Sunday, July 10, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM


Sunday, July 10, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Room: Summerlin F
Home health personnel new to the industry, new agencies, and established agencies will benefit from a detailed understanding of fundamental financial tools and operational strategies for developing and maintaining positive financial outcomes. This updated preconference is designed for beginning- to intermediate-level financial staff members who have some experience in home... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Melinda Gaboury BBA, COS-C
CEO
Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.
Faculty
Mr.  Thomas (Tom) Boyd MBA, CFE, CHFP
Vice President of Reimbursable Services
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin E
Medicare launched a home health value-based purchasing pilot program (HHVBP) on January 1, 2016. The HHVBP will last for five years and can be expanded at any time. The pilot operates in nine states: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington State. During March and April,... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Chris Attaya MBA, FHFMA
VP of Business Intelligence
Strategic Healthcare Programs
Faculty
Christine Lang MBA
Senior Director, Product Management
ABILITY Network
Faculty
Kimberly Skehan RN, MSN
Senior Manager
Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC
Faculty
Laurie Salmons RN, BSN
Clinical Consulting Manager/Episode Management
McBee
Faculty
Mark Sharp CPA
Partner
BKD, LLP
Faculty
Mr.  Nick Seabrook
Managing Director
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting, LLC
Faculty
William (Bill) Dombi Esq.
Vice President for Law
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin D
Summer’s the perfect time to sharpen your skills and expand your knowledge of emerging economic and policy changes that will affect hospice operations nationwide. This session, geared toward intermediate to advanced hospice executives, will provide an updated overview of the financial aspects of hospice –everything you need to better manage... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Mr.  David Macke MBA, CHFP, FHFMA
Director of Reimbursement Services
VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm
Faculty
Josh Sullivan BS
Director of Financial Planning & Analysis
The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia
Faculty
Theresa Forster BS
Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Faculty
William (Ted) Cuppett BS, CPA
Managing Partner
The Health Group, LLC
Track(s)

Sunday, July 10, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Sunday, July 10, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Room: Charleston Ballroom
It’s an election year like none other in recent times. Along with the intense battle for the White House there is a possible power shift in Congress where 34 Senate seats and all House seats are up for election. In the last months of an outgoing President federal agencies including... Read More
Speaker(s)
Keynote Speaker
Val Halamandaris JD
President
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Keynote Speaker
William (Bill) Dombi Esq.
Vice President for Law
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Track(s)

Monday, July 11, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Monday, July 11, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

  • Room: Red Rock Ballroom
Track(s)

Monday, July 11, 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

  • Room: Red Rock Ballroom
Track(s)

Monday, July 11, 9:15 AM - 10:55 AM

  • Room: Charleston Ballroom
Dr. Patricia Gabow, a consultant and the former CEO of Denver Health, will discuss the issues facing American healthcare including cost, access, quality, disparity and workforce dissatisfaction. She will make the case that LEAN’s core philosophy is aligned with the core philosophy of health care. LEAN offers a disciplined and... Read More
Speaker(s)
Keynote Speaker
Patricia Gabow MD, MACPAC
Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Track(s)

Monday, July 11, 11:30 AM - 1:10 PM

  • Room: Summerlin F
The road to successful episode management and five-star ratings centers on clinical & case conference models and real-time monitoring of clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. The value-based purchasing and five-star rating systems are driven by clinical outcomes, process measures, and clinical performance with patients. This session will review the star... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Carolyn Flietstra BSN, RN
Executive Vice President, Home and Community Services
Holland Home
Faculty
Mike Dordick MBA
Executive Vice President, Principal
McBee
Faculty
Pat Laff CPA
Managing Principal
Laff Associates
Track(s)
  • Room: Pavilion Ballroom
In January 2016, Medicare implemented a new payment system for routine home care (RHC). Under the new system, hospices are paid one of two daily base rates for RHC, depending on where the day falls during the care episode, as well as a service-intensity add-on (SIA) for specific services delivered... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
William (Ted) Cuppett BS, CPA
Managing Partner
The Health Group, LLC
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin E
Transformational leaders inspire people to take care of one another’s interests and act to benefit the whole group. As more women assume leadership roles, they face distinct challenges in their efforts to foster the communication and conflict resolution needed for organizations to progress. This program examines how senior women leaders... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Valerie Cornett BA, MS
VP of Finance & Business Development
Foundation Management Services Inc.
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin D
What measures matter most and how can they help you make the best decisions for ensuring your agency’s continued success? As industry-wide factors put more stress on financial and quality reporting, it’s even more important to keep a watchful eye on your numbers. They’ll help you demonstrate your agency’s value... Read More
Track(s)

