We are excited to have a CPHQ panel this year! This panel will be well-represented by different industry professionals so you will likely identify with a member or two. Each panel member has had their career enhanced by the CPHQ and are excited to share their success with you. Please be prepared with questions, we hope for an engaging and fulfilling conversation.
List of panel members
Sarah Decaussin, CPC, CPHQ
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, “My 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.”
Jason Gillikin, CPHQ
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”.
Elizabeth Miskotten, MEd, BA, BSN, RN-BC, CPHQ
Elizabeth’s diverse background in nursing, academics, and informatics, make her well-positioned to sit on the CPHQ panel and be in a position to inspire others. Elizabeth holds Masters degree in Education and has an MSN in progress. She also is a Certified Professional for Healthcare Quality and is a member of various healthcare organizations. She currently serves as the Director-At-Large for Education for the Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality and played a key role in planning the conference. Her current role is the Manager of Clinic Design and Implementation Application for I.COMM. According to Elizabeth “The CPHQ has given me a much better understanding of processes that drive quality improvement in healthcare facilities. I have been able to provide my clients with the best possible solutions to address many of their most complex needs. I have also been able to help them collect and analyze data to assure continued improvement.”
Rebekah Bundesen, MSA, LSSBB, CPHQ
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.”
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!”