About HCIT

What Makes us Different

We are experts in VBC Strategy, Program Development and Optimization, Case Management, Referral Management, Disease Management, Care Coordination, Transitions of Care, Digital Health, Patient Experience, Project Management, Transformation, LMS Content Development, Interoperability Validation, CM Leadership staffing.

Achieving your mission is our mission.

Our team of consultants leverages its deep knowledge of the healthcare industry and extensive clinical and IT experience to help healthcare organizations gain a sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace. We provide a tailored approach to assess, analyze, and implement best-practice change for each client that delivers bottom-line results.   

Meet our President

Meredith Ferguson, MSW, LCSW - Principal Consultant

Meredith Ferguson has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for almost 20 years. As a clinician, she has worked in a variety of acute and outpatient settings: ED, Case Management (UR and Discharge Planning), Acute Rehabilitation, and Behavioral Health. In addition, she has extensive clinical experience in the area of oncology, dialysis, trauma, ED, outpatient case management, and discharge planning to all areas of the hospital.

Prior to consulting, Ferguson was a Clinical Consultant for one of the largest EMR companies in the country. She managed accounts for over 120 hospitals, including large national accounts such as Tenet, HCA and UHS. In addition, she has provided onsite assessments to case management and coding departments to over 300 acute facilities. She also identified workflow and process redesign needs in the context of automation. Ferguson has over 15 years of experience in software implementations and has worked with health systems to realize post-implementation ROI and system optimization opportunities.

Background - Former Founder of the Global Social Work Network, former Clinical Product Specialist and National Account Manager for Allscripts Care Management (now WellSky), and current CEO of HCIT Consulting. Has completed large redesign projects and IT implementation work with clients such as Optum, DaVita Kidney Care, Tenet Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente.

Expertise - On ramping organizations from FFS to VBC, Inpatient and Outpatient Case Management, Transitions of Care, High Risk, Disease and Chronic Population Management, Enterprise Level Change and Outcomes, as well as Content Development for inpatient and ambulatory care planning.

Meet Our Team

These are the people that make the magic happen.

Jim Alland

Strategic Market Advisor

Background - Former President of Enterprise Systems at McKesson HBOC, Former Senior Vice President at Allscripts, current Chief Sales Officer at OnShift, and Chief Advisor at Healthcare Solution Market Strategies.

Expertise - Enterprise level Acute and Long-Term Care organizations, as well as Physician providers in all practice sizes from small, independent organizations through Enterprise level, multi-specialty practices. Former clients include Northwell (NSLIJ), Baylor, Scott & White, Orlando Health, and University of Kentucky as well as some of the largest and most successful Physician Practices and ACOs in the U.S.

Tammy Harriss

Senior Marketing Consultant

Background - 2O years of experience in Healthcare IT marketing with a proven track record in developing successful lead generating campaigns and collateral for post-acute and acute services and solutions.

Expertise - Case Management, Utilization Management, Referral Management Discharge Planning, Homecare, Hospice, Population Health, Electronic Medical Records and Emergency Department.

Linus Diedling B.S.B.A

Executive Vice President of Client Services

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

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

Bridget Sarikas

Operations Expert, Leadership Consultant and Author

Background - An experienced operating executive, author, and consultant on transformational leadership. Held COO and CAO roles in complex organizations including healthcare.

Expertise - Process effectiveness, project management, employee engagement, operational excellence, customer experience, systems implementation, facilities management, supply chain and real estate.

Robert Tarola

Executive Consultant for Finance and Interim CFO

Background - Has extensive experience as a public company director, CFO, and auditor. He brings a unique perspective to address business and professional challenges of accountants, auditors, attorneys, governance bodies and finance professionals.

Expertise - Advisory Services; Personnel Development; Investment Management; M&A Transactions; Value Creation and Capital Raising; Corporate Governance.

