Sunday, July 14, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

  • Room: 4th Floor, Ballroom Promenade
Track(s)

Sunday, July 14, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Room: Chicago 10
A regular feature of the Financial Management Conference, people new to the industry, as well as veterans in home health services, will benefit from the detailed understanding of the fundamental financial tools and operational strategies for developing and maintaining positive financial outcomes offered in the Summer Camp. This updated 2019... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
David Macke MBA, CHFP, FHFMA
Director of Reimbursement Services
VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm
Faculty
Elizabeth (Liz) Pearson JD
Owner
Pearson & Bernard PSC
Faculty
Melinda Gaboury COS-C
Chief Executive Officer
Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.
Faculty
Tammy Ross MHA, BSN, RN, CCM
Senior Vice President, Professional Services
Axxess
Faculty
Thomas (Tom) Boyd MBA, CFE, CHFP
Vice President of Reimbursable Services
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Track(s)
  • Room: Sheraton 3
Getting back to the basics has never been more important, as hospice continues to grow and mature as a health care program. This preconference provides an updated and thorough overview of the financial aspects of hospice, including discussion of emerging national economic and policy changes which will impact hospice operations,... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
David Macke MBA, CHFP, FHFMA
Director of Reimbursement Services
VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm
Faculty
Elizabeth (Liz) Pearson JD
Owner
Pearson & Bernard PSC
Faculty
Melinda Gaboury COS-C
Chief Executive Officer
Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.
Faculty
Thomas (Tom) Boyd MBA, CFE, CHFP
Vice President of Reimbursable Services
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Track(s)
  • Room: Chicago 8&9
During Q1 2019, NAHC and its affiliates HHFMA, HCTAA, and Forum of State Associations held a 12-site set of PDGM Summits that presented a detailed focus on Financial, Clinical, Operations, Business Analytics, and Technology related assessment, evaluation, and strategic recommendations for successful transition to PDGM in 2020. This program is... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Andrew Olowu
Chief Technology Officer
Axxess
Faculty
Gina Mazza MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ
Senior Vice President
Fazzi Associates, Inc.
Faculty
Jhonna DeMarcky MBA
Director, Health Care
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Faculty
Laura Page-Greifinger BSN, RN, MPA
President/CEO
QIRT (Quality In Real Time)
Faculty
M. Aaron Little CPA
Managing Director
BKD LLP
Faculty
Rob Simione CPA
Director, Data Analytics
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Track(s)

Sunday, July 14, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Room: The Expo, 1st Floor, Riverwalk AB
Track(s)
  • Room: 1st Floor, Riverwalk AB
Track(s)

Sunday, July 14, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Room: Sheraton Chicago 4-7
PDGM, hospice carve-in, RCD, U-PAC, VBP, rural add-on, and CMPs are just a part of the landscape for home health services and hospice in 2019. Add to that portfolio such matters as Medicaid per capita caps, “Medicare for All,” continued growth in Medicare Advantage enrollment, minimum wage increases, regulatory burden... Read More
Speaker(s)
Keynote Speaker
William (Bill) Dombi Esq.
President
National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
Track(s)

Monday, July 15, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Room: 4th Floor, Ballroom Promenade
Track(s)

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

  • Room: The Expo, 1st Floor, Riverwalk AB
Track(s)

Monday, July 15, 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

  • Room: 1st Floor, Riverwalk AB
Track(s)

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

  • Room: Sheraton Chicago 4-7
This General Session presents a diverse group of leaders in home care and hospice who offer their views and insights on how to succeed in the ever-changing health care world. The HHFMA 2019 Leadership Panel will address the accelerating changes in health care delivery and financing that necessitate “hands-on” management... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Bruce Greenstein
Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
LHC Group Inc.
Faculty
Donna DeBlois BSN, RN, MSB, MBA, AHCA
President/CEO
MaineHealth Care at Home
Faculty
James (Jamie) Summerfelt MPT, MA
President-Elect
Nebraska Home Care Association
Faculty
Mary Gibbons Myers BSN, RN, MS
President/CEO
Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Inc.
Moderator
William (Billy) Simione, III
Principal
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Track(s)

