Learn from Industry Experts

The 2019 Annual Conference & Tradeshow will feature educational programs from industry experts from across the Nation, addressing critical topics in home health and hospice. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn continuing education contact hours for each session.

Stephanie Abel, PharmD, BCPS, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Palliative Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – James Cancer Hospital. She rotates between the inpatient palliative consult service and the benign hematology service. She received her PharmD from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the current Chair Elect of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Pain and Palliative Care Practice and Research Network as well as the Chair of the Nominations Committee for the Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists.

Dr. Robert Applebaum, Ph.D, is a professor of gerontology in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology and the Director of the Long-Term Care Project at the Scripps Gerontology Center. He has been involved in the development and evaluation of long-term care programs across the nation for more than 30 years.

Donna Berry, BA, has nearly 20 years of experience in home healthcare management at the operational and leadership level. At Richter Healthcare, Donna works directly with home health and hospice clients to offer best practice solutions to operational challenges.

Arnie Cisneros, PT, president/founder of Home Health Strategic Management, has provided clinical and management services in home health and post-acute care sites with more than 30 years. Arnie is renowned for his adaptation of traditional care models to address health care reform efforts.

Barbara B. Citarella, RN, MS, CHCE, NDHP-BC, is president/CEO at RBC Limited. She is the only nationally/internationally recognized expert in the area of disaster preparedness for home care, hospice, PACE and other sub-acute programs. She serves as subject matter expert to ASPR TRACIE.

Renee Coughlin, PT, DPT, MHS, is chief of clinical programs and business development at VNA of Ohio. She has 18 years of experience in leadership across the health care continuum. Previously, she was the administrator for home health care at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Connected Care where she directed, coordinated and evaluated all the activities related to home health services. She also served as the director for rehabilitation services at the Clinic and as Executive Director for the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity Hospital.

Moira Dugan, MSW, LISW-S, is behavioral health manager at VNA of Ohio. She has worked in nearly all levels of health care delivery from inpatient, community mental health, private practice, municipal government human services and most notably in home health for the past 20 years.

Donna Floyd, RN, BSN, principal and consultant at The Crag Business Group, Inc., has experience in management of national, regional and start-up organizations, including home health agencies. She has held positions as an agency administrator, clinical nurse manager, and VP of Program Development. She is experienced with home health agencies and licensure rules in multiple states.

Robert Floyd, MBA, is a 35-year veteran of management, with extensive knowledge and experience in human resources and risk management. As a management consultant at The Crag Business Group, Robert has developed a strong analytical process and highly effective training methods to facilitate necessary changes within organizations.

Beth Foster, RN, BA, CPHQ, CEHCH, is regulatory affairs director at the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice. She began her career in 1989 as a visiting nurse, progressing into other positions including aide/intake coordinator, hospital system liaison, clinical care manager and director. Previously she served as an Ohio Dept. of Health Surveyor for all provider types including home care & hospice.

Melinda Gaboury, is co-founder/CEO of Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc., an organization that provides financial, reimbursement, clinical and operation services to the home health and hospice industries. With more than 25 years of experience in Medicare Home Health, she is a national presenter who is interviewed frequently for publications.

J’non Griffin, RN MHA, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-C, is president of Home Health Solutions, LLC, and a nationally recognized speaker with over 30 years of home health experience. J’non has experience as a field nurse, supervisor, quality assurance director, staff development and appeals coordinator, and chief operations officer. Her responsibilities have included risk management, acting as compliance officer, development of policies and forms, survey compliance, and appeals of Medicare denials.

Melissa Hernandez, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, is team lead at Home Health Solutions, LLC. With more than 25 years of experience, she has worked in many different healthcare fields, but found Home Health to be her passion. After working as a clinical manager, Melissa has now focuses on the quality and accuracy of Home Health documentation and Medicare compliance.

Christian Jacobus, MD, is a hospice & palliative medicine specialist in Findlay, OH and has been practicing for 15 years. He graduated from University of Miami School of Medicine in 2003. He is board-certified in both Emergency Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He now practices Palliative Medicine full-time as the Medical Director for Bridge Home Health and Hospice in Findlay, Ohio.

Matt Jones, MLS, is a professional speaker and author of 10 books. He is committed to motivating audiences and delivering strategies to help organizations thrive amid adversity and excel to new heights of performance. He holds a BA in communication, MLS in liberal studies with an emphasis in organizational leadership, and is pursuing his doctorate in organizational leadership.

Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, QCP, CIC, is senior clinical consultant at Richter Healthcare Consultants. She is an experienced trainer, speaker and writer. She is a contributor to the Richter ShareSource Resource Center and the PointClickCare Blog. She has an extensive healthcare background, including over 20 years in the LTPAC sector.

Dave Macke, MBA, CHFP, FHFMA, is the director of reimbursement services for VonLehman & Company, a CPA firm. He has extensive experience in Medicare cost reporting, including 9 years as a Medicare Auditor and 27 years preparing cost reports of all provider types. He was a member of the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) Financial Managers Workgroup, reviewing the proposed draft cost report forms for the new CMS Form 1984-14.

