The Complete Solution.
Instead of generating data, Alta Partners provides clients with information needed to operate a more profitable practice. Our attention to physician billing starts before charges are entered into the system to ensure collections are maximized, not missed.
Alta Partners' billing performance has been reviewed twice by independent consulting firms and both times compared favorably to benchmarks reported in the MGMA (Medical Group Management Association) survey. Since our founding in 2000, we've demonstrated the ability to deliver consistent and unparalleled performance, yet remain committed to continually seek ways to improve our client services.
Meet Our Team
Stanley J. Kasmarcak, CPA
Stan is one of the co-founders of Alta Partners. Stan has dedicated his career helping physicians, administrators, and practice managers better understand the drivers behind the efficiently managed physician practice. Stan has assessed over 500 practices either as a valuation specialist or in working with practices to help meet their billing and practice management needs.
Prior to founding Alta Partners in 2000, Stan served as the Director of Finance for the Fairview Medical Group where he provided the Fairview Health system with overall financial oversight and management of what was a 120 physician multi-specialty group. Stan was instrumental in developing a new productivity-based physician compensation program and helped to manage efforts to improve upon billing effectiveness at the FMG billing office.
Stan completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Cleveland State University and has served as a member of CSU’s adjunct faculty, teaching healthcare finance to MBA students. He is also an active member with several area healthcare associations including the Healthcare Executives of Northeast Ohio (HEANO) a local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) where he served as President from 2003-2005. Stan is also a current board member of the Northeast Ohio chapter of the HFMA. Stan is a frequent speaker at healthcare events and has spoken on the topics of physician compensation, integrated practice development, practice valuation, and practice management at local and national conferences of the MGMA, HFMA and the ACHE.
Dick Fintz - Principal
Dick joined our Alta Partners team in December 2016. Dick specializes in financial management, practice management and maximization of physician cash flow. He brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience in all aspects of physician practices.
Prior to joining Alta, Dick served for six years as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Physician Billing for Independent Physician Solutions, a subsidiary of St. Vincent Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. Dick also was Chief Financial Officer for eight years at Premier Physicians, Inc., one of the Cleveland area’s largest, independent multi-specialty practices. Dick also worked for fourteen years at both Fairview and Lutheran Hospitals in various roles within the finance department.
Dick received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia and is currently working on his master’s degree in finance at Ashland University.
Anne Hanzel - Director of Operations
Annie has over twenty years experience spanning physician billing and medical office management. Before Alta Partners, Annie held positions of Physician Billing Manager, System Administrator, and Medical Office Manager for both the Fairview Medical Group and Fairview West OB/GYN Associates, a seven-physician private practice.
Primary responsibilities have included monitoring and controlling electronic media claims and remittances, reviewing information and instructions received from third party payers and identifying changes which must be made to systems, monitoring unit performance, ensuring accuracy of billing output and cash posting, and assisting in arriving at proper revenue and HCPCS coding for charges. In private practices, Anne was responsible for the supervision of daily operations, staffing and human resources, superbill processing including ICD-9 and CPT coding, purchasing and materials management, medical records management, communication systems, facilities and equipment management, regulatory compliance and new practice start-up. Annie currently manages a staff of over twenty-five (25) employees for Alta Partners.
Jennifer Peregord - Finance Manager
Jennifer has been a key employee of Alta Partners, supporting our financial reporting and internal financial management activities since the start of business back in 2000. Jenny has been instrumental in the management of meeting the analytical / informational needs of our clients as well as internally within the company. Jenny was instrumental in the development of Alta Partner’s "Physician Scoreboard" month-end report and in managing our SQL database system in order to maintain the integrity of our reporting system. She also assists with the financial analysis required in many of Alta Partners’ consulting engagements. Jenny is a member of the HFMA and attended Bowling Green State University prior to joining Alta Partners.
Jennifer Dalton - A/R Team Leader
Jennifer has been managing our Accounts Receivable follow-up team since Alta Partners was founded in 2000. In her role, Jennifer is instrumental in working with our new client accounts, ensuring that the quality of demographic and coding information received will result in a “clean claim” to insurance carriers. Jennifer has worked with almost every physician specialty type and understands the unique requirements of each to promote an effective practice revenue cycle. Prior to her work at Alta Partners, Jennifer worked in several physician practices both as front desk and as back office support. Jennifer has also assisted in other hospital Central Billing Offices as a consultant identifying better processes and procedures to help the organization improve their effectiveness at their existing operation.
Sheryl Houlis, CPC, CPMA -
Coding Consultant, Trainer
Sheryl Houlis has over sixteen years of experience in healthcare, working within the Northeast Ohio healthcare community in various capacities. Sheryl currently specializes in medical chart coding and auditing, and coding education as a consultant for Alta Partners. In addition, Sheryl supports Alta Partners internal coding education and training needs.
Sheryl earned her Certified Physician Coder (CPC) in 2005 and recently obtained her Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) certification in October 2017.
Mike Michelakis - Director of IT Services
Mike joined in 2003 as an AR follow up representative from a hospital system that had just outsourced their physician billing to Alta Partners. Mike quickly transitioned to a Client Support role where his responsibilities included answering client calls, training and addressing client needs on the billing system and working with clients to streamline processes.
In recent years, Mike has been focusing as our lead IT support manager overseeing the IT infrastructure at Alta Partners, including desktop support, network and database administration, hardware and software management and support, and network security management. Mike also provides some of our smaller clients with direct IT support services. Mike obtained his Associates degree in Computer Networking as well as his A+, Network+ and Security+ CompTIA certifications.