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2024 HCAW Annual Spring Conference



Leader and clinician centered content delivered by nationally recognized industry leaders such as SimiTree, SHP, MCBee , NAHC, Jahmad Canley, and more. Click on the dates below to see the agenda for the day. 

3:00-4:00 PM Board Meeting 

7:00-8:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast 

8:00-09:45 AM Pre-Conference Workshop – Tense Times: The Past, Present and Future of Value Based Purchasing Presented by Nick Seabrook & Christy Lang, SimiTree 

9:45-10:00 AM Break with snacks 

10:00-12:00 AM Pre-Conference Workshop Continued – Tense Times: The Past, Present and Future of Value Based Purchasing Presented by Nick Seabrook & Christy Lang, SimiTree 

12:00-5:00 PM Afternoon Around Town 

  • Golfing  
  • Winery Tours  
  • Downtown Exploration  

5:00-6:00 PM President’s Welcome Reception  

  • Light appetizers will be provided 

6:00 PM Dinner on your own and Free Time 

07:00-08:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast  

08:00-08:15 AM Attendee Welcome & Opening Remarks  

  • Silent Auction Opens  

08:15-09:45 AM Keynote: Unleashing Our Potential in an Ever-Changing World Presented by Jahmad Canley  

09:45-10:00 AM Break & Visit with Exhibitors 

10:00-11:00 AM Breakout Session 1 

  1. Beyond the Rates: The Impact of Medicare Advantage Penetration on Agency Operations Presented by Molly McDonald & Nick Seabrook
  2. Palliative Care: A “Standalone” Service, a Bridge Between Home Health and Hospice Presented by Barb Hansen 

11:00-11:15  AM Break Break & Visit with Exhibitors 

11:15-12:15 PM Breakout Session 2 

  1. Survey Savvy: Strategies for Home Health Survey Readiness and Survey Success Presented by Molly McDonald & Keith Schlecht
  2. Empowering Safety: Designing a Lone Worker Program for Home Healthcare Professionals Presented by Ravinder Sangha  

12:15-1:45 PM Annual Home Care Heros Awards Program & Luncheon 

1:45-2:45 PM Breakout Session 3 

  1. PDGM: Year 4 in Review Presented by Zeb Clayton
  2. The Art & Science of Creating Cultures of Belonging Presented by Jahmad Canley 

2:45 -3:00 PM Break  

3:00-4:00 PM Breakout Session 4 

  1. Episode Management: KPIs and Best Practices to Ensure Financial and Operational Success Presented by Maria Warren 
  2. HCAW 2024 Legislative and Policy Update Presented by Leslie Emerick 

4:00-5:00 PM Free Time  

5:00-7:00 PM HCAW PAC Silent Auction & Wine Pull Fundraiser  

  • Drinks & appetizers will be provided. 

07:00-08:00 AM Breakfast & Networking  

08:00-08:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks  

08:15-09:45 AM Home Care and Hospice: A View from Washington Presented by Bill Dombi  

09:45-10:15 AM Time to Check Out & Break 

  • Free secure bag storage available  

10:15-11:15 AM Breakout Session 5 

  1. Care Coordination in Home Health- Challenges and Best practices Panel Discussion Moderated by Gira Shah  
  2. Surfs up: Rising the AI wave in Home Care Presented by Stacy Olinger 

11:15-12:30 PM Survival of the Fittest – Preparing Your Home Health Agency to Survive and Thrive for Years to Come! A Panel Discussion Moderated by Brent Korte  

12:30-1:15 PM Box Lunch & Annual Business Meeting  

1:15-1:30 PM Closing Comments & Safe Travels Home!



If registering more than one attendee from a single agency or company, use Promo Code: SAVE at checkout for a 5% discount on registration.

HCAW Member Rates: 

Full Conference | April 28-30th 

(Includes a Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshop)

  • Price: $700.00
Conference | April 29-30th
  • Price: $550

Awards Luncheon | April 29th

(Guests not registered to attend the conference already.)

  • Guests Only: $55

Non-HCAW Member Rates: 

Full Conference | April 28-30th 

(Includes a Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshop)

  • Price: $800.00
Conference | April 29-30th
    • Price: $650

Awards Luncheon | April 29th

(Guests not registered to attend the conference already.)

