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athenahealth Names Ruben Jose King-Shaw, Jr. to Board of Directors.

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WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 19, 2003

Former COO of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), previously known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that administers the Medicare program and  Brings Extensive Healthcare Administration Experience to Practice Management Service Provider

athenahealth, the premier provider of revenue cycle optimization services to medical group practices, today announces the addition of Ruben Jose King-Shaw, Jr. to its board of directors. King-Shaw is the former COO of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and has been a prominent figure in both federal and state government overseeing healthcare issues. He brings over 15 years of experience in healthcare administration and government compliance to athenahealth, which offers revenue cycle management services that help physicians better manage their practices, increase profitability and improve their quality of care.

"Physicians rely on athenahealth's extensive knowledge of the healthcare insurance market to help them improve their businesses; Ruben's insight will be a fitting addition to our payor knowledge base," said Jonathan S. Bush, chairman, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  and co-founder of athenahealth. "athenahealth welcomes Ruben's leadership in the healthcare field to guide us as we grow our company and continue to deliver the best service to our practice management customers."

"I believe that athenahealth's growth, proven results and many customer accolades validate the vision that athenahealth's founders set out to create--to improve the business of healthcare," said Ruben King-Shaw. "I look forward to working with the athenahealth team, and am eager to get to know their customers, who trust athenahealth enough to allow it to manage their practice revenues."

King-Shaw is currently chairman of the board and chief marketing officer of deNovis, a healthcare software firm. He also sits on the board of Wellcare Health Plans of Tampa, Florida, and the Scripps Funding Board in Palm Beach. King-Shaw served in the George W. Bush presidential administration with various assignments, including Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury. As Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president.
 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the largest health insurance and financial services organization in the world, King-Shaw oversaw an annual budget of $420 billion and was responsible for the day-to-day direction of the Medicare, Medicaid and Child Health Insurance programs. He also guided healthcare initiatives including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website, Title I of HIPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when
 (HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191) Also known as the "Kennedy-Kassebaum Act," this U.S. law protects employees' health insurance coverage when they change or lose their jobs (Title I) and provides standards for patient health, ) and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (, EMTALA) is a United States Act of Congress passed in 1986 as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. .

Prior to joining the Bush administration, King-Shaw was the secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA AHCA Agency for Health Care Administration
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). He has an extensive background in health care management, having served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Miami-based Neighborhood Health Partnership, a joint venture between John Alden/Fortis Inc., physicians and hospitals. From 1993 to 1995, he was senior vice president of the New Ventures Division of John Alden Health, Inc. Prior to joining John Alden in 1993, King-Shaw was the director of the JMH JMH Jackson Memorial Hospital
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 Health Plan, an integrated delivery system integrated delivery system Integrated provider Medical practice A coordinated health care system formed by physician groups and hospitals which ↑ efficiency and ↓ redundancy in providing health care; IDSs coordinate delivery of a broad range of health  operated by a partnership of the Public Health Trust of Dade County and the University of Miami This article is about the university in Coral Gables, Florida. For the university in Oxford, Ohio, see Miami University.

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King-Shaw's education includes a Bachelor of Science Noun 1. Bachelor of Science - a bachelor's degree in science

bachelor's degree, baccalaureate - an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies
 in Industrial and Labor Relations with a specialty in Economic Security with Dean's honors from Cornell University's ILR School; a Master of International Business at the Center for International Studies in Madrid, Spain; and a Master of Health Services Administration from Florida International University Florida International University, primarily at University Park, Miami; coeducational; chartered 1965, opened 1972. A research university, it has 18 colleges and schools and many specialized centers and institutes, including those in biomedical engineering, database  in Miami, Florida.

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athenahealth offers the only physician enterprise management service to integrate workflow, billing and collections. The results are faster payment at lower cost, higher revenue retention and less hassle. athenahealth offers a premium Web-based transactional platform and delivers proprietary technology and integrated services linking providers to payors through intelligent patient and claims processing. For more information about athenahealth, visit our Web site at or call 1-888-652-8200.

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