2019 Speakers & Programs

Karen Gomes Donna Beaudin

Karen Gomes & Donna Beaudin

"Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions: Emergency Preparedness, Management and Lessons Learned"

In September 2018, a series of gas explosions rocked the towns surrounding the Home Health Foundation’s corporate office in Lawrence, MA. Thousands of residents — including staff, patients and families — were impacted. The agency was thrust into a rapid implementation of their emergency plan. What followed was a testament to the agency’s commitment to pre-planning and an acknowledgement of what can be done with creativity, nimbleness, and dedication in the face of an unprecedented emergency.

As the fires receded and life returned to normal, the emergency team moved into after-action analysis in order to continuously improve the quality and scope of their emergency preparedness. The presentation will describe in detail the pre-, inter-, and post-emergency activities that were employed and the lessons that were learned.

Karen Gomes, RN, MS, CPHQ, is the President and CEO of the Home Health Foundation and Donna Beaudin OTR/L, MBA, NHA, CHC, is the Corporate Compliance Officer, VP of Quality, Compliance and Risk, VP of Homecare Inc., at the Home Health Foundation.

Kay Frances

Kay Frances

"Taking the Road LESS Stressed!"

While we may not have much control over outside circumstances, we can control our reactions to them; we can welcome change as an inevitable part of life. Kay’s background as a professional standup comedian combined with her expertise in stress management will offer useful information and a rollicking good time. If your choice is to laugh or cry, why not laugh? Your stress levels will thank you!

Motivational humorist, Kay Frances, has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 49 states and Canada for over 30 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a degree in Health and Education.

Bill Dombi

Bill Dombi

"Home Health & Hospice Industry Update"

Join Dombi as he provides a state-of-the-industry update. He will give a big-picture perspective on health care policy trends, as well as current information on federal legislative and regulatory issues impacting home care and hospice. Dombi will highlight and identify legal issues affecting the industry. You won’t want to miss this engaging and informative keynote!

Bill Dombi was named President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice in 2018. He previously served as the Vice President for Law at NAHC. Bill specializes in legal, legislative, and regulatory advocacy on behalf of patients and providers of home health and hospice care.

Pat Gallant-Charette

Edo Banach

"Framing the Future of Patient Care"

Hospice will face validation, challenges and opportunities in 2019 and beyond. We will discuss reimbursement for hospice and community-based palliative care and how hospice and community-based palliative care can help achieve better, more integrated care for more people, earlier.

Edo Banach is President & CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Previously he was a Partner in the firm of Gallagher, Evelius & Jones in Baltimore, MD and has also served as Deputy Director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.