2021 OAHC Conference

Speakers

Melinda A. Gaboury, COS-C
Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.
 

Melinda A. Gaboury is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc. (HPS). Melinda Gaboury and Mark Cannon founded the company in April 2001 to provide financial, reimbursement, billing, operational and clinical consulting to the home care and hospice industries.

With more than 27 years in home care, Melinda has over 17 years of executive speaking and educating experience, including extensive day-to-day interaction with home care and hospice professionals.  She routinely conducts Home Care and Hospice Reimbursement Workshops and speaks at state association meetings throughout the country. Melinda has profound experience in Medicare PPS training, billing, collections, case-mix calculations, chart reviews and due diligence. UPIC, RA, ADR & TPE appeals with all Medicare MACs have become the forefront of Melinda’s current impact on the industry. She is currently serving on the NAHC/HHFMA Advisory Board as ex-officio and is Associate Director on the Home Care Association of Florida Board of Directors. Melinda is also the author of the Home Health Guide to OASIS-D: A Reference for Field Staff.

Melinda attended Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.  She began her career in 1991 with a large Tennessee based homecare chain as a staff accountant and later joined a national healthcare consulting firm as their Reimbursement Manager.   

Prior to the inception of Medicare PPS, Melinda began researching, auditing and reviewing processes with OASIS, ICD-9 Coding and clinical documentation. She has developed and taught clinician and billing Medicare PPS Training and Hospice Training Workshops in a variety of venues. Melinda’s priority remains bridging the gap between clinical and financial issues in home health and hospice agencies.   The one unique thing that Melinda brings to the industry is the development of very effective compliance education while being able to also teach the reimbursement aspect and how they are directly related.


 

Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD
Be Nurished, LLC

Dana Sturtevant is the co-founder of Be Nourished, LLC and co-creator of Body Trust®. She is a registered dietitian, educator, and trainer whose work focuses on humanizing health care, advancing health equity, and advocating for body sovereignty and food justice. A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers since 2002, Dana travels around the country training helping professionals in communication and engagement strategies that lead to positive change. As a sought after speaker and writer, Dana is a champion for compassionate, weight-inclusive models of care and offers supervision, training, and consultation for helping professionals and health care organizations. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Self, Real Simple, Huffington Post, and on the TEDx stage. Learn more at benourished.org.

Dr. Robyn Stone
Leading Age

Dr. Robyn I. Stone, a noted researcher and leading authority on aging and long-term policy, is the Senior Vice President of Research, LeadingAge and Co-Director, LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston. LTSS' mission is to create a bridge among the policy, practice and research communities to advance the development of high quality services. It also provides a forum for the health, supportive services and housing communities to explore and develop policies and programs to meet the needs of an agin society. The LTSS signature areas are: advancing quality, educating consumers, developing a quality workforce and creating affordable housing with services. 

Stone came to LeadingAge from the International Longevity Center-USA in New York, NY, where she was executive director and chief operating officer. 

Previously, she worked for the Federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now known as the Agency for Health care Research and Quality). 

Stone also served the White House as deputy assistant secretary for disability, aging and long-term care policy and as acting assistant secretary for aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration. 

She was a senior researcher at the National Center for Health Services as well as at Project Hope's Center for Health Affairs. Stone was on the staff of the 1989 Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care and the 1993 Clinton administration's Task Force on Health Care Reform. 

Stone holds a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.


Beth Epps
Chief Community Solutions Officer, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

Beth Epps joined Cascadia in January 2014 as Chief Clinical Officer. She serves on Cascadia’s Executive Team and provides leadership for its broad array of integrated programs for individuals with mental health and addiction challenges, including community, clinic, and other site-based services with a special focus on county-wide crisis, forensic needs, residential services, a full Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) continuum, and services and supports provided by Peer Wellness Specialists.

Prior to Cascadia, Beth worked for Optum, a managed care organization, developing and managing public sector behavioral health projects across the nation. In particular, a Peer Bridge pilot, conducted in collaboration with Yale University’s Program for Recovery and Community Health, showed phenomenal results and resulted in the creation of nation-wide Levels of Care for certified peer-provided services.

Preceding her work in managed care, Beth served as Executive Director for Adapt of Texas, a Specialty Provider Network in the Dallas area. She led the organization as it grew from serving fewer than 100 to over 5000 individuals who experienced severe mental illness. Under her leadership, Adapt partnered with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to initiate telepsychiatry services for children and adults in Adapt’s community clinics and as part of crisis and forensics programs. Services under her leadership included medication and therapy clinics, supported housing, case management, and child & family interventions. Her work in the Dallas area included mobile crisis design and implementation, peer support capacity building, co-development of a private provider organization, and participation at the state and local level in advocacy and policy development.

Beth’s earlier work in the behavioral health field embraced an array of psychosocial activities including supported employment and work programs, supported housing, homeless services, clubhouse development and management, and community support programs. Prior to her behavioral health work, she served in various roles supporting adults with intellectual disabilities.

Beth holds a Master of Education degree and, as a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, is a strong advocate for the recovery and wellbeing for those who experience behavioral health challenges. She moved to Portland with her family including their dog, Buster, in 2014 and loves the Pacific Northwest.

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