As regulatory and incentive program analyst, Bruce serves as the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption’s (M-CEITA) subject matter expert in all rules and regulations pertaining to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. His role is to clearly communicate this knowledge and make sense of the programs for internal staff and external clients through written documentation as well as formal and informal presentations.
His current responsibilities include maintaining a thorough understanding of the requirements for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals for all stages of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and the Certification Criteria for Certified Electronic Health Record Technology and facilitating the up-to-date knowledge of all Meaningful Use objectives and measures, program eligibility requirements, registration and attestation procedures and eCQM reporting processes for all internal staff and subcontractors. He frequently designs and delivers external educational sessions/conference presentations about these programs, focusing on their impact to Michigan providers and their use of health information technology (IT). He guides internal staff and subcontractors by researching and recommending interpretations of the EHR Incentive Programs Final Rule and providing vetted answers to challenging questions about Meaningful Use encountered by him and his colleagues in the field. Bruce also collaborates and shares knowledge about Meaningful Use with other Regional Extension Centers through various Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) communities of practice and represents M-CEITA at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' monthly EHR Incentive Program Roundtable meeting where he assists the State of Michigan in further program development and refinement.
Bruce is also the project manager for two programs funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human services designed to assist providers and their teams in leveraging health IT to aid in the identification and management of hypertension and diabetes.
Bruce has more than 10 years experience in health care. He began as a practice manager in two multispecialty group practice organizations, managing OB/GYN, general surgery and urology clinics. Prior to his work in health care, Bruce worked in the technology industry as an operations manager for a multi-million dollar reseller of computer and network services. Working for Altarum allows Bruce to combine his passion for health care with his penchant for technology, a great combination for driving the implementation and effective use of health IT.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northern Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Organizational/Industrial Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL.