Kari Cornicelli is VP/CFO for Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus in San Diego, CA. The Metro campus consists of four hospitals totaling 800 beds
and $1.2 billion in annual net revenues. The campus includes Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns, Sharp Mesa Vista, and Sharp McDonald Center. Sharp Memorial and Sharp Mary Birch are Magnet hospitals for nursing excellence and Designated Planetree patient-centered hospitals. The campus is part of Sharp HealthCare, San Diego’s leading integrated health care delivery system and a 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, the nation’s highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence.
Cornicelli has been with Sharp HealthCare for nineteen years, leading various system initiatives across the health system. She has over thirty years of progressive healthcare financial leadership and has worked in both the for-profit and not-for-profit environments. She has an established record of success in significantly growing enterprise value and is proficient in healthcare reform initiatives including population health strategies. Cornicelli is a collaborative, transparent, and flexible leader who values mentoring the younger generation.
Cornicelli earned a BS in Accounting from Weber State University, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She is also a graduate of the California Healthcare Leadership Program. She is an active member in HFMA and served as the National Chair on the HFMA Board of Directors in 2014-2015 and continues to speak across the country on various healthcare financial topics. She has served on multiple national task forces, including the HFMA National Advisory Council. She is a member of the HFMA San Diego chapter and served as president in 1998. Kari serves as a board member on the California Hospital Association Board of Directors and has previously served on the Neighborhood Healthcare Board of Directors, an organization of community clinics in San Diego.
In 2015, Cornicelli was named to Becker’s Hospital Review “150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know”, as well as to the “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” (2015 & 2016).
Mr. Dahlen is the newly-appointed CFO for Mayo Clinic. Prior to Mayo Clinic, he spent 17 years with Banner Health, the last eight as CFO of the organization. He is active in several community organizations and just completed his term as board chair of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the national HFMA board. He education includes a BSBA with a major in Accounting from the University of North Dakota and an MBA from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He and his wife Mary reside in Rochester, Minnesota.
Doug has over has over 28 years of experience in the healthcare field, including both consulting and provider roles. His experience includes Executive level management in various healthcare facilities. Doug is currently the Strategic Initiative Leader for TruBridge, LLC. Prior to joining TruBridge in 2013, Doug served as the CEO of a 115 bed rural hospital, CFO of a rural hospital, and also served in a consulting role for CEOs with CPSI Inc. Doug also held a nursing home administrators’ license for 20 years and managed a 103 bed facility at one of the hospitals he served. He is a current member of The National Rural Health Association and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Claudia Douglass is a results-oriented Managing Director at Deloitte & Touche. Claudia has 25 years of leadership driving profitable growth within consulting and industry as an executive, and has expertise in developing and leading complex strategic initiatives across multiple business units. She is an innovative and creative thinker with change management and information technology expertise, including:
Renee Ennis serves as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Presbyterian Delivery System in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She started Presbyterian in December 2014 as Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in April 2016. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Presbyterian revenue cycle team won HFMA’s MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle. Before joining Presbyterian, Renee was the chief financial officer for TriCore Reference Laboratories. She earned a master’s of business administration in healthcare management from University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Central Michigan University. Renee currently serves on the board of directors for the New Mexico chapter of hfma, the CFO Academy, and Hospital Services Corporation. She is a graduate of the Leadership New Mexico class of 2015 and a 2014 Women of Influence Honoree.
Jeni Erikson has over 15 years of experience holding various roles within Revenue Cycle in the acute care setting. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in both Finance and Management from Arizona State University. Jeni started working full-time at Banner Health as a PFS Rep while attending ASU and has progressed to now be the Sr. Director of Admitting for Banner Health. While in her position, her team has been recognized for two consecutive years as winning best practice for POS collections amongst 25 large healthcare organizations.
Jeni has led Revenue Cycle teams through both the integration of healthcare systems into Banner and new openings of facilities for Banner Health. She has substantially improved the POS collections at these facilities by implementing best practices for financial clearance. In 2016, Erikson was recognized for being in the top 10% of Banner leaders for her leadership effectiveness, which directly correlates to her team’s successes.
Jeni is often found spending her free time with her husband and her two children supporting her Alma Mater at sporting events. Go Sun Devils! She is at the soccer field every weekend cheering her children and enjoying watching them do something they are passionate about.
Mike Eruzione served as the captain that led the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team to it’s gold medal victory in Lake Placid, New York. The highlight of the games for Eruzione was scoring the game-winning goal against the Soviet Union. That victory against the Soviets advanced the US team to the gold medal game where they beat Finland to win the gold medal.
A native of Massachusetts, Eruzione was a well-known sports talent; he excelled as an all-scholastic in baseball, football, and hockey. While attending Boston University, he captained the hockey team his senior year and finished his college career as the third leading scorer in BU history. The years Eruzione played at BU, his team won four Eastern Collegiate Championships. Eruzione was voted the Best Defensive Forward in the Hockey East Conference and eventually was inducted into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Eruzione played on two US National Teams and played two years with the Toledo Goaldiggers of the International Hockey League. The IHL rewarded him with the McKenzie Award, which is annually presented to the most outstanding American-born player in the IHIL. The following year, Eruzione was chosen to join the 1980 Olympic team. He was honored by being elected captain by his Olympic teammates.
