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Free Webinar 11/30 at 2 pm EST: Using the Leapfrog Hospital Survey for Quality Improvement

November 30, 2017 at 12 pm PT/1 pm CT/2 pm ET

In this webinar sponsored by PCPI member, the Illinois Association for Healthcare Quality (IAHQ), attendees will become familiar with the measures on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and how adult and pediatric hospitals have used the survey to improve patient safety and quality. Attendees will hear from Missy Danforth, Vice President, Health Care Ratings, The Leapfrog Group; Jeffrey DiLisi, MD, MBA; Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, and Marian Savage, RN, MSH, NEA-BC, CPHQ, Associate Vice President, Quality, Virginia Hospital Center.

1 hour of CPHQ CE is applicable for this activity



Welcome Shari Alder to the CPHQ panel!

Shari brings 30+ years of healthcare experience working in both outpatient and acute care settings and as an educator with organizational focus on quality, risk management and regulatory compliance. Shari received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Records Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Jurisprudence in Health Care Law from Loyola University – Chicago. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator, a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, and a Certified Health Data Analyst.  Shari is currently employed by StoneCrest Center, a behavioral health hospital, where she is the Director of Quality and Risk Management. According to Shari: “The CPHQ is a recognized and preferred credential that shows a level of knowledge of the field. I was selected for a job because I had the CPHQ designation.”

Welcome Rebekah Bundesen, MSA, LSSBB, CPHQ to the CPHQ Panel!

Rebekah has a strong background in performance for provider leadership across the state of Michigan. She currently serves as a Director-At-Large of Communication for the Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality, and helped plan the conference. Currently, she serves as a Provider Performance Specialist for Priority Health, using her CPHQ to provide education and guidance to executive leadership of healthcare organizations. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor for Liberty University, teaching healthcare courses and serving as the Subject Matter Expert for the courses, Health Policy and Quality Management and Outcomes. Rebekah earned her Masters in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University and holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She also wrote content for the National Association for Healthcare Quality’s HQ Principles. According to Rebekah, “I love that the certification enables me to educate my providers better because I know how they approach their own roles. I am more recognized as an industry expert and my credibility is enhanced. After earning the CPHQ, I was recognized at my current job and hired on part time as an adjunct professor. I cannot thank the CPHQ enough, it is more than letters after my name, it is a whole expanded way of thinking about healthcare quality.”

Welcome Sarah DeCaussin CPC, CPHQ to the CPHQ Panel!

Sarah has a very diverse background in IT, coding, and quality management.  This background in combination with the CPHQ credentials has led her to being extremely successful in currently leading the HEDIS and performance measurement team for Molina of MI and the Regional Molina HEDIS team for WI and IL. To add to her varied experience, her pervious role was in Quality at a large provider organization. According to Sarah, “The CPHQ certification has help in numerous ways to becoming more attractive to employers, skills to lead change, and quality improvement techniques for managing a large regional team.” Welcome Sarah!

Welcome to the CPHQ Panel, MAHQ President, Linda Weirauch, RN, MSN, CPHQ, LSSGB!

Linda currently serves as the President of the Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality. In addition, she also teaches a 5 star rated CPHQ course, a course other states have taken advantage of as well. For the past three years, her course has led many healthcare quality professionals to pursuing their certification and furthering their own career goals. Linda’s current role is the Director of Quality Management at Select Specialty Hospital in Flint, MI. She proudly serves as the Commissioner for the Awards Team for the National Association for Healthcare Quality. Linda holds a Master of Science in Nursing and is a Certified Professional for Healthcare Quality. She recently obtained her green belt certification in Lean Six Sigma. According to Linda, “The CPHQ certification has brought several opportunities in my direction. When I started in Quality, CPHQ certification was new to me and it brought a structured approach in learning about what quality is. Since achieving certification, I have achieved status as a national speaker for the CPHQ review course as well as moving in to a Quality Director role in a LTAC hospital. CPHQ has opened many doors for me!”

Introducing Jason Gillikin, CPHQ for the CPHQ Panel at the MAHQ Annual Conference

Jason leads the Advanced Analytics team at Priority Health that’s dedicated to exploratory analytics and business-case review. He formerly led the quality analytics team conducting HEDIS for the health plan. Prior to that, he worked at Spectrum Health, leading the analytics team responsible for facility revenue-cycle operations. Gillikin earned his degree in moral philosophy from Western Michigan University and has been a proud CPHQ certificant since 2006. He is a former member of the MAHQ board of directors and currently sits on the board of directors for the National Association for Healthcare Quality and on the board of trustees for the Healthcare Quality Foundation. According to Jason, “The CPHQ includes a variety of disciplines that are essential not only to quality improvement but also to other disciplines within health care. My CPHQ certification has made me more attractive to employers and has prompted colleagues to look to me as a source of expertise in various improvement disciplines”.

Introducing conference speaker, Julie Janeway!

Julie Janeway is a professor of law, political science, and health care administration in the masters and doctoral health care administration programs at Central Michigan University, and a professor of health and business organization law at the Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School.  She is also a nationally and internationally requested educator, consultant, and trainer. She is a former Michigan trial attorney with significant experience in health care risk management and compliance, employment law, medical malpractice defense, licensing/regulatory law, governmental relations, and constitutional law. She is currently licensed in Michigan, as well as all levels of the federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. She is a previously published author of a several books and book chapters, and a significant number of articles on legal, non-legal, medical, and medico-legal topics, and is frequently featured in various peer-reviewed publications.

Introducing conference speaker Lucinda (Cindy) Lord!

MAHQ is excited to include Cindy as a presenter. Cindy has been in various management roles for many years and taken enjoyment of keeping her work organized by handling multiple projects. She works for a large insurance company in Michigan, managing projects for the senior market, specifically Medicare Advantage customers (those disabled or over 65 years old) and a Medicare supplemental plan. To ensure project success for fellow employees, Cindy helps others understand the complexity of project management and teaches an all-day project management class monthly. Through networking opportunities, Cindy has also done several presentations on personal development topics for colleagues (such as budgeting and personal finance, goal setting, and time management). In her time off, Cindy loves to travel and cruising is her personal preference to get away and disconnect from the office. Being healthy is a choice, so Cindy tries to stay active by following several different types of exercises, including running a half marathon every year.


Introducing conference speaker David Cruz!

David Cruz earned his Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His undergraduate degree is from Appalachian State University. Although his professional healthcare career started in North Carolina, he really found his stride while interning at CS Mott Children’s Hospital at Michigan Medicine. During this time he discovered his knack for quality and process improvement. He used these skills to move into a role as administrative fellow at the health system. It was not long before he returned to a full time position at Mott as a project manager focusing entirely on quality improvement. David acts as the primary contact to the Children’s Hospital Association and leads hospital level improvement projects. Currently, his primary focus is on reducing hospital acquired conditions such as catheter associated urinary tract infections, central line associated bloodstream infections and hospital onset severe sepsis.