the leading practitioners regularly representing the home care industry across the country in connection with a variety of labor and employment law issues. Angelo regularly represents home care providers to defend collective and class action suits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state wage and hour laws, respond to wage and hour investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor, and develop compliance measures that minimize wage and hour exposure. Angelo represents hundreds of home care providers in Florida and throughout the U.S.

Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.

ANGELO SPINOLA, ESQ.

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

2019 Employment Law Updates: You CAN Be Compliant! (Tuesday, July 30, 2:15-3:35 PM, Royal Melbourne, General Track)

Jess Stover is a Principal at BlackTree Healthcare Consulting. Having spent her career almost exclusively in the home care industry, Jess has helped organizations improve their daily operations by taking a consultative approach to reimbursement and strategy. Jess has more than 12 years of experience providing extensive revenue cycle and operations consulting to organizations of all sizes. In addition to her role at BlackTree, Jess has served as an Interim Director of Patient Accounts, Interim Project Manager of software implementation, and Interim Business Officer for a variety of organizations across the country. She is also passionate about promoting industry education both internally within BlackTree and to the healthcare community. She has spoken at state association events, as well as national conference levels. She also serves as the chair for BlackTree’s Education Committee.

Principal, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting

JESS STOVER

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

How to Prepare for PDGM in Your Revenue Cycle Departments (Wednesday, July 31, 10:20-11:40 AM, Royal Dublin, PDGM Track)

Apryl Swafford began her nursing career in 1993, obtaining her BSN from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. Her tenure as a home health nurse began in 1997 when she worked in multiple positions including field case management, clinical management, and as a team leader of a cardiopulmonary specialty program. During those years, she was responsible not only for providing direct patient care but also for chart audits, OASIS review, and coding while managing a team of nurses, therapists, and home health aides. She is certified in ICD-10 coding, hospice coding, and OASIS, and currently works as a team leader liaison for Home Health Solutions, an Alabama-based home health and hospice consulting firm. She puts her certifications to good use reviewing charts along with leading a team of auditors and interacting with agencies across the country. She is also engaged in speaking at various conferences and agencies where she provides education on topics of interest in this fast paced, ever-changing home health industry.

Team Leader, Home Health Solutions

APRYL SWAFFORD, RN, BSN, COS-C, HCS-D, HCS-H

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Getting it Right: Improved Intake Under PDGM - Thursday, August 1, 8:00 - 9:20 AM, Royal Dublin, PDGM Track)

Vicky Trevarthan has diversified knowledge and experience expanding over 25 years with national leaders in home health care. Vicky’s successes started as a clinical field nurse and expanded to become a corporate consultant. She is an ACHC-certified consultant and a former ACHC surveyor. She consults home care agencies on Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI), regulatory compliance, and survey preparedness. Vicky is an excellent educator and is able to teach your staff with easy to learn methods. She resides in Florida.

RN Consultant, 5 Star Consultants

VICKY TREVARTHAN, RN, BSHCM, COS-C, MHA CANDIDATE, ACHC CERTIFIED CONSULTANT

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Monitoring Your Patient & Agency Outcomes and OASIS: It's Not as Difficult as You Think (Thursday, August 1, 11:00-11:50 AM, Congressional, Medicare Track)

Anne Tumlinson is the founder of the advisory services and research firm, Anne Tumlinson Innovations. She has 25 years of research and consulting experience in the areas of post-acute and long-term care financing and delivery. Her work has helped organizations respond successfully to payment and delivery reform, and to develop innovative ideas for public policy change necessary to prepare the country for demographic shifts. Anne has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, and appeared before the congressional Long-Term Care Commission and the Bipartisan Policy Center. Her testimony has consistently emphasized that the under-financing of long-term care is an economic problem for families and caregivers, and stifles innovation needed to help them. In support of this work, Anne researches, writes and speaks about innovation in aging services, with blogs in "Health Affairs" and "McKnight’s Long Term Care News". Anne has also created a consumer website, Daughterhood.org, to generate and improve information for caregivers navigating the health and elder care systems. Daughterhood is a nationwide community of caregivers who educate and inform others. Among other affiliations, Anne serves on the Board of Directors for the Caregiver Action Network, on the Aetna Medicaid Advisory Panel, and on the conference planning committee for the National Investment Center for Seniors Care.

