• DoubleTree by Hilton, Skokie, IL
  • June 25, 2019

Keynote Speaker

Anirban Basu
Chief Economist, Marcum LLP & Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group

Mr. Anirban Basu is Marcum's Chief Economist and Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Pennsylvania and Cambodia. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.

In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. He also serves as chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee. He is also the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association. He serves similar functions for Visit Baltimore, the Maryland Association of Realtors, and Marcum LLP..

He lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Global Strategy and has also taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins. His radio show can be heard weekdays on 88.1FM, WYPR, Baltimore.

In both 2007 and 2016, the Daily Record newspaper selected Mr. Basu as one of Maryland's 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region's 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.

Mr. Basu has been on many boards over time, including First Mariner Bank, the Baltimore City Public School System, Port Discovery, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and Union Memorial Hospital. He is currently on the boards of St. Mary's College, the University System of Maryland Foundation, the Center for Emerging Media, the Lyric Opera House and the Archdiocese of Baltimore School System.

Mr. Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990. He earned his Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master's in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His Juris Doctor was earned at the University Of Maryland School of Law.


Maureen Hedrick
Vice-President, Richter Healthcare Consultants

Maureen Hedrick has over 25 years of experience in revenue cycle management in the healthcare environment with a specialty expertise in long term post-acute care and hospital reimbursement. In her role as Vice- President, Maureen is a member of the Richter Consulting team which provides training and consultation regarding the various federal billing compliance audit programs. Maureen manages the Richter team responsible for services provided to clients and users of the PointClickCare platform. Maureen is also the lead member of the Richter Audit team which provides training and consultation regarding the various federal billing compliance audit programs. Maureen was the first employee of the firm, celebrating over 18 years of tenure.

Jennifer Leatherbarrow
CIC Manager of Clinical Consulting, Richter Healthcare Consultants

Jennifer is a graduate of Kent State University’s School of Nursing. She has over 20 years of healthcare experience including Corporate Reimbursement Specialist, Director of Nursing, MDS Coordinator and Staff Development Coordinator. Jennifer is currently the Manager of Clinical Consulting for Richter Healthcare Consultants where she has been a State and National level speaker and author with a focus on the LTPAC communities. Jennifer’s focus areas include regulatory compliance, process review and redesign, and education and training.

Clifton Porter, II
Senior Vice President of Government Relations, American Health Care Association

Clifton (Clif) Porter, II is the senior vice president of government relations at the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), which represents more than 12,000 for-and not-for-profit nursing homes, assisted living residences, and facilities for the care of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Prior to coming to AHCA/NCAL, Porter led HCR ManorCare's Government Relations Department from 2004-2013 as its vice president of government relations. He oversaw all company government relations activities including the monitoring of legislation, policy analysis and grassroots coordination. His responsibilities encompassed both state and federal legislative oversight as well as political strategic planning.

Porter has been serving the needs of seniors in the Long Term Care field for over 25 years. He began his career as an Administrator in Training at a Skilled Nursing Facility in 1989 and served as Assistant Administrator and Administrator of several Skilled Nursing Centers from 1990 through 1998. Porter's direct operational experience includes new facility openings, troubled facility turnarounds and the operation of large, complex nursing centers. He also oversaw the operations of multiple nursing centers in a large urban market actively serving the needs of over 1,100 patients on a daily basis until late 2004.

While serving as both an Administrator and Regional Director of Operations, Porter became actively involved with state advocacy issues on behalf of the Long Term Care sector. He served on the Boards of the Virginia Healthcare Association, Ohio Healthcare Association and the Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM) at different times beginning in 1995 and served as Chair of HFAM's Legislative Steering Committee from 2004 to 2013.

Now serving as the top lobbyist in AHCA/NCAL, Porter works to promote the association's legislative agenda. He continues to advocate against cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and backs policies that rationalize health care payments in a way that aligns payments with patients' needs vs. site of service.  Porter also supports legislation that would have observation stays count towards a patient's skilled nursing Medicare benefits, along with several other policy initiatives.

Porter is a native of Columbia, MD, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989, majoring in Healthcare Management. He has been married to Deborah for 26 years and has three children (Chanel, 24, Christian, 21 and Clifton, 18). He has served in various leadership positions within his local church and has been actively involved in several professional and community organizations. The Porters currently reside in Maumee, Ohio.