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Board of Trustees

The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) prides itself on working with a diverse group of people who represent all aspects of healthcare from clinical to consumer. The KFMC Board of Trustees consists of multiple professional perspectives of healthcare which provides a dynamic and well-rounded group of thought leaders. Board members include:

Linda Farrar, BSN, LNHA – Lawrence, KS
Linda Farrar has dedicated her professional career to providing elders Photo of Linda Farrar in senior living centers with quality of life and quality of care. Linda received her BSN from The University of Iowa and her post-graduate Licensed Adult Care Home Administrator education from Kansas University. Linda has served in the roles of administrator, Executive Director, Executive Management and Chief Operating Officer. In July, 2011, Linda retired from her full-time position to enable her the time to enhance her work with elders in a consulting role. During her career, Linda’s passion has been person-centered/person-directed care. Linda believes that through education of staff, primarily direct-care staff, facilities can provide both quality of care and thus remain regulatorily compliant AND provide quality of life, providing enhanced, personal experiences for elders served. Linda has facilitated two different facilities in winning the PEAK Award on 4 different occasions since 2002. Linda has spoken at the national Pioneer Network annual meeting about implementing universal workers in a long term care setting. Linda is a Kansas-approved Certified Activity Director instructor, and a certified ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium). In the recent past, Linda has presented webinars for Kansas Health Care Association, Missouri Health Care Association and the Nebraska Health Care Association on the Rules of Participation. Linda’s passion is the provision of caring, compassionate care for elders residing in long term care facilities.

Thomas A. Hintz, CPA, CPMA, PFS (Non-voting Ex Officio Member) – Manhattan, KS
Mr. Hintz has more than 40 years Photo of Thomas Hintz of experience in auditing, tax and business consulting. He is currently involved in several organizations and boards in the Manhattan community.

Robert Huebner, PhD - Liberty, MO
Dr. Huebner is an experienced biotechnology program manager Photo of Dr. Robert Huebner with over thirty years of research experience with viral and microbiological pathogens and expertise in the vaccine industry, group management, and program management. Throughout his career, he has worked for a variety of organizations, large pharma companies, government agencies, and a contract research organization, holding positions of increasing responsibility at each. At the Latham BioPharm Group (LBG), he supports both commercial and US Government funded programs as a subject matter expert on biopharmaceutical development, analytics and program management. He also leads efforts to help clients win and secure non-dilutive US Government funding. Prior to joining LBG, Dr. Huebner worked at the Biomedical Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the Department of Health and Human Services where he held several positions including Acting Director of the Influenza Division, Deputy Director and Chief of Universal Influenza Vaccine Development. While serving as Acting Director, he was responsible for over 50 programs valued in excess of $5 billion. His tenure in this position was highlighted by the licensure of three new types of influenza vaccines, and approval of a new near patient diagnostic platform for influenza and RSV. Prior to BARDA, working at MRIGlobal, Dr. Huebner grew the client base for the biotechnology section he managed, bringing in projects from US Government and industrial clients to work on vaccines, detection methods and destruction methods for bacterial and viral pathogen. Dr. Huebner started his career as a bench scientist and group leader at Sanofi Pasteur working on applied research to develop new and improved vaccines against Lyme disease, influenza, Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis, malaria and pneumococcal disease. Dr. Huebner received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts University in Boston, MA and a B.S. in Biology from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Sarah Irsik-Good, MHA - President and CEO
Sarah leverages nearly 20 years of experience Photo of Sarah Irsik-Goodin the healthcare delivery system in furthering KFMC's mission to "lead innovation to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of healthcare." Prior to her appointment as CEO, Sarah served as Director of Quality Improvement and then Vice President for KFMC, providing technical direction and operational leadership for the Medicare quality improvement work across Kansas. Prior to joining KFMC, Sarah served as the Risk & Quality Manager, Education Coordinator and Compliance Officer for Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, KS. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Health Care Operations from Kaplan University and her Master of Health Administration from Ohio University.

Sandy Praeger – Lawrence, KS
Sandy Praeger was the Republican Kansas Insurance Photo of Sandy Praeger Commissioner from 2003 to 2015. She was first elected in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Commissioner Praeger was responsible for regulating all insurance sold in Kansas and overseeing the nearly 1,700 insurance companies and 110,000 agents licensed to do business in the state. She demonstrated a passion for health reform as Insurance Commissioner, and during her time in the State Senate and House of Representatives, working on health reform and mental health parity. She is also past-president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). As the chairwoman of the NAIC’s work on health reform, she led the process of writing the medical loss ratio regulation. Ms. Praeger is a longtime Kansas resident who lives in Lawrence, where she attended the University of Kansas and served as both Mayor and City Commissioner prior to being elected to the Kansas Legislature.

Arlo Reimer, MD - Lakin, KS
Dr. Reimer currently practices at Herington Municipal Photo of Arlo Reimer, MDHospital. He has practiced full spectrum family medicine in a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital for over 19 years. Dr. Reimer finished a master’s degree in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College in 2017 and has interests in quality improvement and healthcare delivery in the rural setting.

Julie Roth, JD, RHIA - Overland Park, KS
Julie Roth represents large health systems, Photo of Julie Rothhospitals and physician practices, and counsels clients on the sale, acquisition and development of complex joint ventures. She also counsels clients on regulatory compliance matters including the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, HIPAA privacy and security rules, Medicare and Medicaid payment rules, Conditions of Participation and EMTALA. Ms. Roth has substantial experience with electronic health records and the health information technology exchange. She assisted in the development of the Kansas Health Information Technology and Exchange Act which aligns Kansas law with the HIPAA Privacy Rules. Ms. Roth holds a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law and also earned her Masters' degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas. She is a credentialed Registered Health Information Administrator.

