2004/2005 ISSUE ONE
Chapter Sponsors

Platinum Club
Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Ernst & Young, LLP
Fenner Consulting
Fifth Third Bank
J P Recovery Services, Inc.
KPMG
Long - O'Shea & Co., LLC
MD-X Solutions, Inc.
NatCity Investments Inc.
Unicare Corporation

Gold Club
Center for Health Affairs/CHAMPS Management Services
Squire, Sanders & Dempsy
Wise Management Services Inc.

Silver Club
Eclipsys Corporation
Engelhardt & Emrhein
HRSI/FirstCredit International Corp.
McDonald Hopkins Co., LPA
OSI Strategic Receivables
Professional Receivables Control
State Credit Financial Management Group
Quadax

Bronze Club
Advantium
Bruner - Cox, LLP
Calfee, Halter & Griswald, LLP
IntergraSolutions
HMC Group
Howard Wershbale & Co.
NCO Group
NOVUS Financial Services, Inc.
Strategic Reimbursement, Inc.
The Wellington Group, LLC
Wolfskill & Associates, Inc.
United Collection Bureau Inc.
Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP





HFMA Northeast Ohio
Chapter Officers 2004-2005

President
Barry L. Franklin

President-Elect
Maureen A. Wood

Vice President
Christopher Milligan

Secretary
Suzanne M.Tschetter

Treasurer
William J. Bogdan

Chapter Coordinator
Kathleen A. Much


Board of Directors
2004-2005


Chairperson
Julia T. DiFrancesco
Susan R. Flaherty
Neil Freer
Charles S. Josey
James F. O'Donnell
Allen R. Tracy



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www.neohfma.org





Survey Question:

The timing of this issue of Visions is such that we thought we'd poll our NEOHFMA members to see what you believe will be the outcome of the upcoming November Presidential election.

We will tally the results in aggregate to see how well we do at predicting who will be our next President of the United States. Your response is confidential.

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HFMA Northeast Ohio
Newsletter
Committee

Co-Chair
Mary Jayne Reedy

Unicare Corporation

Co-Chair
Anna Sulewski

The MetroHealth System

Maureen Campbell
Bottom Line Systems

Jennifer Hahn
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Laurie Hammer-Rauser
JP Recovery Services

James Hutchison
UHHS Laurelwood Hospital

David Kilmer
Robinson Memorial Hospital

Steve Rybka
United Collections Bureau

Steve Thome
Ernst & Young, LLP

Email the Committee

Dave Kilmer

President's Message October, 2004

Dear Fellow HFMA Members:

We are pleased to provide you with the 2004-2005 edition of the Northeast Ohio Chapter Membership Information Directory. Our chapter is one of the largest in the country and one of the few which has maintained its membership levels for three years in a row. The Directory includes useful information regarding chapter leadership and committees,
the national HFMA structure, certification programs, and, most importantly, the roster of the almost 600 healthcare professionals who make up our Chapter.

The HFMA national theme this year is "Beyond the Numbers," which recognizes that the work we do doesn't stop with routine periodic financial reporting. The technical, professional, and analytical skills our members bring to their organizations reach into all aspects of their operations and drive the strategic planning that brings the best in healthcare services to our communities.

The backbone of HFMA is its educational activities. From the flagship Annual National Institute to the regional conferences held across the country throughout the year to the local programs offered by our own Chapter, HFMA offers a full range of education and training opportunities for healthcare professionals in all areas of healthcare finance. Our Chapter offers half-day programs throughout the course of the year covering a wide range of topics and the Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute, a comprehensive two-day conference held in the spring. I hope you will be able to take advantage of some of these offerings this year.
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Our Chapter also offers social activities through its networking and membership committees. The annual holiday party and new member breakfast are just two events that give us an opportunity to gather on a more personal level and develop those important networking contacts.

The strength of any chapter lies in its volunteers. The Northeast Ohio Chapter is privileged to have many volunteers serving in leadership and on its many committees. We are always looking for new members to get involved and continue the long tradition of volunteer service that has been a hallmark of our Chapter for many years. Please don't hesitate to contact one of the Chapter officers or a committee chair if you are interested in serving. It's a little more work, but a lot more reward.

Best wishes to all of you for a successful year, both professionally and personally. I hope to see you at an upcoming HFMA event.

Sincerely,

Barry L. Franklin, C.P.A.
President


Chapter Wins Yerger Award



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NEOHFMA Strategic Plan 2004 - 2005

The NEOHFMA Strategic Plan 2004 - 2005 includes the chapter's vision, mission, values, and objectives. Also included are results of the 2003 - 2004 year with member satisfaction survey results, a recap of social events, membership diversity and a fiscal report.

Click here to view this important document.

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COMMITTEE CORNER

By Steve Rybka

Networking Committee: Mark the Date for Annual Awards and Holiday Party

The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping. When that happens, the Networking Committee is off and running to plan the 2004 NEOHFMA Annual Awards and Holiday Party. Recall that last year, the Networking Committee orchestrated a gala event at the brand new Heathspace Cleveland. It was a real success. Over 100 members and guests in attendence.

Now it's time to mark your calendar for this year's very special holiday event. The Networking Committee is taking our holiday event to one of Cleveland's premier dining locations - The Cleveland Play House Club, the elegant Dining Room in The Club is operated by the Cleveland Play House and has a theatrical ambiance that can't be matched anywhere in the area.

When: Thursday, December 2nd
Where: The Cleveland Play House Club 8500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio

The event this year will center on dining, entertainment, music and fellowship with colleagues and guests from across the region. Annual Chapter Awards will be presented for all to celebrate.

