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2018 Region 5 Meeting Tampa, FL

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 8:00 AM until Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 5:00 PM

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‘Navigate the Seas of Healthcare Change’ at the 2018 Region 5 Dixie Institute at the beautiful Tampa Marriott Waterside! This event, hosted by the Florida Chapter, will take place February 25-28, 2018. The recently renovated hotel and waterside marina coupled with the rich history of the surrounding area will serve as a perfect backdrop to this year’s theme. The planning committee, comprised of volunteer members from Florida and the other four Region 5 States (AL,GA,SC,TN), is hard at work planning an event packed with innovative education sessions and unique networking activities.

Featured Speakers

Marcus Luttrell
Decorated Navy Seal & Best-Selling Author of Lone Survivor |

Marcus Luttrell joined the U.S. Navy in March 1999 and became a combat-trained SEAL in January 2002. After serving in Iraq for two years, he was deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2005. As a SEAL, Marcus Luttrell was trained in weapons, demolition, and unarmed combat. He also served as Platoon medic.  Marcus’ #1 New York Times best-selling book, Lone Survivor, tells the harrowing story of four Navy SEALs who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Operation Redwing.

Read Full Bio HERE

Ashley Merryman
Best-Selling Author & Social Commentator |

Merryman is an acclaimed public speaker, having appeared at dozens of conventions and venues such as the Aspen Institute, PopTech, 92nd St. Y Tribeca, and the Los Angeles Times Book Festival. Merryman’s also spoken at universities around the country – including Yale University, Cal Tech, Georgetown University, American University, and UCLA. Merryman recently was honored to be a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Arkansas’s Clinton School of Public Service.

Read Full Bio HERE

Michael M. Allen, FHFMA, CPA
Chief Financial Officer | OSF Healthcare System

Michael M. Allen, FHFMA, CPA, is Chief Financial Officer at OSF Healthcare based in Peoria, IL.  Michael is the incoming nominee for the Secretary/Treasurer of the HFMA National Board of Directors and previously served as a Director on HFMA’s National Board of Directors from 2012 through 2015.

A member of HFMA since 1993, Mr. Allen has served the National Association as Chair of the Board of Examiners, member of the National Advisory Council and Value Project, Healthcare Reform and MapApp task forces. Mr. Allen also has served the McMahon-Illini Chapter as Program Chair, President-Elect and President. He has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

Mr. Allen, a Fellow of HFMA, is a CPA and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota.

Kevin F. Brennan, CPA, FHFMA
Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer | Geisinger Health System

Kevin F. Brennan, CPA, FHFMA is the Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Geisinger Health System – a  physician-led, integrated health services organization that has as its main components an array of health services providers, including eight acute care hospitals, a multispecialty physician group practice of more than 1,702 physicians practicing at 220 primary and specialty clinics, and Geisinger Health Plans, which is one of the nation’s largest rural health insurance organizations with commercial, Medicare Advantage, Medical Assistance and self-insured insurance products and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (“GCSOM”) with 399 medical students and 105 graduate students headquartered in Scranton, PA.  Geisinger operates in 45 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, with a significant presence in central, south-central and northeastern Pennsylvania, outside the major metropolitan areas, and in 7 counties in southern New Jersey.  As of March 31, 2017, Geisinger cared for approximately 1,202,000 patients and managed over 586,000 health plan members, approximately 286,000 of whom were both members and patients resulting in a unique population of approximately 1,502,000.

Serving as the executive vice president of finance, chief financial officer of the System since 1995, he is responsible for all of the System’s financial operations and directs key functions including:  strategic financial management, treasury management, revenue cycle, financial reporting, budgeting, third party contracting, compliance, payroll, accounts payable, tax, decision support and financial systems  (including workforce management), corporate insurance, safety, employee health and enterprise risk.

Mr. Brennan also serves as Treasurer of the parent foundation, Geisinger Health, a member of the AtlantiCare Health System Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of Geisinger Assurance Company, LTD, Cayman Islands, B.W.I, Treasurer/member of the Board of Directors of Geisinger Insurance Corporation, Risk Retention Group, Vermont and member of the Board of Directors of English Creek Assurance, LTD, Bermuda.

Mr. Brennan holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, both from LaSalle University in Philadelphia.  He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1979 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Before his tenure with Geisinger Health System, he served as a CFO with other large health systems and tertiary care hospitals.

Mr. Brennan serves as Chair-Elect on the National Board of Directors of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (“HFMA”), having served three years as a National Director and one year as Secretary-Treasurer.  Mr. Brennan has been a member of HFMA since 1981 and a Fellow since 1992.

Craig Richmond, CPA
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer | The MetroHealth System

Craig Richmond, CPA, is the executive vice president and chief financial officer at The MetroHealth System, an integrated health care delivery system consisting of a flagship academic medical center in the city of Cleveland, three additional hospitals and 20 other community health center locations serving Northeast Ohio. MetroHealth provides health care at more than 40 additional sites in Cuyahoga County through community partnerships. MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, is a verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, and is one of two adult and pediatric burn centers in the state and Ohio’s only Ebola Treatment Center.

Mr. Richmond has been at the forefront of innovation in transformative change. He is leading disruptive, system-level initiatives by empowering employees to collaboratively innovate and bring real change to the status quo as MetroHealth transforms the delivery of healthcare in their community. Under his leadership, MetroHealth has seen positive operating results for seven straight years.

In 2010, Mr. Richmond came to MetroHealth following a career of leadership positions at national accounting and consulting firms. During that time, he has led many health care organizations through financial and operational improvement strategies within areas of revenue enhancement, expense reduction, electronic health record optimization, and overall performance transformation.

At MetroHealth, Mr. Richmond leads the health system’s financial operations, including financial reporting, planning and budgeting, treasury, reimbursement, revenue cycle, and internal audit. In addition, Mr. Richmond is responsible for system services which include supply chain, information technology, enterprise data analytics and business intelligence, and the program management office.

Mr. Richmond also serves on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and HealthComp Foundation. He was appointed to serve on the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s National Advisory Council for 2015-2017.

Most recently, Richmond received the Smart Business 2016 Smart 50 Award which recognizes Northeast Ohio’s top executives for ability to effectively build and lead savvy organizations. Richmond was also honored with the 2015 CFO of the Year Award for Large Non-Profit by Crain’s Cleveland Business and named to Becker’s 150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Ralph E. Lawson, FHFMA, CPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer | Baptist Health South Florida, Inc.

Ralph Lawson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Baptist Health South Florida, Inc. Baptist Health is the largest, not-for-profit healthcare organization in South Florida, with seven hospitals and more than 30 outpatient facilities spanning three counties. With more than 15,000 employees and over 2,000 physicians, Baptist Health is considered one of the nation’s top employers, according to well-known workplace surveys such as Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. In addition, Baptist Health hospitals were recognized for high quality and patient safety with numerous national and regional awards from U.S. News & World Report.

Prior to joining Baptist Health, Mr. Lawson spent 17 years at Deloitte, the last eight years of which were as a partner responsible for the Florida healthcare practice.
Mr. Lawson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from The Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Lawson also serves as Chairman of the Board of Catholic Health Services, which employs over 3,000 people. Catholic Health Services is the largest post-acute continuum of care in the southeast United States, caring for over 6,000 people of all faiths on a daily basis, through eight different service lines in healthcare and social services.

