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Press Release

New York State Medicaid Chief to keynote CPA’s Healthcare Conference Thursday

Maya Lindsay
Published Date:
Sep 22, 2015

NEW YORK – (September, 22, 2015) – After four years on the job, Jason Helgerson, New York State’s Medicaid chief, surely has a lot to say about the challenges he’s faced organizing the Empire State’s Medicare reform effort.

The 43-year-old self-described policy wonk will be the keynote speaker at the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ 2015 Health Care Conference,  Thursday, September 24 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Society’s 14 Wall Street office.   

Helgerson is expected to share insights of the state’s new Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP), a key feature of the reform effort to lower New York’s $53 billion in spending - the second most of any state in the country - while also holding healthcare providers more responsible for improved service.

The conference will feature other industry experts who will also discuss health care reform and how new developments in managed-care delivery, funding, and data analysis can help accounting professionals who work in the health care industry.

Some of those speakers include:

  • Alexander Buchholz, CPA, MBA, audit manager at O’Connor Davies, LLP; who will explain new and proposed accounting and auditing standards – such as the proposed lease        accounting standards and new revisions to the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) framework – to attendees.
  • Andrea Hagen, director of Bonadio Receivable Solutions at The Bonadio Group; who will provide insight on the new ICD-10 code, as it is set to transition on October 1 from the   current ICD-9 version. This session will offer a basic ICD-10 foundation while helping professionals recognize potential implementation problems and solutions.  (The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, (ICD-10) is a revision of the ICD-9 system which physicians and other providers currently use to code all diagnoses, symptoms, and         procedures recorded in hospitals and physician practices.)

For more information, or to register for the 2015 Health Care Conference, go to or call 800.537.3635.

Media members who are interested in attending – via webcast or in person – or interested in interviewing any of the conference speakers, please contact Maya Lindsay at 212.719.8350 or

About the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

Founded in 1897, the NYSSCPA, is the premiere professional accounting association for more than 28,000 members residing and practicing in New York State;  encompassing all areas of public practice and private industry including  government, education, healthcare, real estate, technology, entertainment and finance.  It is the oldest – and the third largest such state society organization - in the United States.