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Meet The Team
Sharon Litwin, RN, BSHS, MHA
Principal and Founder
Sharon has been in healthcare management and administration for 30 years. For the past 25 years, she has been actively involved in the home health industry, from field nurse to Executive Director to Senior Managing Partner / Healthcare Consultant at 5 Star Healthcare Consultants.
Sharon has worked in and managed certified home health, hospice, private duty, home infusion and DME as a regional and executive director. Her expertise is in identifying issues, solving problems, and teaching and implementing successful action plans.
Additionally, Sharon is a renowned speaker at state and national conferences. Her presentations focus on regulatory compliance – teaching participants how to develop and implement simple, but effective Quality Management programs, Competency programs, and case management models in order to achieve continued survey readiness. She also teaches how to achieve outcome enhancement through OASIS and documentation strategies, patient satisfaction results and care.
Principal and Founder
Since 1978 Linda Hoge has been involved in the healthcare industry. She started her career as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for an employees’ health plan in St. Louis, Missouri. During the next several years Linda held the title of CFO for hospitals in Texas and California. In 1990 she became the CFO and Regional Business Director for Charter Medical Corporation in California. She subsequently held the position of Business Consultant to a large organization providing services to home health, hospice, and private duty patients. She co-founded 5 Star Consultants in 2003.
Vicky Trevarthan, RN, BSHCM, COS-C
Vicky has diversified knowledge and experience expanding over 15 years with national leaders in home health. Vicky’s successes started as a clinical field nurse and expanded to Corporate Consultant. She is a former ACHC Surveyor. Vicky is an excellent educator and is able to teach your staff with easy to learn methods. She resides in Florida.
Melissa is a registered nurse with experience in a variety of health care settings with the majority of her nursing experience in home health care and hospice where she was a clinician working in the field and then later became an administrator of a hospital based home health and hospice agency. In 2017, she joined 5 Star Consultants as a home care and lead hospice consultant. Melissa has an expertise in identifying issues, solving problems and implementing action plans that are successful.
On January 1, 2019, Melissa Abbott became President for the Iowa Alliance in Home Care Association. Melissa has served on the Iowa Alliance in Home Care Board and the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa Board since 2014. She has been a part of advocacy work for home health and hospice within her home state of Iowa as well as nationally.
She also has a passion for individual coaching, team building and leadership development. Abbott has been a part of advocacy work for home health and hospice within her home state of Iowa as well as nationally.
Cindy Osborne, RN, COS-C, HCS-D, BCHH-C
Cindy Osborne has an extensive background in multiple areas of home health. Twenty-four years ago, she began her career as a field clinician for a major urban hospital based home health company. Moving quickly into clinical management, she developed her management skills supervising a large multidiscipline team of clinicians for the same agency. After several years, the opportunity arose to move into a quality improvement role. This was a position that allowed Cindy to expand her skills into Coding and OASIS certifications, and she educated all staff members on OASIS and the importance of accuracy in all areas of documentation. Cindy joined 5 Star Consultants in 2015 as a Coding Manager. She enjoys working with clients and the 5 Star Coding team, helping to ensure all are successful in their careers and to maintain a level of excellence in the industry.
In the past, Cindy also has worked with the Missouri Alliance for Home Care on the development of the MAHC10 Fall Risk Assessment tool and was a member of the Missouri Alliance for Home Care Conference Planning Committee.