Ralph Lawson is the Immediate Past National Chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). HFMA has over 40,000 members and 68 Chapters throughout the United States. HFMA is one of the most recognized sources for unbiased information as to how to reform and improve the United States healthcare system.

Mr. Lawson has been elected to the National Board of Directors of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), effective July 1, 2013. His term will run through June 30, 2016. He served as the 2012 Miami-Dade County Chairman of LLS’s Light The Night Walk, providing leadership to an event that raised $900,000 to support the LLS mission. Ralph Lawson returns as the 2013 chairman of the walk.

Mr. Lawson is a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs and was a former Chairman of the FICPA Healthcare Committee. Additionally, he is an HFMA Fellow. Mr. Lawson was the past President of the Coral Springs Soccer Commission, Inc., one of the largest soccer clubs in the United States.

Richard L. Clarke, DHA, FHFMA
Senior Fellow and Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Sector Management and Policy, School of Business Administration | University of Miami

Dr. Clarke serves as Senior Fellow and Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Sector Management and Policy, School of Business Administration, University of Miami.  He also is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.

In 2017, Dr. Clarke joined the Board of Directors of Mercy Health Ministry, a multi-state Catholic health ministry headquartered near St. Louis.  Mercy operates 45 acute care and specialty hospitals, and more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities.  More than 2,200 physicians practice in an integrated (employed) relationship with Mercy (known as Mercy Clinic). He will serve as Chair of the Stewardship (Finance) Committee for that organization.

In 2016, Dr. Clarke completed a 5year term as Chair of the Board of Directors for CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic health ministry. CHRISTUS owns or manages more than 40 health delivery organizations in several states in the United States as well as several states in the Republic of Mexico. CHRISTUS also operates health facilities through joint ventures in Chile and Colombia.  He currently serves as Chair, Finance Committee of Sinergia Global en Salud, a joint venture between CHRISTUS and Coomeva, an insurance company headquartered in Cali, Colombia.

In July 2012, Dr. Clarke retired as president and chief executive officer of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Westchester, IL after more than 26 years in that position. HFMA is a professional membership association with more than 40,000 members in 68 chapters who share an interest in the financial management of the delivery of healthcare services.  Prior to HFMA, he served in various financial positions including CFO at healthcare systems in the US.

Dr. Clarke is a past Chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, having served in various capacities for that organization between 1997 and 2008.  He is also a former chair of AHA Financial Solutions, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Hospital Association). Dr. Clarke also served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Advisory Council.

Patrick Carroll, MD
Chief Medical Officer/Divisional Vice President | Walgreen’s Healthcare Clinics

Dr. Patrick Carroll is the Chief Medical Officer/Divisional Vice President for Walgreen’s Healthcare Clinics. In this role, Dr. Carroll oversees all matters pertaining to provision of care, clinical outcomes, patient safety, healthcare information systems and strategic initiatives and programs that will enhance the care model. In addition, Dr. Carroll is instrumental in implementing care management programs, managing relationships with health systems and collaborating with the Clinical Office in the development of enterprise clinical programs.

Prior to joining Walgreen’s in May 2015, Dr. Carroll served as the Chief Medical Officer of Integrated Care Partners, Hartford HealthCare’s clinical integration organization. He was also the Medical Director for Hartford HealthCare’s Medicare Shared Savings Program which currently has over 20,000 patients in a Medicare/CMS shared-risk pilot program. He played a key role in leading the Hartford HealthCare’s efforts in the transition to value-based care in a time of a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.

From 2010–2012, Dr. Carroll served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Granite Medical Group in Quincy, Massachusetts. Granite Medical Group is a 40-provider Multispecialty/Primary Care Group which is part of Atrius Health, a 1000 Medical Provider Group.

Dr. Carroll received his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his residency training at Middlesex Hospital in family practice, where he served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Carroll is Board Certified in Family Practice and in Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Jose Alejandro
President-Elect, Case Management Society of America |

Dr. Alejandro a prominent expert in case management and working with at-risk populations. Dr. Alejandro was the 15th President (2012-2014) of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. He is currently President-Elect of the Case Management Society of America and Treasurer of the International Honor Society of Nursing Building Corporation of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Dr. Alejandro received his PhD in Human Services from Capella University; MBA in Accounting and Health Care Management from the University of Dallas; MSN in Nursing Education from University of Phoenix and BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington. He started his nursing career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Dr. Alejandro is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Academy of Nursing. He is certified in case management by American Nursing Credentialing Center, Commission for Case Management Certification and the American Case Management Association.


Wesley Ashmore, CPA
Director of Reimbursement | Alabama Hospital Association

Wesley Ashmore, CPA, is Director of Reimbursement for the Alabama Hospital Association. Before joining the Hospital Association Wesley worked for the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Medicaid Agency. With a strong background in Medicaid and public health policy and finance, Mr. Ashmore is responsible for hospital reimbursement policy and analysis. He is regularly engaged in Medicaid reform and transformation efforts as well as Medicare payment issues. Mr. Ashmore has a Bachelor of Accounting from Auburn University, Masters of Business Administration from Auburn University of Montgomery, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Richard F. Bajner, Jr.
Managing Director, Strategic Solutions | Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Richard Bajner is a managing director and a leader in of Navigant’s Strategic Solutions healthcare practice. In this role, Rich has led the development of Navigant’s payment transformation initiatives, design and implementation of clinical integrated networks, and total medical expense management solutions, such as ACOs and bundled payments.

He frequently advises providers, commercial payers and state Medicaid agencies on designing and implementing payment models that align incentives to achieve improvements in care delivery. Rich has worked for leading payers and providers in developing their integrated network, product, and pricing, strategies, including experiences with more than a dozen ACOs, 200 facilities analyze bundled payments, and facilitating payer and provider long term partnership opportunities.

Rich is Lean Six Sigma certified and is a frequent speaker and writer on the integration of payment and clinical transformation.

In April 2015, Consulting Magazine recognized Rich as one of the “Rising Stars of the Profession,” an annual honor of outstanding talent.

Ben Bartholomew
Regional Vice President of Business Development | InstaMed

Ben Bartholomew is the Regional Vice President of Business Development at InstaMed. Ben played football and did track at the University of Tennessee where he was a Captain and All-SEC honor roll. Ben signed with the New England Patriots where he spent time playing with Tom Brady and under coach Bill Belichick. Ben lives in his hometown of Nashville, TN with his wife Sarah and kids Pax, Wren, and Oakes.

Paul Bolin
Chief Financial Officer | Williamson Medical Center

Paul Bolin has been the Chief Financial Officer of Williamson Medical Center since August 2012. Mr. Bolin joined WMC in 1994 and served as its Assistant Chief Financial Officer for more than five years. His background in health care financial management and his knowledge of the industry’s changing landscape have helped WMC meet state and federal guidelines and remain a fiscally responsible medical center for the citizens of Williamson County. He is a fellow with the Healthcare Financial Management Association and serves as president elect of HFMA’s Tennessee chapter. He graduated from Austin Peay State University (APSU) in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Mary Beth Briscoe, CPA, MBA, FHFMA, FACHE
Chief Financial Officer | University Hospital and UAB Medicine Clinical Operations.

