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CLINICAL TEAM
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Linda H. Krulish, PT MHS COS-C
President

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Linda is a physical therapist with a Masters in Health Sciences. She has worked in the home health industry since 1988, is a nationally recognized expert on OASIS, the Hospice Item Set and quality measurement and improvement. She serves the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractors, assisting in home health and hospice quality measures development, data set refinement, and maintenance and updating of Guidance Manuals and other key provider education resources for the Hospice Item Set and OASIS. She provides oversight and subject matter expertise to manage contracts for CMS's OASIS Q&A Help Desk, CMS's Home Health Quality/Star Rating Help Desk, and CMS's Hospice Quality Reporting Program/HIS Help Desk. She served as the President and a Founding Member of the OASIS Certificate and Competency Board (OCCB), and continues to oversee the COS-C Exam as Chair of the Exam Review Task Force. Linda is President and Founder of OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Marian Essey, RN BSN COS-C
Senior Director of Clinical Quality and Value

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Marian is a registered nurse with over 25 years experience in home health, hospice, and community-based services. Marian has served as the Director for the Home Health Quality Improvement Organization Support Center (QIOSC) for Pennsylvania's Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), Quality Insights of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, she worked closely with CMS to plan and implement national home health quality initiatives. She served as Director for the 2007 Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign to reduce avoidable hospitalizations. Marian served on numerous CMS technical expert panels and quality improvement committees including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Technical Expert Panel for the development of the Home Health Care CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems), the CMS Technical Expert Panel for OASIS Process Measures, and CMS's Workgroup for Home Healthcare Process of Care and Outcome Measures Workgroup. Marian is Senior Director of Clinical Quality and Value at OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Rhonda Will, RN BS BCHH-C COS-C
Senior Consultant
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor 

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Rhonda, a registered nurse, has been in home care since 1979 as a direct care provider, intake and utilization manager, quality improvement coordinator, and staff educator. Since 1999, she has developed and conducted provider training nationally related to OASIS, diagnosis coding and regulatory compliance. Rhonda specializes in medical record review to identify OASIS and coding accuracy and to determine compliance with the Medicare Home Health and Hospice benefits. She currently provides content expertise to the CMS OASIS Q&A Help Desk Contract. She holds both the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation and Board Certified Home Health-Coding (BCHH-C) designation and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM trainer.  Rhonda is a Senior Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Dodie Johnson, RN MSN AGNP-C
Senior Consultant

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Dorene "Dodie" is an Adult-Gerontology Certified Nurse Practitioner with a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration. She has worked in clinical and administrative roles in hospice and home health, and has managed business development and physician alignment for oncology and surgical services in a multi-hospital system. She was a founding board member of the Hospice Nurse Certification exam, developing content and testing for construct and content reliability. Dodie provides content expertise and management support to the CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program Contract and manages the Hospice Quality (HIS) Help Desk. Dodie is a Senior Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Bobi Rose, RN BSN CWCN CCCN COS-C
Senior Consultant

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Bobi is a registered nurse practicing in home health since 1994. She has been a leader in both clinical and operational positions at the regional and national level with large corporate home health agencies. Bobi has extensive experience in OASIS, coding, regulatory compliance, operational efficiency, and outcome improvement. She currently provides content and management expertise to the CMS OASIS Q&A Help Desk Contract, and provides national training for the state OASIS Education Coordinators (OECs). She holds the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation, is a Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN) and a Certified Continence Care Nurse (CCCN). Bobi is a Senior Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Wendy K. Anemaet, PT DPT PhD GCS CWS GTC COS-C
Senior Associate Consultant

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Wendy is a physical therapist since 1989 with experience in home health, acute care, rehab, outpatient, and skilled nursing. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Wendy is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) and Certified Wound Specialist (CWS), has a Geriatric Training Certificate (GTC), and serves on the editorial board of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.  She has co-authored books on home health rehabilitation and has published hundreds of articles on home health therapy in peer-reviewed and trade publications. She provides training nationally on geriatric strengthening, wound assessment and management, falls prevention, and competency training for home health physical therapists on the drug regimen review and pharmacology. Wendy has earned the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation and is a Senior Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Kim Corral, BSN Ma Ed HCS-D BCHH-C COS-C
Senior Associate Consultant
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor


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Kim is a registered nurse with a Masters in Education, practicing in home health since 1984, with much of her career in home health. She has been a leader in both clinical and operational positions at the regional and national level with large corporate home health agencies, providing the clinical voice of quality, while increasing efficiencies. Kim has extensive experience speaking for national home care audiences on OASIS data collection and strategies, documentation standards, and operational processes to support OASIS and ICD-9/10 coding accuracy. She holds the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation and is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor. Kim is a Senior Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Annette Lee, RN MS HCS-D COS-C
Senior Associate Consultant
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor 

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Annette is a registered nurse with a Masters in Health Care Administration practicing since 1990, with the majority of her nursing experience in home health.  For over a decade she worked with the CMS intermediary where she provided home health documentation review and education. She presents nationally on OASIS and PPS. Annette holds both the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation and the Home Care Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D) certificate. She is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor and a Senior Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Sparkle A. Sparks, PT MPT HCS-D COS-C
Senior Associate Consultant
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor


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Sparkle is a physical therapist working in home care since 1994 as direct care provider, staff educator, PPS analyst, OASIS and ICD-9/10-CM coding instructor and consultant. She draws from this extensive background to provide practical education that is both fun & effective. Sparkle is nationally known for her humorous approach and ability to explain difficult topics in terms that all in home care can understand. She has served as an advisor to and member of the Board of Medical Specialty Coding. She is a graduate of the American Health Information Management Association Academy for ICD-10-CM Coding where she earned the designation of AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor. Sparkle holds the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation and is a Senior Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Rebecca B. Skrine, MS CCC-SLP COS-C
Associate Consultant

