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The Board of Examiners (BOE) consists of content specialists in the following content areas: Patient Financial Services, Managed Care, Accounting and Finance, and Physician Practice Management. One member of each group serves as a member of the Executive Committee. All members of the BOE serve a three-year term.
The Executive Committee has six members, one from each specialty area and the chair of the BOE. Appointments are made by HFMA’s Chair of the Board of Directors.
The BOE meets twice a year; one meeting is coincident with the ANI, the other takes place in the fall. There are times when work is required between meetings.
The Certification Process
The BOE ensures that the certification process is working properly, both for the member and the Association. They are also the first body that evaluates requests from members for variances or interpretations of the stated rules.
The BOE ensures that the certification maintenance requirements and processes are both appropriate and effective. The BOE also evaluates variance requests from members in this area.
The BOE works with a specialist in testing and measurement to set and monitor the pass points for the examination and overall exam performance.
The BOE content specialists approve the content for the CHFP examination based on guidance provided by the Executive Committee.
The BOE content specialists approve questions for inclusion in the question pools and re-evaluate question performance on a regular basis.
Under the guidance of the Executive Committee, the BOE members work with HFMA staff and content experts to create preparation aides for the certification program.
Ron is Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer for Arnot Health in Elmira, N.Y. Ron holds a doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C. Ron joined HFMA in 2000 and has served his local chapter in a number of different capacities. He earned the CHFP
designation with a specialty in Managed Care in June 2004. He attained additional specialties in Patient Financial Services (July 2004) and Physician Practice Management (June 2006) and received an HFMA Certification Exam National High Scorer Award in 2006. He attained Fellowship in HFMA in 2006 and has
received the Follmer Bronze Merit Award (2007) and the Reeves Silver Merit Award (2008). Ron will serve on the BOE as Chair through 2016.
Jeff is the Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management, Metropolitan State University of Denver. Jeff holds a PhD in Health Care Management from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He joined HFMA in 1990 and has served his local chapter in a number of different capacities including Certification Chair, Membership Co-Chair, and Certification Proctor. Jeff earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Accounting and Finance in 2010. He attained Fellowship in HFMA later that same year and received the Follmer Bronze Founders Merit Award (2012). Jeff will serve on the BOE through 2016.
Mike is the VP, Revenue Cycle at Barnabas Health Medical
Group in West Orange, NJ. He has been an active HFMA member since 1995, holding various leadership positions at the local chapter level including Chapter President, Certification Contact, and Director. He earned the HFMA Founders Muncie Gold Award in 2008 and earned the distinguished Founders Medal of Honor award in 2013. Mike holds a master's degree in public administration from Farleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. Additionally, Mike earned his CHFP in 2004 and became a Fellow of HFMA in 2005. He will serve on the BOE through 2016.
Jill is Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer for Cheshire
Medical Center in Keene, N.H. Jill holds a
Master's Degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of
Iowa, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois.
Jill joined HFMA in 1986 and has served her as Director for her local chapter. She
earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Managed Care in June 1995. Jill holds a Master's Degree in
Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa, and a B.S. in
Biology from the University of Illinois. She is also a Certified Public
Accountant and has been a Fellow in HFMA since 2003.
Jill will serve on the Board of Examiners through 2016.
Lee Ann Burney is the Vice Director of Reimbursement at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tenn. Lee Ann joined HFMA in 1986. She has served her local chapter in a number of different capacities including Chapter President, Yerger Award Committee, Certification Proctor, and Chapter Treasurer. Additionally, she served as a Regional Executive in 2011. She earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Accounting and Finance in June 1996. She attained Fellowship that same year and is also a recipient of the Medal of Honor (2006), Muncie Gold (2003), Reeves Silver (2000), and Follmer Bronze (1994) Founders Awards. Lee Ann will serve on the BOE through 2016.
Michelle is Director of Debt Management and Revenue Cycle
for OSF Healthcare System in Peoria, Ill. Michelle earned her MBA in 1981. She joined HFMA in 1984 and has served her
local chapter in a number of different capacities including the following
committee positions: Chapter President, Sponsorship Chair, DCMS Chair,
Membership Chair and Chapter Director. She earned the CHFP designation with a
specialty in Patient Financial Services in February 2011. Michelle attained
Fellowship in HFMA that same year and has received the following Founders Merit
Awards: Follmer Bronze (2004), Reeves Silver (2007), Muncie Gold (2008) and Medal
of Honor (2011). Michelle will serve on the BOE through 2017.