Monday, July 11, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Room: Red Rock Ballroom
Track(s)

Monday, July 11, 2:30 PM - 4:10 PM

  • Room: Summerlin F
After years of waiting, value-based purchasing (VBP) payment models are finally upon us. CMS is piloting a home health VBP program, and most of its other bundled payment and care initiatives also include a VBP component. But it does not stop with Medicare as many other payers look to VBP... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Chris Attaya MBA, FHFMA
VP of Business Intelligence
Strategic Healthcare Programs
Faculty
Christine Lang MBA
Senior Director, Product Management
ABILITY Network
Faculty
Ms  Karen Vance BSOT
Senior Managing Consultant
BKD, LLP
Faculty
Mike Dordick MBA
Executive Vice President, Principal
McBee
Track(s)
  • Room: Pavilion Ballroom
There are potential reductions in hospice reimbursement from the 2016 changes to the Medicare payment system and an ongoing threat that Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed care plans may have to assume responsibility for hospice payments from Medicare. These looming developments make it more important than ever that you understand... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Andrea Devoti MSN, MBA, RN, CHCE
President & CEO
Neighborhood Health Agencies
Faculty
Josh Sullivan BS
Director of Financial Planning & Analysis
The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin E
Communication and cooperation between clinical and financial departments are essential to a health organization’s success. What if those departments speak a different language or have distinct cultures? This program provides the recipe for building collaboration among an organization’s clinical and financial professionals. Time-tested strategies to break perceived and actual barriers... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Gary Massey CPA
Principal
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin D
Productivity continues to be a major concern for home care and hospice. Agencies worry about a wide range of issues: average patient visits per day, documentation, the number of cases managed, staffing, the number of field clinicians per supervisor, the number of OASIS reports reviewed, the number of start-of-care documents... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Denise Altomare OTR/L
CEO/Administrator
Care At Home, Inc.
Track(s)

Monday, July 11, 4:20 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Room: Summerlin F
Post-acute bundling projects are increasing in many of the markets served by home care and hospice agencies. These types of payment methods affect the amount of reimbursement, costs of caring for patients, and clinical pathways, along with the market and strategic position of agencies. Given the impact of post-acute bundling,... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Mark Sharp CPA
Partner
BKD, LLP
Faculty
Raymond Belles BBA
Managing Consultant
BKD, LLP
Track(s)
  • Room: Pavilion Ballroom
Hospice providers face substantial changes in Medicare billing requirements that will threaten timely collection of receivables. So it is critical to take time now to examine all revenue cycle processes and identify potential threats to cash flow, along with compliance-related issues. This session will focus on denial management and current... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Anthony Smith BS
Associate
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
Faculty
Dawn Michelizzi BS
Senior Vice President for Finance / CFO
The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin E
Home health care and hospice agencies have experience unprecedented organizational change. This produces angst and uncertainty for employees and their leaders. How should management respond to and lead through business and people change and the ambiguity it creates? This fast-paced workshop will help managers and leaders learn the significance of... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Larry Prince EdM
President
Med Revu, Inc.
Faculty
Robert (Bob) Simione BS
Managing Principal
Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin D
The new world of health care reform requires leadership that can create a culture of innovation and sustainability.  Collaborative leadership has been used by two of the most successful, and history making leaders in the world of business (Jeff Benzos and Steve Jobs). The future of home care and hospice... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Barbara Citarella RN, MS, CHCE, CHS-V
President
RBC Limited Healthcare & Management Consultants
Track(s)

