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Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, FAAN
is known as The Inspiration Nurse.  She is a powerhouse of energy, wisdom, and humor who has been referred to as a positive force of nature who lights a path for others to follow. She is the original “Dear Donna” columnist at Nurse.com. Her accomplished career combines over 25 years of clinical, managerial, and business experience, not to mention her stint as a professional singer. Donna is author of four books including the award-winning Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart. She is a life-long Jersey Girl with attitude and chutzpah to spare!

"The Power of Resilience"


General Session Speakers

Bill Dombi, Esq., is the CEO for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and specializes in legal, legislative, and regulatory advocacy on behalf of patients and providers of home health and hospice care. With over 37 years of experience in health care law and policy, Bill 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 institution on Medicare PPS for home health in 2000, and the national health care reform legislation in 2010. Dombi 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, and a lawsuit addressing the so-called Medicare “case mix creep adjustments” in 2008-2010. 

Danna L. Kauffman, Esq. joined the firm in 2013 and became a partner in 2017. Throughout her career Danna has worked in various levels of State government and in the private sector. She has established a reputation as a problem solver and consensus builder who can handle complicated issues in a trusted and professional manner.

Beginning in 1997, Danna served as Counsel to the then House Environmental Matters Committee, working on complex health care issues, and then spent three years as a senior legislative advisor to Governor Glendening, where she worked on a wide range of issues in the areas of health, environment, civil rights and homeland security. Immediately prior to joining the Firm, Danna served as the Senior Vice President of Public Policy for LifeSpan Network, the leading senior care provider association in Maryland.

Raised in Howard County, Maryland, Danna holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Towson University, where she graduated cum laude. In 1996, she graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was an editor on the Maryland Law Review. 

A third-generation Marylander, Senator Ben Cardin has been a national leader on health care, retirement security, the environment and fiscal issues while representing the people of Maryland in the U.S. Senate, and before that in the House of Representatives. He has worked across party lines to further U.S. national security and to ensure that good governance, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated into American foreign policy efforts.

A member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee since arriving in the Senate, Senator Cardin helped write the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that has helped small businesses in Maryland and nationwide weather the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and he created the EIDL Advance Grant program to quickly get cash to small businesses in need.

Senator Cardin believes access to quality, affordable health care should be a right and not a privilege, especially during a public health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. He continues to be a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and has advocated for the addition of a public option for coverage. He led the fight for the Patients' Bill of Rights and, because of his efforts, the law ensures that individuals in private health insurance plans have the right to choose their primary care provider, women have direct access to an ob/gyn, and patients with medical emergencies are guaranteed coverage for necessary ER visits. He was responsible for the elevation of the National Institute for Minority Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health and has been a strong supporter of increases in funding for federally qualified health care centers and health information technology. Senator Cardin continues to be a leading champion for increased medical research funding for Maryland's world-class universities, NIH, and our State's cutting edge biotech industry.

Read Senator Ben Cardin's' full biography here.


Breakout Session Speakers

Patty Klinefelter, MBA, RN, BC, has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the home healthcare industry. Her background includes directorship roles in both healthcare system and hospital settings. She provided 29 years of comprehensive leadership as Home Health Director for two home health agencies with a combined net revenue of $22 million. As Home Health Director for a six-hospital health care system across two states, with the largest hospital having 445 beds, Patty delivered operational day-to-day leadership, planning, development and valuation for home care services for the region.  She developed, implemented and monitored policies and procedures to assure adherence to all legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements.  She collaborated with leadership to develop, maintain and evaluate/improve clinical practice standards and ensured consistent implementation and coordination of services.

Patty holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Penn State University and an MBA from Averett University. She is a licensed Registered Nurse and holds a Home Health Nurse Certification by American Nurses Association.  In 1997, Patty was awarded Virginia Association of Home Care Administrator of the Year, and she is a past recipient of the Valley Health Excellence in Performance Award and Valley Health Quarterly Teamwork Award.

Ada Horsfall MBA, MHA, MD is the Director of Care Management at Lifematters. She oversees the Care Management program at Lifematters, serving the D.C, Maryland and Virginia metro region, with an additional office in Pennsylvania coming soon.

Ada is a patient-centric business professional with a passion for holistic senior care and management. A member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), Ada is passionate about helping seniors improve their quality of life, maximize their independence, and age in place with the dignity and respect they deserve.
With over 13 years experience in the healthcare industry, Ada is committed to enhancing seniors’ experience as they navigate the complex healthcare system. She works collaboratively across various health systems and with diverse teams to support seniors as they age in place.


John E. Gallagher is Vice President of Government Relations for the VGM Group, Inc. where he is responsible for advocating on behalf of VGM members/DME providers to Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies. Gallagher has also amassed thousands of miles, traveling across the country to educate both the state associations and independent providers on regulatory and government issues. Additionally, Gallagher has worked tenaciously to promote upstanding service within the home medical equipment industry.  He is a board member of both the Healthcare Quality Association for Accreditation (HQAA) and the Fraud Eradication Advisory Team (FEAT).  John received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in management from the State University of New York – Binghamton.  Prior to his 2002 employment with VGM, John served as a U.S. Army Signal Corp. Officer from 1983 to 1989.  He also held a number of executive positions in the medical equipment industry.  

Margie Hackett is a Transition Guide Nurse Manager at Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.  In the 34 years she has been employed there, Margie has had several roles in helping patients manage their chronic health issues at home, navigate the health system, understand their medications, and learn self-management. The last 10 years she has been specifically working on transitions of care from the hospital to home setting or skilled nursing facility to prevent readmissions through patient education, enhancement of discharge instructions, improved understanding of Palliative Care/Advanced Care Planning, and improvement of communication with various community resources and services available to patients.  Margie is a member of the hospital’s patient education workgroup, Montgomery County’s Primary Care Coalition HEALTH Partnership, and is actively involved with Nexus Montgomery, a collaborative created by all 6 Montgomery County Hospitals. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from University of Maryland, is a certificate holder as a Guided Care Nurse from Johns Hopkins Nursing, and is Board Certified in Gerontology by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


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