Laura is the Director of Finance at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She joined HFMA in 1998 and has served her local chapter in a
number of different capacities including Chapter President, Program Chair, Yerger judge and
Chapter Director. Laura has an MBA, Focus in Healthcare, from Our Lady
of the Lake University, Houston. She earned the CHFP designation
with a specialty in Managed Care in August 2003. She attained Fellowship in
HFMA in October 2005 and is a recipient of the Muncie Gold (2009), Reeves Silver (2007)
and Follmer Bronze (2005) Founders Awards. Laura will serve on the BOE through 2016.
Anne is currently the Vice President of Patient Financial
Services with Hackensack University Medical Center in Cream Ridge, N.J. She
holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, earned in 1978. Ann joined
HFMA in April 1992. She earned the CHFP designation with a specialty in Patient
Financial Services in June 1994 and attained Fellowship in 2000. Anne is also a
recipient of the HFMA Muncie Gold (2010), Reeves Silver (2004) and Follmer
Bronze (1998) Founders Awards. Laura will serve on the BOE through 2017.
James is AVP, Budget & Reimbursement, North Shore LIJ Health System, Westbury, N.Y. James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (1993). He has been an active HFMA member since 1991, holding various leadership positions at the local chapter level including Chapter Director, Certification Contact
and Special Committee Co-Chair since 1997. He received his CHFP in August 20013 with a specialty in Accounting and Finance and received his Fellowship in 2004. He has received the following Founders awards: Follmer Bronze (2006), Reeves Silver (2009), and Muncie Gold (2011). James will serve on the BOE
Ethel Hoffman is the Vice President of Managed Care and
Business Development for Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix. Ethel
has been in the healthcare finance field for over 30 years. She has served her
local chapter in a number of different capacities for several years, including Program
Co-Chair, Membership Chair and Chapter Director. Ethel earned the CHFP
designation with a specialty in Managed Care in August 2008 and earned her
Fellowship in August 2009. She is a recipient of the Reeves Silver (2013) and
Follmer Bronze (2010) Founders Merit Awards. She will serve on the BOE through May 2017.
Marianne Muise is the Principal (Consultant) of Healthcare Management Solutions LLC in Vails Gate, N.Y. She has an MBA from Mount Saint Mary College in New York. Marianne joined HFMA in 1991 and has served on many different committees with the Hudson Valley Chapter and local region,
including: Chapter President, Certification Chair, CAT team member and Regional Executive. She received her CHFP in 1991 with a specialty in Accounting and Finance and became a Fellow of HFMA in 1993. Marianne is a recipient of the prestigious Frederick C. Morgan Award (2009) and the Medal of Honor (2000), Muncie Gold
(1996), Reeves Silver (1993) and Follmer Bronze (1989) Founders Awards. She will serve as a member of the BOE through 2018.
Steve is Managing Director of Pricewaterhouse Coopers
LLP, in Columbia, S.C. An HFMA member since 1991, Steve
has served on local South Carolina chapter committees since 1991 including
Chapter President, Certification Chair and Treasurer. He also served a three
year term as a member of the PFS Forum Advisory Council (1998). Steve received
his Masters in Healthcare Administration in 1987 from the Medical University of
South Carolina. He received his CHFP in June 1989 with a specialty in Patient
Financial Services and received his Fellowship in 1997. He is a recipient of
the Medal of Honor (1997), Muncie Gold (1994), Reeves Silver (1991) and Follmer
Bronze (1989) Founders Awards. Steve will serve on the BOE through 2018.
Steve is Vice President of Bon Secours
Richmond Health in Richmond, Va. Steve received his Masters Degree in
Accountancy in 1985 and began his career in healthcare in 1987. He joined HFMA
in 1991 and has been actively involved serving his local chapter in a number of
different capacities including the following committee positions: Chapter
President, Certification Chair, Program Chair, Chapter Secretary and Chapter
Director, for several years. He received his CHFP in February 1994 with a
specialty in Accounting and Finance and received his Fellowship later that
year. He is a recipient of the Medal of Honor (2013), Muncie Gold (2009),
Reeves Silver (2007) and Follmer Bronze (2002) Founders Awards. Steve will
serve on the BOE through 2017.
