Time Program Speaker
7:45 - 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 - 8:45 AM Welcome and Disclosures Marie Blessington, RN
Tyke Ingram, RN, BSN, CRRN
8:45 - 9:30 AM Why I Love What I Do Ann Baiada, RN, CRRN
9:30 - 10:00 AM BREAK
10:00 - 11:00 AM Population Health: New Frontiers for Home Health Care Mark Lyles, MD, MBA
David Nash, MD, MBA
11:00 - 11:45 AM Regulation and Population Health: Moving Forward Barbara McCann, MSW
11:45 - 1:00 PM LUNCH & EXHIBITS
1:00 - 2:00 PM The Science of Humor in Promoting Health and Healing Lee Berk, DrPH
2:00 - 2:45 PM BREAK
2:45 - 3:30 PM Workshop 1: Communication for Client-Centered Care
Workshop 2: Applications of Humor Science in Client Care Plans
Kathleen McInerney Kane
Lee Berk, DrPH
3:30 - 4:30 PM Everyday Heroes in Home Care Colleen Kelly Alexander
4:30 - 5:00 PM Reflections and Challenges
To be announced
5:00 PM Conclusion of Symposium




Executive Director, Global Medical Affairs, Amicus Therapeutics

Population Health: New Frontiers for Home Health (November 7)

Dr. Mark Lyles currently serves as Executive Director of Global Medical Affairs for Amicus Therapeutics, a biotechnology firm headquartered in Cranbury, NJ. Prior to assuming his current role in late 2017, Mark served for seven years as Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief Affiliations and Business Transformation Officer for the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. In his role at MUSC, Mark led the health system’s partnership with BAYADA to create MUSC Health at Home by BAYADA, a South Carolina home health corporation that delivers high-quality, short-term care to patients recovering at home after an illness, injury or surgery or to manage a chronic condition. He is a board member and the immediate past president of the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ). A native of Sumter, SC, Mark earned his medical degree and completed his internal medicine residency at MUSC and earned an MBA in Healthcare Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



Founding Dean and Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy, Jefferson College of Population Health

Population Health: New Frontiers for Home Health (October 16 & 17)

Are your care plans missing the mark on today’s population health goals? Pioneering research suggests that the way you craft individual plans of care may be due for an upgrade. David B. Nash, MD, MBA, is one of the most respected leaders in the world of population health management in US health care. In his talk, he will discuss the key social determinants of health in the US, focus on what he considers the vital role of home health care clinicians and clinical leaders, and identify the changes clinicians can make now for the advancement and ultimate success of a value-based health care delivery system.

A regular on Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, Dr. Nash is a board-certified internist and the founding dean of Thomas Jefferson University’s (TJU) College of Population Health. He is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, and quality-of-care improvement. Dr. Nash teaches health policy at TJU and is a principal faculty member for quality of care programming in the American Association of Physician Leadership. He serves on the National Quality Forum (NQF) Task Force on Improving Population Health and on the NQF Patient Safety and Quality Awards committee. Dr. Nash has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and edited 23 books, including Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer, The Quality Solution, Demand Better, and most recently, Creating a Culture of Wellness.



Immediate Past-Chair, President and CEO, Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP)

Regulation and Population Health: Moving Forward

What does clinically excellent home care look like in today’s regulatory environment? Ask an expert: Barbara McCann, President and CEO of CHAP, the Community Health Accreditation Program. Ms. McCann will discuss regulatory expectations then and now, her insights on past performance and current approaches, and her vision of how home health care providers can achieve clinical excellence within the structure and perspective of today’s population health-sensitive regulations.

Of course, CHAP is the organization that promotes standards for safe, legal, and ethical health care delivery in community settings through the accreditation and education of home health and hospice providers, home medical equipment vendors, and pharmacies.