Mary Beth Briscoe, CPA, MBA, FHFMA, FACHE, Chief Financial Officer-University Hospital and UAB Medicine Clinical Operations.   She received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Prior to joining the UAB Health System, Ms. Briscoe served as Chief Financial Officer for Eastern Health System, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA), and a Fellow of The American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).  Ms. Briscoe has also served HFMA in national and state roles including National Chairman.  She presently serves as National Chair- AMC-CFO Council and a member of the National Thought Leadership initiative.  She authors articles for various industry periodicals and is an invited speaker by healthcare constituents across the country.

Bob Broadway, FHFMA, MBA
Vice President of Corporate Strategy | Bethesda Health

Bob Broadway FHFMA MBA is Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Bethesda Health, Inc in Palm Beach County, Florida. During his 20 years with Bethesda he has been responsible for Strategic Planning and Direction, Community and Governmental Relations, Marketing and Sales, Business Development as well as development of the newly opened Bethesda Hospital West. Previously he has been a CFO for a large community hospital, CEO of a large medical group practice and has been on the Boards of several HMO and Healthcare companies. He sits on several company Boards. Bob is also a past National Chairman of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, a professional association of 40,000 healthcare financial professionals nationwide and received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lee Ann Burney
Director of Finance | Williamson Medical Center

Lee Ann has been in healthcare for over 30 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University and her graduate degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She is recognized as an experienced reimbursement professional with 15 years of demonstrated experience specific to reimbursement – with current knowledge at the expert level regarding current rules & regulations. Her previous experience includes consulting, multi-hospital system reimbursement, and hospital Comptroller while working for both for-profit and not-for-profit health systems and corporate offices.  Currently, she is the Director of Finance at Williamson Medical Center. She has the designations of CPA, MMHC, CSBI and FHFMA.

An active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), she has served as Treasurer, Vice-President, President-elect, President, Parliamentarian and Chairman of the Board for the Tennessee Chapter. She has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, Muncie Gold Merit Awards, the Medal of Honor and the Ira M. Lane Award for sustained service to the Chapter. She has also served as the Region V Regional Executive for HFMA National, and most recently on HFMA’s National Board of Examiners.

Lee Ann is a member of the AICPA and has served on several community boards including the Credit Union at Nashville General Hospital, Life Credit Union (St. Thomas Midtown) and Cheekwood Child Development Center.

Daniel Collins, CPA, MSA
Director of Finance | Orlando Health Physician Group

Dan Collins is currently the Director of Finance for the Orlando Health Physician Enterprise.  He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Accounting from the University of Central Florida.  Dan began his career at Ernst & Young LLC in their Audit practice.  His clients included many healthcare providers including HCA, Adventist Health System, and Orlando Regional Medical Center.  Dan achieved his CPA degree in 2008 with the State of Florida and is a current member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants along with the American College of Healthcare Executives.  In 2010, Dan joined Orlando Health and has overseen the employed physician group grow from less than 150 physicians to greater than 500 physicians in seven years.  Dan is currently the knowledge champion for MACRA within Orlando Health and has performed numerous educational sessions for both physicians and practice management.

Michelle Copenhaver
Southeast Regional Vice President | Aetna

Michelle Copenhaver is the Regional Vice President of Aetna’s Southeast Territories in Value Based Collaborations. She has 30 years of experience in the health care industry, both in the clinical realm as a Registered Nurse and as a Healthcare Executive in the payer and network space. Currently, she leads a team that manages multiple ACO and other Value-Based Model Commercial collaborations throughout the southeast region including Contracting, Relationship Engagement, Operations and Day-to Day Performance Excellence, Strategic Expansion, Establishing Win-Wins for Provider Partnership Relationship, creating Continuous Improvement, and Growth and Sustainability. Her passions in this field include creating a new personalized healthcare experience for our members/ patients and ensuring positive, progressive relationships with our physicians and hospitals.

Todd Cox
Director | HTC Advisory Services LLC

Todd Cox is the managing director at HTC Advisory Services LLC. Todd is a Certified Public Accountant and has more than 24 years of healthcare experience and has spent more of his career at hospital providers ranging from critical access hospitals to multi-hospital health systems.

Todd is a fellow of both FACHE and HFMA and is the 2017-2018 president of the Georgia Chapter of HFMA.

Todd has a BBA in accounting and a master’s degree in business from Georgia Southwestern State University.

Todd has authored articles for various industry periodicals and is a regular speaker on healthcare topics.

In his spare time Todd enjoys most any outdoor activity and is an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 80 in Watkinsville, Ga.

Deepti Damle
Assistant Director, Patient Financial Services | Emory Clinic

Deepti is a healthcare leader with more than 10 years of experience. She is currently an Assistant Director of Patient Financial Services for the Emory Clinic.  Her current role involves the management of physician revenue performance for key service lines.  Prior to joining Emory, Deepti was a health management consultant focused on physician revenue cycle, IT integration/implementation, and ambulatory care delivery strategies.

Greg Damron, CPA
Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer | AU Health System

Greg Damron is the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at AU Health System where he is responsible for Financial Reporting, Financial Planning, Decision Support, Supply Chain and Revenu Cycle Functions.

Prior to joining AU Health System in 2008, Damron held progressively responsible positions at Duke University Health System, most recently serving as Divisional Chief Financial Officer of Durham Regional Hospital. Previously, he was a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young in Phoenix, AZ.
Damron earned a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

He is a member of the Health Financial Management Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Health Accountants, and the Georgia Society of Public Accountants.

Scott Davis
Administrative Director of Reimbursement & Revenue Integrity | Memorial Healthcare System

Scott Davis is the Administrative Director of Reimbursement & Revenue Integrity for Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida.  His primary responsibilities include regulatory matters, charge master maintenance, project management and governmental relations.  He has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry in both financial audit and consulting services. He has made several presentations and written numerous articles on topics including Medicare and Medicaid regulations and industry practices.

Scott is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant, and a Certified Outpatient Coder for Hospitals, as well as a Fellow of HFMA, past president of its Florida Chapter, and a past Regional Executive for Region V of HFMA. He holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa, a Masters degree in Hospital and Health Services Administration from the University of Iowa, and a Masters degree in Health Law from Nova Southeastern University.

Glen Dawes
Vice President of Finance | Memorial Hermann Health Plan

Glen Dawes joined the Memorial Hermann Health Plan team as Vice President of Finance in October, 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the leadership, vision and formulation / implementation of financial, operational and fiscal policies and control procedures. In addition, Glen works closely with the senior executive team of the Health Plan along with the corporate executive team of Memorial Hermann Health System. Additional responsibilities include assisting in developing, implementing and monitoring the Health Plan’s strategic plan while also overseeing the daily operations of the Finance, Underwriting and Medical Data Management functions, including systems.

Before joining Memorial Hermann, Glen was the Vice President Controller of the Southern California region for Kaiser Permanente Health Plan. In this position, Glen was directly responsible for leading a 125-member financial accounting team as they managed a $24B operating division. Glen was with Kaiser Permanente for a total of 8+ years in various roles. He also previously held the position of Vice President of Corporate Support Operations (CSP) at Washington Mutual.

Glen grew up in central Florida. He holds a finance degree from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Georgia.

