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General Session
Tuesday, October 26

Session C1

Julia Adams-Scheurich, MSL

Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy, SCHCHA

Prior to joining AHHC, Julia was the Owner and Director of Government Relations at Oak City Government Relations, LLC. 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 to ethics reform and voting rights with Common Cause NC. Prior to opening her own lobbying firm, Julia served as the Director of Government Relations for The Arc of North Carolina. She is ranked as one of the most influential lobbyists in North Carolina by the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. Julia received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Meredith College in 2006. In 2021, she received her Master of Legal Studies, Health Law, and Policy from Wake Forest University School of Law. Julia is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, a recipient of the Dean's Award WFU School of Law, and is a member of the American Health Law Association.

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Session B4

Margaret Alewine

Program Manager II, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Margaret Alewine is a Program Manager in the Office of Health Programs at the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Her program area administers eight (8) home and community-based waiver programs as well as the Home Again grant program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degree from the University of South Carolina. She is a certified public manager and has completed training in program evaluation. She has over twenty years’ experience in state government.

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Session C2

Laura Barnett

Senior Director, Product Marketing, Axxess

Laura Barnett serves as the Senior Director of Product Marketing at Axxess. She helps create the strategy and all internal and external marketing communications about Axxess products and services. She also partners with the Axxess sales and client services teams to communicate about Axxess’ products to clients and employees. She has extensive experience in communications for political campaigns, media and presentation skills training for C-level executives, and she spent eight years as a news anchor and managing editor for a local television news station.

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Session C1

Krisdee Clark

Director of Corporate Affairs, Agapé Care Group

Krisdee Clark is the Director of Corporate Affairs for Agape Care Hospice in South Carolina. In her role she is the conduit between all state and federal regulatory organizations, SC Governors office and develops corporate partnerships. Krisdee also leads all public and media relations efforts to promote and synchronize Agape Care strategic interests and messaging. Agape Care is one of the largest hospices in South Carolina serving patients in all 46 counties. Krisdee began her career in Home Health and Hospice in Education for CMS contractor, Palmetto GBA. Her experience spans 13 years as Senior Educator and Review Choice Demonstration Lead. During her tenure at Palmetto GBA she was chosen often as a keynote and breakout session speaker at state association annual meetings throughout the United States, National Association of Home and Hospice Care (NAHC) annual conference as well as many other healthcare national meetings and events. Krisdee has comprehensive knowledge in home health and hospice CMS Medicare regulations and billing requirements. Krisdee resides in Chapin, South Carolina with her husband Josh, two adorable children, 3 amazing bonus children and 2 puppies.

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General Session
Tuesday, October 26

Bill Dombi, Esq.

President, NAHC

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.

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Session D2

Zaundra Ellis

Director of Hospice Solutions, Axxess

Zaundra Ellis is the Director of Hospice Solutions for Axxess, the leading home healthcare technology company. In overseeing development of Axxess’ hospice software solution, Zaundra leverages her many years of expertise in the hospice industry to create a software that is easy to use and allows clients to be clinically, administratively and financially compliant. Prior to joining Axxess in October 2017, Zaundra served as the Executive Director for Kindred Hospice and Heart to Heart hospice agencies across Texas. In this role, she oversaw a hospice house, created and implemented a companywide QAPI program for an organization that served more than 2,500 patients, and used her experience to create operations that improved compliance and maximized reimbursements. Zaundra’s QAPI program helped agencies of every size improve outcomes for patients, stay compliant, and grow their business. Zaundra has a bachelor’s degree in Long Term Care Administration from Southwest Texas State University. She has been credentialed as a Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator, Certified Assisted Living Manager, Certified Community Health Worker and Home and Community Support Services Administrator with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Session C4

Susan M. Fradenburg

Partner, Fox Rothschild

Susan M. Fradenburg is a Partner at Fox Rothschild with over 25 years’ experience representing clients in the health care industry. Focusing on long-term care providers, Susan has assisted health care providers in navigating the different statutory and regulatory challenges specific to health care providers. Negotiating with State and Federal entities, Susan has helped clients obtaining licenses and certification, remove denial of payment for new admission penalties, and avoid termination from the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Susan also handles many day-to-day issues for long-term care providers, including updating policies and procedures to address new state and federal regulations, reviewing contractual arrangements, handling resident and family member questions and concerns, assisting with discharge of residents, powers of attorney and guardian documents, answering questions regarding HIPAA, advance directives, and dealing with surveyors.

