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Our Corporate Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the commitment of our Corporate Sponsors who assist in the funding of the Chapter's programs and activities

Presidential
Ernst & Young LLP
FirstCredit Inc.(FCI)/RevCare
Howard, Wershbale & Co.
Human Arc
Joseph R Harrison Co., LPA
JP Recovery Services, Inc

Platinum
Alta Partners, LLC
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Fenner Consulting
McGladrey
Plante & Moran, PLLC
PNC Healthcare
Siemens Healthcare

Gold

CBE Group
KPMG

Silver
Healthcare Management Systems Inc.
The ROI Companies

Bronze
Avadynehealth
BKD, LLP
Blue & Co., LLC
Bruner-Cox, LLP
Crowe Horwath LLP
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Emrhein & Associates
HMC Group
KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc
Meridian Leasing Corporation
Quadax, Inc.
Resource Global Professionals
Sakal/CAI
the MASH program
UCB, Inc.
Wise Management Services, Inc


2010-2011
HFMA Northeast Ohio
Chapter Officers

President
Susan R. Flaherty, CPA

President-Elect
Diane Lilko, CPA

Vice President
Lisa Hilling

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer
Geoffrey A. Himes, FHFMA, MBA

Chairman
Michael J. Manfull

Chapter Coordinator
Kathleen A. Much

Board of Directors
Charles R. Alderson
Carl S. Ebner, CPA
Stanley Kasmarcak, CPA
Holly M. Pelaia
Adam Schweikert
Suzanne M. Tschetter, CPA


Visit HFMA National at:
www.hfma.org

Visit HFMA Northeast Ohio at:
www.neohfma.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President’s Message

Susan FlahertyDear Fellow HFMA Members,

It is hard to believe that nearly one year has passed since becoming the Chapter’s President. As we prepare to transition leadership, I want to thank everyone who has been an active member in the Chapter over the last year -- the Chapter officers and directors, those who have served on committees, and all of you who have attended Chapter events. It is your involvement that makes the Chapter strong. I would also like to thank Kathy Much for her assistance as the chapter coordinator. As many of you know, the leadership team changes each year, but Kathy is the constant for our Chapter and serves our membership well.

At the beginning of the fiscal year, the Chapter officers and directors established specific goals related to education, certification, membership, member satisfaction, and other administrative metrics, in line with National HFMA’s requirements for each chapter. We will exceed many of these goals, including having four newly Certified Healthcare Financial Professionals for which we will win a National HFMA award, increasing education hours per member over the prior year and goal, and receiving a 65% overall highly satisfied rating on the membership survey (exceeding the National HFMA high satisfaction metric of 55% and the average high satisfaction for all chapters of 62%). Thanks to all of you who helped our Chapter reach these goals.

It is spring and that means the Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute (GHALI) is coming soon. For those of you who have not attended this regional conference in the last few years, it is 2-½ days of outstanding education and networking. GHALI is our most attended event of the year and I encourage you to attend. This year’s GHALI is May 16-18 at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora. Check out the Chapter website for additional information on topics and speakers, networking events, social activities, and registration instructions.

The new leadership team, led by Diane Lilko from University Hospitals, has already begun planning for the upcoming year. The team recently attended the National HFMA Leadership Training Conference and has outlined many goals and events for the upcoming year. The individuals on the leadership team have been active in the Chapter for many years and are committed to making the Chapter even better. I look forward to continuing my active involvement with the Chapter and would encourage you to become more involved if you are not already. We are always looking for new individuals to get involved in the Chapter by serving on committees, speaking at education events, and attending events. Please don't hesitate to contact one of the Chapter officers or directors or a committee chair if you are interested in volunteering.

Thank you for your membership and support of HFMA.

Sincerely,

Susan Flaherty
President
Northeast Ohio Chapter of HFMA


New Members Spotlight - Welcome to NEOHFMA!

A closer look at some of the newest members to the
Northeast Ohio Chapter of HFMA.

Brian Reese
Hospital Solutions, Inc.

