Karie has over 30 years of healthcare consulting experience. Karie began her career in healthcare consulting in 1980, specializing in government reimbursement issues. She has worked for independent consulting firms as well as multi-hospital systems. In 1990 she began working for Memorial HealthServices in their reimbursement department, and over the next 13 years she has managed the Corporate Reimbursement function and all government reimbursement and revenue cycle issues for the five-hospital chain. Additionally, Karie was the lead executive in charge of analyzing system-wide operational performance. She performed detailed financial analyses of operational performance and helped create implementation plans for each initiative.
As both a consultant and an employee, Karie has worked on financial models and feasibility studies related to mergers, acquisitions, bond issues, and joint ventures. She has also prepared legislative impact studies related to the financial and operational impacts of the numerous changes in both federal and state governmental reimbursement regulations. Additionally, she has also been actively involved in government compliance program analysis, development and implementation.
In her many years of healthcare experience, Karie has dealt with all types of reimbursement issues. Types of reimbursement issues that Karie has managed include contract and pricing analysis, transitions from federal cost reimbursed programs to prospective payment systems, disproportionate share payment programs (both federal and state), medical education programs, and many other issues specific to acute care hospitals, acute rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities (free standing and hospital based), home health agencies, and children’s hospitals.
Karie received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah.