PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA
J.J. Mowder-Tinney received her BS in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and her MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami in Florida. She completed her doctorate in physical therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She has almost 25 years of experience in a multitude of clinical settings, and the majority of her experience has been with people with neuromuscular deficits. She is certified as a clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).
Dr. Mowder-Tinney has extensive training and is certified in neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT). She received her Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) certification from the American Stroke Association and her Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults (CEEAA) certification from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She was the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She is currently a professor at Nazareth College in the physical therapy department. She teaches the neuromuscular series that incorporates the on-site pro bono clinic. In addition, she teaches an advanced neuromuscular elective. She has conducted nationwide seminars on the treatment of aging adults and patients
with neurological deficits, spinal cord injuries, balance challenges, and Parkinson's disease.
Diana (Dee) Kornetti
PT, MA, HCS-D, HCS-C
Diana (Dee) Kornetti, a physical therapist for 30 years, is a past administrator and co-owner of a Medicare-certified home health agency. Dee now provides training and education to home health industry providers through a consulting business, Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions. She serves as chief operations officer with her business partners Cindy Krafft and Sherry Teague.
Dee is nationally recognized as a speaker in the areas of home care and standardized tests and measures in the fields of physical therapy, therapy training, and staff development in the home health arena. Dee is the immediate past editor of The Quarterly Report, a publication of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Home Health Section, as well as a member of the Home Health Section’s Practice and Education committees. She currently serves as the president of the Home Health Section of the APTA and has been an active member in good standing since 1986. Dee also currently serves as the president of the Association of Home Care Coding and Compliance and is a member of the Association of Home Care Coders Advisory Board and Panel of Experts.
Dee is a published researcher on the Berg Balance Scale and has coauthored the APTA’s Home Health Section resources related to OASIS, goal writing, and defensible documentation for the practicing therapist. Dee has contributed chapter updates to the Handbook of Home Health Care Administration, 6th edition, and coauthored a book, The Post-Acute Care Guide to Maintenance Therapy.
Dee received her BS in physical therapy from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions and her MA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Her clinical focus has been in the areas of gerontology and neurological disease rehabilitation.
PT, MS, HCS-O
Cindy Krafft brings more than 20 years of home health expertise that ranges from direct patient care to operational and management issues. Years spent in the homes of patients confirmed that she was in the best setting to focus on functionality and the specific challenges faced by each patient. Cindy recognizes that providing care in the home environment is different from providing care in any other setting, which is evident in both her training and consultation activities.
For the past 10 years, Cindy has been a nationally recognized educator in the areas of documentation, regulation, therapy utilization, and OASIS. She has served in several national projects and been an expert resource for OASIS updates. Her focus is on providing the knowledge and tools to operationalize external requirements while keeping the driver of care where it needs to be—the needs of each patient being cared for in the home setting.
Cindy has been involved at the senior leadership level of the Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association for more than 10 years and is the immediate past president of that organization. She has been working with APTA and CMS to clarify regulatory expectations and address proposed payment methodologies to ensure the long-term participation of therapy services in home health. She has written two books—The How-to Guide to Home Health Therapy Documentation and An Interdisciplinary Approach to Home Care—and coauthored a third, The Post-Acute Care Guide to Maintenance Therapy.
PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CRRN
Dr. Cheryl Lehman has been a registered nurse since graduating from the Decatur Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1978. Since that time, she earned a BSN from Maryville University-St. Louis in 1990; an MSN in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in the Clinical Nurse Specialist role in 1994; and a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Community Health with a focus in Rehabilitation Science in 2005, also from UTMB. Dr. Lehman is board-certified in rehabilitation nursing (CRRN); gerontological nursing (RN-BC); and in the CNS role (CNS-BC).
Dr. Lehman’s clinical nursing experience includes medical surgical, geriatric, and rehabilitation nursing in the roles of staff nurse, nursing educator, and clinical nurse specialist. She has worked in the rehabilitation nursing field since 1987. She is a past-president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, and the Editor and a co-author for the 7th edition of The Specialty Practice of Rehabilitation Nursing: A Core Curriculum. Dr. Lehman’s articles and chapters on rehabilitation and gerontological topics have also been widely published in national journals and textbooks.
Dr. Lehman retired in 2014 at the rank of Clinical Professor from the University of Texas system after 24 years of service. She worked in the clinical setting at UTMB for 17 years, and her most recent service was in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she worked for 7 years in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Lehman currently serves as a nursing consultant in educational and legal endeavors.
Amy Lafko founded Cairn Consulting Solutions with the knowledge that you need to grow your people to grow your business. Amy focuses her work on the employee experience that is derived from skilled leaders and aligned teams. Whether through team dynamics sessions, development workshops, or consulting, Amy provides expertise to improve the entire lifecycle of your team. From hiring to engagement, she assists clients in decreasing turnover and increasing productivity and customer satisfaction. Amy has earned her MSPT from Ithaca College and her MBA from Loyola University of MD. She has also written the book People First: A Proven Method for an Exceptional Healthcare Practice. For more information please visit The People First Book.