Getting to Know You Questions:
What do you like most about working in healthcare?
It’s perpetually changing – providing new opportunities for the entrepreneurial minded individual – unlimited potential to succeed and help clients.

Where did you go to college?
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
Tennis, Skiing, Golf, Reading, Cooking

What is the most intriguing thing about yourself?
Very entrepreneurial; have started several businesses as well as traveled around-the-world (twice).

What was the last book you read?
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo / Girl Who Played With Fire / Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

What is your favorite restaurant in Northeast Ohio?
Stino’s (Rocky River)

Matt McDowell
Stryker Corporation

Getting to Know You Questions:
What is the biggest challenge you face in your position?
Getting procurement arms to look at the big picture, not just one purchase order.

Why did you decide to get involved in HFMA?
To broaden my knowledge, network with peers.

Where did you go to college?
I attended Tiffin University for my undergrad, Baldwin Wallace for my Graduate Studies, and possess several Treasury, Credit, and Cash Flow certifications.

What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
Exercise, cooking, golf, spending time with girls

Favorite Sport or Sports Team?
Pittsburgh Steelers.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Cape Cod, MA

Where did you grow up?
Pittsburgh, PA

What was your first job?
Corporate Relocation Specialist


New Members - Welcome to NEOHFMA!

Please welcome our newest members to the Northeast Ohio Chapter of HFMA. Look for them at our next meeting and welcome them to our organization.

Bethany Lanese
Southwest General Health Center

Steven J. Varrone
Fifth Third Institutional Services

Matthew J. McDowell
Stryker Corporation

Marvin Brookshire
Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Samatha Pixler

Ray O. Morris
Hylant Group

Barbara Kallenbach
Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Brian M. Reese
Hospital Solutions, Inc.

Brian K. Derrick
Summa Health Systems

Keith J. Baron
Fifth Third Bank

Melissa Hoch
North Canton Medical Foundation

Christopher D. Superior
University Hospitals Health System

Annemarie Dachtler
Human Arc
Eric Foust
American Medical Response
Jill Spencer
Human Arc
Carolyne Dular
Kindred Healthcare
Scott Billak
University Hospital
Laura Triola
Ernst & Young, LLP
Patrick Mulloy
Human Arc
Mark S. Miller
University Hospitals
Tracy L. Smearman
Cleveland HeartLab, Inc.
Elizabeth Good

Wayne Robinson
Hyland Software

 

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Welcome Back!

HFMA Members that have reinstated their Membership

Anthony Puorro
Roseland Community Hospital

Tom L. Yoder
Ontario Systems

Christine E. Aucreman, CHFP
Valleycare Health Systems Of Ohio

Kerry Politsky
Cleveland Clinic

John J. Brocketti
The Resource Group

Stephen F. Thome
Ernst & Young, LLP

Anthony S. Scibetta
Ontario Systems Corporation

Christine Greene
Community Health Care, Inc.

Mark A. Klingman, CPA
Cleveland Clinic Health System

Becky S. Willis
Samaritan Regional Health System

Sherry R. Aronson, CPA
The MetroHealth System

 


HFMA Certification

Visit  http://www.hfma.org/chfp/ to get more information on earning the CHFP designation. The format and requirements for certification recently changed. Instead of sitting for a core and a specialty exam, there is now only one exam! Studying for the exam has changed too, from bulky printed binders to on-line study materials. So, if you’ve been thinking about adding the CHFP to your credentials but haven’t gotten around to it yet, now is the time to take action. If your employer will not reimburse you for the cost, take a look at the NEO Chapter CHFP Award policy: http://www.neohfma.org/chapter_policies.html


