Speakers

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Julia Adams-Scheurich is the Owner and Director of Government Relations at Oak City Government Relations, LLC. She was most recently the Director of Government Relations for The Arc of North Carolina for the past 10 years as well as a contract lobbyist for many interests before the NC General Assembly; and she is ranked as one of the most influential lobbyists in North Carolina by the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. Julia began her career in policy and advocacy working to promote inclusion in the arts in North Carolina. Her career spans both campaign work as a member of the field staff for Erskine Bowles in 2004 and lobbying on policy issues in the field of education, health care, housing, social justice policy for people with disabilities, ethics reform and voting rights.

Owner, Oak City Government Relations

AHHC Contract Lobbyist

State of the State

Julia Adams-Scheurich

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Edo Banach, JD, is the president and CEO of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the nation’s oldest and largest, non-profit leadership organization working on behalf of hospice and palliative care providers and professionals.
Prior to joining NHPCO, Mr. Banach was a partner in the firm of Gallagher, Evelius & Jones in Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, he served as the Deputy Director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Before his leadership role at CMS, he served as Associate General Counsel at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
Mr. Banach holds a B.A. from Binghamton University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Before attending law school, Banach worked for the New York City Department of Homeless Services and Mayor's Office of Operations. Additional professional experience includes time as General Counsel at the Medicare Rights Center.
He was born in Israel, raised in New York City, and currently resides in Maryland with his wife and two children.

President and CEO, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

Vision Beyond 2020 Panel

Edo Banach, JD

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Melanie Bunn is a nurse, teacher, trainer, speaker, coach, consultant, support group facilitator, researcher, mom, daughter and sister. She combines these roles with a love of travel and a fear of boredom to create a way of supporting herself and her family while improving the lives of people with living with dementia, their families, and other care partners. She is associated with Dementia Alliance of North Carolina (formerly known as Alzheimer’s North Carolina), Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care, Bunn Consulting, and Duke University School of Nursing. 

Melanie received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, her Master’s Degree in Family Health Nursing from Clemson University and a Post-Master’s Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Duke University. 

She is a skilled and experienced advanced practice nurse and nurse educator, conducting over 200 presentations and trainings annually to health professionals, community organizations, first responders, families and others. She was part of the award winning Accepting the Challenge DVD with Teepa Snow. Her research participation has focused on improving care of older people, especially those with cognitive impairment, through improving the education of inter-professional teams and families. She has volunteered as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator for over 25 years. 

In 2014, she was awarded the Dr. Ewald W. Busse Award by the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services Department of Health and Human Services for her contributions to improving the care of older adults with dementia and their families. In 2012, she received the Potter’s Hand award for similar contributions. In 2001, she was named Educator of the Year by the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The North Carolina Nurses Association named her Gerontological Nurse of the Year in 1995. 
 

Dementia Training Specialist, Dementia Alliance of NC

Hospice and Palliative Care Intensive

3:15pm-4:45pm

Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, GNP

Ken advises providers on legal issues arising in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, hospice, home health and other spheres of health care. He also represents ancillary providers (pharmacy, DME, therapy, etc.). He advises on Certificate of Need, Medicare/Medicaid enrollment and licensure issues, appeals of quality of care issues, and transactional matters. Ken is a frequent national lecturer and author of industry manuals, national trade journal magazine articles and similar training tools and is primary author and editor of Poyner Spruill’s international award winning newsletter, Shorts on Long Term Care.

Prior to joining Poyner Spruill, Ken was the Senior Director of Legal Services and Facility Operations of the American Health Care Association from 1993 to 1997. Ken also served as the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Associations’ General Counsel from 1991 to 1993.

Partner, Poyner & Spruill, LLP

Hospice and Palliative Care Intensive

1:30pm-3:00pm

Ken Burgess

Ken advises providers on legal issues arising in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, hospice, home health and other spheres of health care. He also represents ancillary providers (pharmacy, DME, therapy, etc.). He advises on Certificate of Need, Medicare/Medicaid enrollment and licensure issues, appeals of quality of care issues, and transactional matters. Ken is a frequent national lecturer and author of industry manuals, national trade journal magazine articles and similar training tools and is primary author and editor of Poyner Spruill’s international award winning newsletter, Shorts on Long Term Care.

Prior to joining Poyner Spruill, Ken was the Senior Director of Legal Services and Facility Operations of the American Health Care Association from 1993 to 1997. Ken also served as the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Associations’ General Counsel from 1991 to 1993.

