Tuesday, July 28, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

  • Session Number: 801
PDGM, hospice carve-in, RCD, U-PAC, VBP, rural add-on, and CMPs were a big part of the expected landscape for home health services and hospice in 2020. Then, the Covid-19 pandemic changed the world and home care and hospice, like the rest of health care, was turned inside out. Suddenly, we... Read More

Tuesday, July 28, 12:00 PM - 1:40 PM

    Home health and hospice agencies continue to face regulatory and financial challenges. Agencies are looking for new revenue streams to defeat these challenges while also meeting the needs of their customers. Some Medicare Part B services are eligible for billing by home health and hospice agencies but often agencies are... Read More
    Speaker(s)
    Faculty
    Beau Sorensen
    COO
    First Choice Home Health and Hospice
      Effective management of the hospice revenue cycle is an evolving challenge, as cash flow optimization efforts must always be balanced against potential compliance threats. Recent Office of Inspector General reports suggests the possibility of increased scrutiny of the hospice benefit, which often comes in the form of increased program integrity... Read More
      Speaker(s)
      Faculty
      M. Aaron Little CPA
      Managing Director
      BKD LLP
      Faculty
      Stavros Katsifis
      Consulting Manager
      McBee
        This session will explore early wins for agencies adapting to the new model. The presenters will highlight operational and organizational challenges and change their agency has made, highlighting revenue cycle and patient care management under PDGM. The session will also discuss lessons learned and surprises encountered since January, and what... Read More
        Speaker(s)
        Faculty
        Cindy Campbell MHA- Healthcare Informatics, RN, BSN, COQS
        Director, Operational Consulting
        Wellsky
        Faculty
        Laura Page-Greifinger BSN, RN, MPA
        Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board
        QIRT (Quality In Real Time)
          As home care and hospice providers continue to look for ways to maintain margins while delivering quality services, agencies should consider lean strategies to improve on their results. An organization using lean principles understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. The ultimate goal under lean... Read More
          Speaker(s)
          Faculty
          Mark Sharp CPA
          Partner
          BKD LLP
          Faculty
          Stacy Olinger MSN, RN, NCSBN
          Executive Director
          Evergreen Home Health Services

          Tuesday, July 28, 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM

            Home health agencies continue to be at risk from compliance initiatives from multiple program integrity contractors focused on the industry. This scrutiny often takes the form of pre- or post-pay audits by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), such as Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) and Review Choice Demonstration (RCD), or investigations... Read More
            Speaker(s)
            Faculty
            Alan Schabes JD
            Partner
            Benesch Healthcare+ Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
            Faculty
            Cindy Krafft PT, MS, HCS-0
            Owner/Founder
            Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions
            Faculty
            Diana Dee Kornetti PT, MA, HCS-D, HCS-C
            Owner/Founder
            Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions
              A third of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, with the percentage to increase to nearly half (47%) by 2025 and nearly three quarters (70%) by 2040. Working with MA could either solidify your agency or bankrupt it. This session will discuss how to most effectively partner... Read More
              Speaker(s)
              Faculty
              David Hoover
              Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management
              Axxess
                In the current environment of the targeted and third-party reviews, there is a constant concern of reviews that could result in the recoupment of payments already made to hospices. This session will narrow the focus of the education to the top edits and denial reasons under the different contractor reviews... Read More
                Speaker(s)
                Faculty
                Kelly Grahovac MBA
                Senior Consultant
                The van Halem Group
                Faculty
                Rachel Hold-Weiss JD
                Partner
                Arent Fox LLP
                Faculty
                Wayne Van Halem CFE, AHFI
                President
                The van Halem Group
                  Agencies must consider new metrics under PDGM. Six months into the new payment system, what are the drivers of this model? How should they be tracked and monitored? New KPIs around billing, operations, and finance are essential to understand the trends and how best practices can be measured and reported... Read More
                  Speaker(s)
                  Faculty
                  Chris Attaya MBA, FHFMA
                  Vice President, Product Strategy
                  Strategic Healthcare Programs
                  Faculty
                  Rebecca Higbee RN, BSN, CCN, MPH Candidate
                  VP of Population Health
                  The Pennant Group, Inc.
                  Faculty
                  Todd Montigney
                  Managing Principal
                  BlackTree Healthcare Consulting