Donna McLean, RN, BSN, MBA

Managing Consultant for Clinical Process Improvement

Background - 4O years of healthcare experience in critical care nursing and case management, 2O years in Case Management leadership and consulting including Ochsner Health System, Grady Health System, Dignity Health, and CHI.

Expertise - Case Management Design, Utilization Management and Denials, Strategic planning, Compliance, CM Education and Service Quality Assurance.

James Bergmann, MD

Physician Executive, Medical Director, and CMO

Background - Physician Executive with extensive experience in the Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Population Health markets in the US and abroad. Has served as a Physician Executive at Allscripts and Cerner as well as a former faculty member and Medical Director at the University of Vermont School of Medicine.

Expertise - Experience enhanced by over 28 years of clinical and academic medical practice. Board Certified in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, and Sports Medicine. Extensive Surgical and sub-specialty experience in Critical Care, Cardiology, Orthopedics and OB/GYN.

Robert Leviton, MD, MPH, FACEP ABPM-CI

Senior Physician Advisor

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

Expertise - Advisory Services, Physician compliance education, Case Management, Physician Advisory Services, Emergency Department Medicine.

Michael Marron-Stearns, CPC, CFPC, MD

Senior Physician Advisor

Background - Former CMO, Physician Informaticist, Accomplished Author, Health Information Technology and Healthcare Compliance Consulting, Subject Matter Expert on APMs, CCM, TCM, MACRA, HEDIS Measures, and Physician Coding as well as Educator for Clinical Informatics. One of the original Subject Matter Experts for the creation of SNOMED CT.

Expertise - MIPS/MACRA, Advanced APMs, MSSP, BPCI, HCC, TCM, CCM, Software Design, Clinical Content & Regulatory Compliance.

Christopher Haines DO, MBA, FAAP, FACEP, FACHE

Senior Physician Consultant

Background - Board Certified in Pediatric and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Lean Six Sigma. Deep experience with financial, quality, and safety outcomes in the hospital & health care Industry. CEO & Founder of Unlock Health. Author of “Guns, Monkey Bars and Hayholes – A Journey Through Pediatric Emergency Medicine”.

Expertise - Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Healthcare management, Finance, Physician Relations.

Kathy Scott, RN, MPA, PhD., FACHE

Clinical Operations Executive Consultant

Background - A seasoned healthcare executive, consultant, speaker, and writer and has served in the capacity of CNO, COO, Chief Innovation Officer, and Chief Integration Officer for several health systems.

Expertise - Expertise in designing, implementing, and managing wide-scale change utilizing a high-reliability systems framework. Clinical Innovation and ACO clinical integration, operational oversight of hospitals, case management, information technology/systems, informatics, research, quality and performance excellence, education, post-acute and outpatient programs.

Michelle McCleerey, PhD, MA, MEd, MBA, RN

Senior Product/Product Strategy Consultant

Background - Over 15 years of experience working in healthcare technology including the roles of Chief Product Advisor, Senior Vice President of Product, Chief Clinical Officer, and Vice President of Strategy across several healthcare market sectors (care access, communication and collaboration, alert/alarm management, patient safety and patient flow/command center).

Expertise - Product strategy, product management, innovation, research, and Human Factors, the study of human limitations and capabilities and the utilization of that data to deliver enabling human-centered technology designs.

Marianne DiMola

Executive Recruiter for Direct Hire Placement Services

Background - More than twenty-five years of experience in healthcare human resources management and career development. Former Director at Bayada Nurses and Nursefinders. She is a founding member of CMSA’s TriChapter New York Conferences and is the former Executive Director of the New York City Chapter of CMSA (20 years). Founder of Pathway Medical Staffing, a nationally recognized leader providing case management recruitment and retention advisory services, HEDIS staffing, and project management. Former Senior Vice President of National Sales and Operations for Medical Staffing Network, Care Management and Vice President of Care Management at Cross Country.