After the victory in Lake Placid, Eruzione spent several years in New York and New Jersey as a sports commentator for Madison Square Garden. In 1984, he joined ABC and did broadcasting for the winter Olympics in Sarajevo, the summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and the 1998 winter Olympics in Calgary. In 1992, Eruzione did broadcasting for CBS in Albertville, France and in Lillehammer, Norway during the 1994 Olympics. From 2003-2006, Eruzione was a commentator for CSTV (College Sports Television), which is based in New York City.
The 1980 Olympic team received many accolades after winning the gold medal, including being inducted into the United States Olympics Hall of Fame. On December 2, 1999, the 1980 Olympic hockey team was given the ultimate compliment when Sports Illustrated voted their moment the number one sports moment of the century. Eruzione and his teammates had the honor of lighting the Olympic flame at the opening ceremonies of the 2002 winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2004, Eruzione and his teammates were featured in the Disney movie Miracle.
For the past several years, Eruzione has traveled throughout the country representing major corporations as their spokesperson and motivational speaker. Presently, he is employed by Boston University as the director of development for athletics. Eruzione resides in his hometown of Winthrop, Massachusetts with his wife and three children. He is actively involved with fundraising events for the Olympic Committee as well as several charitable and youth organizations.
Brian is a partner in the firm’s Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education industry team. Prior joining Husch Blackwell, Brian was a national consultant in the health care industry with a Big Four accounting and consulting firm. His clients have included Fortune 100 to Fortune 1000 companies, as well as healthcare organizations nationwide. Before entering private practice, he served as an Inspector General for the Health and Human Services system of Texas, a one-year appointment to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicaid Integrity Program Advisory Committee and the Medicaid Integrity Audit Program Beta Group. Additionally, he was a prosecutor for nearly ten years. Brian’s background also includes work as prosecutor, a regulator and leader in government, a consultant for industry and counsel for the accused. He has more than 14 years of experience in national guidance committees, serving on boards of directors and in legislation creation or interpretation. He has more than nine years of experience as a prosecutor in banking, insurance, securities, healthcare, organized crime, general crimes and white-collar crime. He has Big Four consulting experience from serving as a leader in KPMG LLP’s national risk and compliance, investigation, and state and federal government practices and as an international consultant in healthcare, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other regulatory and compliance industry matters. Brian also has experience in advising on Sunshine laws. Brian is licensed as a Certified Inspector General (CIG), Accredited Health Care Fraud Investigator (AHFI), Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS) and is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC. In addition, Brian is a frequent speaker and lecturer on regulatory and compliance matters. Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Brian practiced with Brown McCarroll.
Jerry Ford is the chief executive officer at Marathon Health and is responsible for overall business performance, corporate culture, and customer care. Jerry brings to Marathon Health an extensive senior management background in healthcare information technology, process improvement, and customer experience management. Most recently Jerry was CEO and president of an Accel-KKR owned company, Systems & Software, where he guided the senior leadership team to apply operational efficiencies and core values that led to improved customer satisfaction and overall business performance. Prior to Systems & Software, Jerry spent 15 years at IDX Systems Corporation where he served as vice president of operations responsible for more than 300 large and complex healthcare delivery system customers. Jerry emphasized employee growth and development to focus his organization on providing proactive, customer-centric care as the means of exceeding financial objectives for customers and for his organization. A certified Green Belt, Ford guides application of Six Sigma and Lean Methodologies to achieve continual process improvement.
I spent over a decade working for the Central Intelligence Agency as an Operations Officer – assessing, developing, recruiting, and handling individuals. Learning to understand human nature, and to quickly grasp what makes people tick has been invaluable to my work with leaders.
Working in the Healthcare Industry for the past 17 years, much of it with Kalispell Regional Medical Center, in roles of increasing responsibility from Managing a Rural Health Clinic to most recently serving as the Revenue Cycle Executive Director has given me the opportunity to learn first hand what is necessary to lead in a rapidly changing industry.
Since September 2017 I have been focusing full time on providing coaching to leaders. Presenting information to individuals where they are, in a way that they can hear and understand is key to my success.
Dr. Griffin received his medical doctorate and masters of health administration from the University of Washington. He completed training at the Family Medicine of Residency of Idaho Rural Training Program. Dr. Griffin previously served as a practice physician and Vice President of Innovation at St. Peter’s Hospital and Medical Group in Helena and currently is Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana. He also maintains a solo, private practice as medical director of two skilled nursing facilities in Helena. Dr. Griffin also now serves as President Elect of the Montana Medical Association and on the Board of Directors at Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation. He is actively involved with several community-based healthcare improvement efforts across Montana with emphasis on value based care program development and health information systems integration.
