CMS Focuses on a Modern Medicare in New Proposed Rules

Earlier this month, CMS proposed changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (the “PFS Proposed Rule“) and Quality Payment Program (the “QPP Proposed Rule“) with the goal of “modernizing Medicare and restoring the doctor-patient relationship.” The proposed changes achieve this goal by streamlining the billing process and reducing the amount of paperwork providers face, empowering providers to maximize use of electronic health record systems, and… Read More »

Ellen Janos, Ellyn Sternfield, Bridgette Keller, Matthew Mora

Lifetime Member: Gerry O’Neill, FHFMA

By | July 25, 2018

The MA-RI HFMA Chapter honored five long-term volunteers with Lifetime Membership at the annual awards dinner in May. These five volunteers, Robert Ellertsen, FHFMA, Kathleen Maher, Gerry O’Neill, FHFMA, Thomas Pearson, FHFHMA, and Thomas Zubricki,  have devoted countless hours to helping our chapter succeed. This is the first in a series of blog posts spotlighting our newest Lifetime… Read More »


Golf – Can We Count You In?

By | July 19, 2018

On Monday, August 13, 2018, the MA-RI Chapter of HFMA will host its Annual Summer Event at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, MA. This year we have expanded the event to include golfing lessons. This is a great opportunity to improve your skills or learn the game. Sign up for a spot here. The scramble tournament begins with a shotgun… Read More »

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Congratulations on Your Certification, Lauren Sansbury!

By | July 18, 2018

The chapter would like to congratulate Lauren Sansbury on completing the CHFP certification process. Lauren works for Optum Analytics as part of the Payer Solutions team. We recently connected with Lauren to hear more about her CHFP experience. HFMA: Tell us a little bit about your background – did you come to health care finance from the health… Read More »


Value in Managing Chronically Ill Patients

By | July 18, 2018

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Chronic Care Management (CCM) program in January 2015. The introduction of CPT code 99490 allowed provider led teams to remotely manage the health of their sickest patients. Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions among the twenty seven outlined by CMS (source) may be enrolled, after… Read More »

Colin Gibbons

The Latest Issue of the HFMA Advisor is Available

By | July 17, 2018

The latest issue of the HFMA Advisor is now available online (reminder: the HFMA Advisor is no longer mailed in hard copy format).  This issue features a summary of the 2018 Physician Practice Management/Enterprise Performance Management Conference and the 2018 Wine Dinner.  The issue also includes articles on the Medicare claims backlog, data theft, salary negotiation, and medical scribes. We hope you enjoy this… Read More »


HFMA Gets Social!

By | July 17, 2018

Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets to the Red Sox game on July 26th. The event is now sold out and we look forward to seeing everyone at Fenway! Make sure you sign up for our annual golf event before it sells out! On Monday, August 13, 2018, the MA-RI Chapter of HFMA will be at Granite Links… Read More »


Are you interested in writing for the HFMA blog?

By | July 9, 2018

We are currently seeking volunteers interested in writing occasional articles for the MA-RI HFMA blog. Articles can cover a range of topics from educational pieces, member spotlights, social event news, and event recaps. Articles can be submitted at any time by emailing Additionally, you can also request to be added to a list of potential future authors.… Read More »


Get to Know the Board: Gary Janko

By | July 8, 2018

In part three of an ongoing series highlighting the board members for our Massachusetts-Rhode Island chapter, we are featuring Gary Janko.  Gary is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Senscio Systems, Inc.  At Senscio, his responsibilities include management of service delivery, compliance, program operations, strategic initiatives, and financial oversight.  His career, spanning over 35 years,… Read More »