Expertise - Healthcare Recruiting, Human Resources, Case Management, Physician Advisory, CM Redesign, and Process Improvement. Ms. DiMola presented “Essential Strategies” at the CMSA National Conference and CMSA, NYC Chapter in 2O11, Long Island CMSA Conference 2O12, “The Secret Victory of Case Managers” at CMSA National in 2O13 and has authored and coauthored, “Essential Strategies to Cultivate Your Career” for the Professional Case Management; Vol. 17/No. 5 “Next Level Case Management Guide Book, Co-Authored “The Great Exodus Hitting Case Management” in CMSA today March 2O22 and in 2O21 presented multiple times to the Case Management Community.

Sunil Joshi

Senior Consultant for Finance and Managed Care

Background - Nearly 30 years of health plan, provider, managed care expertise in all market segments including commercial, Medicare, Medicaid with a focus on top line growth, cost of care, business development, network management, operations, P&L management, and Account Management. Worked at Anthem, managed a $125MM P&L of an IPA, Senior Vice President at a $8.5B Provider/Care Management firm focused on expansion via Value Based Care contracts. Consulting experience with clients ranging from health plans, specialty providers, business process outsourcing, care management, telemedicine, substance abuse, lab, home health, hospice, health tech, not-for-profit advocacy group.

Expertise - Top Line Growth initiatives including Network Development, Business Development, Program Development and Cost of Care strategies via Quality or Care Management Projects to bend the cost curve.

Susan Levine, MS, DVM, PhD

Chief Medical Officer and Clinical Outcomes Consultant

Background - Extensive experience as a clinician, researcher, and senior healthcare consultant, previously held faculty positions at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester) and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Former Senior VP and Chief Scientific Officer at Hayes, Inc., and Senior Specialist Leader in Healthcare for Deloitte Consulting, currently Senior VP of Clinical Measurement & Outcomes Improvement at Forward Health Group.

Expertise - Population Health Management, Clinical Quality Improvement, Program Evaluation, Network Leakage, and Practice Transformation. Expertise in implementing data-driven approaches to practice and policy, working with large health systems, primary care and specialty provider groups, professional associations, and health plans, focusing on promoting evidence-based practice, advancing patient-centered outcomes, and improving quality, value, and efficiency of care.

Joseph Burke, RN, MPH

Senior Consultant for Clinical Process Improvement

Background - Former Regional Executive Director of Clinical Quality Improvement and Case Management for Tenet Healthcare, Nursing Administrator at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/BJC Health System, Master Certificate Lean Six Sigma.

Expertise - ED, Readmissions Management, LOS, Denials, Throughput, Quality, Case Management Operations and Redesign, Project Management, Value Based Care, Compliance with Regulatory & Operational Clinical Standards and Process Redesign/Improvement Implementation.

Ruth McNaughton, BSN, MHM, CCM, ACM-RN

Senior Consultant for Clinical Process Improvement

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

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

Linda Lockwood, RN, MBA

Senior Consultant for Value Based Care and Post-Acute Care

Background - With over 35 years of experience in leadership roles in the healthcare industry; payer and provider markets with a focus on chronic disease, behavioral health, and substance use disorder. She has held several leadership roles in these areas and is well versed in the regulatory environment, strategy, and the execution of treatment models and outcomes measurement.

Expertise - Clinical Quality and Operations, Analytics, VBC and Medical Home, Digital Health, Care Coordination, Value Based Care, Compliance with Regulatory & Operational Clinical Standards and Process Redesign/Improvement Implementation, LOS, Denials, Throughput, and Quality.

Marsha S. Masten, RN, BSN

Senior Consultant for Care Coordination

Background - Nurse executive with 3O+ years of healthcare experience, specializing in payer relations (BCBS, Humana, and Anthem, Medicare & Medicaid) to support quality, VBC, Population Health and Disease Management in acute and post-acute settings.

