Meredith Ferguson – MSW, LCSW-Principal Consultant at HCIT Consulting

Background:
Former President of the Global Social Work Network, CEO at HCIT Consulting, former Clinical Product Specialist for Allscripts Care Management, and completed redesign projects with DaVita Medical Group, Tenet Healthcare & Kaiser Permanente

Areas of Focus:
Advisory Services, Inpatient and Outpatient Care Management, Transitions of Care, High Risk and Chronic Population Management, Enterprise Level Change and Outcomes & Content Development for inpatient and ambulatory care planning

Jim Alland – Strategic Market Advisor

Background:
Former President of Enterprise Systems Inc. (McKesson HBOC), Senior Vice President at Allscripts

Areas of Focus:
Advisory Services, Enterprise level Acute and Long-Term Care organizations, and Physician providers (small independent, enterprise level, & multi-specialty practices). Former clients include North Shore Long Island Jewish, Baylor Scott & White, Orlando Health, and Holston Medical Group, as well as some of the largest and most successful Physician Practices and ACOs in the U.S.

Jennifer Latimer – Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing

Background:
Marketing for software, technology and services for the small and large ambulatory physician market; IDNs/hospitals and health systems; post-acute organizations and pharmaceutical development organizations

Areas of Focus:
Case Management, Population Health, Ambulatory and Physician Practices, Software Utilization, Gap Analysis and Marketing Strategy/Development

David Shaffer – Chief Information Officer

Background:
Deep experience in health care informatics and technology operations leadership; Former Division Dir. Informatics at BSWH and Sr. Corp Dir. ISD At Tenet Healthcare. Leading in Medical Informatics, Acute and Ambulatory EHRs, IT Operations, Medical Staff IT Services, Quality Reporting, Operations Alignment and Improvement & Physician and HIM workflows

Areas of Focus:
Enterprise Contracting, Implementation, and Optimization of complex EHR & HIT, Interoperability and Integration, Strategic IT Planning & Risk Assessments, Program Management, Product Selection, and ROI

Linus Diedling, B.S.B.A – Senior Consultant for Executive Leadership and Strategy

Background:

Accomplished senior executive with over 35 years of international leadership experience in healthcare operations management, performance improvement and information technology services. Former Principal Consultant at Schumacher Clinical Practice

Areas of Focus:

Change Management, Executive Level Performance Improvement Consulting, Complex Program Management, Strategic Planning & Market Assessments, and Information Technology Enabled Business Process Innovation across the continuum of care

Michael Marron-Stearns, CPC, CFPC, CRC, MD – Senior Physician Advisor and IT Consultant

Background:
Former CMO, Physician Informaticist, Accomplished Author, Health Information Technology and Healthcare Compliance Consulting. Managed formation of SNOMED CT and Former President of the Texas eHealth Alliance. Subject Matter Expert for MIPS/MACRA, Advanced APMs, MSSP, BPCI Advanced, HCC Coding/Risk Adjustment, TCM, CCM, Software Design, Clinical Content and Regulatory Compliance. Certified Professional Coder, Certified Family Practice Coder and Certified Risk Adjustment

Areas of Focus:
Advisory Services. MACRA/MIPS performance optimization and compliance, quality measure performance, risk adjustment, EHR optimization, clinical documentation integrity, audits, negative audit defense, CCM, TCM, RPM, and physician compliance education

Stewart Ault, MPA – Senior Practice Management Consultant

Background:

Physician Practice Management Senior administrator with expertise in relationship management, operations, strategic planning and financial management for health care and not-for-profit organizations

Areas of Focus:

Core Competencies include developing and maintaining strategic partnerships, feasibility studies, communication and interpersonal skills, leading teams, hospital and physician practice operations and creative thinking

Robert Leviton – MD, MPH, FACEP ABPM-CI, Senior Physician Advisor for Quality Improvement, Outcomes and Case Management

Background:
Former CMO, CMIO, and Chief Clinical Information Officer, Accomplished Author, Health Information Technology and Case Management Compliance Consulting. Subject Matter Expert on CoP, Allscripts Sunrise/Eclipsys, Emergency Medicine, and Physician workflow

Areas of Focus:
Advisory Services, Physician compliance education, Case Management, Physician Advisory Services, Emergency Department Medicine

Dr. Joseph A. Borges, MD, MHA – Senior Consultant Care Coordination

Background:

Borges has worked with large health systems such as Lenox Hill Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, NSLIJ (Northwell Health),  Westchester Medical Center.  In addition, he worked as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College, as well as serving as a board member for the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services

Areas of Focus:

Acute Case Management, Utilization Review, Transitions of Care, Readmission Reduction Programs, and Management/Population Health Management.  He was the clinical lead for care management redesign projects across the continuum of care at multiple organizations

