Advisory Services and Continuing Education

Whether you’re seeking expert advice on navigating federal regulations, improving the performance of a program or delivering higher quality care to your patients—our team is here to help.

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Gregory Makris

Gregory Makris  - MD

Medical Director, Appropriate Care

Areas of Expertise
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Electronic Health Record Integration
  • Quality Improvement & Clinical Decision Support

Greg is Altarum’s medical director for the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network—part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative. He develops evidence-based guidelines and best practices for practitioners in clinical accuracy and EHR integration. He also administers Altarum's continuing medical education program. Greg holds a medical doctorate from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Judy Varela

Judy Varela  - RHIA

Director, Appropriate Care

Areas of Expertise
  • Meaningful Use
  • Health IT Adoption
  • Health Data Interoperability

Judy oversees the development and delivery of services offered by the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption, a program that helps Michigan providers adopt health IT and navigate program requirements for becoming a meaningful user of certified technology. Judy holds a bachelor's degree in health record administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and is certified as a registered health information administrator by the American Health Information Management Association.