Dr. Gruen is Huron Consulting’s Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Medical Officer and a member of the Huron Consulting Healthcare Leadership Team. Dr. Gruen has a distinguished career as an executive, entrepreneur and advisor working across industry environments with a focus on population health, ACO risk models and care management. He has been a leader in four digital health/care delivery model innovation companies including Revolution Health Group where he served as President of the Care Division. He has been forming and operating ACO and risk organizations for 27 years and co-founded an ACO management company, later sold to a Goldman Sachs roll-up. Dr. Gruen has also been integral to the transformation of care management operations, best practice benchmarking and next generation transformation at a half dozen major payers, representing almost 100 million total lives. He has extensive experience in managing risk at the interface between payers and providers and served as a Chief Medical Officer at United Health Group. Prior to coming to Huron Consulting, Dr. Gruen was a senior partner and led the National Care Innovation Practice for PwC. He holds an MD degree from Northwestern University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and completed Pediatric training and board certification at Yale University.
Melinda Hancock is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System, an academic medical center with related entities in Richmond, Va. Melinda joined the VCU Health System in June 2016. Prior to this appointment she was a Partner in the healthcare division of Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG). At DHG Healthcare, Melinda’s responsibilities included the development of services pointed to payment reform, shared savings models, governmental and commercial bundled payments, and the Medicare innovation models. Prior to joining DHG, Melinda was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bon Secours Virginia Health System.
Melinda speaks nationally on payment models as well as the impact of and readiness for healthcare reform. Melinda received her MBA in Healthcare Administration, her BBA in Accounting from the College of William & Mary, and is a CPA in the Commonwealth. She was employed with Deloitte & Touche as a staff auditor and then worked for Ernst & Young. She moved into the hospital realm with Culpeper Regional Hospital as their Controller and then served as their Foundation Executive Director before her time at Bon Secours.
As a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association, Melinda has served in a variety of state and national roles, culminating as President of the Virginia Chapter. She subsequently served on the National Advisory Council and the national board of directors. In 2015/2016, she was the Chairperson of the national Board of Directors. Her community activities have included service on a variety of not for profit boards including American Red Cross, Virginia Health Information, Hanover Habitat for Humanity, Christ Church, and Healthy Culpeper as well as service on a community bank board and volunteering in local food banks.
Terrie Handy is the Vice President of the Revenue Cycle at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon and has worked at Legacy for over 29 years. Prior to Legacy, Terrie received her undergraduate degree from University of Washington ~GO HUSKIES! .
Terrie has been an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) for several years and enjoys all that HFMA has to offer including: ongoing education, industry/process improvement ideas, and networking opportunities. Terrie has been an active board member, Chapter Treasurer, Secretary and President, Co-Chair for Region XI Symposium in addition to serving on HFMA’s National Advisory Council for the Revenue Cycle.
In addition to Terrie’s involvement with HFMA, she is also a member of the board for Managed Healthcare Northwest (MHN). Terrie also has been the chair of the OAHHS (Oregon Hospital Association) Patient-Friendly Billing Task Force.
Legacy has completed their Epic conversion of six hospitals and 70 outpatient clinics. Throughout this transition, Legacy has been an Epic “top performer” with their AR recovery curve exceeding targets and expectations. Additionally, Legacy’s Revenue Cycle team is a SEVEN-time HFMA “MAP” award recipient, and this past year Legacy received certification for the adoption of HFMA’s Patient Financial Communication Best Practices.
Terrie lives in Longview, Washington and has been married over 25 years. Outside of her career, her two children, Matthew 22 and Ari 21, keep life interesting! Terrie’s hobbies include: downhill skiing, hiking, traveling, as well as just hanging out with her two Newfoundland pups, Luna and Kai, and her Belgian horse, Ace.
Paul provides reimbursement consulting and business assurance services to health care providers in acute and post‐acute settings throughout the western United States. He is well‐versed in preparing Medicare and Medicaid cost reports, assisting clients during third‐party audits, formulating appeals of audit issues in connection with cost reports, and assisting Hospitals, Sole Community Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers with billing and reimbursement issues. He explores the role of the Medicare cost report and claims data in the DRG and APC rate setting processes; wage index cost finding and labor market definitions with a focus on wage index reform; and Medicare cost report datamining and benchmarking.
Basak is the System Director of Revenue Integrity, Audit and Training at Sharp HealthCare.
Basak developed a passion for the healthcare industry at early ages while working for her family practice and volunteering at local health clinics. Since then, Basak provided consulting services to over 60 healthcare organizations, launched 3 successful products in The US and international markets, designed service delivery models, owned her own firm, managed multiple professional teams.
Basak has a Masters of Business Administration (with a focus in health services management and finance) from George Washington University and holds a Bachelors in Science in Economics from University of Virginia. She has received several academic and professional awards, highlighting her work ethic, results orientation and entrepreneurial aptitude.
