The Billers’ Association advisory board is a group of professionals who provide expertise and an industry voice for members and the wider long-term care billing profession. Their role is to provide long-term care billing best practice guidance while serving The Billers’ Association and the billing profession with honor and integrity. It is a volunteer position.
Maureen McCarthy, BS, RN, RAC-MT, President of Celtic Consulting, LLC and the CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP; a care coordination service provider. McCarthy is also the creator of the McCarthy Method, a documentation improvement system for ADL coding. She has been a registered nurse nearly 30 years with experience as an MDS Coordinator, director of nursing, rehab director and a Medicare specialist. She is a recognized leader and expert in clinical reimbursement in the skilled nursing facility environment. Maureen is not only dually certified in the resident assessment process by nationally recognized organizations, she is also a Master Teacher. Additionally, McCarthy is one of nine OASIS Master Teachers nationwide.
Frosini Rubertino, RN, CRNAC, C-NE, CDONA/LTC, is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Former president of an Ohio-based long-term care consulting and education firm, and a former member of the Arkansas Healthcare Association's Education Committee, she is currently a clinical services consultant for an Arkansas-based clinical consultant group.
Elise Smith, JD, is senior fellow, healthcare policy and postacute care, at the American Health Care Association (AHCA). Smith’s field is healthcare law and policy with a focus on Medicare and Medicaid. She came to AHCA in 1995 from the law firm of Katten, Muchin, & Zavis, where she was of counsel with responsibility for legislative and regulatory matters relating to healthcare reimbursement. Before assuming the position of senior fellow, Smith was the AHCA senior vice president for Medicare and legal affairs.
Reta A. Underwood, ADC, is president of Consultants for Long Term Care, Inc. (CLTC), a national long-term care consulting firm based in Kentucky. CLTC's experienced professionals have provided clinical consulting, regulatory compliance correction, and training for hospital, nursing facility, and senior housing providers in 46 states. Underwood’s experience includes management and director positions with nursing facilities and healthcare companies. She has also provided corporatewide MDS support services, numerous mock surveys, regulatory compliance correction, educational programs, clinical documentation, quality assurance programming, and quality of life and therapeutic programming.
Stefanie Corbett, DHA is HCPro’s post-acute care regulatory specialist. She has served in various senior leadership roles in healthcare organizations, founded a healthcare consulting firm specializing in regulatory compliance and operations management for post-acute care organizations, and has taught as an assistant professor in healthcare administration programs. In her role at HCPro, Stefanie develops quality educational programs and investigates new opportunities for business development, and is the lead instructor for HCPro’s Medicare Boot Camp – Long Term Care version.
Becky Ziviski, CPA, LNHA is the CEO of Profit Without Census, a financial healthcare consulting firm in Ohio. She is also the author of Profit Without Census? A Nursing Home Administrator’s Guide to Profitability by Department. In addition to her experience in public accounting as an auditor, she has served as chief financial officer, administrator, and executive director for family- and corporate-owned skilled nursing facilities over the last 15 years. She has been responsible for multimillion-dollar budgets while sustaining high profit margins, family-friendly atmospheres, and deficiency-free health surveys.
Meridath Death is an independent consultant for multiple skilled nursing facilities in Virginia and North Carolina. She is proficient in both Virginia and North Carolina Medicaid, Medicare, and 3rd party payers. She began her career as a bookkeeper and has since served in leadership roles including business office manager for a 240-bed facility, regional consultant for five facilities, as well as regional director of business office services for 10 facilities in North Carolina. Deak enjoys her current position and the time it allows her to spend with family.
Deborah Collum, MS, is national director, revenue cycle management of Covenant Retirement Communities, the sixth largest national continuing care retirement communities. Collum has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare revenue cycle management with expertise in home health, hospice and the skilled nursing industry. She was an owner and consultant for a billing service specializing in software implementation and revenue cycle management. As a change agent and educator her concentration is developing processes and procedures to streamline RCM and create Metrics to align with corporate strategic goals.