Advisors to the
Best in Medicine
John W. McDaniel, Charles E. Colitre, Cheryl Coors, Gini Fellows, Steven J. Greenstein, Rob T. Hardy, Chance McDaniel,
Kristen Scuderi , Michael Stearns
John W. McDaniel, MHA - Founder and Chairman
John W. McDaniel is Founder & Chairman of Peak Performance Physicians, LLC. From its New Orleans, Louisiana base, the firm has exhibited impressive growth as evidenced by its nationwide clientèle and a strong reputation in the physician practice management industry.
In addition to its work with hospitals and physicians across the United States, Peak Performance Physicians, LLC presents educational workshops, publishes a health care newsletter and offers an Administrative Residency in Medical Practice Management for Tulane University School of Health Systems Management for future health care executives, offers an internship in Medical Coding through the University of New Orleans and offers an Administrative Residency through the Health care Management Program of the University of Alabama. Mr. McDaniel is a contributing author and a member of the Editorial Board to Physician Practice Options, a monthly physician practice newsletter with a distribution of 200,000 physicians and also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Physician’s Compliance Alert.
Furthermore, Peak Performance Physicians, LLC is the only physician practice management organization fully endorsed by several state hospital associations and other various medical organizations throughout the United States. Peak Performance Physicians, LLC is also an endorsed company by the American Academy of Family Medicine.
In addition to overseeing the development and growth of Peak Performance Physicians, LLC since 1989, Mr. McDaniel also has fifteen years experience in hospital administration in having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of health care systems in North Carolina, Alabama and Louisiana. He earned a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from George Washington University and was selected as their 1985 Alumni of The Year In Health Services Administration. Mr. McDaniel has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review and has made numerous presentations to industry and professional associations affiliated with the health care industry. He is also co-author of the books,
The Five Levers for Medical Practice Improvement.
Charles E. Colitre - Hospital/Physician Compliance Specialist
Mr. Charles E. Colitre was graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1963 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Human Resources Administration and Organizational Management.
Upon graduation he served as a United States Naval Reserve officer in the US Atlantic Fleet and on the staff of the United States Naval War College. He graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Justice School. Upon release from active duty in 1967 he joined the Naval Investigative Service where he served as a civilian Special Agent for five years.
In 1972 he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served in Newark, New Jersey, New York City and FBI Headquarters where he was appointed the first FBI liaison officer to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) since 1950. During that assignment he developed and taught a block of instruction on International Law Enforcement for new agents at the FBI Academy and authored a feature article on INTERPOL operations for the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin . In 1986 he was assigned to Akron, Ohio, where he supervised FBI operations in seven northeast Ohio counties including all health care fraud investigations among which was the Department of Justice, Hospital Laboratory Unbundling Project.
Mr. Colitre retired from the FBI in 1998 and formed Health care Compliance Consultants (formerly Med-Management Group, Inc.) to devote full time to consulting with hospitals, physician practices and heath law firms on health care compliance issues.
He is Certified in Health care Compliance (CHC) by the Health care Compliance Association of which he has been a member since 2002. He has been member of the faculty of the Winer and Bevilacqua’s School of Medical Office Management in Akron, Ohio, and served on the advisory board of The Physician’s Compliance Alert newsletter. He has written for Compliance Today, the monthly publication of the Health Care Compliance Association and The Health Care Compliance Professional’s Manual. He serves on the Compliance Committee of Akron General Health System and is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and a former member of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association. He also serves on the Risk Management committee of the Great Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Cheryl Coors, MHA - Senior Consultant
Cheryl Coors has over 30 years experience in healthcare, including 16 years in Healthcare Recruiting. She began her career in healthcare in nursing and progressively transitioned through several different avenues within the industry. Her background has given Cheryl a unique perspective in understanding the challenges facing the healthcare industry. Cheryl’s diversified background in nursing, practice management, Biotech sales management, and executive search lend to her expertise. Today, she has established herself as one of the top search consultants in the recruiting industry.
In 1999, Cheryl founded Coors Healthcare Solutions to bring the highest standard of professionalism, integrity, and personalized service to the healthcare search industry. With a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and significant experience in the field, she chose to specialize in healthcare industry recruiting. Cheryl has dedicated Coors Healthcare Solutions to identifying and placing highly skilled, committed and passionate senior level executives in health systems, life science and biotech organizations nationwide.
Cheryl lectures on executive recruiting practices and competencies required for successful executives. She has conducted workshops in the areas of leadership development, organizational recruitment and retention strategies. Cheryl also provides career management and consultative services to senior level executives. She is a Certified Behavioral Analyst and utilizes the Personal Insights Profile, as part of the recruitment process. Cheryl’s active involvement and participation in the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Ohio Hospital Association, the National Association of Health Services Executives, the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives, and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development has built a strong network of talented industry leader.
Gini Fellows, RN, BS, MBA - Clinical Specialist
Gini Fellows is a registered nurse who received her RN degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a MBA from William Carey College. Gini is also a certified addictions counselor.
Ms. Fellows has fifteen years experience working in hospitals as a nurse and department director. During her hospital employment, she has developed and implemented, practice improvement programs and worked with managed care companies. In addition to managing physician practices, she has specialized expertise in setting up physician practices and will be responsible for the implementation of our Physician Practice Start-up System. Gini has been active in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area and throughout Mississippi and is a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast . She was one of the founding members of the Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling and is serving her second term as Chairperson of the organization. Ms. Fellows is a former member of the therapeutic management team for the Mississippi State Medical Association’s Recovering Professionals Program. She is a member and former Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners for Coast Transit Authority. As owner of Fellows Training and Consulting, Ms. Fellows has made presentations nationally and internationally and is also an adjunct faculty member at Tulane University College in Biloxi, MS.