Expertise - Assessment, redesign, and implementation of operational process improvements and change management. Healthcare innovation and Information Technology, Call Center Design, and strategy development to decrease readmission outcomes. Building Client Service teams, Post-Discharge Care Coordination), centralized scheduling, and patient experience and retention.

Betsy Isherwood Katz RN BSN MPS CCM

Executive Consultant for Clinical Process Improvement

Background - Over forty years of experience in healthcare, including public health, population health and care coordination. Twenty-five years in leadership positions, including serving as National Director of Population Health Utilization Effectiveness for Catholic Health Initiatives and Interim SVP of Acute Care Coordination for Common Spirit Health (the merged system of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health).

Expertise - Care Coordination Operations and Design, Readmissions and Length of Stay Management, Transitions of Care! Complex Case Management, Appeal and Denial processes, Value Based Care, Regulatory Compliance, Social Determinants of Health, Physician Advisory Services, healthcare analytics and expanding use of Artificial Intelligence systems.

Betsy Mazzoleni, MA, BSN, ACM-RN

Senior Consultant for Case Management Content

Background - Former Alicare Management Nurse Helpline Director, Change Healthcare Clinical Content Developer for prototype Hospital in the Home project/InterQual criteria and co-lead for Home Hospital pilot project in academic community setting. Former Content Developer for Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s web team, Recent CDI, and Case Management experience, serving on the ACMA MA Chapter’s Board and Co-Chair of its Marketing and Social Media committee.

Expertise - Decision-tree support product/content development for case management/telehealth, Hospital at Home case management criteria, telehealth training, health content development for Internet and social media platforms, marketing for healthcare systems. Recent working knowledge of case management and CDI practice. Master’s in Media Arts from Emerson College.

Nancy Flint, RN, BSN, CCM

Senior Consultant for Case Management and Interim Director

Background - Former Director of CM of UHS Hospitals (Best Practice reference sites for CM IT and Operations). Provides Project Management, Implementation Support, and Interim Director services. Led Projects improving Home Care Admissions and improving Care Transitions.

Expertise - Case Management, Interim Leadership, Discharge Planning, Utilization Review, Transitions of Care & Denial Management.

Cathy Leenher, RN, MSN, CNS, CPNP

Senior Consultant for Case Management and CDI

Background - Experienced leader in mid-revenue cycle with 34 years of healthcare experience. Former VP at Medassets, former Associate Director at Guidehouse (Navigant) and former Manager at Huron.

Expertise - Revenue Cycle, Case Management (CM) and Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) that included 16 years exceeding client’s needs, increasing revenue, consulting workflow redesign, and working with physicians, HIM, and clinicians. Directed and educated more than 1OO hospitals and organizations to move their programs to industry leading practice in CDI and CM.

Nora Baratto, LCSW-R, ACM

Senior Consultant of Complex Care and Care Transition

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

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

Larry Burnett, RN, MS

Clinical Operations Executive Consultant

Background - Larry has several decades of experience as a leader in healthcare consulting. He has worked with clients to improve clinical operational effectiveness and has supported clients in clinical care delivery to improve quality and financial margins.

Expertise - Coordination of care, change management, clinical redesign, care models, care variation, resource utilization, collaborative care, margin optimization, and clinical operational effectiveness.

Kathy Jermain, RN, BSHM, ACM-RN

Clinical Operations Executive Consultant

Background - Kathy is a healthcare consultant with over 3O years of industry and advisory experience in healthcare. Kathy is an accomplished case management and care coordination leader and has led Case Management Transformations in both academic hospitals, community health systems, and payer settings.

Expertise - Case management transformations, transition of care, coordination of care, patient throughput, quality, performance improvement, medical necessity, denials management, staffing, training, and education.

Nikki Kuna, MHA

Clinical Operations Consultant

Background - Nikki has several years of experience in healthcare consulting. She has provided engagement support focused primarily on process improvement and process optimization in the provider space and has worked with clients to implement changes related to the optimization of clinical operations in the inpatient setting.

Expertise - Progression and coordination of care, care variation, resource utilization, collaborative care, data analysis, and data visualization.


Senior Consultant for Value Based Care

Background - Former VP of Care Management at Healthcare Partners (Now Optum), formerly in UM/CM/DM product design at Anthem, former Director of Nursing for a large national home health company, current Principal Marie London Consulting.  Has completed large redesign and transformation projects and IT implementation work with clients such as Anthem, Healthcare Partners, Agilon health, and LA Care Health Plan.

Expertise - Registered Nurse with 14 years of hospital, clinic and ambulance experience including ICU, ED, outpatient, and psyche. Have specialized expertise in UM/CM/PHM platforms. Conducted multiple assessments for UM and CM operations. Led special transformation projects on Cal AIM, Expanded Primarily Health-Related Benefits (EPHRB), Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) with a focus on the operationalization and IT implementation of the SDOH benefits.

Mary Ariosto-Coe, MSPH, BSN, FACHE, CPPS

Senior Consultant for Value Based Care

Background - Former Director of Project Integration, Clinical Transformation, and Rehabilitation, former AVP of Cardiovascular Services and Neurosciences at a 9OO bed hospital, licensed RN with experience in neonatal and pediatrics. Domestic clinical practice at Duke, strategic planning/executive leadership at MedStar/Washington Hospital Center (MD/DC), population health experience at St. Peter’s Health Partners in Albany, NY.

Expertise - Licensed RN with 1O years clinical practice and over 3O years in health system planning, operations, and execution of clinical programs and services across providers and advanced payment models. ACO development, CMS MSSP risk-bearing contracts, BPCI programs, clinical service contracts with attention to State Planning Commission submissions, quality benchmarks, HEDIS, core measure, and other metrics.

Cari O’Leary, RN, BSN, CCDS

Clinical Operations Executive Consultant

Background - Clinician with over 3O years of industry and advisory experience in healthcare. Has led engagements in hospitals nationwide through Clinical Transformation and Clinical Documentation Improvement to support improved quality and revenue optimization. Cari has led transformational engagements on both payer and provider clients to improve clinical operational effectiveness, particularly in the areas of quality and margin/revenue optimization.

Expertise - Case Management, Patient Throughput, Clinical Documentation Integrity staffing, education, and technology optimization. Payer and provider focus to improve clinical operational effectiveness, Quality and Revenue optimization, CDI program implementation and training with detailed analysis of hospital case mix index and DRG data.

Benjamin Ryden, MSW

Consultant, Behavioral Health

Background - IT focused MSW with experience with health plans such as Coimagine Health and Liberty Healthcare Corporation. Well versed in products and services, Ben has led teams to decide to buy vs. build.

Expertise - Behavioral health Program design, Contract development and management, Quality Assurance, Team building, Process improvement Data Analytics Customer service, MMIS.

Frances “Fran” Stelly, RN, ACM

Consultant for Case Management

Background - 4O+ years in Nursing and former Operations Manager at Brackenridge Hospital (Austin) and Subject Matter Expert for Allscripts Care Management (WellSky).

Expertise - Discharge Planning, Utilization Management, Post-Acute Contracting, Case Management, Community Outreach, Utilization Review, Readmissions and LOS Management, and Denial Management.

Stewart Ault, MPA

Senior Practice Management Consultant

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

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

Ajit Sett

CEO of Savera Health, Project Oversight for Coding Audits

Background - CEO and Founder of Savera Health, Former Vice-President- Revenue Cycle Solutions Management & Consulting Services as Siemens Health and Allscripts EMR, Executive member of the Revenue Cycle service line management team for E&Y Consulting and former Business Analyst at Deloitte Consulting.