Sam is a seasoned healthcare executive and faculty with 25+ years of experience in health IT, healthcare finance, big data analytics, artificial intelligence and continuous quality improvement, including in the role of COO, CIO, VP of Analytics, Senior Director, Director of Medical/Healthcare Informatics. He is a faculty at UC Irvine Merage School of Business and USC Price School of Public Policy.
Sam currently is the Chief Information and Innovation Officer for a healthcare startup. He is a long time HFMA volunteer serving in many national, regional and chapter roles (including HFMA National Advisory Council, SoCal Chapter President-elect, National Board of Examiners, CHFP Exam Standard Setting Committee, Yerger judge, Region 11 Education Committee Co-Chair and Chair). Additionally, He served as President of HIMSS SoCal Chapter with over 2,400 members, Chair of the HIMSS National Chapters Task Force (equivalent to HFMA National Chapter Advance Team), on HIMSS National Davies Committee on the use of HIT and EHRs, and co-chair of HIMSS SoCal CIO Forum. He received HFMA Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Medal of Honor, and several Yerger Special Recognition awards. He received the 2012 HIMSS National Chapter Leader of the Year Award. Under his presidency HIMSS SoCal chapter received HIMSS National Chapter of the Year award in 2011. He is a frequent speaker/moderator at national and professional conferences addressing health IT and healthcare finance challenge facing our society. He provides training for healthcare leaders in the US and internationally.
Rick is currently Vice President of Enterprise Revenue Cycle Management at the Memorial Hermann Health System. Prior to arriving at Memorial Hermann Rick was the Vice President of the Revenue Cycle for Advocate Health Care in Chicago. Rick has over twenty-five years of healthcare experience, within government, industry, and as a consultant. Rick has extensive experience working within large integrated health care systems, academic medical centers, community based hospitals, faculty and medical group practices. Rick holds a MBA in Finance and a BA in Healthcare Administration. Rick is also a Fellow at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA), Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS), and also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Ben has practiced public accounting since 2000. He audits health care providers, medical groups, and governmental payers and works with large hospital systems, academic medical centers, medical groups, regional hospitals, and critical access care facilities.
Ben also works with risk-sharing groups and quasi-governmental agencies administering Medi-Cal funds. He has significant experience with controls-based auditing, evaluating information technology environments, third-party payer issues, and charity care.
Richard Maclin has more than 20 years of continuous improvement experience. He has held roles in quality assurance, supplier development, continuous improvement, product realization, and operations. His career has focused on reducing nonvalue-added activities and process variation using CI approaches including Lean Six Sigma, VA/NVA, value stream mapping, theory of constraints, 5S, and kaizen. Richard has held positions with Toyoda Gosei, United Technologies, ArvinMeritor, Trelleborg, Superior Industries, and Gates Corporation and currently serves clients in the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, food service, industrial, and nuclear industries. He is an adjunct instructor at Northwest Arkansas Community College, Tulsa Technology Center, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, and is a Master Black Belt for CI Solutions, LLC. He is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Six Sigma Forum Advisory Council member, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology Management.
Dr. Connie Mariano is used to breaking barriers, used to shattering the glass ceiling. Born to a Navy steward and his wife in the Philippines, Dr. Mariano lived the life of a family in the American armed forces.
Her life has been filled with many achievements: high school valedictorian, graduate with honors at the University of California at San Diego, medical degree from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, and a distinguished 24 year career in the U. S. Navy.
Dr. Mariano has also been the first in the following achievements:
After leaving the White House in 2001 following nine years and service to three sitting American presidents, Dr. Mariano became a consultant in the Executive Health Program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale from July 2001 to October 2005.
In November 2005, Dr. Mariano founded the Center for Executive Medicine, a medical concierge practice which provides presidential-quality medical care to CEOs and their families.
An expert in presidential health care including the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, Dr. Mariano is a frequent guest speaker on television and print media on the topics of care to VIPs, presidential disability, travel medicine, and optimizing quality of care.
She is the author of the book, The White House Doctor: My Patients were Presidents, A Memoir, published in 2010 by St. Martin’s Press. Dr. Mariano also hosts her own talk show on the VoiceAmerica network, “House Calls with Dr Connie.”
Hailed by Meetings & Conventions magazine as one of the top 10 best motivational speakers in the U.S. and repeatedly included on their list of “Best Keynote Speakers,” Allison Massari has established herself as a steadfast advocate for the potent power of compassion, kindness, and indestructible perseverance, dedicated to equipping others with tools to better manage their lives and become more grounded.
A successful entrepreneur, she created four successful businesses in 25 years, beginning with a thriving fine arts business and jewelry line, Massari Fine Arts, LLC, earning commissions from Fortune 500 companies, including Lockheed Martin, General Mills and US Airways. With characteristic vigor, she launched her coaching and speaking career and within 18 months, she was invited to give a TEDx talk on The Future of Happiness and shortly after was voted the “No.1 Rising Star in Speaking” by the National Speakers Association.
