Hospice News presents ELEVATE, a full-day conference for industry executives dedicated to the future of the hospice industry.

ELEVATE will welcome C-suite executives and sales, marketing and operations professionals in hospices, health systems, insurers, pharmaceutical companies. The event also welcomes professionals supporting the industry such as finance, M&A, architects, designers and consultants. Attendees can expect a learning and deal-making environment to network and connect with new and existing clients in the industry.

Who you can expect to meet at ELEVATE:

  • Hospice owners, executives and operations professionals
  • Hospitals, health systems and other care providers
  • M&A advisors and attorneys
  • Investors, private equity and banking professionals
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Technology providers
  • Assorted vendors and service providers
  • And more......

June 13, 2024 | Washington, D.C.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Which ticket should I buy?
Provider tickets are palliative care program executives and other care providers. Vendor tickets are for professionals in finance, technology, staffing, legal, sales, and marketing.

My company or organization owns or is an active investor in a provider. Which ticket type can I purchase?
If your organization owns or invests in a provider or providers in this space, your firm is classified as a private equity investor. If you wish to get the provider pricing, you would need to use that organization's email system/domain to register for the ticket to qualify as a provider. No exceptions. 

What is an audio recordings ticket?
This ticket provides access to audio recordings only. Audio recordings will be provided within 48 hours after the in-person event.

What does my ticket include?
A ticket to the Elevate Conference includes access to all sessions, breakfast, refreshments, lunch, coat / bag check, and a networking reception.

What is the refund policy?
For all tickets, no refunds are available 45 days out from the event. No exceptions.

Will there be vendor booths?
There are options for sponsor exhibit space. Please click 
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How do I contact the organizer?
Email us at [email protected].

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Event Details

Location
Convene, 600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Ticket Prices
Early Bird Provider - $550
Early Bird Vendor - $950

Conference Hours 
June 13, 2024

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Doors open at 8 AM

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Past Attendees

Here's a sample of last year's ELEVATE attendees:

Companies


Amedisys
BAYADA Home Health Care
Enclara Pharmacia
Fairmont Healthcare
Great Lakes Home Health and Hospice
Home Health and Hospice Care, Inc.
Hope Hospice
LHC Group
Michigan Palliative & Hospice Care
Oasis Hospice & Palliative Care Inc
Trinity Health at Home
VITAS Healthcare
Silverstone Hospice
YoloCares

Titles


Business Development Manager
CEO
CFO
Chief Medical Officer for Hospice
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Palliative Care
EVP, Chief Development Officer
Medical Director for Hospice
Regional Director of Hospice Operations
SVP Strategic Finance
Vice President of Business Development
Vice President of Hospice Operations
Vice President of Product Development
Vice President of Sales


Executive Connect

Get access to select conferences and events at no cost for your ticket*. As part of the Executive Connect program, qualified executives from providers or operators may apply for this ticket type and participate in a set number of meetings with pre-screened vendors at the event. If accepted, you will be granted a complimentary ticket to the event and required to attend scheduled meetings at the event and provide feedback on those meetings. *A refundable deposit is required to register and is refunded if you attend the required meetings at the event. No show or cancellations will forfeit the deposit, no exceptions.

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2024 Agenda 

Continental Breakfast & Networking

8:00 – 9:00 AM

After the Fall: Will Hospice M&A Rebound in 2024?

9:30 - 10:10 AM

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Nick Stengle
President & Chief Operating Officer
Gentiva

Hospice C-Suite Outlook

10:10 -10:45 AM

C-suite leaders from well-established hospice companies provide their insights on issues impacting the hospice space during 2023 and what they foresee in 2024, including a discussion of reimbursement andregulatory trends and the changing competitive landscape.

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Jonathan Fleece
CEO
Empath Health

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Jessica  McGlory
CEO
Guaranteed

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Jeanne Kalvaitis
EVP of Hospice
Enhabit

Networking Break

10:45 - 11:00 AM

11:30 - 12:00 PM

In 2024, a wave of new and updated regulations are being implemented – or have already impacted the hospice industry. This panel will take a deep dive into what’s changed and how hospice providers should adapt their businesses.

Focus on Compliance: Navigating a Shifting Regulatory Landscape

Lunch & Networking

12:00 - 1:00 PM

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Kara Justice
VP of Strategic Consulting

Trella Health

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT

Ana Torres
Executive Director
Grace Health Puerto Rico

Hospices’ Future in Value-Based Care

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Fred Bentley
Managing Director

ATI Advisory

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Track A

Track B

Health Equity (and Why It Matters to a Provider’s Bottom Line)

Talya Nevo-Hacohen, CIO, Sabra Healthcare REIT

Marian Grant, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN
Senior Regulatory Advisor 
The Coalition To
Transform Advanced Care

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David Turner
VP of Special Projects & Initiatives
St. Croix

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Teresa Lin
VP ofCultural Market Development
VNS Health

Welcome Reception
June 12, 2024 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM ET 
Location: JW Marriott in the Penn Avenue Terrace room from 5 -7pm

Hospice State of the Union

9:10 - 9:25 AM

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Dr. Balu Natarajan
Chief Medical Officer
AccentCare

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Can It Be Done? Strategies to Reduce Documentation Burden while Increasing Audit and Survey Readiness

Track A

Track B

Payment models like VBID, GUIDE, and Medicare Advantage are creating longitudinal pressures affecting providers across the care continuum. This session will explore the impact of alternate payment models on hospice and palliative care providers. Join this interactive discussion on how the value-based payment market is shifting, and how providers are responding.

