Healthcare Innovation Partners (HIP Consulting) is an affiliation of executive consultants and small advisory firms that collaborate on healthcare industry client initiatives. We deliver small practice agility with large practice power. The firm offers comprehensive, end-to-end Strategy, Performance Improvement, Transformation and Turnaround Services. Our “Real World” experience allows our team to deliver practical solutions to our industry’s toughest problems across financial, operational, clinical, and technology areas of healthcare. Our consulting teams serve as executive facilitators, guides, and subject matter experts to support our client’s management team and internal resources. Our strength is implementation of complex strategic initiatives.


Our Executive Consultants can address a hospital’s most intricate challenges:

  • Poor performing departments or service lines
  • Shifting reimbursement methodologies and service delivery models
  • Physician alignment and patient engagement
  • Patient safety events
  • New competition and changing market demands
  • Declining market share or shifting referral patterns
  • Interim administrative and/or clinical leadership
  • Buy, build, lease decisions and return on investment analyses
  • Technology evaluation, selection, and procurement (including Requestfor Proposal assistance)

Our assessments generally include the following elements that are often critical to the success of the newly integrated or challenged organization:

  • Full review of operational cost structures, includingprogram/servicelines, clinical operations, care model, staffing by area, compensation packages, processes, workflows, purchasing cycles and mission critical costs, focusing on matching costs with available revenues.
  • Revenue Cycle Process Improvement-Comprehensive review and implementation of practice improvements including workflow processes, staffing, benchmarks, management and revenue maximization.
  • Physician Productivity and Compensation–Propose physician compensation and productivity philosophy that aligns the organization’s mission and cost structures with available revenues.
  • Review of Executive Management Structure


We strive to improve clinical and operational performance of healthcare delivery organizations by leveraging senior industry experts with technology, operations and clinical backgrounds and a shared passion to transform healthcare.

Linus Diedling B.S.B.A – President, Healthcare Innovation Partners – Accomplished senior executive with over 35 years of international leadership experience in healthcare operations management, performance improvement and information technology services based on a broad array of business skills. Mr. Diedling is a motivating, performance-driven team leader, particularly during times of organizational change. Serves as founder and leader of an affiliation of executive consultants and small advisory firms that collaborate on healthcare industry client initiatives. We deliver small practice agility with large practice power. The firm offers comprehensive, end-to-end Performance Improvement, Transformation and Turnaround Services. Our “Real World” experience allows our team to deliver practical solutions to our industry’s toughest problems across financial, operational, clinical, and technology areas of healthcare. Our consulting teams serve as executive facilitators, guides, and subject matter experts to support our client’s management team and internal resources. Our strength is implementation of complex strategic initiatives.

