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William Dombi

VP for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), Washington D.C.


Dombi specializes in legal, legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of patients and providers of home health and hospice care. He has more than 37 years of experience in health care law and policy and 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. He was the lead counsel in the landmark lawsuit that reformed the Medicare home health services benefit, litigation directed against the "Interim Payment System" for the Medicare home health benefit, and a lawsuit addressing the so-called Medicare “case mix creep adjustments” in 2008-2010, to name a few.

Christopher Attaya

Vice President, Business Intelligence, Strategic Healthcare Programs, Santa Barbara, Calif.


Chris Attaya joined SHP in 2014 after spending 28 years in executive and consulting positions within the home health and hospice industry. In his role, he is responsible for product development and client relationships to help organizations achieve increased operational and financial performance through the use of SHP’s industry leading analytics platform and benchmark data. Prior to SHP, Chris was the CFO at the VNA of Boston and had worked at Partners Health Care at Home as CFO and CEO.

Will Boyd

associate director for home health reimbursement services, BAYADA Home Health Care, Moorestown, N.J.


As BAYADA’s associate director for home health reimbursement services for the past two years, Boyd is responsible for $280 million in annual revenue and manages a team of 20. Boyd previously served as manager of home health reimbursement services and as billing and collections supervisor for the agency. Prior to joining BAYADA, he worked as a supervisor for McBee Associates, serving as lead consultant on several revenue cycle assessment engagements. Overall, Boyd has spent more than 18 years working on the health care revenue cycles.

Denise Burgen

MBA, MSN, FNP, RN, chief quality and innovation officer, University of Rochester Medicine Home Care, Webster, N.Y.


Burgen previously served as the chief clinical officer at Strong’s Home Care Group (Visiting Nurse Service) and before that was the head of Corporate Health and Global Wellness world-wide for Bausch + Lomb, Inc. and senior director of Cardiovascular Services at Kaleida Health overseeing the cardiac and vascular service lines across Kaleida Health’s system of hospitals and long term care centers. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who has worked in Vascular Surgery for a good portion of her career. She was Board Certified as a Fellow in the American Academy of Wound Management and has opened an operated a Diabetic Foot and Wound Care Center in her career.

Barbara Citarella

RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, CHS-V, president and CEO, RBC Limited Healthcare & Management Consultants, Staatsburg, N.Y.


Barbara has over 25 years of experience and is an expert in infection control, leadership and disaster preparedness. She conducts mock disaster drills for agencies and health departments and has worked with more than 15 state health departments in the area of biological, radiological and nuclear disaster planning.

Judy Fenton

vice president of clinical practice & quality, Kindred at Home, Bradenton, Fla.


Fenton is responsible for overseeing the clinical practice and quality outcomes for Kindred’s home health division. Kindred at Home is the largest diversified provider of post-acute care services in the United States. Fenton works with Kindred’s regional leadership, providing the latest clinical delivery models of evidence-based care. Her career as an RN has spanned the acute care hospital setting, physician office practices and operations in the home health industry. She has a bachelor’s in health care administration and attended the University of Colorado Care Transitions training under the leadership of Dr. Eric Coleman.

J’non Griffin

president of Home Health Solutions, LLC, Carbon Hill, Ala.


Griffin offers home health consulting on many topics including quality assurance and performance improvement, program development, coding and OASIS review, staff education and plan of care compilation. Griffin has experience as a field nurse, director and executive with home health and hospice agencies.

Kelly Kavanaugh-Branam

RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, quality review nurse, Brookdale Healthcare Services, Brentwood, Tenn.


Kavanaugh-Branam has been in home health for 27 years, 25 of which she's worked as an RN. She has worked in every position in home health from receptionist, scheduling, billing, weekend on-call nurse, case manager, QA/QI/education, sales & marketing, director of nursing, administrator, ICD coding & OASIS review and consultant. She's even owned an agency. Branam is a critical thinker who enjoys data analysis and has a knack for finding creative, real-world solutions for some of home care's toughest challenges.

Diane Link

RN, MHA, senior clinical consultant manager, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting, Conshohocken, Pa.


Link has more than 23 years of home health experience, having served as a nurse, performance improvement management director. She is president of the Maryland National Capital Homecare Association and has a wealth of speaking experience on national and state levels.