Watch for more information. Your event invitation will be in the mail soon.

G. Haggerty Annual Institute Committee: Mark the Date for GHALI

It's with great excitement that the G. Haggerty Annual Institute Committee announces the return to the Glenmoor Country Club in Canton in May. For those of you that were there last year, you know first hand that this is a first-class facility. For those who could not attend last year, don't miss it twice!

The historic, Gothic style Clubhouse offers world class dining, 74 luxurious overnight rooms, and a European Spa and Salon.

The highlight of Glenmoor Country Club is the Jack Nicklaus designed Signature Golf Course.

Join fellow HFMA members for professional development, networking, golf, and first class treatment in the European spa.

When:
Pre-GHALI Workshop - Wednesday, May 18th
GHALI Conference - Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th

Watch for more details in the next Visions Issue.

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New Members - Welcome to NEOHFMA!

By Jim Huchinson

New members are the lifeblood of our organization. In the spirit of "making it personal", please welcome our newest members to HFMA. Look for them at our next meeting and welcome them to our organization.

Kimberly A. Banko
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Jeffrey Kovacs
Alta Partners, LLC
Karen A. Benjamin
The Ohio Permanente Medical Group
Christine Marrapese
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Talitha H. Bias
KPMG LLP
Robert Moutagnese
Licking Memorial Health System
Amy M. Budd
Aultman Hospital
Rebecca Newman
Ernst & Young LLP
Michele L. Cahal
KPMG LLP
Laurie A. Nicholls
Cardiovascular Consultants
Cathy M. Ceccio
Akron General Medical Center
Susan M. O'Connell
Medcom Solutions, Inc.
Robert M. Ettinger
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Deborah A. O'Donnell
University Hospitals Health System
James J. Feldkircher, Jr.
University Hospitals Health System
Christine A. Pierce
The Resource Group
Eileen E. Fricke
Aultman Health Foundation
Susan A. Rochelle
Castle Nursing Homes Inc
Stephanie L. Gaydos
Richard J. Sebastian
HMHP
Michael T. George
Children's Hospital Med Ctr/Akron
Jennifer M. Snyder, CPA
Schmitz, Corrigan, Krause & Co.
Nicole M Hackstedde
Humility Of Mary Health Partners
Susan Spanos
Community Health Partners
Raland S. Hatchett, Jr.
Leslie Szabla
Phoenix Rising HCS, LLC
William A. Hunt
Medcom Solutions, Inc.
Christopher Tatlock
Key Bank
Meghan M. Keaveney
KPMG LLP
Christopher Trella
Parma Community General Hospital
Adam Kemelhar
Per-Se Technologies
Thomas R. Uehling
GE Healthcare Financial Services
Stephen M. Kloss
Principal Financial Group
Connie Wenzinger
Blanchard Valley Regional Health


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Kudos to You!

By Laurie Hammer-Rauser

The Northeast Ohio Chapter of HFMA would like to express "Kudos" to the following Chapter members.

Anthea R. Daniels, Esq. - Anthea of Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP has been named president-elect designate of American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). Anthea, a partner in Calfee's Health and Long-Term Care group, focuses her legal practice on health care, corporate, and nonprofit law.

Anthea is chairing the Fundamentals of Health Law conference to be held in Chicago on November 10-12, sponsored by AHLA. Anthea is presenting a session on Healthcare Contracting.

Diane M. Lilko, CPA - Diane was promoted to Manager of Accounting at University Hospitals Health System.

Bradley P. Smith, FACHE, FHFMA, CMPE - Bradley has earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) from the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). Bradley is the Chief Executive Officer for Northern Ohio Medical Specialists.

ACMPE formally recognized this accomplishment at the ACMPE business meeting held on October 5th in conjunction with the Medical Group Management Association's (MGMA) 2004 Annual Conference in San Francisco.

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Schedule of Events

Click here to see the 2004 - 2005 schedule of events.

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Recently Concluded Programs

Past President and Volunteer Recognition Golf Outing

We hope you were able to celebrate with us and thank our past presidents and countless volunteers of NEOHFMA at September's ?

Recognition of Chapter Volunteers

Click here for a list of this year's leadership team.


September Events
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Article
The Community Value Index Hospital Ranking

By James O. Cleverley

The Community Value Index (CVI) suggests that a hospital provides value to the community when it is financially viable, is appropriately reinvesting in the facility, maintains a low cost structure and has reasonable charges. CVI seeks to assess 3 core areas: 1) Financial performance and reinvestment; 2) Hospital cost structure. and 3) Hospital charge structure.

Click here to view the full article.
Click here to view PowerPoint of NE Ohio CVI Performance.

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Article
Five Medical Conditions Account for 31% of Heathcare Spending Growth

By Kenneth E. Thorpe, Curtis S. Florence and Peter Joski

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Puzzle

By Jennifer Hahn

Santa's Trains
Do you know the answer to the following riddle? All correct entries will be included in a drawing and one lucky entrant will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Target. Good luck!

Santa Clause sometimes helps the elves by making some toys. He's not as fast as the elves, but he can still make 30 toys each hour. In order to keep from getting bored, he starts each day by building 50 trains and then switches to building 50 airplanes. Then he switches back to trains and keeps switching back and forth until the day is finished. If Santa starts work at 8:00 am, when will he finish his 108th train?

Email or fax your answer to Jennifer Hahn at Robinson Memorial Hospital:
neohfmacalendar@yahoo.com
Fax: 330-297-8689


Issue 5 Puzzle: Find the Number
Answer: 74658
Winner: Kelly Kaselak of Southwest General Hospital won a $25 gift certificate to Applebee's.


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