  • Bruce Adler, MBA – Revenue Cycle Optimization – Revenue Cycle Practice Director for MedMatica Consulting Associates. Experienced Executive Consultant with over 30 years of combined provider and consulting experience in operational performance improvement, advising in all major areas of Revenue Cycle Management.
  • Stewart Ault, MPA – Physician Practice Management – Senior administrator with expertise in relationship management, operations, strategic planning and financial management for health care and not-for-profit organizations. Core Competencies include developing and maintaining strategic partnerships, communication and interpersonal skills, leading teams, hospital and physician practice operations and creative thinking.
  • Christine Bessler, PMP – Technology specialist, CIO – expert in technology platforms and healthcare applications (Epic and others), security, enterprise application support, project management, clinical and business informatics, web development and business intelligence.
  • Farzan Bharucha, B. Pharm. – Strategy Executive – Partner with Whitecap Health Advisors. Trained as a pharmacist, with extensive experience in hospital/healthcare consulting. Areas of expertise include visioning, demand analysis, environmental assessments, service line planning, physician alignment, financial planning and master facility planning. Specialties: Academic and children’s hospitals; governance and long-term strategic planning.
  • Michael Bonner – Post Acute Care Executive – Served as Senior Vice President Strategy for Rehabilitation network. Expertise in a broad range of administrative, business planning and development, supervisory, teaching, and management skills, coupled with a solid foundation of experience in the health care industry. A skilled organizer and resourceful problem solver; able to plan and prioritize to meet deadlines, goals and cost objectives. An effective communicator and coordinator; capable of directing and teaching others or contributing to the collaborative efforts of a team. Attentive to detail, thorough and quality-oriented; able to adapt to change and make sound decisions.
  • Tony Burke, B.A. – Innovation and Growth Executive – President, Pivot Healthcare. An inspirational entrepreneurial leader who transforms legacy and emerging organizations through vision, innovation, and thoughtful execution. A motivational and passionate team leader who energizes others to accomplish exceptional things. A committed health care advisor, consultant and coach, helping to evolve health care to a new more accessible and affordable future.
  • Shawn Cole, M.D. – Virtual Health Strategy – Dr. Cole is a practicing primary care physician and leads consulting clients with the development of virtual health strategies and infrastructure development.
  • David DeJesus, MBA, MS Labor Relations – Human Resources Executive – Demonstrated success with leading and developing the HR function and future leaders. Expert in all HR disciplines, union and non-union organizations and executing strategies during periods of organizational disruption.
  • Mary Del Guidice, MSN, BS, RN, CENP – Senior Healthcare Executive and CNO – Serves as CEO of Del Guidice Consulting firm and Sr. Fellow with CHOPR, UPenn School of Nursing. Concurrently serving as Consultant with Creative Health Care Management. Demonstrated Servant leadership from bedside to the boardroom and five-time ANCC Magnet recognition in various leadership roles. Focused on Transformational Leadership and innovative patient centered programs for unprecedented outcomes in patient and staff satisfaction.
  • Ken Epstein, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM – Physician Executive – Expertise in hospitalist program development and improvement. Able to work equally well with the hospital executive team as well as with the hospitalist physician leaders to provide mentoring. Clinically active as Hospitalist and Internist.
  • Meredith Ferguson, MSW, LCSW – Technology Enabled Clinical Workflow – President, HCIT Consulting. Specialized skill in assessment, analysis, project planning, implementation and benefits realization for acute and outpatient care. Areas of focus include Case Management, Discharge Planning, UR, Coding, Outpatient Case Management, ED, OR, Throughput and Quality.
  • Michael Hyder, MD, MPH – Medicine and Practice Management – Physician executive and leader expert in clinical medicine, patient centered care, accountable care organizations, clinically integrated networks, integrated clinical information systems.
  • Ruth Levin, MHA – Managed Care Contracting – President, Managed Care Revenue Cycle Consulting. Assists hospitals around the country implement gainsharing and other hospital- physician collaboration programs, and generates additional revenue for hospitals through underpayment recovery programs and managed care contracting strategies.
  • Lou Liebhaber, MBA – Strategic Advisor to health systems, COO – Expert in strategic positioning, organization transformation, board / management performance, operational turnaround, M&A, executive coaching and physician alignment.
  • Joe Lyons, MA, CPA – Physician Practice Management – Experienced advisor on medical group practice operations, compensation structures and medical staff strategic matters.
  • George Popko, MBA – CEO and CFO Executive Consultant – President, Healthcare Preferred Partners. Successful executive with extensive experience and expertise in the hospital and healthcare industries as Executive Management and Advisor.
  • Bridget Sarikas, MBA- Administrative Operations, CAO – V ice President, Right Advisory, LLC. Experienced operations leader, expert in process effectiveness, employee engagement, operational excellence, customer experience, systems implementation, facilities management, supply chain and real estate.