Kathy Scott, RN, MPA, PhD., FACHE – Clinical Operations Executive Consultant and Interim CNO & COO

Background:
Senior healthcare executive, nurse, author, consultant and empowering transformational leader who delivers sustainable outcomes in complex and changing healthcare environments
utilizing a systems approach. Instills vision and roadmap for ongoing improvements with senior executives and operational leadership to build brand, and expand revenue streams

Areas of Focus:

Clinical innovation and ACO clinical integration; operational oversight of hospitals, case management, information technology/systems, informatics, research, quality and performance excellence, education, post-cute and outpatient programs

Jeanine Tome, RN-BC, MSN, ACM-RN – Senior Advisor for Care Coordination

Background:
ACMA Founding Board Member, Vice President Care Management, Former CNO & Patient Safety Officer, Former Chief Clinical Officer at Allscripts, and Former VP of Care Continuum at Allegheny Health System

Areas of Focus:
Advisory Services, Quality Outcomes, Clinical Process Improvement and Standardization, Product Utilization, Value Analysis, Contract Negotiations, Transitions of Care, IDNs, Case Management Redesign and Post-Acute

Donna McLean, RN, BSN, MBA – Managing Consultant for Case Management and Utilization Management

Background:
40 years of healthcare experience in critical care nursing and case management, 20 years in Case Management Leadership and Consulting including Ochsner Health System, Grady Health System, CHI, NorthShore University Health System, and The Detroit Medical Center

Areas of Focus:
Case Management Design, Utilization Management and Denials, Strategic planning, Compliance, CM Education and Service Quality Assurance

Joseph Burke, RN, BS, MPH -Senior Consultant for Clinical Process Improvement

Background:
Regional Director of Clinical Quality Improvement and Case Management for Tenet Healthcare System, Clinical Operations and CNO at Barnes Jewish Health System, Master Certificate – Lean Six Sigma, Consulting services to Jefferson Health and various Case Management IT Vendors for Care Plan and Program Development

Areas of Focus:
ED, Readmissions Management, LOS, Denials, Throughput, Quality, Case Management Operations and Redesign, Project Management, Value Based Care, Compliance with Regulatory or Operational Clinical Standards & Process Redesign/Improvement Implementation

Ruth McNaughton, BSN, MHM, CCM, ACM-RN – Senior Consultant for Clinical Process Improvement

Background:

Former Senior Director of Care Management, Administrator for Hospitalist and Mid-Level Groups, ACO Program Development, Acute Care Case Management Consultant, Home Care Owner and Geriatric Care Management

Areas of Focus:

Acute Case Management, Utilization Review, Transitions of Care, Readmission Reduction Programs, ACO and Community Case Management Development, Hospitalist Management and System Integration, Sub-Acute, SNF and Home Care Development for Quality Outcomes

Shari Garceau, MSN, RN, CMAC, CCM, ACM-RN, CRCR, CLSSGB – Senior Consultant for Clinical Process Improvement

Background:
Shari has over 20 years of experience as an RN with over 12 year focus on Clinical Documentation, Case Management and Process Improvement. She is a strategic and innovative leader in restructure of multiple Case Management/Utilization Review departments within large healthcare systems such as HCA and Steward Healthcare. Subject matter expert in case management, care coordination, utilization review, revenue cycle management, , and staff education with the ability to identify and execute process improvements to meet quality and compliance standards. She has also served as a Case Management Compliance Officer and lead educator for healthcare systems, developing onboarding and continuing education to ensure survey readiness in facilities.

Areas of focus:

Process and Department Design for Case Management, Care Coordination, Transition Planning and Utilization Review for the Inpatient, Observation and Outpatient Acute Care and Behavioral Health settings. Length of Stay management, Readmission Reduction, Denial Mitigation, Transition of Care and Community Care Coordination, Clinical Documentation and Quality and Process Improvement which are in compliance with Federal, State and Local rules and regulations.

Nancy Flint, RN, BSN, CCM – Senior Consultant for Case Management

Background:
Former Director of CM of UHS Hospitals, which were Best Practice reference sites for CM IT and Operations. Provides Project Management, Implementation Support and Interim Director of Case Management services

Areas of Focus:
Case Management, Interim Leadership, Discharge Planning, Utilization Review, Transitions of Care & Denials and IT Project Management

Nora Baratto, LCSW-R, ACM – Senior Consultant of Complex Care and Care Transitions 

Background:
Former Director Client Services, Director of Complex Care and Post-Acute Services (Innovative Health Alliance of NY), Director of Complex CM at St.Peter’s Hospital (NY), and Former Lecturer at NY State University at Albany, School of Social Welfare

