Q&A with the April 9 Virtual Roundtable Panelist – Donna Schneider

By | March 23, 2021

HFMA Virtual Roundtable – Speaker Q&A – for Donna Schneider, RN, MBA, CPHQ, CPC-P, CHC, CPCO, CHPC, Vice President, Corporate Compliance & Internal Audit, Lifespan, located in Providence, Rhode Island.

  1. Tell us about your compliance career journey – I began my career as a graduate of the University of Connecticut (UCONN) starting my clinical journey as a Registered Nurse at Hartford Hospital. I worked clinically in med/surg, ICU, and homecare. Once I left clinical practice, I went back to the UCONN in the master’s in business (MBA) program and during that time secured a position with Physicians Health Services (PHS), which was a regional health maintenance organization. I finished my MBA, and worked for PHS in Quality, Medicare Advantage, and Physician Relations/Contracting. I then journeyed to work for an Individual Practice Association (IPA) and then briefly in sales for a medical billing company. I landed at Lawrence + Memorial (L+M) Hospital doing managed care contracting, then adding on physician relations, compliance, privacy, and quality analytics. The L+M Hospital system grew to include Westerly Hospital, a home care agency, and a multidisciplinary clinician practice. I stayed in the compliance realm when joining Yale New Haven Health System and finally found my way in an executive leadership position at Lifespan. Lifespan is the largest health care system in Rhode Island an comprised of (4) hospitals, a behavioral health group home consortium, and 700+ multidisciplinary clinician practice.
  2. What are your tips on staying informed & effectively disseminating news, given the ever-changing health care landscape? In my opinion, I would recommend always reading and networking. Reading is valuable to constantly expose you to thought leaders in the industry. Networking is valuable since no one knows “it all”, and very likely colleagues are struggling with many of the same issues that you are at the same time. There is power in working together as we rise.
  3. What does the future of health care compliance look like for you? Exciting!
  4. If somebody googled you, what would they not find out about you? I am a proud member of the Southeastern Connecticut Mother of Twins Club. My twins are almost 26 years old daughters, and my oldest daughter is 28 years old, however this club, although no longer in existence, provided immense support and guidance over the years. Much like HFMA, it was a source of networking, collaboration, and camaraderie to climb as we rise.

Check back next week for more Q&A with the HFMA Virtual Roundtable panelists. If you would more information on the program or to register, CLICK HERE.