Mr. Acevedo has been practicing law since 1993. He has substantial experience in executive management of large corporations inside and outside the healthcare industry. Mr. Acevedo has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Law and extensive knowledge of laws and regulations applicable to the healthcare industry, including access, compliance, fraud and abuse and e-health.
Jennifer Amheiser has over 27 years of healthcare experience serving in acute care and community settings. As part of the Healthcare ConsultLink team, she assists agencies in QAPI processes, Emergency Preparedness planning, Due Diligence surveys, Infection Control Readiness surveys, and Home Health agency start-ups. Jennifer especially enjoys educating agencies and helping with measures that directly impact patient care.
Colleen Bryan has worked in the home care industry since 1996, holding various positions in both home health & hospice agencies including field nurse, case manager, educator, QA manager, DON and Administrator. Colleen is currently a senior consultant and lead educator with JCC Consulting, and services home health and hospice agencies in Texas.Colleen enjoys helping agency leaders navigate the constant changes and challenges in the current home health and hospice industries. She enjoys assisting in the incorporation of meaningful and impactful changes into their agency’s operations – both administrative and clinical, in order to provide high quality care that is both sustainable while maintaining regulatory requirements and promoting excellent patient care.
Velissa Chapa serves as legal counsel to Aaron Demerson, the Commissioner Representing Employers at the Texas Workforce Commission. Velissa specializes in employment law and advises the Employer Commissioner on high-level unemployment claim appeals and legislative changes. She is also responsible for answering the employer hotline and is a regular presenter at TWC’s Texas Conference for Employers, where she discusses the laws surrounding employer policies and procedures. Velissa was born and raised in McAllen, Texas, and worked in the private sector in the legal field for 7 years before joining the agency.
Kim joined the Simione team in 2020 to support the financial goals of home care and hospice clients with her strong background in claims and billing management in provider organizations, and experience as a consultant and interim manager for revenue cycle management. She previously served more than 15 years in home and community-based care organizations across billing, EMR/technology analysis, claims analytics and quality/process improvement disciplines. Between 2005-2020, she served as director of revenue cycle management at Gulfside Healthcare Services, and held progressive roles in billing coordination, RCM, and patient accounts at Chapters Health System, both in Florida. She also has experience as a revenue cycle systems analyst with Bon Secours in Virginia. Kim is a graduate of Saint Leo University, St. Leo, Florida, with a B.S. in healthcare management.
After over 30 years in home health care and hospice, holding many positions including field nurse, director, administrator and owner/president of a successful home health and hospice company, Marcylle sold her business to embark on new opportunities. She has since founded 3 companies, serving as President over The Marcylle Combs Company, MAC Legacy Investments, a real estate development company and MAC Legacy – a home health care and hospice resource company. Marcylle is well known in Texas and nationally for her leadership in both the home care and hospice community. She has served on the TAHCH Government Affairs Committee since the ‘90s and is currently serving on the board of directors for The Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA); a professional organization bringing together CFOs, CEOs, COOs and other financial positions who are employed by the nation’s 25,000 home care and hospice agencies. She also chairs the Women in Leadership group for HHFMA. She enjoys speaking on various subjects such as mentoring, leadership and communication.
Idalia Diaz is the HCSSA Joint Trainer with Health & Human Services Policy, Rules & Training. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Prior to this position Idalia was a theory and clinical faculty member at Career Point College School for Vocational Nursing, where she taught various subjects from fundamentals of nursing to mental health and leadership. Before that Idalia was employed by DADS Regulatory Services where she was a Nurse Surveyor and Death Reviewer; before joining the regulatory team, she spent time at the San Antonio State Supported Living Center as an RN Case Manager.
Jennifer Elder started with TAHC&H in September 2019. Her experience includes Home Health and Hospice Administration, DME Management and Home Care Consulting. Prior to coming to TAHC&H she worked as a consultant from 2012 – 2017 for home health and hospice agencies and DME agencies throughout Texas. She has hands on experience in the home care industry with the ADR process, QAPI programs, Marketing and Business Development, Licensing, Accreditation, Plans of Correction and Informal Dispute Resolutions, Human Resources, Policy Development and Strategic Planning. Jennifer has been in the home care industry since 2007.
