Barbara A. Bates, RN, MSN, RAC-CT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT has 42 years’ experience in gero-psychiatry and LTC nursing, holding management, and administration positions at the Rochester Psychiatric Center as well as the Director of Nursing position at a NYS Veterans Home. Mrs. Bates has a MSN, specializing in Nursing Education, is certified in MDS 3.0, and is a master teacher for DNS-CT and QCP through AADNS. Barbara currently provides educational programming in MDS, CAAs and care plans, PRI, and QAPI for SUNY Albany School for Public Health statewide and MDS Consultants, Inc. and has spoken nationally for Health Information Network, AANAC and AADNS, and Pioneer Network. Barbara is currently involved as a facilitator in Customer Satisfaction Training grants in various LTC facilities in the state of New York. She was also a facilitator for the Gold STAMP program to reduce pressure ulcers in NYS and the implementation of Medical Director/Attending Physician Guidelines. She previously was the senior educator for the Foundation of LTC, providing instruction in Exceptional Care Planning, which focused on streamlining care plans and enhancing resident-centered care. She is currently the Chair of the DNS-EAP committee for AADNS and volunteers for the NYS Surrogate Decision Making Committee, a Governor-appointed position.
Janet Feldkamp, JD, BSN, RN, LNHA, CHC focuses her practice in the area of healthcare law, including long-term care survey and certification, state and federal regulation, physician and nurse practice, and fraud and abuse involving hospitals, suppliers, insurers and physicians. She retains active licenses as a registered nurse and a nursing home administrator and has extensive healthcare experience.
Janet is a member of the editorial advisory board of Caring for the Ages, a monthly newspaper for long term care practitioners. She has been a frequent speaker on health law related topics, particularly in the area of long-term care. Janet is also a co-author of the Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk & Compliance Issues, 2015, published by the American Health Lawyers Association.
Regina Fink, PhD, APRN, AOCN, CHPN, FAAN is Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine and College of Nursing and nursing lead for the Interprofessional MSPC and Palliative Care Certificate Programs. Previously, she has worked as an oncology and pain clinical nurse specialist and a research nurse scientist at University of Colorado Hospital, where she mentored nurses and other professionals on evidence-based practice (EBP), quality improvement, and research projects. A national and international lecturer on pain, oncology, palliative care, and EBP with multiple peer-reviewed publications and books, she has focused her 40-year career on caring for persons with cancer and pain. Previous palliative care research includes being a co-investigator on an AHRQ grant, “Improving Pain Management in Nursing Homes” and most recently an ACS grant, “Apoyo con Carino: Patient Navigation to Improve Palliative Care for Latinos with Advanced Cancer.” She conducted a palliative care needs assessment of rural Rocky Mountain hospitals, replicating this work in 15 Middle Eastern countries. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She received her BSN from Villanova University and earned a MS and PhD in Nursing from the University of Colorado, College of Nursing.
Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, DNS-CT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT serves as the vice president of curriculum development for AADNS and its sister organization, AANAC, overseeing the development and integrity of the content and curriculum for the Director of Nursing Services--Certified (DNS-CT) certification, QAPI Certified Professional (QCP) certification, Resident Assessment Coordinator--Certified (RAC-CT) certification, Medicare University, and other educational programs. She serves as the executive editor of the DNS Navigator and LTC Leader newsletters and represents AADNS and AANAC nationally. Judi’s career began as a nursing home administrator in 1987. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing with a focus on Informatics and a Master’s degree in Education. She has been a registered nurse since 2000. Throughout her nearly 30-year career in long-term care leadership, Judi has focused her work on supporting facilities in managing the RAI process, MDS coding, and nursing system quality improvement. She has served as an operations manager, case mix and quality assurance consultant, and crisis control administrator for a variety of organizations, including facilities in multiple states.
Evan Shulman currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Division of Nursing Homes in the Quality, Safety, and Oversight Group within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Division of Nursing Homes is responsible for the long term care survey process used by state agencies to assess compliance with the Medicare and Medicaid Requirements for Participation, and the policies to impose enforcement when noncompliance exists. The division is also responsible many other programs related to long term care facilities, such as payroll-based journal (PBJ) staffing reporting, the Nursing Home Compare website and Five Star Quality Reporting Program, the minimum data set (MDS) resident assessment instrument, and the partnership to improve dementia care.
Evan began working at CMS in 2012 where he joined the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office to manage a program focused on reducing avoidable hospitalizations among Medicare-Medicaid enrollees in nursing homes. Prior to Joining CMS, Evan worked for United Healthcare where he served as the Vice President of Product Development for their nursing home product. Evan graduated from the University of Delaware and is a guest lecturer at the University of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University.
Amy Stewart, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT is a curriculum development specialist for AADNS. Formerly, she was a legal nurse consultant for the law firm Hall, Prangle, Schoonveld (HPS), in Chicago. She has 20 years of experience in the post-acute healthcare industry, with expertise in the areas of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI), clinical reimbursement, quality, and regulatory change. Prior to joining HPS, Amy was the division director of reimbursement for 18 skilled nursing facilities in the Chicagoland area, part of a larger hospital system that participated in CMS innovative payment models. Previous roles include director of nursing, pharmacy quality consultant, wound care consultant, and MDS coordinator. Amy is a master teacher for the AADNS curriculum as well as AANAC curriculum, and was a presenter at the 2014, 2016, and 2017 AANAC national conferences.
Linda Winston, RN, MSN, BS, RAC-CT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT has been a nurse for over 30 years. Linda has a diverse background in the long-term care setting, including staff nurse, supervising nurse, nurse educator, nursing administrator, and, for 16 years, director of nursing.
Her areas of expertise are current survey and certification process; quality assurance and performance improvement; resident assessment; clinical approaches, including the improvement and prevention of skin alterations and prevention of falls and root cause analysis; and implementation of systems.
Linda has a Master’s degree in Nursing with a focus on Education and works as a nurse consultant/educator with a focus on skilled nursing. She holds certifications from AADNS and AANAC. She is a master trainer for the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services certification programs, the Director of Nursing Services--Certified (DNS-CT) and QAPI Certified Professional (QCP).
Previously, as coach in the School of Public Health University of Albany’s GoldSTAMP Program, she has worked to improve the prevention and care of pressure ulcers across healthcare settings and has also worked as a per diem second nurse planner. She has experience with conducting mock surveys, mentoring and coaching, and building systems.
As an outstanding leader in implementing new systems as well as leading teams through change, Linda has been recognized with several awards, including Duquesne University’s Alumni Award; New York State’s Commissioner’s Award (as a team member); and, she received recognition from the National Guard and Reserve as a Patriotic Employer, from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.