As a national speaker, consultant, and facilitator, Amy leverages over 20 years of professional leadership experience in several sectors of healthcare. In addition, Amy is serving as the American Physical Therapy Association’s section of Health Policy and Administration Chair for the LAMP Institute of Leadership.
MSN, MA, RN, FAAN
Tina Marrelli is the president of Marrelli and Associates, Inc., a publishing and consulting firm working in home care for more than 30 years. Tina is the author of 13 books, including the Handbook of Home Health Standards: Quality, Documentation, and Reimbursement (6th edition, 2018). Other books include A Guide for Caregiving: What’s Next? Planning for Safety, Quality, and Compassionate Care for Your Loved One and Yourself (2017), Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook (3rd edition, 2018), The Nurse Manager’s Survival Guide (4th edition, 2018), and the best-selling home health aide educational system, Home Health Aide Guidelines for Care: A Handbook for Caregiving at Home and its accompanying Nurse Instructor Manual. Tina served on the workgroups that defined the first hospice nurse standards, as well as serving as a reviewer in 2014 for the revised Home Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice through the American Nurses Association.
Tina attended Duke University, where she received her undergraduate degree in nursing. She also has masters degrees in health administration and in nursing. Tina has worked in the public health sector at hospitals and nursing homes and has practiced as a visiting nurse or manager in home care and hospice for more than 20 years. Tina also worked at Medicare’s central office (CMS) for four years on Medicare Part A home care and hospice policies and operations and served as the interim branch chief for Medicare Part B. Tina loves policy and the nuances that frame care, practice, and delivery.
Tina is an international health care consultant, specializing in home care and models of care provided in the community to people at home. Tina and her team of specialized consultants have been in business since 2002 and provide services related to the “design and implementation of challenges to providing home and community-based care.” In that capacity, they have served more than 100 clients throughout the world; clients who represent varying segments of service to home care and/or related products. Services have included custom presentations, software development, educational services, team leadership monitoring the OIG, accreditation services, new organizational startups, due diligence, feasibility studies, and more.
Tina has been the editor of three peer-reviewed publications, most recently of Home Healthcare Nurse (now Home Healthcare Now), on which she served as the editor-in-chief for eight years. She is also an emeritus editor for Home Healthcare Now. In addition, Tina serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Community Health Nursing and The American Nurse.
Tina is the chief clinical officer for e-Caregiving, www.e-Caregiving.com, a web-based support and educational system for family and friend caregivers created to support advocacy and improve care across the health care continuum.
RN, BSN, MA Ed, COS-C
Kim is a registered nurse with a master's degree in education and more than 30 years of home health experience. She is an experienced leader in home health care, having held both clinical and operational positions at regional and national levels for large corporate home health organizations. She brings a passion for providing the clinical voice of quality while increasing efficiencies. She has extensive experience speaking for state home care associations, national home care organizations, and local home care organizations on regulatory compliance, successful strategies for clinical/operational success, OASIS data collection and strategies, quality outcome improvement, developing successful QAPI programs, documentation standards, and operational processes to support OASIS and ICD-10 accuracy.
PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is the director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Graduate Physical Therapy Education, and associate professor of clinical physical therapy at the University of Southern California in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Previously he served as assistant professor of physical therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and the University of Texas at El Paso. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University and his doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree from Boston University. He is board certified in orthopedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), where he currently serves as Secretary on the executive board. Dr. Robertson has taught musculoskeletal physical therapy, pharmacology differential diagnosis, and radiology courses in several physical therapy education programs from entry level through the postgraduate level. He has authored several web-based continuing education courses for entry-level and postprofessional physical therapy residency and fellowship programs. Dr. Robertson leads a quality and health outcomes assessment team for Rehab Services at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California.
Dr. Robertson’s research interests lie in health service utilization, evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, and exploring the impact of technology on health care. He is a frequent national presenter. He specializes in information management and the use of social media in health care. He is the founder of TalusMedia.org and PTThinkTank.com. A prolific writer, Dr. Robertson’s work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, on popular health websites, and in large television and print media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, Oprah.com, Good Morning America, and TIME magazine.
RN, CHC, CHPC
Cat Armato is an experienced executive with 18 years in the home care and hospice industry. She has served in various roles during that time, including VP of operations and chief compliance officer for a nationwide provider. In 2012, Cat became a consultant. She has assisted multiple organizations with their compliance and quality efforts, from program assessment to full program development and implementation.
Cat has served as a compliance consultant for a large organization under a corporate integrity agreement. This multiyear, multisite project involved assessments of operations, quality of care, and clinical documentation. She has also provided clinical and claim reviews for more than 1,200 records of various providers, many with multiple billing periods.