Zaundra Ellis is the Hospice Product Manager for Axxess. She leverages her many years of expertise in the hospice industry to create a software that is easy to use and allows clients to be clinically, administratively and financially compliant. Prior to joining Axxess, Zaundra served as the Executive Director and Regional Director for Kindred Hospice and Heart to Heart Hospice agencies across Texas. In this role she oversaw an inpatient hospice facility, created and implemented a companywide QAPI program for an organization that served more than 2,500 patients, and used her experience to create operations that improved compliance and maximized reimbursements. Zaundra is an active member of the Texas Association of Home Care and Hospice and has served on multiple committees including the Education, Hospice and Medicare/Medicaid committees.
A Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership qualifies Dr. Anita as an expert in management and leadership. An undergraduate and a Master’s in Social Work adds to her educational advancement and knowledge of the social effects of equality. As a Certified Professional Coach, Dr. Anita is also qualified as a motivator for professional and individual growth, intelligence, professionalism, ethical values, leadership skills, and educational creativity. These are a few of the extraordinary attributes Dr. Anita exhibits as a speaker, teacher, mentor, trainer, coach, and motivator. With over 25 years of leadership experience, Dr. Anita believes inclusion starts with diversity. In-Depth knowledge of federal and state regulations allow Dr. Anita to train on policy and procedures at multiple levels. A resume holding positions of administrator, director, owner, and operator of several organizations across her career makes Dr. Anita’s character and personality can be defined as an overall professional in leadership, management, and simply hands-on in employee oversight.
Melinda A. Gaboury, with more than 28 years in home care, has over 18 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 PDGM 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 and Work Group and is Associate Director on the Home Care Association of Florida Board of Directors. Melinda is also the author of the Home Health OASIS Guide toOASIS-D1.
Rachel Hammon received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas in Austin. She has 26 years of experience in nursing with 22 years’ experience in the home health industry. During her employment with a home health agency, she served in many roles (i.e. Pediatric Case Manager, Medicare Case Manager, DON / Administrator and Corporate Director of Clinical Services), which gave her a diverse knowledge of the industry. At the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice Rachel assisted member agencies with compliance with state and federal laws (Medicare, Medicaid, OSHA, BON, etc.), served as a liaison with state and federal government officials, and on the Nurse Practice Advisory Committee for the Board of Nurse Examiners, the committee that developed the RN Delegation Rules we are talking about today. As the Executive Director, Rachel is responsible for implementing the mission of the association which is to advocate for ethical practices, quality, and economic viability of licensed providers of home and community support services in Texas. As part of that advocacy she routinely works with legislators and state agency staff on legislation and policy that affects the home care industry.
Maggie Keen is a national caregiver recruitment speaker and Vice President at myCNAjobs. After spending the last 6 years consulting with top senior care companies across the country, Maggie has unique insight into what innovators are doing to tackle their toughest recruiting challenges. She's on a mission to arm healthcare recruiters with more insight about Caregiver motivations to fuel the hiring and retention of a workforce plagued with high turnover.
Amy L. Knight is a CPA, originally from Oklahoma and now based in Austin, Texas with over 20 years experience almost exclusively in home health and hospice. Her CPA firm, Knight CPA Group, has extensive experience with all financial issues pertaining to home health, hospice and other healthcare providers including cost reporting, accounting & payroll issues that are specific to healthcare providers.
Heidi Kocher, Esq., MBA, CHC, is a partner with the law firm of Liles Parker. She has over 20 years of experience advising and defending health care clients on legal and regulatory matters affecting providers of all sizes. She is an expert in all aspects of compliance and privacy programs, including developing and deploying policies, procedures and training. Her experience includes serving as a Chief Compliance Officer and a Chief Privacy Officer, implementing the various requirements and aspects of Corporate Integrity Agreements, and responding to and defending audits from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers up through the ALJ level. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is licensed in Texas and Maryland, and admitted to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She is also Certified in Health Care Compliance.