                  Tuesday, July 28, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

                    Always-connected employees and electronic medical records can expose agencies to the risk of ransomware, failed backups, and HIPPA breaches. In order to be protected, agencies must have a strong compliance plan, active threat monitoring, and an emergency plan that incorporates cybersecurity and system failure contingencies. This session will help agencies... Read More
                    Speaker(s)
                    Faculty
                    Barbara Citarella RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, NHDP-BC
                    National Healthcare Disaster Professional, President
                    RBC Limited Healthcare & Management Consultants
                    Faculty
                    John Prost
                    Director of IT
                    Mueller Prost
                      How do hospice and palliative care programs adapt and build innovative models to survive a constantly changing environment? This session explores effective techniques to manage the hospice revenue cycle at all levels of care while bridging the gap between palliative care and hospice services. Discussions will delve into how your... Read More
                      Speaker(s)
                      Faculty
                      Khue Nguyen PharmD
                      Founder & Managing Director
                      Emprise Health
                      Faculty
                      William Musick MBA, CHC, CHCP
                      President
                      Integriti3D
                        Home health and hospice providers are turning to mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliance partners to increase market share and supplement organic growth, which is being challenged by changing regulations and industry consolidation. This session will explore the current merger environment, as well as assist providers on how to navigate a... Read More
                        Speaker(s)
                        Faculty
                        David Berman CPA, CVA, CGMA
                        Principal
                        Simione Healthcare Consultants
                        Faculty
                        Rich Tinsley JD, MBA, CPA, CNA
                        President and CEO
                        Stoneridge Partners
                        Faculty
                        Tom Lillis
                        Partner
                        Stoneridge Partners
                        Faculty
                        Tom Maxwell
                        Co-Chief Executive Officer
                        Maxwell Healthcare Associates
                          Even with strong, experienced teams, many home care and hospice organizations need dedicated support to keep major initiatives on time and on a budget in the midst of busy daily operations. The key is adding certified project managers to facilitate clinical, financial, and administrative alignment to make changes that will... Read More
                          Speaker(s)
                          Faculty
                          Stephanie Johnston MBA
                          President & Chief Executive Officer
                          Transcend Strategy Group
                          Faculty
                          William J. (Billy) Simione, III
                          Principal
                          Simione Healthcare Consultants

                          Wednesday, July 29, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

                          • Session Number: 802
                          This General Session presents a diverse group of leaders in health care, including home care and hospice, who offer their views and insights on the future of health care in a post-Covid-19 world. What have we learned and what will a change health care future look like? Does the pandemic... Read More
                          Speaker(s)
                          Faculty
                          David Causby
                          President/CEO
                          Kindred at Home - Home Health - Atlanta A151-1CO-10 Development
                          Faculty
                          John Olajide
                          Founder and CEO
                          Axxess Technology Solutions
                          Faculty
                          Mary Gibbons Myers BSN, RN, MS
                          President/CEO
                          Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Inc.
                          Faculty
                          Sheila Davis CHCE, COS-D
                          Senior Executive Vice President of Operations
                          Always Best Care, Inc. (Corporate Franchise)
                          Faculty
                          Sheldon Retchin MD, MSPH
                          Commissioner/Professor of Medicine
                          MACPAC/ Ohio State University
                          Faculty
                          William (Bill) Dombi Esq.
                          President
                          National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