Massari found peace, purpose and happiness after overcoming two extraordinary personal tragedies. In 1998, she survived a 60 mph car crash, after being trapped, burned alive and conscious the entire time. Three years later she was hit again at 60 mph and sustained a closed-head brain injury. She credits her determination and love from family and friends for her full recovery. Her inspiring story is one of 10 featured in the documentary film, ReSolve, acclaimed for its powerful message and focus on solutions to come through post-traumatic stress and successfully overcome challenges.
Now devoted to healthcare advocacy, Massari brings attention to patient-centered care and its relation to health care reform, as well as the impacts of compassionate care from various perspectives.
Michael McAnder, FHFMA, joined Piedmont as the Chief Financial Officer in July of 2015.
Michael comes to Piedmont from Kaiser Permanente where he served as senior vice president of Financial Operations. He led the national supply chain management, decision support, revenue cycle, consumer financial service experience, financial shared services, continuity management and PeopleSoft ERP implementation functions. Michael has a proven track record of leading financial systems to streamline processes, optimize benefit realization and deliver on goals and objectives. He has also worked for Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Banner Health in Phoenix, Arizona; and Lutheran Healthcare Network in Mesa, Arizona.
Jeff Mechanick is Assistant Director for Nonpublic Entities at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). In that role, he provides strategic and technical oversight of all activities involving private companies and not-for-profit organizations (NPOs). Jeff chairs the FASB Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, and oversees staff support for the Private Company Council.
Matt Navigato, MPH-HA is the Vice President, Enterprise Revenue Cycle at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Matt is responsible for managing the Physician and Hospital Revenue Cycle teams, the Enterprise Coding team, the Clinical Documentation Improvement team and Patient Access Services. He graduated with a Master’s in Public Health, Healthcare Administration & Policy from the combined Portland State University/Oregon Health and Science University and began his career in healthcare 21 years ago. Matt has been with OHSU for 10 years and has been actively involved in the local Oregon HFMA chapter for over 8 years and is now serving as the Oregon HFMA Chapter President.
Janelle Nelson, RN, BSN, MBA – President/ Executive Director – Mountain Independent Hospital Alliance (MIHA) a collaborative organization benefitting its members through collective cost savings, revenue enhancement, education, benchmarking, sharing best practices and peer networking –Personal and Professional Motto: “Connect for Success”. Outdoors woman bringing her survival skills to healthcare. She makes enjoying life’s outdoor adventures a priority for balance and remaining grounded. Beyond her MIHA role, she is a farmer/ rancher, real-estate entrepreneur, Operating Room Efficiency facilitator, and a Registered Nurse. Professionally she appreciates and thrives connecting thought leaders across the health care spectrum to find the greatest efficiencies in all areas of healthcare operations. Her 27 year healthcare journey has included Critical Access Hospital settings to Tertiary settings; roles include certified nursing assistant, 12 hour night shift registered nursing, Operating Room Nursing, and Director/ Leadership/ Business Development Roles in Surgical Services and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. All experiences have enlightened and built the passion to connect the clinical with revenue cycle and revenue cycle with clinical all the while keeping the patient as the priority.
Paul E. Pedersen is the CEO/Principal of Sisyphus Consulting. Prior to establishing Sisyphus Consulting, Paul was the Senior Director, Provider Network Administration and Contracting of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, where he was employed for 27 years. He was responsible for the management of the Health Care Services department and was directly involved in the strategic planning, the tactical execution of the strategic imperatives, the budget development, recruitment, contract negotiations and providing excellent communication and customer service to the physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers. He began his professional career as the Data Processing Manager for the Montana Workers’ Compensation Division, what is now the State Fund.
He attended college at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL, and the University of Montana in Missoula, MT focusing on Computer Science and Math.
Paul E. Pedersen is a past National Director on the National Board of Directors of HFMA and a past Regional Executive for HFMA Region 10. Paul has served at all levels within the Montana Chapter of HFMA, and has held the post of Secretary/Treasurer, President-Elect, President, and Past-president. He is the recipient of the HFMA Bronze, Silver, and Gold service awards as well as the HFMA Medal of Honor.
Becky Peters is currently the System Director of Patient Access Services at Sutter Health. She is responsible for all Patient Access services throughout the 27 Sutter Facilities in Northern California, Sutter Shared Services Patient Access Center, Central Scheduling and the Revenue Cycle Education and Training team. She has been responsible for implementing Epic with these affiliates and working extensively with vendor partners to develop robust price estimation, quality and collection tools.
Becky is an experienced Revenue Cycle/Patient Access Leader who specializes in focused innovative strategy development, project management, leadership development and process improvement
Becky’s previous 25+ years of experience include roles as Patient Access Director, Patient Financial Services Director as well as a Revenue Cycle Consultant with numerous consulting engagements focused on all aspects of Revenue Cycle.
