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Ron Present, CALA, CNHA, LNHA, FACHCA

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Meet Ron

Ron is a partner in Armanino’s Consulting practice. He has more than 35 years of experience and is a health care industry expert. He has in-depth knowledge of the operational structure of pre-acute, acute and post-acute health care environments. Ron brings clients hands-on experience as both an industry executive and consultant.

His health care expertise includes strategic, financial and operational advisory services; development of narrow and value-based networks; revenue enhancement and strategy implementation; reimbursement and process improvement strategies; HIPAA compliance; feasibility studies; merger and acquisition transactions and implementation; and market assessments.

Prior to joining Armanino, Ron was a partner in Brown Smith Wallace’s Advisory practice and served as the Health Care Industry Group leader.

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Experience

Professional History

Associations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)
  • American Public Health Association
  • Missouri Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Missouri Health Care Association, President

Education

  • University of Missouri - Columbia

Experience

  • Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Ernst & Young
  • Integrated Health Services
  • Service Assist

Q&A

Q. What is it about accounting and consulting that first drew your interest?

One of the reasons I got into health care was because I am passionate about providing care to an aging population and I know that the need for senior services will always be relevant. People are always going to grow old, and they are always going to need health care services.

When I was getting a master’s in health administration and a master’s in business administration and finance, I wanted to determine the career path where I could most effectively make an impact in the health care industry. I talked to potential employers and quickly realized that I could grow and learn the most if I joined a consulting firm and gain exposure to different types of health care-focused clients and projects. I decided to join what is now Ernst & Young, and that was the start of my health care career.

For me, it’s not just a job. I’m genuinely passionate about helping people and improving patient care.

Q. Make a prediction; describe your vision of the future of the general business environment for your area of expertise or the industries you serve.

I think the health care industry is going to grow in a massive way but will be faced with tremendous industry consolidation; it will need to become increasingly innovative, especially in terms of expanding value-based care and boosting patient engagement.

One of the biggest gaps in the industry right now is the availability of senior housing and services for the middle-income population. There’s lower-income housing available and certainly an abundance of options for the wealthy population. However, the middle-income senior housing model has yet to be perfected. We know the market is there, but from a financial perspective, it’s challenging to make it a feasible venture.

In the coming years, the health care industry will have to lean on innovation and technology to better engage patients and make them more involved in their own decision-making. If patients are engaged in the strategy of their own care, then there will be more opportunity for better financial and clinical outcomes.


Q. Without naming names, tell us about your favorite client and why you enjoyed working with them.

I think the health care industry is going to grow in a massive way but will be faced with tremendous industry consolidation; it will need to become increasingly innovative, especially in terms of expanding value-based care and boosting patient engagement.

One of the biggest gaps in the industry right now is the availability of senior housing and services for the middle-income population. There’s lower-income housing available and certainly an abundance of options for the wealthy population. However, the middle-income senior housing model has yet to be perfected. We know the market is there, but from a financial perspective, it’s challenging to make it a feasible venture.

In the coming years, the health care industry will have to lean on innovation and technology to better engage patients and make them more involved in their own decision-making. If patients are engaged in the strategy of their own care, then there will be more opportunity for better financial and clinical outcomes.


Q. Please tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I collect sports memorabilia and autographs. When my daughter was born, I wanted to figure out a way to commemorate her birth. I wrote to celebrities, athletes and politicians all over the world asking them to send a greeting to my daughter so that when she was old enough to understand what these letters mean, it would be a true time capsule for what was happening at the time she was born. That started my collection, and now over the years, my kids and I have individually or collectively met over 400 athletes and celebrities. The best encounter? St. Louis Cardinals baseball legend Stan Musial.
Q. Describe your work style.

I prefer to work as a team and to foster a collaborative environment for both my colleagues and my clients. It’s so important to get a variety of perspectives and to be open to constructive feedback.

By giving people the space to offer ideas and suggestions on how to do something better, in the long run not only do we benefit from a professional perspective, but the clients benefit as well.

Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
Be passionate about what you do! Passion is key to driving your career. If you can find something about your career that you’re passionate about and channel it into your everyday work, I think you can be incredibly happy and successful.
Q. What do you love most about your work?
It’s all about making a positive impact with our clients and enabling them to do better, thereby providing better care to patients. The most rewarding parts of my job for me are strategy and thinking for the future. Preparing clients to be successful is a really rewarding experience.
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