Steven Smith, MBA, FACMPE, CHFP - Overland Park, KS
Steven Smith is a member of BKD’s Health Care Photo of Steven SmithPerformance Advisory Services division, Physician Services Center of Excellence and payment reform teams. He provides consulting services to provider groups and health care organizations related to revenue cycle, process improvement, operations, payment reform initiatives and compliance. He has experience planning and completing consulting projects that analyze existing revenue cycle processes and historical performance as well as identifying areas of opportunity for improved processes and outcomes. He also has experience utilizing big data and historical performance to predict future outcomes along with identifying trends that may indicate areas of opportunity for process change and improved financial and clinical outcomes. Mr. Smith has worked closely with Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers to analyze operations and identify areas of opportunity related to operations or revenue cycle. He has provided detailed presentations on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, bundled payment methodologies and numerous other payment reform initiatives. Mr. Smith is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) through MGMA and has earned the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) designation through the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). He also is a member of national, state and local chapters of MGMA and HFMA. He is a 2003 graduate of William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, with a B.S. degree in business administration, and a 2007 graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas, with an M.B.A. degree.

Ryan Spaulding, PhD (Chair) – Kansas City, KS
Dr. Spaulding is the Director of the Center for Photo of Ryan Spaulding Telemedicine and Telehealth at Kansas University Medical Center and administers all telehealth projects, research activities and daily operations of the department. In this role, Dr. Spaulding establishes and implements the Center's clinical, educational and technological priorities for the provision of telemedicine service and health information technology (HIT) initiatives in Kansas communities. He serves as an Advisory Board member for the KUMC Center for Health Informatics. Dr. Spaulding received his PhD from the University of Kansas, and previously earned BS and MA degrees from Central Michigan University. He is a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the National Communication Association.

Deborah Frye Stern, RN, JD – Topeka, KS
Ms. Stern is a registered nurse and an attorney who recently retired from the Photo of Deborah Frye Stern Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) where she served as senior vice president of clinical services, general counsel and corporate compliance officer. In her role, she assisted hospitals with clinical and regulatory issues and oversaw all legal services for the association and its family of corporations. Prior to joining KHA, she was an attorney at the Alderson Law Firm and worked at Stormont Vail Regional Medical Center in the areas of nurse recruitment, home health, peer review, Joint Commission accreditation and nursing quality improvement. She holds degrees in nursing and psychology, is a 1998 graduate of the Washburn University School of Law and is past president of the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka. Ms. Stern is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and moved to Kansas in 1977 to work as a registered nurse at the Menninger Foundation.

David Voran, MD – Kansas City, MO
David Voran, M.D. is the Associate Professor and Informatics Director Photo of David Voran, MDof Community and Family Medicine at Truman Medical Center and Medical Director, Family Medicine Center–Truman Medical Center, Lakewood. Prior to joining Truman Medical Center, Dr. Voran was Medical Director of the Innovation Clinic at Heartland Health now Mosaic Life Care (2006-2013), Physician Executive for Cerner Corporation (2003-2006), CMIO for Health Midwest (1997-2003) and Executive Director of Information Technology at the University of Kansas Medical Center (1994-1997). Over the last 6 years, Dr. Voran has piloted various workflows and technologies with emphasis on putting as much technology in the primary care physician’s exam room as possible. He is a strong believer in patient engagement and patient-directed care. He has aggressively used the patient portal, promoted point-of-care imaging and believes that, until the patient is the primary user of the EMR, medical organizations will not fully realize the power of the clinical information systems in which they are now investing. He provides medical content expertise to a number of startup companies in the greater Kansas City area. Most recently, he developed and maintained a Residency Dashboard with emphasis on Quality Metrics designed to help physicians and patients close care gaps at the point of care. Dr. Voran received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the Wichita State University in 1974. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1988 and post-graduate degree from University of Kansas – Family Practice in 1991. He is Board Certified in Family Practice and is an active member of the American Academy of Family Practice and was a member of the Academy’s ad hoc Committee on Electronic Medical Record. Dr. Voran is active in a number of professional organizations and is a past president for the Heart of America chapter of HIMSS and is a Medical Director for CVS Minute Clinics in the Kansas City area.

Eric Voth, MD - Topeka, KS
Dr. Voth is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Pain Photo of Eric VothManagement, and Addiction Medicine as well as former Vice-President of Primary Care at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, Kansas. He is a pioneer in the appropriate prescribing of controlled medications and is recognized as an international authority on drug use, drug policy-related issues, pain management, and appropriate prescribing practices. Dr. Voth also serves as an advisor on alcohol and drug abuse issues to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, is a former member of the National Advisory Committee for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of HHS and is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Voth has advised Reagan, Clinton, both Bush, and Obama administrations, and has advised or testified for numerous Congressional offices on drug-related issues. He has appeared on, or consulted to, numerous other radio media, and has been quoted by numerous international print media. Having consulted in legal cases for over 30 years, Dr. Voth has provided expert testimony on general medical issues, pain management, and addiction issues for both defense and plaintiff cases.

Carla Yost, MHA, BSN, FACHE - Wichita, KS
Ms. Yost is the Chief Nursing Officer Photo of Carla Yostand Senior Administrator for Quality and Service at Via Christi Health in Wichita, Kansas. In her role, Ms. Yost provides strategic and clinical nursing direction and operational leadership for quality, safety and service. Prior to joining Via Christi Health Wichita, Ms. Yost served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer for Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas. She has achieved numerous accomplishments in quality, service and finance. Ms. Yost has 30 years of experience in leadership, nursing, quality and performance excellence.

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