Michelle Fox is the director of revenue operations/Patient Access at Health First in Brevard County, Florida. Michelle is nationally certified in healthcare access management. She holds a bachelor of health science education, a master of health administration and a doctorate of business administration. Michelle currently serves as Chair for the NAHAM Industry Standards Committee and is a NAHAM board member.
Cheri Kane is the VP of Revenue Cycle for Community Health Systems in Nashville, TN. In her current position, she manages revenue cycle processes for 121+ hospitals through six national service centers. She possesses 30+ years or revenue cycle experience in a variety of settings including hospital and payor profit, non-profit, managed care contracting, physician practice management and finance. She has led large system transformation efforts for organizations including. In December 2016, she left PWC as a Managing Director of Revenue Cycle to join Community Health Systems as the VP of Revenue Cycle. She possesses a MSA in Healthcare from Webster University and is a Fellow in both HFMA and MGMA. In addition, she has held a PMP with Project Management Institute. She has written a multitude of articles or HFMA and MGMA and is a nationally recognized speaker.
Terri Meier is currently the System Director Patient Revenue Cycle at UC San Diego Health, providing leadership for the build and implementation of UCSDH’s Single Billing Office (SBO). Terri has worked exclusively in healthcare for 38 years serving in multiple leadership roles as well as healthcare consulting.
Prior to UCSDH Terri spent 4 years as the Director, PFS and Director Professional Billing Organization for Stanford Health Care and the prior 12 years as the Director, Revenue Cycle Operations for Oregon Health & Science University.
Since May 2016, Ian Stewart has served as system vice president of revenue cycle at Chicago-based Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system in Illinois.
Prior to joining Presence Health, he was vice president of business systems, finance and operations at Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Medical Group for 14 years.
John D. Couris is the president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center. As a recognized leader in the health care industry, John has achieved tremendous success through innovation, technological integration and strategic collaborations.
John writes about these experiences in leadership and some of the most critical and relevant issues facing the health care industry today on his blog, posted on his blog, www.changewithcouris.com. John also shares his experience and perspective on health care innovation and management at conferences across the country. Currently, over 38,000 individuals across the health care sector, as well as lawmakers, public policy advocates, and executives, have engaged with John via LinkedIn.
Prior to joining Tampa General Hospital, John served as president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center, the region’s leading medical center. During his tenure, the organization expanded its services and forged innovative partnerships with some of the leading providers in the nation, including Mount Sinai New York and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. Under John’s leadership, Jupiter Medical Center developed a partnership with IBM Watson, becoming the first community regional medical center in the country to adopt IBM Watson for oncology.
John also led efforts to raise over $170 million to support technological investments, critical care services and new centers of excellence.
John’s career began at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the premier academic medical centers in the country. From there, he spent the next ten years with BayCare System, rising from vice president of ambulatory care at Morton Plant Mease Health Care in Clearwater to chief operating officer.
Throughout his over twenty-year career, John has demonstrated a unique ability to lead organizations and empower individuals to reach their fullest potential while generating high levels of return on investment and developing innovative programs that consistently deliver on results.
John is a graduate of Boston University and holds a Master of Science in management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Beginning in February 2019, John will pursue his Doctor of Business Administration at the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. He resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife, Dianne, and their two children, Benjamin and Isabelle.
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.
Glenn Pearson worked in the hospital industry for more than 30 years and now applies his vast experience to help the healthcare industry fully embrace technology’s role in transforming healthcare.
Glenn’s Executive Experience helps Pearson Health Tech Insights, LLC (PHTI)’s clients understand the mindset of healthcare executives and implement strategies for successfully offering their products to hospitals and other providers.
He applies his Personal Entrepreneurial Background to PHTI clients’ projects, helping them develop effective strategic, business and marketing plans.
Glenn has taken his 24 years of working with vendors to develop granular “boots on the ground” Tactical Insights, captured in PHTI’s outline 79 Pitfalls of Marketing to Hospitals You Didn’t Even Know Existed.
Glenn served as Executive Vice President at Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) for 19+ years, where he led the following areas:
· Public Relations
· Entrepreneurial Ventures
· Vendor Endorsements
Following his tenure at GHA, Glenn founded PHTI to bridge the gap between the executive and the technical worlds. PHTI helps entrepreneurs better understand the healthcare delivery climate so they can tailor their strategies to fit in with the industry’s mindset. PHTI also helps providers understand the dynamics of integrating mHealth and other emerging technologies into their operations.
Glenn is a recognized national healthcare leader, having either chaired or served on six committees for the international American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and as elected ACHE Regent for Georgia. He has led and/or served on many national and statewide committees and organizations. Besides serving as founding president of what is now the Georgia Health Information Network (and currently serving as its treasurer and chair of the Financial Sustainability Committee), he chaired two national hospital association industry groups:
· Association of Healthcare Enterprises
· Allied Association of Hospital Accountants
He has also chaired and/or served on many other boards, committees and work groups sponsored by:
· Georgia Department of Community Health
· Technology Association of Georgia Health Society
· The Center for Health Transformation
· Southern HIPAA Administrative Regional Process
· Georgia State University Institute of Health Administration
· Leadership Atlanta
· Many others
Glenn graduated magna cum laude from the Syracuse University Honors Program and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi international honor societies. He went on to earn a Master of Health Administration degree from the Ohio State University where he received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship.
