Mary Beth Briscoe, CPA, FHFMA, FACHE
Chief Financial Officer, UHealth and Miller School of Medicine
The University of Miami
Describe why you are a good candidate for this leadership role.
I bring more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry to my candidacy for the AHRMM board. For most of those years, I have had responsibility for supply chain, along with the financial management of the hospitals and healthcare systems in which I have worked.
I bring a proven track record to AHRMM as a C-suite leader in the hospital environment and as a volunteer leader in a number of professional healthcare organizations at the state and national level. This includes serving in elected positions as state chapter president and national chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
Over the years, I have led several system-wide, large-scale change initiatives, including several in which supply chain was instrumental. One such effort resulted in more than $40 million in savings. My experience in an academic medical center has provided me with considerable expertise working in a collaborative work environment. I have successfully fostered a culture that enables closer integration between physicians and supply chain to improve cost, quality and outcomes at the department, hospital and community level.
I have direct experience with alternative payment models, having encouraged my organization's participation in three voluntary bundled payment programs and the Oncology Care model. My organization is currently involved in creating a clinically integrated network and a Medicare Shared Savings Plan.
In terms of project management, I served as a leader of the Foundation for the Future for University of Alabama at Birmingham Medicine, which was a strategic initiative to ensure our future financial viability. I served as chief integration officer and chaired the project management office. These roles required me to track the progress toward achievement of $120 million in revenue enhancement and cost reduction. I have also established metrics that provided incentives for clinical departments to achieve higher levels of standardization and cost reduction without compromising clinical quality and patient safety.
While my role has been to oversee rather than work directly in supply chain, I have a firsthand understanding of the dual role of supply chain leaders, to bring excellence to the day-to-day operations while leading larger scale initiatives to both enhance revenue and achieve bottom line savings, all while supporting the critical mission of healthcare.
With the Cost-Quality-Outcomes Movement, AHRMM has demonstrated its ability to advance the association and the profession to meet the changing needs of healthcare. It would be an honor to bring my knowledge and experience to support the continued evolution and advancement of the association and its members.
Finally, I enjoy meeting and working with people from diverse backgrounds and I pride myself in listening to their varied perspectives and providing a platform where ideas can be created and shared.
Describe where you see health care evolving, and what you see supply chain’s role being in those future models.
I see healthcare evolving to more transparency and more accountability for population health and care outcomes, not only in the acute care setting but also in the community. Payment models will continue to evolve as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and commercial payors continue to shift financial risk to providers.
The advent of new "disruptive entrants" such as Apple and Amazon into healthcare will dramatically increase the pace of change, while new technologies, consumer demands and the need to access capital will further stress healthcare organizations. It is critical that healthcare leaders bring their expertise to the conversation, as opposed to allowing themselves to simply be disrupted. We must combine our respective capabilities to improve healthcare for patients and their families, while ensuring healthcare delivery organizations remain viable. Supply chain's role will be to provide measurable and actionable data, proving the linkage between quality, outcomes and cost. Supply chain is also key to building collaborative partnerships with vendors, which can include the new disruptors to leverage the technology they offer. It is critical that supply chain be given the opportunity to be "at the table" as organizations evaluate their markets, payment methodologies and business models.
How will your leadership and vision strengthen AHRMM?
My proven expertise as a healthcare organization and volunteer leader can serve AHRMM's mission in a variety of ways. My involvement in the industry has always been driven by a desire to advance healthcare. I have helped demonstrate the role of the financial profession to improve healthcare through my participation in HFMA.
Now I would like to contribute in a similar manner to elevate the role of the supply chain profession and the value that AHRMM delivers in helping develop its members to be ready and able to take on the challenges that a changing healthcare environment presents.
One avenue to do this would be through my established connections with national HFMA, which can create a direct conduit to educate the C-suite as to the strategic importance of the supply chain. I believe we can establish valuable and collaborative relationships with financial executives to work on mutual issues of concern and opportunity, much like AHRMM has done with the Learning UDI Community. I want to dispel the historic and limited view of supply chain as highly tactical and replace it with one that demonstrates the strategic linkage to payment models and broader implications into supply chain's role in managing/controlling all non-labor spend, while keeping in mind that cost reductions can only be made in light of quality outcomes.
