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2022 Annual Conference | Speaker Information




Christopher Attaya, MBA
VP of Product Strategy, Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP)

Value-Based Purchasing in Washington: Capitalizing on Lessons Learned

Session Description: After the five-year Medicare Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Demonstration came to an end on December 31, 2020, and Washington home health providers came up for air, industry analysts got busy digging into the data from across the nine VBP demonstration states. Before the VBP expands nationwide in 2023, join Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) data guru Chris Attaya for an analysis of Washington agencies’ overall performance compared to providers in other VBP states. Additionally, attendees will gain insight into what to expect in the next phase of VBP to ensure continued success.

Presenter Bio: 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 Chief Financial Officer at the VNA of Boston and had worked at Partners Health Care at Home as CFO and Chief Executive Officer. He received a B.A. in Public Health from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Management at Boston University, concentrating in health care finance.



Marisa Hutcheson, Masters in Safety, Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University.  Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional.

Emergency Management Considerations for Home Health

Session Description: A review of emergency management concepts and considerations for developing emergency plans and programs related to home health.

  • Introduction to Emergency Management Preparedness Efforts
  • Emergency Plans
  • Training and Exercises Response
  • Incident Command System and Hospital Incident Command System
  • Command Center Operations
  • Coordination
  • Communication
  • Resources
  • Program Administration
  • Regulatory Compliance

Presenter Bio: Marisa Hutcheson has worked in emergency response for nearly 20 years.  Her specialties include program and project management, Incident Command System (ICS) implementation, emergency management and homeland security, spill response, regulatory compliance, security operations, grant management and contingency planning.  Through a wide range of experiences, Marisa has worked in maritime and environmental response, government and private sector emergency management, security management, firefighting, and a host of other industries.  Marisa has responded to everything from Hurricane Katrina, the Cosco Busan, the Napa Earthquake, countless California wildfires, and numerous others.

Marisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Justice and Safety with concentrations in Homeland Security and Fire Protection Engineering from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s in Safety, Security and Emergency Management.  Marisa also holds numerous certifications from the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Specialized Training Institute (CSTI), FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard, and is a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional.  In her spare time, Marisa serves as a Commission for Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, as a Staff Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard, and is an avid baseball fan.




Bill Dombi, Esq. President, The National Association for Home Care and Hospice


Session Description: Coming Soon!

Presenter Bio: Bill Dombi 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. Bill Dombi is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Washington, DC. He is also admitted to numerous federal courts including, the US Supreme Court and several Court of Appeals.



Leslie Emerick, MPA, Public Policy Director, The Home Care Association of Washington


Session Description: Coming Soon!

Presenter Bio: Leslie Emerick, MPA, is the Public Policy Director of HCAW and has 26 years of public policy experience. She has represented HCAW for many years as a lobbyist and now as our Public Policy Director. She was a Douglas County Commissioner and a legislative liaison for the state Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health. She has a Master of Public Administration degree, a BA in Speech Communication and Secondary Education and a minor in Political Science. Leslie started her contract lobbying business in 2006 and currently represents multiple health care related associations.



Stephanie Beebe, BSN, RN

Understanding the New Hospice Outcomes and Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Assessment Tool

Session Description: The Hospice Outcomes and Patient Evaluation (HOPE) assessment tool is a new instrument currently being tested for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The HOPE standardized assessment is being developed to reflect outcomes of care throughout a patient’s stay on hospice and will be replacing the Hospice Item Set (HIS). This presentation will provide a unique overview of the HOPE assessment from a beta testing participant’s perspective.

Presenter Bio: Stephanie Beebe has been a hospice nurse for almost a decade and has been a hospice quality program manager for four of those years. During her tenure at EvergreenHealth Hospice, she has successfully navigated through the Targeted Probe and Educate program and other audits, is on the cutting edge of regulatory compliance topics, and is now leading her team through the HOPE beta testing program.



