Healthcare Council is a strategic marketing affiliate of Intalere.

Intalere’s mission focuses on elevating the operational health of America’s healthcare providers by designing tailored, smart solutions that deliver optimal cost, quality and clinical outcomes. We strive to be the essential partner for operational excellence in healthcare through customized solutions that address customers’ individual needs. We assist our customers in managing their entire non-labor spend, providing innovative technologies, products and services, and leveraging the best practices of a provider-led model. Visit to learn more.


Healthcare Council has a identified a group of niche business partners to assist members with specific operational areas including human resources, finance and reimbursement, population health management and other areas. Each business partner is an Allied Member of Healthcare Council and is located in western Pennsylvania. In addition, each business partner offers Healthcare Council’s facility members discount pricing on services.  Healthcare Council’s business partners are listed below.

For organizations interested in becoming Healthcare Council Business Partners, contact Pat Raffaele about Allied Membership at or click the button below.

Altius Healthcare Consulting Group

Altius Healthcare Consulting Group, formerly American Healthcare Solutions, is focused on providing high-quality performance management solutions, including operational assessments and labor management initiatives, but with a new edge that will more effectively meet the ever-changing needs of hospitals and healthcare systems. Altius’ array of services include productivity assessment/benchmarking/monitoring, operational appraisals, market analysis, strategic planning, physician practice review, turnaround support and interim management.

Contact: Stephanie Dorwart

Bottom Line Systems, Inc.

Bottom Line Systems, Inc. (BLS) is the premier, full-service provider of payment compliance and revenue recovery services in the country. Today, more than ever – especially with the looming conversion to ICD-10, every hospital needs additional reimbursement from all its payers. BLS finds “new” money in closed insurance and government accounts. Managed Care contract and process improvement feedback is provided alongside diligent collection and superior reporting capabilities. Additional services include denial management, refund review, credit balance reconciliation, unwarranted discount recovery, and accounts receivable. Our services are “risk free”. BLS is dedicated to ensuring fair, accurate payment for the quality care you provide to your patients.

Contact: Sharon Gmutza
Phone: (330) 717-5817

Cowden Associates

Cowden Associates, Inc. is a Pittsburgh-based consulting and actuarial firm. We have a dedicated team of professionals with extensive experience in benefits, retirement programs, compensation, employee communications, benefits enrollment, actuarial and technology services. Using a total compensation based approach, Cowden Associates, Inc. provides a full range of consulting services helping clients establish and maintain high quality compensation and benefits programs aligning organizations business strategies and objectives. Cowden Associates, Inc. is a charter partner of United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization.

Contact: Robert Crnjarich

Human Arc

Human Arc has been an innovation leader in hospital reimbursement services for three decades. Our Eligibility Enrollment Solutionssm offers the widest range of Medicaid and charity care eligibility screening and enrollment solutions from full outsourcing to IQualify software to improve full in-sourcing, or any combination. Our Disproportionate Share (DSH) Servicessm helps providers meet DSH reporting/qualification requirements and receive accurate distributions. PayerLogicsm Denial Solutions successfully appeals denials and helps reduce their incidence through improved processes. PayerLogic Audit Response helps hospitals prepare for, and respond to, all audits. PayerLogic Out-of-state Medicaid Solutions provides complete Out Of State billing, follow-up and provider enrollment support.

Contact: Chris Milligan

Qualaris Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Qualaris is a Pittsburgh-based health IT company with a mission to make healthcare safer, easier and lower cost. Qualaris strives to be a leader in innovative enterprise mobile and web solutions for patient safety and healthcare improvement.

Contact: Daniel Bishop
Phone: (412) 437.8259
Web Address:

Strategy Solutions, Inc.

Strategy Solutions, Inc. (SSI) is a planning and research firm with the mission “to create healthy communities.” We provide strategic planning, market research, community health needs assessment, board development and business growth services across the continuum of acute and post-acute health care.

What sets us apart? Strategy Solutions, Inc. has several distinguishing characteristics that separate us among other firms that provide similar services. Strategy Solutions, Inc. has extensive community health needs assessment, planning and program development/evaluation experience. We also have extensive product/market positioning experience that supports strategic business planning. While we provide research and planning consulting services, we will also teach organizations how to build their internal planning and research capabilities so that they do not have to rely on external consultants for ongoing support. We also help our clients fund projects and achieve outcomes by facilitating cross-sector collaboration in communities.

At Strategy Solution’s, Inc. we realize each organization is unique, and custom design each process to meet individual needs. Our projects and clients have been recognized as “best practices” by the International Economic Development Council, the International Association of Facilitators, The US Department of Health and Human Services, The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, The Pennsylvania and New York Departments of Public Health, The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Partners (the state Workforce Association), the Maryland Workforce Association as well as US News and World Report.

Contact: Debra A. Thompson