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.
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
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.
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 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.
Professional Experience: 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.
Professional Affiliations: Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Member, California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Education: BBA, accounting, University of Iowa
Industry Expertise: Hospitals
Practice Focus: Accounting Methods, Benchmarking Studies, Financial Statement Audits & Accounting, Health Care Consulting, Internal Audit & Compliance Services, Reviews & Compilations
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.
Jeff Mechanick is Assistant Director for Nonpublic Entities at the FASB. In that role, he provides strategic and technical oversight of all activities involving not-for-profit (NFP) organizations and private companies, chairs the FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, oversees support of the Private Company Council, and participates in some of the FASB’s broader outreach activities. He is also a member of the International Forum of Accounting Standards Setters’ Working Group on NFP Issues.
Mr. Mechanick has also been the overall lead staff member for the Blue-Ribbon Panel on Standard Setting for Private Companies and the FASB/IASB Financial Crisis Advisory Group.
Prior to joining the FASB staff in 2006, Mr. Mechanick spent 20 years working in and with the not-for-profit sector, as the CFO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., and before that, as a Senior Manager with KPMG, LLP, in the firm’s New York office. From 1992 to 1994, he served as the National Technical Senior Manager for the firm’s Higher Education, Research, and Other Not-for-Profit Organizations (HERON) practice. He is also a past member of the AICPA’s NFP Expert Panel. He received his MBA from Rutgers University and his AB from the University of Chicago.
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.
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 indemand
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…?”
The “What If…?” Experience is Mike’s transformational, hilarious keynote presentation. In it Mike uses his amazing guitar work and hilarious comedy as a metaphor, to illustrate three tools designed to turn your team into an army of innovators with the peak performance skills to transcend the status quo to stop managing change, and lead by creating change. Oh… and they’ll laugh so hard it hurts!
The measure of any speaker is the results they produce. Mike is consistently cited as “the hit of the conference,” and “what we needed and didn’t even know it.” More importantly, businesses regularly attribute significant, sometimes exponential increases in sales, impact and morale to the application of Mike’s keynote tools
and breakout session content.
Also, in the same way a great song gets stuck in your head, Mike’s “What if…?” message gets repeated over and over, imprinting his most powerful tool in their memories and affecting immediate results and permanent improvement.
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.
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.
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.
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.