Sunday, July 16, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Room: Cityside Room 24
This program is targeted at developing home care and hospice financial and operational professionals, including those who are early in their careers or those new to the home care and hospice industries. The program will provide an overview of the dynamic changes that have occurred in home care and hospice... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Ms  Kathleen Hessler RN, JD
Director, Compliance & Risk
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Faculty
M. Aaron Little CPA
Managing Director
BKD, LLP
Faculty
Melinda Gaboury BBA, COS-C
CEO
Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.
Faculty
Mr.  Nick Seabrook
Managing Director
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting, LLC
Faculty
Walter Borginis III III CPA, MBA, CGMA, FCPP
President & CEO
Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia
Track(s)
  • Room: Cityside Room 21
This program is targeted to C-level executives in home care and hospice. It is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of executives to address issues of today and to plan for a successful future of their organization. A combination of lectures and interactive sessions within the preconference will blend... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Kerri Harpole
RN, BSN, Senior Clinical Product Specialist
Brightree
Faculty
Liz Zink-Pearson
Attorney
Pearson & Bernard PSC
Faculty
Mark Sharp CPA
Partner
BKD, LLP
Faculty
Melissa Polly MBA
Director, Marketing - Home Health & Hospice
Brightree
Faculty
Nick Knowlton
VP, Strategic Initiatives
Brightree
Faculty
Paul Pisano
CEO
Interim HealthCare of Hartford, Inc.
Faculty
Ms  Tarrah Schreiner
President & CEO
Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care
Faculty
William (Bill) Simione, III
Principal
Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC
Track(s)

Sunday, July 16, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Room: Ballroom A
Washington is focused on health care policy in 2017 with a new Administration and new Congress. What is the future of health care for the uninsured? Are significant Medicare and Medicare reform in play? Aside from mega-reforms, what is the landscape for health care policy in 2017? We have a... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Mark Sharp CPA
Partner
BKD, LLP
Faculty
William (Bill) Dombi Esq.
Vice President for Law
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Track(s)

Monday, July 17, 9:15 AM - 10:25 AM

  • Room: Ballroom A
Health care financing and delivery are in the midst of an unprecedented revolution with a wide variety of innovations underway. The “triple aim” of these innovations is to improve the patient care experience while securing better health care outcomes and lowering per patient care costs.  Dr. Harold Paz, Executive Vice... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Dr.  Harold Paz
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Aetna
Track(s)

Monday, July 17, 11:00 AM - 12:40 PM

  • Room: Cityside Room 24
Cost reduction is an important goal in hospice and cost analysis is critical. Cost analysis is not simply identifying cost, but it also should be used in assisting decision-makers in pricing, revenue planning, and establishing standard cost. As hospices address new payment models, data demands, and a changing patient population,... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Mark Sharp CPA
Partner
BKD, LLP
Track(s)
  • Room: Cityside Room 21
This program is designed to take you through a step-by-step process of what it takes to survive Pre-Claim review. This is an interactive session that will not only prepare you for PCR, but allow you to succeed. Financial analysis, documentation, F2F, and common errors experienced by Illinois will be the guide.... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Laura Page-Greifinger BSN; MPA (Executive Program)
President/CEO
Quality In Real Time
Faculty
Pamela Teenier RN, BSN, MBA, COS-C
Vice President, Clinical Operations
Kindred Healthcare
Track(s)
  • Room: Riverside Room 14
This presentation will provide a template for leaders to implement Lean management philosophy in assessing their current organization, identifying areas where they need to reduce inefficiency, and ensuring their focus is on patients. Lean principles can transform quality for the better and create a culture of continuous improvement. ...
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Ms  Cindy Campbell BSN, RN
Director Operational Consulting
Fazzi Associates, Inc.
Faculty
Mr.  Tim Ashe RN, MS, MBA
COO
Fazzi Associates
Track(s)
  • Room: Riverside Room 11
Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans has been growing at a rapid pace. Congress and the Administration continue to promote enrollment as part of a plan to secure Medicare’s financial viability. As a result, home health agencies (and maybe someday hospices) must develop effective strategies to negotiate contracts with these plans.... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Paul Giles
Director of Homecare Finance & Business Operations
Dignity Health
Track(s)