Bridgett is the Chief Finance Officer at the Hurlbut Care
Communities in Webster, N.Y. Bridgett earned her Masters Degree in Business
Administration in 1993. She joined HFMA in 1997 and has served her local
chapter in a number of different capacities including the following committee
positions: Chapter President, Membership Chair, Program Chair, Chapter
Secretary and Chapter Director. She earned the CHFP designation with a
specialty in Accounting and Finance in January 2003. Bridgett attained
additional specialties in Managed Care (March 2003) and Physician Practice
Management (February 2004). Bridgett attained Fellowship in HFMA later that same year and has received the following Founders awards: Follmer Bronze (2001), Reeves Silver (2006), Muncie Gold (2008) and Medal of Honor (2011). Bridgett will serve on the BOE through 2017.
Nancy is the Senior Director of Finance for Rochester Regional Health System in Rochester, N.Y. She earned a BSBA, Accounting and Business Management Information Systems from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Nancy joined HFMA in 1991 as a member of the Rochester Regional Chapter and is a past
Regional Executive for Region 2. She also served the local chapter as Chapter President, Founders Contact, Treasurer and was a member of the Managed Care Forum Advisory Council. She received her CHFP in 1996 with a specialty in Managed Care and became a Fellow of HFMA in August 1999. She has received the
following Founders awards: Follmer Bronze (1998), Reeves Silver (2001), Muncie Gold (2003) and Medal of Honor (2011). Nancy will serve on the BOE through 2018.
Todd Sladky is currently the Vice President of Finance/CFO at Great River Health Systems in West Burlington, Iowa. He has Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bemidji State University, MN, and an MBA from St. Ambrose University, Iowa. Todd joined HFMA in 1992 and has been actively involved with HFMA National and
his chapter ever since. He has served the local chapter in a number of different capacities, most recently as Certification exam proctor. He received his CHFP in June, 1995 with a specialty in Accounting and Finance and received Fellowship later that same year. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Follmer
Bronze (2003) Founders Award. Todd will serve on the BOE through 2018.
Publication Date: Monday, June 01, 2015
A leader from McKesson discusses how healthcare reform is forcing hospitals and health systems to take a different approach to capacity management and patient flow.
Patient financial engagement is more challenging than ever – and more critical. With patient responsibility as a percentage of revenue on the rise, providers have seen their billing-related costs and accounts receivable levels increase. If increasing collection yield and reducing costs are a priority for your organization, the metrics outlined in this presentation will provide the framework you need to understand what’s working and what’s not, in order to guide your overall patient financial engagement initiatives and optimize results.
Emad Rizk, MD, president and CEO of Accretive Health, discusses the uncertainty facing hospitals and the transitions affecting revenue cycle management.
No two patients are the same. Each has a very personal healthcare experience, and each has distinct financial needs and preferences that have an impact on how, when and if they chose to pay their healthcare bill. It’s no longer effective to apply static billing techniques to solve the complex challenge of collecting balances from patients. The need to tailor financial conversations and payment options to individual needs and preferences is critical. This presentation provides 10 recommendations that will not only help you improve payment performance through a more tailored approach, but take control of rising collection costs.
Jim Bohnsack, vice president, solution & corporate development for Conifer Health Solutions, explains how the company helps healthcare providers leverage data to deliver better outcomes while optimizing reimbursement for all payment arrangements.
This white paper, written by Apex Vice President of Solutions and Services, Carrie Romandine, discusses the importance of patient segmentation and messaging specifically related to the patient revenue cycle. Applying strategic messaging that is tailored to each patient type will not only better educate consumers on payment options specific to their billing needs, but it will maximize the amount collected before sending to collections. Further, targeted messaging should be applied across all points of patient interaction (i.e. point of service, customer service, patient statements) and analyzed regularly for maximized results.
Steve Scibetta, senior director of channel sales for Ontario Systems' healthcare product line, shares insights into effectively managing receivables.