                          Wednesday, July 29, 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

                            More than one in eight Medicare-certified hospices exceed the CAP and must make repayment to the Medicare program. MedPAC anticipates the number of over-CAP hospices to increase without any change in the CAP computation. Changes to the CAP, including wage-adjusting the existing single national CAP value, and reducing it by... Read More
                            Speaker(s)
                            Faculty
                            Amber Popek CPA
                            Director
                            BKD LLP
                            Faculty
                            Mark Sharp CPA
                            Partner
                            BKD LLP
                              One-third of Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health are on Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. CMS’s objective is to move 47% to MA by 2025 and 70% by 2040. To best position your agency for the future of Medicare, you must act now to build relationships with plans, identify ways you can... Read More
                              Speaker(s)
                              Faculty
                              Michael Puskarich MBA
                              Consulting Director
                              McBee
                                Women make up the majority of the population, account for 49% of the college-educated workforce, and hold 52% of all professional jobs. And yet, “American women lag substantially behind men when it comes to their representation in leadership positions” (Warner and Corley, 2017). This panel discussion will cover employee and... Read More
                                Speaker(s)
                                Faculty
                                Allison Cannon MPA
                                Chief Administrative Officer
                                QIRT (Quality In Real Time)
                                Faculty
                                Elaine Stephens RN, MPH, FHHC
                                CEO
                                Walpole Area Visiting Nurse Association, Inc.
                                Faculty
                                Marcylle Combs MS, RN, BS, CHCE
                                President/CEO
                                MAC Legacy
                                Faculty
                                Tiffany Karlin
                                Partner and Director of Healthcare
                                Mueller Prost
                                  Recent market conditions have yielded eye-popping valuations and activity. Financial and strategic buyers have been extremely active, but why? More importantly, how long will this trend continue? MedPAC critical of our industry and CMS has issued numerous unfavorable rates and regulatory changes. How will that impact home health and hospice... Read More
                                  Speaker(s)
                                  Faculty
                                  Chris Consalus
                                  Sr. Vice President of Development
                                  BrightSpring Health Services
                                  Faculty
                                  Cory Mertz
                                  Managing Partner
                                  Mertz Taggart
                                  Faculty
                                  Kristopher (Kris) Novak
                                  Vice President – Mergers & Acquisitions
                                  Amedisys Inc.
                                  Faculty
                                  Mike Dordick
                                  President
                                  McBee

                                  Wednesday, July 29, 1:00 PM - 2:40 PM

                                    With potential major changes in hospice coming, it is important to understand the key revenue and cost drivers of the business that impact overall profitability and this session will do that. This session will instruct on how to use analytics and benchmarks to measure success, predictive modeling, budgeting, and other... Read More
                                    Speaker(s)
                                    Faculty
                                    Christine Lang MBA
                                    Director, Data Consulting
                                    Simione Healthcare Consultants
                                    Faculty
                                    Mike Simione MBA
                                    Senior Manager
                                    Simione Healthcare Consultants
                                    Faculty
                                    Zaundra Ellis
                                    Hospice Product Director
                                    Axxess
                                      PDGM presents new challenges to the home health revenue cycle. 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... Read More
                                      Speaker(s)
                                      Faculty
                                      Dave Saling
                                      Consulting Manager
                                      BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
                                      Faculty
                                      Matt Chadwick
                                      Chief Financial Officer
                                      Well Care Home Health
                                      Faculty
                                      Melinda Gaboury COS-C
                                      Chief Executive Officer
                                      Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.
                                      Faculty
                                      Nick Seabrook
                                      Managing Principal, Founder
                                      BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
                                        Recruiting and retaining nursing and rehab personnel is becoming more difficult as home health services continue to grow. The design of an agency’s compensation model will have a significant impact on the ability to keep qualified personnel. In addition, creating a culture of open dialogue regarding work/life balance, stress reduction,... Read More
                                        Speaker(s)
                                        Faculty
                                        J'non Griffin RN,MHA,HCS-D,HCS-C,HCS-H,COS-C
                                        President
                                        Home Health Solutions, LLC
                                        Faculty
                                        Mr  Robert Markette JD, CHC
                                        Of Counsel
                                        Hall, Render,Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.
                                        Faculty
                                        Sharon Harder
                                        President
                                        C3 Advisors
                                          In the era of PDGM and managed care, agencies must identify all the ways to deliver care that produce the best outcomes in the most financially efficient way. This session looks at how clinical and financial staff can work together to share information and ideas about how to best serve... Read More
                                          Speaker(s)
                                          Faculty
                                          Joe Calcutt MBA
                                          CFO
                                          Liberty Home Care, LLC (Corporate)
                                          Faculty
                                          Summer Napier BSN, RN, HCS-C, COS-C
                                          President
                                          Healing Hands Healthcare
                                          Faculty
                                          Tony Hamric MS
                                          Sr. Reimbursement Coordinator
                                          Liberty Home Care, LLC (Corporate)

