Read the latest 60 second update for the latest news, blog posts and event updates from the HFMA Iowa Chapter
June 2019 Edition 1

New Member Spotlight: Bethany Schutte, CPA

Tell us a little about yourself
  • What do you enjoy outside of work? I enjoy playing and watching sports and traveling. I play pickleball year around and volleyball in the summer.
  • What do you enjoy doing with your Family and Friends? Travel! Last summer I went to NYC, San Francisco, and Chicago for a mini vacations with friends.
  • Personal goals you are working on right now? Working on paying down my student debt so that I can start saving more.
  • Tell us a little about your professional life:
    • What is your professional role? What organization are you part of? I am a contracted Controller with a specialty in healthcare. I work for CustomOne CFO & Controllers under Doug Strawn. My main client is Millennium Rehab & Consulting. They provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy throughout the state, primarily within long-term-care facilities.
  • What brought you into Healthcare and what do you enjoy about it? I was put on the healthcare audit team when I worked at McGladrey (now RSM). I found the revenue recognition and complexity interesting. In addition to that, my older sister is a family practice doctor, and hearing her thoughts keeps me interested and engaged in the business of healthcare.
  • Professional goals you are working on right now? I want to deepen my knowledge and expertise and possibly get involved in consulting outside of my current position.

  • How did you first become interested in Iowa HFMA? I came across an advertisement for the conference in Denver last fall and went to that conference. I find the literature valuable (although I wish that there were more resources for accounting/business functions outside of just the hospital setting).
  • What do you want to get from this community? Knowledge, real world examples, networking, and CPE credits.
  • How do you see Healthcare changing in the future?Technology is going to play an increasing role. I hope that we will see more competition within the insurance market place. I think more healthcare will be delivered in non-traditional settings and from PAs and NPs.

Jenny Peterson Earns Fellowship Designation

Submitted by Hilary Christiansen
The Iowa Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA} Chapter has announced that Jenny Peterson recently became a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA). 
To be awarded the FHFMA distinction, applicants must be credentialed as a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP); be an HFMA member for at least five years; complete a bachelor’s degree or 120 semester hours from an accredited college or university; and volunteer in HFMA or the healthcare industry.  More than 1,700 HFMA members nationwide have achieved this accomplishment in the organization’s 68-year history.
Jenny’s current employment is at Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) as a Senior Decision Support Analyst.  Jenny has been in healthcare for nine years, a member of HFMA for five years, and a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) for three years.  When asked why she decided to apply for the FHFMA, Jenny responded, “I decided to apply for my FHFMA when I looked around at a recent HFMA event and noticed the people in the room that I knew were certified.  They are all leaders in their organizations and I had developed a high level of respect for many of them already due to the amount of time they spend volunteering with our chapter.  In addition, I had heard several times from my manager how well I represented CHI both inside and outside the company walls.  I thank HFMA for an opportunity to do just that and I thought it would only bring my volunteerism with the chapter full circle.”
Jenny's volunteer activities include participating on the Chapter Communications Committee.  In addition, Jenny earned some of her 25 Founder’s points through her second term as an HFMA Iowa Chapter Board member.  On gaining personally from volunteering for the Iowa Chapter, Jenny said, “I have done a lot of volunteering over the years with my children's activities, my church, and a couple of other professional organizations.  HFMA stands out for so many reasons.  I have met so many hard-working and fun people in our chapter, and I have made some great friendships along the way.  Not only is our chapter a great way to stay up on what is happening in our ever-changing industry, but it has also been very rewarding to see events like our Women's Conference and our volunteer efforts at places like Dorothy's House come together.”
In addition to FHFMA, HFMA offers a variety of other certification programs: Certified Healthcare Financial Professional® (CHFP®), Certified Inpatient Coding Auditor (CICA), Certified Specialist Business Intelligence (CSBI), Certified Specialist Physician Practice Management (CSPPM), Certified Specialist Managed Care (CSMC), and Certified Specialist Accounting & Finance (CSAF).

If you are interested in expanding your knowledge or refreshing your current skills through the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional program, contact Hilary Christiansen at or visit for more information.
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Member Opportunities: Leadership Training Conference

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Each year, the Iowa Chapter of HFMA is able to send chapter leaders to the Leadership Training Conference (LTC) through the support of our members and sponsors.

The 2018 Leadership Training Conference was held in New Orleans, LA.
At LTC, chapter leaders are provided an opportunity to learn about their leadership roles.  Everything is covered from communications to programming meetings to building/sustaining membership.

