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Fort HealthCare CFO Nelson Appointed to Medicare Advisory Panel

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fort HealthCare is pleased to announce that James Nelson, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has accepted an invitation to serve on the federal government’s Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. The committee is sponsored by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services. Nelson’s term began on February 1 and continues through January 2016.

The Advisory Panel consists of up to 19 total members who are full-time employees of hospitals, hospital systems, or other Medicare providers. Members are chosen based on their expertise in hospital medical care delivery systems; provider billing and accounting systems; the use of, and payment for, drugs, medical devices, and other services in the hospital outpatient setting; and other forms of relevant expertise. Panel members serve without compensation.

Nelson, a certified public accountant (CPA), has been with Fort HealthCare since 1997. He obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in both Business Administration and Managerial Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a Masters in Business Administration from Marquette University. Nelson is a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Rotary International.

"I am honored to accept the nomination to the advisory panel and I look forward to lending assistance to the Medicare program as they contemplate hospital outpatient reimbursement changes", said Nelson.

Fort HealthCare is an integrated hospital and health system that attracts patients throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Fort Memorial Hospital is a modern, fully accredited, acute and sub- acute care facility with 110 licensed beds. More than 100 physicians are on staff. Fort Medical Group, a subsidiary of Fort HealthCare, currently employs more than 50 physicians, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare providers. Fort Medical Group clinics offering primary and specialty surgical care are located in Fort Atkinson, Cambridge, Edgerton, Elkhorn, Johnson Creek, Jefferson, Lake Mills and Whitewater. Other services offered by Fort HealthCare include occupational medicine, rehabilitation and sports medicine, wound care, urgent care, home health, a preferred provider network for employers known as FortCare, and more. Fort HealthCare is a partner in the UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek. Most major health insurance products are accepted. For more information, please go to