It’s a proven fact that ice and snow will shut down most parts of the southern United States. This scenario has played out once again over the past few days in Alabama, with one exception… MedCo Services.
MedCo, who offers extended business office services for hospitals and physicians groups, implemented its Winter Inclement Weather policy and continued to support its clients just like any other day.
As an Early Out vendor, we are an extension of the hospital. “A patient in South Florida would not understand why snow had closed the business office when there is no snow anywhere near them,” says Vice President of Sales Wallace Harmening. “Operationally, we have to ensure that our company opens no matter what, so we developed our Winter Inclement Weather policy. Team members from each department are on call each week. If the policy is implemented, on call team members work during the day and are housed in two local hotels at night. All meals are provided and dress codes are relaxed somewhat.”
On call team members remain with us until the weather situation has passed. During this time, additional team members who are able to commute safely work their regular or abbreviated schedules, depending on road conditions.
“We’re so appreciative of the commitment and sacrifices that our MedCo team demonstrates in an effort to Exceed Expectations” says CEO Joe Uptain. “While receiving snow in Alabama is a rare occurrence, our team’s dedication to the cause is the norm.”
MedCo is excited to announce that Greg Wilder has joined our Sales team! “Greg’s extensive experience in business development and healthcare operations is a great addition to our already talented group” said Wallace Harmening, MedCo Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Greg has over 25 years of sales, management, business development, and executive leadership experience in the Healthcare Industry. The majority of his career has been focused on providing solutions and services with an emphasis on revenue cycle management applications. He has held various leadership roles in both large fortune 500 corporations and small start-up ventures, and has extensive experience in developing strong client and strategic partner relationships. Through these relationships Greg has had the opportunity to work closely with all types of Healthcare Providers, including major hospitals and healthcare systems across the country. This has led to an in-depth understanding of the unique needs of an ever-changing market and the people involved. He is a member of several organizations including HFMA and AAHAM and attends multiple healthcare conferences each year. Greg also serves on the board for YES (Youth Encouragement Services) a non-profit organization striving to enrich the lives of children in inner city Nashville. Mr. Wilder has his BA from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and currently resides in Brentwood, TN with his wife Dana.
Wow! 2017 has come and gone like a flash. I remember as a child being told, "Time flies as you get older," and it is so true.
The MedCo team has had a great year. We set collection records that surpassed any previous numbers over the last 24 years. We promoted from within and helped enrich our team members' lives. We upgraded 80% of our infrastructure in a way that will allow us to be completely redundant operationally, as well as advancing towards the leading edge of technology. We have also implemented a plan to bring healthcare billing to the standard platform that consumers are used to for all goods and services
However, 2017 did not come without those same types of challenges to which we have become accustomed. Once again healthcare has proven itself to be a field that requires adapting, being nimble, and being willing to think outside the box in order to be successful. Patient average balances are climbing to a level that requires even more attention and options than ever before. We feel we have positioned MedCo as a leader in assisting our client partners with this aspect of their business, in both 2018 and beyond.
In the "Continued Improvement" environment we strive to maintain, we never take too long to marvel at our accomplishments. We celebrate them quickly, reward our team handsomely, and then stare directly at the next mountain to climb. 2018 will be no different, and we look forward to the challenges that await us. Happy New Year!
Joe Uptain, CEO
Brandy Simpson recently joined the MedCo team as a Director of Client Operations. Brandy’s areas of responsibility will include the Insurance and Client Services departments. Brandy’s in-depth experience in hospital revenue cycle and client services makes her a strong addition to our team, and poises MedCo for growth in both departments. In her short tenure, Brandy has already identified areas where we can provide additional value to our client partners to help ensure their success.
Brandy has worked in the healthcare field for over 13 years. During this time, she has completed her BS in Healthcare Finance at Athens State University and her Masters in Healthcare Management at UAB. She most recently served as Director of Accounts Receivables at Huntsville Health Systems, one of the nation’s largest public health systems.
Please help us welcome Brandy to the team. We look forward to her leadership in these areas that are so important to both our company and client partners.
"fore!"... A good cause
Joe Uptain, President and CEO of MedCo, along with Wallace Harmening our Vice President of Sales joined our client to participate in Cullman Regional’s Million Dollar Hole-In-One Extravaganza.
The Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Extravaganza is held in September each year and offers a day of fun in the sun for a good cause. The event includes a traditional golf tournament, a putting contest, a helicopter golf ball drop, and a Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shootout between qualifiers competing for a million dollar prize!
All proceeds from the tournament go into essential projects and services that ensure access to quality care for all CRMC patients and the community they serve.
MedCo is excited to announce that Jill Burton has joined our team as a Regional Sales Director! Jill brings almost twenty years of healthcare revenue cycle experience and will complement our existing sales force.
“We’re really excited that Jill has joined our team,” said Wallace Harmening, MedCo Vice President of Sales. “Her experience and reputation in healthcare would make her a great addition to any company. We’re pleased she chose MedCo.”
For 17 years, Jill worked at AIM Healthcare/Optum Health serving in various management, operational, and sales roles within those organizations. For nearly 2 years following this, she served as the Southeast Business Development Executive for Adreima. Jill has served in various state roles for the Healthcare Financial Management Association, most recently as the Alabama Chapter President from 2015-2016, and she will serve as Sponsorship Chair for Dixie HFMA 2019.
Welcome to the MedCo team, Jill!
MedCo is pleased to announce that Bernard Avenatti has been promoted to IT Manager. Bernard previously held the position of IT Development Lead where he managed a team of programmers charged with increased efficiency and innovation. Bernard has been with Medco over two years and has been instrumental in championing MedCo’s LEAN efforts.
“I am extremely excited about Bernard’s promotion to IT Manager,” says MedCo CEO and owner Joe Uptain. “He has demonstrated great knowledge of our software development team, as well as proactive and forward thinking that I believe will help us align ourselves with the future requirements of the revenue cycle. Healthcare and the revenue cycles continue to demand technological improvements at an exponential rate. Bernard’s new role will support us in remaining on the leading edge.”
Technology is the driving force behind MedCo’s success. We wish Bernard much success and look forward to witnessing our progress under his leadership.