Ms. McCann has made it her life’s work to promote quality and value in home- and community-based care. She began as a home health social worker and as the administrator of one of ten Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) demonstration hospice programs that prompted today’s hospice benefit. Since then, she’s worked as the first Director of The Joint Commission’s hospice and home care accreditation programs and as a c-suite leader within Caremark, Inc., the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and most recently, Interim’s HealthCare, Inc. Ms. McCann also has years of service experience through groups like the National Quality Forum and CMS Technical Expert Panels, where she helped develop and modify the home health OASIS data set and related quality measures.



Associate Dean of Research Affairs, Director of Clinical Molecular Research Laboratory, and Professor of Allied Health Studies, School of Allied Health Professions; Associate Research Professor of Pathology and Human Anatomy, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University

Laughter and Health

Can your emotions have an effect on your physical health? The answer is yes according to Lee Berk, MPH, DrPH, world-class researcher and pioneer of psychoneuroimmunology. This specialty field of integrative medical science examines the influence of emotional states and nervous system functions on immune function and the onset and progression of disease.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Berk has been most interested in the health benefits of positive emotions—investigating how things like music and anticipatory perceptions affect stress hormones, as well as neuroendocrine and immune function. Perhaps best known for his study of the science and health benefits of happiness, humor, and laughter, Dr. Berk has been invited to lecture on the subject for the National Institutes of Health and has earned the attention of most major television networks, newspapers, magazines, and professional academic and medical organizations.

Dr. Berk has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Advances in Mind-Body Medicine and the Journal of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and has received a diverse list of awards for teaching, scholarship, and filmmaking. He currently serves as an Associate Research Professor of Pathology and Human Anatomy, Director of the Clinical Molecular Research Lab, and Associate Dean of Research Affairs at his alma mater, Loma Linda University in California.



Principal, Praxis Consulting

Communication for Client-Centered Care

To fulfill new roles in population health, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement urges clinicians to learn and incorporate what matters to each client into their personalized plan of care. But how exactly can clinical managers implement this? Kathleen McInerney Kane is an organizational development consultant and executive coach for the health care industry who will lead an interactive workshop for participants to learn new communication strategies for client-centered care. This workshop will help participants start the process of considering potential systemic changes for their organization that can foster community collaboration and make the client the owner of the plan for health. At the end, participants will leave with new methods they can employ in their intake interviews.

With 25 years of management consulting experience, Ms. Kane specializes in helping organizations identify and achieve desired outcomes and create strategic advantage through leadership development. Her most recent work has focused on clinical leaders in a variety of health care settings, including home care and continuing care.

Ms. Kane is Principal and Health Care Practice Leader for Praxis Consulting Group, Inc., an organizational development firm which specializes in aligning leadership, culture and strategy.



Triathlete, Author, and Motivational Speaker

Everyday Heroes are Here

Show me a room full of home health care professionals, and I’ll show you a dedicated group of everyday heroes. But how can any individual faced with challenges and adversity draw on the universal human potential to turn their negative experience into positive change? Gratitude in Motion author Colleen Kelly Alexander is one of those everyday heroes who used her severe traumatic injury as a catalyst to help make the world a better, brighter place. Ms. Alexander will share her inspiring story of survival and the actionable lessons she’s learned along the way about aiming higher and the miraculous power of body, mind, and spirit.

Ms. Alexander is a lifelong athlete who has dealt with significant health problems before, but none so shattering as being run over by a freight truck in 2011. Broken and extensively injured from the waist down, Ms. Alexander flatlined in the trauma center. But she defied death with the help of so many—bystanders, first responders, blood donors, loved ones, and countless clinicians—to eventually recover and return to competing as a triathlete.

Ms. Alexander went on to build a youth center in Vermont, then work for the international nonprofit PeaceJam alongside Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She campaigns for bicycle safety and is a spokesperson for the Red Cross, and has cycled over 600 miles through six states to bring her motivational message and contagious energy to college and community audiences.


BAYADA Speakers



Former Director and Founder of the BAYADA White Shoes Conference



Director, Clinical Standards and Leadership (CSL)



Director, Clinical Standards and Leadership (CSL) Support