Derek Petrak

Derek Petrak provides in-depth Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement expertise and Medicare and Medi-Cal cost report consultation. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting from Western Michigan University in June 1982. Upon relocating to California, he spent one year as a Medicare Provider Auditor with Aetna Life Insurance Company in Los Angeles, CA. From there, he left the fiscal intermediary side of healthcare and became the Budget/Reimbursement Manager of Centinela Hospital Medical Center and Centinela Mammoth Hospital. After five years with Centinela, he took a position as a Reimbursement Specialist for Summit Health Ltd. After Summit moved their offices, Derek accepted a position with the reimbursement firm, Starcare International, Inc. located in Walnut Creek, CA. Derek worked in the Southern California Torrance office for three years, and then moved to the Walnut Creek office to become Manager for three years. In June 1995, Derek left Starcare International, Inc. and established his own firm of Petrak & Associates, Inc.

Patrick Jordan

Patrick Jordan provides in-depth Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement expertise and Medicare and Medi-Cal cost report consultation. He received his Bachelor of Science – Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent two years as a Medicare Provider Auditor with Blue Cross of California in Woodland Hills, CA. From there, Pat also left the fiscal intermediary side of healthcare and became a Cost Reimbursement Analyst for Palomar Pomerado Hospital District for two years before becoming a Reimbursement Specialist for Summit Health Ltd for one year. Pat then accepted a position with the reimbursement firm, Starcare International, Inc. and worked in the Southern California Torrance office for three years. Pat then left Starcare International, Inc. and established his own firm.

Michael J. LaMattina

Michael J. LaMattina provides in-depth Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement expertise and Medicare and Medi-Cal cost report consultation. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting and Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems from California State University Fresno – Fresno, CA. Mike is a Certified Public Accountant – State of California License Number 65364. Mike spent three years as an Audit Senior with Ernst & Young’s Fresno office. From E & Y, Mike went into healthcare working two years as a Senior Financial Analyst for Kaweah Delta District Hospital located in Visalia, CA and six and one-half years as an employee of Saint Agnes Medical Center located in Fresno, CA (One and one-half years as Director of Finance and five years as Senior Reimbursement Analyst). Pat then left Saint Agnes Medical Center and established his own firm in December 2001.

Michael Vaida, Ph.D.

Michael Vaida, Ph.D. brings the firm thirty years of experience in health care information systems and research. His work on the development and use of complex health care data bases has provided expert information to a wide range of clients including hospitals, associations and government agencies.

Michael maintains a large computer based health information system that integrates vast amounts of data from many public and private industry sources. He uses these data to develop complex computer models to provide quantitative reports and analyses based upon modeling, simulations, and statistical techniques. His work includes analysis of reimbursement systems, market studies, hospital financial and utilization profiles, competitive position assessments and analysis of policy alternatives.

Michael was the director of the Hospital Data Center at the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems where he performed many computer simulations and developed econometric models to evaluate and recommend positions on external and internal policy initiatives.

He has served on various task forces and committees for the state and federal government as well as the private sector. His role in these groups has been instrumental in the formulation of research based public policy. Michael has written numerous scientific and technical publications relevant to health care economics and public policy.

Aculytix

Aculytix provides finance & regulatory compliance, Medicare & Medicaid reimbursement and revenue cycle services exclusively to the healthcare industry. Clients include hospitals and health systems where outcome-focused solutions to healthcare providers are offered. Aculytix’s business model is very different than the highly leveraged models typically utilized by larger firms in that engagements are staffed with highly experienced consultants that personally lead each engagement. The average years of experience of Aculytix’s professional staff are in excess of 20 years. Clients value the depth and breadth of our services, our know-how and methodologies, and the innovative ideas we bring to them on a consistent basis.

Specific services provided by Aculytix include:

Acu-Pact – Post-Acute Care Discharge Transfer Review
Acu-Report – Medicare and Medicaid Cost Report Preparation
Acu-DSH – Medicare DSH Preparation and Review
Acu-Recovery – Denials Recovery
Acu-Rev – Payor Review and Recovery

The Aculytix team includes Michael Higgins and Trina Wilson