Petria McKelvey is CEO and Founder of PMB, with 30 years of experience in the medical billing industry. Petria's expertise runs wide and deep. She has helped hundreds of private practitioners and healthcare organizations solve their billing challenges and recover millions of dollars in lost revenues. She personally has performed over 1000 audits.
Sarah started with TAHC&H in September 2015. She has experience with Texas Medicaid programs as prior to coming to TAHC&H she worked as a Policy Advisor in the Office of Policy in the Medicaid/CHIP division from 2013-2015. She also worked for 11 years at Disability Rights Texas as a public policy analyst focusing on the community integration of people with disabilities. She has advocated to the legislature and state agencies since 2006. Sarah earned her Bachelors of Liberal Arts degree from Austin College in Sherman, TX and her Masters of Science degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.
Ms. Papapanagiotou’s practice focuses on compliance, regulatory and transactional matters for a wide array of health care providers, including home health and hospice agencies. She has extensive experience in analyzing proposed and existing business arrangements for compliance with federal and state fraud and abuse laws, and drafting a wide variety of legal agreements. Ms. Papapanagiotou is knowledgeable in all aspects of state licensing for home health and hospice providers, and in Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, including initial enrollment, changes of ownership and appeals of revocation actions. Finally, she assists clients with compliance plans, forming new businesses, and addressing Medicare and Medicaid program coverage and reimbursement issues
Lauren has had a passion for non-profit work since early in her college career. Lauren has provided marketing and programmatic support services in the sectors of education, social services, and now healthcare. After a time living in Colorado and Virginia, Lauren moved home to Texas and started working in the disability services field and is currently the Director of Development and Marketing at Helping Restore Ability, the largest nonprofit in-home attendant care provider in Texas. Lauren’s work has been recognized in a variety of publications, formats, and venues. Lauren believes in allowing stories to paint a picture and utilizing the mind’s eye to enhance and promote services. Lauren has a passion for generational marketing as well as using digital resources to enhance networking relationships.
Lisa is a veteran of home care with over 30 years spent in home health and hospice, both as an RN and as an attorney practicing exclusively in home care. She is the President of Selman-Holman & Associates, A Briggs Healthcare Company, a full-service home care and hospice consulting firm; CoDR (Coding Done Right), an outsourcing company for home care and hospice coding and OASIS review; and Code Pro U, the premier comprehensive online education for ICD-10-CM and OASIS.
Allison D. Shelton, Esq. is Board Certified in Health Law, and she practices with the Health Care Group at Brown & Fortunato, P.C. Ms. Shelton advises home health agencies and hospice providers on a variety of matters involving health care laws, such as the Conditions of Participation, the anti-kickback statute, the Stark Law, and HIPAA.
Michael is a Manager with Simione Healthcare Consultants and has been an employee since 2011. Michael has wide-ranging experience in PDGM, finance, budgeting, strategic planning, cost reporting, data analytics and benchmarking.
William T. (Tommy) Simmons serves as legal counsel for the Commissioner representing employers at the Texas Workforce Commission, where he advises the Commissioner on final-level unemployment and wage claim appeals, assists business groups with employment-related legislation, and counsels employers on Texas and federal employment laws. He is the author of the book Especially for Texas Employers and is also the editor of the Employment Law Handbook of the Texas Association of Business.
Simone is a seasoned Nurse leader with over 25 years of experience. Her passion is leading and inspiring young talent. She has practiced in Acute Care, Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, Home Health and Primary Care. She has a master's degree in Public Administration with specialties in Healthcare Finance and Health Services Management. She holds a Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC) certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has practiced in New York, New Jersey, Georgia, and now finds her home in Texas. She is currently a board member of the Dallas Area Gerontological Society.
Katie has 25+ years in the hospice, home health, private duty and palliative care industries holding various executive level positions in these arenas. She has extensive experience in operations, healthcare regulation and accreditation standards interpretation and compliance, quality assessment and performance improvement programming and compliance programs. She has worked for hospices and home health agencies in a variety of settings including multiple locations in multiple states, hospice inpatient unit, pediatric hospice and adult and pediatric palliative care. She also has experience in opening and expanding sites for hospice and home health organizations. Katie is educated in health care administration with a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She is currently the Director, Home Care & Hospice Regulatory Affairs for NAHC.