Deanna Heath, RN
SVP of Customer Experience
KanTime 

J’non Griffin, RN BSN
Principal/SVP Coding and Compliance Departments
SimiTree 

Breakout Sessions

Track C

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Breakout Sessions

Track A

Track B

Track C

It Takes a Village: Strategies for Building Community Partnerships

Hospice and palliative care providers do not operate in a vacuum, and community engagement is often essential to public education, addressing issues like social determinants of health and more.

Challenges, Solutions in Accessing HME for Hospice Patients

Explore the barriers that hospice patients face in accessing necessary home medical equipment and discuss potential solutions to improve access and affordability.

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Patrick Harrison
Sr. Dir. of Regulatory & Compliance
NHPCO

1:00 - 1:30 PM

How predictive analytics are enhancing care in the last days of life  

Track A

Track B

VNS Health has developed predictive analytics that are successfully enabling better end of life experiences for their patients and families. Join this session to hear how they have incorporated these predictive analytics into their care delivery, and what results they are driving for patient and family satisfaction and reimbursement.  

Anthony Spano 
Director, Client Development

Netsmart

Kathy Ford
Chief Product Officer

Trella Health

Breakout Sessions

Track C

Sponsor Talk Coming Soon

Data-Driven Decision-Making to Drive Hospice Growth

1:35 - 2:05 PM

The possibility exists that hospice care will change more in the next few years than it has during the previous four decades. catalysts are at work that could spur gradual movement towards system integration and care coordination. This forward-looking panel will discuss the forces that are shaping the future of hospice.

Hospice: The Next Generation

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David DeGumbia
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Compassus

Breakout Sessions

Track A

Track B

Track C

Strategics, PE and VC: Analyzing the Hospice Investment Field

Private equity and venture capital firms have entered the hospice space in droves. All the while, strategics have remained active in end of life care. This panel will discuss the major investment trends and what they signal for the future of hospice.

Technology Advances in HME, Diagnostics for Hospice Care

This panel will explore the latest technological innovations in home medical equipment and diagnostics that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of hospice patients, such as advanced pain management devices or remote monitoring systems.

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Chris Morrissette
COO
Teleios Collaborative Network

C-suite leaders from well-established hospice companies provide their insights on issues impacting the hospice space in 2024 and what they foresee moving forward, including a discussion of reimbursement and regulatory trends as well as the changing competitive landscape.

Networking Break

2:05 - 2:30 PM

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Sponsor Talk Coming Soon

Track A

Track B

Payment models like VBID, GUIDE, and Medicare Advantage are creating longitudinal pressures affecting providers across the care continuum. This session will explore the impact of alternate payment models on hospice and palliative care providers. Join this interactive discussion on how the value-based payment market is shifting, and how providers are responding.

Daniel Schwartz
Chief Strategy Officer

Elara Caring

Devin Woodley
Vice President of Managed Care Contracting and B2B Sales

VNS Health

Breakout Sessions

Track C

Sponsor Talk Coming Soon

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Track C

Breakout Sessions

This panel will discuss how health equity measures have grown among hospices in recent years and how hospices' diversity, equity and inclusion efforts have taken shape.

The hospice component of the value-based insurance design model is in its fourth year. In this panel, three participating providers give their perspective on the demonstration, which some have heavily criticized.

Panel Coming Soon

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The cut-off date to make reservations is May 22, 2024.

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Altonia Garrett
COO
Blue Ridge Hospice

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Dr. Aditi Mallick
Acting Director
CMS Office of Minority Health

Matthew Schulz
Partner
The Vistria Group

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Carlos Graveran
CEO
Frederick Health Hospice

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Skelly Wingard
CEO
By The Bay Hospice

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Mary Shankster
Chief Development Officer
Stillwater Hospice

In the hospice industry, maintaining compliance with regulatory audits and surveys is crucial for ensuring the quality and safety of patient care. However, the burdensome nature of documentation requirements often weighs heavily on clinicians, leading to increased stress, burnout, and decreased job satisfaction. This session will explore the delicate balance between achieving audit and survey readiness while alleviating the documentation burden on clinicians.

Jennifer Hannum, RN BSN
Director of Learning Services
KanTime 

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Tom Lillis
Partner

Stoneridge Partners Strategic Consulting 

You likely know that hospice M&A was down substantially in 2023. So, the question shining brightly is will it come back? But first, why did it fall off in the first place? Was it a referendum on buyers' interest in the space? If a rebound is in the offing, how long will it take? What could derail it? And what does the trendline look like regarding valuations?

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Mark Kulik 
Senior Managing Director

The Braff Group 

Carlin Brickner, DrPH
Vice President of Data Science

VNS Health

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U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer 
(D-Oregon)
Member of Congress 

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Pamela Duncan Owens
Chief Compliance Officer
Agape Care

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Lisa Griffee
Vice President of Quality and Customer Experience Hospice of the Chesapeake

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Eugene Goldenberg
Managing Director
Edgemont Partners 

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Susan Ponder-Stansel
President & CEO
Alivia Care

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Dean Forman
Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

VIA Health

In an increasingly competitive hospice care market, leveraging technology, data, and analytics is essential for sustained growth and operational efficiency.
Join our panel of experts, including Trella Health's Chief Product Officer, Kathy Ford, as they discuss how data-driven decision-making can fuel agency expansion, enhance performance, and improve patient outcomes.
This session will explore technology trends, innovative strategies, and practical applications of data-driven decision-making to support agency growth and address operational, clinical, and payer relations needs.

Stephanie Adair 
Vice President of Hospice Services, Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services