"The Perfect Storm: Navigating Through the Downpour" - Labor Costs, Operations, Insurance, and Financial Issues in Home Care - New York, NY

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Date   May 21, 2013

Home Health Care Industry Symposium - New York, NY

Thank you to those of you who have already registered. We are almost at capacity for this event. If you wish to attend, please register immediately.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
8:30 am - 9:00 am - Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm - Program

New York's Hotel Pennsylvania
PennTop North Ballroom (18th Floor)
401 Seventh Avenue (On 7th Ave between W 32nd St. and W 33rd St.)
New York, N.Y. 10001

About the Program
A perfect storm is brewing in the home care industry. An unprecedented transition to Managed Care is occurring, at the same time as the Wage Parity Act, Affordable Care Act, and FIDA roil the waters, raising issues every home care agency in New York has to deal with this year.

  • How high will direct labor costs increase on March 1, 2014, if the "prevailing rate of total compensation" in home care is set by the master 1199SEIU labor contract?
  • How can agencies achieve efficiencies in management and operations if managed care reimbursement rates do not rise proportionately?
  • How can agencies cope with the Affordable Care Act's health insurance requirements and penalties?
  • How can agencies obtain lines of credit and financing based on their managed care receivables?

Panel Topics and Speakers

1) The Wage Parity Act, the 1199 Home Care Contract, and Urgent Wage and Hours Issues
Stephen E. Zweig, Partner, FordHarrison LLP
        Arnold Ng, Director of Home Care Services Program, NYC Human Resources Administration
        Phil K. Davidoff, Partner, FordHarrison LLP

2) Managing Agency Expenses as Reimbursement Rates Tighten
        Gary P. Carpenter, Partner, Grassi & Co.
        Alfonso P. Conti, Manager, Grassi & Co.

3) Health Insurance Options Under the ACA and Obtaining Bank Loans and Lines of Credit
        Louis Cenname, Jr., First Vice President and Business Development Officer, Sterling National Bank
         Thomas M. Braunstein, First Vice President and Deputy Division Manager, Sterling National Bank   
        Paul Essner, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, Partner, Signature Group of Companies

There is no charge for attending this event, but seating is limited. Please register below to reserve your spot. If you have any difficulty registering, please contact Will Xiong at wxiong@fordharrison.com or at 212-453-5932.

There will be a continental breakfast and light refreshments provided at the beginning of the event. There will also be breaks for networking.

This symposium is designed for directors, board members, and others involved in fiscal operations for both for-profit and not-for-profit Home Care Agencies, Managed Care Organizations, and Managed Long Term Care Providers. This program has been pre-approved for HRCI credits for PHR, GPHR and SPHR professionals.

Speaker Bios:

Stephen E. Zweig, a partner in FordHarrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, has represented unionized and non-union home care agencies for more than 30 years and negotiates the master home care labor agreements with 1199SEIU and DC 1707 AFSCME.

Arnold Ng, Director of the NYC Home Care Services Program (HCSP) Contracts division with NYC Human Resources Administration, has 32 years of experience with NYC home care; he currently oversees the delivery of Medicaid-funded home care services in NYC and represents the HCSP in negotiations with the NYS Department of Health.

Philip K. Davidoff, a partner at FordHarrison LLP, has practiced employment law in New York for over 20 years and has significant experience in representing employers in wage and hour litigation and counseling employers on all aspects of employment law and workplace issues.

Gary P. Carpenter, CPA, a partner for Grassi & Co.'s Healthcare Practice, has worked with health care companies throughout the nation in a variety of areas including corporate organizational issues, profit maximization and representation before Medicare and Medicaid government representatives on various reimbursement issues. 

Alfonso P. Conti, MPA, a manager at Grassi & Co., provides healthcare management consulting services to companies, including operational reviews such as complaince and HIPAA reviews.

Louis Cenname, Jr., First Vice President and Business Development Officer at Sterling National Bank, has banked the healthcare industry for over 15 years, providing banking depository and borrowing solutions to the industry.

Thomas M. Braunstein, First Vice President and Deputy Division Manager at Sterling Bank, has 10 years of experience including lending to Finance Companies, the Staffing Industry, and Not-For-Profits; he focuses on commercial lending to the NYC middle market, serves as the deputy division manager of the Bank's Middle Market Lending unit, and works with Lou Cenname to grow Sterling's healthcare business.

Paul Essner, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, a partner at Signature Group of Companies, designs and implements traditional and cutting-edge employee benefit programs for both union and non-union employees in the home care industry.