This white paper, written by Apex President Patrick Maurer, discusses methods to increase patient adoption of online payments. Providers are now seeking ways to incrementally collect more payments due from patients as well as speeding up the rate of collections. This white paper shows why patient-centric approaches to online payment portals are important complements to traditional provider-centric approaches.
Elena White, vice president of risk, quality, and network solutions for Optum, discusses how healthcare providers can leverage data and technology as they enable risk in their organization.
Increased electronic engagement between healthcare providers and patients provides significant opportunities for improving revenue cycle metrics and encouraging patients to access EHRs. This article, written by Apex Founder and CEO Brian Kueppers, explores a number of strategies to create synergy between patient billing, online payment portals and electronic health record (EHR) software to realize a high ROI in speed to payment, patient satisfaction and portal adoption for meaningful use.
Somnia President and CEO Marc Koch, MD, MBA, explains how hospitals can drive transformative change in the perioperative experience for outstanding clinical and financial outcomes.
Faced with a rising tide of bad debt, a large Southeastern healthcare system was seeing a sharp decline in net patient revenues. The need to improve collections was dire. By integrating critical tools and processes, the health system was able to increase online payments and improve its financial position. Taking a holistic approach increased overall collection yield by 10% while costs came down because the number of statements sent to patients fell by 10%, which equated to a $1.3M annualized improvement in patient cash over a six-month period. This case study explains how.
PMMC President Roger L. Shaul discusses the effects of healthcare reform on revenue cycle management and how PMMC's products help clients adapt to a changing financial environment.
With the ICD10 deadline quickly approaching and daily responsibilities not slowing down, final preparations for October 1 require strategic prioritization and laser focus.
Greg Burgess, Founder and Chief Product Officer at Burgess Group shares insights and opportunities for payment integrity in the rapidly changing healthcare IT landscape.
Read how Gwinnett Medical Center provides clear connections to financial information, offers multiple payment options for patients, and gives onsite staff the ability to collect payments at multiple points throughout the care process.
Read how Orlando Health was able to perform deeper dives into claims data to help the health system see claim rejections more quickly–even on the front end–and reduce A/R days.
To maintain fiscal fitness and boost patient satisfaction and loyalty, healthcare providers need visibility into when and how much they will be paid–by whom–and the ability to better navigate obstacles to payment. They need payment clarity. This whitepaper illuminates this concept that is winning fans at forward-thinking hospitals.
Financial services staff are always looking for ways to improve the verification, billing and collections processes, and Munson Healthcare is no different. Read about how they streamlined the billing process to produce cleaner bills on the front end and helped financial services staff collect more than $1 million in additional upfront annual revenue in one year.
Effective revenue cycle management can be a challenge for any hospital, but for smaller providers it is even tougher. Read how Wallace Thomson identified unreimbursed procedures, streamlined claims management, and improved its ability to determine charity eligibility.
Before launching an energy-efficiency initiative, it’s important to build a solid business case and understand the funding options and potential incentives that are available. Healthcare leaders should consider taking the steps outlined in the whitepaper to ease the process of gaining approval, piloting, implementing, and supporting sustainability projects. You will find that investing in sustainability and energy efficiency helps hospitals add cash to their bottom line. Discover how hospitals and health systems have various options for funding energy-efficient and renewable-energy initiatives, depending on their current financial structure and strategy.
Health care is a dynamic mergers and acquisitions market with numerous hospitals and health systems contemplating or pursuing formal arrangements with other entities. These relationships often pose a strategic benefit, such as enhancing competencies across the continuum, facilitating economies of scale, or giving the participants a competitive advantage in a crowded market. Underpinning any profitable acquisition is a robust capital planning strategy that ensures an organization reserves sufficient funds and efficiently onboards partners that advance the enterprise mission and values.
The success of healthcare mergers, acquisitions, and other affiliations is predicated in part on available capital, and the need for and sources of funding are considerations present throughout the partnering process, from choosing a partner to evaluating an arrangement’s capital needs to selecting an integration model to finding the right money source to finance the deal. This whitepaper offers several strategies that health system leaders have used to assess and manage capital needs for their growing networks.
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