Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 29 @ 09:30am
Xemplar Foundation Signature Classic
Farmington Hills Golf Club
37777 11 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Our guest this week was Nolan Finley, the Editorial Page Editor of The Detroit News, a position he's held since May of 2000. He directs the expression of the newspaper's editorial position on various national and local issues, and also writes a column in the Sunday newspaper.

Nolan Finley joined The Detroit News staff as a copy boy in 1976 while he was still a student. He navigated the positions of reporter, deputy managing editor, business editor, city editor and opinion leader to eventually become the editorial page editor.

With Finley at the helm, the newspaper has attracted awards with its massive projects, such as the crash of Northwest Flight 255, Kmart’s slow descent, and Kirk Kerkorian’s play for the Chrysler Corporation. He was also one of the first to cover the globalization of the auto industry.

More recently, under his leadership, the editorial page launched The News multimedia website, “Michigan View,” which serves as a magnet and springboard for politics, automobiles and more. And Finley’s work at “Am I Right?” a news and events talk show at Detroit Public Television, led to a series of statewide debates and nightly newscasts.

Our guest for lunch this week was Dennis Pheney Jr., Michigan Assistant Michigan Attorney General for the Health Care Fraud Division. Dennis talked with us about the Health Care Fraud Division of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He prosecutes Medicaid Fraud on behalf of the Department of Community Health, which oversees the Michigan Medicaid Program. Providers such as medical doctors, pharmacies and home health providers can be prosecuted for filing false claims.

Healthcare fraud and abuse affects all of us. Healthcare fraud significantly impacts the Medicaid program by using up valuable public funds needed to help vulnerable children and adults access health care.  Everyone can take responsibility by reporting fraud and abuse. Recent cases were cited in which false billing by unscrupulous criminals resulted n millions of dollars being paid out for services that were never performed.

Since its inception, the Health Care Fraud Division has obtained criminal restitution orders totaling $7,401,187.70; civil judgments totaling $11,082,643.53; and settlement agreements providing for the recovery of $3,137,154.65 to the Medicaid Program. In total, the HCFD has obtained court orders and settlements requiring the return of $21,620,985.88 to the Medicaid Program. Additionally, the HCFD has collected $1,131,397.15 from Medicaid providers to offset the HCFD's investigation and prosecution costs.

Our guest for lunch this week was Dr. Lisa Chism, a nurse practitioner in the High Risk Breast Clinic, and member of the Breast Multidisciplinary Team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, specializing in high-risk breast care. She holds a doctorate degree in the nurse practitioner profession from Oakland University, and is a board-certified nurse practitioner and a certified menopause practitioner with the North American Menopause Society.

Karmanos offers full service, comprehensive breast services at centers in Detroit and Farmington Hills, providing evaluation and treatment of various breast problems. Karmanos doctors work as a team to evaluate and diagnose new patients and care for breast cancer survivors who have completed their treatment. The nurse practitioners in the high risk breast clinic manage all high risk breast patients who may have a higher than normal risk of developing breast cancer.

Dr. Chism was recently honored as a fellow by the  American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and has also developed a nursing theory titled, “Chism’s Theory of Spiritual Empathy,” which explains the relationship between nurses’ spiritual care perspective and their expressions of spiritual empathy.

Our guest for lunch this week was John Wojnaroski, a forensic polygraph examiner and retired Lieutenant of the Michigan State Police. During his 25-year career with the Michigan State Police, he served 20 years as a forensic polygraph examiner. He provided forensic polygraph services on felony investigations for courts, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies throughout Michigan, primarily in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston and Monroe counties.

Mr. Wojnaroski has testified as a forensic polygraph expert in criminal and civil courts and arbitrations. While with the Michigan State Police, he served in the ranks of Trooper, Sergeant and Lieutenant. His investigative duties included investigations of all major felony crimes – homicide, sexual assault, robbery, arson, narcotics, domestic violence, and theft. He was also a member of the Emergency Services Team (SWAT) where he served as a hostage negotiator.

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