François de Brantes, MS, MBA
Vice President and Director of the Center for Value in Health Care | Altarum

As Director of Altarum’s Center for Value in Health Care, François is responsible for defining the strategy of the Center and implementing it. At the core of the Center is the combined assets and work of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, which was merged into Altarum in 2016. As Vice President of Altarum, Mr. de Brantes is a member of the organization’s executive leadership and works with the CEO on a variety of strategic and operational issues affecting the Institute.

Francois attended the University of Paris IX – Dauphine where he earned a MS in Economics and Finance.  After completing his military service as a platoon leader in a Light Cavalry Regiment, he attended the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, where he graduated with an MBA.

Chris Durkin
Vice President and Controller | Baptist Health

Chris Durkin is the Vice President and Controller at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida. With five hospitals and the largest network of physician offices in Northeast Florida, Baptist Health is honored to be considered the “Most Preferred” health care provider by local residents, with the best doctors, best nurses and best overall quality. In March of 2017, S&P rated Baptist Health AA/Stable due to its sustained positive operating performance.

Mr. Durkin has over 25 years of financial management experience at Baptist Health and currently oversees the Accounting Department for several operating entities, the Accounts Payable Department, Tax Reporting and the 340B Program.

Chris first served on the Board of Directors of the HFMA Florida Chapter in 1997 and held a number of Committee and Board positions, collimating in being elected President in 2015/2016.

Chris graduated with an Accounting degree from Queens College in New York City. He has volunteered on the Accounting Review Committee for the United Way of Northeast Florida and currently a Fund Raising Committee for the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Bill Eikost
Senior Vice President | Nemadji Research Corporation

Bill Eikost is Senior Vice President with Nemadji Research Corporation.  Bill has spent the last 28 years helping hospitals identify ways to improve cash flow and accelerate collections from all available sources.  Bill is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a recent Past President of the Georgia Chapter of HFMA.  He continues to serve at the Chapter level as well as serving as a member of the Chapters 2.0 Steering Committee with National HFMA.

NRC is a back-end data analytics recovery solution looking for insurance on aged accounts that didn’t previously have insurance attached to them.  NRC uses proprietary data-mining technology and unique match methodologies to identify lost revenue from both government and non-government payers.

Bill makes his home in northwest Atlanta and has been married to his wife Jan for 29 years.  They are the proud parents of two boys, both at Auburn University, with their oldest son graduating this coming May.

Donna Ellenburg, FHFMA
Revenue Cycle Director | Grandview Medical Center

Donna Ellenburg is the revenue cycle director of Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.  She has over 37 years of experience in the Revenue Cycle.  Donna joined Grandview in 2007 and currently has responsibility of scheduling, pre-arrival, registration, and the charge master. Prior to joining Grandview, Donna worked at St. Vincent’s Health System as the CBO Director and was responsible for the system’s four hospitals.  She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Birmingham Southern College. She is also an active member of the Alabama Chapter of HFMA, has her FHFMA certification, and currently serves as a HFMA Board member for the Alabama Chapter.

Anthony Escobio
VP of Revenue Cycle | Tampa General

Anthony Escobio is currently Vice President of Revenue Cycle at Tampa General Hospital.    He began his career in healthcare finance 23 years ago, and has held positions with hospitals, physician practices and home health companies.  In his 18 years at Tampa General, he has developed areas of expertise to include revenue management, patient financial services, and healthcare IT solutions implementation.

Anthony served as the Revenue Cycle Chair for the Florida Chapter HFMA Board of Directors from 2007-2010.  He has been an active member of the Hillsborough County Healthcare Advisory Board since 2008. This board is responsible for the management of a nationally recognized indigent healthcare plan that is funded by local sales tax. In 2016 Anthony was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award by the University of South Florida College of Public Health.  He is an active participant with the Florida Hospital Association and the National Association of Healthcare Access Management.  Anthony was granted Fellowship status with HFMA in 2010.

Joseph G. Felkner
Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer | Health First

Joe Felkner is an Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer for Health First.  He serves as a strategic business partner to the senior management team and the Board at Health First, responsible for the financial operations of the health system including all treasury and Capital Markets Strategies, revenue cycle activities, controllership functions, Enterprise Risk Management, strategic financial planning, and managed care contracting. Mr. Felkner is also responsible for leading the corporation in its merger and acquisition activities.  Additionally, he is the senior leader responsible for the financial operations of the Health First Health Plan and Health First Medical Group

Prior to coming to Health First, Joe was the Chief Financial Officer at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), a nationally recognized community based academic medical center, where he led the financial turnaround of the Organization in 2009-2010.   Prior to LVHN, Joe served in two different roles for Baptist Health Care Corporation, a Baldrige award winning healthcare system located in Pensacola, Florida.  He was the Chief Financial Officer at Baptist from 1999 to 2007 and led a financial turnaround of the Organization in the early 2000’s,  was the executive sponsor of the Corporation’s clinical information technology initiative and led the development of the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.  In December 2007, he assumed the role of Chief Strategy Officer and was charged with pursuing the acquisition of a large HCA hospital in the Pensacola marketplace.  Additionally, he was responsible for building a multi-specialty employed physician group to further Baptist’s mission in the highly competitive Pensacola region.

Prior to Baptist Health Care, Joe spent 14 years at Ohio Health, a multi-hospital, integrated delivery system based in Columbus, Ohio.  At Ohio Health, he served in numerous roles, including as the Chief Financial Officer of Grant/Riverside Methodist Hospitals, the flagship of Ohio Health covering two inpatient campuses with over 1400 beds, and as the Senior Vice President of Finance of Ohio Health providing corporate financial leadership to all Ohio Health entities.  His many activities at Ohio Health included leading a financial turnaround at one of the subsidiary hospitals, integration planning, joint venture development, and creating a consolidated corporate services function.

Prior to joining Ohio Health, Joe served as a management consultant in the Columbus, Ohio office of Ernst & Young (E & Y).  While at E & Y, he served a wide variety of health care clients on financial and strategic planning related issues.

Joe has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Health Administration both from The Ohio State University.  Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant.  Joe and his wife, Cinda, have three daughters who are all employed in healthcare related fields.

Ruth Fricke
Regional Vice President, Accountable Care | United Healthcare

Ruth Fricke, is the Regional Vice President, Accountable Care, at United Healthcare.  In this role, she is responsible for overseeing strategy development, contracting, implementation of services, and the ongoing management of contracted ACOs for United Health Care in the SE Region.  The contracted ACOs cross all business lines including Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial.  She is also responsible for managing Value Based Contracting in the SE Region.

She has worked in the health care field over twenty-five years.  Her experience includes working with multiple providers developing ACO arrangements along the Eastern Seaboard including the launch of a cobranded health plan.  In addition, she has effectively managed large provider networks comprised of over 250 hospitals, and 20,000 practitioners, providing care for over 1.5 million members.  She has also worked on the provider side at a quaternary hospital, as well as a large physician practice.

