Financial Acumen for Physician Leaders

The primary role of finance is to plan for, acquire and utilize resources to maximize efficiency and create value for the organization’s mission. During this activity, the functions of finance in a physician enterprise will be reviewed, including the process for budget preparation. Financial statements, key performance indicators, and key drivers of revenue and expenses will also be discussed.

Learning objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the various functions of finance in a physician enterprise.
  • Explain the basics of budgets and the five-step-process for budget preparation.
  • State the key drivers of revenue and expenses and how these impact net income/loss.
  • Interpret income statements, key performance indicators (KPIs) and related benchmarks.

Faculty presenters
Mike Ford, MBA
Physician Engagement Executive

Cindy Logan, MSA
Physician Engagement Executive

About the presenters
Mike Ford, MBA, brings over 25 years of health care experience in physician group practice leadership and consulting with a proven track record in operational and financial performance, M&A and network development.  

Prior to joining MedSynergies, Mike founded and served as president and CEO for Medalliance Management Group, Inc. Mike also held the position as president of a privately funded revenue cycle management services organization focusing in the emergency medicine and radiology services arena, as well as directing the patient accounting services activities for a regional hospital network. 

He has served in faculty positions with the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Tennessee Chapter of the Medical Group Management Association. 

Mike holds a BBA in finance from The College of William and Mary, and an MBA from Bristol University, Tenn.

Cindy Logan, MSA, brings over 25 years of health care industry experience in health care IT, revenue cycle services, financial reporting, strategic client management, and consulting.

Prior to joining MedSynergies, Cindy has held positions as director of client services for an ambulatory revenue service center, SCL Health, and vice president of client management for ALN Medical Management leading a portfolio of programs including PM/EMR implementation, Meaningful use, ICD-10 readiness and revenue cycle management. 

Cindy holds an MSA in health care from the University of Notre Dame, and a BS in business from the University of Colorado. Additionally, Cindy is Epic 2015 Certified in Cadence and Prelude (scheduling and registration), and holds a certificate in health informatics for innovation, value and enrichment from Columbia University.

Activity planners

Sarah Chart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Mike Ford, MBA
Physician Engagement Executive

Rebecca Gleason, RN
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Cindy Logan, MSA
Physician Engagement Executive

Dustin Zabokrtsky, MBA, MA
Physician Engagement Executive

Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education requires all those in the control of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services relate to the activity content.

OptumHealth Education ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Mr. Ford, Ms. Logan, and Mr. Zabokrtsky have indicated that they are employees of MedSynergies.

Method of participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity. For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.

Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity, which includes the following:

  • Completing the entire activity
  • Completing the pre- and post-activity assessments, activity evaluation and application for certificate of credit

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Method for Calculating CE Credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial support
There was no commercial support received for this activity.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in finance in a physician enterprise.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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