Introducing the First Annual Chapter Resource Guide!
We are super excited to announce the arrival of our first annual Chapter Resource Guide!!! This digital publication is intended to provide you with all of the info you need to know about what’s happening with CTHFMA this year. In addition, it will arm you with all the tools you need to help make you and your organization successful this year! Want to hear your fellow members’ opinions on the current state of Healthcare? We’ve got you covered! Want to hear how our local government officials feel about healthcare in 2021? We got that as well!
We also know that in these trying times, you can’t do it alone! Everybody needs help. The Chapter Resource Guide has information and links to some of the best resources in the country that help support healthcare organizations. Law firms, Accounts Receivable Firms, Consulting groups, Accounting firms, Revenue Cycle Management and so much more! The whole guide is interactive and hyperlinks are available to take you exactly where you want to go! As you flip through the pages or hover over any parts of the guide, interactive links will flash in red.
We hope you find the guide as valuable as we do, and enjoy reading through it!
The CT Healthcare Financial Management Association (CTHFMA) is pleased to announce the 2020 – 2021 Officers and Board of Directors. These individuals are very dedicated volunteers whose purpose is to improve the association and the healthcare industry. Congratulations and we look forward to their leadership and commitment.
On Thursday September 13, 2018 we held the 67th annual CT HFMA Annual meeting entitled “The Balancing Act – Disruption, Collaboration, Leadership & Engagement” at the Aqua Turf in Southington Connecticut. The event is always the highlight of the year and this one did not disappoint with well over one hundred attendees.
The day began at 7:00am with an Early Careerist CFO Networking session. Attendees heard from David Bittner, CFO Trinity Health New England, Sue Martin, CFO Middlesex Health System and Charles Johnson, CFO Hartford Healthcare. The discussion demonstrated just how small healthcare is with the fact that both David and Charles had worked with the same individual in the midwest many years ago as well as how all three of the CFO’s paths involved varied experiences that each felt provided them great value in their current role.
The full program kicked off with an introduction of the 2018/2019 Chapter Officers and Board of Directors by President Megan Budd followed by a panel discussion of physicians that primarily hold administrative roles currently. The panel was moderated by Sara Barr of Washashore Writting and included a distinguished panel of physicians:
- Dr. Ajay Kumar, Regional Vice President, Medical Affairs, Hartford Hospital
- Dr. Russ Munson, CT Medical Director, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- Dr. Wayne Rawlins, Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, ConnectiCare, Inc. & Affiliates
- Dr. Kenneth J Robinson, Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital
- Dr. Prathibha Varkey, President and CEO, Yale New Haven Health North East Medical Group
The group provided a lively discussion about the commonalities within distinct types of entities they represented while at the same time outlining the different approaches being taken. The audience was engaged, and it felt if the session was much too short.
The legislative update this year was delivered by Vincent Candelora, CT State Representative for Durham, Guilford, North Branford, Wallingford. The Representative provided the audience with an overview of topics brought up during the legislative session. The audience was very engaged in the discussion surrounding issues surrounding addition treatment and the growing opiate epidemic.
The morning sessions concluded with Dr. Wendy Shumway presenting “The Geometry of Leadership – The Golden Circle Meets the Triangle of Power”. Dr. Shumway guided the audience through how leadership is a mindset and inspired leadership can (and does) exist at every level of our organizations. She pointed out that harnessing this mindset can assist organizations and individuals to thwart burnout and find a way to thrive in a difficult environment.
Just before lunch Sarah Ginnetti, the Chapter Immediate Past President had the honor to present two Lifetime Membership Awards to two individuals that have served the Connecticut Chapter and Region One of HFMA with passion. Both Lou DAurio and Joe Pajor have represented everything it means to be a committed volunteer to HFMA and it was a pleasure and an honor to provide them with this recognition.
Immediately following lunch, a difficult slot for most speakers was the day’s keynote speaker, Mr. Jeff Johnson, Chief Marketing Officer and Motivational Coach. Jeff lead the group through several hands on activities highlighting the power of leadership and teamwork as well as handing out some great giveaways!
The day ended with a team building activity, Jenga Tournament and Cocktail Reception.
It was a great day filled with education, networking and comradery. A great time was had by all and we look forward to seeing you all there next year!