Being able to connect with other fellow chapter leaders across the country also provides an invaluable networking opportunity!
The Iowa Chapter traditionally sends each incoming chapter officer, as well as additional nominees of various board and committee positions.  As each chapter leader would readily tell you, becoming involved in HFMA is a rewarding experience, where you receive just as much as you give.
Are you interested in becoming more involved?  See the Chapter Leader section of our website and reach out to one of us - we're always looking for new volunteers, and we'll be happy to connect you with the committee that interests you!
Photo: Iowa Chapter Leaders at the HFMA Region 8 Leadership Training Conference (LTC) Speed Bowling Networking Event:
Kyle Wilcox, Abbey Stangl, Dave Muhs, Jenny Peterson, Jeremy Behrens
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2019 Sponsorship Drive Going on Now!

The 2019 Sponsorship Campaign for HFMA Iowa is going on now.  Please see the attached information or contact Jeremy Behrens at or 402-330-2660.

Find the best sponsorship fit for you with the Top HFMA Chapter in the country!

Download "2019 Corporate Sponsorship Levels Sheet.pdf"

...And Iowa HFMA Social Media Ties You to the TOP HFMA State Chapter ~
Iowa Chapter Wins Top HFMA Chapter Honor ~ The Shelton Award!!!

In June 2018, HFMA awarded its highest chapter honor—the Robert M. Shelton Award—to the Iowa Chapter at the Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

The award is given annually in recognition of five years of sustained excellence.

Congratulations to all of our members, board, officers, and the five past Presidents involved in this achievement!

The five past Presidents are: 

  • Deanna Gray, FHFMA, CRCS-I/P, Area Vice President, Specialty Sales, Change Healthcare;
  • Chad Tysdahl, Senior Managing Consultant, BKD;
  • Kara Dunham, FHFMA;
  • Darren R. Osten, FHFMA, CPA, Partner, Seim Johnson, LLP; and
  • Shawn Steffen, Senior Director of Revenue Cycle, Mercy Medical Center-Cedar Rapids.

Advance Your Career as a
Certified Healthcare Financial Professional ~

Get Your CHFP from HFMA

By Joseph Abel, CPCC, ACC, PhD
November 2018
Impressive job skills are no longer enough to land a job with smart employers or to ensure a promotion. Employers want value-drivers.
Value-drivers are people with the capacity to continuously learn, develop new skills, and adapt to the dynamic business needs of the continuously evolving health-care industry. This type of employee understands the business context and consequently sniffs out opportunity, provokes thought, and helps shape innovation. Technical depth, breadth of perspective, and the inquisitiveness to search out new business approaches are the foundations for this value-driving work style.
HFMA’s Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) is intended to build this highly prized value - driving work style. The CHFP:
  • Is a learning program;
  • Presents the business context in which health operates;
  • Builds comprehensive, multidisciplinary perspective on the pressing mandate to improve value in health care through clinical cooperation.
The CHFP is a value-driving certification in that certified healthcare finance professionals can take on a value-driving work-style characterized by:
  • Business Awareness – The ability to recognize the business implications of information presented to them;
  • Business Understanding – Thinking with the big picture, the business context at play;
  • Creativity – The readiness to explore potential new business initiatives;
  • Engagement – Getting into action; bringing new ideas to life to create value and growth;
  • Smart employees – People who not only see the need to be value-driving employees, but also commit to building that value-driving work style.
The Value-Driving Equation:
Value-Driving finance professional = (professional skills and experience) X CHFP
The program consists of two modules:
1)     HFMA’s Business of Health Care course and
2)     Operational Excellence: Pursuing Strategy.
The program is entirely online, self-contained and self-paced. The CHFP designation is achieved by the successful completion of both modules. A downloadable learner’s Concept Guide is available with the course and many HFMA chapters provide CHFP preparation assistance. The CHFP program is easy to access on HFMA’s website, simple to use and brings the business knowledge needed today into one place.
More details can be found here:
Joseph Abel is HFMA’s Director of Career Services

HFMA Networking:  Good People Getting Together to Do Good Work
Dorothy's House 

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An HFMA member tries out some new skills at Dorothy's House.
Recently, our Iowa HFMA chapter members had a humbling opportunity to help a local not-for-profit organization in Des Moines.  After our meeting July 19, 2018, approximately thirty volunteers headed to Dorothy’s House to undertake landscaping and outdoor home maintenance services.

Everyone put in plenty of sweat equity for a couple hours, but with the help of cookies made by a resident, we all powered through and got as much done as we were asked to do.
Dorothy’s House, founded by Kellie Markey, provides a safe place for the practice of life for teen and youth girls whose lives have been interrupted by the sex trafficking industry.  They are provided basic needs, beginning with security in a home environment.  They also receive a healthy diet, specialized care, education and training, and the ability to recognize their potential and dream of a positive future.
Much perspective was gained in this amazing opportunity to help Kellie and her organization, in whatever small way we did.

The members and leaders of the Iowa HFMA chapter continue to put others before themselves.  Once again, good people got together and did good work.