Cynthia J Backer, MAT, MIH, RN, HWNC-BC

Resilience Strategies for Health and Happiness

Session Description: Experience easy self-care methods for you and those you serve in home care, in all locations, (engaging evidenced-based methods that promote health and support dealing with illness) in this interactive presentation. Come any with multiple tips, strategies and resources that help promote wellbeing and resilience during challenging times.

Presenter Bio: Cynthia Backer, MAT, MIH, RN, HWNC-BC passionate wellness educator, has worked in healthcare and education for 42 years. She currently works for PeaceHealth as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist with Home Health in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Cynthia is a published author, speaks nationally and teaches classes including wellness strategies and art to both children and adults. Cynthia has served as a leader with the Oregon Holistic Nursing Association, the American Holistic Nurses Association, and the Portland Chapter of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. Her certifications include AHNCC holistic nurse/nurse coach (HWNC-BC), National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching coach (NBC-HWC) and Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP). She is a Reiki Master, an art quilter and avid lover of nature and travel.



Ginny L Kenyon, RN, MH

Individualization in Care Planning; Every Patient is Unique, Their Care Plan Should Be Too

Session Description: Care planning with computers has made the task easier but has also blurred the need to really prepare a plan that is individualized to each patient. This presentation will focus on the core elements that all care plans require, and where the plan can be made personal to each patient.

Presenter Bio: Ginny Kenyon, Founder and CEO of Kenyon HomeCare Consulting, is passionate about helping clients achieve unique success in the marketplace. Known for her ability to produce substantial results in a short period of time, her keen understanding of the home care industry allows clients to develop and implement long-term solutions that fit organizational needs and expectations. She holds a master’s in nursing administration with minors in Business and Health Services and is an accomplished writer, guest speaker, and teacher.



Cory J. Cooper, ATP/SMS

Leveraging DME to Reduce Readmissions and Drive Profitability in the PDGM Era

Session Description: DME has unfairly earned a reputation over the years as a bit of a headache due to……ok, I can’t even finish that sentence. Perhaps, maybe, possibly the reputation is somewhat well earned! But what can happen when home health providers lean into DME instead of shying away from it? What new strategies and technologies can be utilized to streamline the process and lessen the frustration for patients and care providers? How can a focus on DME lead to better workflow, increased opportunities to serve more people, and better outcomes? Learn how you can navigate your patient’s DME needs in the PDGM era to reduce readmissions, and drive a more sustainable and healthy business.

Presenter Bio: I have spent 19 years in the assistive technology and complex rehab industry, working in both manufacturer and provider leadership roles. I have been the Director of Business Development for Numotion in the NW region for the last 4 years. Prior to that I was the Rehab Specialist for Invacare in the Seattle area for 9 years. I am a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and Seating & Mobility Specialist. I have been IACET certified to teach CEU courses, and was a presenter at the 2020 International Seating Symposium in Vancouver, BC. I have previously served as a board member for the Pacific Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers. I enjoy working in clinical settings to help people find greater mobility and independence. I live in the Seattle area with my wife, three children, and three fur babies.



Ashtyn Mott, BSN, RN, CHPN

Palliative Care in the Emergency Department

Session Description: Palliative care in the ED identifies patients that could benefit from palliative care earlier resulting in reduced stress and symptom burden and reduced hospital length of stay and costs.

Presenter Bio: Hi, I’m Ashtyn Mott. I started my nursing career in the ICU and then transitioned to community hospice. I then became a hospice liaison at St Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, WA prior to starting our Palliative Care in the ED program.



Jarrett Bauer, Bachelor’s degree, Finance, Villanova University, Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Healthcare Management, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Innovations in Remote Patient Monitoring

Session Description: The past decade, and the past two years in particular, have seen a significant shift in the healthcare industry and care delivery. Now more than ever, patients are demanding to receive affordable, quality care in the comfort of home, while provider organizations are turning to digital health solutions to meet patient needs and the needs of their clinical staff.

