TIMOTHY N. BRUNDAGE, MD, CCDS - CEO
Dr. Timothy Brundage is chief executive officer of Brundage Group. He earned his CCDS certification through the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) and is a past ACDIS board member. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is the co-chair of the CDI committee for the American College of Physician Advisors.
Dr. Brundage frequently lectures to physician groups nationwide on clinical documentation improvement and denials management. He is a frequent presenter at the annual ACDIS national conference and at ACDIS Florida chapter meetings. He has spoken nationally for AHIMA at its annual meeting and its CDI Summit.
Dr. Brundage was selected by Tampa Bay Business Journal as a Health Care Heroes award winner in the health care educator category.
“Dr. Brundage continues to be an innovator in the field of CDI. His clinical documentation tip cards proved to be an extremely valuable tool in our CDI physician education program.” – Director of Case Management, 690-bed Level II Trauma Facility and Children’s Hospital
THOMAS “BRETT” HOGGARD, MD, CCDS - MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Dr. Brett Hoggard is medical director of Brundage Group. He is director of a hospitalist group at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg Florida. Dr. Hoggard is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a practicing hospitalist. In addition to clinical medicine, he has spearheaded multiple process improvement projects to optimize quality metrics, physician documentation, EMR implementation and clinical care.
Dr. Hoggard graduated from Emory Medical School and also completed his internal medicine residency at Emory. He is currently a core teaching faculty member and is in charge of the academic curriculum for the internal medicine residency at Northside Hospital. Dr. Hoggard has been recognized with multiple awards throughout his career including the Teaching Attending of the Year, nursing nominated Physician of the Year and the HCA Fritz Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Hoggard is an expert in physician documentation and coauthored the ACDIS course “Clinical Documentation Essentials for the Hospital Provider”. His most recent area of focus is physician documentation and its impact on pay for performance metrics.
TREY LA CHARITE, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCDS, CCS - PHYSICIAN ADVISOR
Dr. La Charité currently serves as medical director for clinical documentation integrity, coding and recovery auditor response at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Dr. La Charité previously served as Medical Director for clinical integration for both the University of Tennessee Medical Center and for the University Physician’s Association, a 750-member independent provider association. Dr. La Charité is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine where he currently serves as a teaching attending and as the curriculum director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program’s hospitalist rotation. Dr. La Charité is board certified in internal medicine and has been a practicing hospitalist since completing his residency in 2002. Dr. La Charité also holds responsibilities in case management, utilization review, medical records, compliance and performance improvement.
Dr. La Charité is an active member of the American Association for Physician Leadership; American College of Physicians; American College of Physician Advisors; American Health Information Management Association; National Association of Physician Advisors; Society of Hospital Medicine; and the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists where he served as a member of the National Advisory Board (2011-2013). As a Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS), Dr. La Charité is a national speaker on various CDI topics, including: “The Physician Advisor’s Role in CDI”; “Physician Champions to CDI: Developing the Role and Achieving Medical Staff Compliance”; “CDI Physician Advisor Training Boot Camp”; “Physician Advisors in CDI: Taking a Team Approach to Achieve Success and Credibility”; among many other topics.
SCOTT KUSHIN, MD - PHYSICIAN ADVISOR
Dr. Scott Kushin is a physician advisor at Brundage Group. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a practicing academic hospitalist, supervising Lake Erie College of Medicine internal medicine residents at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. as well as family medicine residents at St. Petersburg General Hospital.
HITEN D. PATEL, DO - PHYSICIAN ADVISOR
Dr. Hiten D. Patel is a physician advisor at Brundage Group, specializing in status assignment and medical necessity documentation education. Dr. Patel is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and is a practicing hospitalist at St. Joseph’s Hospital North in Lutz, Florida.
Dr. Patel is an active member of the Society of Hospital Medicine; American Osteopathic Association; Florida Osteopathic Medical Association; and American College of Osteopathic Internists.
CHRISTOPHER D. HALLEMAN, DO, FACOI - PHYSICIAN ADVISOR
Dr. Christopher Halleman is a physician advisor at Brundage Group. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Halleman is a practicing hospitalist at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Fla., where he serves as Associate Medical Director of Hospital Medicine. He is an active member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists and American College of Physicians.
MARY FRANCES PEREDY - CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
KEITH FULMER, MHSA, PMP - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
PATRICIA BRUNDAGE, MSN, ARNP, CCDS - CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, CLINICAL OPERATIONS
MARY BETH BUMBARGER, RHIA, CCS, CHDA - DIRECTOR OF HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (HIM) & PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE (PMO)
Mary Beth Bumbarger is director of health information management (HIM) & project management office (PMO) at Brundage Group. She is responsible for developing, generating and analyzing business data in support of providing insight into business performance and improving clinical operations.
Mary Beth has more than 25 years of experience in various healthcare delivery settings, both private and government. Her career experience includes: working as a professional services senior consultant with Nuance Communications, where she was a key player on ICD-10 and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) educational engagements for numerous Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers and private health systems; as chief of HIM and federal records manager at a VAMC in North Carolina; and at BayCare Health System in Florida where she was a Sr. Project Manager on a $236 M, 7-year Cerner EHR implementation project driven by clinical transformation and standardization across nine medical centers.
Prior to these positions, Mary Beth founded one of the first remote-based coding and consulting companies, leveraging the use of information technology to assist health systems in reducing costs while increasing revenue through accurate and timely case mix reporting.
Mary Beth is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and a Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).