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Gary Patureau, CWCP, CMSP
Executive Director/COO, Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE)
Gary Patureau, CWCP, CMSP is the 2016 President of the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) as well as Executive Director/COO of the Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers (LASIE). LASIE’s mission includes protecting and promoting the right of employers to self insure and spearheading workers’ compensation legislative and regulatory issues for the business community in Louisiana. Patureau’s duties include developing strategic initiatives, educational programs, managing association activities and lobbying for self-insured employer interests. Patureau holds the Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional and the Certified Medicare Secondary Professional designations. Patureau has been in the governmental and community relations field since 1986. He has served as a special assistant to Congressman and Governor Buddy Roemer. Under Governor Roemer he became the first director of the newly created Louisiana Office of Literacy. Prior to becoming the director of LASIE, Patureau served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Literacy Foundation. He is a past chair of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) Workers’ Comp Task Force and a member of the LABI Employee Relations and Education & Workforce Development Councils. He serves on the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Advisory Council for Louisiana, is on the State Association Board of Managers of the National Council of Self Insurers (NCSI) and is a Board member of the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals. Patureau is a United States Navy veteran, graduate of Louisiana State University Shreveport and is active on numerous civic boards and organizations.
** Term ends 2018
Kimberly A. Wiswell, CMSP
Director of Operations, MEDVAL
Kimberly Wiswell has been engaged in the workers’ compensation managed care and occupational health services industries since the late 1970’s, with a focus on Medicare Secondary Payer compliance since 2005. Prior to joining MEDVAL as Director of Operations, she co-founded and served as Managing Director over CompProjections Medicare Set-Asides, a division of CompPartners. Prior to that, she worked as Sr. Vice President, Operations over the Medicare Set-Aside division of Coventry HealthCare’s First Health Priority Services sub-division. Kim has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of workers’ compensation managed care including Medicare set-asides, medical bill review, systems analysis and development, medical coding and reimbursement, and occupational health administration and consulting. She has provided consulting services to the CMS and a number of state agencies and associations. Kim is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, seminars and training sessions concerning Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance, medical cost management, and provider coding and reimbursement. She is a member of the Board of Directors and a past president of the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP); she sits on the faculty for WorkCompCentral’s WorkCompSchool; and serves as the Fee Schedule Committee Chair for a California legislative advisory body composed of top risk managers and select attorneys who advocate for industry insurance defense and related workers’ compensation legislation.
** Term ends 2018
Shawn Deane, JD, MEd, MSCC, CMSP
Assistant Vice President, Product Development
ISO Claims Partners
Shawn Deane is Assistant Vice President of Product Development at ISO Claims Partners. Shawn concentrates on all facets of Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) compliance, but specializes in the enhancement and development of new products and services.
Prior to joining ISO Claims Partners, he practiced healthcare law and insurance defense. Shawn is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), has attained the Medicare Set Aside Certified Consultant (MSCC) certification the Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional (CMSP) certification. He is also a member of the National Alliance of Medicare Set Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) and the chairperson for the NAMSAP webinar committee.
Shawn is an accomplished musician, with a B.A. from the Berklee College of Music, has a Master’s Degree in Education and is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law. He is member of the Massachusetts Bar, and is licensed in both state and federal courts in Massachusetts.
** Term ends 2018; eligible for re-election
Greg Gitter, CMSP
President, Gitter & Associates, Inc.
Greg Gitter is the President of Gitter & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in negotiating resolution of High-Exposure Workers’ Compensation claims for excess carriers, employers and insurance companies across the country. Greg has been involved in the Workers Compensation arena for 19 years in various capacities and in numerous jurisdictions, both at the State and Federal levels. He has gained extensive knowledge and experience related to the interaction between Medicare and the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Statute relative to Workers’ Compensation. Greg was recognized by LexisNexis as one of the Workers’ Compensation Notable People for 2008 and was a member of the inaugural CMSP class of 2010. Most recently, he was published in the Complete Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance and serves as both the Chairman of the Membership Committee as well as having been an active member of the NAMSAP Annual Conference Planning Committee for the past four years.
** Term ends 2016; eligible for re-election
Christine Melancon, RN, CCM, MSCC, CNLCP, CMSP
Vice President, EZ-MSA Services
Christine Melancon is the Vice President of Operations for EZ-MSA Services. Christine provides daily on hands management for areas of Medicare Secondary Compliance including Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) Allocations, CMS Submissions, and Conditional Payment Resolution. Christine has been involved with complex medical case management of claims for workers’ compensation, liability, and maritime cases since 1997. She began to focus primarily on MSA Allocations and MSP compliance in 2004. Prior to her involvement with claims, she served as a Registered Nurse in a number clinical areas including emergency medicine, neurological rehabilitation, obstetrics and pediatric/neonatal critical care. Christine earned her RN from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, LA. She has served on NAMSAP’s Annual Meeting Subcommittee since 2011, was a Co-Chair of the NAMSAP Education Committee in 2013, and has served as Secretary of NAMSAP’s Board of Directors since 2015.
** Term ends 2018
Members of the Board
Ciara F. Koba, Esq.