Areas of Focus:
Advisory Services, Education and Training, ACO Development, Post-Acute Provider Networks, Complex Case Management Program Development, Behavioral Health, Social Work, Utilization Management, Patient Logistics, Care Transitions, Post-Acute Operations (Home Health, Hospice) and Palliative Care Programs

Kevin D. Moran, MBA, MSM-Senior Consultant for Managed Care

Background:
Former Executive Director of Physician Engagement at CHS, Health Management Associates, and the Arkansas Oklahoma Healthcare Consortium. Selected by Governor of Arkansas to Participate in the Design and Implementation of the State’s Health Insurance Exchange

Areas of Focus:
Advisory Services, Managed Care contracting responsibilities for Medicare, Medicaid and Commercial Payors. ACO and Business development, marketing, change management, staff training and development, corporate vision setting, and fiscal policy and control in a large corporate settings

Stacy Howard, RN, MBA, MHA-Senior Consultant for Quality & Supply Chain

Background:
Registered Nurse with Masters Degrees in Healthcare Administration and Business Administration, Market CEO for Kindred Hospitals, Executive Director of Clinical Excellence for Ascension Health

Areas of Focus:
Advisory Services, Quality Outcomes, Clinical Process Improvement and Standardization, Product Utilization, Value Analysis, Contract Negotiations, Supply Chain, and Process Improvement

Rhonda Colson, MSW – Senior Consultant for Post-Acute and Transitions of Care

Background:
Held Executive Leadership roles at Long Term Care organizations including Administrator, Marketing Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer and Director of Business Development

Areas of Focus:
Advisory Services, Clinical Process Workflow for Acute and Post-Acute Organizations, Support and Optimization of Care Management IT systems, Operational Workflow Design and Implementation, Business Development & Census Growth for Long-Term Care Organizations, and Project Management

Andretta Reed, RHIA, MHA – Consultant for Health Information Management

Background:
Former Vice President of HIM & Coding at Capella Health and Faculty at Rasmussen College

Areas of Focus:
Strategic planning, Remote coding programs, HIM processes, Project Management, Documentation Improvement, IT HIM Subject Matter Expert, Coding and Bill audits, ICD10 Education, as well as Education for Coding and Billing

Jeffrey T. Frater, RN, BSN – Senior Clinical IT Consultant

Background:

Bringing insights to organizations looking to start, fix or grow their Customer Success programs and Clinical Products. He brings 20+ years of experience working across a multitude of sectors along with a strong empathetic understanding of the needs of corporate customers along with the ability to apply the perspective of clinical and users

Areas of Focus:

Seasoned executive with an emphasis on clinical product design and delivery, excelling in cross functional team leadership with care management, population health and value-based purchasing expertise. Areas of strength include adult clinical education and public speaking with a passion for volunteerism at the local community and national professional association levels

Betty Thomas, MSW, LCSW – Case Management IT Project Manager

Background:
Former Project Manager and Clinical Product Specialist with Allscripts. Healthcare Consultant with 15+ years in case management leadership and collaboration with health systems to optimize workflows and achieve business goals. Former clients include Parkland Health & Hospital System, Sutter Health System, Kaiser Permanente and Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health

Areas of Focus:
Case Management, Project Management, Enterprise-Level Clinical Process Improvement and Standardization, Transitions of Care, Product Utilization, Value Analysis, Implementation Support and Product launches

Kerri Denton, BSIT – Senior Certified Epic Consultant

Background:
Former Analyst with Enterprise Licensed Epic Customer, Multiple Epic Clinical Case Management Installation Projects. An Epic/Cerner consultant with 7+ years of experience in technical project roll-out and system optimization. Former clients include Houston Methodist, Sentara Healthcare, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and Renown Health

Areas of Focus:
Inpatient and Outpatient Care Management Reporting Work Bench Analytics, Workload Acuity Scoring and Data Analytics, Third Party Utilization Integration within Epic

Beth Allen – MSW – Vice President of Physician Practice Services

Background:
Former Regional Vice President at Conifer Health, Healthcare Consultant with MCG, National Director of Strategic Accounts at QPID Health, Evicore Company, Former Regional Director at Accretive Health, Optimization Manager with Allscripts, Case Manager with Presence and Northshore Health in Chicago

Areas of Focus:
Physician Revenue Practices, Revenue Cycle, Physician Quality reporting services, Physician Advisory Services, Care Management services.  Inpatient and Outpatient Care Management

Elizabeth Swetnam – Senior Sales Executive for Post-Acute

Background:
Twenty years of Health IT experience, former Manager of Client Sales at Allscripts, Support, Education Specialist, Assisting PM’s with Hospital Go-Live’s and Improving the Post-Acute outcomes for facilities and health service providers

Areas of Focus:
Post-Acute Care, Strategic Planning, Product Launch, Account Management, New Business Development, Staff Development, Sales and Transitions of Care