Conference Faculty Growing a Thriving Private Practice

2017 Private Practice - Registration - September 6-18

Heather Bupp, Esq., is ASHA's director of ethics. She provides ethical guidance through informal telephone/e-mail advice, continuing education, and presentations. She serves as counsel to the Board of Ethics for complaint adjudication. Bupp has practiced law in various jurisdictions, specializing in ethics/professional discipline, employment law, and legal technology. She was a 2009 fellow at the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism in Atlanta, Georgia, and former legal ethics counsel at the District of Columbia Bar in Washington, DC.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employed by ASHA as Director of Ethics

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Ex officio and counsel to the ASHA Board of Ethics

Charles R. Felder, PT, DPT, MBA, has 38 years of physical therapy experience, including 20+ years as a practice owner. Felder earned a transitional doctorate in physical therapy from the EIM Institute of Health Professions. In addition, he holds an MBA from the University of California at Irvine, a master's degree in physical therapy from the Sargent College School of Allied Health Professions at Boston University, and a bachelor's degree in physical education from Cleveland State University. Felder was one of the first people in the country to earn board certification as a specialist in sports physical therapy and later served as a board member of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is the founder of HCS Consulting, Inc. specializing in assisting physical therapy private practice owners in managing the business aspects of their practices. He also serves as the executive director of the Physical Therapy Business Alliance. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • President of HCS Consulting
  • Received financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Daneen Grooms, MHSA, is ASHA's director of health reform analysis and advocacy. She serves as liaison to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Her focus is on advocating for the inclusion of audiologists and SLPs in health reform initiatives, including alternative payment models. Prior to joining ASHA, Grooms worked at the American Academy of Neurology as their regulatory affairs manager.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employed by ASHA as Director Health Reform Analysis and Advocacy

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Contributor to for-sale ASHA products on the topic of health plan payments, coding, and payer advocacy. Receives no compensation for product sales.

Kari Ann Legg, Esq., is the principal of the Law Offices of Kari Ann Legg. Her legal practice focuses on traditional labor and employment law, corporate law, and estate planning and probate. With respect to labor and employment law, Legg counsels employers with regard to their obligations under ADEA, ADA, EFCA, FMLA, Title VII, WARN, USERRA, FLSA, NLRA, and other state and local employment statutes. She has represented employers before state and federal courts, arbitration proceedings, and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the National Labor Relations Board. With respect to corporate law, Legg advises clients regarding entity formation; employment, consulting and compensation arrangements; shareholder agreements; MBE/WBE certification; confidentiality matters; business contracts; and restrictive covenants. In the area of estate planning and probate, she assists clients with the planning of their future and the protection of their assets and loved ones. She was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2000.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Principal at the Law Offices of Kari Ann Legg
  • Received financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Renee Matlock, MA, CCC-SLP/L, is the founder and former owner of Speech Plus PC in Frankfort, Illinois. Matlock has more than 30 years of clinical and administrative experience and is widely recognized for her work in the field of speech-language pathology. A frequent lecturer and consultant, she has extensive experience diagnosing and treating school-age children with language, auditory processing, and literacy difficulties. She is a member of the American Academy of Private Practitioners in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA) and received the AAPPSPA Honors of the Association. In 2013, Matlock established The Private Practice Coach to provide business coaching to small business entrepreneurs. She often speaks on private practice business-building topics and has authored several articles, including "Marketing‒It's All About Relationships" (The ASHA Leader, May 2013), "A Winning Combination Within and Outside Practice Walls" (The ASHA Leader, January 2014), and "So You Want to Grow Your Practice" (The ASHA Leader, May 2016). She is a contributing author for ASHA's Guide to Successful Private Practice (2005). She also consults to small- and medium-sized companies.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Received financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Janet P. McCarty, MEd, CCC-SLP, is director of private health plan reimbursement in ASHA's Health Care Economics and Advocacy unit. She edited and co-authored several reimbursement guides and contributed to ASHA's 2016 Coding and Billing for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. She has written articles on establishing billing policies, early intervention programs and funding, how reimbursement codes are valued by payers, cognitive rehabilitation advocacy, mandated autism benefits, and preparing successful appeals. McCarty has worked extensively on issues related to CPT and ICD-10. She holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Virginia. McCarty has served as director of a community speech and hearing clinic and has also worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, home health agencies, schools, and nursing homes.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employed by ASHA as Director of Private Health Plan Reimbursement

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Contributor to multiple for-sale ASHA products on the topic of health plan payments, coding, and payer advocacy. Receives no compensation for product sales.

Tim Nanof, MSW, is ASHA's Director of Health Care Policy & Advocacy. He leads ASHA's efforts focused on reimbursement and regulatory issues related to Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and other health care programs and is the staff ex-officio to ASHA's Health Care Economics Committee. Prior to coming to ASHA, Nanof was the Director of Federal Affairs for the American Occupational Therapy Association, where he focused on legislative advocacy. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employed by ASHA as Director of Health Care Policy & Advocacy

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Ex-officio to ASHA's Health Care Economics Committee

Kevin D. St. Clergy, MS, is one of the most sought-after speakers in the speech-language/audiology profession and hearing aid industry. He's one of the only practice-building experts who trained as an audiologist, ran a practice, and worked with hearing aid manufacturers. He has a Master of Science in audiology and 20 years of practice development experience. St. Clergy regularly fills workshops and lecture halls, sharing his proven, real-world strategies for audiology, effective communication, and hearing aid practices. He has spoken extensively on topics ranging from how to attract patients and convert calls to appointments, to optimizing the counseling process and maximizing profits.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Partner and founder of MedPB, LLC
  • Received financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Stuart Trembath, MA, CCC-A, is a small-town audiologist, co-chair of ASHA’s Health Care Economics Committee, and ASHA’s representative to the American Medical Association Common Procedure Terminology Editorial Panel. Trembath is the owner of Hearing Associates, P.C., in Mason City, Iowa. Hearing Associates, P.C., is a private audiology practice celebrating its 30th year in business. In addition, he is a past president of the Iowa Speech, Language and Hearing Association and a past president of the Iowa Speech and Hearing Foundation board.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Travel costs related to role as co-chair of ASHA’s Health Care Economics Committee
  • Travel costs related to role as CPT adviser for American Medical Association 
  • Received financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Sarah Warren, MA, is the director of health care regulatory advocacy at ASHA. In this role, she supports ASHA's membership by responding to member inquiries, anticipating Medicare payment policy trends, and commenting on Medicare's proposed policies. She has worked on health care payment policy for more than a decade. Prior to joining ASHA, Warren represented inpatient rehabilitation facilities at the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) and physical therapists at the American Physical Therapy Association.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employed by ASHA as Director of Health Care Regulatory Advocacy

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

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