During this session, Health Recovery Solutions CEO and co-founder, Jarrett Bauer, will discuss innovations in telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) that will enable organizations to enhance care transitions, reduce care costs, and decrease clinician workload.

Presenter Bio: Jarrett Bauer is the CEO and co-founder of Health Recovery Solutions (HRS).

Jarrett founded HRS in 2012 while pursuing his MBA in Healthcare Management at The Johns Hopkins University. The company’s clinical results have garnered national attention, and Jarrett has been recognized as a business leader by CNN, Fox News, the WSJ, and TIME.

Jarrett has been recognized nationally as a leader and changemaker influencing innovation in healthcare. In 2016, Jarrett was named to the Annual Forbes 30 Under 30 List, as an entrepreneur reinventing health care.

Jarrett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Villanova University and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Management from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.




George Carroll, President of GC Training and Events and Business Strategist for Tony Robbins

Developing a Positive Psychology in Challenging Times

Session Description: It’s easy to be pessimistic about how the world seems to be trending. Positive psychology and emotional strength are needed in this today’s uncertain world. As the pandemic persists, our mental resilience is being tested. We are being pushed to the edges of our comfort zones in some areas of life, but many lack the tools and mental flexibility required to stay up in these down times. Developing a positive psychology isn’t taught in school, but we can benefit from building this life-changing skill. We can’t control the external circumstances, but we can learn to control how we respond to them. This is psychological flexibility. You will learn simple tools and strategies that you can immediately apply to increase energy, enhance mental clarity, develop greater mental flexibility, decrease unnecessary stress and how to stay genuinely positive in these challenging times. We live in a world where the media shines the light on crisis, chaos and negativity but we have to remember that the information we place our consistent attention on will directly influence our mental and emotional health, which directly influences our effectiveness at work, and at home.

Presenter Bio: George Carroll, the former collegiate football player who was severely injured on the field, shares his dramatic story of overcoming hardship, depression and suicidal thoughts. His motivational and light-hearted approach inspires others to adapt to life’s inevitable roadblocks with optimism, mental flexibility and emotional agility. His engaging delivery will leave you feeling energized and ready to handle challenges, at work and at home.



Marc Berg

How does Washington State home health compare to the rest of country?

Session Description: This session will compare Washington State home health to the other states using Medicare claims data, CMS outcomes data, CMS patient survey data, and Medicare Cost Reports.

Presenter Bio: Marc has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry. His experience spans founding and owning a home medical equipment (HME) company and home health agencies, starting a venture capital financed sleep study equipment manufacturer/service provider, to holding several senior leadership positions with major healthcare organizations. His responsibilities with healthcare systems has spanned inpatient and post-acute services as well as operational and finance roles.

His most recent position was with the Providence St. Joseph Health system as the CFO and VP of Home Health for their post-acute care services. The service lines included in this division were home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, home infusion, and PACE. These programs generated over $500M in annual revenue.

In 2017 Marc co-founded Berg Data Solutions to analyze provider data and provide insights to organizations based on his years of experience in healthcare. The opportunities identified in this work allow organizations to improve their financial performance, patient satisfaction scores, and clinical outcomes.



George Carroll, President of GC Training and Events and Business Strategist for Tony Robbins


Session Description: The pandemic has changed the way we work and many of us have been forced to work remotely. This has come with many challenges as we try to stay productive and efficient from our home offices – for some, that has become our dining room tables. How do we minimize distractions so we can stay on track? How do we organize our day in a way to allows us to make progress on important projects and goals? In this high energy presentation, you will learn key strategies to help you operate efficiently and productively, whether you’re working remotely, at the office or in hybrid form. We will be exploring the most recent neuro-science behind peak performance and productivity and how our brain utilizes energy through the course of the day. We will tackle the myth of “multi-tasking” and how it is counter-productive and damaging to the brain. Your audience will learn strategies to minimize stress and overwhelm and will leave with tools they can apply immediately to increase work efficiency and productivity.