She is active with NAHAM and HFMA and other core health groups and is frequent speaker on Patient Access Best Practices.
Sheldon has more than 17 years of experience in managing the mission, vision and purpose of Revenue Cycle Management activities and processes for multi-integrated health networks in not for profit and for profit health systems. Sheldon’s contributions have been critical to a variety of revenue cycle initiatives that improved reimbursement by over 150 million dollars in several organizations. He constantly provided strong support in fulfilling the companies’ collection responsibilities for both hospital and physician operations, meeting strategic goals and exceeding company objectives.
Sheldon has experience leading national operational teams in the areas of Hospital & Physician Billing, Patient Access, Accounts Receivable, System Implementations, Payor Contracting, Vendor Management and Performance Improvement. His prior positions focused on communicating a compelling and inspired vision and sense of core purpose to stakeholders of the organization; he talks beyond today; talks about possibilities; is optimistic; creates mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the organizational vision. He has inspired and motivated Revenue Cycle cultures in organizations.
Sheldon has a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting & Finance; and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Administration. Both degrees were acquired at Wilmington University in Delaware. He is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) and Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA). Other memberships include the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) and the National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM). Sheldon was co-chair of the HFMA Philadelphia Chapter Revenue Cycle committee before joining PMH. He has presented at various industry conferences and groups across the country for HFMA & ACHE discussing the economic challenges & solutions in our healthcare environment.
Erik Rasmussen works in the Federal Relations Department of the American Hospital Association as Vice President of the Advocacy & Public Policy Group. Erik is responsible for representing AHA’s interests before the U.S. Congress. His primary goals are to promote hospitals’ interests with primary congressional committees with greatest importance to hospitals and will play a leadership role in developing AHA’s strategies and articulating AHA’ s policies on assigned congressional committees.
Prior to his time at AHA, Erik was Professional Staff at the Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. He was formerly the Chief of Staff to Representative Kenny Hulshof (R-MO9), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and subcommittees on Health and Trade. The Ways and Means Committee has primary jurisdiction over Medicare, as well as all tax and trade issues in the House. Before joining Rep. Hulshof, Erik was the Health Policy Advisor to Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ5), and prior to that Erik was a lobbyist with Jefferson Government Relations where he handled mostly health care and business clients, including the Texas Medical Society, Fortis Health (now Assurant), Aetna, and Holiday Inn. Erik began his career in Washington on the staff of now retired Representative John Edward Porter (R-IL10), who chaired the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee of Appropriations. Erik is an alum of Brigham Young University, where he majored in Political Science, with a minor in Journalism.
Erik sits on the board of the Charles and Annaley Redd Charitable Foundation. Erik is also active as a Boy Scout leader, having served as a Scoutmaster, Venture Crew leader, and currently serves as the Troop 821 Assistant Scoutmaster. Erik is a father of four (Addison, Becky, Kate and Jack; wife Ashlie) and firmly believes next year will be the year the Cubs win the World Series.
As a Hall of Fame international keynote speaker, author, comedian, and world-class guitarist, Mike Rayburn is an inspirational thought leader and one of the most in-demand and un-conventional keynote artists in the world. Drawing from his success as an entrepreneur as well as a Carnegie Hall headliner, Mike is a master at increasing profitability and impact by inspiring your team to become possibility thinkers and virtuoso performers… all by daring you to ask the question, “What if…?”
Always on the cutting edge, international keynote speaker Mike Rayburn is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Hall of Fame speaker (CPAE), two-time TEDx presenter, has performed more than 4,000 presentations and his comedy remains in heavy rotation on Sirius/XM radio. Mike has been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, Billboard, American Entertainment, Gig, and Successful Meetings magazines.
Active in the field since 1994, Karl offers financial and operational consulting to health care clients. He leverages his deep expertise in provider operations and finance, strategic business planning, and capitation arrangements to assist hospitals, physician organizations, health plans, and management services organizations as they strive to succeed in the current environment. He has experience with service line assessments, turnarounds, feasibility studies, development of capitation models, and negotiation and analysis of managed care contracts. Prior to joining Moss Adams, Karl served in senior management positions in hospitals as well as physician organizations.
Tammy has more than 16 years of experience working with health care clients. She provides audits, reviews, agreed upon procedures and other accounting services to governmental and not-for-profit hospitals, mental health centers, ambulatory surgery centers, foundations and case management organizations. She consults with clients on a wide variety of issues, including debt financing arrangements, entity purchase and consolidations, 340B drug discount program compliance, internal control structures and new accounting pronouncements.
She has presented seminars and written articles for HFMA and numerous private groups. She is a member of the steering committee for BKD’s women’s initiative, SKY, and was instrumental in developing the Colorado HFMA chapter’s Women In Leadership program.
Tammy is on the board of directors for the Colorado HFMA Chapter and she serves on other non-profit boards. She is a 1999 graduate of Colorado State University, with a B.S. degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting.