Monday, July 17, 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM

  • Room: Cityside Room 24
Excellence in hospice involves much more than compassionate care delivered by expert teams. It also requires a disciplined, structured approach to operations that unites clinical, financial and administrative teams to work together to achieve higher levels of performance through metrics. This session will identify key performance indicators for measurement and... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Donna DeBlois RN, BSW, MSB, MBA, AHCA
President/CEO
MaineHealth Care at Home
Faculty
Mike Freytag
Managing Director
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting, LLC
Track(s)
  • Room: Cityside Room 21
As Medicare continues to squeeze payment rates, increase regulatory requirements, and introduce value-based and other alternative payment models, home health leaders are searching for ways to improve their financial, operational and clinical outcomes. Benchmarks can be a powerful tool to help identify where home health agencies have an opportunity to... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Mr.  Nick Seabrook
Managing Director
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting, LLC
Faculty
Wanda Coley BS, MBA
COO
Well Care Home Health
Track(s)
  • Room: Riverside Room 14
With all of the regulatory and reimbursement challenges that face the home health and hospice industry, companies continue to look for options on how to provide the highest quality of care, while staying financially viable. Many agencies have looked at outright sales of their operations. However, there continues to be... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
David Berman CPA, CVA
Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC
Faculty
Rachel Hawkins
Senior Manager
Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC
Track(s)
  • Room: Riverside Room 11
As Medicare Advantage plans increase their enrollment in your market, it is important for agencies to know how to adapt to the requirements of Medicare Advantage plans. These plans may have contractual obligations like prior authorization of services and post-payment reviews that differ significantly from traditional Medicare. In addition, there... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Mr.  Todd Montigney
Managing Director
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting, LLC
Faculty
Walter Borginis III III CPA, MBA, CGMA, FCPP
President & CEO
Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia
Track(s)

Monday, July 17, 3:50 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Room: Cityside Room 24
Hospice providers face challenges in their quest to deliver high quality, compliant and cost effective physician and nurse practitioner visits to hospice and palliative care patients. Without many of the efficiencies of large physician practices, how can hospices best utilize this valuable resource for the benefit of our patients? This... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Carolyn Flietstra BSN, RN
Executive Vice President, Home and Community Services
Holland Home
Faculty
Gary Massey CPA
Principal
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Faculty
Ronald Duemler MD, MS, CMD
Medical Director
Holland Home
Track(s)
  • Room: Cityside Room 21
Cost reduction is an important goal in home health and cost analysis is critical. Cost analysis is not simply identifying cost, but it should also be used in assisting decision-makers in service pricing, revenue planning and establishing standard cost. As the industry turns full focus to “value,” how will the... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
David Berman CPA, CVA
Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC
Faculty
Michelle Stone-Smith MBA
Consulting Senior Manager
McBee
Track(s)
  • Room: Riverside Room 14
The past several years have seen a significant increase in interest, demand, and development of programs that serve patients that do not elect or meet eligibility criteria for home health or hospice and would otherwise fall between the cracks of traditional health care service lines. Palliative Care and Advanced Illness... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Mr.  Des Varady
Chief Executive Officer
Corridor
Faculty
Sarah McSpadden
Chief Operating Officer
The Elizabeth Hospice
Faculty
Ms  Toni Messler
Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations
Transitions LifeCare
Faculty
Dr.  Tracie Schwoyer-Morgan DNP, MS, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Gilchrist
Track(s)
  • Room: Riverside Room 11
As traditional Medicare becomes an ever smaller source for funding home health and hospice services, it’s important for providers to be adept at negotiating and implementing alternative payment models (APMs). The first step is to understand the categories of payment models that are being rolled out, and how fellow providers... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Glenn Tolchin
Vice President Corporate Finance
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Faculty
Ms  Sarani Banerji Doshi, MHS
Director of Financial Planning
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 18, 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM

  • Room: Cityside Room 24
Medicare hospice providers continue to draw attention from the Office of Inspector General and scrutiny from program integrity contractors due to improper payments. The implementation of the Medicare home health pre-claim review (PCR) process in 2016 represented a significant move by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) away... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Lisa Eick
Clinical Consultant
The van Halem Group
Faculty
Wayne van Halem
President
The van Halem Group
Track(s)
  • Room: Cityside Room 21
As audit scrutiny and program integrity reviews intensify, the effectiveness of the home health revenue cycle continues to become more important. New payers continue to enter the market bringing new challenges to reimbursement. Effective management of the home health revenue cycle is one means of managing and minimizing compliance risks.... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
M. Aaron Little CPA
Managing Director
BKD, LLP
Faculty
Melinda Gaboury BBA, COS-C
CEO
Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.
Track(s)
  • Room: Riverside Room 14
As a member of the senior leadership team of a home health agency and hospice, the financial executive is an essential team member in effectively managing the sales process. This program focuses on how the sales process can be effectively managed, delivering the best results at an appropriate cost level... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Ian Juliano
CEO
Excel Health Group
Faculty
Kevin Gunter
Senior Vice President of Operations - Hospice and At Home
Silverado
Faculty
Sharon Harder
VP of Product Development
Excel Health Group
Track(s)
  • Room: Riverside Room 11
The transformation of health care from a fee for service payment model to a focus on value and quality has led to a variety of alternative payment models. Health systems are engaging home care agencies to serve in different roles than they have traditionally. Insurance companies are proposing risk models... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Ms  Karen Vance BSOT
Senior Managing Consultant
BKD, LLP
Faculty
Raymond Belles BBA
Managing Consultant
BKD, LLP
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 18, 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM

  • Room: Cityside Room 24
Clinical and Financial teams in hospices need to foster collaboration. Through strong collaborative operations, hospices can break down barriers to success, open discussions to best practices, and give insights into a common language that secures the future viability of the organization. Common areas of interest start with the referral/admission all... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Gary Massey CPA
Principal
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Faculty
Sandy Marshall BSN, RN
Senior Consultant
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Track(s)
  • Room: Cityside Room 21
The first “performance year” of Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) is over. CMS will be reporting the Total Performance Scores (TPS) to agencies in August 2017, but what have we learned about how agencies performed in CY 2016. What are some of the lessons learned from successes and failures in... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Chris Attaya MBA, FHFMA
VP of Business Intelligence
Strategic Healthcare Programs
Faculty
Gina Mazza BSN, RN, CPHQ
Partner, Director of Regulatory & Compliance Services
Fazzi Associates, Inc.
Faculty
Tony Gupton
Vice President of Human Resources & Quality/Compliance
3HC
Track(s)
  • Room: Riverside Room 14
For most owners, his/her agency represents 90-100% of their personal retirement portfolio. Many owners fail to use the time prior to exiting to maximize the value of their business. This session will present key steps you should take today to increase the marketability, attractiveness, and valuation of your business as... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Dexter Braff MBA, MS, BA
President
The Braff Group
Track(s)
  • Room: Riverside Room 11
We say we understand the needs of health systems and ACOs seeking to improve quality and reduce the cost for defined populations. But, when it comes to getting in the game, home care agencies who want to make a big hit need to examine and improve their ability to add... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Arnie Cisneros PT
Owner
Home Health Strategic Management, LLC
Faculty
Mr.  Michael McGowan
President/ CEO OperaCare
Opera Care, LLC
Faculty
Tim Rowan
Publisher
Home Care Technology Report
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 18, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room: Ballroom A
Once again, HHFMA presents its open, no holds-barred forum meeting to conclude the annual conference. The session addresses any and all issues of interest to the conference faculty and attendees. The insights are endless, all the advice is free and the experience is priceless. All are welcome to attend and... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
William (Bill) Dombi Esq.
Vice President for Law
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Track(s)