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Becky has been practicing in home care since 1980. She has served as a speech language pathologist, administrator, consultant, and educator. She is a Certified Home Care and Hospice Executive (CHCE) and holds the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation. She was a member of the national Home Health Quality Improvement Organization Executive Steering Committee and contributed to Best Practice Intervention Packages as part of the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign. She served on the OASIS Certificate and Competency Board's (OCCB) Clinical Advisory Panel as well as on the 2007 Exam Review Task Force. She is an Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Ida Blevins, BS RHIA
Associate Consultant

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Ida , a Registered Health Information Administrator, has worked in Health Information Management since 1975. Along with her hospital, ambulatory care and private sector health information management and coding experience, she has been actively involved in home care management for the past decade. Ida serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Home Care Council and has provided numerous ICD-9-CM training seminars and coding audits nationally. She co-authored a home care coding textbook for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and serves as the Facilitator of AHIMA's Home Health Community of Practice. Ida served on the Clinical Advisory Panel for the OASIS Certificate and Competency Board and is an Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Lisa A. Gorski, MS CNS-BC CRNI FAAN
Associate Consultant

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Lisa is a Clinical Nurse Specialist working at a large Milwaukee home care agency since 1985. Her primary areas of expertise include care of chronically ill adult patients and home infusion therapy. In addition to authoring a recurring column on infusion standards for the Journal of Infusion Nursing, she has authored over 50 journal articles and book chapters, and four books. She was honored by the Infusion Nurses Society as the 2003 Certified Infusion Nurse of the Year, and served as the 2007 President of the Infusion Nurses Society. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2006 and in 2008 participated on the committee to revise the newly published American Nurses Association Scope and Standards for Home Health Nurses. Lisa is an Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
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Patti Gary, RN CWOCN
Associate Consultant

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Patti is a Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse practicing since 1985 in critical care, home health, and quality improvement. She has authored extensively on wound management and quality improvement, and has developed multiple wound management tools to enhance wound assessment and healing. She is an instructor of wound management at Houston Baptist University School of Nursing. She served on the OASIS Certificate and Competency Board's (OCCB) Clinical Advisory Panel as well as on the Exam Review Task Force. Patti is an Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
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 EXECUTIVE & ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

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Jennifer Beardall, CPA
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Jennifer is a seasoned tax, finance, and management professional with over 18 years of experience in accounting and operations management within the medical field and professional accounting firms. Jennifer has a Masters in Taxation and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. She worked for Deloitte and Touche, LLP for five years and served as a practice manager/CFO for a private medical practice for 8 years. As CFO for OASIS Answers, Jennifer serves as financial advisor, contributing to operations oversight and strategic planning.
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Jeri Martin 
Director of Operations & Marketing

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Jeri has an extensive background in marketing and operations, serving industries that have included telecommunications, software, retail, and consulting. She is experienced in managing daily operations for multiple business units and her skills include budgeting, finance, recruiting, human resources, project management, and event management. Jeri has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and over 20 years of experience in marketing and operations, including running her own graphic design and marketing consulting firm for seven years.
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Ann White, PhD
Director of Exam Psychometrics                                 

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Dr. White is an experienced psychometrician with hands-on experience in all aspects of certificate program and examination development. For over 25 years she has been providing consultation to credentialing agencies and testing companies in all areas of test development including job analysis, development of test specifications, question writing, passing score studies, and psychometric analyses. She received her PhD in Educational Psychology from Cornell University. Dr. White has provided psychometric consultation to the COS-C Examination program since 2004.
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Jo-Lynn Jansen 
Special Projects Coordinator/Marketing Consultant

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Jo-Lynn has 20+ years of demonstrated project management, organization, analysis and communication experience and has proven success in multi-discipline business and support roles. Jo-Lynn supports the OAI team through excellent project coordination for our Quarterly OASIS Teleconferences, Continuing Education Process and provides technical support for database management, data analysis and reporting, and website maintenance.  She plays a pivotal role in supporting OAI workshops, exams, office operations and procedures. Jo-Lynn worked for AT&T/Lucent Technologies in diverse roles such as Back Office Manager, Market Planner and Product Manager before coming to OASIS Answers.
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Jennifer Funk 
Education Coordinator

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Jennifer coordinates the 100+ events and workshops that OASIS Answers participates in every year.  Her days are full of contracts, venue negotiations, and communications with our presenters.  She is extremely organized but is known for sourcing unusual trivia on the cities that we visit! Jen also manages our customer database and is a large contributor in our outreach efforts.  Jen has a Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and was a teacher for many years.  She worked in higher education and in non-profit prior to joining the team at OAI.
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Bharti Arora 
Exam Project Coordinator

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Bharti manages all of the aspects of the Certificate for OASIS Specialist – Clinical (COS-C) exam. Her detail-oriented approach to her work and technical expertise make her a good fit for the role.  Bharti has a Master’s degree in Information Technology Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Before joining the OAI team, Bharti was an Operations Analyst at Microsoft and a Technical Support Specialist at Dell.  
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Melodie Perkins 
Customer Care Coordinator

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Melodie serves as our Customer Care Coordinator and is often the first voice you’ll hear when calling the OAI office.  Her role includes product fulfillment and addressing and triaging customer needs. Melodie has experience in office administration and reception support in multiple healthcare and service companies. She is an efficient and passionate advocate and support for our valued clients.
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