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Tim VanLaan 2017

Timothy VanLaan, CHBC

 
Service Areas:  Tax & Accounting Services, Practice Merger & Acquisition Support, Business Planning & Assessment, Income Splitting Assistance
 

Tim has been with GMG since 1999.  He worked part time while attending Cornerstone University.  Upon completion of his Bachelors of Science degree, majoring in Accounting, he became a full-time accountant and consultant.

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In 2007 he became a Certified Healthcare Business Consultant.  Currently, he is an owner and serves as the treasurer for the company.  His responsibilities include client services, business advisory and consulting services to physicians and medical group practices.  Tim’s tax expertise provides clients with business and personal tax preparation, planning and annual review.

 

Tim enjoys playing and watching sporting events.  He plays on a softball team during the summer.  He really enjoys coaching his children in the sports that they participate in.  Tim is married to Lisa and has three children, Levi, Samuel, and Noelle.

Cindi TimmerWalker

 
Service Area: Practice Management
 

Cindi is a health care management consultant and partner at Grand Management Group.  She graduated from Grand Rapids Community College with an Associates degree in Business Administration. Her experience in healthcare administration includes private practice management of primary care and surgical specialty offices.

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After 10 years as a medical biller and supervisor – she joined Grand Management Group in 1998 and assisted in building a department of practice management specialists and has continued to work in the areas of private practice management consulting.  Her areas of specialty include practice development, practice efficiency, practice/operations assessments, new practice start-ups, human resource management, billing and HIPAA compliance and training, EHR utilization efficiency, policy and procedure development and implementation, patient centered medical home implementation, meaningful use implementation, fee schedule analysis, accounts receivable management, reimbursement training and management and patient hospitality.  Additionally, Cindi has been instrumental in the implementation and customization of several EHR and practice management systems during the course of her career. 

Cindi grew up in Grand Rapids and now lives south of Grand Rapids with her husband Alan.  She enjoys physical fitness, boating and is an avid slalom skier. 

Sue Maddox

Sue Maddox

 
Service Areas: Tax and Accounting Services, Payroll & Payables and Customer Service
 

Sue is one of the original members of GMG.  She has over 40 years of experience in accounting, tax and administrative work.

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Sue lives in Walker with her husband Bob and enjoys cooking, baking and spending time with family and friends.

 

Chrissy 2017

Chrissy Hammond

 
Service Areas: Tax and Accounting Services, Payroll and Payables
 

Chrissy’s passion for healthcare led her to join Grand Management Group in May of 2017. She earned her MBA from Cornerstone University in 2015. Chrissy has been working in the accounting field for several years, most recently specializing in nonprofit accounting and payroll. Prior to pursuing her accounting career, Chrissy spent nearly 15 years as a medical transcriptionist.

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Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Chrissy has a passion for coffee, traveling, and fishing with her husband Justin and daughter Hannah Lynn. They are excited to be back home in Michigan, enjoying the summer sunsets and dry weather.

Shawn Elmer

Shawn Elmer

 
Service Area: Retirement Plan and Benefits Administration
 

Shawn graduated from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Business Administration/Marketing. After college, Shawn worked for seven plus years in the banking industry as a project manager on the mortgage acquisition and sales team. Shawn then went on to work the next three years as an Inventory Control Analyst.

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He joined Grand Management Group in 2004 as an administrator of retirement plans.

Shawn loves playing sports and currently plays softball, soccer and volleyball throughout the year. Shawn grew up overseas, but still considers himself to be a native of Grand Rapids. Due to his upbringing, Shawn has an ingrown passion for traveling internationally and does so with his wife any opportunity he can.

Joe VanLaan

Joe VanLaan

 
Service Areas: Tax and Accounting Services, Payroll and Payables
 

Joe started with Grand Management Group in August of 2005 as an intern, while pursuing his degree at Grand Valley State University. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Accounting in December 2006, he was hired as a full-time accountant.

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Joe earned his Enrolled Agent credential in 2014, and assists clients with any accounting, payroll, or tax needs they may have.  He has previously served on the board of the West Michigan Dental Foundation and has experience with non-profits.

Joe grew up in the Grand Rapids area and currently lives in Hudsonville with his wife Stacey and daughter Eloise.  He enjoys playing and watching sports, as well as spending time with his family.

Lorie Stewart, CMPE

 
Service Area: Practice Management
 

Lorie is a seasoned senior manager and leader. Lorie received her bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University where she majored in business with a minor in education. She joined Grand Management Group in March of 2016. Lorie brings a wealth of medical practice, leadership and marketing experience to the team. Her skills range from initial set up of newly forming offices, managing vibrant fast paced growing practices, working as the liaison between private practice and hospital systems, maintaining morale during acquisitions, and employee development and marketing.

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Her 25+ years includes working in hospital settings, primary care, physical therapy, specialty offices (audiology, urology and pain management), higher education, marketing, along with real estate and land development.

