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Meet the Team: Greg Flicek

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Greg Flicek, wearing a white golf hat, smiles with his infant son in a blue bucket hat

Meet the Team is our blog series introducing some of the amazing professionals at Ascendient – who they are and what makes them tick. This month, meet Greg Flicek, a senior manager who joined the team in May 2021. Public accounting, national consulting groups, higher education, in-house hospital management – you’ve practiced in a variety… Read More

Hospital Community Benefit Rules: Changes Ahead

3 volunteers offering food & medicine illustrate the idea of hospital community benefit guidelines

Big changes are likely on the way for nonprofit health systems accustomed to “checking the boxes” in their community benefit reporting. Last month, two Democrat and two Republican senators wrote to the IRS questioning $28 billion in tax exemptions for nonprofit providers that “avoid providing essential care in the community for those who need it… Read More

Meet the Team: Katie Reilley

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Katie Reilley, Ascendient senior managing consultant, with her husband and two young sons

Meet the Team is our blog series introducing some of the amazing professionals at Ascendient – who they are and what makes them tick. This month, meet Katie Reilley, a senior managing consultant who joined the team in May 2021. You studied neuroscience as an undergrad before going back to Johns Hopkins for a Master… Read More

A Supportive Solution for Public Health Burnout

A carved wooden hand holds up a leaning tree, illustrating the need to support public health professional staff. Photo by Neil Thomas on Unsplash.

If you work in public health, you’ve surely experienced the burnout trend firsthand. Experts say state and local health departments have lost 15% of essential staff over the past decade, and 80,000 full-time workers are needed immediately just to provide “a minimum package of public health services.” From analysts to epidemiologists, public health professionals have… Read More

Deus Ex Machina: AI for CON Applications?

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A robot reading a magazine is a whimsical depiction of the role of AI in CON applications. Photo by Andrea Desantis via Unsplash.

Similar to other use cases, AI tools represent a supplemental resource when performing CON tasks, but are (for now) no substitute for personal experience and human intelligence Stories about generative AI technology have proliferated in newsfeeds and publications since the November 2022 release of ChatGPT, the latest chatbot from San Francisco-based technology company OpenAI. Users… Read More