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BRG Expands Health Analytics Practice

February 14, 2012
Press release

Berkeley Research Group’s Health Analytics practice continues to grow with the addition of five experts. The new experts are Kathy Talbot, Kathleen Dunleavy, and Kathleen Schneider, based in BRG’s Baltimore office; Denise Pedulla, based in Boston; and Cheray Lynch Sieminski, based in Philadelphia.

“We are proud of the depth of healthcare industry consulting experience our new experts bring to BRG,” said David J. Teece, BRG chairman and principal executive officer. “Our strong and quickly expanding Health Analytics team provides expert solutions to clients’ most complex problems across the healthcare industry continuum.”

Director Kathy Talbot provides a variety of consulting services including evaluation and assistance with implementing state and federal reimbursement policies, healthcare reform initiatives, and project management. Prior to joining BRG, she was vice president of Reimbursement for a health system with nine hospitals, where she built and managed a team of 31 professionals in the areas of reimbursement, coding quality assurance, and charge description master. She has extensive experience with Maryland and federal reimbursement policies, participating in numerous statewide workgroups to develop reimbursement policies.

Principal Kathleen Dunleavy’s consulting services including project management, clinical documentation improvement, and the development of educational tools for physicians, clinicians, and healthcare administrators. Before joining BRG, she was engaged at a national healthcare consulting firm, dedicated to providing documentation, coding, and data solutions for improved reimbursement, compliance, and patient care. With more than 30 years’ healthcare industry experience, she has held senior management positions within hospitals in the role of director of health information management as well as leadership of the utilization review, discharge planning, social services, and medical staff services departments.

Principal Denise Pedulla previously served as senior vice president and chief compliance officer at an international orthopedic medical device company, where she was responsible for developing and managing its domestic and international corporate compliance and ethics program and assisting the company in the defense of several federal healthcare investigations related to legacy business practices. An attorney, Ms. Pedulla has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare regulatory compliance.

Principal Kathleen Schneider specializes in work with payers, analytics, and care management. Her 25-plus years of experience span many sectors, including managed care, informatics, outcomes measurement, and medical review. She has assisted clients with cost/outcomes analyses, design and development of payment systems, and evaluation and implementation of care management strategies and tactics. Previously, she served in medical informatics and medical management capacities at two large payer organizations, provided product development and consulting services at an outcomes-measurement software company, and managed medical review operations for Medicare and Medicaid in Delaware.

Principal Cheray Lynch Sieminski provides forensic analysis and regulatory advisory services to healthcare and life sciences companies and their legal counsel. She develops innovative, efficient solutions and analytical tools to examine and quantify business and legal issues in the context of commercial litigation, government investigations, and other regulatory-driven initiatives. She has substantial experience in the execution of complex, high-profile, data-intensive projects with multidisciplinary teams.

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