Presenter Bio: George Carroll, the former collegiate football player who was severely injured on the field, shares his dramatic story of overcoming hardship, depression and suicidal thoughts. His motivational and light-hearted approach inspires others to adapt to life’s inevitable roadblocks with optimism, mental flexibility and emotional agility. His engaging delivery will leave you feeling energized and ready to handle challenges, at work and at home.



Alex Gates, Masters of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Washington State Licensed, American Board Certified Prosthetist Orthotist

Orthotic intervention for the diabetic foot, and resources for lower limb amputations.

Session Description: Covering the spectrum of care and off-loading techniques for diabetic foot care. Also education on available resources for patients who are planning on or have had a lower limb amputation.

Presenter Bio: Alex has been in the eld since 2008. She specializes in elevated vacuum lower extremity prosthetic sockets, as well as microprocessor knees and ankles. It’s so rewarding to watch a patient transform after meeting them during a difficult time in their life,” she says. She loves to watch her patients regain abilities they had feared were lost, and to see them years down the line doing better than they had ever imagined. Alex came to Spokane for her residency and loved it so much she decided to stay. Outside of work, her four kids, two dogs, and horse keep her life fun and interesting.



Christine Lang

OASIS E: Never Too Early to Get Started

Session Description: One of the biggest OASIS changes we have had is coming soon to your agency! Start introducing the importance of OASIS E, and how it is essential to understand the changes and how it will impact value-based purchasing. Prepare your clinicians in the new behavioral health screening tools, transfer of health information, among many more things! Join us in this interactive session to understand what needs to happen sooner than later at your agency.

Presenter Bio: Christy brings 25 years of experience in healthcare data analysis, primarily focused on home health and hospice, to her role leading SimiTree’s efforts to increase and improve the use of data in client operations and consulting work. Christy is an active member of the post-acute professional community, serving on several NAHC workgroups and committees and frequently presenting on topics that include business intelligence, benchmarking, quality measurement, payment models, customer satisfaction, and value-based purchasing. Christy earned a Master of Business Administration and a B.A. in political science and mathematics from the University of Washington.



Sharmon M Figenshaw, RN, MN, ARNP, ACHPN-BC


Kelsey Stufflebeam, MHA

Advancing Care Conversations for Those with Serious Illness

Session Description: Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest, in partnership with Ariadne Labs, launched the Serious Illness Conversation Guide training in 2021 to address clinicians request in improving conversations with patients experiencing serious illness. Clinicians trained in the SICG have reported increased quality of conversations with their patients and increased understanding of patients values, goals and preferences. We will present the value of using Ariadne Labs’ SICG guide, its impact and intention in transforming care, and how it can be applied in all health care settings.

Presenter Bios:

SHARMON FIGENSHAW (RN, MN, ARNP, ACHPN-BC) is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner and has worked with families facing end-of-life transitions for over 35 years. She serves as co-chair for the statewide POLST task force and works with Honoring Choices PNW as clinical consultant for POLST and Serious Illness training. She and her retired husband Peter, recently relocated to the Methow Valley in North Central Washington where she works with Okanogan Palliative Care offering clinic and home-based palliative care throughout Okanogan county through Family Health Centers, and enjoys backyard access to the best XC-ski trails on the continent.

Kelsey Stufflebeam is the Director- Healthcare for Honoring Choices PNW. Kelsey has assisted prominent Washington health care organizations in designing and implementing sustainable ACP programs and oversees the ongoing training of ACP facilitators in the state. She stewards the Honoring Choices PNW POLST and Serious Illness program, helping to publish the Washington POLST Clinician Toolkit this year, and currently manages the delivery of trainings on the Serious Illness Conversation Guide to Washington clinicians. Her mission is to develop and provide resources to health care systems and clinicians, promoting conversations that lead to better person-centered and goal-concordant care through serious illness and at the end-of-life.on the board of Home Care Association of Florida. She has also been a frequent contributor to the Decision Health Publication, The Diagnosis Coding Pro, and the Home Health Line. She has 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.