Education

Confirmed Speakers

Cheri A. Blauwet, MD, Assistant Professor of PM&R, Harvard Medical School
Sports Medicine Physiatrist, Brigham and Women's Hospital ‎
Director, Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute 
Director, Disability Access and Awareness, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

Cheri Blauwet, MD is an Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at ‎Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital ‎and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She serves as Director of the Kelley Adaptive Sports ‎Research Institute.

Dr. Blauwet is also a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair ‎racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralypmic Games and bringing home ‎a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and ‎New York City Marathons. Translating her background as an athlete to the clinic setting, Dr. ‎Blauwet now serves as a Member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical ‎Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic and ‎Paralympic Committee (USOPC) as well as numerous other leadership roles throughout the ‎Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

In 2016, she was the recipient of the Harvard Medical ‎School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award and was named one Boston’s “Ten Outstanding ‎Young Leaders” by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 2019 she was named by the ‎Boston Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40” community leaders. She has become a ‎global advocate for the use of sport and physical activity to promote healthy lifestyles for all ‎individuals with disabilities.

Mike Cheek, Senior Vice President for Reimbursement Policy & Legal Affairs,
American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL)

Mike Cheek, Senior Vice President for Reimbursement & Market Strategy, joined AHCA/NCAL in January 2012.  Mike has a wealth of health care policy experience spanning 20-plus years.  He was the Medicaid Long Term Care director for the District of Columbia’s (DC) state Medicaid agency, the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF).  In addition to his state experience from working for the DC government, Mike has worked for three state government associations – the state Medicaid directors where he focused on eligibility and long term care, the state developmental disabilities directors, and the state aging directors. 

In all three roles, he worked closely with the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Mike also worked as a consultant for several years first at The Lewin Group and later at Avalere Health.  He primarily consulted with states, health plans, pharmaceutical companies and post-acute and long term care provider organizations, including AHCA.  At AHCA/NCAL, Mike works with a team of 5 people on traditional Medicare and Medicaid issues as well as working with members to move into new, innovative Population Health Management approaches.

William A, Dombi, Esq, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

Bill Dombi is the President of NAHC where he serves also as the Director, Center for Health Care Law and the Executive ‎Director, Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association.‎ He specializes in legal, legislative, and regulatory advocacy on behalf of patients and providers ‎of home health and hospice care. 

With over 40 years of experience in health care law and ‎policy, Dombi has been involved in virtually all legislative and regulatory efforts affecting ‎home care and hospice since 1975, including the expansion of the Medicare home health benefit ‎in 1980, the formation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the development of Medicare PPS for home ‎health in 2000, and the national health care reform legislation in 2010.‎

Dombi also has an extensive background in impact oriented litigation. He was lead counsel in ‎the landmark lawsuit that reformed the Medicare home health services benefit, challenges to ‎HMO home care cutbacks for high-tech home care patients, lawsuits against Medicaid programs ‎for inadequate payment rates, a nationwide class action against then-HCFA for its failure to ‎enforce the federal HMO Act, litigation directed against the "Interim Payment System" for the ‎Medicare home health benefit, a lawsuit addressing the so-called Medicare “case mix creep ‎adjustments” in 2008-‎‎2010, a challenge to the Medicare face-to-face physician encounter rule, and litigation ‎challenging changes to federal overtime rules.‎

Nicole O. Fallon, Vice President of Health Policy & Integrated Services and Director,
Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations, Leading Age

Nicole Fallon joined LeadingAge as its Vice President of Health Policy and Integrated Services ‎in September 2016 and also leads its Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations. ‎She brings more than 28 years of extensive and diverse health policy experience to this role, ‎working across sites of service including hospitals, senior living, home and community-based care and social services; populations including older adults, disabled patients and low-income communities; and across payment sources such as Medicare, Medicaid and managed care. 

For 15 years, Fallon advocated before state legislatures and regulatory ‎agencies on behalf of various businesses, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations. In ‎‎2017, on behalf of LeadingAge, she authored a white paper entitled, “Integrated Service ‎Delivery: A LeadingAge Vision for America’s Aging Population” and in 2018, lead the creation ‎of LeadingAge’s Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations, which focuses on both ‎managed care and alternative payment models.‎ Nicole has a BA in political science with a minor in mass communications, and a ‎concentration in math from Minnesota State University – Moorhead.  ‎

Lane Koeing, PhD, President, National Association of Long Term Care Hospitals

Lane Koenig is President and Founder of KNG Health Consulting and Director of the Healthcare Reform and Payment Innovation Practice. He is a healthcare economist with over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. As President of KNG Health Consulting, Dr. Koenig has overall responsibility for the quality and direction of KNG Health’s research. He has led numerous health policy and health economic studies and has published over 20 peer-reviewed studies in journals, such as Health Affairs, Health Services Research, and Medical Care. He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

Kate Beller, EVP for Government Relations and Policy Development, AMRPA

Kate Beller, JD, has served as the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) Executive Vice President for Policy Development and Government Relations since February 2019. In her current role, Beller helps AMRPA identify current and emerging policy issues affecting the rehabilitation industry, including patient access issues, regulatory burdens, IMPACT Act implementation, and the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) prospective payment system and Quality Reporting Program, among many other issues.

Prior to joining AMRPA, Ms. Beller served as a principal at a healthcare-focused consulting/lobbying firm, where she developed and helped lead the legislative and regulatory strategies for post-acute care providers and other entities across the health policy spectrum. She also held positions at AARP and the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living working on long-term care and post-acute care payment and payment access issues. She received her Juris Doctorate at Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree at Duke University.

Sam Fleming, President, Fleming AOD/eRehabData®

Sam Fleming has worked with the rehabilitation industry since 1990 providing services to both individual rehabilitation facilities and the various incarnations of the national trade association for inpatient rehabilitation facilities. His work with providers includes reimbursement policy interpretation and hospital performance optimization.

Sam designs and builds industry-wide econometric models of Medicare policy and performs industry-wide data analysis and outcomes interpretation for the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. As the President of Fleming-AOD, Inc. his responsibilities include policy analysis, advocacy and education, as well as the design, construction, maintenance and development of the AMRPA’s outcomes systems: eRehabData®.