CMS Will Re-Open 2 Advanced APMs CMS announced last week that it will reopen applications for two of the advanced alternative payment models (APMs) for clinicians to enroll for the 2018 performance year – the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Model and the Next Generation Accountable...

Healthgrades Releases Top Hospital List Based on Clinical Outcomes Healthgrades last week released its ratings report of top U.S. hospitals based on clinical outcomes. From 2013 through 2015, clinical and quality outcomes varied widely and if all hospitals had performed like those that rated 5 stars,...

CMS Releases Final Physician Payment System Rule; Agency Makes Major Changes CMS released its final physician payment system rule on Friday.  It is the most comprehensive reform of Medicare since the creation of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and takes effect January 1, 2017.  The...

261 House Members Urge CMS to Change HOPD Rule 261 House members signed onto a letter last week urging CMS to make changes to the proposed rule dealing with hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) to allow for more flexibility. The letter voices concerns over the strict regulations...

Neal F. Zimmers Jr., has more than 40 years experience in a broad range of public policy issues working in all levels of government. He brings this wealth of experience in strategic planning and dealing with all aspects of politics and government policy for clients. During...

Doyce Boesch serves as a leading lobbyist for Strategic Health Care. He specializes in political strategy, policymaking, strategic planning, and fundraising and, with more than 20 years of Washington, D.C. experience, he brings an extensive network of relationships and political acumen to the firm’s clients. Prior...

Director of Managed Care Credentialing Tiffany Wermter joined Strategic Health Care in 2007. As the Director of Managed Care Credentialing, Tiffany is responsible for coordinating events, provider credentialing, and the development and implementation of marketing strategies for Strategic Health Care’s Managed Care Division. She is also...

General Counsel Diane is an experienced attorney and government relations professional whose career includes Capitol Hill, association, legal, consulting and corporate work. She has represented prominent players in the health care, wellness and nutrition industries. She began her career with U.S. Senator Don Nickles, followed by government...

Managed Care Credentialing and Contracting Manager Patrick Teynor is the Managed Care Credentialing and Contracting Manager in the Columbus, OH office of Strategic Health Care. Before joining the team at Strategic Health Care, Patrick discovered an interest in a career in health care while interning at The...

Director of Contracting and Financial Reporting Katy Smith began her career in healthcare in 1996 working for a local health insurance leader. She graduated with honors, obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Health Services Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio in 2001. In 2005 she transitioned...