Conifer Health Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:THC) and a leader in business process management solutions for healthcare providers, announced two of its leaders will be presenting at the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management’s (AAHAM) 2012 Annual National Institute (ANI). Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer Lea Fourkiller and Associate Vice President of Clinical Revenue Cycle Services Rhonda Bankester, RN, CPUR, CMAS, IQCI, will be speaking at the conference for patient financial services professionals on Oct. 18 in Bonita Springs, Florida. Fourkiller will present “Creating an In-House Compliance Team: Basic Principles for Getting the Job Done” on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 11:00 a.m. During her session, she will explain how to effectively establish a compliance program that supports the goals of a hospital’s revenue cycle process, protects the financial and reputational welfare of the hospital, and maintains an organization’s compliance with the law. Fourkiller has served as Conifer Health’s Chief Compliance Officer since 2009 and previously served as a Regional Compliance Director for 13 Tenet Healthcare hospitals. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law and became a member of the Oklahoma Bar in 1988. Bankester will present “How to Implement an Effective Clinical Denials Strategy” on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 3:15 p.m. In her presentation, she will provide effective approaches for establishing denial management and recovery processes that lead to enhanced profitability, a reduction of case management workload and denial risk mitigation. Bankester has served as Associate Vice President at Conifer Health since 2010 and leads a national team of revenue cycle clinicians performing retrospective review of clinical denials and appeals and precertification activities. She has held various leadership positions with the company since 2000. She completed her prerequisite nursing curriculum at the University of New Orleans and received her diploma from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, La.
About Conifer HealthConifer Health Solutions is a healthcare business process management services provider working to improve operational performance for more than 390 hospitals and healthcare entities so they can better serve their communities, communicate effectively with patients, and support patient financial administration. We have a passion for maximizing financial performance, while at the same time improving the patient experience. We provide comprehensive operational management for revenue cycle functions including patient access, revenue integrity, and patient financial services. We also offer patient communications solutions to optimize communication between providers and patients, including patient education, outreach, scheduling, medical necessity screening and HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provider and Systems Survey) reporting. In addition to revenue cycle management and patient communications, our service offerings have expanded to support value-based performance through dynamic payment arrangements, ACO (Accountable Care Organization) management, population health management, and clinical integration solutions. Conifer Health can now offer healthcare clients solutions that address the entire continuum of health administration. For more information, call 1-877-CONIFER or visit www.coniferhealth.com. Conifer Health Solutions, LLC, is a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:THC). Some of the statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on our current expectations and could be affected by numerous factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, certain of which are discussed in Tenet’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and periodic reports on Form 8-K. Do not rely on any forward-looking statement, as we cannot predict or control many of the factors that ultimately may affect our ability to achieve the results estimated. We make no promise to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of changes in underlying factors, new information, future events or otherwise.