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CareTech Solutions Selects Claudia Birkenshaw to Direct Revenue Cycle Solutions Service Line

Vice president to lead development and integration of patient financial services

Troy, Mich. – August 1, 2006 – CareTech Solutions, an information technology (IT) and health information management (HIM) services provider for hospitals and health systems, announced today the appointment of Claudia Birkenshaw as vice president of Revenue Cycle Solutions, a comprehensive approach to assist healthcare providers with revenue cycle management.

“Revenue cycle management is a key piece of the puzzle in helping hospitals reduce costs and increase efficiency, and we’re pleased to add Claudia’s expertise to our team,” said Jim Giordano, president and chief executive officer of CareTech Solutions. “Claudia’s creative approach to revenue cycle management will provide our clients with the tactics and strategies to improve their revenue recovery and cash flow – all while reducing costs associated with these processes.”

Birkenshaw possesses more than 20 years of healthcare experience, nearly all of which have been in leadership roles for hospital patient accounting. She has extensive experience lowering accounts receivable days, working one-on-one with staff, and bringing multiple departments together to resolve a process which affects timely payment. She has helped hospitals save hundreds of thousands of dollars by leading audits, serving as interim management, and accelerating cash flow. Birkenshaw also serves as co-founder and vice president of a healthcare revenue cycle learning solutions firm, PFS KnowledgeTrek. Prior to joining CareTech, Birkenshaw served as director of patient accounts for Health Revenue Assurance Associates in Plantation, Fla, and previously, as director of patient accounts at Munson Healthcare, a four-hospital Central Business Office in Traverse City, Michigan.

“I am thrilled to join CareTech in aiding an impressive roster of clients in realizing essential financial and process improvement through revenue cycle solutions,” said Birkenshaw. “By leveraging a network of vendors and other industry experts, CareTech is able to quickly evaluate and address these complicated issues, helping hospitals keep their focus on offering the highest quality of patient care and satisfaction possible.”

Birkenshaw holds a Master of Science degree in administration and a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration and psychology, both earned from Central Michigan University. She is active in the National Uniform Billing Committee and has authored an industry-focused book, UB-92 Handbook for Hospital Billing: A Reference and Training Tool for Efficient Operations in Healthcare Facilities, which was commissioned by the American Hospital Association. She also speaks on revenue cycle topics for the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

About CareTech Solutions

CareTech Solutions, Inc., an information technology and health information management services provider for hospitals and health systems, is committed to creating value for clients through customized, flexible solutions that contribute to improving patient care while lowering healthcare costs. From implementing emerging technologies to supporting day-to-day operations, CareTech offers clients expert services across the entire patient data lifecycle.

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