Sara Roberts is an Executive Director in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP with a focus in Strategy, Leadership, Organizational Culture, and Purpose-Led Transformation. Prior to EY, she was Founder and CEO of Roberts Golden, a boutique consultancy, where she and her team advised on organizational strategy, leadership development, and culture transformation efforts for nearly a quarter of the Fortune 100 as well as many other large brands, high growth companies, and NGOs.
She is an accomplished author and her latest book, Nimble, Focused, Feisty: Organizational Cultures that Win in the New Era and How to Create Them, was published in August last year. She is also a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at top events including Working Mother Media, Gartner, The Conference Board, and the Association for Corporate Growth on the topics of transformation, purpose, and culture and has been featured in numerous publications including BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and Forbes.
Gerilynn Sevenikar has more than 38 years of experience in healthcare revenue cycle and financial management. Ms. Sevenikar is the Vice President of Hospital Revenue Cycle for Sharp HealthCare, a fully integrated healthcare delivery system with 2,110 licensed acute care beds at 4 acute care hospitals and 3 specialty hospitals, 2 affiliated medical groups, a health plan, 3 skilled nursing facilities, 21 outpatient clinics, and 5 urgent care centers. Sharp Healthcare serves the 3.2M residents of San Diego, CA. Ms. Sevenikar is responsible for and provides executive oversight for all hospital access service and business office functions, centralized billing and collections for all payer classifications, chargemaster, health information management, and enterprise customer service and patient collections.
Ms. Sevenikar has her B.S. degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. She also completed the University of Notre Dame Bayer Diagnostics Executive Management Program. She has served on the Board of Directors for San Diego/Imperial County Healthcare Financial Management Association, Safety Net Committee for San Diego County, former Chair for California Hospital Association Payer Relations, serves on the advisory council for Experian HealthCare and ClearBalance Financial Systems, and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Ms. Sevenikar was recognized in HealthLeaders annual report of 20 individuals who are changing healthcare for the better in December 2012 and Becker’s top 10 female revenue cycle leaders to watch in 2017. Ms. Sevenikar was a model developer for The Sharp Experience and is currently on the model development team as Sharp HealthCare embarks on their journey to become a High Reliability Organization.
Andy Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care. Over his career, Andy has shaped some of the most significant and successful initiatives in health care impacting millions of Americans and the shape of the health care system. For the last two years, he served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama. In that role, Slavitt oversaw programs that provide access to quality health care for 140 million Americans, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Andy came into the public spotlight in October of 2013 when he was asked by the Obama Administration to lead the turnaround of Healthcare.gov from the private sector. Slavitt’s tenure at CMS was marked by the successful execution of a number of large new programs– the Affordable Care Act, the significant shift to pay-for-value payment models, and the implementation of MACRA. Under his leadership, the U.S. health care system saw record reductions in the uninsured rate, nationwide improvements in quality, record low cost growth, and a re-birth of private sector innovation and progress. Andy’s tenure was also marked by a cultural shift towards a more engaged, transparent, and collaborative period of cooperation between the public and private sectors.
Andy’s ability to spearhead complex management challenges stems from over two decades of experience working as a leader in the health care and technology private sector. Throughout his career, Andy’s work centered on improving the consumer experience and access to care, new care delivery models, health equity, data and technology, and program integrity. From 2003 to 2013, Andy worked at UnitedHealth Group, eventually serving as the Group Executive Vice President for Optum where he oversaw the delivery of clinical, technology and operational solutions to health care clients and consumers. Over his career at Optum, the company grew by tens of billions in revenue. Andy served in a number of different capacities which drove its growth, including as CEO of OptumInsight and overseeing mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, marketing, international business and business integration.
Andy has an entrepreneurial background, having founded and served as CEO of HealthAllies, a technology-based consumer health care company. HealthAllies served people who are uninsured or underinsured by via an online marketplace for health care services. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an investment banker with Goldman Sachs.
Slavitt has helped lead a number of national priorities from Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force to President Obama’s National Heroin Task Force. He has served in a number of leadership and board capacities in public, private and non-profit organizations in health care, education and the arts. Slavitt has been recognized as one of the 10 most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine, and has received similar recognition from other health care and technology publications and organizations. He appears frequently in the media and is viewed as a nonpartisan explainer of complex health care topics– including on his Twitter feed.
Andy lives in Minnesota with his family. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ryan Shatzer is the Director of Employee Experience, with oversight of the system-wide engagement and retention strategies for Intermountain Healthcare. He initially joined Intermountain in 2012, supporting the change management efforts for both the ERP (PeopleSoft) and EMR (Cerner) implementations, as well as developing an internal Change Management Center of Excellence. Most recently, Ryan was the Manager of Talent Management at Intermountain with accountability for the performance management and succession planning programs across the system. Ryan is a faculty member for Intermountain’s Institute for Healthcare Leadership as an executive coach and formerly facilitated leadership courses in change management, succession planning and talent development.
Prior to Intermountain, Ryan was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in their People & Change practice. He has worked with large and mid-sized organizations in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, high tech, and energy industries to implement large-scale business transformations. Ryan also has experience consulting on strategic talent management initiatives, including competency modeling, talent assessment, succession planning, and leadership development.
Ryan has completed a PhD from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Ryan lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and three children.
Greg has been a Southeastern Conference football official for over 15 years. Working games in front of millions of people requires that officials work well together, prepare together, support each other, communicate with coaches/players, and ultimately officiate the game properly.
He has worked 10 postseason bowl games, including the Orange, Fiesta, Russell Athletic, Holiday, and two SEC Championship games.
Greg has been the Senior VP of Sales for 10 years for Frost-Arnett Company, which is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Frost-Arnett is an Accounts Receivable Management company in the healthcare industry. During his tenure, Frost-Arnett has experienced record growth and has increased its workforce by over 70%. He has been in sales and sales management for over 30 years.
Tom Voccola is the author of The Accidental CEO – A Leader’s Journey from Ego to Purpose and The Mechanics of Magic: How to Fix Anything at Work. An entrepreneur at heart, and the founder and CEO of 2 organizations during his career, including Griffin:Thomas Marketing Communications where he explored the link between internal and external corporate communications in effective marketing and, out of that experience, co-founded CEO2, a leadership development firm specializing in the rapid transformation of corporate cultures in transition. Tom and his team have worked globally with Morgan Stanley Investments in New York City and with an innovative Silicon Valley Private Equity firm to grow start-ups, turn around failing enterprises, bring seemingly successful firms to entirely new levels of meaning and prosperity and flawlessly integrate new acquisitions into a compelling Vision of the Future. Tom’s passion is to empower a new generation of conscious leaders to transcend ego and its fear-based agenda and co-create a World that Works because Business Works.
Unlike many speakers that speak on the topic of healthcare. Nicholas is a world-renowned healthcare innovator that has been awarded over 42 patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office for a wide range of healthcare technologies. These technologies range from wearable medical devices to one of the world’s smallest medical implants, to consumer and electronic innovations. In his landmark book, The Cost of Being Sick he predicted over 15 years ago the current state of healthcare. Today audiences are looking for real-world experts, not theorists. As a Senior Partner at Lassen Scientific, Inc. Nicholas provides consulting services to some of the best brands in the world giving him REAL experience in the REAL world of innovation, technology and healthcare. As a professionally trained speaker, Nicholas routinely receives top rankings from his audience. His talks can be described as authentic, entertaining, fun and in some cases mind blowing. His comprehensive pre-event research allows him to create a completely custom talk for each of his events. This provides the best return on investment and the highest levels of audience and client satisfaction.
Ann has been a member of BKD National Health Care Group for more than 34 years. She works with a variety of health care providers and is involved in all aspects of health care services, including audit and accounting, practice management, third-party reimbursement, management systems and other financial management services. She assists health care clients, including hospitals, physician groups, rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, rehabilitation agencies, nursing homes, hospices and home health agencies, with a variety of special projects.
She is a former president of the Colorado Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She has served on various healthcare association boards of directors. She also served on the Colorado Hospital Provider Fee Oversight and Advisory Board.
She is a graduate of Missouri State University, Springfield, with a B.S. degree in accounting.
Jonathan Wiik has over 20 years’ experience in health care, and he has worked in the acute care, insurance, and business solutions settings. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine, and holds two Master’s Degrees – one in Healthcare Administration, and one in Business. Mr. Wiik is actively involved in legislation and industry changes shaping healthcare. Jonathan is an officer on the Colorado HFMA Board and is President of the Board of Directors at an Assisted Living facility in Boulder, CO.
Mr. Wiik is a published author, and wrote the book, “Healthcare Revolution: The Patient is the New Payer”, and has spoken at several national and state events. He has developed several nationally-recognized programs in Point-of-Service (POS) Collections, financial clearance, and sharing best practices in hospital operations. Jonathan currently serves as a Principal of Healthcare Strategy at TransUnion, in the Healthcare Solutions Division.
Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family in Colorado, has a wonderful wife and two very energetic red-headed boys. He enjoys doing anything in outdoors and is a certified whitewater rafting guide instructor. He also enjoys traveling and has visited several continents – Including a 6 month stay in Antarctica and the South Pole.
Mr. Wojtal joined Asante in January 2017. He came from Banner Health as CFO at Banner Estrella Medical Center. Prior to joining Banner Health, Greg was CFO at St. Luke’s Medical Center, a for profit acute care facility in Phoenix from 2003 to 2006 and Vice President of Finance for Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, a non-profit acute care hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin from 1987 to 2003. He was controller at Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin from 1983 to 1987 and an auditor for a regional CPA firm in Madison, Wisconsin from 1979 to 1983.
Greg received his BBA in accounting and his MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 1979 and 1989 respectively. He is a CPA, American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow (FACHE), a Muncie Gold Merit Award recipient from Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC).