Carrie Blair (Messal)
Dr. Carrie Blair (Messal) is an Associate Professor of Management at the College of Charleston, where she regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Leadership, Management and Organizational Behavior. She designed and directs an undergraduate leader development program, the Schottland Scholars Program, and her expertise in leader development is frequently used in campus programming. Her work has been published in journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Human Performance, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Development, and Human Resource Development Quarterly. She also works to design and executive leader development training for organizations throughout the region.
Robert Boeye serves as Brightree’s Executive Vice President of HME, where he is responsible for leading HME sales efforts and revenue growth. Rob is a seasoned executive with experience in sales leadership, revenue strategy, product development, and training management. Prior to joining Brightree, Rob spent 18 years with Invacare Corporation, where he served as a sales leader in both the home care and long-term care markets, growing revenue by millions of dollars in each of his roles. He also served in management roles at Abbott Laboratories. Rob has direct insight into the business challenges of post-acute care providers, and calls upon this experience in matching Brightree solutions with their real-world business needs. He holds a bachelor's degree from St. Ambrose University.
R. Ross Burris III is a shareholder at Polsinelli P.C. in Atlanta, where he practices healthcare litigation. Ross focuses his practice on litigation and healthcare regulatory issues, and represents a wide variety of healthcare organizations, including hospitals and health systems, long-term care providers, ambulatory surgery centers and DME suppliers.
Dr. Patrick Cawley
Dr. Patrick Cawley is the Chief Executive Officer of Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health and Vice President for Health Affairs of the Medical University of South Carolina. In this role, he oversees for all clinical matters as they relate to MUSC Health, the Medical University Hospital Authority, and University Medical Associates. Previously, he served as the chief medical officer of MUSC Medical Center. In that role he was responsible for the quality and safety of all patient care programs, as well as direct oversight of clinical service lines. He has led MUSC's improvement transformation in quality and patient safety, which was recognized by the University Healthsystem Consortium in 2007 and 2012 by awarding the coveted Rising Star honor to MUSC.
Dr. Cawley is a certified physician executive through the American College of Physician Executives and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a Fellow in the Liberty Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He has been named one of America's Best Doctors®. He has also been awarded the Master of Hospital Medicine (MHM) from the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Dr. Cawley is a Past-President of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is actively involved in leadership roles in the American Hospital Association, the South Carolina Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, Vizient, and the health care collaborative, Initiant.
Dr. Cawley earned his medical degree from Georgetown University before completing an internal medicine residency at Duke University. He holds a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is board certified in internal medicine with focused recognition in hospital medicine.
Pat Clifford has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry, M&A, and private equity transactions. As a managing director with The Braff Group, Pat is responsible for home medical equipment, and home health & hospice services. As vice president of business development for Allscripts, Pat was responsible for acquisitions and strategic joint ventures. As a regional director of operations for Foster Medical, he was responsible for the integration of newly acquired home healthcare companies. Patrick joined The Braff Group following his affiliation with Durandal, a Chicago-based diversified management company focused on private equity acquisitions of family-owned businesses. Patrick holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Don Davis is president of Duckridge Advisors, a boutique merger and acquisition advisory firm. Duckridge Advisors specializes in the HME industry, designing unique and targeted strategies to achieve maximum returns for each client. Don has more than two decades of M&A experience, raising nearly $1 billion for companies over his career and advising on significant acquisitions across multiple industries on four continents. He has served as the CFO of a billion dollar multinational firm, as well as successful HME-based startups. Don is a graduate of Duquesne University and a certified public accountant.
James Dragatsis is the founder and CEO of AllCall Connect. AllCall Connect are experts in live-calling programs and services within the healthcare industry. AllCall is a U.S.-based company, with all U.S. employees, with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. James has devoted more than 20 years of his professional career to providing products and services, as both entrepreneur and leader. He spent several years as the COO of a DME company, where he cultivated his passion for outstanding customer service and operational excellence. He has translated that passion to AllCall’s unique approach to ongoing patient care, communication, satisfaction and outcomes. AllCall Connect is a valued Brightree partner, providing Brightree Connect customers with optimum results in their resupply programs, best-in-class call rates, order volumes and average allowable. In addition, AllCall offers several population management services, providing articulate, educated and professional calls.
Sarah Hanna is the President of ECS Billing & Consulting North, and is a nationally recognized speaker and consultant on revenue cycle management, corporate operation and workflow assessment. She has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 25 years. Sarah has conducted training seminars and personal client consultations on proper billing protocols, operational efficiencies and workflow, revenue cycle management, and reporting mechanisms for corporate success. ECS North is proud to be the only billing and consulting firm in the United States to be accredited. The firm’s commitment to compliance and professional services is evident by voluntarily being part of the accreditation process through the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation, HQAA. ECS Billing & Consulting North provides billing, consulting and training services to healthcare providers throughout the United States.
