Our Contributors

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Mike O’Brien

Mike O’Brien is an experienced and accomplished employment attorney, media lawyer and courtroom litigator. He consistently has received the highest possible peer reviews from rating services such as Martindale – Hubbell (AV rating) and Chambers USA ("one of the best employer lawyers in Utah"). Utah Business Magazine annually has named him one of Utah’s Legal Elite. He is the immediate past chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department and the leader of its Employment Law and Media Law practice groups. The Utah State Bar named him as its Employment Lawyer of the Year. Mike works with the local and national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and serves as the legal and legislative director for Utah SHRM and Salt Lake SHRM. For such services, National SHRM honored him with its prestigious Capital Award, given annually to one of SHRM’s 170,000 members worldwide. Utah SHRM has given him its Award for Professional Excellence. He is listed in "Best Lawyers in America" for First Amendment (news media) law and employment law and in "Who’s Who Legal USA" as one of the country’s leading attorneys in management employment law. He was also cited in the 2007 editions of "Super Lawyers" for media law and "Chambers USA" for labor and employment law.

Mike partners with employers in many industries to prevent and solve employment problems. Mike is also a recognized media and First Amendment lawyer.


GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Jason Bhan, MD

Jason Bhan, MD, is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at Prognos, www.prognos.ai, an innovative healthcare AI company. He is an expert in the applications of technology to healthcare and medicine. Dr. Bhan obtained his medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine.



GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)

Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ) is laboratory safety officer for Sentara Healthcare Virginia and North Carolina. As Dan the Lab Safety Man, he also serves as a laboratory safety trainer, speaker and consultant. Email: info@danthelabsafetyman.com



GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Lynne Curry, Ph.D.

Lynne Curry, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP and author of “Beating the Workplace Bully,” AMACOM 2016, and “Solutions” founded The Growth Company, Inc., an Avitus Group company, and is now a Regional Director of Training & Business Consulting for Avitus. Curry regularly presents to the Medical Group Management Association, Alaska Chapter and she and her staff work directly with multiple medical practices and hospitals in Alaska, California and Colorado. Curry and her team provide HR On-call, training, facilitation, strategic planning, investigation, mediation and executive and professional coaching. The Avitus Group has offices from coast to coast.



GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Jennifer (McMahon) Dawson, MHA, DLM (ASCP)

Jennifer Dawson, MHA, LSSBB, CPHQ, DLM(ASCP)SLS, QLC, QIHC is a Lab Quality Management Leader and advocate for lab quality and patient safety. She is Senior Director, Quality, for Human Longevity, Inc.; Affiliate Faculty, Health Services Administration at Regis University; and a Lab Quality Consultant.

Ms. Dawson sits on the CLMA Board of Directors, the CLSI Quality Management Systems & General Practices Expert Panel, and the AACC Management Sciences & Patient Safety Division. She also serves on the National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Board of Examiners and serves on the ASCLS Patient Safety Committee and the AACC Management Sciences and Patient Safety Executive Committee.



GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
William A. Schiemann, Ph.D

William A. Schiemann, Ph.D. is CEO of Metrus Group. He is a thought leader in human resources, employee engagement, and fulfillment and author of Fulfilled! Critical Choices – Work, Home, Life. For more information visit, www.wschiemann.com, follow Dr. Schiemann on Twitter, @wschiemann and connect with him on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/wmschiemann.


GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Robert Mazer

I am a Shareholder with Baker Donelson experienced in assisting acute care and critical access hospitals, clinical laboratories and other health care providers with third-party payment, compliance and regulatory issues. I help clients develop business strategies that are practical, will accomplish their legitimate business objectives, and will comply with relevant laws and regulations. This includes laboratory discount, lab to lab referral, and other billing arrangements.

I assist providers involved in disputes related to third-party payments and regulatory compliance, including overpayment demands based on medical necessity determinations. I have extensive experience before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board, most recently related to CAH claims for home office costs, and in challenging sanctions under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, particularly related to alleged proficiency testing referrals. My efforts have resulted in favorable settlements and ground breaking victories.

It’s my experience that a good collaborative arrangement between client and attorney leads to the best possible result. I bring to bear extensive knowledge and experience regarding industry practices and legal and regulatory authorities. I also understand financial issues, and may be the only practicing attorney to have served on the AICPA health care committee.

I also organize and participate in the Laboratory Immersion Session at the HCCA Compliance Institute.
Practice Focus:

  • Assisting hospitals, clinical laboratories and other health care providers with payment, compliance and regulatory issues.
  • Working to help providers obtain (or keep) Medicare and other third-party payments for services provided.

When not working, I’m spending time with my wife and goldendoodle, playing tennis (badly), enjoying portrait photography or growing Japanese Maples.


GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Nick Hernandez

Nick Hernandez, MBA, FACHE is the CEO and founder of ABISA, LLC, a consultancy specializing in healthcare strategic growth initiatives. He is a speaker, trainer, and author who has over 20 years of leadership and operations experience. Since founding ABISA in 2007, his emphasis has been on developing and maintaining a strong relationship with physicians and identifying areas for business opportunity and support. The company’s client list includes physician groups, hospital systems, healthcare IT organizations, venture capitalists, private equity investment groups, and hedge funds. He can be reached at nhernandez@abisallc.com or you can follow him on Twitter: @ABISALLC.



GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Lâle White, CEO, XIFIN, Inc.

Lâle White is a nationally recognized expert in the field of medical financial management and regulatory compliance, with over 25 years of experience in information systems development and medical billing. She lectures extensively on these topics and has consulted for major laboratories and laboratory associations throughout the US. She worked with HCFA and the US Office of the Inspector General to develop the first OIG Model Compliance Program. Lâle was previously Vice President – Finance of Laboratory Corporation of America (NYSE: LH), one of the largest clinical reference laboratories in the US, and its predecessor National Health Laboratories (NYSE: NHLI), where she led the software development of several accounts receivable, inventory, cost accounting and financial management systems for the laboratory industry. Lâle has a BA in finance and an MBA from Florida International University. She previously served on the Board of Directors for bioTheranostics, part of the worldwide bioMerieux group, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for CombiMatrix Corporation, a molecular diagnostics company specializing in DNA-based testing services for pre- and postnatal developmental disorders. Lâle is a finalist in the San Diego Business Journal 2017 Most Admired CEO Awards.



GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Kyle Fetter, VP & General Manager of Diagnostic Services, XIFIN, Inc.

Kyle Fetter has implemented and overseen the commercialization, billing, and reimbursement processes for over 70 unique molecular diagnostic companies releasing new high complexity laboratory testing services onto the health care market. He currently provides strategic direction as well as oversees the implementation process for molecular diagnostic companies at various stages of commercialization and third party payer contracting. He also oversees the development and commercialization of new web-based software products at XIFIN catered to high complexity testing laboratories. In addition to actively working with XIFIN’s large molecular diagnostic billing department, he consults with molecular diagnostic companies on projecting cash flow for non-covered services, implementing successful appeals strategies, and how to effectively manage the relationship between sales and reimbursement for new medical technology. Kyle regularly provides insights into the changing landscape of molecular diagnostic reimbursement via webinars, conferences, and XIFIN’s blog. He came to the healthcare industry with a background in technology funding and commercialization. Kyle has a B.A. from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A from the University of Utah.



GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Jeffrey H. Myers, CPA, Vice-President of Consulting for Accumen Inc.

Drawing upon more than 20 years of experience in healthcare financial management and administration, Mr. Myers oversees strategic consulting and laboratory outreach engagements and provides expertise in benchmarking and analytics, operations improvement, and revenue growth for hospital-based laboratories. Prior to joining Chi, he held executive- and director-level finance positions with the laboratory divisions of two prominent academic health systems in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, where his skilled fiscal leadership produced significant margin, cost, productivity, and revenue cycle process improvements. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Myers graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Law.



GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Richa Singh, Executive Vice President of Sales for CollectRX

Richa Singh has been with CollectRX since 2010, in a variety of positions, and is now the Executive Vice-President of the company. In this role, Ms. Singh oversees the sales, marketing and account management staff and functions. She also develops and implements corporate-wide sales and marketing systems, serving as the lead relationship manager with the firm’s largest clients. During her time at Collect Rx, Ms. Singh has been instrumental in growing the firm’s client base to more than 800 providers nationwide.



GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Oleg Bess, M.D.

Oleg Bess, M.D., is a founder and CEO of 4medica, the clinical data exchange company. With a quarter century of healthcare experience, Dr. Bess has spent the last 13 years honing his development and leadership expertise in informatics while maintaining his 20-year-old OB/GYN practice in Los Angeles. A board certified OB/GYN physician, he is a nationally recognized gynecological and laparoscopic surgeon, as well as a committed philanthropist.



GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Sean McSweeney

Sean McSweeney is Founder and President of Apache Health. He brings over two decades of industry experience in healthcare general management, marketing, sales, finance, and information systems. Prior to Apache Health, Sean was the President of Cobalt Health, a leading national laboratory billing company with over 125 employees. Sean led Cobalt to being the largest toxicology and molecular diagnostics laboratory billing company in the country. Prior to Cobalt, Sean was a Director at 4medica, a laboratory software firm in Los Angeles developing clinical information systems, especially online ordering and resulting for outreach laboratories. He developed corporate and product strategy, led marketing and communications, managed product development and was responsible for business development. Prior to 4medica, Sean managed the CT business for Toshiba America Medical Systems, leading it from $100 million to over $250 million per year in revenues. Before Toshiba, Sean held various sales roles for GE Medical Systems, where he received awards for regional and national sales performance. Sean holds an MBA with honors from the Columbia Graduate School of Business, as well as a bachelor’s degree with honors in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College.




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