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Executive and Support Staff

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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 been working in the home health industry since 1988, and is a nationally recognized expert on OASIS and home health quality improvement. She serves as a consultant to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractors, assisting in quality improvement measures and initiatives, PPS models analysis and enhancement, OASIS data set and Guidance Manual refinement, and development of   related support and training materials. Currently she oversees the contract managing the national CMS OASIS Q&A Mailbox and provides training for CMS’s State OASIS Education Coordinators. 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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Deborah L. Chisholm, RN BSN CPHQ COS-C
Director of Educational Programs

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Debbie is a registered nurse practicing since 1978 in critical care, home health, hospice, and quality improvement. She served as the Home Health Manager at the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care where she was involved in the national implementation of OBQI. She was trained in OASIS at the University of Colorado's Center for Health Services Research, and provided OASIS education for the CMS Data Accuracy Verification (DAVE) Project as   well as the OASIS Education Coordinators. Currently she manages the CMS OASIS Q&A Mailbox as well as provides content expertise for refinement of the OASIS data set and Guidance Manual. Debbie is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and has earned the Certificate for OASIS Specialist - Clinical (COS-C) designation. Debbie is the Director of Educational Programs at OASIS Answers, Inc.
 
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Jennifer C. Beardall, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

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Jennifer is a seasoned tax, finance, and management professional with over 16 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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Ben Dietrich 
Exam Project Manager

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Since 2007 Ben has provided oversight to professional certificate examination program management. As Exam Project Manager for OASIS Answers, Ben oversees all aspects of the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) Examination program, including examination scheduling, administration, proctoring, marketing and COS-C Community development. Ben coordinates the contracted support from   Applied Measurement Professionals for critical day-to-day paper and pencil and computer based test delivery, exam scoring and result reporting functions. He also works with OASIS Answers' Director of Exam Pscyhometrics and the COS-C Exam Review Committee for ongoing exam updating and mainenance, psychometric performance and analysis tasks.
 
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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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Dana Call
Office Manager

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Dana has 18 years of experience providing organizational leadership in all areas of operations management, strategic planning, project acquisition, staff management, customer relations as well as contract maintenance and fulfillment to small and mid-size organizations. Dana serves as Office Manager for OASIS Answers,   maintaining company efficiency by organizing office operations and procedures, managing critical day-to-day functions supporting OAI workshop and exam events, coordinating correspondence, overseeing administrative staff and contributing to our team effort of excellent customer service.
 
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Consulting Team

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Sparkle A. Sparks, PT MPT HCS-D COS-C
Senior Associate Consultant


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Sparkle is a physical therapist working in home care since 1994 as direct care provider, staff educator, PPS analyst, OASIS & ICD-9/10 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 everyone in home   care can understand. She has served as an advisor to and member of the Board of Medical Specialty Coding. Sparkle is a graduate of the American Health Information Management Association’s Academy for ICD-10 Coding where she earned the designation of AHIMA Approved ICD-10 Coding Instructor. Sparkle is a Senior Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
 
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Annette D. Lee, RN MS HCS-D COS-C
Senior Associate Consultant

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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. Annette offers provider education regarding Medicare reimbursement issues and effective documentation strategies, assisting
providers with ADRs and appeals.
  She presents nationally on OASIS, PPS, documentation and coverage and provides content expertise to the CMS OASIS Q&A Mailbox. Annette holds both the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical and the Home Care Coding Specialist-Diagnosis certification. She is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor and a Senior Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
 
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Kim Marie Corral, BSN Ma Ed HCS-D BCHH-C COS-C
Senior Associate Consultant

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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 agencies on OASIS data collection and strategies, documentation standards and operational processes to support OASIS and ICD-9 coding accuracy. She holds both the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor. Kim is an Senior Associate with OASIS Answers, Inc.
 
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Wendy K. Anemaet, PT DPT PhD GCS CWS GTC COS-C
Associate Consultant

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Wendy, a physical therapist since 1989 in home health, acute care, rehab, outpatient, and skilled nursing, is an Associate Professor at the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Wendy is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist and Certified Wound Specialist, has a Geriatric Training Certificate, 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 testing 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 an Associate Consultant with OASIS Answers, Inc.
 
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Patti Johnston, 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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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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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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