Pinnacle's Blog & Publications

  • Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting Introduces Chris Fete, JD, MHA, Senior Analyst

    Posted On: November 1, 2011


     Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting proudly introduces our newest team addition, Chris Fete, JD, MHA.  Christopher joined Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting in 2011.  As a Senior Analyst, he supports Pinnacle’s consulting engagements including fair market value reviews of physician compensation, Key Opinion Leader analysis, business plan development, financial and market analysis, community needs assessments and physician practice start-up / management assistance. 

     Prior to joining Pinnacle, Christopher was an administrative intern for a children’s medical center in St. Louis, MO.   As a team leader, he ...

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  • Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting Announces Silver-Level Sponsorship of Colorado Healthcare Strategy and Management (CHSM)

    Posted On: October 17, 2011

    Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting is pleased to announce our recent participation as Silver-Level Sponsors for Colorado Healthcare Strategy and Management (CHSM). Though our sponsorship, we continue to support CHSM’s mission to bring outstanding educational opportunities to the Rocky Mountain healthcare community.

    Join Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting at CHSM’s next event: Integrated Delivery Systems: The Right Choice For Quality Healthcare?: Friday, November 11, 2011

    Healthcare reform and modern-day economics are sparking a renewed drive toward integration of care into one seamless team providing the right help ...

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  • Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting Welcomes Two New Additions!

    Posted On: October 7, 2011

    Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting is excited to extend a warm welcome to our new Senior Analyst, Chris Fete and Analyst, Rob McCabe.  We are thrilled to add two new key additions to the Pinnacle Team as we continue to enhance and develop our service offerings.

     Chris and Rob will assist Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting in the development of analytical models, perform market analysis / research, and support in report letter development for advisory projects in the healthcare industry, which includes hospitals and health systems, ...

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  • Announcing a New Addition to Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting!

    Posted On: September 21, 2011

    The Pinnacle Group would like to welcome Alan Ashinhurst, consultant for Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting, joining in 2011 after two years as a practice administrator for a multi-state urgent care facility.  He brings with him multiple years of experience in various healthcare fields and positions to assist hospitals and physician offices with clinical and management needs. His expertise includes practice management, technology – electronic health records (EHR), and process and efficiency improvement.  Alan’s focus on managing physicians, staff and community relations ...

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  • Visit Pinnacle Healththcare Consulting at the Upcoming Fraud and Compliance Forum

    Posted On: August 19, 2011

    Crabby from Compliance Concerns?

     With a 300% average ROI and powerful tools to help make defensible decisions about physician relationships, the Physician FMV Program helps take away the CRABBY and makes determining physician fair market value look like CAKE!

    Visit Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting at the Upcoming Fraud & Compliance Forum!

    September 25-27th, 2011

    Renaissance Harborplace Hotel

    Baltimore, MD

    The Fraud and Compliance Forum is jointly sponsored by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).  It ...

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  • Welcoming Alana Erickson, CPC to Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting

    Posted On: July 15, 2011

    The Pinnacle Group is excited to extend a warm welcome to Ms. Alana Erickson, a recent addition to the Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting team as a Revenue Cycle & Coding Consultant.

    Alana Erickson serves as a practice management and coding consultant with Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting, which continues to add depth and value to revenue cycle reviews.  She brings over 21 years of experience in various healthcare management positions to assist hospitals, physician practices and other provider organizations ...

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  • Pinnacle Perspective – Upcoming Events, About the Team and About The Pinnacle Group

    Posted On: May 24, 2011

    Upcoming Events:  Have an event that we should attend?  Please let us know! 

    • September 16th, 2011, Health Care Compliance Association, Regional Conference – UPPER MIDWEST, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
    • September 25-27th, 2011, AHLA & HCCA, Fraud & Compliance Forum, BALTIMORE, MD
    • October 28th, 2011, Health Care Compliance Association, Regional Conference – MOUNTAIN, DENVER, CO
    • December 2nd, 2011, Health Care Compliance Association, Regional Conference – SOUTH CENTRAL, NASHVILLE, TN
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  • A Pinnacle Group Highlight – Bill Johnson, Senior Consultant

    Posted On: May 24, 2011

    Mr. Johnson offers a wide range of healthcare experience to the Pinnacle Group that includes nearly 30 years of executive leadership.  His areas of expertise include strategic healthcare initiatives with health systems and physician practices.  Bill’s professional experiences include strategic planning, business development, physician recruiting, operational management of large physician practices in multiple locations, outreach development, financial operations, business/practice mergers and acquisitions, physician/hospital joint ventures, selection of practice management and electronic health systems for practices.  He has additional experience in third-party contracting, physician integration strategies, physician compensation models and tax planning for strategic decisions.  Within Pinnacle, Bill provides financial and ...

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  • Business Valuation Perspective – Identifying the Correct Ingredients

    Posted On: May 24, 2011

    In the employment model, discussed in the FMV Compensation Perspective, a hospital might be in a position to purchase a physician or group practice as part of its integration strategy.  The process of determining future physician compensation, coupled with what price to pay for an existing medical practice, is a tricky one. 

    Future physician compensation is often based largely on the historical performance of the individual physicians.  Since historical compensation for physicians in a private practice is essentially collections from the delivery of professional services less the expenses of running the practice, profits after physician compensation are negligible.  As a result, ...

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  • Compensation Physician Integration Perspective

    Posted On: May 24, 2011

    As healthcare providers continue to prepare and position for healthcare reform, the common challenges associated with physician integration is unchanged.  A successful relationship depends on setting clear expectations, effective operations management and aligning compensation to performance.

    On the surface, physician integration is a win-win situation for a hospital and physician.  The hospital is able to bolster its team of physicians, which improves its patient care delivery system.  The physician no longer has to directly deal with health plans, large capital expenditures and running a small business.  Unfortunately, a scenario all too common to hospitals – after hiring the hard-working, independent physician ...

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