Past Speakers & Programs

2016 Keynote Speakers

Amy Matthews

Amy Matthews, BA

Dementia Care Educator

"Meeting the Dementia Challenge in Home Care"

Alzheimer’s disease affects the person, their family and the healthcare providers who care for and interact with them. Despite the prevalence of dementia-related conditions in the home health population, staff don’t always have the skills needed to understand how these behaviors can complicate care and negatively impact outcomes. This session will offer tools, expert guidance and education in caring for persons with dementia.

Matthews is a champion for people suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of cognitive impairment. A skilled professional in dementia care for many years, she currently is a Dementia Coach with Engaging Alzheimer’s, LLC, a New York-based firm that trains healthcare professionals, coaches families and advocates for the cognitively impaired.

Dan Marshall

Dan Marshall

Author of Home Is Burning and Screenwriter

"Home Health Care to the Rescue"

Home is Burning, Dan Marshall’s recent memoir, dives deeply and irreverently into his family’s pain of caring for a father with ALS and a mother dying from cancer. He will talk about the incredible role that home health care played in relieving the stress of caregiving for his family while adding quality and dignity to his parents’ lives.

Marshall graduated with distinction from the University of Southern California’s MFA screenwriting program in 2011. His book has been optioned by New Line Studios to be made into a film with Marshall as screenwriter.

Ellen Breslin

Ellen Breslin

Senior Consultant, Health Management Associates

"A Simple Message to Home Care & Hospice in an Era of Major Transformation"

Successfully navigating this era of health transformation requires providers to stay focused on the simple questions: How can I improve outcomes and quality of life for my clients? Can I measure the effects in terms of quality and costs? What kind of value-based partnerships and arrangements would work best for me? Ellen will discuss opportunities to participate in value-based purchasing and use best practices to set, measure, and achieve quality of life goals.

Breslin is a seasoned consultant with 30 years of experience in health policy. She has provided expertise to states, health plans and providers on major state and federal payment and delivery reforms including the Medicare-Medicaid Capitated Financial Alignment Initiative.

JC Weber

JC Weber

Manager of Research Integrity, Home Care Pulse

"Surveying the Private Duty Landscape – The Future is Today"

JC will discuss how the private home care employer model will adapt and thrive due to venture capital backed technology and the underground workforce. He will share recent industry trends and data, successful caregiver recruiting models, and methods for motivating policymakers to work for home care.

Weber specializes in collaborating with team members to create systems and processes that increase efficiency. He graduated magna cum laude from BYU-Idaho with a degree in financial economics and oversees the Home Care Pulse annual benchmarking survey.

Andrew Reed

Andrew Reed

President and CEO, Multi-View Incorporated

"People Development and the Truth about Quality"

Organizations can’t become world-class without effective Talent Attraction, Talent Selection, Talent Development and Talent Retention processes. Andrew will discuss how agencies can become successful teaching organizations. He will share many of the practices of agencies that operate in the 90th percentile statistically in terms of quality and financial results.

Reed has worked with nearly 900 hospices during the past 20 years. He is best known for “The Model,” a modern approach to hospice management which creates a high quality, predictable experience that is financially balanced.

Tracey Moorhead

Tracey Moorhead

President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Associations of America

"Ensuring Success in the Value-Based Health Economy"

Tracey Moorehead will report on national policy initiatives, identify best practices, and highlight innovative case studies in home-based care. Her presentation will focus on the key components necessary to achieve high quality outcomes and ensure financial success.

As the leader of the VNAA, Tracey educates, advocates, and promotes nonprofit providers of home-based care services including home health, palliative care, and hospice. She previously served as CEO of the Care Continuum Alliance, Executive Director of the Alliance to Improve Medicare, and Vice President of Government Relations for the Healthcare Leadership Council.


2015 Keynote Speakers:

Amy Boutwell

Amy Boutwell (MD, MPP)

Establishing Shared Expectations with ACOs and Bundled Payment Providers Around Care Transitions and Rehospitalization Avoidance

Boutwell founded Collaborative Healthcare Strategies to engage thousands of communities across the nation to improve healthcare delivery. She is the co-founder of the STAAR Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and serves as a senior physician consultant to the National Coordinating Center for the CMS QIO Care Transitions Theme.

Robert Simione

Robert J. Simione

Building Resiliency in New England: Improving Home Care & Hospice

Simione serves as Managing Principal at Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC with more than 40 years of leadership experience in home care and hospice. He guides numerous national and state initiatives, having served on the National Association for Home Care & Hospice Board of Directors, and chaired its Advisory Board for the Financial Managers Association. He is a longstanding speaker and contributing author across the country.

Matt Zavadsky

Matt Zavadsky (MS-HSA, EMT)

Home Health & EMS-Based Mobile Healthcare: Match Made in Heaven, or Shotgun Wedding?

Zavadsky is from MedStar Mobile Healthcare where he has implemented a robust mobile healthcare program in partnership with other organizations to improve patient care and reduce preventable utilization of healthcare resources. He has consulted on numerous EMS issues and his book on the subject (published by Jones and Bartlett) to help other communities implement similar programs across the country.

Helen Riess

Helen Riess, M.D.

Embedding Empathy in Healthcare to Enhance Patient & Provider Experience

Dr. Riess is the Director of the Empathy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her Empathy and Relational Science Research Team at MGH conducts translational research on the neuroscience of emotions. She is the co-founder, Chairman, & Chief Scientific Officer of Empathetics, LLC.

2014 Keynote Speakers:

Karen Dillon

Karen Dillon

The High Achiever’s Paradox: How Will You Measure Your Life?

Dillon is the co-author of The New York Times best-seller, “How Will You Measure Your Life”, which she wrote with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen. Dillon has previously edited Harvard Business Review and Inc., a monthly magazine for entrepreneurs. Follow her @DillonHBR.

Jeannee Parker Martin

Jeannee Parker Martin, RN, MHP

Collaborations: The Future of Home Care and Hospice

Martin is CEO of The Corridor Group Holdings and subsidiary. She is a leader in the strategic development of innovative healthcare programs and has worked with some of the largest U.S.- based publicly-traded companies and non-profit healthcare organizations in the world. Follow her @CorridorGroup.

Richard Lopez, MD

Richard Lopez, MD

How ACOs Are Thinking About Home Care

Dr. Lopez has been a physician with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates for more than 25 years and Chief Medical Officer of Atrius Health since 2009. His focus includes project development, clinical aspects of payer/hospital contracting, clinical informatics, medical management, safety & quality, and developing collaborations that raise quality standards.

Michael Chernew

Michael Chernew, Ph.D.

Home Care, Hospice, and Post Acute Care

Chernew is the Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. His research examines controlling health care spending growth while maintaining or improving quality of care. His work on consumer incentives focuses on Value-Based Insurance Design, which aligns patient cost sharing with clinical value. Follow him @Michael_Chernew.

Kathy Duckett

Kathy Duckett, BSN, RN

Reducing Hospital Readmissions: Home Care as the Solution

Duckett is the Director of Training & Development for the Sutter Center for Integrated Care, an affiliate of Sutter Health Care at Home. With more than 25 years' experience in home care, she is responsible for development and training, including integrated care management programs, as well as remote telemonitoring.

For complete profiles of the 2014 speakers and their talks, download the brochure.