Cat has experience providing guidance and support to providers and their legal counsel during investigations by Zone Program Integrity Contractors, Supplemental Medical Review Contractors, Medicaid Integrity Contractors, and Medicare Administrative Contractors, as well as investigations with the Department of Justice and the Office of Inspector General. She also has extensive experience in due diligence evaluations.
Cat is a contributor/reviewer for multiple health care publications by Tina Marrelli, including Home Care Nursing (2017), Handbook of Home Care Standards (2018), Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook (2018), and A Guide for Caregiving (2017). She also served as assistant author for The Nurse Manager's Survival Guide: Practical Answers to Everyday Questions by Tina Marrelli.
PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, FAAOMPT
Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, is a professor at Duke University and the program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy division with a Category A appointment in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service and 19 years of academic experience. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice. He received his BS in physical therapy from Maryville University (St. Louis) in 1990 and his PhD from Texas Tech University in 2003.
Dr. Cook received fellowship status at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2006. He is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Cook has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and has keynoted on six continents and in numerous countries. He has two textbooks in their second editions and a third textbook in its first edition. Dr. Cook has a long-standing history of service roles as an editor-in-chief or associate/special topics editor for multiple journals, including JOSPT and BJSM. Dr. Cook has won numerous awards locally at Duke for teaching, is the 2009 Baethke-Carlin award winner for the American Physical Therapy Association, is the 2008 recipient of the Helen Bradley Career Achievement Award, and is the 2005 winner of the J. Warren Perry Distinguished Authorship Award. Dr. Cook was the Pauline Cerasoli lecturer in 2017. In addition, Dr. Cook is the 2011 winner and the 2012 and 2013 cowinner of the AAOMPT Excellence in Research Award.
Ellen R. Strunk
PT, MS, GCS, ACEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT
Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT, has worked in various roles and settings as both a clinician and a manager/director. Ellen is an expert at helping customers understand the CMS prospective payment systems in the skilled nursing facility and home health settings, as well as outpatient therapy billing for all provider types. She has years of experience in utilizing medical record reviews and data systems to help inpatient and outpatient therapy providers meet regulatory guidelines and improve clinical outcomes. For the past 10 years, Ellen has worked with dozens of clients as principal consultant and founder of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc. Her experience in both the home and community aspects of the post-acute care continuum gives her a unique perspective in finding solutions while ensuring a patient-centered approach is not lost in translation.
Ellen has worked with clients on a variety of Medicare/Medicaid payment and certification matters, including substantial overpayment assessments and facilitation of corporate integrity agreements. Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc., conducts interdisciplinary medical record review and compliance risk analysis appeals and appeals management, and can assist in the development of clinical pathways as well as in obtaining Medicare certification for rehabilitation agencies.
In addition to helping clients meet their operational and clinical goals, Ellen lectures nationally on a variety of topics: regulatory compliance in the post-acute care space, coding/billing/documentation to meet medical necessity guidelines and payer regulations, pharmacology for rehabilitation professionals, clinically appropriate exercise for older adults, and the importance of functional outcomes to value-based payment. Ellen is a published author, having contributed to the fourth edition of Guccione’s Geriatric Physical Therapy with a chapter on health policy for physical therapists and older adults and to Women’s Health in Physical Therapy with a chapter on exercise and aging.
Ellen is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, representing them on multiple technical expert panels with CMS. As a long-time member of the APTA Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, the APTA Home Health Section, and the APTA Health Policy & Administration Section, she has served in senior leadership positions and authored multiple articles and educational tools for the sections. She serves on a state level as the practice and reimbursement chair for the Alabama Physical Therapy Association. She is a member of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies (NARA), and the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL).
PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Jared Vagy received his doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California (USC) and completed a one-year residency in orthopedics and a one-year fellowship in movement science. Dr. Vagy is a clinical assistant professor of physical therapy in the DPT program at USC and is a mentor in both the orthopedic residency and upper extremity elite athlete fellowship programs. He is an international best-selling author and has published three books and numerous articles on injury prevention. Dr. Vagy delivers lectures and seminars worldwide on the topic of the movement system. He is an orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Dr. Vagy is an innovator in the area of web-based education and remote learning. He held leadership roles in several courses during the conversion of the in-person USC DPT program into an online hybrid format and continues to teach patient management courses in the USC DPT hybrid pathway.
He has served as a physical therapist in China for the Chinese national track and field team and has worked with USA Track & Field at the Olympic Team Trials. He completed a rotation at the US Olympic Training Center, working primarily with USA men’s gymnastics, and has provided medical care at international events, such as the International Weightlifting Federation World Championships. Dr. Vagy has rehabilitated several world champions, gold medalists, and Olympic athletes. His assessments and treatments are rooted deeply in an understanding of the movement system.