2017 CMSA AZ Annual Conference

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Date(s) - 11/17/2017
All Day
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Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas

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7:00-7:45amRegistration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibit Hall
7:45-8:00amWelcome /Announcements/CMSA President Debra Bellitter
8:00-9:00amRachel Behrendt – From Birth to Death and Everything In Between: The Impact of Case Managers
9:00-10:00amAngela Allen – Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
10:00-10:30amExhibitor Hall/Networking
10:30-11:30amKathryn Busby - Update on Legislation and Public Policy Issues
11:30am-12:30pmLunch/Exhibitor Hall
12:30-2:30pmKathleen Fraser – Ethics: Lifting the Fog
2:30-3:00pmExhibitor Hall/Networking
3:00-4:00pmCameron Svendsen – The Value of Safe Home Care
4:00-4:15pmClosing Remarks/Door Prizes/CEUs

2017 Conference Speakers

Rachel Behrendt, DNP, RN, NEA-BCDr. Rachel Behrendt is an experienced nurse leader with nearly 30 years in health care. Rachel has worked in a variety of roles including staff nurse, case manager, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, vice president of professional practice, chief nursing officer (CNO) and currently as senior vice president at Hospice of the Valley. Throughout her career, she has maintained an active clinical practice, never wanting to move too far from direct patient care.

Rachel completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Her capstone project was a qualitative research study which evaluated the value of nurse certification to clinical nurses. Rachel has a Master’s degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Nursing Education from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University. Rachel attended a dual program between Union County College and Muhlenberg School of Nursing where she earned an Associate’s degree in Nursing and a Nursing Diploma.

Rachel is a long-time member of several nursing and healthcare organizations including current roles as a member of the board of directors for the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), board member for the Arizona Health and Hospital Association, and a commissioner for the Arizona Health Education Centers.

Rachel is a frequent lecturer and has authored several articles on issues including innovative strategies in staff engagement, palliative care, chemotherapy safety, performance improvement tools and strategies, the Magnet Recognition Program, and leadership.
Dr. Angela M. AllenDr. Angela M. Allen has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Arizona State University College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse with a specialization in research.

Banner Alzheimer Institute (BAI) and Arizona State University recently announced the appointment of Dr. Allen to serve as a research nurse. Banner Alzheimer Institute’s vision at Banner Research is to be the preeminent interdisciplinary research institute devoted to world-class basic and translational research, clinical care, prevention and education. This position will culminate with her being named as the Clinical Research Program Director of Nursing Research. Dr. Allen has been employed with Banner Health and Arizona State University for over ten years and currently serves in numerous capacities, including Arizona State University John A. Hartford Fellow and Banner Health co-investigator for an over $2.2 million research intervention study titled: Dementia Care Initiative. She has recently began a program within Banner Health called Recognizing Dementia in Inpatient Settings. Additionally, Dr. Allen is an active member of Black Nurses Association of Greater Phoenix Area; Arizona Community Foundation Black Philanthropist; and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter having served as the chair of the Physical and Mental Health committee. She currently serves on several boards, such as, National Black Nurses Association in Washington, D.C.; Tanner Community Development Corporation in Phoenix, Arizona; Senior Leadership Council for Alzheimer’s Association in Phoenix, Arizona; Consultant for the National Brain Health Center for African Americans in Richmond, Virginia, as well as, a curriculum developer, peer reviewer and special interest group chairperson for the National Association of Rehabilitation Nursing. Dr. Allen is a member of over 20 other organizations
Kathryn L. BusbyKathryn L. Busby is a government relations/public policy consultant specializing in health care. She represents various health care providers and entities providing government relations representation and consultation on regulatory, contracting and other health care related issues. Her clients have ranged from the Arizona Nurses Association to health plans and insurers (commercial, Medicaid and Medicare) to behavioral health providers, a nursing home and ambulance provider. Ms. Busby obtained a Bachelor of Science, Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University, Washington DC, and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University. She was a member of the Arizona State Board of Nursing from 2004-2016.
Kathleen Fraser, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCM, CRRNKathy is a Registered Nurse, a Certified Case Manager, Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and Board Certified in Case Management with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Nursing and also a Masters’ Degree in Health Care Administration. Kathy has been a nurse for 38 years beginning with Hospital nursing which included Emergency Room, Labor & Delivery and as a Director of Nursing. Kathy became a Case Manager 23 years ago, creating the 1st Case Management Department for a large national healthcare system.

Kathy recently finished a two-year term as the National President, and is currently the Executive Director for the Case Management Society of America’s National Board of Director’s. She is also on the Role Delineation and Expert Panel Committees of the American Nurses Association Certification Council for Case Management. Over the past 23 years she has served 5 previous Chapter Presidency terms in Houston and is a past Houston/Gulf Coast CMSA Case Manager of the Year. Kathy also serves on the Advisors Committee to the Board of Directors of NTOCC (National Transitions of Care Coalition), is on the steering committee of the National COPD Foundation and serves on the National Certification Roundtable Committee.

In June 2016, Kathy was presented CMSA’s prestigious Case Manager of the Year Award. In recent years, she was also selected by SEAK, Inc. and the National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine”.
Cameron SvendsenCameron Svendsen is a licensed clinical social worker and has 25 years invested service in the health care industry. In several business and educational development roles over the past decade, Cameron has promoted palliative care during the changing national perception toward how we care for chronic and seriously ill patients.

In late 2013 he helped found Palliative Care Alliance, currently the only Arizona community-based palliative care program that is not owned by a hospice.

In 2013-14 he served as a consultant for a renowned Phoenix based health & wellness corporation to help stimulate growth of community programs, including their Hospital Care Transitions and Memory Care Navigator services. Cameron is an avid public speaker and promoter of several health care industry topics and dedicated to the significant expansion of the Palliative Care Alliance endeavor for communities and health care silos across the country.

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* Students must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program in the healthcare field to obtain student discount.
* Group discount rate of 10% for groups of 3 or more participants (Members must have CM number).


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