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The CAH CFO-Administrator Forum    

Our goal is to help CFO’s, CEO’s and financial administrators of Critical Access Hospitals around America connect and work with one another. We believe that by sharing knowledge and ideas, we can create a strong network of small hospitals providing essential care in rural America.

Save the Date | No Margin, No Mission – Strategies to Improve Hospital Net Income

October 25, 2022; 11:00 AM CT

Along with Chris Ekrem, Forum Organizer and Former CAH CEO, join two healthcare performance improvement experts from FORVIS, Daniel E Clark, Managing Director, and Kevin A. Rash, MPT, FACHE, Director.

2022 has been a difficult year in healthcare.  Many hospitals which have been historically successful by applying the diligence needed to remain financially strong and relative to their communities have struggled post-Covid.  Obtaining a needed 3-4% margin to re-invest in people, providers, infrastructure, processes, and equipment has been difficult due to rising labor and non-labor expenses. This session will throw light upon:

  • Case studies of Critical Access Hospitals struggling with healthy margins.
  • Internal/external assessments and strategic planning, including necessary steps to prioritize current opportunities.
  • An introduction to necessary tools for monitoring and making data-driven decisions for course correction and right-sizing.
  • Assessing reimbursement strategies.

This session aims to help Critical Access Hospitals increase their options and develop monitoring tools to ultimately make better strategic decisions utilizing data analytics to improve hospital net income.

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Daniel E. Clark  

Managing Director, FORVIS

Kevin A. Rash  

Director, FORVIS

Chris Ekrem  

Forum Moderator and Former CAH CEO

About the CAH CFO-Administrator Forum

  • Open to CFOs or financially-oriented Administrators of CAHs
  • Members meet via focused, virtual events with no annual subscription fee

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Past Events

Strategies for Recruiting/Retaining Top Talent and Provider Relief Fund Reporting
Chris Tyhurst, CPA | Principal REDW LLC, Claire Hilleary, CPA, MBA | Senior Manager, Audit & Assurance, REDW LLC, Cristin Heyns-Bousliman, Esq., THRP | Principal & Practice Leader, HR Consulting, REDW LLC, Carole M. Cochran, CPA/PFS, CEBS, CCP, CMA, THRP, CFC, SHRM-SCP | Principal, REDW LLC
Reversing the Great Outmigration and Increasing RHC Reimbursement
Michael Hill, MD | President/CEO SRural Health Solutions
Nothing to Fear About Surprise Billing: Surprise Billing and Provider Implications
Amy Graham | Senior Consultant, Stroudwater Associates and Wade Gallon | Consultant, Stroudwater Associates
New Ways to Win Big with Direct to Employer Contracting
Brant Couch | CEO, HealthSure and Scott Pruzan | Managed Care & Direct Contracting, HealthSure
Regulatory Insights: Executing CAH Physician JVs and Other Legal Developments
Colin Luke | Partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP and Fletcher Brown | Partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
CAH RCM Bootcamp
CFOs and CEOs of CAHs in SC, NC, GA, FL, and TN came together on August 19 at our RCM Bootcamp. The group discussed the top five revenue key performance indicators that every CEO and CFO must know. The group went beyond the basics to explore how revenue cycle outcomes impact the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.
Chris Ekrem, FACHE | Forum Moderator and Former CAH CEO, and Darya Khripkova | Forum Moderator and CAH RCM Expert
Generating New Revenue Streams: Growing Your Top Line to Grow Your Bottom Line, Keep Your Patients Local with Tele-nephrology, and Optimizing Rehabilitation Revenue in CAHs
Mark Buckley, DPT | VP of Clinical Operations, Mid South Rehabilitation, Ron Kubit | CEO, TeleNeph, LLC and Robert Thorn, MBA, FACHE | Director, Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting
Improving RHC Payments: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
Kristin D. Baquero, CPA | Director, CLA and Dan Larsen, CPA | Principal, CLA
CAH Cost Report Strategies
Laura Gillenwater, CPA | Senior Manager, HORNE LLP
How Can We Keep What We Already Have?CARES Act Funds, Reporting & Audits
Richard S. Reid, MPA, FHFMA, CPA | President and CEO, The Rybar Group
Hospital Charges and the Price Transparency Initiative
Kathy Dean, CPMA, COC, CPC-P, CCS-P | VP of Outpatient Services & Chargemaster Analyst, Administrative Consultant Service, LLC
Treat the Disease: Using Theory of Constraints in Rural Healthcare
Michael Curtis, MBA, LNHA | Chief Administrative Officer, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems


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