Program Recaps

Tracking and Responding to Healthcare Finance Issues

By Suzanne Tschetter

We held our annual Spring program on March 15, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in Independence, Ohio. The all day seminar was well attended with almost 100 participants in attendance! The session started with a presentation by Ben Kimmel, Assistant Director of Fiscal Services at the Cleveland Clinic. Ben shared what the Clinic has developed over the years to have desktop access to enterprise financial information. Following Ben was Richard Blake, Criminal and White Collar Defense Attorney at Bricker & Eckler LLP. Richard provided a lively presentation involving how to prepare your organization for government investigations. During lunch, Cory Laske, Senior Commercial Account Officer with First American Healthcare Finance, shared the process involved with becoming a HFMA Peer Reviewed Company. Chris Milligan, Associate VP, Nationals Sales at Human Arc, provided his insights on the personal importance of HFMA to him and the great experiences he has had. Jane Berkebile, VP Revenue Cycle at Ohio Health, presented how her organization won the HFMA MAP Award. The program concluded with a finance round table discussion including Mike Harrington, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Health System; Chuck Josey, Vice President of Finance at Lake Health; and Mike Vehovec, vice President and Corporate Controller for University Hospitals.

Health Care Hot Topics Part III

By Lisa Hilling

We held another successful: Roadshow at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio.  The half day seminar was well attended with almost 75 participants in attendance!  The session included presentations from Frank T. Sossi, Brennan Manna and Diamond,  Joyce Mohler, System Director of Reimburesment, Summa Health System, and Dr. Richard Kunnes, MD managing principle CEO The Sevenex Group, LLC. Topics included Prospective Payments, Health Care Reform and related Stark Law issues and cost reduction.

Patient Financial Services, February 17, 2012

The annual joint HFMA and AAHAM Patient Financial Services meeting was held on February 17, 2012 at Corporate College East with over 110 PFS professionals from throughout NE Ohio in attendance. This year’s theme was “PFS Changes Are Coming-Will You Be Ready?”. 

Leading off was Charles Cataline, Senior Director, Health Policy at OHA.  Charles shared a wealth of information that encompassed:

In anticipation of the ICD-10 implementation, now delayed until October 1, 2014, the transition to ICD-10 is a fundamental change that has many healthcare executives asking how they will be able to effectively mitigate their risks. Jill Barber (Director of Managed Care Operations, Southwest General Hospital) and Joan Scully (Scully Healthcare Consulting, Inc) shared their case study of how they partnered with McGladrey, using technology to minimize the impact of the ICD-10 conversion on their revenue cycle management.   Specifically, they demonstrated how their tool provides insight on coding deficiencies, CDI opportunities, resource deployment, and the related financial impact by service line or physician.   

Timothy Leibmann, Chairman and CEO of SunRx, Inc., presented on 340B and DSH Hospitals. Specifically, Mr. Leibmann discussed how 340B offers hospitals a way to significantly increase revenues, reduce employee benefit costs, and expand access to affordable medications for uninsured/underinsured patients.  Although many hospitals use 340B split billing systems today, these programs typically miss a majority of 340B eligible patients – those who have their prescriptions filled outside of the hospital.  However, Timothy reviewed how regulations allow hospitals to dispense 340B medications through retail contract pharmacy networks, and how the latest technology can make managing these networks convenient and cost effective.

Janet Kendall White, President of Berkshire Group, Inc., delivered an energetic and informative presentation that focused on the DISC Model of Human Behavior. During this interactive session, Janet’s presentation provided us with a better understanding of ourselves through our own personality styles, how to better understand others through their styles, and then how to begin adapting our styles to work better with others. This session was not only fun, but a refreshing break from the norm of healthcare finance and industry updates, and was something of significant value and use for all our membership and leaders today.

Our final presenter was Chad Mulvany, HFMA National’s Technical Director, on the topic of Accountable Care Organizations. Policy experts and politicians believe that ACO’s have the potential to improve quality and reduce costs by realigning the financial incentives within Medicare to reward high value providers.  As providers consider participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, they must clearly understand the rules’ implications and its impact on the revenue cycle. Regardless of whether or not an organization participates in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, there are certain capabilities they will need to develop to improve the value of care they deliver. Chad provided our members with a clear understanding of the ACO regulatory environment and the barriers that may exist to forming ACO’s, as well as the revenue cycle implications of an ACO delivery model and the operational capabilities necessary to provide high value care.