Michael E. Gleason
S.V.P & Chief Financial Officer | Baptist Health Care

Mr. Gleason has over 25 years of healthcare experience, and has worked on both the provider and payer sides of the industry.  Mr. Gleason currently serves as SVP & CFO for Baptist Health Care, where he is ultimately accountable for all financial affairs of the 3-hospital system located in the panhandle of Florida, and serves as the lead financial representative to both senior management and the Board of Directors.  Prior to joining Baptist Health Care in August 2015, Mr. Gleason served as the SVP, CFO, & Treasurer for UF Health Jacksonville, which is a 695 bed Level I trauma and academic medical center under the direct control of the University of Florida.  Mr. Gleason joined the organization in February 1998 and held positions as Director of Managed Care, Controller, and VP of Finance prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer.  Before joining UF Health Jacksonville (formerly known as Shands Jacksonville), Mr. Gleason held the position of Director of Finance for the Central and North Florida regions with Humana Medical Plans, Inc., a for-profit HMO.  Mr. Gleason has served on several not-for-profit community boards and finance committees, with a focus on investment management, cost control and ways to serve the healthcare needs of the uninsured.  Mr. Gleason is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and also serves on the Florida Hospital Association’s CFO Council.

Jane Gray
Vice President, Revenue Cycle | Phoebe Putney Health System

Jane Gray is currently Vice President for the Revenue Cycle at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, Georgia. With 27 years of hospital financial experience, she has also served as Director of Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance Officer to her transition to the revenue cycle in 2000.  Her current responsibilities currently include Central Scheduling, Patient Access, Care Management, Health Information Management, Revenue Management, and the Central Business Office.  An alumnus of Indiana University, Jane is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Georgia, is a board certified Fellow through the American College of Healthcare Executives, is a Fellow of the Advisory Board Company, a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and most recently has been certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt.  Jane has served on HFMA’s National Advisory Council, is currently a member of HFMA National’s Revenue Cycle KPI Task Force and is a Past President for the Georgia Chapter of HFMA.

David C. Hammer, MBA, MHS
Principal | Healthcare Performance Management Consultants LLC

David Hammer is a Principal in Healthcare Performance Management Consulting’s revenue cycle and managed care practice, specializing in revenue cycle, contracting, and health reform. He serves many of the nation’s largest health systems, group practices, and academic medical centers. David has over 30 years of professional healthcare experience, including executive leadership, revenue cycle transformation, information system planning / implementation, and consulting. He has worked for leading health systems, software vendors, and professional services firms.

David holds an MBA in Management and an MHS in Health Administration from the University of Florida. He also holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of North Florida. He is active in the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), from which he holds the FHFMA and CHFP designations.

David is on the editorial advisory board of Revenue Cycle & Operations Management magazine, and he serves as the revenue cycle expert for HFMA’s
“As the Experts” column. David is also a frequent speaker at industry events and is widely recognized for his many articles in national publications.

John Hanley
Managing Director | Ziegler

John Hanley joined Ziegler in 2003. As managing director and head of healthcare finance, he is responsible for the management and direction of the healthcare practice line. John has more than 20 years of experience providing a broad range of capital market solutions and strategic, financial advisory services to clients throughout the country. His clients consist of large regional healthcare systems and independent community hospitals.

Over his career, John has structured a diverse number of tax-exempt and taxable debt solutions. In addition, he has provided unique and innovative capital solutions for complex projects, which include the use of off-balance sheet financing and sale-leaseback structures. Most recently, he has spent a considerable amount of time on strategic planning discussions with clients resulting in his participation in acquisitions.

Prior to joining Ziegler, John was a co-head of healthcare for the investment banking division of National City Bank. He received his B.A. from the University of Detroit in Michigan.

Steve Harris
Vice-President of Payor & Government Affairs | Tampa General Hospital

Steve Harris is the VP of Payor & Gov’t Affairs for Tampa General Hospital, a private not-for-profit hospital with 1,010 licensed beds in Tampa, Florida. Aside from being the only Level I Trauma Center in West Central Florida, Tampa General Hospital also serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and is one of the busiest organ transplantation centers in the United States. Mr. Harris provides government & commercial payor reimbursement oversight to the organization, serves as a resource to Hospital Leadership in making strategic financial decisions in operations, and represents TGH on issues involving the State Legislature & Congress..

Prior to joining Tampa General Hospital, Mr. Harris was a Senior Manager in the KPMG Healthcare Advisory practice. While at KPMG, he worked with the firm’s hospital clients in the preparation/review of the Medicare and state Medicaid cost reports, in audit support as a third-party reimbursement specialist, and on special reimbursement projects including, but not limited to, graduate medical education, organ acquisition reimbursement, disproportionate share adjustment calculations, Medicare bad debt identification, wage index submissions, and PRRB appeals.

Mr. Harris holds a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Florida and holds a CHFP designation with the Florida Chapter of HFMA.

Richard J. Henley, FACHE, FHFMA
Managing Director | ViciPartners

Richard J. Henley, FACHE, FHFMA serves as Managing Director at ViciPartners. Richard is a seasoned and accomplished executive who has held senior leadership positions in a broad range of healthcare settings including an academic medical center, a multi-hospital system and community hospitals.  Richard brings over twenty-five years of senior executive experience as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with significant expertise in strategic planning, financial management, leadership development, mergers & acquisitions, boards of directors/governance, performance improvement, physician alignment, executive coaching and business development.

Richard simultaneously earned a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from The City College of The City University of New York, where he was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Richard is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).  Richard served as   Chairman of the Board of Directors at HFMA and also on the Board of Governors at ACHE.  He is the recipient of several awards from HFMA including the Founder’s Medal of Honor and National Life Membership.  He also earned the Distinguished and Exemplary Service Awards from ACHE.

Angela Horn
VP Corporate Counsel | DCM Services

Angela Horn is Vice President and Corporate Counsel at DCM Services and is a recognized probated expert, speaking to national and regional trade groups across the U.S. She has contributed to national publications Longterm Living, Healthcare Finance News, HFM Magazine, Credit and Collections Risk, and Fierce Health Finance on the topic of probate and creditors’ rights.  Horn has 17 years of experience practicing in probate and probate litigation.  She participated as an expert panelist in the Federal Trade Commission’s Workshop on Debt Collection and Technology. Angela has a JD from Lewis and Clark University, Cum Laude and a BA, University of Minnesota, Phi Beta Kappa.  She is a Member of the American Bar Association’s Estate and Trust Division and is admitted to practice law in New York, Minnesota, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.  Angela is also a member of HFMA.

Michael L. Howell, MD, MBA, FACP
Market Medical Executive/Medical Senior Director | Cigna

Michael L. Howell, MD, MBA, FACP, is the Market Medical Executive/Medical Senior Director for Cigna representing North/Central Florida and the Caribbean. He is Board Certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  Dr. Howell has strategic interface with major employer groups, physician and healthcare organizations, and others in the clinical community and is devoted to improving quality and affordability for healthcare consumers.

Dr. Howell makes excellent use of his Master’s level training in Business Administration and Health Services Management during interactions with clients and physicians when discussing drivers for process improvement that impact the health and wellbeing of their employees and patients, respectively.  With over 30 years of clinician and physician executive leadership experience, Dr. Howell is very comfortable with conversations at all levels of the delivery system hierarchy.

Combined with a love for providing primary care services at Shepard’s Hope, a voluntary clinic, Dr. Howell continues to train the next generation of physician leaders through his role as Faculty Associate Professor of Medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine.