Senior Provider Relations Representative

Provider Outreach and Education, Palmetto GBA

Sessions A1, B1

Charles Canaan, RN

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Wendy Phillips Chavez, MSN, RN is the director of The Advocacy Center with Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care.  Wendy has an experienced record of advocacy in NC for both the adult and pediatric population.  She now oversees national advocacy for Thrive and works to form coalitions with industry leaders and develop a grass roots approach to advocacy to involve patients, staff, and families.

Director, The Advocacy Center, Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care

Session A4

Wendy Chavez, MSN, RN

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Tiffany Christensen approaches her work from the perspective of a life-long patient and a professional patient advocate. Christensen is a nationally recognized public speaker and the author of three books exploring advocacy, end of life planning and partnership strategies in healthcare. Tiffany is also a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, a Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning Instructor, an APPEAL certificate recipient, and the co-creator of her own workshop series for developing and advancing Patient Advisory Programs.
Tiffany served as a patient advocate at Duke Hospital working primarily in the area of Oncology. She also worked as the Program Coordinator for Duke Medicine’s Patient Advisory Council Expansion Program. After leaving Duke, Tiffany became a Patient and Family Engagement Specialist at the North Carolina Hospital Association focusing on advancing the role of the PFA, Experience Based Co-Design and TeamSTEPPS for Patients.
Today, Tiffany is the Vice President of Experience Innovation at The Beryl Institute. Tiffany specializes in dynamic, meaningful keynote presentations which serve as a bridge between the professional and patient experience. Tiffany possess a rare perspective—one that is deeply grounded in compassion for both sides of the bed—and uses that perspective to help audiences reshape their understanding of “the practice of experience.” 

Vice President of Experience Innovation, The Beryl Institute

SPRX Talk

Tiffany Christensen

As a member of the long-term care community for over 20 years, Nicole has witnessed the impact (socially, emotionally, and economically) that caregiving has on families.  Nicole is the Co-Founder of Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center, a charity that focuses in providing information, referral, education and support to family caregivers.  Guiding Lights has been proudly serving the community for 10 years.  She is also the Director of Caregiver Support for Transitions LifeCare. In addition, Nicole works with various media outlets through broadcast journalism by using her voice and expertise to educate by raising the base knowledge of the community as a whole is a gift that Nicole is so grateful to have been given. The use of media empowers the community to know what options exist to support them in their caregiving roles.  Nicole Co-Host’s the Edge of Aging podcast which served to be the impetus for the creation of SPRX Talks.

Nicole’s perspective on what it is like to be both a professional and personal caregiver (having cared for her grandfather and a friend) serves as a constant reminder of why she gets up every day to continue to do the work that she does to serve our community.

Co-Founder, Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center

Director, Caregiver Support, Transitions LifeCare

Co-Host, Edge of Aging Podcast

SPRX Talk

Nicole Clagett

Tracy Colvard is the VP of Government Relations and Public Policy with the Association for Home and Hospice Care of NC. Prior to joining the Association back in early November of 2007, Tracy worked for the NC Division of Medical Assistance or better known as the state Medicaid office for almost 10 years serving as a CAP/DA Consultant for the first seven years and more recently working as the state’s PCS, PCS-Plus, CAP/DA, and CAP/Choice Manager. Tracy began his career in home care at Ashe Services for Aging in rural NC while working as a Social Work case manager and Supervisor for CAP/DA and their large in-home aide program. Tracy also does contracting lobbying for various clients before the North Carolina General Assembly and Congress.

Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy

AHHC of NC

State of the State

Tracy Colvard

Chris Comeaux (KO-mo) is an award-winning expert and lifelong student on leadership and the performance required to truly be a leader. He has spent his life and career researching, learning, coaching, and implementing the pushes and pulls necessary to create high performance leaders and high performance organizations. 

Chris is currently the President/CEO of Teleios Collaborative Network which is a collaboration between Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Catawba Regional Hospice, Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, and Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care.  
 

President and CEO, Teleois Collaborative Network

Hospice and Palliative Care Intensive

3:15pm-4:45pm

Chris Comeaux

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Bio coming soon.

