OHPCA Annual Conference 2017 - Speakers

The Future of Health Care, A Place for Hospice and Palliative Care?

Edo Banach, JD
President and CEO
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Edo Banach is President & CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. He previously was a Partner in the firm of Gallagher, Evelius & Jones in Baltimore, MD. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Associate General Counsel at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Prior to that, Edo Banach was the Medicare Rights Center’s General Counsel. Edo also practiced health law at the firm of Latham & Watkins and clerked for U.S. Judge John T. Nixon of the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Prior to attending law school Edo worked for the New York City Department of Homeless Services and Mayor's Office of Operations. Mr. Banach holds a B.A. from Binghamton University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Thinking Differently About Leadership

Piyush Patel

Piyush Patel embodies service with a passion. He believes you can get back the passion that drove you to start your own business. Is your company on a path to change people’s lives? Or is it just business as usual? Don’t you want your team to be something greater than what you are? As a business owner, you have more power to create change in people’s lives than you realize. Your company can be a place where every day is an exciting adventure. Every challenge, an opportunity. You can make money and make a difference. You can lead your tribe and love your work.

As an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience, Piyush Patel became an innovator in corporate culture as he grew his company, Digital-Tutors, into a leader throughout the world of online training, educating over 1.5M students around the globe along the way. Piyush continues to advise and speak at local universities and companies around the country. He has won numerous awards acknowledging his entrepreneurship as a trend-setter in our community.

For now, Piyush’s current business journey takes him to wine country in California where he and Lisa are proud owners of Conclusion Wines in Napa. Every bottle of their high-end wine makes a difference to Oklahoma nonprofits. His hope is to leave a positive, lasting mark on those who cross his path.


Regulatory and Quality Hot Topics

Judi Lund Person, MPH, CHC
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance

Quality and Regulatory issues are at the forefront for hospice providers for the future. How do you find the balance between compliance and quality? It is important for hospice providers to understand new information from CMS and other federal entities that will impact their practice. This session will update providers about new regulatory and quality reporting requirements for 2017 and beyond.

Judi Lund Person serves as a key contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, interfacing with hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions, among others. She also represents hospice and palliative care with the Medicare Administrative Contractors and other federal agencies and many national organizations. Judi works daily with hospice providers and state hospice organizations on the ever-increasing array of regulatory and compliance issues and translates complex regulatory language into actionable “plain English” for hospice providers.


Moving Forward: Closing the Gaps Between Care Delivery, Quality and Compliance

Susan Balfour, RN
Roseanne Berry, MSN

Hospice Fundamentals

Susan Balfour, RN and Roseanne Berry, MSN from Hospice Fundamentals will be sharing their spot-on tools and knowledge to help participants provide excellent and regulatorily sound patient care. Conference topics include: Live Discharges: Getting them Right; The Prudent Hospice Approach: Evaluating and Planning for Discharge; Documentation: A Key Part of the Visit; Protecting Your Hospice: Why a Compliance Program Matters.

Presenters Susan Balfour, RN, and Roseanne Berry, MSN, bring an impressive breadth and depth of hospice operational, clinical and regulatory compliance knowledge to this offering. Both have over 30 years of hospice experience and share a commitment to helping hospices provide the highest quality care while simultaneously developing deep agency-wide regulatory competence. They are skilled in demystifying even the most confusing topics and make material understandable to all.

Susan and Roseanne, along with Charlene Ross, MBA, MSN, are founding partners of Hospice Fundamentals, a company providing regulatory monitoring, analysis and education to hospices with ADCs ranging from under 10 to in the thousands via a unique subscription product. Additionally, Roseanne and Charlene are founding partners in R&C Healthcare Solutions, a consulting company providing direct regulatory and operational support and QAPI development to hospices and industry professionals across the country.



Finding Our Teachers in Unlikely Places: What I learned about hospice care and life while dancing in Las Vegas

Gary Gardia, MEd, LCSW, CT
Gary Gardia Inc.

Okay, the word is out. I used to dance in Las Vegas and yes, my Boss' name was Fluff. That is the truth. But at the same time I was dancing at the MGM Grand Hotel in the evenings (that was 1983) I was also volunteering for the hospice program located right behind the hotel. These two experiences on the surface seemed light years apart ... yet they were not. Lessons from people living with serious illness brought passion to dance and the discipline of dance played a major role in my hospice work. This session is about finding our teachers wherever we are in life. It is about the critical nature of discipline and focus in this work. It is about mentoring and role modeling (Yes ... that would be Fluff) but more importantly, it is about finding ways to maintain the passion for what we do in spite of the many challenges we all face - in the hospice world today and in life in general.

Over 34 years ago, Gary began his hospice career as a volunteer. Since then he has worked in many capacities leading a variety of teams and departments including volunteers, social workers, bereavement, and education.

Gary holds Master’s Degrees in both Education and Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Heart of Hospice Award for developing innovative programs to meet the needs of caregivers and the bereaved. He is also the recipient of the national social work organization Social Work Hospice and Palliative Network (SWHPN) 2015 Award of Excellence in Professional Education.