Thank You to Our Platinum and Presidential Sponsors

2004 Issue 3

2004/2005 ISSUE THREE
Chapter Sponsors

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

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

Bronze Club
Bruner - Cox, LLP
Calfee, Halter & Griswald, LLP
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

Barry L. Franklin

Maureen A. Wood

Vice President
Christopher Milligan

Suzanne M.Tschetter

William J. Bogdan

Chapter Coordinator
Kathleen A. Much

Board of Directors

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

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HFMA Northeast Ohio

Mary Jayne Reedy

Human Arc

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

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Dave Kilmer

President's Message March, 2005

Dear Fellow HFMA Members:

Greetings and welcome to the third issue of VISIONS, your HFMA Northeast Ohio Chapter newsletter. With the advent of spring (somewhere, if not here in Northern Ohio), HFMA members are busy with annual audits, cost reports, and discovering those things we missed in our 2005 budgets.
Spring also heralds the Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute (GHALI), the Chapter's signature educational offering. This year's event at Glenmoor Country Club, held in conjunction with the Central Ohio Chapter, promises a wide range of interesting, timely topics over two days, including revenue cycle, information technology, and insurance, among others. New offerings at this year's Institute include a pre-conference workshop covering Fundamentals of Health Care Finance and an Executive Roundtable. And, as always, the Institute will have its fair share of fun, including golf, evening entertainment and a welcome reception at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

I would be remiss in this message if I failed to acknowledge the contributions of Dave Kilmer, our
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current Board Chair, to our Chapter. As you may know, Dave has accepted a new position with a hospital in North Carolina and will be leaving us in April. Dave has been among the most active Chapter volunteers for many years; his current position as Board Chair completes a four-year rotation through the Chapter's officer ranks. I've known Dave over the past three years as a tireless volunteer who was always looking for ways to improve the Chapter's services to its membership and was unafraid to take some risk in trying new things. Our Chapter's strength and vibrancy are due in no small measure to Dave's contributions. Best wishes in your new position, Dave, from the entire membership of the Northeast Ohio chapter. We'll miss you.


Barry L. Franklin, C.P.A.

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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.

Hilary J. Anthony
Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital
Wendy Battler
Keybank National Association
John J. Brocketti
Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital
Kristine A Ferguson
Medina General Hospital
Dannie Hawthorne
Forum Health
Luke W Heinz
Cleveland Clinic
Margery Mazoh
Cleveland Clinic Health System
William P. Mcartor
St. Vincent Charity Hospital
Wendy Miller
Marymount Hospital
Letitia M. Nall
Cassie L. Palmer
Forum Health
Matthew R Partridge
University Hospitals Health System
Todd Philips
Marymount Hospital

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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.

Tom Campanella - Tom, Director of the Health Care MBA at Baldwin Wallace College, will be hosting an MBA open house on Wednesday, April 20th, at 6:00 p.m. For more information please contact the Division of Business Administration at 440-826-2392 or email at

Congratulations to, Anthea Daniels. Anthea had a baby girl, Francesca Danielle. She was born the beginning of February and weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces.

Robert Ettinger - Robert was promoted to Administrator of the Center for Neurological Restoration at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as of January 3, 2005.

Dave Kilmer - Dave accepted a position with Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, NC as Director of Finance. Dave's email address is effective April 25, 2005.

Skip Galich - Skip, formerly with KPMG, accepted a new position as Senior Internal Auditor for Summa Health Systems.

Edgar Silalahi - Edgar was promoted in December 2004 to Director of Finance for St. Vincent Charity Hospital.

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Past Event - PFS Education Session

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Schedule of Events

Listed below are the events planned for in the 2004/2005-program year. Details and dates will be announced as soon as they are available.

April 28, 2005Post Acute Care
May 19-20, 2005Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute
June 23, 2005Managed Care
June 26-29, 2005Annual National Institute, Las Vegas, NV
July 28, 2005Payor Focused Program joint with NE Ohio AAHAM

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SPRING / GHALI - Just around the corner

By Steve Rybka

It's less than 60 days away - - The 2005 Gerry Haggerty Annual Leadership Institute. Returning to the luxurious Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, this year's program is a great combination of education and fun. In addition to earning 16 CPE hours, there are fabulous meals, outstanding accommodations, a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, wine tasting, world class spa and workout rooms, Monte Carlo night and much more.

Your GHALI Committee has arranged for rooms at the Country Club and off site near Belden Village Mall with transportation provided. If you haven't received your reservation form in the mail, email Kathy Much at With many members of the Central Ohio HFMA joining us, rooms will be at a premium. Attendance is expected to be over 135 people.

Mark the dates, (May 18-20) line up the sitter and bring your spouse to one of the most anticipated meetings in our area.

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Health Market Changes Prompt Use of Hospitalists Across United States

Increasing financial pressures, problems with patient flow in hospitals, a growing focus on patient safety, and rising malpractice costs have spurred the use of hospitalists, a new breed of physicians who specialize in caring for hospitalized patients, according to a study by the Center for Studying Health System Change published in the February issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Hospitalist numbers increased from a few hundred in the mid-1990s to more than 8,000 in 2003, according to information provided to HSC by the Society for Hospital Medicine, the professional society of hospitalists.

HSC examined the emerging hospitalist trend during its site visits in 2002 and 2003 to 12 nationally representative communities: Boston; Cleveland; Greenville, S.C.; Indianapolis; Lansing, Mich.; Little Rock, Ark.; Miami; Northern New Jersey; Orange County, Calif.; Phoenix; Seattle; and Syracuse, N.Y.

Hospitalists were present in at least one of the largest hospital systems in all 12 markets, and in some markets, such as Boston, most medical groups used hospitalists for the majority of admitted patients. In other communities, such as Syracuse, hospitalist programs were newer to hospitals and medical groups, and were expanding slowly.

For more information about the study, "Health Care Market Trends and the Evolution of Hospitalist Use and Roles," go to


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By Jennifer Hahn

Hours of Sleep
Adam's mom is 20% younger than her husband who is 50. After adding both of their ages together, has the mom and dad spent more time sleeping (sleep is 1/3 of your life) than Adam and his two brothers aged 14, 11 and 5 been alive?

Email your answer to Jennifer Hahn at Robinson Memorial Hospital at All correct entries will be included in a drawing and one lucky entrant will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Ruby Tuesday.

Issue 2 puzzle: Apple Lake Bike Shop
Answer: 22 bicycles and 10 tricycles
Winner: Bill Emrhein of Engelhardt & Emrhein won a $25 gift certificate to Rockne's.

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