Medical Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Service, Durham VA Medical Center

Population Health Day, Session 4

Toni Cutson, MD

A registered nurse since 2005, Sandy received her RN and BSN degrees along with a degree in marketing. Sandy has most recently worked for CGS Administrators, a Medicare Administrative Contractor, as a Senior Provider Education Consultant, where she educated home health and hospice providers on Medicare home health and hospice clinical regulations, Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), and Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE). Sandy performed medical chart review, analyzing information provided by the home health and hospice providers, and their staff and physicians using criteria set by Medicare standards and clinical guidelines. 
Sandy also provided educational sessions with PGBA staff in the early days of Pre-Claim Review before it became Review Choice Demonstration (RCD). At CGS, Sandy was a Medical Reviewer with both Medical Review and Appeals before her educator position. She has presented at both national and state conferences for both hospice and home health for many years. Sandy has also been a paralegal and business analyst in both Iowa and North Carolina. Prior to CGS, Sandy was a Clinical Supervisor, an RN case manager, and served in many capacities at hospice & home health agencies in Iowa. She also has experience as an adjunct Professor at the Iowa nursing college where she received her degrees. As part of her role as Vice President of Home Health Clinical & Regulatory Affairs, Sandy serves as: key contact for home health clinical and regulatory questions; a content expert and educator for AHHC/SCHCHA conferences, workshops & webinars; representative of AHHC/SCHCHA at Palmetto GBA 16-State Coalition meetings; and liaison to the home health teams at NAHC and Palmetto GBA on behalf of members.

Vice President, Home Health Clinical & Regulatory Affairs, AHHC of NC

Session D5

Sandy Decker, RN, BSN

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Catherine is a senior leader in our industry having run multi-service line multi-location continuum of home health and hospice agencies including founding, growing, optimizing and ultimately selling a large hospice organization in Louisiana. Fazzi is honored to have Catherine work with us as a Director of Hospice and Palliative Care in serving providers across the country. Her work, specifically, focuses on educational development, optimizing organizational design, operational efficiency, advanced clinical modeling and quality improvement programs, and assisting organizations in achieving best practice clinical and financial performance. As a hospice and palliative care certified nurse and certified hospice case manager, Catherine reaches into the hospice philosophy, integrating a strong set of core values, focused on the people we serve, into smart and sustainable business models.

Director of Hospice Services, Fazzi Associates

Session B6

Catherine Dehlin, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHCM

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With BAYADA since 2009, Lee Dobson works with state and national associations, legislators, state and federal government agencies, state licensure agencies, and Medicare, Medicaid, and private duty offices to help children and adults with disabilities and seniors get the home care services they need. She also works to preserve the jobs of the dedicated nurses and home health aides who care for them. Ms. Dobson is an experienced health care executive with more than 25 years in home care quality improvement, program development, and regulatory and government affairs. Prior to joining BAYADA, she spent five years at Palmetto Government Benefits Administrators, five years as the director of regulatory affairs with the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina, and five years with the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence as the program director for home health and long-term care quality initiatives. She was elected to the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina’s Board of Directors, 2015 and is serving her second term. Ms. Dobson has a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on health administration from Troy State University. She is fluent in Spanish and received an international accreditation as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). 

Area Director, Government Affairs

Session A4

Lee Dobson

Bill Dombi is the President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. He previously served as the Vice President for Law at NAHC. As a key part of his responsibilities, Bill specializes in legal, legislative, and regulatory advocacy on behalf of patients and providers of home health and hospice care. With nearly 40 years of experience in health care law and policy, Bill Dombi has been involved in virtually all legislative and regulatory efforts affecting home care and hospice since 1975, including the expansion of the Medicare home health benefit in 1980, the formation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the institution on Medicare PPS for home health in 2000, and the national health care reform legislation in 2010. With litigation, Dombi was lead counsel in the landmark lawsuit that reformed the Medicare home health services benefit, challenges to HMO home care cutbacks for high-tech home care patients, lawsuits against Medicaid programs for inadequate payment rates, along with current lawsuits challenging the Medicare home health face-to-face encounter rule and the Department of labor changes to the overtime rules under the Fair labor Standards Act.

In addition to litigation, Bill offers extensive community and professional educational services through lectures, publications, teleconferences, and videos. He is the Editor and lead author of Home Care & Hospice Law: A Handbook for Executives, the only comprehensive legal treatise on the topic. His lectures include market trends in home care, compliance, risk management, patient rights, fraud and abuse, health care reimbursement, legislative and regulatory reforms, and legal issues in telehealth services.

President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Vision Beyond 2020 Panel

William A. Dombi

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