Susan Prior, Co – Chairperson
The CT Healthcare Financial Management Association (CTHFMA) is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Officers and Board of Directors. These individuals are very dedicated volunteers whose purpose is to improve the association and the healthcare industry. Congratulations to each of them! We look forward to their leadership and commitment.
Megan Budd, CPA – Director, Marcum LLP
Christina Steiner – Senior Corporate Counsel, Healthcare Adeptus Health Inc.
Vice President, Membership
Andrew Lis, CPA, FHFMA – Accounting Manager, Hartford Healthcare
Vice President, Programs
Amanda Kelly, MBA – Senior Financial Analyst, Hartford Healthcare
John Koliani, CPA, ABV – Partner, Cohn Reznick, LLP
Denise Smith, COC, CPC, CPMA, CEMC| Medicaid Audit Services
Tobin, Carberry, O’Malley, Riley & Selinger, P.C
Immediate Past President
Sarah Ginnetti, MBA, MHA – Director of Revenue Cycle, Day Kimball Healthcare
Directors (Term Expires 2020)
Scott Frazer – Vice President, Healthcare Banking at KeyBank
Maureen Dukett – Client Services Manager, Parallon
Cassandra Mitchell – Regional Vice President of Revenue Cycle, Prospect Medical Holdings Inc.
Jennifer Schneider – Vice President, Finance, St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center and Johnson Memorial Hospital (Trinity Health Of New England)
Sharlene Seidman – Executive Director, Corporate Business Services at Yale New Haven Health
Directors (Term Expires 2019)
Frank Miceli, FHFMA, MBA, CPA – Partner, Marcum LLP
Michael Rosadini, CPA – President, M Rosadini Consultants, LLC
Shannon St Hilaire, MBA-HCM, FHFMA – System Director of Finance, Middlesex Hospital
Eric Wetherell, CPA – Principal, Baker Newman Noyes James LaCroix, CPA – Partner, Cohn Reznick, LLP
I am truly honored to be the President of the Connecticut HFMA chapter for the 2018/2019 chapter year. Being a member of HFMA has had a significant impact for me both personally and professionally. I have been a member for over 10 years but it wasn’t until I became active about 5 years ago that my story started to change and I saw the true value of my membership.
In today’s challenging times, value is on the forefront and being able to show our members and prospective members the value that HFMA has to offer is a top priority for me as President. With so many different associations out there it is sometimes hard to decipher what each one offers and the benefits to joining one over the other. As I have become more involved with HFMA I realized that the true value was in the opportunities the association was providing to me. I have worked in the healthcare industry my entire career and have learned what a small world it is, especially in Connecticut. Through HFMA I have been able to expand my professional network and develop relationships that have become invaluable in my career. HFMA has also provided opportunities to further develop my communication and leadership skills through participation in committees and programs.
The healthcare industry is constantly changing and my goal is to provide our members with out of the box education and networking opportunities. This past year we held our first dodgeball tournament which proved networking can be more than just a happy hour where you attempt to make small talk. Our Women in Leadership event included networking bingo as an ice breaker to get the conversations flowing, even for the most introverted attendee. With these types of events, members were able to come together and meet in a manner that encouraged developing meaningful relationships, not just handing out business cards.
This year we are switching up our educational programs and offering a telemedicine event in late fall, which will include a legal and revenue track. We are also collaborating with the other HFMA chapters in New England to offer an FQHC conference this fall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I’m a strong believer that collaboration is the new innovation. I feel that by working with our neighboring HFMA chapters we can reach more members and offer superior programs. Be on the lookout for more collaboration with other HFMA chapters as well as other associations who have the same goal in mind.
Finding the right way to reach our members is at the top of our list and this year we are focusing on reaching members via social media. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to hear the latest news and stay up to date on upcoming events. This year we have also rolled out a new registration platform which we hope will make registering for programs more user friendly.
I would be remised if I didn’t take a moment to thank our dedicated volunteers and our sponsors. Without you both our Connecticut chapter would not be what it is today. Thank you for your dedication and support.
We are only as good as our members and look to you to help add to the value of HFMA. We welcome new ideas and honest feedback so that we can continue to make HFMA the go to association for healthcare. I encourage each one of you to get more involved and find out how HFMA can help to change your story.