Monday, July 15, 10:25 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Room: The Expo, 1st Floor, Riverwalk AB
Track(s)

Monday, July 15, 11:00 AM - 12:40 PM

  • Room: Sheraton 1&2
Home Health is presented with many challenges including a changing reimbursement model, staffing issues, and ongoing regulatory and compliance updates at the national and state level. Agencies must budget appropriately each year and use key performance indicators on a regular basis to track and measure performance. The budget and KPI... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Mark Sharp CPA
Partner
BKD LLP
Track(s)
  • Room: Sheraton 3
Effective management of the hospice revenue cycle is an evolving challenge, as cash flow optimization efforts must always be balanced against potential compliance threats. Individual states continue to adopt Medicaid managed care, significantly complicating the hospice revenue cycle, and the hospice benefit continues to draw interest from both Medicare and... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
M. Aaron Little CPA
Managing Director
BKD LLP
Track(s)
  • Room: Chicago 10
Many providers are focused solely on the specific world they operate in but this mode of operation can be dangerous in today’s health care environment as payers, gatekeepers, and referral sources become more focused on quality, patient experience, and costs across the continuum. To realize full growth potential and overall... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Cory Rutledge CPA
Principal, Senior Living Leader
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Faculty
Keith Boroch MBA, CPA
Vice President
McBee Associates
Track(s)
  • Room: Chicago 8&9
The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will be implemented on January 1, 2020. This is the biggest change to the home care industry since the introduction of the prospective payment system in 2000. The new payment system dramatically impacts agency operations, processes and performance. Agencies must develop and implement plans to... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
David Merk MA
Senior Vice President
Axxess
Faculty
Michael McGowan
President/CEO
Opera Care, LLC
Track(s)

Monday, July 15, 12:40 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room: The Expo, 1st Floor, Riverwalk AB
Track(s)

Monday, July 15, 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM

  • Room: Sheraton 1&2
Managing the home health revenue cycle is daunting. While cash flow efforts must be successful, agencies must also guard against potential compliance threats. With Medicare Advantages Plans at an all-time high and new payers continuing to flock to the industry, the revenue cycle becomes more complex. If processes are not... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Melinda Gaboury COS-C
Chief Executive Officer
Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.
Faculty
Petria McKelvey-Pierre
CEO
Precision Medical Billing
Track(s)
  • Room: Sheraton 3
In November 2018, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report entitled “Vulnerabilities in the Medicare Hospice Affect Quality Care and Program Integrity – An OIG Portfolio.” The following month, in its semi-annual Report to Congress, the OIG described the Portfolio Report as “a seminal... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Kathleen Hessler RN, JD, CHC, CHPC
Director, Compliance & Risk
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Faculty
William Musick MBA, CHC, CHCP
President
Integriti3D
Track(s)
  • Room: Chicago 10
In the past, home health and hospice providers viewed mergers as a last option to continue to provide services to their communities. As regulations continue to change, and rate pressure continues to exist with both Medicare and non-Medicare payors, there is a greater need to find cost efficiencies. This need... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
David Berman CPA, CVA, CGMA
Principal
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Track(s)

Monday, July 15, 3:50 PM - 4:40 PM

  • Room: Sheraton 1&2
In the CY 2019 Home Health Final Rule, CMS dramatically changed the scoring methodology for the Home Health Value-based Purchasing Program (HHVBP) pilot. The new Composite Measures have not been well defined and the reweighting changes the emphasis on which measures will impact your TPS scores. CMS recently provided some... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Chris Attaya MBA, FHFMA
VP of Product Strategy
Strategic Healthcare Programs
Track(s)
  • Room: Sheraton 3
The hospice mergers & acquisition market has been at an all-time high for the past 18-24 months, but some sellers seem to enjoy a higher valuation than others. Why? There are many reasons, beyond just size, why some agencies are worth more in the eyes of a buyer. In this... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Dexter Braff MBA, MS
President
The Braff Group
Faculty
Mark Kulik MAMI
Managing Director
Braff Group,The
Faculty
Pat Clifford MBA
Managing Director
The Braff Group
Track(s)
  • Room: Chicago 8&9
Survival is key, as home health providers brace for PDGM, the largest change to home health reimbursement since the implementation of PPS in 2000. The complexity of the new PDGM payment model is overwhelming, with 432 different case-mix groups, 12 different clinical groupings and LUPA thresholds ranging from 2 to... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Carissa McKenna BSN, RN
Clinical Consulting Manager
McBee Associates
Faculty
Cindy Campbell MHA- Healthcare Informatics, RN, BSN, COQS
Director, Operational Consulting
Fazzi Associates, Inc.
Track(s)