Thank you to all who volunteered their time and talents.  Kellie could not say thank you enough. 
-Marcus Goldenstein & Denyse Scott
Iowa Chapter Networking Co-Chairs
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Help from The Advisory Board -

Medicare Payment Program Updates

As the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes new rules for the Medicare Payment Program, sorting through the details can become overwhelming!

The Advisory Board has several tools available to help you identify the key provisions that apply to your organization.  Check them out at this link:

Henry County Health Center Wins 2018 National HFMA MAP Award!

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Dave Muhs and Karoleen "Charlie" Hammel, Henry County Health Center, accept the MAP Award at the HFMA National Conference In June 2018.
Iowa HFMA members have earned even more recognition at the national level.  Henry County Health Center (HCHC) was recently named a National HFMA 2018 MAP Award Winner.

This award recognizes high performance in revenue cycle management.

At left, Dave Muhs and Karoleen "Charlie" Hammel from HCHC accept the MAP Award at the HFMA National Conference held in June 2018.

As a national award winner, HCHC met industry-standard revenue cycle benchmarks, implemented patient-centered recommendations and best practices, and achieved outstanding patient satisfaction.

HCHC is one of only fourteen hospitals to earn the MAP Award in 2018.  It is also the only Iowa hospital, and one of only two Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) in the country to receive this national recognition.

As if that weren't enough, HCHC is the only CAH in the nation to win the MAP Award more than once.

Congratulations, Henry County Health Center!!!

Learn more about Henry County Health Center here.

Introducing Our New Iowa HFMA 2018-19 Board Members!

Bryant Blay, CPA; Amy McLaughlin, CPA; and Tyler Nessa

Bryant Blay, CPA
Bryant joined Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa, as the Hospital’s Controller in 2016.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from AIB College of Business in Des Moines and his Masters of Accounting Degree from Drake University in Des Moines.  In January 2013, Bryant obtained his Certified Public Accountant license.  Previous work experience includes a supervisory role with a Public Accounting office in Des Moines.  He currently serves as a board member of the Iowa Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).  Other community service organizations Bryant serves include the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association Board and his local Kiwanis Club.  He is also a member of the First Christian Church in Red Oak.  Outside of work, you can find Bryant spending time with his family, friends, or involved in outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting and boating.

Bryant Blay, CPA
Montgomery County Memorial Hospital
2301 Eastern Ave, PO Box 498
Red Oak, IA 51566
(712) 623-7152

Amy McLaughlin, CPA
Amy was born and raised in Papillion, Nebraska, and attended Iowa State University where she received an undergraduate degree in Accounting.  She started her career in Omaha at ConAgra Foods working in various areas of finance, including internal audit, consumer-branded finance, and mergers and acquisitions, and also becoming a Certified Public Accountant.  In 2015, our family moved to my husband's hometown of Audubon, Iowa, and I became the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Manning Regional Healthcare Center.  We love spending time with family, especially our six nieces and nephews, traveling, and supporting Iowa State as die-hard fans.

Amy McLaughlin, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Manning Regional Healthcare Center
1550 6th St
Manning, IA  51455
(712) 655-8123

Tyler Nessa
Born and raised in central Iowa, Tyler Nessa remained with his small town roots and serves as Controller for Van Diest Medical Center (VDMC) in his hometown of Webster City, IA.  Tyler graduated in 2010 from Iowa State University (ISU) double majoring in Finance and Accounting.  After graduation, he worked three years for a progressive corporate farm and was exposed to many accounting processes, asset acquisitions, and dissolution of partnerships.  Having always wanted to help people and studying nursing his first year of college, he applied at the local hospital when the Controller position became available.  When not at work, Tyler is involved with anything outdoors or at the gym, spending time with family and friends, or, of course, enjoying ISU football and basketball.

Tyler Nessa
Van Diest Medical Center
2350 Hospital Drive
Webster City, IA  50595
(515) 832-7752

Results are in from Iowa HFMA Member Survey

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our Chapter Survey! Our results were very positive and we look forward to responding to your feedback.

Here are some statistics:
  • 93% of you have an overall high satisfaction rating for the chapter!
  • 61% of you have attended an educational event in the last 6 months.
  • 95% of you feel that we are producing quality educational programming.
  • 88% of you feel that we are locating events where you can access them.


Surviving the Unsurvivable:  Carol Sager

One woman’s story of survival and humor in healthcare as a nurse, professional, and patient.

Carol Sager, RN, MSN, is a ‘regular’ woman that has survived sexual abuse, raising a teenage daughter on her own, and caring for aging in-laws as she continues to thrive on the challenges life sends her way. Carol is an RN Informatician. She has over 35 years’ experience in Healthcare. She currently services the ministry of Catholic Health Initiatives by managing a database that houses patient information used to evaluate contractual agreements between the acute care hospitals and multiple national payers. Read - Carol is a nurse that gets to serve her passion by playing with computers and data all day.


Download "Sager HFMA 2018.pptx"

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