Expertise - Comprehensive Revenue Cycle+ Services with special focus on Financial Clearance, Coding, Coding Audit, CDI, Clinical Validation, DRG Assurance; MR Indexing, Transcription, AR & Denial Management, and Patient Cash Collections. Enterprise RCM Process Transformation; System Implementation PMO; System Stabilization; Global Strategic Sourcing-Payor-Provider Collaboration; M&A Valuation Due Diligence; Business Modeling; and GTM Strategy Development.

Andretta Reed- RHIA, MHA

Senior Consultant for Health Information Management

Background - Former Vice President of HIM & Coding at Capella Health and Faculty at Rasmussen College. Expertise in Ambulatory Coding and provided HIM SME Services to organizations such as DaVita Kidney Care, American Physician Partners, and Community Health Systems.

Expertise - Health Information Management SME to include HIM strategic leadership, benchmark planning, coding, and billing regulations, health data analytics, system implementation, adjunct professor, training, and mentorship, as well as CDI Program development and optimization.

Frances Horner

Senior Consultant for Patient Access

Background - Former Founder and Managing Partner of Singola Consulting, former Sr. Director Patient Access, and Epic Principal Trainer at NorthShore University HealthSystem, and current President of VoC Consulting Group. Has completed large digital transformation projects and contact center implementation work with clients such as Jefferson Health, CHOP, Rochester Regional Health, and Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Expertise - Unique knowledge, understanding, and ability to integrate patient engagement with healthcare operations, IT, business processes, marketing/advertising, contact centers, and electronic medical record systems is invaluable to healthcare organizations.

John Roy, MHA

Senior Consultant for Physician Practices

Background - John is an experienced academic group practice administrator with over 25 years in academic medical school leadership positions. Former Senior Administrator, Dean’s Office Information Technology and Department of Dermatology at the University of Wisconsin, former Administrative Center Director, Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and former Director of Administration, Cardiovascular Institute, Loyola University Medical Center.

Expertise - Extensive work in clinical network operations, total cost of care financial arrangements, physician compensation plan development and numerous continuous quality improvement initiatives to enhance patient access and improve patient outcomes. Led several medical school-wide IT projects including cybersecurity risk assessment and business intelligence product evaluation.

Shahran Haider

Data & Analytics Advisor

Background - 2O+ years of experience helping Fortune 1OO organizations create teams, platforms and culture for data driven performance. Proven leader with executive experience in driving enterprise scale data transformation at L.A. Care Health Plan (2m members, $9b revenue ) & United Health Group. Currently Managing Principal of CerebralEdge a Data/Analytics consulting firm.

Expertise - Advise clients and lead programs on business transformation and strategic performance improvements using modern data architecture and advanced analytics solutions. Specializations and previous leadership responsibilities included Data Strategy, AI/ML, Data Governance, Business Architecture, Data warehousing, Business Intelligence, HEDIS/CAHPS and Regulatory Reporting. $1OOm+ of business value delivered through Analytics.

Valerie Dewbre, RN

Senior Post-Acute Consultant

Background - Principal of Owner of a Concierge Consulting Service that supports all aspects of hospice, including operations, business development, administration, clinical services, compliance, as well as interim executive staffing. Experienced Healthcare Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the healthcare industry with emphasis in community health. Proven record in C-Suite positions including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer.

Expertise - Skilled in Medicare, Medicaid, Hospice, Home Health, Physician Relations, Contract Management, Healthcare Management, Population Health, and Business Development. Strong operations professional with 2O+ years in hospice with multisite and multistate management.

Kevin D. Moran

MBA, MSM- Senior Consultant for Managed Care

Background - Former Executive Director of Physician Engagement at CHS, Health Management Associates, and the Arkansas Oklahoma Healthcare Consortium. Selected by Governor of Arkansas to lead design and implementation of the State’s Health Insurance Exchange.

Expertise - Advisory Services, Managed Care contracting responsibilities for Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial Payors. Business development, marketing, change management, staff training and development, corporate vision setting, and fiscal policy and control.