Katrina Keefer
Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer | UAB Health System

Katrina Keefer, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Keefer received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Huntingdon College and a Masters of Public Administration at New York University.  Katrina joined the UAB Health System in 2002, and has since played a key role in public finance, affiliation, and acquisition transactions for the health system and its related entities. She is currently serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Baptist Health, a community health system affiliate of UAB Health System, and has been in that role since January 2007. Prior to her arrival at UAB, Ms. Keefer acted as liaison with IBM for the New York City Department of Finance to facilitate a citywide e‑government initiative, and as a project consultant to the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Katrina previously held posts as Treasurer of the UAB Health System, Associate Director of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, Assistant Director of Admissions for Huntingdon College and Ombudsman for the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Christopher Kenny
Partner | King & Spalding

Chris Kenny is a partner at the law firm King & Spalding in Washington, DC, specializing in advising healthcare providers and the healthcare industry. He provides strategic payment and compliance advice to healthcare providers participating in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance plans. With in-depth knowledge of payment systems and regulations, Chris advises hospitals in navigating the Medicare provider-based regulation, the 340B Drug Pricing Program, and innovative payment models. He represents providers and payers in False Claims Act investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice. He also represents hospitals in Medicare payment litigation, and before Congress and the administrative branch.  Chris is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. He is the co-editor of the Reimbursement Advisor, the leading national healthcare reimbursement publication, and serves as editor of our King & Spalding’s award-winning Health Headlines, a weekly newsletter summarizing healthcare law and policy developments.

Lynn Lambert
Finance Executive | Palmetto Health Tuomey

Lynn Lambert is the finance executive for Palmetto Health Tuomey. She joined Tuomey in 2015 and has more than 30 years’ experience in health care management. Prior to moving to Sumter, she worked at several health systems including Presbyterian Healthcare in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Gateway Health System in Clarksville, Tennessee. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in business and education and an MBA from the University of Kentucky. She also is a certified public accountant, a Fellow in HFMA, a member of NCACPA and a former Rotarian.

John Lutz
Principal | ECG Management Consultants

In a career spanning more than 30 years, John has been a trusted adviser to the leaders of academic medical centers, health systems, and physician organizations. Having worked in all segments of the healthcare industry, John brings a broad, varied perspective to every engagement, as well as the ability to understand the needs of multiple stakeholders with competing interests. He has led a number of physician/hospital alignment transactions, hospital and health system integration efforts, and innovative care model development and implementation projects, helping to position his clients to succeed in a value-based reimbursement environment.

John has held executive leadership roles in the provider, strategic consulting, and managed care payor markets. Before joining ECG, he was a managing director at Huron Healthcare. John was responsible for the design and development of a clinically integrated network for 4.2 million Medi-Cal and commercial lives for Loma Linda, Riverside County, and other providers within the Inland Empire of California. He also led the design, development, and implementation strategy for the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, a clinically integrated network with more than 50 hospitals and 3,500-plus physicians covering some 100,000 lives throughout Tennessee and beyond.

Eric Meinkow 
Director, Healthcare Strategic Solutions Practice | Navigant  

Eric Meinkow is a Director in Navigant’s Healthcare Strategic Solutions Practice and is based out of the Chicago office. With almost 20 years of healthcare management consulting experience, Eric specializes in supporting commercial and government payers, as well as health systems, as they look to assume more risk, specifically focusing on defining and executing strategy, and developing and enhancing operations through strategic, administrative, and data analytic assessments. His experience includes payer strategy, payer-provider integration solutions, at-risk strategies for health systems, payer operations, benchmarking, contracting, and implementing alternative payment models.

John P. Mendez
Corporate Director of Revenue Optimization | Orlando Health

John P. Mendez is currently the Corporate Director of Revenue Optimization for Orlando Health. He has over fifteen years experience in various aspects of healthcare administration, finance and revenue cycle within health systems in Florida, Ohio and Tennessee. Mendez is focused on consumerism in healthcare and pricing strategies. He has led detailed analysis in the areas of managed care and reimbursement.

Mendez holds a Master of Health Services Administration degree from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Tennessee. Mendez is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and is the current President-Elect for the Southwestern Ohio Chapter of HFMA.

Michele Tynes Napier
Chief Revenue Officer | Orlando Health

Michele Tynes Napier, Chief Revenue Officer, oversees Revenue Management for both acute and non-acute entities, Care Management and Managed Care for Orlando Health.   A graduate of Florida International University (BBA) and University of Miami (MBA), Michele has been in the health care industry for 30 years including hospital, physician, reimbursement, managed care negotiations, strategic pricing, and health plan operations.  She has experience in leadership roles across multiple markets throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  She is a Fellow HFMA and certified in Managed Care.  She is active both nationally and in the Florida chapter HFMA serving as the Director of Administration.  In 2017, she was named one of the Revenue Cycle Management Leaders to know from Beckers Healthcare.

Barney Osborne, FHFMA
VP of Finance and Reimbursement | South Carolina Hospital Association

Barney Osborne has more than 30 years of experience in health care finance. Much of which in the position of hospital Chief Financial Officer. Since joining the SCHA in 2008, his responsibilities have included a financial health policy and regulatory issues for the major payors such as Medicare, Medicaid and Commercial Plans to include contracting, payment policy, disproportionate share, hospital reimbursement, pay for performance and managed care. He also provides support to SCHA’s government relations and quality teams on all financial matters.

Barney is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Barney is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA) certified as a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) in Advanced Technical Study in Accounting and Finance.

Barney is a long-time member of the South Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Hospital Association-Finance Team and the National Managed Care Coalition.  Barney has served on a number of state and federal taskforces and is currently on the board of The South Carolina Free Clinic Association and president elect of the South Carolina chapter of HFMA.

Glenn Pearson
Principal | Pearson Health Tech Insights, LLC

Glenn Pearson worked in the hospital industry for more than 30 years and now, as Principal of Pearson Health Tech Insights, LLC (PHTI), applies his vast experience to help the healthcare industry fully embrace technology’s role in transforming healthcare.  PHTI targets developers/entrepreneurs/vendors, hospitals and other provider groups, and investors.

Before founding PHTI, Glenn was Executive Vice President at Georgia Hospital Association for 19+ years where he led:

  • Finance
  • Data
  • IT
  • mHealth
  • Public Relations

Carol Plato
Assistant Vice President | Martin Health System

Carol is an Assistant VP for Martin Health System.  Her responsibilities include the Revenue Cycle, Utilization Review, payer contracting, Utilization Review, and Case Management for the entire integrated delivery system.  She has been with Martin for 25 years.

Carol has a BS in Healthcare Finance from Northeastern University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern.  She was born and raised in Colorado.  She is a huge Denver Bronco and Boston Bruin fan.

Carol is and has been involved with HFMA and AAHAM at both the local and National Levels and is considered a leader in Revenue Cycle management.  Carol is an HFMA board member as the Director of Policy and Finance.

Mark D. Polston
Partner | King & Spalding

Mark Polston specializes in representing health care systems navigate the Medicare regulatory world. As the former Chief Litigation counsel for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Mark has decades of experience in Medicare reimbursement policy and Medicare fraud defense. As a partner in our Healthcare practice, Mark advises
healthcare providers on Medicare reimbursement strategy, advises clients on complying with regulatory requirements, representshospitals in Medicare reimbursement litigation and defends providersagainst government enforcement actions.

For more than 20 years, Mark has counseled clients in the complex world of the Medicare program, a regulatory environment so intricate that the Supreme Court has described it as “unintelligible to the uninitiated.” In that vein, Mark specializes in complicated Medicare reimbursement litigation, including the successful challenge to Medicare’s so-called “Two Midnight” 0.2 percent rate cut. As a former high-ranking attorney within the Department of Health and Human Services, Mark brings credibility and an insider’s knowledge when advocating before CMS and Congress on Medicare and Medicaid issues.

Drawing upon his experience as CMS’s former chief litigation counsel, Mark represents hundreds of hospitals in Medicare reimbursement appeals. His cases typically challenge national Medicare reimbursement policies with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. On the defense side, Mark’s years of government fraud enforcement experience and Medicare knowledge translates to surgically effective representation of providers in Medicare fraud investigations.

More than just a litigator, Mark’s years-long experience with Medicare and Medicaid means that he possesses a deep and wide body of knowledge about these programs which allows him to counsel and strategize with clients on diverse topics such as Graduate Medical Education reimbursement for teaching hospitals, Medicare’s “provider-based” rules, and Medicare coverage standards for inpatient services.

With all of this experience, Mark has become a nationally-recognized expert on Medicare reimbursement and speaks annually at the Medicare and Medicaid Payment Institute sponsored by the American Healthcare Lawyers’ Association. Mark is also a co-editor of the Reimbursement Advisor.

Scott Ponaman
President | Ponaman Healthcare Consulting

Scott Ponaman is President and CEO of Ponaman Healthcare Consulting (Ponaman). He started Ponaman in 2001 as a way to share expertise with private foundations and government agencies alike. A specialist in 340B programs, Mr. Ponaman has served as a consultant to the Heinz Family Philanthropies, providing leadership on large-scale issues such as Medicaid and program development for children and the elderly. In this capacity, he has consistently created forward-thinking solutions through his extensive knowledge of government policies and creative, strategic approach.

Scott Ponaman has spent his career providing individualized, compassionate care to those populations who are underserved by traditional government programs. Starting as a clinical nurse and then progressing into positions in policy, marketing, and business development, Mr. Ponaman has had the opportunity to make a significant impact within both public and private sectors.

Clinton W. Randolph
Associate | McGuire Woods

Clinton’s practice focuses on public finance and commercial lending transactions. He represents small and large cap corporations, lenders, credit and liquidity facility providers, swap providers, investment banks, governmental issuers, corporate trustees and nonprofit organizations in a broad range of public and private financings and related commercial transactions.

Clinton has significant experience in publicly offered and privately placed taxable and tax-exempt financings of a broad range of asset classes and credit profiles, including project and real estate-based revenue bond financings of sewage and solid waste disposal facilities, manufacturing facilities, airport facilities and education, healthcare and other nonprofit facilities. He also has commercial lending experience representing a variety of regional and international banks and other institutional lenders in credit transactions across the country, with a particular emphasis on senior living, behavioral health and hospital facilities.

Clinton also devotes a considerable portion of his practice to counseling institutional lending, investment bank, governmental and corporate clients in a variety of federal securities matters, tax matters and other regulatory compliance matters.

While earning his law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Clinton was a recipient of The Public Service Award in 2007. Prior to his legal career, he was an arbitrage rebate and post-issuance compliance analyst at Ernst & Young LLP.

Kathy Reep
Vice President/Financial Services | Florida Hospital Association

Kathy is Vice President/Financial Services with the Florida Hospital Association.  Her responsibilities include monitoring regulatory issues related to Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, Workers’ Compensation, and TRICARE, determining their impact on Florida hospitals, and educating the providers in the state about their implications.  She is also responsible for compliance issues related to billing, reimbursement, and HIPAA.

Kathy has over 35 years’ experience in health care.  Prior to joining FHA, Kathy worked with Florida Hospital in Orlando for 18 years.  She has held positions in Patients Business, Internal Audit, Systems Management, DRG Management, and as Associate Director of Budget.  Prior to leaving Florida Hospital, Kathy held the position of Reimbursement Director.

Currently, Kathy co-chairs the Outpatient Workgroup of the Medicare Technical Advisory Group with CMS.  She is a member of American Health Lawyers Association, HFMA, and AAHAM, as well as chairman of the State Uniform Billing Committee and a voting member of the National Uniform Billing Committee.  Kathy is a Past President of the Florida Chapter of HFMA. Kathy holds an MBA degree from Rollins College.

Richard Rhine
Interim CFO/SVP, Revenue Cycle | Grady Health System

Rick Rhine is Senior Vice President, Revenue Cycle and Interim CFO of Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA.  He began his tenure at Grady in July 2013.  Grady is the safety net healthcare system serving Fulton and DeKalb Counties in Georgia.  Grady is the premier Level I trauma center for the Atlanta metropolitan area and home to one of only two verified burn centers in Georgia. Other national and internationally recognized services include the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, the Ponce De Leon HIV/AIDS Center, the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence, and Grady EMS. Grady also serves as the primary training site for the Morehouse and Emory Schools of Medicine.

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rick received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. He earned a Master of Science in Not-For-Profit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

His career in healthcare management began at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where he served for many years in various Registration and Financial roles.  He has also served roles at Exempla Healthcare in Denver, Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, and Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Nationally, Rick serves on the HFMA Revenue Cycle National Advisory Council.

Tara Richardson
Vice President, Patient Financial Services | Quorum Health

Revenue Cycle Management with 25+years of experience as Senior Director of Patient Financial Services with CHS and QHC Vice President of Patient Financial Services with a proven track record in multi-hospital systems, rural health clinics and physician services. Extensive knowledge within Patient Access, Revenue Cycle Management, Compliance, Information Systems, Health Information Management, Case Management and Facility operations.

Gail Scarboro-Hritz
Managing Partner | Hritz Management Services

Gail Scarboro-Hritz has more than 30 years’ experience in leading healthcare financial operations in hospitals, medical groups and integrated delivery systems. Her experience in consulting allows her to expertly bridge the worlds of finance, strategy, and healthcare operations. Although Gail’s areas of specialty are patient access, revenue cycle and managed care, she is consistently engaged in patient experience and employee engagement initiatives wherever she works.

Ms. Scarboro-Hritz has advised some of the country’s most prestigious healthcare provider organizations, as well as large companies that provide support services and serve as business partners to large, multi-faceted healthcare organizations.

Currently, Ms. Scarboro-Hritz serves as the Senior VP, Patient Access for Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA after serving for fifteen months as their Revenue Cycle VP for the 2,000+ provider medical group. She served as Chief Revenue Cycle Officer at Medical University of South Carolina for two years and as the Revenue Cycle VP for Northeast Georgia Physicians Group in Gainesville, GA for a year.

Temple Sellers
General Counsel | Georgia Hospital Association

Temple Sellers is the General Counsel for the Georgia Hospital Association, where she has worked for the past seventeen years. Ms. Sellers advocates on behalf of Georgia hospitals and health systems with both state and federal regulatory agencies and legislative bodies. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys and the American Health Lawyers Association. She received both her undergraduate degree in history and her law degree from the University of Florida, where she graduated with honors.

Karen Shaffer Platt
VP Revenue Cycle | UPMC

Karen Shaffer Platt is Vice President of Revenue Cycle at University pf Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She has 30 years in Access and Revenue Cycle Management in both hospital and physician services.  Karen has 25 years of IT project management experience including scheduling, ADT and billing design, direction of system training and development, system installation and data conversion.  Shaffer- Platt is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh ans a member of NAHAM, AAHAM and HFMA

Esther Surujon, CPA
Chief Financial Officer | Memorial Physician Group and South Broward Community Health Services

Esther Surujon graduated from the University of Miami in 1988 with a BS in Business, majoring in Accounting.  Shortly thereafter, she received her MBA from UM in 1989.  Ms. Surujon began her career in auditing at KPMG Peat Marwick and earned her CPA degree in 1990.  After quickly realizing that public accounting was not her passion, Esther joined Physician Corporation of America as their Controller and started what would be a 25+ year career in Healthcare.  During her career, Ms. Surujon has worked in both the health plan and provider side of the healthcare field.  She has worked very closely with physicians and hospital systems to promote and design integrated health care delivery models.  In 2004, she created and operated one of the first physician-owned Medicare managed care organizations in Florida, Doctorcare, Inc.

In her current position as the Chief Financial Officer of MEMORIAL PHYSICIAN GROUP and SOUTH BROWARD COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES, Esther is responsible for the financial management and growth of Memorial Healthcare System’s employed physician group of more than 260 highly skilled physicians who provide leading-edge patient- and family-centered care.  This growing multi-specialty practice comprises nationally recognized medical professionals across 43 adult and pediatric specialties and subspecialties who focus on quality, safety, service and value.

She is a devoted mother to two beautiful teenage girls and occupies most of her free time playing tennis, running, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Myriam Torres
VP of Revenue Cycle Management | Jackson Health System

Myriam L. Torres is vice president of revenue cycle at Jackson Health System, one of the largest and most comprehensive public-academic health systems in the United States. Jackson is home to some of the world’s most admired medical specialties and the academic home of the University of Miami Miller School Medicine. Jackson Health System includes six hospitals and a countywide network of outpatient clinics, urgent care centers, and long-term care centers.

As the vice president of revenue cycle, Mrs. Torres is responsible for overseeing the operations of all areas of revenue cycle, including patient access, revenue integrity, the central business office (CBO), health information management, clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and managed care contracting. Under her leadership, her team achieved cash collection goals exceeding targeted collections year over year while establishing dynamic goals. They also implemented Quantum Revenue Cycle (QRC), an innovative approach to optimizing people, process, technology and vendor support together, yielding unprecedented results, including a reduction in discharged not final billed (DNFB) days from 4 to 1.5 days, improved speed of billing by 60 percent for inpatient stays, and gains in productivity by 10 to 12 percent across departments. In addition, her team renegotiated revenue cycle’s top five vendor contracts, achieving a savings of $750,000 annually and restructured leadership by assigning tasks and responsibilities that maximize an individual’s passion and strengths rather than slotting people into pre-defined roles.

Mrs. Torres joined Jackson in 2012 as the chief financial officer of Jackson South Community Hospital, where she oversaw operations of patient access, accounting, rehabilitation, dietary, radiology, wound care, and the radiation oncology center. There, she helped achieve the facility’s annual budget targets, assisted with physician and ancillary contract review and analysis, and developed a revenue cycle team to focus on decreasing length of stay. During her tenure at Jackson South, net income increased by more than 25 percent, length of stay (LOS) was reduced by more than 8 percent; and paid-claims ratio (PCR) improved by nearly 3 percent.

Prior to joining Jackson, Mrs. Torres worked as the corporate controller at Miami Jewish Health Systems, the chief financial officer and controller at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami, the controller of North Shore Medical Center, and director of patient financial services at Coral Gables Hospital.

Mrs. Torres earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Miami, and a certificate in financial planning and a master’s in business administration from Nova University.

Hector Torres
Principal | ECG Management Consultants

Hector Torres has over a decade of substantive experience providing financial advisory services to healthcare organizations and companies nationwide, having completed more than 25 M&A transactions with a cumulative value in excess of $2.5 billion in the last five years alone. Hector leads the evaluation, structuring, negotiation, and execution of mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, JVs, and all other forms of strategic transactions. He also leads projects involving the assessment of valuations, fairness opinions, strategic options, growth strategies, and business unit viability. Hector is known for fiercely representing his clients’ interests and advocating on their behalf in all forms of M&A and strategic partnership transactions, while remaining aligned with their long-term goals and objectives. His clients include national and large multi-regional health systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals and health systems, large physician practices and groups, health insurers, non-acute care providers, and capital providers to healthcare entities. Today, Hector serves as principal and head of ECG’s Mergers, Acquisitions, and Partnerships practice.

Woody Turner
Assistant Vice President for Patient Financial Services | Lexington Medical Center

Woody has over 28 years of healthcare and revenue cycle experience in a variety of roles in administration, finance, and revenue cycle.

Currently, Woody is the Assistant Vice President for Patient Financial Services at Lexington Medical Center.  In this role, he oversees the following Departments: Patient Financial Services for Lexington Medical Center and the Physician Network, Financial Counseling, and Customer Service.

Woody is also a Past President for the South Carolina Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management.

Gwyn Walters
Vice President for Research & Reimbursement | Tennessee Hospital Association

Ms. Walters is the Vice President for Research and Reimbursement at the Tennessee Hospital Association where she researches & assists hospitals with payer (governmental or non-governmental), operational issues and regulatory compliance.  She has spent most of her career in hospitals in managed care, revenue cycle, compliance and quality but has also worked on the payer side and in public accounting. Ms. Walters participated in the original CMS payment bundling demonstration project and has an accounting degree from Wesleyan College and an M.A. from the University of South Florida. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance through HCCA.

David Wildebrandt
Director | Berkeley Research Group

David Wildebrandt is a Director of Berkeley Research Group’s Healthcare Performance Improvement Practice. He has over 15 years of healthcare operations experienced focused on improving contribution margin, efficiency improvement through clinical process redesign, and enhancing physician integration. Prior to joining BRG, Mr. Wildebrandt served as Senior Vice President for Baptist Health Care in Northwest Florida and President for Baptist Hospital Inc. Baptist Health Care is a nationally acclaimed organization for its employee culture which has resulted in being recognized a Fortune Magazine Top 100 Companies for six consecutive years; the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award; Solucient Top 100 Hospital; and has lead the country in patient satisfaction for over a decade. Mr. Wildebrandt also served as national keynote speaker for the consulting division Baptist Leadership Group and has lectured extensively at health care industries and trade organizations.

Mr. Wildebrandt has first-hand knowledge of how to create and leverage a culture of engaged employees and physicians to drive performance improvement across all key metrics. His clinical background combined with significant executive management experience provides Mr. Wildebrandt with a diverse and comprehensive skill set to provide effective solutions across the heath care continuum. Mr. Wildebrandt brings extensive, relevant experience to help guide health care organizations through today’s financial landscape while improving clinical outcomes and sustaining an engaged culture.

Mr. Wildebrandt has received honors from the University of St. Francis as National Alumni of the Year 2009, from the College of Allied Health Hall of Fame, University of South Alabama as National Alumni of the Year 2008, and named one of Top 50 Leaders Under 50 in Northwest Florida.