Jeff Gartland is Vice President and Operating Group Leader of Interoperability & Partnerships for RelayHealth. He is responsible for the health information exchange business, patient engagement and portal applications, and the service provider technology supporting the CommonWell Health Alliance, an industry alliance devoted to the simple vision that health data should be available to individuals and built into providers workflow regardless of where care occurs. Jeff also leads RelayHealth’s partnerships with particular focus on working with health information technology businesses on interoperability, data and analytics needs. Jeff previously held senior leadership roles in sales and marketing, business development, and corporate strategy with McKesson Corporation and RelayHealth, spanning market segments such as health information exchange, population health, claims management and clearinghouse, capacity management, and health analytics. Prior to joining RelayHealth, Jeff was with PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Industry Advisory practice advising healthcare providers on strategic physician alignment models, service line growth programs, financial due diligence and regulatory reimbursement. He was also instrumental in several health system turnarounds. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jeff authored the firm's thought leadership on the Presidential health policy proposals and impact on health industry stakeholders leading into ARRA and HITECH as part of their Health Research Institute. Jeff has also held leadership positions in several technology ventures and consulting firms. He holds a B.S. in Management Science from Virginia Tech and an M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Roswell, Ga., with his wife and their two children.
Rick Glass is the founder and president of Steven Richards & Associates, Inc. and has negotiated the sale of more than 200 HME/respiratory businesses since 1994. In addition to transactional experience in the HME and pharmacy industries, Rick has founded and operated businesses in a number of healthcare industry sectors. He has extensive experience in developing strategic growth plans, and implementing systems and controls to increase operating profits. Previously, Rick served as a senior manager with Arthur Andersen for seven years, providing financial services to a wide variety of businesses. He has a comprehensive knowledge of business acquisitions and divestitures and their tax consequences. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and is a certified public accountant.
Nick Knowlton chairs the membership committee and serves on the operating committee and leadership team for CommonWell Health Alliance. Nick is also the Vice President of Business Development for Brightree, where he leads the company’s initiatives and strategy for healthcare interoperability. Prior to joining Brightree, Nick ran strategic initiatives for Greenway Health, a market leader in the physician practice health information technology sector. In this role, Nick led Greenway’s interoperability initiatives for connecting their care providers across the healthcare ecosystem. He championed dozens of projects, including the formation of CommonWell. Nick also represented Greenway on the Steering Committee of Carequality, and led Greenway’s efforts in working with large acute care vendors to establish a connectivity culture in the industry that emphasizes data liquidity and interoperability. Nick has been involved with dozens of health information exchange projects in both the public health information organization and private enterprise health system sectors—across acute, ambulatory and post-acute settings. Nick has also testified on the state of interoperability to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Nick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Denver, Colo., with his wife and their two children.
Dr. Joseph Krainin
Dr. Joseph Krainin is the founder and president of Singular Sleep, LLC. After graduating with honors from Amherst College, he attended Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he earned his medical degree. Dr. Krainin completed a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at the prestigious Michael S. Aldrich Sleep Disorders Center of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is double board certified in Sleep Medicine and Neurology. In 2013, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, an honor reserved for those sleep doctors who have made significant contributions to the field in education, research, and service. Dr. Krainin is a sought-after lecturer and media commentator on sleep health. He maintains an academic affiliation with Michigan State University and is licensed to practice medicine in 19 states.
Miriam Lieber is a principal consultant with Lieber Consulting LLC. She specializes in operations management and compliance for homecare providers. Her extensive experience with Medicare and other third-party payers has brought her national recognition in the homecare industry. With more than 25 years of experience in the homecare field, Miriam is a featured author of many articles in the areas of operations and accounts receivable management, pending regulations and compliance. Additionally, she is a nationally known speaker for many homecare trade associations. In her consulting practice, Ms. Lieber's clientele includes home medical equipment companies, pharmacies, Medicare and other third-party payers, investment firms, hospitals, distributors and manufacturers. She has worked with more than 500 homecare providers in 49 states across the United States. Lieber is known to have practical approaches to complex revenue cycle management matters, and assists her clients with the nuts-and-bolts of running a profitable business.
Ryan McDevitt is a Partner at Laboratory Tactical Consulting. After building a successful sleep-focused respiratory company in Michigan, McDevitt moved on to manage Brightree’s Professional Services team, while developing their best practices and designing numerous educational webinars, presentations and conferences. In early 2015, McDevitt joined his wife’s company, expanding its consulting services to include technology integration and organizational strategy. Currently, the company is involved with clients looking to do everything from complete restructure to standardizing the use of technology for salespeople in their organization, as well as the branding and marketing services it has provided since 2011. McDevitt also takes part in several legislative interests, representing the industry whenever possible at both the state and national level.