Chief Executive Officer, Anne Tumlinson Innovations

ANNE TUMLINSON

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

SESSION #1: The New Medicare Advantage Benefits: What It Means for Home Care (Wednesday, July 31, 10:20-11:40 AM, International II-III, General Track) … SESSION #2: Exploring New Opportunities With Medicare Health Plans (Wednesday, July 31, 4:00-5:30 PM, International II-III, General Track)

AnnaMaria M. Turano is responsible for leading all marketing and branding initiatives for Synzi. AnnaMaria was previously with Stratus Video as the Vice President of Marketing and led the effort to separate the telehealth division and rebrand the new company as Synzi. Prior to her client-side roles, AnnaMaria co-founded MCAworks, a strategic marketing consulting firm advising Fortune 500 companies on developing growth strategies. As a partner at MCAworks, she led market expansion opportunities for B2B, B2C, and B2B2C clients in technology, health care, and financial services, both domestically and internationally. Her roster of clients included Verizon, Bright House, Sage, LexisNexis, Shutterstock, TheLadders, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Nationwide, VSP, and MasterCard. A published writer, she is the co-author of "Stopwatch Marketing: Take Charge of the Time When Your Customer Decides To Buy" (Portfolio: 2008) and a featured contributing author to "Shopper Marketing" (Kogan: 2010; 2012). AnnaMaria has also been featured in Brandweek, AdAge, CBS News, U.S. News & World Report, CNET, Women’s Wear Daily, and on First Business TV. AnnaMaria has also been an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at New York University, Fordham University, and the University of Tampa. She received both her BA and MBA from the University of Chicago.

Vice President of Marketing, Synzi

ANNAMARIA TURANO

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

How You CAN Use Technology To Accelerate Care in Home Health Care (Tuesday, July 30, 2:15-3:35 PM, Oakmont, Business & Operations Track)

Laura B. Waddle, RN, MS, HCS-D, is Educational Consultant and Director of Coding Services at MAC Legacy. Laura has over 30 years of experience in nursing education. She has been in home health since 2004 starting as a field nurse and progressing to director of an agency, prior to assuming the role of Educational Consultant. She possesses content mastery of home health and hospice coding with certifications in home health coding by the board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance, as well as Board Certified Home Health Coder National Credentialing Board of Home Health & Hospice. Working closely with Coding To Go, she has the opportunity to participate in active coding of home health episodes as well as becoming familiar with documentation by many home health agencies.

Educational Consultant & Director of Coding Services, MAC Legacy

LAURA B. WADDLE, RN, MS, HCS-D

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Doing it RIGHT: Your Ethical Obligations as a Home Care Coder (Tuesday, July 30, 2:15-3:35 PM, Congressional, Medicare Track)

Maria Warren, Consulting Director at McBee, has nearly a decade of home health and hospice experience and a wealth of knowledge and expertise in health care financial and revenue cycle management. Maria leads her team in revenue cycle assessments, CBO set-up and re-design, and interim management positions. Her areas of expertise include revenue cycle re-design and strategy, EMR feature functionality reviews, post-acquisition financial reconciliations, and diligence support. Maria is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Administration. She is a member of Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association and speaks regularly on revenue cycle and back office best practices at conferences nationally.

Consulting Director, McBee

MARIA WARREN

WE CAN DO IT! I AM PRESENTING…

Working TOGETHER To Prepare for the Potential Pitfalls of Review Choice Demonstration (Wednesday, July 31, 9:00-9:50 AM, Congressional, Medicare Track)

One might say that Kim Wilkerson essentially “grew up” in home health, having spent almost her entire adult life working in it. After working for a few years for other companies, she managed to scrape together $5000 for an initial payment for a five-patient census home health agency outside of Houston. She sold the agency in 2007 after increasing it to a census of over 500 patients in three offices. After “retiring” to Key West in 2008, she then successfully opened a new agency in an area where there had only been one agency for over 25 years. She then sold that agency in 2017. Through these acquisitions, she has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly and learned from it all. Active now in consulting with a focus on due diligence and compliance, Kim has a wealth of practical knowledge for anyone contemplating divesting an agency.

Home Health Solutions

KIMBERLY WILKERSON, MBA, LPN, CHCE, COS-C, HCS-D

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Selling Your Agency But Were Afraid To Ask (Tuesday, July 30, 1:15-2:05 PM, Augusta, Business & Operations Track)

Shelle Womble possesses an incredibly in-depth understanding of the home care industry, from top to bottom and with all the little nuances in between. With over 25 years of multi-state experience in the aging care arena, Shelle has worked her way through a variety of sales management positions, including district regional manager of a single-unit agency, director of operations and general manager of 50 branch locations in 11 states for a large home care franchise, and, most notably, as national sales director. Award-winning for her success in divisional leadership, Shelle’s broad range of experience in achieving positive growth in a variety of settings, combined with her knowledge of all the components of home care and how they work together, provides an unparalleled level of insight for the home care clients she serves. She is excited to partner with corecubed to help home care agencies across the country bolster their sales teams and get the results they want.

Home Care Sales & Operations Coach, corecubed

SHELLE WOMBLE

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The Power is in the Plan: How a Detailed Sales Strategy Will Give Your Agency the Muscle for Success (Wednesday, July 31, 1:00-2:20 PM, Royal Melbourne, Private Duty+ Track)

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