This year’s full-day program was packed with knowledge and valuable takeaway resources for our attendees, and was capped off with a fun networking and social hour after the event.

A special thank you to the NEO HFMA PFS Program Committee and the AAHAM Western Reserve Chapter partners for another successful session:

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Save the Date

Keep an eye out for more information on these upcoming programs:

Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute
Program Date: May 16-18, 2012                                                              Program Location: Bertram Inn, Aurora, OH

Provider Hosting Roadshow
Program Date: June 28, 2012                                                             
Program Location:Lutheran Hospital, Castele Learning Center, Cleveland, OH

Program downloads for select events available at http://www.neohfma.org


Upcoming Live Webinars

Take a look at the upcoming webinars offered by HFMA and consider sitting in on one as an easy way to get the information you need on pressing healthcare finance topics. From the comfort of your office, you can participate in a Webinar and find the strategies and tools you need to help your organization achieve success. 

The following webinars are free to HFMA members. 

May 
Using RAC Data Mining to Drive Process Improvement
Program Date: May 9, 2012
Program Location: Webinar

Performance Improvement:
A Strategy for Rapidly Adopting Initiatives

Program Date: May 10, 2012
Program Location: Webinar

Post-Deal Integration Specifics: 
Standardizing Delivery Processes and Contracting

Program Date: May 17, 2012
Program Location: Webinar
Note: This is the fourth in a series of four webinars offered in conjunction with the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).  – (Note: This particular webinar is not free to HFMA members pricing is available online.)

Case Study: Achieving Labor Cost Savings
Program Date:May 23, 2012
Program Location: Webinar

Physician/Hospital Revenue Cycle Integration: A Panel Discussion
Program Date: May 24, 2012
Program Location: Webinar

Improving Margin with Agile Planning for Capital Allocations
Program Date: May 29, 2012
Program Location: Webinar

Why the Item Master Doesn't Support Value Analysis Efforts
Program Date: Ma 31, 2012
Program Location: Webinar
Note: This is the first in a series of six webinars sponsored by McKesson in conjunction with the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM).

June 
Engaging the Patient for Better Financial and Operational Results
Program Date: June 5, 2012
Program Location: Webinar

Executing Your HR Strategy: It's More Than Just Benefits
Program Date: June 7, 2012
Program Location: Webinar

Artificial Intelligence — The Future of the Supply Chain 
Program Date: June 14, 2012
Program Location: Webinar
Note: This is the second in a series of six webinars sponsored by McKesson in conjunction with the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM).

Using Business Intelligence to
Understand Financial Impact of Clinical Quality

Program Date: June 20, 2012
Program Location: Webinar

Recorded, On-Demand Webinars

HFMA also offers recorded webinars on demand. Recorded webinars do not provide CPEs, but do qualify for DCMS hours.

See national website for registration (http://www.hfma.org)


BKD Webinar Series

ICD-10 What you Need to Know About Upcoming Changes
Thursday May 24, 2012
10-11 A.M.

Click here to download brochure


Discovering Opportunities Amidst Transformation

2012 Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute                            
Program Date: May 16-18, 2012                                                 
Program Location:
The Bertram Inn, Aurora, OH                                                                                           
Attracting healthcare finance professionals from the Great Lakes region and others, The Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute (GHALI) combines educational programming led by nationally and regionally recognized speakers.  Moreover, GHALI provides opportunities to network with others in the industry while participating in various social activities.

The 2012 event will be held at the Bertram Inn Hotel & Conference Center in Aurora, OH.  The Bertram Inn is one of northeast Ohio’s most elegant hotel and banquet venues, combining international ambiance with outstanding cuisine and superior service.

This year’s 3 full day event, offering 19 hours of Ohio CPE, is highlighted by the following keynote presentations:

The event is also includes an extraordinary lineup of networking activities:

Download Brochure & Registration Form

Sponsorship Opportunities     


Kudos!

