Ann Rubino, MPH, FACHE

President, ACHE-RI

Contact via email


The Rhode Island Chapter of ACHE has had a very busy year!  Here are some highlights of our most recent events:

Chapter News

It was great to see such a great turnout, especially the large number of first-time attendees, on November 15 come out to hear Jim Austin's inspiring and thought-provoking presentation on "Embracing Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare- Leadership Implications" at the Radisson Airport Hotel. The diverse audience included attendees from local health systems, community health centers, consultants, long-term care facilities as well as healthcare administration students.   The event was sponsored by Leaders for Today, the Center for Applied Research (CFAR) and Ethicon.            




New Members October/November 2018


Membership involvement is a key factor in our success and we need each of you to assist us in growing our membership base.   We would like to welcome the following new members of ACHE-RI and hope to meet you soon at one of our events:


LT Sobondo Wilson, Naval Health Clinic New England

Robyn Earley, MassTex Imaging

Dan Tasho, Prospect Medical Holdings

Be a Partner with ACHE-RI in 2019


In 2019, we are offering a new benefit to sponsors of our Chapter!  Silver or Gold Sponsors will have the opportunity to put an educational/thought leadership article in 1-2 of our Chapter's newsletters.  Our distribution includes over 1000 healthcare professionals from healthcare organizations throughout RI and nearby MA. Contact Katie Holland ( or Rob Weiss ( if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.


ACHE-RI Committees


Our committees need you!  Your active participation on our committees is essential for the organization's success and we welcome your interest in sharing your skills and expertise. Most of the work is done by conference calls/e-mails to make it easy for you to participate. You are welcome to contact us if you would like to become a member of any of the committees below:

Membership - Communications -  Sponsorship - Education - Diversity/Inclusion


Your news is wanted! ACHE-RI members who have moved to a new position, received a promotion or achieved professional accomplishment should submit their news to ACHE-RI Director Katie Holland (

ACHE-RI is on social media – so remember to connect with us for the most up to date news and photos:

Save the Dates!


ACHE-RI Annual Dinner Meeting

Thursday, January 17 | 5:30 -8:00 p.m. | New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich

Keynote:  Sara M. Johnson, FACHE, a member of the ACHE Board of Governors

Installation of the 2019 ACHE-RI Chapter Officers



LEAN And High Reliability Organizations

Friday, Mar. 29 | Half Day Program | Location: TBD



Hospitals Prioritize Clinical Documentation Improvement

Clinical documentation improvement was identified as a top priority by hospital technology, financial and physician leaders in a recent Black Book Market Research report.

"Because of increased patient engagement, the need for proper clinical documentation improvement driving quality outcome scores has never been more essential," says Doug Brown, managing partner of Black Book.

Highlighted below are four additional findings from the survey.

  • Nearly 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals now outsource some or all coding functions.

  • Ninety-one percent of hospitals with more than 150 beds that outsource their CDI processes reported significant increases in appropriate revenue and proper reimbursements in the third quarter of 2018.


  • Eighty-eight percent of hospitals confirm documented quality improvements and increases in case mix index within six months of CDI implementation.

  • Eighty-nine percent of hospital financial officers say that the above factors do influence their motivation to adopt CDI practices.


-Adapted from "Black Book Survey: New Generation CDI Enhances Patient Care and Reduces Financial Risk," Black Book Market Research, Oct. 19, 2018.



Tuition Waiver Assistance Program


To reduce the economic barriers to ACHE educational programming for ACHE members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.   ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers for specific offerings to ACHE members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition to education programs.  Members and Fellows in career transition are also encouraged to apply. Tuition waivers are based on financial need. Recipient must be a current ACHE full member or Fellow for at least one year from the time of the session start.  A member may only receive a waiver every three years of their membership. Requests are due no less than eight weeks before the program date. Please visit for more information

ACHE Offers Emotional Intelligence Assessment Webinar


Career experts agree that emotional intelligence is a better predictor of career success than IQ. But many healthcare executives do not have a clear idea of how their emotional intelligence measures up. With the Emotional Intelligence Assessment, you can measure your emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) and use the results to build stronger relationships, enhance self-awareness and achieve greater work/life balance. You will complete the assessment in advance and participate in the webinar which will cover the history of the emotional intelligence concept, the impact of managing emotions on personal development and leadership success, and the structure of the EQ-i assessment report. You will be sent your personalized EQ-I report at the conclusion of the webinar and also receive a resource book to help you plan ways to develop your emotional intelligence and improve your EQ scores. 

This webinar will be presented on December 12, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Cost: Members $170.00, Nonmembers $190.00


Access Complimentary Resources for the Board of Governors Exam

For Members starting on the journey to attain board certification and the FACHE® credential, ACHE offers complimentary resources to help them succeed. Two resources available to get you started are the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management Reference Manual and quarterly Advancement Information webinars

  • The Reference Manual, found at, includes a practice 230 question exam and answer key, a list of recommended readings, test-taker comments and study tips.

  • Fellow Advancement Information webinars provide a general overview of the Fellow advancement process, including information about the Board of Governors Exam, and allow participants to ask questions about the advancement process. An upcoming session is scheduled for Dec. 14. Register online at

Both offerings supplement other Exam resources such as the Board of Governors Review Course and Online Tutorial.



As always, feel free to reach out directly to me or any of our Board members if you would like to get involved with our Chapter!


.Ann Rubino, FACHE
President, ACHE-RI