Monday, July 15, 4:50 PM - 5:40 PM

  • Room: Sheraton 1&2
Documentation Management can include multiple layers of intricate policies and processes, with the end result being documents that are shared, organized, stored, and retrieved efficiently for consistency in responding to audits and maintaining accurate medical records. The Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) requires the Medicare MAC detail review certain components of... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Diana Kornetti PT, MA
Owner/Founder
Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions
Faculty
Jennifer Gibson Osburn RN, HCS-D, COS-C
Senior Clinical Consultant
Axxess
Track(s)
  • Room: Sheraton 3
While communities tend to be extremely generous during a hospice capital campaign, their generosity often fades once the facility becomes operational. It is a constant struggle for most general inpatient facilities to remain profitable when hospice reimbursement fails to cover the full cost of care. Hear from industry experts on... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Kelly Corcoran
Controller
Suncoast Hospice
Faculty
Mr.  Phillip Ward
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Community Hospice and Palliative Care
Faculty
Tarrah Lowry
President & CEO
Sangre de Cristo Home Health, Hospice & Palliative Care
Track(s)
  • Room: Chicago 10
Technology continues to play a pivotal and expanding role in home care and hospice. Whether it’s integration, automation, or interoperability, technology today goes beyond an agency’s EMR and has an impact on every area of agency operations. This session will explore different ways technology is used today, specifically revenue cycle... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Craig Mandeville
Founder & CEO
Forcura
Faculty
Darcey Trescone BSN, RN
President
Trescone Consulting
Faculty
Jarrett Bauer
Chief Executive Officer
Health Recovery Solutions
Track(s)
  • Room: Chicago 8&9
Since the inception of PPS in 2000, home health payments have been based on a 60-day, therapy-driven model. Adjustments to the PPS payment model have been made over the years due to CMS identifying therapy utilization as a poor indicator for payment. In fact, although a higher level of therapy... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Cindy Krafft PT, MS, HCS-0
Owner/Founder
Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions
Faculty
Karen Vance BS, OT
Senior Managing Consultant
BKD LLP
Track(s)

Monday, July 15, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

  • Room: 1st Floor, Riverwalk Promenade
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

  • Room: 4th Floor, Sheraton Chicago 4-7
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Room: 4th Floor, Ballroom Promenade
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 16, 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM

  • Room: Sheraton 1&2
CMS has revised prior authorization to, in their words, offer more flexibility and choice for providers in the five states (Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Texas) required to provide information supporting the care provided to home health patients. CMS notes three options – a Pre-Claim review that allows for... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Robin Seidman RN, MSN, MBA, LNCC, COS-C, HCS-D
Owner, Legal Nurse Consultant
Documentation Compliance Solutions, LLC
Faculty
Wayne Van Halem CFE, AHFI
President
The van Halem Group
Track(s)
  • Room: Sheraton 3
Hospice is presented with many financial challenges, including volume, staffing, length of stay, cost, and reimbursement. It is vital that hospice budget appropriately each year and use key performance indicators on an ongoing basis to track and measure performance. The budget and KPI process is an essential step to communicate... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Mike Simione MBA
Senior Manager
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Faculty
Rob Simione CPA
Director, Data Analytics
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Track(s)
  • Room: Chicago 10
As home care and hospice services have been increasingly recognized as preferred care options, shortages in qualified field staff is a constant challenge. Agencies that can successfully recruit and retain employees will be well positioned to meet future patient growth. The purpose of this session is to explore how the... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Carolyn Flietstra BSN, RN
Executive Vice President
Christian Living Services|Holland Home
Faculty
Doug Himmelein
Vice President of Human Resources
Holland Home
Faculty
Pat Laff CPA
Owner
Laff Associates
Track(s)
  • Room: Chicago 8&9
Thriving under the PDGM payment reform requires a clear understanding of how PDGM will affect financial outcomes in a home health agency. This session explores the fundamental steps necessary for home health agencies to assess the impact of PDGM on their operations and determine specific implications for budget and cash... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Mark Sharp CPA
Partner
BKD LLP
Faculty
Mike Dordick
President
McBee
Faculty
Nick Seabrook
Managing Principal, Founder
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 16, 10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

