Vachette Pathology is a pathology practice management firm. We are not a billing agency and do not perform billing. Instead we manage pathology practices from an outside point of view. We push your billing service to optimum performance; we renegotiate managed care contracts and help with the business of pathology.
Mick Raich, President
Mick Raich is the founder of Vachette Pathology. He is a nationally recognized consultant in the business of pathology and laboratory billing. His easy style and get-it-done personality have allowed him to become the industry leader in this field.
Mr. Raich has spent his entire 26 year career in health care. His experience includes direct patient care, hospital management, and working at a pathology billing company. For the last seven years Mr. Raich has served as the President/CEO of Vachette Pathology.
Over the years Mr. Raich has presented at every major national pathology and laboratory society conference and numerous state societies. He is frequently quoted, interviewed, and published as a specialist in this field. Mr. Raich is an ardent supporter of PathPAC and a member of MGMA.
Michelle Miller, Vice President
Ms. Miller brings over 20 years of billing and practice management experience to our team and has extensive knowledge and experience in accounts receivables management as well as network and contract management. She has had many successful contract negotiations with networks and managed care organizations resulting in substantial revenue enhancements. Ms. Miller specializes in working with new practices guiding them through all phases of new practice set up. She has taken pathology practices through initial development with new billing agencies and has worked through initialization of new laboratory information systems.
Ms. Miller is our primary source of contact for office management of independent labs and hospital-based pathology practices with hands-on patient customer service and referral source management. She is adept at performing complex billing audits and providing support for moving practices to electronic billing functions and automated processes.
Ms. Miller’s most noted success has been orchestrating a contractual settlement with an insurance carrier due to nonpayment issues that resulted in recoupment of more than half a million dollars for the practice she represented.
Ms. Miller has presented at Indiana Association of Pathologists and is a highly decorated Dale Carnegie graduate.
Wendy Payette, Director, Auditing Services
Wendy Payette joined Vachette as a Project Manager in January 2008. Prior to joining Vachette, Mrs. Payette spent six years as an Executive Assistant to the President of a global corporation and has over 25 years of administrative support expertise. This experience gives her a unique perspective of the intricacies of organizational management. Mrs. Payette also has extensive experience in operations management and customer care fields. These distinctive skills have allowed Mrs. P ayette to add another facet to the specialty-based knowledge of the Vachette team.
Angela Granlund, Executive Client Administrator
Angela Granlund joined Vachette as an Executive Client Administrator. Prior to joining Vachette, Mrs. Granlund worked as an executive assistant for an independent medical management company and health plan administrator. Mrs. Granlund comes to us with over 17 years of administrative and client support experience. Academically, Mrs. Granlund earned her BS in Biology from Butler University. Her background and experience have made her a valuable asset to Vachette Pathology.
Billie Morawski, Audit Coordinator
Billie Morawski, Auditing Coordinator, comes to Vachette with over 20 years of experience in the health care industry as a senior level auditor. She has worked on managed care audits, payment posting audits, clinical and anatomic pathology audits and will be a valuable asset to the company. Billie graduated with honors from Owens Community College, with an Associate Degree in Applied Business-Accounting.
Jessica Jankowski, Executive Client Administrator
Jessica Jankowski is a Client Administrator for Vachette Pathology. Mrs. Jankowski came to Vachette Pathology with over 8 years of experience in the health care industry, with the last 4 years serving as an Accounts Receivable Manager at a large medical practice. This role allowed her to develop leadership and analytical skills that promote swift attention to problems and areas of concern. Mrs. Jankowski’s experience in credentialing and contracting offers the necessary expertise to uphold the contractual obligations of carriers. Mrs. Jankowski is a graduate of DeVry University is a BS in Healthcare Administration.
David Novis, Strategic Consultant
Dr. Novis has practiced Laboratory Medicine and Pathology for over 30 years. He has considerable experience in providing and evaluating laboratory services, laboratory medical directorship, and pathology services. He is a recognized expert, author and lecturer on clinical quality, medical outcome assessment, patient safety, medical service delivery and best practices methodologies.
Dr. Novis has served as a Trustee of Wentworth Douglass Hospital. He was honored by the New Hampshire Hospital Association for his exemplary performance in hospital governance with the NHHA Outstanding Trustee of the Year Award (2005).
Dr Novis is the Medical Director of Oxford Diagnostic Laboratories in Marlborough, MA and Memphis, TN, and the CLIA Laboratory Director of Courtagen Life Sciences, Woburn MA. He is a member of the CAP Business Model Advisory Group, an Advisor to the University of New Hampshire Department of Health Management & Policy, Speaker of the House of Delegates and member of the Board of Governors of the College of American Pathologists, and the President of the New Hampshire Society of Pathology.
Vachette pathology is a proud member of the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors.
Kelly Bonnell, Executive Administrative Assistant
Kelly Bonnell joined Vachette Pathology in May 2013 as our Executive Assistant. Prior to joining Vachette, Ms. Bonnell attended Central Michigan University studying elementary education before shifting her focus toward raising her family and doing volunteer work. Ms. Bonnell recently rejoined the workforce as a Chiropractic Assistant at Fields Chiropractic. Her prior experiences have allowed her to develop strong client relation skills, perfect her capacity to manage multiple tasks and projects, and expand her strength to be self-directed.
Mace McDonald, Director of Business Development, South Region
Mace joined Vachette/Stark in May 2013. Previously, he attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, MI. He received a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Michigan prior to medical school. Also, he worked with United Parcel Service in detailing logistics, customer service and certified packaging. His years of clinical and laboratory experience, in addition to his considerate perception and positive energy, are prevalent attributes in his relationships. He currently resides in Tampa, FL where he coordinates business development within the southern US.