Associate, Burns White, LLC
Medicare Compliance Group
Ciara F. Koba is an Associate of the Medicare Compliance Group at Burns White. An attorney and licensed registered nurse with significant general and surgical nursing experience, Ms. Koba brings a unique understanding of the health care industry to the resolution of Medicare issues that arise in workers’ compensation, general liability and Federal Employers Liability Act claims.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Koba worked as a Staff Attorney at a company specializing in high-exposure claims related to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, where she drafted Medicare set-asides, as well as submitted and negotiated claims to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services voluntary review program.
Ms. Koba graduated from Duquesne University School of Law, cum laude, in 2011. While there, she founded the university’s first Health Law Society and served as its president. Ms. Koba received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duquesne University in 2006.
Admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, Ms. Koba is a member of the Health Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Areas of Law:
• Medicare Compliance
• Workers’ Compensation
• Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2011)
• Duquesne University School of Nursing (B.S., 2006)
· Allegheny County Bar Association
o Health Law Section
· National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP)
o Member, Board of Directors, Jan. 2015-present
o Member, Legislative Committee, 2014-present
o Board Liaison, Data Development Committee, Feb. 2015-present
** Term ends 2017; eligible for re-election
Leslie Schumacher, RN, CRRN, CCM, LNCC, CLCP, CNLCP, MSCC, CMSP
President, PlanPoint, LLC
For over 10 years, Leslie has been involved in Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance. Leslie is a Registered Nurse who actively holds Certified Life Care Planner and Certified Nurse Life Care Planner as well as Medicare Set Aside Consultant Certified and Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional credentials. A graduate of Drexel University, Leslie also holds the following additional certifications: Certified Case Manager, Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, Legal Nurse Consultant Certified, Medicare Secondary Payer Professional and Certified Nurse Life Care Planner. Leslie maintains professional affiliations with the National Alliance of Medicare Set Aside Professionals (NAMSAP), American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC), International Association of Life Care Planners (IALCP) and International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP). Leslie has been elected as Board Member of both IARP and the IALCP; she is former chairperson of the Education Committee and current Board Member of NAMSAP as well as former ICHCC (International Commission for Health Care Certification) Commissioner of Medicare Set Aside Allocations. She has also participated as an instructor of Medicare Set Aside education with the University of Florida. Leslie is currently President of PlanPoint, a national provider of Medicare Set Aside Allocations as well as all other aspects of Medicare Secondary Payer compliance. Leslie's unique and engaging speaking style coupled with her extensive experience in nursing, Life Care Planning and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance has made her a featured speaker at industry conferences nationwide.
** Term ends 2016
Thomas Spratt, CMSP
With more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry, Thomas Spratt is an authority on issues related to Medicare compliance and Workers’ Compensation claims. As Vice President – Settlement Solutions, Tom is responsible for the NuQuest Settlement Consultant Team. He oversees assessment of clients’ Medicare compliance programs, training of claims staff and client settlement strategies for costly or complex cases involving both Workers’ Compensation and Liability. Tom is also conversant in Special Needs Trusts and their role in the settlement of high-exposure, disputed Workers’ Compensation and Liability matters.
Tom has a long record of active involvement in the insurance industry, serving on committees for the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America , the Strategic Services on Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation and the National Structured Settlement Trade Association. He is also on the faculty as a facilitator for the Certified Medicare Secondary Payer designation program (CMSP). Educated at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Tom holds a bachelor degree in Economics and Business.
Rita M. Wilson
CEO Tower MSA Partners, LLC
As CEO of Tower MSA Partners, LLC, Rita Wilson oversees all business development, sales, marketing and operational activities, IT systems development, and identifies new product offerings in support of Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance.
Wilson gained a wealth of expertise in information technology solutions, process driven workflow and metrics, and data analytics while holding leadership positions in pharmacy software development, pharmacy benefits management and workers’ compensation managed care companies for more than 20 years.
Prior to co-launching Tower MSA Partners in 2011, she founded and ran Select MRI, LLC, a diagnostic company, and Speedy Re-employment and Medicare Set Asides, an MSP compliance company. Previously, Wilson built out the operational and technology model for another startup, DirectCompRx, Inc., a subsidiary of Fiserv, Inc., ultimately becoming its CEO.
Before moving into the workers’ compensation industry, Wilson spent 15 years in software development for retail pharmacy and PBM serving as Director of Research and Development for QS/1 Data Systems. Wilson obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC and completed graduate studies at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. She has served in member and/or board of director capacities with the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP), the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), Health Level 7 (HL7), and the National Council of Self-Insurers (NCSI).
Wilson is a member of the National Association of Medicare Set Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) where she serves as a member of its Board of Directors, as chairman of its Communications Committee and as a member of the Data and Development and Evidence Based Medicine committees.
** Term ends 2016
***There exists a vacancy on the NAMSAP Board of Directors due to the resignation of Doug Shaw on 07/19/16. Mr. Shaw, who was not eligible for reelection in the fall of 2016, was completing his second term on the Board. He is a past president of NAMSAP.
2005-2006 Patricia "Patty" A. Meifert, RN, CRRN, CCM, CLCP, MSCC
2006-2008 Robert T. Lewis, Esq.
2009-2012 Michael E. Westcott, CMSP
2013-2014 Douglas L. Shaw, CPA, CMSP
2014-2015 Leslie Schumacher, RN, CRRN, CCM, LNCC, CLCP, CNLCP, MSCC, CMSP
2015-2016 Kimberly A. Wiswell, CMSP