Leigh McCormack, MS

Data and Analytics Advisor

Background - Data scientist leader with former experience at BCBST and health care startups, AVP of Data and Science Strategy and has built large scale data science teams, products, and services.

Expertise - Building and implementing data science solutions into payer and provider ecosystems, incorporating not-traditional data into healthcare analytics products. Go-to-market design for SaaS products, developing analytic strategy for large scale initiatives with respective ROI on population health and medical management programs.

Rose Rodriquez

Consultant for Post-Acute Business Development and Marketing

Background - Seasoned Healthcare Sales Executive with 2O years in sales and over twelve years in Post-Acute, LTACH, and Hospice leadership.

Expertise - Performance driven marketing executive with proven history of success in producing revenue growth in post-Acute services delivery. Driver of growth strategy and working with leaders to exceed targets. Skilled in strategic planning, business development, training, partnership development, removing admission barriers, denial management, referral management and managed care.

Mary Ann Miller, RN BSN

Senior Consultant for Post-Acute Process Improvement

Background - Nurse executive with over 3O years of extensive and diversified leadership experience. Clinical oversight of over 14O long term care facilities in multiple states. Also oversight of over 4O locked dementia units, 15 acute care hospitals, 6 hospices, 5 assisted living centers and 5 MR/DD facilities. Assisted IT company with development of new clinical product lines. Past Director of Nursing and former lead instructor at a nurse aide training school.

Expertise - Assessing, redesigning, and implementing system transformation in multiple site environments. Analyze systems for compliance with state, federal, OSHA and JACHO agencies. Development and implementation of new systems and procedures in multiple states and settings. Establishes Quality Improvement procedures and guidelines for strong clinical outcomes. Strong background with leading clinical education.

Trisha Brisendine, RN, BSN, CCM, MS

Senior Consultant for Post-Acute (SNF)

Background - Seasoned and diverse leader in healthcare who has certifications as a director of nursing. Former roles as Chief clinical officer, director of case management and regional director of clinical services for health system. RN background includes ICU, ER, Labor and delivery acute, subacute, and post-acute.

Expertise - Restructuring systems to efficiently manage teams and systems. clinical documentation expert that has extensive expert witness experience with both hospital cases, post-acute care, and workers compensation files. .I have done extensive market analysis with health systems to ensure that patients that are the correct patient for the system are the demographic we worked to place in our beds.

Laura Montesantos, JD, LLM

Healthcare Software Product Consultant

Background - Current VP, Product Management for a Care Coordination Platform Product, former Senior Product Manager for Provider based solutions including Allscripts Care Management (now WellSky), Allscripts Referral Management (now CarePort), and Director of Product Integration for Payer based AIM Specialty Health, a subsidiary of Anthem (now Elevance Health).

Expertise - Leading and overseeing the product development and implementation for health care-based technology teams, focus on product integration of acute and post-acute systems to streamline provider workflow, improve user experience, and create software tools to promote efficiencies. Health care legal document review and vendor contracting.

Patti Winstanley

The Connectinator

Background - President of Winstanley Consultants. Called “The Connectinator”, she has helped businesses of all sizes build relationships to grow sales channels, community partners and navigation of procurement networks. Matches corporations to reliable vendors that meet needs and goals.

Expertise - Business Development, Relationship Building, Marketing, Business Processes, Brand Management, Diversity and Inclusion, Strategic Direction; Sales, Profitability, Coaching; Staff and Customer Growth.

Mike Bonner

Strategy & Business Development Consultant

Background - Trusted Leader in driving new revenue, growing service lines, and developing strategic alliances and partnerships. ” Deal Experience” with Physician Group Acquisitions, Joint Venture (JVs), Service Line Optimization, System Improvements, Buyouts, Employee Agreements, Service Agreements, and Real Estate Identification & Lease Negotiations.