Congratulations to Tracy Halapy from Resources Global Professionals who won the drawing for free attendance at the March 15th Program!

Kudos to Patty Salsman, Thomas Henderson, Kelly Linson, and Eugene A. Thorn III on successfully passing the CHFP Exam.  Our chapter has earned the Bronze Award for certification.

Congratulations to William Malm of Craneware on being promoted to Senior Data Products Manager and being elected to the board of directors for the American Association of Medical Audit Specialists (AAMAS).

Kudos to Becky Ivcic of University Hospitals on accepting the role of Finance Director, UH Ahuja Medical Center.

Congratulations to Geoff Himes on recently accepting the position of Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Educational Articles

The Territory Ahead
Accountable-Care Organizations Under Health-Care Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has driven the recent health-care reform in this country as well as the controversy among business and government officials as to whether it will ultimately generate a positive outcome for the health-care industry. Regardless of the anticipated outcomes, all agree that its effects will be widespread.   Read more...

Reimbursement Cuts
Preparing for the Uncertain

“But in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.”

Benjamin Franklin may need to amend his famous quotation to include the certainty of reimbursement uncertainty for health-care providers. Considering the size and scope of Medicaid and Medicare, the threat of reimbursement-rate cuts for these programs can be particularly problematic for hospitals as they seek financial stability and plan for future capital projects. Read more...


Sponsor's Corner

Crowe Horwath, LLP

Crowe Horwath LLP
National Sponsor since 2000 (12 years)

Getting to Know You Questions:

  1. Tell us about your Company/Organization.

Crowe Horwath LLP is one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the United States. Under its core purpose of “Building Value with Values®,” Crowe assists public and private company clients in reaching their goals through audit, tax, advisory, risk and performance services. With offices coast to coast and 2,500 personnel, Crowe is recognized by many organizations as one of the country's best places to work. Crowe serves clients worldwide as an independent member of Crowe Horwath International, one of the largest networks in the world, consisting of 150 independent accounting and management consulting firms with offices in more than 580 cities around the world.

  1. What makes your Company/Organization Unique?
    1. We provide a higher level of service and value to our clients
    2. Our professionals are recognized thought leaders.
    3. Our approach to client needs is innovative and unique.
    4. We are responsive to the changing business climate.
  1. What recent achievement or development would you like to share?

Crowe was recently selected to present at the HFMA annual ANI conference in June.  We will be releasing results from a managed care study currently underway in the Chicago area.

  1. Where are your headquarters?

Crowe Horwath LLP
P O Box 3697
One Mid America Plaza, Suite 700
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3697

  1. Why did your Company/Organization get involved in HFMA?

Crowe has a long history of being involved with the professional trade associations which support the industries that we work with.  The Crowe healthcare practice continues to grow, both in Ohio, and around the country.  Our work with the local HMFA chapters is a priority, as well as working with HFMA at the national level.

  1. How has HFMA impacted your Company/Organization?

Our relationship with HFMA continues to evolve and expand in various ways.  In addition to becoming more engaged with the local chapters, we continue to be involved with HFM magazine on both the editorial side as well as with advertising.  In 2011 we were one of four sponsors of the HFMA Thought Leadership Retreat, and we are excited to be back in 2012.  By growing our relationship with HFMA, we are able to learn more about the top priorities and concerns facing healthcare finance executives today, as well as develop meaningful relationships to help bring Crowe to the forefront with our solution-based products and services.  
   


Meridian Leasing

Meridian Leasing is a leader in providing leasing for hospitals for their medical and technology equipment. We have been successfully servicing the Northeast Ohio area for over 30 years. We have a local presence here with a number of long term client relationships. Whether it’s leasing technology or medical equipment, such as CT Scanners, MRI’s, Surgical Equipment, Pharmacy automation systems, or PACS, we have the experience and aggressive financing ability to meet all your needs. We understand all the medical assets and price them based on residual values, which in turn provides you with a low payment.