  • Room: 4th Floor, Ballroom Promenade
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 16, 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

  • Room: Sheraton 1&2
Medicare Advantage plans continue to build market share with an attractive array of benefits. In most cases, they offer a lower cost alternative to Medicare, which attracts enrollment. These plans operate much differently than Medicare episodic payment for home health and you will need to adjust how you operate. Careful... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Andrea Fairbanks CPA
Vice President, Finance
LifeSpring Home Care
Faculty
Will Boyd MBA
Program Director of Revenue Cycle Outsourcing
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
Track(s)
  • Room: Sheraton 3
Policymakers, payers and providers have taken deliberate steps to advance our health system’s response to the care needs of people with advanced illness. These interventions include use of existing Part A and B benefits to deliver palliative care, the provision of palliative care as a supplemental benefit under Medicare Advantage... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Julia Maroney RN MHSA
Director, Clinical Operations Consulting
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Faculty
Patricia O'Brien MSN, MBA
Senior VP & Chief Administrative Officer
Holy Redeemer HomeCare & Hospice
Track(s)
  • Room: Chicago 10
Is your hospice or home health agency challenged with hiring or retaining sufficient qualified clinical and office staff? Is your organization facing retirement or other transition of key leaders? Historically low unemployment rates have led to a shortage of qualified home health and hospice clinical, office and administrative leadership staff.... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Eric Scharber
Principal
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 16, 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

  • Room: Sheraton 1&2
Medicare and Medicaid Advantage Plans continue to build market share and agencies need to adapt to these changes by improving operations to minimize waste while increasing the value of services. This panel of industry experts will discuss their experiences operating and succeeding within the managed care environment....
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Anthony D'Alonzo
Director of Clinical Strategy and Innovation
BAYADA Home Health Care
Faculty
Paul Giles
Director of Home Health Finance
Dignity Health
Moderator
Todd Montigney
Managing Principal and Founding Partner
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
Faculty
Will Boyd MBA
Program Director of Revenue Cycle Outsourcing
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
Track(s)
  • Room: Sheraton 3
Providing comprehensive, meaningful care to patients who are referred late in their disease trajectory is one of the most long-standing challenges of delivering hospice care – clinically, operationally, and financially. Faced with these challenges, some hospice programs have developed care protocols that prioritize the most essential components of care based... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Julia Maroney RN MHSA
Director, Clinical Operations Consulting
Simione Healthcare Consultants
Track(s)
  • Room: Chicago 10
Organizations, both new and established, are now facing severe reimbursement and regulatory changes; federal money shrinkage; consolidation; and staffing shortages, to name just a few. This session will focus on 1) unlocking performance that will help manage cost in a more strategic way; 2) practical solutions that allow organizations to... Read More
Speaker(s)
Faculty
Maria Warren
Consulting Director
McBee Associates
Faculty
Raymond Belles
Managing Consultant
BKD LLP
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 16, 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room: Sheraton Chicago 4-7
The Open Forum is the traditional closing session of FMC and your chance to ask HHFMA experts any question you have in home care and hospice finance. The 2019 version of the Open Forum will focus on two primary topics: Home Health PDGM and the future of hospice in Medicare.... Read More
Speaker(s)
Moderator
William (Bill) Dombi Esq.
President
National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
Track(s)

Tuesday, July 16, 12:20 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room: 4th Floor, Sheraton Chicago 4-7
Track(s)

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