Paul is the vice president and general manager of Mediware's Home Care Solutions Division, a healthcare software technology company that was established in 1980. Paul brings more than 25 years of experience building and managing healthcare technology organizations, including sales, marketing, software development, professional services and customer support. Paul started his career designing and building business intelligence applications, and maintains interest and expertise in this area of software technology. Prior to joining Mediware, Paul held senior healthcare technology management positions, including senior vice president of operations at Healthland, a leading developer of rural hospital business and clinical management software. Paul has served as vice president of Mediware's Perioperative Division in 2007 and before that Global Services & Support Director of 3M's Health Information Systems Division. Prior to 3M, Paul held various management positions at VHA/Novation and the IBM Corporation. Paul received his Bachelor of Science Engineering degree at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. He is also a certified 3M Six Sigma Black Belt.
Dewey Roof is president/CEO of the LifeH2H family of companies. He has a 20-plus year career in health care, 15-plus years in HME. His interests include integrating acute health providers with post-acute providers to demonstrate how homecare collaboration improves patient and fiscal outcomes resulting in a more responsible healthcare spend. Originally part of the Long's Drugs of South Carolina, Long's Home Medical broke away in 2013 and rebranded as LifeHME. Since then, the vision for the company has expanded to a broader offering of services between the hospital to home. Now, the LifeH2H family of companies includes LifeHME, LifeTouch, and LifeDevice. It has four locations and 95 employees. Roof is a graduate of University of South Carolina School of Public Health.
Jonathan Sadock has more than 35 years of entrepreneurial experience in healthcare business development, sales, marketing, and mergers and acquisitions. Jonathan joined Paragon Ventures in 1999 and the firm has successfully completed more than 180 transactions in 44 states across the US. In 1979, Jonathan founded PRN - The As Needed Company, a capital equipment rental and asset management services company and a master distributor for MEDIQ, Inc. He was also the founder of Medtech Biomedical Services Inc., a biomedical equipment maintenance and repair business. Medtech was subsequently merged with PRN and in 1990 the combined companies were sold to Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI). The merged companies were then sold to MEDIQ, Inc. in 1994. Today, the business resides within Hill-Rom, formerly a Hillenbrand Industries company. Jonathan also co-founded Associated Resource Management Services, LLC (ARMS), an asset management firm serving hospitals, nursing homes and home healthcare providers. Jonathan is a member of the American Marketing Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society. Jonathan frequently writes articles for healthcare trade journals and newsletters, and presents seminars on the evolution of health care, medical asset management, business development, and mergers and acquisitions.
Over the past 35 years, Wayne Slavitt has been involved in a variety of entrepreneurial projects in both principal and advisor capacities. Among the many ventures Mr. Slavitt has been involved with is the development and roll-out of Mobül: the home mobility store. Mobül is the most innovative retail concept in the burgeoning senior market, presenting an elevated and refreshing shopping experience for customers seeking home medical and mobility products. Mobül stores are bright, open, and airy, twice the size of a typical home medical equipment store, stocked with the largest selection of home medical and mobility products around, and staffed by compassionate and knowledgeable sales associates. There are currently two Mobül stores in Southern California, with plans to expand Mobül into a national chain.
Nick Stupakis is Vice President of Home and Community Services, a newly created company within Highmark Health, the third largest integrated healthcare delivery and financing network in the nation. The vision of Highmark Health Home and Community Services is to transform quality, service, and value in the post-acute space through an innovative payer-provider network management model.
Nick joined Highmark Health in 2016, after initially serving as Director of Post-Acute Care for Diversified Services at the Allegheny Health Network. Nick helped to lead strategic planning and program development for AHN’s Healthcare@Home initiative, which aimed to simultaneously maximize clinical outcomes on the delivery side while optimizing member costs for their payer network. The Healthcare@Home model serves AHN and non-AHN acute care hospital systems, physician practices, and post-acute care healthcare organizations, such as skilled nursing facilities and LTACHs. This program leverages a team of transitional care coordinators and a portfolio of integrated companies (home health, infusion, medical equipment, palliative care and hospice) to deliver differentiated quality, service, and value for patients and key stakeholders for post-acute and chronic disease care.
Prior to coming to AHN, Nick worked in the skilled nursing and homecare industries, and played key roles on regional and national strategy teams for growth and innovation. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's College of Business Administration, Nick brings a unique skill set to the healthcare industry that adapts traditional business development concepts in ways that facilitate highly-integrated and efficient care delivery models.
Bernie Zimmer is a 33-year-veteran of the HME industry and started his first DME company in 1982. He has witnessed first-hand the seismic changes in the industry and developed a successful business strategy navigating the challenges of managed care, as well as staying relevant as a Medicare supplier in a post-competitive bidding world. After selling his first company to a large home health provider in 1995, he started his current company CHME–California Home Medical Equipment in 2003. CHME is the only one-stop supplier in the San Francisco Bay Area that offers a complete line of home medical equipment and supplies, including DME, oxygen, CPAP, complex respiratory (including pediatric vents), complex rehabilitative equipment, enteral nutrition, negative wound pressure, incontinence and wound care supplies. In an environment where revenue has receded for many Medicare contractors due to the consolidation of CBA suppliers, CHME was able to expand its book of business and add further product lines to its scope of services thanks to strategic development of managed care contracts and taking advantage of the expansion of medical coverage throughout the country.