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HOMES 2024 Annual Meeting & Exhibits

Our Distinguished Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Matt Jones 

My name is Matt Jones, and I am from being a 3-Time cancer conqueror to surviving a bone marrow transplant, to relearning how to walk, to completing a marathon on every continent, and yes, that also includes Antarctica!
My talk, Healthcare is a Marathon, is an inspirational/motivational leadership talk designed to motivate, encourage, and inspire home health, home care, and durable medical equipment providers professionals in the changing climate in healthcare.

The talk is upbeat, energetic, full of humor, and tangible action strategies throughout.  It is based on my experiences conquering cancer three times (doctors did not think he would live), going through a bone marrow transplant, relearning how to walk, running marathons around the world, and my studies as a Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Leadership along with Positive Psychology, and my book Life's a Marathon.

One of the benefits of my talk is reminding your members of the difference they make in the lives of patients through my inspiring story of conquering my health challenges and the benefits I experienced from receiving home healthcare.

Bradley Smith, Vertess Consulting

For over 20 years, Bradley Smith has held a number of significant executive positions including founding Lone Star Scooters, which offered medical equipment and franchise opportunities across the country, Lone Star Bio Medical, a diversified DME, pharmacy, health IT and home health care company, and BMS Consulting, where he provided strategic analysis and M+A intermediary services to executives in the healthcare industry. In addition, he is a regular columnist for HomeCare Magazine and HME News, where he focuses on healthcare marketplace trends and innovative business strategies for the principals of healthcare companies.

At VERTESS, Bradley is a Managing Director and Partner with considerable expertise in Private Equity Recapitalizations, HME/DME, Home Health Care, Hospice, Medical Devices, Health IT/Digital Health, Lab Services and related healthcare verticals in with US and internationally.

David Chandler, MBA, AAHomecare

David Chandler is the Senior Director of Payer Relations for American Association for Homecare.  David has worked to build relationships with payers across the country and assist Home Medical Equipment (HME) providers in ensuring their patients have access to quality equipment and care.  He continues to work with state and regional associations throughout the nation to find solutions and fight for regulatory and legislative change.  David has worked in the HME industry since 2003, most recently with Liberty Medical Specialties as Director of Reimbursement and Government Affairs.  He has considerable experience in sales, operations, reimbursement, payer, and government relations.  

Chandler’s service to the HME community also includes a term as President of the Atlantic Coast Medical Equipment Services Association.  He served as Chairman of the Medicare Jurisdiction C Advisory Council and was a member of AAHomecare’s Regulatory Council and State Leaders Council.  Chandler was elected to the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy/ DME Subcommittee in 2016.  Chandler also currently serves on the board for Alabama Durable Medical Equipment Association (ADMEA), Great Lakes Home Medical Services Association, Northeast Medical Equipment Providers Association (NEMEP), and Texas Medical Equipment Providers Association (TexMEP).

Jeff Woodham, Mandry Technology Solutions

Jeff is the Vice President at Mandry Technology Solutions, an IT Managed Services Provider (MSP) and Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) located in Texas. Prior to Mandry, he held multiple leadership roles in the Post-Acute and Homecare industries with companies such as The MED Group, Managed Health Care Associates and Stratice Healthcare. He holds multiple certifications within the areas of leadership development and team building. In addition, he is a certified Healthcare Information Security & Privacy Practitioner with expertise in HIPAA Privacy and Security regulation.

Mandi Rodgers, VGM & Associates

Mandi Rodgers is the senior director of marketing & communications VGM & Associates. Prior to joining VGM in 2017, Mandi worked at an AV/IT company to help build their customer engagement and communications structure. Her background includes a unique combination of broadcast, public relations, and marketing in healthcare, sustainability, and consumer products, providing her with valuable insights into the marketing industry. Mandi is driven to help companies accelerate their marketing initiatives and reach their goals, and has her BA in Mass Communications.

Miriam Lieber, Lieber Consulting

Miriam Lieber is an independent consultant and trainer specializing in operations management for homecare providers.  Her extensive experience with Medicare and other third party payers has brought her national recognition in the homecare industry.  With over 20 years in the homecare field, Miriam is a featured author of many articles in the areas of operations and accounts receivable management, regulations and compliance.  Additionally, she is a nationally known speaker for many homecare trade associations.  In her consulting practice, Ms. Lieber’s clientele includes home health care companies, pharmacies, manufacturers, Medicare and other third party payers, investment firms, and hospitals.  She has worked with over 375 homecare providers. Lieber is known to have practical approaches to complex operational matters and assists her clients with the nuts and bolts of running a profitable business. 

Sarah Newby, Strategic Office Support

Sarah Newby joined SOS as Sales & Marketing Director in July 2022.  With her strategy, guidance, and leadership, SOS experienced 400% growth from YE22 to YE23 and is on track to repeat that success in 2024.  Sarah holds degrees in Materials Engineering and Mandarin Chinese from Penn State University.  Sarah joined SOS after six years’ experience in engineering, branding, and product management with ExxonMobil.  Through watching the incredible transformation clients experience when partnering with SOS, Sarah passionately believes SOS offers the best solution to the HME/DME industry.  She is on a mission to help all clients scale seamlessly and grow exponentially!

Wayne van Halem, The van Halem Group

Wayne van Halem founded The van Halem Group in 2006. The Atlanta-based firm merged with VGM Group in 2014, and Wayne currently serves as its president as they assist providers with navigating complex issues related to audits, appeals, enrollment, and compliance. A former auditor and national Appeals Director with Medicare, Wayne is also a published author and well-known lecturer. He is an Accredited Healthcare Fraud Investigator through the National Health Care Anti-fraud Association (NHCAA), a Certified Fraud Examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and an active member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). He also sits on the American Association for Homecare’s Regulatory Council, Medtrade’s Educational Advisory Board, Medicare DME MAC Jurisdiction C and D Advisory Councils, and on the Advisory Board for HME Business Magazine. Since 2006, his company has saved suppliers over $70 million in overpayments and denial recoveries. 

All attendees and exhibitors are invited to join any and all meeting sessions, breaks, meals, and networking opportunities.




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