2020 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

Dana is a nutrition therapist, facilitator, educator, speaker, writer, and activist specializing in chronic dieting, disordered eating, and body acceptance. A Certified Kripalu yoga teacher, Dana draws from her yoga teaching experience to incorporate mindfulness and self-acceptance practices into her conversations about food, body shame, health, and healing. After becoming a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers in 2002, Dana has traveled around the country training thousands of helping professionals in the art and science of behavior change counseling. Dana advocates for compassionate, weight-neutral self-care and offers virtual and in-person sessions, as well as supervision, training, and consultation for helping professionals.


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 communiites to advance the development of high quality services. It also provides a forum for the health, supportive services and housing communities to expore 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 afforable 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.


Sarah Myers, CAE 
Vice President of Governmental Affairs, LHC Group

Sarah Myers joined LHC Group as the vice president of governmental affairs in 2016. With over 23 years of advocacy and leadership experience on behalf of leading quality home care providers from west to east coast, Sarah is a committed leader and a passionate voice for LHC Group and the home-based care industry. Based in Washington, D.C., she works with the LHC Group government affairs team to develop, direct and drive the company’s key strategic legislative and regulatory goals with Congress, regulators and the administration. Ms. Myers is a co-founder and former chairwoman to the Council of State Home Care Associations and has been awarded for her past leadership with state associations she served. In 2015 she was selected to testify before the Congressional House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, to compel Congress to act on legislation aimed at improving regulations affecting home health providers. She currently serves on the Partnership for Medicaid Home Based Care Board of Directors and is an active member of the Partnership for Quality Home Health on behalf of LHC Group.


Denis Fleming
Senior VP & Legislative Counsel, LHC Group

Denis Fleming, a native of Louisville received his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Kentucky and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.  After receiving his law degree, Fleming worked as General Counsel for the Ky. Assoc. of Healthcare Facilities and then practiced health insurance defense and corporate law as a trial attorney in Louisville with the law firm Barnett & Alagia. 

Later, Fleming served in positions in state and federal government as General Counsel to the Ky. Economic Development Cabinet under Gov. Wilkinson, General Counsel to the Governor, Deputy Sec. of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet under Gov. Paul Patton (1995-2003) and Chief Deputy Attorney General of Kentucky under Attorney General Greg Stumbo (2003-2004). 

In 2004, Fleming was appointed Chief of Staff to U.S. Cong. Ben Chandler (Ky-6th) in his Washington, D.C. office. After the 2012 elections, Fleming accepted the position of V-P of Government Relations with Almost Family, Inc. a publicly traded Louisville based homecare provider that later merged with LHC Group where he now works as Sr. VP & Legislative Counsel.

He resides in Washington, enjoys travel, occasional hunting and classical music and has written several published book reviews for Gannett Papers. He has one daughter, Elizabeth who was Leg. Assistant to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and who now is with the Foreign Service with the U.S. State Dept. in Romania. His brother, Ken Fleming, was a member of the Kentucky General Assembly representing the 48th District in the House of Representatives.

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