Our complete leasing life cycle of service is tops in the industry from the point of providing our proposal to the completion of the transaction. We give our customers a very easy way to implement leasing into their budget. We can tailor invoicing to your specific needs.  We also offer secondary assets for both technology & medical equipment.

In these difficult economic times Meridian Leasing continues to grow our business and is adding staff.

Our Corporate Headquarters is in Deerfield, Illinois, with a local presence here in Cleveland.

We feel that the HFMA in Northeast Ohio is a well run organization that attracts all of the hospitals in the area to be involved. Hospitals see medical assets becoming a competitive edge for their success and are looking for flexible ways to stay competitive with the technology.  We offer hospitals finance solutions to manage the cost of the technology and stay on the competitive edge.

I have met great people at the HFMA events and have established new business relationships that have lead to new business for Meridian Leasing.  This is why I continue to be very supportive of the group and become a sponsor every year.

Jim Clark | Regional Manager | Meridian Leasing Corporation
O 330-653-8005 | F 847-317-3282
jclark@meridianleasing.net | www.onlinemeridian.com


PNC Healthcare

PNC Healthcare:                                                                                                     
Committed to the industry.
Focused on solutions.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations with assets of $269 billion. PNC provides retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

National recognition
PNC has been recognized nationally and regionally for its accomplishments and success as a diversified financial services firm that reflects the needs, values and aspirations of our customers, employees, communities and shareholders. In 2010 we were named Bank of the Year in the United States by The Banker magazine and named one of the Most Admired Companies in 2011 by Fortune Magazine. In addition, we have received recognition as:

PNC Healthcare — committed to innovative solutions
PNC Healthcare offers a fully-integrated suite of tools, solutions and advisory services to help providers and payers maximize working capital, streamline administrative processes, mitigate financial risk and access capital for investment and growth.

PNC has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. That knowledge, along with the assistance of The PNC Healthcare Advisory Board, helps us to design solutions that address the industry’s unique challenges.

PNC’s Treasury Management services are distinguished in a number of ways:

PNC is currently the only bank accredited by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission for both healthcare clearinghouse and healthcare lockbox services.

We were the first bank to develop a system to automatically match healthcare payments and electronic remittances.

We processed more than 80 million healthcare transactions in 2010

In addition to our award winning treasury management services, PNC offers a full array of taxable and tax-exempt financing options. PNC provides market knowledge, structuring expertise and strong execution as part of our overall service to our clients. Today, we have over $12 billion in capital committed to the healthcare industry.

We provide institutional investment management or administration to more than 3,000 organizations with more than $24 billion in assets under management and $76.8 billion in assets under administration.

The Northern Ohio team
The PNC Northern Ohio Healthcare relationship management team is responsible for delivering customized solutions to healthcare providers in the areas of taxable/ tax exempt financing, capital markets, leasing, treasury management, employee banking and institutional investments.  To learn more about PNC Healthcare, please visit www.pnc.com/healthcare or contact:

Moses Jhirad, Healthcare Relationship Manager, (216) 222-9079, moses.jhirad@pnc.com
Ron Tozzi, Healthcare Treasury Management Officer, (216) 488-8105, ronald.tozzi@pnc.com

HFMA Sponsors -
Do not forget to get your company’s spotlight & new products & services mentioned in the Newsletter. Please contact Laurie Rauser Laurie.A.Rauser@kp.org for publication in future newsletter.

Puzzle

A man is trapped in a room. The room has only two possible exits: two doors. Through the first door there is a room constructed from magnifying glass. The blazing hot sun instantly fries anything or anyone that enters. Through the second door there is a fire-breathing dragon. How does the man escape?

E-mail your answer to Jack Bailey at Debora.Guillermo@ey.com. All correct entries will be included in a drawing and one lucky entrant will receive a $25 gift certificate.


Previous puzzle

Answer:
 
If you take the first letter and move it to the rear of the word, you get the same word when read backwards.

Winner:
Michael Vehovec from University Hospital has won a $25 gift certificate.