HHFMA Announces Speakers for Financial Management Conference

HHFMA Announces Speakers for Financial Management Conference

June 13, 2014 02:22 PM


For additional information:

Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
(202) 547-7424

Washington, DC (June 12, 2014) — The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) are pleased to announce the speakers for the 2014 Financial Management Conference & Exposition on July 13-15 in Chicago.

“We are honored and delighted to have some of the best financial experts and thought leaders in the field join us at the conference,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “This year’s speakers and faculty include noted experts from the home care and hospice industry and financial management consultants.”

On Monday, July 14, two general session panels will be held at the conference. The first general session, “HHFMA Leadership Panel — the Future Belongs to Home Care and Hospice” will include:

  • William J. Simione, Jr., BS, CPA, FHHA, CGMA, Founder, Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC
  • William Bassett, BS, Chief Marketing Officer, Procura
  • Arnie Cisneros, PT, President, Home Health Strategic Management
  • Dexter Braff, MBA, MS, BS, President, The Braff Group
  • Marcylle Combs, RN, BS, CHCE, President, Foundation Management Services

The second general session, “The Views of Health Care Industry Stakeholders,” will include:

  • Moderator: Robert J. Simione, BS, Managing Principal, Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC
  • Tami Johnson, BS, MS, Division Vice President of Case Management Services, Nursing Center Division, Kindred Healthcare
  • Michael Murphy, BS, MBA, MSCEP, Managing Partner, Durango Health Partners
  • Joel J. Reich, MD, FACEP, MMM, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer, Eastern Connecticut Health Network
  • Michael Swarzman, MA, MBA, Vice President, Clinical Services and Business Development, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Medicare Advantage and Managed Care” a special closing general session on Tuesday, July 15, will include:

  • Pat Laff, CPA, Managing Principal, Laff Associates
  • Paul Giles, BS, Director of Home Health Finance, Dignity Health Care
  • Christopher Attaya, MBA, FHFMA, Vice President of Business Intelligence, Strategic Healthcare Programs
  • Dawn Michelizzi, BS, Controller, VNA of Greater Philadelphia

The conference will address the opportunities and challenges ahead for the industry. With key features of the Affordable Care Act starting to take effect, there has never been a more important time to learn about the best financial management moves. A variety of educational sessions and drill-down workshops will boost your skills in arenas that range from cost controls to revenue enhancement and strategic planning.

Attendees will earn continuing education credits while industry leaders share what has worked for them and give advice on navigating the future landscape of home care. This year, conference attendees can hear from the best in four targeted tracks; home health, hospice, leadership, and changing health care delivery. They’ll learn how to boost their bottom line despite tighter reimbursement, pick up the latest information on home health cost containment strategies, and get tools to forecast their strategic planning needs.

Attendees can also expand their knowledge in two pre-conference sessions. At the Hospice Summer Camp, they can hone the skills needed to manage hospice operations, and at the Home Health Summer Camp, they can explore the diverse world of home care finance.

Click here for more information on the Financial Management Conference and for a list of faculty members and speakers.
About NAHC

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.

The Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) is a professional organization which brings together individuals who work for consulting, planning, management, financial or CPA firms along with the Chief Financial Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Chief Executive Officers who are employed by the nation’s 25,000 home care agencies and hospices. To learn more about HHFMA, visit http://www.hhfma.org/.