Speakers

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Kunu Kaushal is founder & CEO, Senior Solutions Home Care, Brentwood, Tenn. Kunu is an influencer in the long-term care/ health care space in Tennessee. Passionate about impacting the healthcare space, founding a senior care agency was a natural fit. With the motivation of helping his own grandparents as his first clients, Kunu started Senior Solutions Home Care in 2010. Today the company services the entire state out of multiple offices. In his free time, Kunu enjoys family time with his wife Jill and their three daughters. As an eternal scholar, you'll often find Kunu researching or learning more about the art of entrepreneurship. Grateful for the hundreds of families that trust the care of their loved ones to his team, Kunu focuses on being the market leader in the industry.   

Founder & CEO, Senior Solutions Home Care

Session D2, E4

Kunu Kaushal

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Jennifer is the Senior Director of Regulatory and Quality for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and has been with the organization since 2006.  She has more than 30 years of experience as a leader and nurse in diverse healthcare settings and has worked in hospice and palliative care for the last 18+ years.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, a dual master’s degree in health education and case management, and completed her doctoral degree in health care education and policy in March 2018.  Jennifer is a certified healthcare compliance professional and legal nurse consultant.  She serves as faculty at national and state conferences, writes articles for trade journals, contributes to health care publisher materials, develops education and resources for hospice and palliative care providers, and served on the ANA’s national palliative nursing task group in 2017.

Senior Director of Regulatory and Quality, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

Plenary C2

Jennifer Kennedy

A member of the Simione team since 2016, Melynda Lee is a expert in home care and hospice sales, marketing and referral management, communications, public relations, administration and strategic planning.
Melynda previously served as a home health and hospice leader in Florida and Georgia for 8 years, and is a former board member and education committee member for the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Organization. She is a co-founder of the Greater Atlanta Hospice-Veteran Partnership. She is an expert trainer of home care and hospice professionals, and speaker at state and national association conferences. Before making a career change to home care, Melynda served for 10 years as a marketing leader and publisher with the New York Times Company.
The recipient of a Digital Marketing Certificate from Cornell University, Melynda excels in assessment of marketing and communications programs, brand and marketing communications, and client assistance to measure and improve competitive strategies for growth. She is also a True Colors® Certified Facilitator, helping individuals and teams identify their leadership styles to maximize performance.
Melynda earned a BFA in advertising design from University of North Florida, and an MBA from Webster University. She completed the Management Development Program at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, and the Executive Development Program of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Director, Sales & Marketing Solutions, Simione Healthcare Consultants

Session A4

Melynda Lee, MBA

Tina is the President of Marrelli and Associates, Inc. a consulting and publishing firm. Tina is also the Chief Clinical Officer of e-Caregiving Solutions, a web-based education and support system for family and friend caregivers. Marrelli and Associates works with many kinds of health care organizations, including information/technology systems to better support clinical and operational competence and excellence. The “Red Book Hospice Care Planning” app is new and available in the Apple and Google Play Store to help clinicians streamline care planning. 

Tina is the author of 13 health care books. These include the new 3rd edition of the Home Health Aide Guidelines for Care: Instructor Manual and the “red book”, the Handbook of Home Health Standards: Quality, Documentation, and Reimbursement (6th edition). Other, award-winning books include the Hospice & Palliative Care Handbook (3rd edition), the Nurse Manager’s Survival Guide, (4th edition) and A Guide for Caregiving: What’s Next? Planning for Safety, Quality, and Compassionate Care for Your Loved One and Yourself.  Tina provides support of the industries through visits and presentations directed toward essential and invaluable topics, particularly documentation, care planning and caregiving topics.    

Tina received her nursing degree and also has master’s degrees in health administration and in nursing. Tina was in hospice and home care before there was Medicare reimbursement for hospice and was the manager at the first Joint Commission Accredited hospice in the country. After working in home care and hospice for a number of years, Tina worked at CMS Central Office in Baltimore on home care and hospice (Medicare Part A) policy and operations. Tina has been the editor of three peer-reviewed publications (and serves as an editor emeritus) has practiced as a visiting nurse and manager in home care and hospice for many years and still makes home visits as a consultant. Tina can be contacted at news@marrelli.com 
 

President, Marrelli and Associates, Inc.; Chief Clinical Officer, e-Caregiving Solutions

Session B2

Tina M. Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN

From a young age growing up in the Midwest, Amy’s grandparents and parents not only instilled a strong work ethic but that caring, respecting, and giving back to your elders was just the natural way of life. She started this mission early in life as a first grader, volunteering with her grandpa at the church. She always enjoyed hearing the stories and jokes told by the “young fellas” and picked up a bit of wisdom along the way. She later went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and spent the last 25 years in executive management for various human service companies; including the last 9 years with the corporate office for Senior Helpers before moving to Charleston. She and her husband, Barry realized the value of being able to help seniors remain independent at home after her grandma had a fall and was forced to move out of her home for her own safety. They have seen the struggle that so many families experience in trying to keep mom or dad at home, where they want to be, because life pulls us in many directions. We cannot provide that care all the time nor have the energy it takes to care of an aged loved one and manage your own lives. Amy and Barry decided to take this value and bring the convenience of living with assistance at home to your loved one in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties with Senior Helpers. Their mission is to bring you a sense of peace knowing your loved one is being taken care of by friendly, trained, and compassionate care providers all in their comfort of your loved one’s home. In her free time, Amy enjoys running, swimming, biking, taking her dog (and office mascot) Brutus to the beach, watching college football (especially her beloved Ohio State Buckeyes), and cooking for friends and family.

Owner, Senior Helpers

Session E2

Amy Petersen-Smith

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MaKisha Pressley-Callaham is a Senior Provider Relations Representative at Palmetto GBA.  She has over 20 years of Medicare experience, which includes eleven years as the Competitive Bidding Liaison for North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky competitive bidding areas (CBAs), 7 years as a DMERC ombudsman for the state of North Carolina and 2 years as a customer service representative. MaKisha earned her Doctoral degree in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University in 2012. 

Senior Provider Relations Representative, Palmetto GBA

Sessions D1, E1

MaKisha Pressley-Callaham, Ed.D

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Andrew is best known for his worldwide song, “If All the World Were Right” but he is also one of the most influential people in the United States regarding the operations of Hospice and Homecare organizations. He has worked with over 1,000 organizations in the United States and abroad over the past 27 years. He is perhaps best known for “the Model” - a modern approach to Hospice and Homecare management which creates a high-quality, predictable experience that is financially balanced. Through humility and openness, he has helped organizations quantify, become aware of and implement innovations in management that have created some of the most successful platforms in the history of the movement, resulting in some of the highest valuations and quality scores accompanied by phenomenal economic performance. These results have been achieved by bringing meticulous FOCUS to virtually every aspect of the care experience, including perfect phone interactions, perfect visit structures and, if a Hospice, revolutionary bereavement. All are designed to create a high-quality, predictable experience for every patient, every time.  Andrew has been the CFO for many Hospices and Homecare entities and has served on many boards of directors and has as well been the interim CEO during turnarounds. Andrew formed Multi-View Incorporated (MVI) in 1996 to help organizations become “transformative” for all touched through dedication to the highest quality and ideals in the human experience at a cost any organization could afford. Since then, MVI has multiplied into several different companies including MVI, MVI Systems, MVI Benchmarking, and MVI Media. Andrew has personally visited hundreds and hundreds of Hospices and Homecare organizations. He also has produced top Billboard records and worked with Grammy-winning artists and nominees. “If All the World Were Right” was an international hit at #15 Global Top 50 Adult Contemporary Cashbox Airplay Chart, #31 Billboard Mainstream Top 40,  #8 Hot 100, #32 Global Top 50 Rock Airplay Chart and #1 for 10 weeks on the Indie US New Music Weekly Radio Chart. “Cure My Mind” also did well in the charts in a similar way and peaked at #34 on the Billboard Top 40 and was #1 on the New Music Weekly Radio chart for 10 weeks.

System Analyst, Hospice Consultant, President and CEO, Chief Teaching Officer

Multi-View, Inc.

Session A3

Andrew Reed, CPA

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Ms. Tammy Ross has been Senior Vice President of Professional Services at Axxess Technology Solutions Inc. since January 2019. She is developing and directing the Axxess’s professional services division with a focus on practical solutions for the post-acute industry by using technology. Prior to joining Axxess, Ms. Ross was an executive consultant at Fazzi and Associates, where she used her years of home health leadership experience to assist clients with clinical and operational strategic planning and development.

SVP of Professional Services, Axxess

Session A5

Tammy Ross, RN, BSN, MHA, CCM

Billy Routh serves as a lobbyist and consultant for Copper Dome Strategies, LLC. He assists clients with governmental relations before the legislative and executive branches of the state of South Carolina. Mr. Routh also works closely with clients on matters involving South Carolina state agency business and procurement issues.

Prior to joining Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, Mr. Routh was affiliated with another private consulting group in Columbia, S.C., and brings more than two decades of experience in the governmental and legislative arenas. He served on the staff of the South Carolina House of Representatives, ultimately becoming Chief of Staff for the S.C. Speaker of the House. Mr. Routh was the Legislative Liaison for S.C. Governor David Beasley for four years, where he worked to advance the governor’s agenda and that of his cabinet.

SCHCHA Lobbyist and Consultant, Copper Dome Strategies, LLC

Plenary C1

Foster M. (Billy) Routh III

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