M. Thane Forthman, D.H.A., M.B.A
President & CEO
Dr. Thane Forthman oversees the growth, product development, and business strategy
of the company. Previously, he served as vice president and principal at Health
Care Investment Analysts, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) where he was responsible for the
company's provider profiling business unit which led the company's IPO in February
of 1995 (now Truven Health Analytics). Prior to HCIA, he served as a management
consultant with the McGraw-Hill Healthcare Management Group (New York, NY) where
he worked with a variety of provider and purchaser organizations to assess the cost
and quality of healthcare delivery. Dr. Forthman has published numerous articles
in leading peer reviewed journals relating to outcomes measurement and change management
and has served on the editorial review boards of the International Journal for Quality
in Health Care (Oxford University Press), Hospital Benchmarks, and Health Marketing
Quarterly. He received his doctorate in health administration from the Medical University
of South Carolina and completed the executive program in e-commerce at the Tuck
School of Business at Dartmouth.
Shane P. Wolverton
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Mr. Wolverton is responsible for establishing business partnerships and distribution
channels for the company. In this capacity he works with hospital associations,
health systems, healthcare information technology vendors, business coalitions,
insurance carriers, and third-party administrators. Mr. Wolverton is a sought after
speaker at national and international conferences on topics relating to the use
of medical analytics to assess the cost-effectiveness and quality of healthcare
delivery across the continuum of care. Most recently, Mr. Wolverton has been a featured
speaker at the CMS National Medicare-Medicaid Payment Incentives and Penalties Summit,
the American Hospital Association's National SHSMD Conference, the National Association
for Healthcare Quality’s Annual Conference, the International Health Travel Insurance
Conference of the Americas, and Global Excel’s International Healthcare Conference.
Prior to Comparion, he served as a management consultant with Health Care Investment
Analysts, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) and the McGraw-Hill Healthcare Management Group (New
York, NY). Mr. Wolverton received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University.
Christopher L. Forthman, M.D.
Chief Medical Advisor
Dr. Chris Forthman serves as an advisor to the company in the area of clinical research
and medical analytics. He has multiple active research projects and has published
numerous articles in peer reviewed journals including clinically-adjusted methods
for assessing the cost and quality of hospital and physician care and innovative
surgical procedures for orthopaedic disorders. Dr. Forthman was trained in Orthopaedics
at Harvard Medical School with an emphasis on complex shoulder, hand, and elbow
surgery. He’s a member of the medical staff at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and serves
as an instructor and consultant at the prestigious Curtis National Hand Center in
Baltimore. Dr. Forthman is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic
Surgery (ABOS). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
and carries the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Upper Extremity Surgery from
the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH).
Richard D. Henderson, M.B.A.
Vice President, Operations & Product Management
Mr. Henderson oversees corporate operations and manages the development of the company’s
CARE™ Performance Assessment Suite which includes the CareChex® Quality
Rating System, CareTracks® Provider Profiling System, and CarePoints®
Episode Evaluation System. Fully certified by The George Group in the use of Lean
Six Sigma techniques, his expertise includes the development and deployment of efficient
and effective operations management and product development methods. For nearly
20 years, he has served in various capacities in the health information services
industry. Prior to Comparion, he served as a management consultant with Health Care
Investment Analysts, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) and the McGraw-Hill Healthcare Management
Group (New York, NY). Mr. Henderson received his M.B.A. from the University of Georgia.
Robert J. Stahlsmith
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Mr. Stahlsmith directs the sales and marketing activities of the company. He formerly
served as vice president of sales at Physcape, Inc. (An MGMA Services Company, Englewood,
CO)--the market leader in web-based coding and productivity benchmarking services
for medical groups. While at Physcape, Mr. Stahlsmith was responsible for establishing
a new client base over a two-year period that comprised more than 20,000 physicians.
Prior to Physcape, he served as senior district sales manager and trainer at Schering-Plough
Pharmaceuticals where he contributed to all aspects of a new division start-up that
grew to $75 million in multi-district annual revenues in four years. Mr. Stahlsmith
received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University.
Carol S. Bachtel
Senior Director, Customer Service & Support
Ms. Bachtel oversees all aspects of customer service and support for the company
which includes applications training, customer education, and management of the
company’s help center. She has over 20 years of healthcare experience covering a
broad range of medical-related activities. Her career experience includes various
management positions at Health Care Investment Analysts, Inc. (Baltimore, MD), health
care planning and research responsibilities with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, regional
payer reimbursement management for Travenol’s home health subsidiary, and hospital
safety management for AnMed Health. Ms. Bachtel received her B.S. in public health
education from James Madison University and completed her pre-nursing curriculum
at the University of Virginia.
Kenneth J. Boynton
Senior Director, Information Technology
Mr. Boynton oversees and directs all information technology activities for the company
including application development, hardware, and software infrastructure. He has
over 30 years of information technology experience across a wide variety of industries
including banking, government, manufacturing, transportation logistics, and healthcare.
His career experience includes extensive database administration, application development,
project management, research, and large-scale hardware implementations. Mr. Boynton’s
last 12 years have focused entirely in the field of medical analytics where he contributed
to the design and development of two patent pending technologies for measuring the
composite quality of hospital and physician care. Prior to Comparion, Mr. Boynton
served as a system architect and project manager for Computer Management Sciences,
Inc. where he managed IT functions for a number of national and international organizations.