Robert Markette

attorney, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C., Indianapolis, Ind.


Robert's primary areas of practice are health law, Medicare/Medicaid compliance, fraud and abuse, employment law and litigation. He is certified in health care compliance by the Health Care Compliance Board. Robert assists clients including county health departments, home health agencies, private duty agencies, hospices and physicians with a wide range of health care compliance and litigation issues.

Arlene Maxim

VP of Program Development, QIRT (Quality In Real Time), Floral Park, N.Y.


Arlene Maxim counts 32 years as a home health agency owner, administrator, and consultant, though her nursing career began well before that. Arlene has done extensive research in outcome management using clinical documentation and specific elements. She is now the VP of Program Development for QIRT (Quality In Real Time), a New York-based company with two offices in Michigan and one in Alabama. QIRT is an industry-leading provider of home health and hospice coding and consulting services. Serving agencies across the United States, QIRT provides quality assurance oversight, coding/assessment reviews, clinician education, plus clinical and financial consulting to home care, hospice, and post-acute care agencies.

Erica Metzger

social media manager, BAYADA Home Health Care, Philadelphia, Pa.


Metzger leads the planning and execution of all social media marketing and recruitment at BAYADA Home Health Care. With a strong focus on strengthening the consistency of the BAYADA’s digital footprint, as well as customer engagement and satisfaction, she leads a team dedicated to the full breadth of social media strategy and campaign integration, and that provides tools and training necessary for the 18,000 home health care professionals serving their communities in 22 states from more than 280 offices and seven specialty lines. A University of Pittsburgh graduate, Metzger became involved in social media by creating and managing the social strategy for a national campaign at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She transitioned to franchise model social management and has grown the BAYADA companywide reach from six pages to over 100 with a reach of over one million.

Neil Rotter

chief strategy officer, Accredited Home Care, Los Angeles, Calif.


Rotter is responsible for Accredited’s business development, finance and strategic planning functions. He is also chairman of the managed care committee for the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH). In 2009, he was named Home Care Marketing Manager of the Year by H2 Marketing. In 2015, he was honored with the California Association for Health Services at Home’s Lois C. Lillick Award for contributions made in the home care industry. Rotter has Master’s degrees in gerontology and social work from the University of Southern California.

Gary Ruvins

JD, MBA, chief operating officer and managing partner of Berkley Home Health Care Systems and Berkley Hospice and Palliative Care, Aurora, Col.


With more than 18 years of home care experience, Ruvins has been involved in every aspect of agency operations. As the agency founder, he has been dedicated to the home health community, home care patients, his team and upholding the Mission and Core Values of the entities he leads. He holds a Juris Doctor degree as well Master of Business Administration degree from University of Denver.

Nick Seabrook

managing director & founding member, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting, Conshohocken, Penn.


Having spent his career almost exclusively in the homecare industry, Seabrook has helped agencies improve their daily operations by taking a consultative approach to profitability and reimbursement. He has more than 16 years of experience providing extensive revenue cycle consulting to agencies of all sizes in the United States. Throughout his career, Seabrook has developed strategic initiatives to support homecare and hospice agencies in the wake of regulatory changes. In addition to his role at BlackTree, he has served as an interim Director of Patient Accounts, interim Finance Manager, and interim Chief Financial Officer for a variety of agencies. He is also a frequent contributor to industry forums, where he speaks at state association events, as well as national conferences, including The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).

Elizabeth Zink-Pearson

Attorney at Law, Partner, Pearson & Bernard PSC, Edgewood, Ky.


For more over 20 years, Zink-Pearson has served the needs of health care providers around the country. As a founding member of Pearson & Bernard, PSC in 1998, Pearson brought her extensive experience in health law and employment law to the firm along with her characteristic informal, non-legal approach to problem-solving for clients in the ever-changing world of health care. Over the years, her practice expanded to include corporate organization, merger and acquisitions, and corporate compliance for health care providers. Consistent with the firm’s mission to counsel and educate clients, Pearson lectures frequently for state and national trade associations on many legal topics including Medicare compliance, Fraud and Abuse, Corporate Compliance, Employment Practices and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance.

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