  • Sheila Sferrella, B.S, MBA – Operations Improvement – President, Regents Health Resources, Inc. Solutions-focused executive with a successful 25+ year career of facilitating growth, productivity and efficiencies for academic and multi-hospital integrated healthcare systems. Visionary thinker known for creatively navigating organizations and producing results in complex environments, from negotiating joint ventures with physicians to standardizing clinical operations across a system. 
  • Kathy Scott, RN, MPA, PhD., FACHE – Clinical Operations, proven healthcare executive – Dr. Kathy Scott is a seasoned healthcare executive, consultant, speaker and writer and has served in the capacity of CNO, COO, Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Integration Officer for several health systems. She has expertise in designing, implementing and managing wide-scale change utilizing a high-reliability systems framework. An experienced senior leader in hospital and healthcare systems with prior responsibilities for clinical innovation and ACO clinical integration; operational oversight of hospitals, case management, information technology/systems, informatics, research, quality and performance excellence, education, home care and hospice, population health and chronic care programs. She helps ACOs, health systems and providers to become risk ready through the design and implementation of clinical integration strategies that align incentives, manage populations, identify and reduce risk/waste and enhance clinical effectiveness. 
  • Robert Tarola, CPA – Financial Operations, CFO and Finance Consulting – President, Right Advisory LLCbrings a unique perspective to address business and professional challenges of accountants, auditors, attorneys, governance bodies and finance professionals. Extensive experience as a public company director, CFO and auditor. 
  • Nick van Terheyden, M.D. – CMO/Digital Healthcare Leader – President Incremental Healthcare. Dr. van Terheyden brings more than 3 decades of experience and insights from a diverse career in healthcare and business with some of the most prestigious hospitals, consulting firms, and technology companies. Internationally renowned physician executive leader in digital health, information technology and business transformation with a strong track record of team building with diverse groups and stake holders. Rapidly builds market share and successfully implements technology to disrupt the status quo and disintermediate incumbent players. Expansive network and connector of constituents including physicians, C-suite executives, board members, and patient community. Record of consulting success serving clients worldwide including the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Australia. 
  • Oliver Wagner, M.D. – International Physician Executive – Dr. Oliver Wagner has 30 years of international experience in healthcare services, covering clinical medicine and management consulting as well as executive strategic and operational work in different healthcare ventures. Based in Munich, Germany, Dr. Wagner works as an independent professional advisor to national and international clients since 2007. He focuses on strategic leadership and business development, medical expert consulting and moderation within M&A and change management projects. After his medical training (Surgical Specialist) Dr. Wagner gained international experience in business consulting and hospital management. He has extensive experience in corporate leadership as shareholder, board member and managing director of operating and holding companies for hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and private specialized clinics in several European countries. 
  • Robert Wagner, M.D. – Physician Executive – Dedicated and proven healthcare leader whose primary focus is to improve the health of patients and communities through innovation. He has expertise in: Emergency Medicine practice management, operation and design, hospital and professional revenue cycle, physician leadership, patient engagement, coding, clinical documentation improvement, care and utilization management, medical necessity compliance and denials management. 
  • Sylvan M. Waller, MD, FACEP – Virtual Health Physician Consultant – Dr. Waller is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and executive with a passion for innovation and leveraging technology to improve healthcare. He currently works with healthcare companies and individuals focusing on technology innovation, telemedicine, and entrepreneurship. He is an accomplished thought leader, author, speaker and adviser who works with both established and emerging companies in these areas. As former Chief Medical Officer of MDLIVE, Dr. Waller oversaw all areas of the company’s medical operations, service offerings, including physician recruitment, training, certification and on-boarding; all aspects of patient care; and future medical service strategy, quality and implementation. Prior to MDLIVE, Dr. Waller was Founder and CEO of Alii Healthcare, a consumer-focused telehealth company. Past executive leadership roles included Chief Medical Officer East Division with Schumacher Clinical Partners, where he provided executive oversight and direction for their medical and clinical operations. In addition, he worked at ApolloMD as Vice President Clinical Operations, and for Kaiser Permanente and Accenture as a Management Consultant. 
  • Greg Wozniak, MBA, MHA – CEO Executive Consultant – President, Denali Healthcare Accomplished healthcare visionary dedicated to leading organizations to provide safe, proper and effective care in the changing industry landscape, including the transition from volume- to value-based reimbursement models. Served for 16 years as President and CEO of St. Mary Medical Center (a $550 million organization – annual net revenue), leading the development and implementation of its clinically integrated network, accountable care organization, full-risk, dual-eligible program for seniors, physician network, ambulatory care network, physician engagement & joint ventures, and free-standing acute rehabilitation hospital, as well as, innovative payer relationships.