2017 Keynote Speakers


Meagan Johnson
graduated from Arizona State University’s business school with a BS in marketing. After working several years in a sales environment, Meagan became discouraged to hear all the negative comments about Generation X (the 50 million Americans born between 1965 and 1980.) As a Gen Xer herself, she felt these comments were unfounded. She was further frustrated by the blinders her own managers seemed to have. "There was this perception of only one way to get ahead and be successful at work. The career path my managers expected me to take was very traditional. They seemed to be unable to look at a different way of training and career management that was relevant to younger employees."



Janet Feldkamp, JD, BSN, RN, LNHA, CHC

is a partner with Benesch Attorneys at Law and focuses on healthcare law, including long-term care survey and certification; state and federal regulation; physician and nurse practice; and fraud and abuse involving hospitals, suppliers, insurers, and physicians. She retains active licenses as an RN and a nursing home administrator and has extensive healthcare experience. She has assisted numerous long-term care facilities through the complexities of the regulatory and enforcement requirements. With a background in operations, her on-site consulting includes operations issues as well as legal guidance. Janet is a member of the editorial advisory board of the monthly newspaper Caring for the Ages; a frequent speaker on health law–related topics; and coauthor of The Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk & Compliance Issues.

2017 Additional Speakers


Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP
is a curriculum development specialist for AANAC. Having been involved in long-term care for more than 40 years, she has served as a gerontological clinical specialist, director of nursing, and nurse consultant. She has a master’s in nursing and is Master Teacher for AANAC. Prior to joining AANAC she was a principal at Plante Moran, specializing in senior care operational consulting, certification compliance, reimbursement, corporate compliance, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement.

Karen Beres, BSN, RN, CEA, RAC-CT, DNS-CT is the MDS coordinator at Rolling Fields Elder Care Community in Conneautville, Pennsylvania. She has worked in long-term care for 12 years and has been an MDS coordinator for almost half that time. In addition, she has worked in various supporting roles, including as a specialist in HAI reporting, pain team leader, and skin team leader, and has assisted in policy updates and revisions for those teams.

Julie L. Bilyeu
is the director of BKD’s long-term care billing services, which include Medicare billing outsourcing, aged accounts receivable recovery, billing training and consulting services, and billing and operations reviews. In her more than 14 years of healthcare experience, Julie has focused exclusively on the long-term care revenue cycle. Her areas of expertise include billing software consulting, accounts receivable recovery, and billing assessments; she also serves as an industry-recognized resource for complex revenue cycle issues. Julie routinely speaks to national and state industry associations and conducts webinars and training presentations on a wide variety of billing-related topics.

Amy Franklin, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT is a curriculum development specialist for AANAC’s sister organization, AADNS. In her more than 20 years of healthcare service experience, she has served as corporate compliance officer, clinical consultant (multi-state), survey crisis manager, director of nursing, infection control officer, ICD-10 CM/PCS trainer (AHIMA), and MDS coordinator. She has spoken as a subject matter expert on clinical and reimbursement issues at regional and national levels. Amy is certified as an AANAC and AADNS Master Teacher in all their certification programs (RAC-CT, Medicare University, DNS-CT, and QCP-CT). Her expertise and practice include extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations, quality assurance, and all governmental payers’ reimbursement systems. She is currently devoted to developing and implementing practical, sustainable solutions for clinical and reimbursement systems that will promote high-quality, efficient care.

Stephanie Kessler is a partner in Reinsel Kuntz Lesher’s Senior Living Services Group. Stephanie has been working in the long-term care industry for over 20 years. Prior to starting her consulting career, she worked in various nursing positions and taught. She assists post-acute care providers with compliance, operations, and reimbursement across the country.

Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, DNS-CT is the vice president of curriculum development for AANAC and oversees the development and integrity of the content and curriculum for the Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification (RAC-CT), Medicare University, and other educational programs. She serves as the executive editor of the LTC Leader newsletter and represents AANAC nationally. In her role, she supports long-term care nurse leaders in the RAI and MDS processes, regulatory compliance, Medicare integrity, and quality resident care. Judi has been a certified AANAC RAC-CT Master Teacher since 2004 and has taught extensively on MDS- and Medicare-related topics.

Jeri Ann Lundgren, RN, BSN, PHN, CWS, CWCN, CPT has been working in long-term care since 1990. She has focused on the effects of immobility and worked with exercise physiologists, physical therapists, personal trainers, and nurses to develop falls-prevention and mobility-enhancement programs. She is a certified personal trainer through W.I.T.S./Florida Gulf Coast University and specializes in fitness for seniors. Jeri Ann is the president of Senior Providers Resource.

Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT is a board-certified gerontological registered nurse with over 30 years’ long-term care experience. She has worked in long-term care in many roles, beginning as a nursing assistant and later becoming a charge nurse, nurse manager, and then RNAC. Most recently she was the senior vice president of utilization services and director of reimbursement for large multi-facility organizations. She has worked as one of the Gold Standard Nurses for MDS 3.0, serving on the RAP workgroup to pave the way for the CAAs for MDS 3.0, and participating on a number of Technical Expert Panels related to MDS, Quality Measures, and care planning. Carol is a Master Teacher for the RAC-CT and is a past member of the AANAC Board of Directors. She is the director of education for Hansen Hunter.

Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS, RAC-MT
is the president of Celtic Consulting and the CEO of Care Transitions, a care-coordination service provider. She has been a registered nurse for over 30 years, with experience as MDS coordinator, director of nursing, rehab director, and Medicare specialist. She is currently the president of the Association of Long-Term Care Financial Managers, is the Medicare and MDS advisor for the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities (CAHCF), and is an advisor to the J13 Medicare contractor National Government Services Provider Advisory Group. She is also an editorial advisor for HCPro, as well as an advisor to the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA).

Mark McDavid, OTR, RAC-CT
is president of Seagrove Rehab Partners and is an experienced leader with a proven track record of dynamically growing therapy and home health operations for both in-house and contract companies. Mark’s knowledge and its application to business strategies have earned him national recognition, including appointment to AANAC’s Expert Advisory Panel and election as board member-at-large for the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies.

Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT
is a curriculum development specialist for AANAC. Previously Jessie worked as the director of clinical reimbursement for a large long-term care organization overseeing 17 clinical reimbursement consultants across 21 states, including nearly 300 living centers. She has more 17 years of long-term care experience, including as restorative nurse, MDS coordinator, regional clinical reimbursement specialist, clinical reimbursement trainer, and director of clinical reimbursement. Jessie is passionate about developing the skills of nurse assessment coordinators, working in restorative nursing, and improving residents’ quality of life and care.

Tracy Burger Montag, BSN, RN, RAC-CT, a manager and consultant with RKL, participated as the co-leader in the MDS 3.0 Pilot Project for Pennsylvania. Having worked as an independent contractor with CMS, she participated in the educational videos MDS 3.0 and the Interdisciplinary Team and MDS 3.0 and Facility Leadership. Tracy is recognized as a long-term care expert in the MDS 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User’s Manual.

Sherri Robbins, RN, BSN, LNHA, CLNC, RAC-CT works for BKD National Health Care group in Springfield, Missouri. She has over 25 years of experience in long-term care, including as CNA, LPN, RN, MDS coordinator, DON, and administrator. For the past 14 years, she has consulted with hundreds of skilled nursing facility clients, focusing on Medicare compliance and receipt of appropriate reimbursement. Sherri has spoken to SNF providers across the nation on issues facing providers as well as on advance payment models and the future of healthcare.

Mojdeh Rutigliano, MSN, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT is currently the vice president of nursing services at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx, New York. Mojdeh specializes in the MDS process, Medicare PPS, Medicaid CMI, utilization and concurrent review, and New York State survey process. She has a background in all aspects of long-term and post-acute care, including maximization of reimbursement; innovative program development, design, and implementation; clinical services; and administrative oversight. While earning her Bachelor of Science in Health Arts and Master of Science in Nursing, Ms. Rutigliano resided and worked in the proprietary sector of healthcare services throughout the West Coast, gaining knowledge and expertise in her field.

Rena R. Shephard, MHA, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-CT
is the president of RRS Healthcare Consulting Services in San Diego, providing consulting and training services to long-term care facilities, corporations, and attorneys nationwide. She serves as a consultant to several of CMS’s MDS-related projects, including the MDS 3.0 Development Project, and to several Quality Improvement Organizations. She was a director of nursing services in skilled nursing facilities for 14 years, and has expertise in all aspects of long-term care. Rena is an AANAC founding chair.

David Siegelman, PT, RAC-CT
is currently the vice president of rehabilitation at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx, New York. David has demonstrated expertise in clinical and operational management in acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, with specialties in rehabilitation services, clinical documentation, and reimbursement. Currently, he is focusing his attention on healthcare reform initiatives, working with the largest hospital systems in the New York City region through partnerships, bundled care, and ACO initiatives.

Kelton Swartz, RAC-CT has been engaged in post-acute care for nearly 20 years. He has seen and experienced the transformation and evolution of the nursing home provider’s role in the continuum of care, along with the other venues of care within post-acute care. As a senior strategist with Cerner, he develops optimal data workflows to ensure nursing home providers are successfully navigating the regulatory and analytical landscape while producing actionable quality and operational outcomes.

Pamela K. White, RAC-CT is currently the clinical reimbursement Success Navigator at Signature HealthCARE, a long-term care company with 128 locations in 11 states and with nearly 24,000 employees. A registered nurse since 1996, in her most recent role Pam developed an innovative “Communities of Practice” model, in which she facilitates learning and best-practice sharing for MDS coordinators across the organization.

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