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This agenda is subject to change as more details of this meeting are finalized.

Tuesday, April 9

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Public Policy Council Meeting
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Preconference 1 and Dinner: Strategic Partnerships in Home Health and Hospice
This expert executive panel will share how they strategically formed partnerships and alliances to improve all aspects of home health and hospice care, resulting in better patient care and sustained growth through community partnerships.

Mary Ann O'Connor, President and CEO, VNA Network and Hospice
Ann Painter, President and CEO, VNA of Somerset Hills
John Pipas, President, Visiting Nurse SErvice of St. Francis
Norene Mostkoff, President and CEO, VNS of Iowa and HCI Care Services

Moderator: Gregg Hathorne, LarsonAllen
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  CEO and VNAA Board Dessert Reception

Wednesday, April 10

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Preconference 2:  Introduction to MVI, the Model, and How it Creates Millions in Value by Increasing Quality in Hospices
Andrew Reed will discuss an introduction to Multi-View Incorporated (MVI) to provide assistance to hospice, specifically in the area of business.
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Preconference 3: Patient at the Center of Care
Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation
Paula Suter, Director of Clinical Care Management, Sutter VNA and Hospice
Patty Upham, Director, FirstHealth Home Care

Moderator: Nancy Roberts, VNA Care New England
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Opening Plenary Lunch: John Bardis
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Networking Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions (See Educational Programming Topic Tracks)
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.    Interest Group Meetings
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.    Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 11

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.     Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Breakfast and Poster Session
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Town Hall Meeting
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Breakout Sessions 2A – 2F (See Educational Programming Topic Tracks)
12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  National Awards Program and Luncheon
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions 3A – 3F (See Educational Programming Topic Tracks)
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.    Exhibit Hall Open (Exhibit Hall Happy Hour will start at 5:00 p.m.)

Poster Session 

Take advantage of an opportunity to learn about other agencies' best practices and innovative programs in a free form setting. Meet the poster authors to ask question and learn more about the programs that interest you.

Friday, April 12

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Public Policy Forum and Breakfast
Policy experts will provide attendees with the latest information on home health rebasing, payment changes, and new regulations on intermediate sanctions for home health agencies. The Forum will cover proposed changes to hospice payment, new hospice quality measures, and more. It will be interactive so attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions relevant to their work.
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Breakout Sessions (See Educational Programming Topic Tracks)
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Closing Plenary Lunch: Jack York

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Registration Fees (Early Bird Fees apply until 3/15/13)

Opening Keynote

John Bardis founded MedAssets in June 1999, and has been the Company's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MedAssets since inception. Mr. Bardis has more than 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Beginning with American Hospital Supply and Baxter International, he held various senior management positions, including Vice President of the Baxter Operating Room Division and General Manager of the Eastern Zone. Mr. Bardis left Baxter in 1987 to join Kinetic Concepts. Kinetic Concepts, a NASDAQ traded company (KNCI) was the nation's largest specialty bed and medical equipment rental company at the time of his departure as President in 1992. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Bardis was President and CEO of TheraTx, Inc. TheraTx, another NASDAQ traded company (THTX) was a leading provider of rehabilitation services and operator of skilled nursing facilities. In 1995, TheraTx was named the second fastest growing public company in America by INC. Magazine, growing from $15mm to over $500mm in 5 years.

Mr. Bardis was named Entrepreneur of the year by INC Magazine in 1995. Mr. Bardis graduated with a B.S. in Business from the University of Arizona. He served on the board of USA Wrestling, the National governing body for amateur wrestling from 1997 to 2011, is founder of Hire Heroes USA and is Chairman of the Atlanta Fire Youth Hockey Club. Mr. Bardis also was named Team Leader of the U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestling Team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and served as Team Leader in the 2007 World Championships where Team USA won the world team title for the first time in wrestling history. In the Fall of 2011, Mr. Bardis was appointed to the board of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). In 2012 he was recognized as a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee.
He received Modern Healthcare’s 2012 Community Leadership Award which recognized John and MedAssets for “leading outreach efforts at home and abroad.” 

Closing Keynote

As leaders in the field, you recognize that engagement is a key ingredient of positive aging. Evidence shows us that older adults who continue to connect with others live a better quality of life than those who have limited contact with others. Each interaction opens up an opportunity to pass energy, information and wisdom between individuals, especially among different generations. Recent advances in technology now offer more outlets for people to connect and stay involved. Increasingly accessible, affordable and adaptive technologies provide opportunities for seniors and others, including those with physical or cognitive impairments, to dialogue, stay informed and continue to contribute their gifts to society.

Jack York is the founder and CEO of It’s Never 2 Late, an organization dedicated to empowering older adults through the use of technology. He has spoken nationally and internationally about the benefits of person-centered technology. You will not want to miss this fascinating session where we will challenge your preconceptions about technology and show you how by leveraging its power, you can dramatically impact the quality of life of those you serve, their families and your staff.

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