Steven J. Greenstein, BME - Director, Technology and Information Services
Steven Greenstein is Director of Technology and Information Services for Peak Performance Physicians, LLC. Mr. Greenstein is a 35 year veteran of information technology who pioneered the development of Electronic Claims for HCFA and is the only non-physician who has ever published in the Louisiana State Medical Society Journal. Mr. Greenstein is responsible for assisting physicians with the implementation or upgrading of technology within their medical practices. Mr. Greenstein’s knowledge of Electronic Medical Records, Web development and office technology is unsurpassed and is always ahead of the curve with today’s fast pace, every changing technology. Mr. Greenstein is also in charge of all technology for Peak Performance Physicians, LLC and maintains the company’s web sites and databases. He also travels extensively throughout the world assisting organizations with training and their data security.
Mr. Greenstein received his B.S. in Computer Science and his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University.
Rob T.Hardy, MHA, FACHE, CMPE - Senior Consultant
Rob Hardy is a Senior Consultant of Peak Performance Physicians, LLC. Rob has been involved in Central Texas healthcare since becoming an Austin EMS paramedic in 1977 and completing a BS degree at the University of Texas is Health Education. After 11 years in EMS, he went into the public health field at the (then) Texas Department of Health. After completing a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration in 1992, he embarked upon a long and varied career in physician practice management. Having held various executive level positions at Austin Diagnostic Clinic, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and Surgicenter, Scott and White, Austin Pathology Associates, King’s Daughters Clinic, and Advanced Pain Care, he has also served as a consultant and interim administrator in such varied settings as a critical access hospital and rural health care clinics. Board Certified by both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American College of Medical Practice Executives, Rob is currently working in the physician practice management industry, helping physicians and administrators make sense of the ever-changing world of modern health care. A PhD candidate (ABD) at the University of Texas, he is a believer in lifelong learning. He is married to Carol, another UT grad, and they are the proud parents of Helen, a Master’s candidate at Middle Tennessee State University and a Texas A&M graduate, and Jonna, an sophomore at Baylor. He is also co-author of the book The Five Levers for Medical Practice Improvement.
Chance W. McDaniel, CPC, CPCO - Vice President, Coding and Compliance
Chance W. McDaniel, CPC, CPCO, is the Vice President of Coding and Compliance for Peak Performance Physicians, LLC. Mr. McDaniel is responsible for overseeing the Coding and Compliance Programs and Medical Practice Compliance and Integrity Programs for hospital affiliated and private practice physicians clients. He also serves as Managing Partner of RepMD, which represents physicians looking for practice opportunities with both hospitals and private medical practices within specific geographic areas. He is also co-author of the book The Five Levers for Medical Practice Improvement, and a Certified Professional Compliance Officer through the American Academy of Professional Coders
Mr. McDaniel received his B.A. degree in Telecommunication from the University of Alabama.
Kristen Muller - Financial Analyst
Ms. Muller's duties at Peak Performance Physicians, LLC include financial analyses involving financial data and interpretation of operational statistics for the medical profession as well as handling internal accounting and day- to- day operations. In addition, training clients in regard to their accounting software system including payroll/bank reconciliations/payables and implementing internal controls and personnel policies and procedures. She has extensive experience in reviewing analyses of financial information along with coding data and methods of improving income to boost profits and prevent audits. She strives to provide superior value by providing personal attention and insightful advice to enable clients to make informed decisions to improve practice operations. Through her 15 years with Peak Performance Physicians, LLC, Ms. Muller has shown consistent and proven ethical behavior driven solely by what is best for Peak clients while safeguarding all sensitive information of both the clients and company.
Michael Stearns, MD, CPC - Physician Advisor
Dr. Stearns is a board certified neurologist, clinical informaticist and coding professional. He has with 15 years of direct patient care experience in clinical and academic medicine and 16 years of direct engagement in several high profile health information technology (HIT) initiatives. He currently provides consulting services to a number of companies, helping them meet their strategic objectives through the advanced use of health information technology.
Dr. Stearns has provided leadership to informatics projects at the National Library of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, and the College of American Pathologists. Dr. Stearns also served as the international director of SNOMED International, where he played a central role in the development of SNOMED CT. He has provided direction and leadership to two leading EHR vendors, served as the founding board president for the Texas e-Health Alliance, and sits on numerous boards and committees including the National Patient Safety Board, the AHIMA Physician Practice Counsel, the University of Texas at Austin HIT Certification Program Curriculum Committee, and the University of Texas at Austin Health Information Exchange Laboratory. Dr. Stearns also played a central role in the formation of the University of Texas at Austin HIT certificate program, a nationally recognized model for HIT workforce development. He is also a certified professional coder and a leading expert on computer assisted coding in EHRs. He lectures on a variety of HIT topics including HIT policy, patient privacy, patient safety, interoperability, natural language processing, clinical decision support, genomic medicine, data integrity, ICD-10-CM, SNOMED CT, coding compliance, practice optimization and other topics. Over the past 2 years he has been invited to testify in Washington, D.C. before federal HIT organizations on 5 separate occasions.