                                          Wednesday, July 29, 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

                                            The PDGM means agencies must evaluate all aspects of their business model. Agencies now require a solid strategy to eliminate or re-align expenses. This session will present proven financial management strategies for agencies to be successful in the new era to identify indirect and direct cost savings. Is your vision... Read More
                                            Speaker(s)
                                            Faculty
                                            Jeff Aaronson
                                            Director – Advisory Consulting
                                            McBee
                                            Faculty
                                            Robert Simione CPA
                                            Director of Finance
                                            Simione Healthcare Consultants
                                              Data, and how you use it, is important to your business. Agencies need to harness the capabilities of available data sources to identify opportunities for improvement and help differentiate themselves from value-based payers and referrers. Analytics can supercharge your data to help you make better operating decisions. Commercial support provided by Healthcare... Read More
                                              Speaker(s)
                                              Faculty
                                              Chris Attaya MBA, FHFMA
                                              Vice President, Product Strategy
                                              Strategic Healthcare Programs
                                              Faculty
                                              David Merk MA
                                              Executive Vice President
                                              Axxess
                                                Hospice billing is much more complex than just billing levels of care to Medicare. Many states require each hospice agency to bill room and board to the state Medicaid plan or Medicaid Managed Care Organization, as well as reimburse the nursing home. This involves a billing process but also an... Read More
                                                Speaker(s)
                                                Faculty
                                                Deborah Collum MS
                                                Manager of Home Health and Hospice
                                                Richter Healthcare Consultants
                                                Faculty
                                                Melissa McCall
                                                Senior Healthcare Billing Manager
                                                Mueller Prost
                                                  Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever. The gulf of misunderstanding and resentment between the older, not so old, and younger employees in the workplace is growing and problematic. A leadership panel of home care and hospice experts will discuss how they treat generation mixing as an asset. They will... Read More
                                                  Speaker(s)
                                                  Faculty
                                                  Adrian Killebrew MBA
                                                  Regional Vice President
                                                  Axxess
                                                  Faculty
                                                  Eric Scharber
                                                  Principal
                                                  Simione Healthcare Consultants and Exact Recruiting
                                                  Faculty
                                                  Margaret (Magi) Graziano
                                                  Founder & Chief Evangelist
                                                  Keen Alignment
                                                  Faculty
                                                  Shradha Aiyer MS
                                                  Senior Director, Product Development
                                                  Axxess
                                                  Faculty
                                                  Tiffany Karlin
                                                  Partner and Director of Healthcare
                                                  Mueller Prost

                                                  Wednesday, July 29, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

                                                    The PDGM means agencies must evaluate all aspects of their business model. Agencies now require a solid strategy to eliminate or re-align expenses. This session will present proven financial management strategies for agencies to be successful in the new era to identify indirect and direct cost savings. Is your vision... Read More
                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                    Faculty
                                                    Jeff Aaronson
                                                    Director – Advisory Consulting
                                                    McBee
                                                    Faculty
                                                    Robert Simione CPA
                                                    Director of Finance
                                                    Simione Healthcare Consultants
                                                      The sustainability of an organization depends on the strength of its leadership and a culture that encourages employees to feel they are key to the organization’s success. To accomplish this, a succession plan must be in place, and who better to take the lead than those who understand your organization’s... Read More
                                                      Speaker(s)
                                                      Faculty
                                                      Carolyn Flietstra BSN, RN
                                                      Executive Vice President
                                                      Christian Living Services|Holland Home
                                                      Faculty
                                                      Marcylle Combs MS, RN, BS, CHCE
                                                      President/CEO
                                                      MAC Legacy
                                                        For years, hospice inpatient units and facilities have struggled with high costs and low reimbursement. CMS’s realignment of hospice level of care reimbursement rates presents new opportunities. How has the financial picture for hospice inpatient settings changed? Hear from hospice experts who will share benchmarks, operational efficiencies, and changes they... Read More
                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                        Faculty
                                                        Gregory Grabowski
                                                        Partner
                                                        Hospice Advisors
                                                        Faculty
                                                        Kurt Kazanowski BSN, MS
                                                        Partner
                                                        Hospice Advisors
                                                          Home health and hospice providers are continually evaluating whether to merge, sell or “stay the course” as the post-acute landscape continues to change. There are multiple tangible and intangible assets that need to be reviewed to assess the value of an agency. This session will explore how both buyers and... Read More
                                                          Speaker(s)
                                                          Faculty
                                                          David Berman CPA, CVA, CGMA
                                                          Principal
                                                          Simione Healthcare Consultants
                                                          Faculty
                                                          Mark Kulik MAMI
                                                          Managing Director
                                                          Braff Group,The

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