Monday, July 11, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Room: Veranda Ballroom
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 12, 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

  • Room: Charleston Foyer
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Tuesday, July 12, 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Tuesday, July 12, 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM

  • Room: Summerlin F
The home health revenue cycle continues to get more complex as new payers enter the market and initiate auditing and program integrity actions. Effective management of the home health revenue cycle is one means of managing and minimizing compliance risks. This session will offer attendees the latest, available information on... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Melinda Gaboury BBA, COS-C
CEO
Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.
Track(s)
  • Room: Pavilion Ballroom
In the past few years, there has been increased demand for programs geared toward patients who do not elect or meet eligibility requirements for Medicare home health and hospice. These patients would fall between the cracks of traditional health service lines were it not for the increasing development of programs... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Bill Musick BS, MBA, CHC, CHCP
Senior Associate
Corridor
Faculty
Dr.  Laura Patel MD
Chief Medical Officer
Transitions LifeCare
Faculty
Phaedra Kunze MA
Director of Business Deveopment
The Elizabeth Hospice
Faculty
Raquel Braithwaite BA, MA, RN
Program Manager
Gilchrist Hospice Care
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin E
Home health agencies and hospices find that their ability to get referrals is affected by senior management of referring organizations, such as hospitals/health systems, accountable care organizations (ACOs)/bundle conveners, and managed care organizations (MCOs). Changes in regulations, legislation, and the business of health care delivery put these referral sources at... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Arnie Cisneros PT
Owner
Home Health Strategic Management, LLC
Faculty
Mr  Michael Deck BA
Project Manager
HealthCare Synergy, Inc.
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin D
Despite all of the regulatory and reimbursement changes, home health and hospice continues to attract financial buyers and private equity firms. These investors see great opportunities to build larger networks among local companies. Similarly, hospitals are looking to either purchase or partner with home health and hospice agencies to build... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Dexter Braff MBA, MS, BA
President
The Braff Group
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 12, 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM

  • Room: Summerlin F
Home care and hospice organizations have great potential for fostering more affordable, high-quality care in accountable care organizations (ACOs). But what will it take for post-acute providers to effectively capture and demonstrate their value in the global quest to better manage the health of communities and designated populations? In this... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Arnie Cisneros PT
Owner
Home Health Strategic Management, LLC
Faculty
Cathy Sorenson BSN, MBA
President/CEO
Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services
Track(s)
  • Room: Pavilion Ballroom
Since 2007, CMS has required hospice providers to give additional data elements on claims. These new elements include: HCPCs codes identifying place of service; number of visits by time performed by physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, and home health aides; medication and pain pump reporting; new discharge codes; NPIs; face-to-face,... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Anne Hochsprung CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Suncoast Hospice
Faculty
Christine Lang MBA
Senior Director, Product Management
ABILITY Network
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin E
It’s not a matter of if but when your data will come under a cyber attack. If it can happen to some of the biggest companies out there, it can and will happen to you. You have worked toward compliance with HIPAA, but have you invested enough in protecting your... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Craig Mandeville BS
CEO & Founder
Forcura
Faculty
Matthew (Matt) Martin
Director of Engineering,
Forcura
Track(s)
  • Room: Summerlin D
The greatest growth in home care is in Medicaid services. This increase is triggered by the nationwide rebalancing of Medicaid spending on long-term care as more states shift their focus to home and community-based care and away from institutional care in nursing homes. Accompanying this shift is a wholesale movement... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Wendy Swager BA., Dip Sc
CEO, Founder & Principal
Soreo
Faculty
William (Bill) Dombi Esq.
Vice President for Law
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Track(s)

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

  • Room: Charleston Ballroom
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
M. Aaron Little CPA
Managing Director
BKD, LLP
Faculty
William (Bill) Dombi Esq.
Vice President for Law
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Track(s)
  • Room: Charleston Ballroom
Grab & go or stay and participate in the Closing General Sessions, the Financial Managers Open Forum....
Track(s)