Lorie has been active in MGMA and MiMGMA, serving on the board of director’s as chair for the TechNet committee. She has a passion as a lifelong learner, adding the designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE).  Lorie completed the final requirements established by the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) in June of 2016.

In her spare time, Lorie and her husband enjoy collecting mid-century modern items and furniture, music, and spending time with their two adult children. You can also find Lorie on long walks with her dog, at the gym, cooking or up north at the cabin.

Maribeth Rempalski

 
Service Areas: Practice Management and Customer Service
 

Maribeth joined Grand Management Group in September of 2016. She works with the practice management staff as our credentialing specialist and administrative assistant. Maribeth’s area of expertise include both group and provider credentialing. Her background in Human Resources helps assist in policy development and training.

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Maribeth grew up in Grand Rapids and now lives just outside Grand Rapids with her husband Brad, daughter Rylee, son Blake, Otis the pug, and Milo the cat. She enjoys boating, camping and the many adventures each day brings with her family and friends.

Karen Hadfield

 
Service Areas:  Administrative Assistant and Customer Service
 

Karen joined Grand Management Group in August of 2016. She supports the practice management consultants, accountants and clients.  Her areas of expertise include customization of client policy and procedure manuals, administrative assistance and providing excellent customer service.  

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Karen is from the Detroit area having moved to Grand Rapids in 2014. She has a medical assistants background where she worked as a MA for Beaumont Hospital for eight years.  Most recently she has been raising her children, which now include six adult children and spouses along with 13 grandchildren. While raising her family, Karen along with her husband, ran a youth football team in the Detroit area and providing for the homeless in Detroit and now in Grand Rapids.  Karen enjoys traveling, reading, golf and spending time with family and friends.

News & Notices

Important Changes to Consultations from United Healthcare

While Medicare discontinued payment allowance for consultation services (ranges 99241-99245 and 99251-99255) in January 2010, many commercial carriers have continued to cover these services. United Healthcare is now joining Medicare's opinion on consultation services.


In the June 2017 edition of the United HealthCare Bulletin, United Healthcare has announced that effective October 1, 2017, they will discontinue payment of CPT codes for consultation services.

According to UnitedHealthcare, effective October 1, 2017 it will reimburse the appropriate E/M procedure code in lieu of a consultation code. This change will align UnitedHealthcare with CMS' policies regarding payment for consultation codes.

 

 

 

PREVENTING OVERPAYMENTS FROM BECOMING FALSE CLAIMS

 

PREVENTING OVERPAYMENTS FROM BECOMING FALSE CLAIMS 
Posted: 05 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT
By:  Andrew Sparks
Overpayments to healthcare providers receiving Medicare reimbursements are at risk of civil and criminal enforcement action if not attuned to a particular reimbursement rule and diligent in compliance with the rule’s requirements. In short, the overpayment rule turns potential billing mistakes into fraud. A healthcare provider cannot keep money paid in error. The Government and relator bar are certain to address fully this theory of liability against every healthcare provider who ends up in litigation. If an overpayment is identified and the provider does nothing, then the provider will end up paying significantly more to the Government. It’s the proverbial pay (less for compliance) now or more (to the Government) later. Put differently, healthcare providers should address the smaller problem sooner rather than the bigger problem later.  Last year Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Final Rule concerning overpayment procedures for Medicare Parts A and B. The Rule implements Section 6402(a) of the Affordable Care Act, which addresses the identification, reporting and repayment of overpayments. Healthcare providers reasonably should expect to see increased use of this provision in Government enforcement and whistleblower lawsuits now that the overpayment requirements have been disseminated fully throughout the healthcare community. 
Last year Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Final Rule concerning overpayment procedures  for Medicare Parts A and B. The Rule implements Section 6402(a) of the Affordable Care Act, which addresses the identification, reporting and repayment of overpayments. Healthcare providers reasonably should expect to see increased use of this provision in Government enforcement and whistleblower lawsuits now that the overpayment requirements have been disseminated fully throughout the healthcare community.
Please read the entire article here.
 
Andrew L. Sparks is a Of Counsel in Dickinson Wright’s Lexington office. He can be reached at  859.899.8734.

 

Overpayments to healthcare providers receiving Medicare reimbursements are at risk of civil and criminal enforcement action if not attuned to a particular reimbursement rule and diligent in compliance with the rule’s requirements. In short, the overpayment rule turns potential billing mistakes into fraud. 

 Please read the entire article here: http://www.dickinson-wright.com/news-alerts/preventing-overpayments-from-becoming-false-claims

 

I-9 Compliance

 

The IRS recently announced the 2018 contribution limits for Health Savings Plans. The maximum contribution for individuals is increasing from $3,400 to $3,450 for the coming year. Those with family coverage will be able to contribute $6,900 for 2018, which is up $150 from 2017's limit. For more information, please visit the following:

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they have, once again, updated their Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. 

Employers may download the new form here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9 


It is mandatory that the newly updated form be used effective September 17, 2017.   Between now and then, employers may use either the newly revised form or Form I-9 with revision date of 11/14/16N.    Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.    

 

 

 

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