  • Guests Only: $55


Lodging Accommodations at the Marcus Whitman Hotel:

HCAW has a room block reserved available at The Marcus Whitman Hotel. Make sure to book your room ASAP as standard rooms will go FAST! Space is limited so secure your room at the Marcus Whitman today. Other nearby hotels include The Finch and The Best Western.

Making Your Hotel Reservations: Reserve a room today

Mention HCAW 

Reservation Group Code: 47100 

Reservation Group Name: Home Care Assn of WA 

The Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla is a historic and elegant destination that seamlessly combines modern luxury with its rich heritage. Nestled in the heart of downtown Walla Walla, this boutique hotel offers charming accommodations and exceptional hospitality. The meticulously restored building showcases its original architectural beauty while providing guests with contemporary amenities. The hotel’s well-appointed rooms are designed for comfort and style, and visitors can enjoy amenities such as a spa, a fitness center, and an award-winning restaurant on-site. Beyond the hotel, Walla Walla is renowned for its vibrant wine scene, and the Marcus Whitman serves as an ideal base for exploring the nearby wineries and vineyards. With its inviting ambiance, cultural significance, and proximity to the region’s renowned wine country, a visit to the Marcus Whitman Hotel promises a delightful and memorable experience.


Each year, HCAW’s Annual Awards recognizes distinguished individuals for their contributions to improving in-home services and the communities we serve. These individuals make everything a little better and a little brighter for the vulnerable populations we serve.
Help us celebrate your employees and volunteers by submitting a nomination for the HCAW Annual Awards. We will honor these individuals during our Annual Awards Luncheon Program at the Spring Annual Conference on Monday, April 29th. Each award winner receives a complimentary registration for themselves and a guest.
HCAW is also delighted to offer a complimentary room for a single-night stay at the Marcus Whittman Hotel for each of our award winners this year.

Annual Awards Luncheon: Monday, April 29th, 2024 at The Marcus Whitman Hotel 

Candidate Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2024 



Subject Content

  • Home Health, Hospice, Home Care, Private Duty Agencies/Programs 
  • Suggested topics: improvement projects, research, tool-kit development, safety projects, infection prevention work, innovative scheduling, complimentary therapy, decreased hospitalizations, improved staff retention, best practice meta-analysis, disease-specific programs, accreditation journey, etc.


  • Submit poster summary in Word format, 450 words maximum, excluding title and authors.  
  • Presenting Author must be listed as first author on the list. All abstracts are to be submitted to Carissa Linnane Executive Director, HCAW at 
  • Deadline for submission is March 20, 2024
  • First-place poster will receive one free at registration at the 2025 Annual Conference.
  • Second place poster will receive free registration for our Pre-Conference Workshop at the 2025 Annual Conference.

Presidents Welcome Reception – Sunday, April 28th, 2024, 5:00-6:00 PM

Following the Pre-Conference Workshop we will meet on the terrace at the Bergevin Lane for beverages and bites. 

HCAW PAC Silent Auction & Raffle – Monday, April 29, 2024, 5:00-7:00 PM 

After presentations on Monday, April 29th HCAW will host an auction for our Political Action Committee. HCAW’s nonpartisan PAC is crucial to our continued advocacy efforts as we work to improve regulations on Home Health and Hospice in Washington State. 

Please consider donating an item to help us continue supporting our community. If you can contribute, please contact Carissa Linnane at or send in the donation form by clicking the below button. Donations can be mailed to HCAW Offices or dropped off at the registration desk by Monday, April 29th by 8:00 AM



Consider sponsoring or exhibiting at our annual conference today. Our goal is to offer your company a wide range of opportunities to create positive exposure that reinforces awareness of your products and services within Washington’s in-home services industry. We want to help you position your company as a market leader. As a sponsor, you’ll meet face-to-face with decision-makers and leave an enduring impression. Your investment in this event will deliver immediate and lasting benefits including direct access to crucial decision makers and unparalleled networking. Please contact Carissa Linnane at with any questions you have about getting involved in our meeting.