Expertise - ROI & Data Analytics, Market & Opportunity Analysis, Operational & Capital Budget Development, Project Management, Building & Maintaining Relationships, Strategic Planning, Team Management & Leadership and Evaluating & Implementing Healthcare Business & Strategy.

David Shaffer

Chief Information Officer

Background - Deep experience in healthcare informatics and technology operations leadership; Former division Director of Informatics at Baylor Scott and White Health, Sr.Corp Dir. ISD at Tenet Healthcare. Leading in Medical Informatics, Acute and Ambulatory EHRs, IT operations, Medical Staff IT services, Quality Reporting, Operations Alignment and Improvement of Physician and HIM Workflows.

Expertise - Enterprise Contracting, Implementation, and Optimization of complex EHR and HIT, Interoperability and Integration, Strategic IT planning, Risk Assessments, Program Management, Product Selection and Return on Investment.

Erica Crenlon

Product and Solutions Manager

Background - Former Solutions Manager and User Research and Design lead for Allscripts Care Management and Referral Management Solutions. Has worked with large health systems such as Tenet Healthcare, Cleveland Clinic, Northwell, & HCA.

Expertise - Acute Care management, Post-Acute and Ambulatory, Denials and Appeals, Business Intelligence/Reporting, and HIE, Patient/Member Experience.

Dr. Olufemi “Femi” Osidele, Ph.D.

Senior Business Analyst

Background - Founder & Managing Director at Amojos Consulting, Inc. and serviced as Senior Research Engineer for the Southwest Research Institute. Has completed contract work for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Expertise - Managing networks, contingency planning for business continuity, Security Administration, data analyses, modeling and simulation, and proposal writing. Project management and business development.

Ryan Freeberg

Consultant for IT Strategy

Background - Former IT Strategist at Accenture, with extensive experience with global industries (health, retail, industrial).

Expertise - IT strategy assessment, planning, design, and implementation. IT Assessment and Strategy, Pre-acquisition Due Diligence, Divestiture Planning, Execution, Cloud ERP Strategy, ERP Strategy Development.

Kristina Green, TOGAF

Business Analyst Consultant

Background - Mission-driven healthcare leader with twenty years’ experience developing strategic program initiatives and driving multi-million-dollar program outcomes for national health plans (Anthem), Local Initiatives (L.A. Care Health Plan), and value-based medical groups (HealthCare Partners – Now Optum).

Expertise - Health Plan & Medical Group Operational Strategy and Execution, Program Management, Business Architecture, NCQA Accreditation, and Quality Improvement and Risk Adjustment strategies.

Kerri Denton, BSIT

Senior Certified Epic Consultant

Background - Former Analyst with Enterprise Licensed Epic Customer, Multiple Epic Clinical Case Management Installation Projects at large health systems such as Methodist, King’s Daughters and Sentara.

Expertise - Inpatient & Outpatient Care Management Reporting Work Bench Analytics, Workload Acuity Scoring and Data Analytics, Epic, Cerner CM ClinDoc and Epic Case Management.

Irene Hannen Page, MSW

Senior Project Manager

Background - Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Sigma Black Belt, Six Sigma Green Belt. Former Senior Project Manager for Allscripts (Care Management), has extensive experience with large clients such as Kaiser Permanente, Inova, and Optum.

Expertise - Workflow, System Configuration, Enterprise Project Management, Training, Education.

Maggie Dick, PMP

Senior Project Manager

Background - Seasoned project manager with experience with large health systems such as Dignity, Asante, and Scripps. Led Project Management teams to support the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout to the greater San Antonio area.

Expertise - Project Initiation, Business Analysis, Agile/Sprint/Backlog Planning, Stakeholder Management, Workflow Design, Resource Planning, Vendor Management, Team Building and Mentorship, Systematic Problem Resolution, Operational Readiness/Transition, Risk Management and Mitigation, Quality, and Process Improvement.

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