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Session A1

Ellen Fulp, PharmD, MSPC, BCGP

Director of Pharmacy Education, AvaCare

Ellen Fulp earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Science and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her Master’s Degree in Palliative Care at the University of Colorado Denver, as the only pharmacist member of the inaugural class. Ellen is Board Certified in Geriatric Pharmacy, specializing in safe, appropriate medication use in the elderly. Since 2013, she has been on staff at AvaCare, an independent hospice pharmacy benefits manager. Currently, Ellen serves as the Director of Pharmacy Education for AvaCare. She routinely provides consult regarding appropriate symptom management, regulatory issues, and medication appropriateness at end-of-life. Ellen works closely with state hospice and palliative care organizations and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to improve medication use for patients facing serious illness. Her professional interests include pain management in the geriatric patient population, medication appropriateness, and expanding access to community based palliative care.

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Session A3, B3, D1

Melinda A. Gaboury, COS-C

Co-Founder, CEO, Healthcare Provider Solutions

Melinda A. Gaboury, with more than 29 years in home care, has over 20 years of executive speaking and educating experience, including extensive day to day interaction with home care and hospice professionals. She routinely conducts Home Care and Hospice Reimbursement Workshops and speaks at state association meetings throughout the country. Melinda has profound experience in Medicare PDGM training, billing, collections, case-mix calculations, chart reviews and due diligence. UPIC, RA, ADR & TPE appeals with all Medicare MACs have become the forefront of Melinda’s current impact on the industry. She is currently serving on the NAHC/HHFMA Advisory Board and Work Group and is Treasurer on the Home Care Association of Florida Board of Directors. Melinda is also the author of the Home Health OASIS Guide to OASIS-D1 and Home Health Billing Answers, 2021.

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Session C3, D3

J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, COS-C

Director, SimiTree Healthcare Consulting

J’non Griffin is a 34 year veteran of home care as an RN. She received her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration in 2005. She has experience as a field nurse, director and executive with home health and hospice agencies, both large and small. She has served as Director of Staff Development and Appeals for home health and hospice agencies. She has taken part in mock surveys for agencies, and prepared agencies for accreditation. She has been directly involved in accreditation surveys, acquisitions and many regulatory crises with state survey agencies and the intermediary. As Regional Director of Operations for a home care company, J’non was ultimately responsible for the operations of several branch agencies. She completed billing audits, supervised personnel, handled employment issues and trained managers. Part of her responsibilities have included risk management, acting as Compliance Officer, development of policies and forms, survey compliance, appeals of Medicare denials, writing Corrective Action Plans, start-ups of parent and branch agencies, consulting with agencies on a variety of subjects and education of staff. J’non is certified as a Homecare Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D), Certified in OASIS competency, COS-C, Certified in Homecare Coding Specialist-Hospice (HCS-H), Home Care Specialist-Compliance (HCS-C) and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM trainer/ambassador. J’non is an accredited ACHC and CHAP consultant. J’non is also on the board of Home Care Directions, and is a frequent contributor, along with an expert on HcPro’s Ask an Expert Panel. She has also been a frequent contributor to the Decision Health Publication, The Diagnosis Coding Pro, Published several manuals, and assisted with composition of several online modules for coding and OASIS instruction.. She has presented several webinars, and has been a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of subjects.

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General Session
Monday, October 25

Kristen Juarez Kollu

Director, Division of Provider Services, Bureau of Healthcare Systems & Services

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

Bio coming soon.

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Session D4

Mark Knudsen

Chief Experience Officer, Synzi

Mark Knudsen is responsible for the overall client experience with Synzi’s platform and solutions.  He works with clients and across the Synzi team to ensure market and client requirements drive product strategy, to define solution best practices, and to make sure Synzi delivers an intuitive and valuable user experience.  He leads the Sales Engineering and Professional Services teams as well as helping with Synzi’s strategic partnerships.

Mark has over 25 years of experience spanning solution strategy, software development, and professional services with over 10 years of focus in healthcare technology and patient engagement.  Previously he served as Synzi’s Chief Technology Officer, Stratus Video Telehealth’s Vice President of Product Innovation, and CareCloud’s Senior Director of Professional Services.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and a Master’s degree in Theology Studies from Regent College.