My experience serving HFMA at both the local and national levels has provided me with an understanding of how to work collaboratively with chapters and national leadership to advance educational opportunities for an association's members. This is accomplished by developing and delivering leading edge content in a manner that is relevant to multiple generations of workers.
I believe that AHRMM has further established itself as a leader in healthcare through the CQO Movement. I look forward to supporting this important work through engagement with AHRMM members, clinical and financial leaders in provider organizations, and with other key constituencies in associations, government and other business partners.
Total number of years as AHRMM Member: 1
Years in health care: 34
Years worked in the health care supply chain profession: 26
Years worked in current position: N/A
Number of direct reports: N/A
Number of employees in your department: N/A
Type of Organization you are employed by: Hospital/Medical Center
Describe your current position and responsibilities:
Chief Financial Officer, UAB University Hospital and UAB Medicine Clinical Operations.
Responsibilities: Strategic Financial and Capital Planning, Contract Negotiations with Key Commercial Payers, Financial Reporting, Accounting, Reimbursement, Financing and Rating Agency Relationship Management, Supply Chain, Decision Support, Admitting, Utilization Management, Patient Financial Services, and Physician Integration/Regulatory Affairs.
List service to local chapter and to AHRMM national, including all committee/task force involvement, and whether you served as a member or as chair, within the past 5 years.
- National AHRMM Conference Education Committee 2018
List Annual Conferences, Leadership Training Conferences, and Thought Leader Summits attended, including dates and locations, within the past 5 years:
- 2017 AHRMM Supply Chain Conference in Washington, DC
- 2016 AHRMM CQO Summit in Healthcare in San Diego, CA
- 2016 AHRMM Supply Chain Conference in Austin, TX
- 2013 AHRMM Annual Conference in San Diego, CA
- 2012 AHRMM Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX
Service to professional associations or community organizations to which you belong, including all committees, whether you served as a member or as chair, the year(s) of service, any elected offices held and the year(s) held:
- AHRMM (Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management) Member 2017 -Present
- AlaHA (Alabama Hospital Association) Image and Price Transparency Committee 2015 - Present
- America's Essential Hospitals - member Financial Interest Planning Council 2016 - Present
- HFMA IHI CFO Advisory Council Member 2014 - Present
- HFMA National Chair- AMC/CFO Council 2014 - Present
- HFMA National Value Project Advisory Council Member-Phase I, Phase II, & Phase Ill 2011 - 2014
- ASCPA Task Force Member -Birmingham Women's CPA Summit 2009
- GASS Member (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) -Appointed to Advisory Committee, 2008
- Providing GASS with the impact of Public & Private Partnerships on healthcare within the USA.
Healthcare Financial Management Association -National membership of 40,000 members
- Governance Board, Appointed 2008-2010, 2012-2014
- National Chairman, Elected 2007-2008
- National Executive Committee Chairman, Elected 2007-2008
- National Chairman-Elect, Elected 2006-2007
- Strategic Planning Committee Chairman, Appointed 2006-2007
- National Secretary-Treasurer, Elected 2005-2006
- National Executive Committee, Elected 2001-2003 and 2005-2008
- Audit & Finance Committee Chairman, Appointed 2005-2006
- National Board Member, Elected 2000-2003 and 2005-2008
- National Advisory Council, Appointed 1999-2000
- Robert M. Shelton Award-Alabama Chapter, Awarded 1999
- Chairperson Region V Dixie Institute, Appointed 1999
- Managed Care Forum Advisory Council, Appointed 1996-1999
- President, Alabama Chapter, Elected 1996-1997
- President-Elect, Alabama Chapter, Elected 1995-1996
- Secretary, Alabama Chapter, Elected 1994-1995
- Treasurer, Alabama Chapter, Elected 1993-1994
- Vice President, Jefferson/Western Region, Appointed 1992
- Jefferson/Western Region Assistant Chairman, Appointed 1991
- Projects Committee Chairman, Appointed 1990
- Task Force Chairman, Appointed 1989
- Matrix Member, Appointed 1987-1988
- Advance Member Status achieved, 1988