Wesley Ashmore, CPA, is Director of Reimbursement for the Alabama Hospital Association. With a background in Medicaid and Public Health Mr. Ashmore is responsible for Hospital reimbursement policy and analysis. He is regularly engaged in Medicaid reform and transformation matters 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.
Barney Osborne, FHFMA is the Vice President of Finance and Reimbursement at the South Carolina Hospital Association
At SCHA, he is responsible for evaluating state and federal regulatory policies and providing member support issues such as disproportionate share, hospital reimbursement and pay for performance for both Medicaid and Medicare. Barney participates in the National Managed Care Coalition, advocating on behalf of South Carolina hospitals on managed care concerns. Barney also provides direct assistance to hospitals on specific issues and provides member education.
Barney has 35 years of experience in healthcare Finance. Prior to joining the SCHA, Barney served as a hospital CFO for 20 years. He is a long-time member of the South Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is currently the chapter’s 2018-2019 President. He also serves on a number of other boards and taskforces at the state and federal levels.
Barney is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and 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 lives in Sumter, South Carolina with Veronica, his wife of 30 years Veronica and has five children and three granddaughters.
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 30 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.
Jacque J. Sokolov, M.D. is chairman and chief executive officer of SSB, a diversified US based healthcare company with four strategic business units: 1) SSB Solutions (Management Consulting/Advisory Services - 150+ markets); 2) SSB Investments (Captive Healthcare Investment Fund); 3) SSB Financial Services/Healthcare Community Development Group-HCDG (New Markets Tax Credits, Opportunity Zone Development, etc.); and 4) SSB Governmental Services (Veteran’s Accountable Care Organization/Group-VACO/VACG, etc.). Following his formal training as an academic cardiologist, Dr. Sokolov has had the opportunity to serve as board director, corporate officer and advisor in multiple healthcare sectors including: Health Plans/Large Employers; Hospitals/Hospital Systems; Physician Practice Management Organizations/Group Practices; Clinically Integrated Organizations (CIOs/ACOs); Pharmaceutical Companies; Device Companies; Biotechnology Companies; and Private Equity/Venture Entities. He started his career as Vice President for Healthcare and Chief Medical Officer for Southern California Edison Corporation (NYSE: EIX). Dr. Sokolov currently serves or has served in multiple board capacities for Public Companies including Hospira (NYSE: HSP), MedCath (NASDAQ: MDTH), and PhyAmerica (NYSE: ERDR); Private Companies including GlobalMed, Zoonie(SMG), MyHealthDirect, NeuLife Neurological Services (NeuLife), Calviri, AKOS, the Trill Project and SSB wholly owned companies; and Non Profit Organizations including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Health Futures Council at ASU, The Executive Committee of the Board of Councilors for the USC School of Pharmacy, The National Health Foundation, the American College of Medical Quality, the National Fund for Medical Education, and the National Business Group on Health and the White House Health Project.
Dr. Sokolov received his BA and MD Degrees from the University of Southern California. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School. He previously held and currently holds academic appointments and advisory board responsibilities in the Schools of Medicine, Business and Public Health at Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California.
Kim is an experienced healthcare financial executive with extensive expertise in community not-for-profit hospitals and faith-based hospital systems. She has served as Regional Vice President of Finance for the Gulf Coast Ministry Market since 2014, leading the integration of the Finance teams at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Florida, and Providence Health System in Mobile, Alabama, as part of the One Ascension journey. As a member of the Ascension Gulf Coast executive leadership team, she will continue to provide strategic financial counsel and oversee financial operations for the Ministry Market, and will have a critical role as a collaborative, trusted and strategic business partner.
Earlier in her career Kim served in Finance roles at Ascension’s St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Birmingham, Alabama. Before rejoining Ascension in 2014, Kim was a partner at Tatum, a management consulting firm, where her work included serving in Finance leadership roles for healthcare facilities in Louisville, Kentucky, and central Florida. She previously served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Decatur General Hospital, Decatur, Alabama. She served as the Regional Executive for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA).
Kim is currently completing her participation in the Ascension Executive Ministry Leadership formation program. She is enrolled in the MBA program at the University of West Florida and completed her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Kim serves on the Boards of The Haven of Our Lady of Peace and the Favor House Domestic Abuse Shelter in Pensacola.
Kevin F. Brennan, CPA, FHFMA is a Principal with SunStone Consulting. The firm, based in Harrisburg, Pa., assists clients throughout the country with reimbursement, regulatory, revenue integrity, and strategic solutions.
For 23 years, Mr. Brennan served as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Geisinger – a $7 billion physician-led, integrated health services organization that has as its main components an array of health services providers, including hospitals, a physician group practice, a number of health insurance companies and a medical school. Geisinger operates in 45 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and in 7 counties in southern New Jersey. 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 of HFMA’s National Board of Directors, having served three years as a National Director, one year as Secretary-Treasurer, and one year as Chair-Elect. Mr. Brennan has been a member of HFMA since 1981 and a Fellow since 1992. He was an active member of HFMA’s Large System CFO Council, the Value Projects and previously served on the Principles and Practices Board, the Patient Transparency Task Force and was a board member of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter.
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.
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