Kimberly McCormick, RN, BSN has 20 years of experience in home health, including 8 years as an administrator. She currently serves as an associate consultant with Home Health Strategic Management, authors the HHSM nursing newsletter, and presents nationally on homecare topics and care models proposed by CMS and MedPac.

Pete Moore, is administrator at Mount Aloysius Corp and former chief of staff at the Ohio Association of County Boards, Serving People with Developmental Disabilities (OACB). He is co-founder of The Good Life Network, which provides training and technical assistance to help organizations develop positive cultures for the people they serve.

Joe Osentoksi, BAS, RN-BC, is Reimbursement Recovery & Appeals Director at QIRT. His career has included clinical consulting in home health and hospice, with a specialty in clinical quality assurance and regulatory compliance. He has extensive experience with multiple Medicare audits, pre-pay probes, compliance audits, and targeted medical reviews.

Laura Page-Griefinger, RN, BSN, MPA, is CEO/president of Quality in Real Time (QIRT), which provides services through electronic medical record auditing, coding and OASIS review, quality assurance audits, and more. She has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare management, including the development of multiple new programs.

Elizabeth Zink Pearson, Esq, is managing attorney at Pearson & Bernard PSC. She has counseled agencies on compliance with Medicare and Medicaid laws and regulations for more than 25 years. She has assisted many clients with responding to and defending against MAC, ZPIC and UPIC audits.

Steve Pellito, VP of Sales at Sandata Technologies, has over 18 years of experience in healthcare. In 2000, Steve joined Maxim Healthcare Services, a large national provider of home health, medical staffing, and wellness services. In his last role as National Director of Maxim Health Systems, Steve led strategic partner relationships, sales, and overall service delivery of a $40M+ business unit. 

Colleen Pema, DO, is an Internal Medicine Specialist in Columbus, OH. She graduated with honors from Ohio University College of Osteo Medicine in 1993. Having more than 25 years of diverse experiences, especially in internal medicine, Dr. Pema affiliates with Ohio Health Corporation and cooperates with other doctors and specialists.

Sarah Persinger, PharD, RPh, is a registered pharmacist with over a decade of pharmacy practice experience in the retail, long-term care, managed care and hospital settings. She has a practical working knowledge of regulatory affairs, including State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy, DEA, and CMS regulations, the federal 340B Drug Discount Program, USP and FDA compounding requirements, Joint Commission, URAC, and HFAP accreditation standards, managed care and pharmacy reimbursement issues, specialty pharmacy, and HIPAA.

Cheryl Reid-Haughian, VP Clinical Informatics at CellTrak Technologies, has extensive experience in both the home health care and technology arenas. She led the development of a clinical information system for a large home health care provider in Canada and has been involved in a variety of research initiatives testing the impact of technology enabled clinical information systems.

Yolanda Riley, is a director of revenue cycle management at Richter Healthcare Consultants. She has a long tenure in healthcare, including 10 years in home health and hospice, having served in a leadership role for acute, post-acute providers, and insurance carriers nationwide. She is a member of the Richter Consulting Team.

Tim Rowan, MA, is president of Rowan Consulting Associates, Inc. He has more than 25 years in home healthcare, including 5 years as IT Director for an agency and 19 years as editor and principal writer of Home Care Technology Report.

Kathy Royer, RN, BA, MBA, DMin, CHPN, CHPCA, is the hospice regulatory director for the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice. A registered nurse with more than 22 years of experience in hospice, she has served as a corporate division director with a demonstrated history of improvement in quality scores. She has expertise in hospice and hospital environments and is skilled in corporate leadership development, operations management, regulatory consultation, coaching, palliative care, team building, and as a cultural change agent.

Laura Rozcicha, MSW, manages the Hospice and Palliative Care Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her interdisciplinary team serves about 60 central Ohio pediatric patients who are living at home with terminal or life-limiting conditions. She serves as Vice-Chair for Ohio Council for Homecare and Hospice’s Hospice & Palliative Care Committee. Previously, Laura worked as a pediatric hospital social worker for twelve years at Shriners Burns Hospital for Children and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Tom Underwood, CEO at Sandata Technologies, has over 22 years of healthcare software experience and a successful track record of building growth-oriented, client-focused technology businesses for the healthcare industry. Previously, he was CEO of Alere Health, a national technology and healthcare services company providing care management solutions to large employers and health plans.

Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, is the Vice President, Medical Affairs, Hospice and Palliative Medicine for OhioHealth. A leader in palliative medicine, Dr. von Gunten is known for developing an early model of hospital-based palliative care that has been the basis for those developed in the 60% of the nation’s hospitals that now report palliative care programs. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the journal of record for the new medical subspecialty of palliative medicine.

Katie Wehri, CHC, CHPC, has more than 25 years of experience in hospice, home health, private duty, and palliative care. She has an extensive background in health care regulation and accreditation standards interpretations; compliance and quality assessment; performance improvement; and opening and expanding sites for both home health and hospice organizations.