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ARA Announces New Hires to Support Rapid Growth; Two Senior Leaders with Experience in Improving the Delivery of Radiology Services

Significant Background in Operations, Quality, and Revenue Cycle Management

/ -- COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwired - August 02, 2016) - Accountable Radiology Advisors (ARA), a healthcare consulting practice that specializes in advancing the delivery of radiology services, today announced two strategic hires that expand ARA's expertise in operational efficiency, quality, and revenue cycle management. ARA has hired Mary Lou Beaulieu and Holly Galinger to work as senior consultants to clients of the firm.

"The goal in every IDN today is to promote greater efficiency and systemness," said Teri Yates, President of ARA. "Our firm is growing because there is a pressing need to help health systems transform their disparate radiology departments into a cohesive imaging service line that operates under a common set of standards and best practices."

Another important service offered by ARA is the help it provides to radiology groups and other private medical practices in navigating the complex compliance and quality requirements set forth by The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Beginning in 2017, MACRA will mandate participation in some form of payment system that links provider reimbursement rates to quality and cost control; for most physician practices that will be the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS).

"As quality incentive payment programs come to the forefront of healthcare, radiology and independent medical practices will be the first to feel the challenge of collecting, documenting, and reporting on the new performance metrics required for payment," said Yates. "Mary Lou and Holly are well-equipped to help these practices demonstrate their value to CMS, and to optimize their reimbursement under MIPS within the framework of the limited quality improvement resources that currently exist in most private medical practices."

Yates also believes most physician groups can't afford or won't be able to find dedicated employees with the needed expertise in time to make a strong showing under MIPS in 2017, which will grade the performance of all providers on a curve, creating financial winners - and losers - under the new system. "We see ourselves as a more knowledgeable, effective and financially realistic alternative to hiring armies of full-time employees to address these challenges" said Yates.

Mary Lou Beaulieu, CHC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is a quality improvement and compliance expert with over 20 years of experience developing quality, compliance and risk management programs in both hospitals and private radiology practices. Her extensive work in radiology peer review has allowed her to develop unique insights into the best methods to measure, analyze and improve the quality of radiologist interpretations. Before joining ARA, she was Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Quality and Risk Management for Radisphere National Radiology Group. Prior to that, she served as Chief Compliance and Risk Officer and Director of Human Resources at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, Vermont.

Holly Galinger is a dynamic healthcare operations professional with more than eighteen years of experience managing all aspects of medical imaging operations. Her competency as a general manager allows her to seamlessly integrate the organization's clinical practices with its revenue cycle strategy, and to implement operating plans that drive organizational effectiveness and patient experience to the highest possible level. Before joining ARA, Holly previously served in various senior management and billing management roles during her seventeen-year tenure at ProScan Imaging.

About Accountable Radiology Advisors

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Accountable Radiology Advisors (ARA) is a healthcare consulting practice dedicated to improving the delivery and value of radiology services. ARA's goal is to help hospitals and their radiology groups become more competitive and more successful by working together.

With more than 60 years of combined experience in medical imaging operations, ARA delivers outcomes to clients by increasing hospital-physician alignment, improving operational efficiency and measurably increasing quality, always keeping patients at the center of the process. Call 614-591-4049 for more information.

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Accountable Radiology Advisors (ARA) has hired Holly Galinger to work as a senior consultant. Prior to ARA, she spent 18 years managing all aspects of the medical imaging service, including clinical operations, revenue cycle and marketing.

Accountable Radiology Advisors has hired Mary Lou Beaulieu, CHC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP to work as a senior consultant. She is a quality improvement and compliance expert with over 20 years of experience.