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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.

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The CAH CFO-Administrator Forum, provided by EqualizeRCM, creates opportunities for financial administrators of rural health facilities to participate in dedicated forums to share insightful ideas, discuss common challenges, and most importantly collaborate and communicate with peers in the industry. The Forum is designed to provide support that many leaders in rural hospitals do not have. Join Chris Ekrem, Forum Organizer and Former CAH CEO, and Darya Khripkova, Forum Moderator and CAH RCM Expert along with several CAH Administrators and CFOs to exchange notes and practical tools for improving your facility’s revenue cycle operations.

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Chris Ekrem

Forum Moderator and Former CAH CEO

Chad Feldman 

Forum Moderator and CAH RCM Expert

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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Fill out the form to Join Us. Forum membership is FREE, plus one participant wins a raffle gift at each Forum.

Past Events

Discovering Buried Underpayments Within Your Contracts
Ed Casteel, CPA, FHFMA | Partner, Trilogy Revenue Cycle Solutions 
How Not to Leave Money on the Table – Cost Report & Revenue Opportunities
Caren Puvalowski, CHFP | Rural Healthcare Reimbursement Manager, The Rybar Group, Inc.
Where’s Your Rudder? – New Operational & Financial Approaches to Steer Your Hospital
Kerry Trapnell | CAO, Alethia Health Partners, Inc., Jeff Schneider | CEO, Partners Healthcare Group, Lee Waller | VP, Partners Healthcare Group.
Don’t Always Believe What They Tell You – Seven Myths of Rural Healthcare
Robert Thorn, MBA, FACHE | Principal,
Summit Healthcare Strategies, LLC.
Shaking the Trees – Advanced Cost Reporting
Caren Puvalowski, CHFP | Rural Healthcare Reimbursement Manager, The Rybar Group, Inc.
Show Me the Money – Maximizing Value From Your
Medicare Cost Report

Clint A. Brill | Senior Manager, Blue & Co., LLC
No Margin, No Mission – Strategies To Improve Hospital Net Income
Daniel E. Clark | Managing Director, Health Care Performance Advisory Services, FORVIS, Kevin Rash, MPT, FACHE | Director, Healthcare Performance Advisory Services,
Strategies for Recruiting/Retaining Top Talent and Provider Relief Fund Reporting
Christopher Tyhurst | Principal, REDW, Claire Hilleary | Senior Manager, Audit & Assurance, REDW, Cristin Heyns-Bousliman, Esq. | Principal and Practice Leader, HR Consulting, REDW, and Carol M. Cochran | Principal, REDW
Reversing the Great Outmigration and Increasing RHC Reimbursement
Michael Hill, MD | President/CEO Rural 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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