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Healthcare Expertise

Healthcare experts at MPRO are available to contribute to your editorial content at no cost to you. They are available for quotes, interviews or editorial consultation. Their neutral background and in-depth experience help lend authenticity and credibility to your efforts. Learn more about their subject matter areas and contact them below.

Leland A. Babitch, M.D., MBA, president and CEO

Dr. Leland A. Babitch is MPRO's president and chief executive officer. Dr. Babitch has a diverse background in healthcare that includes a broad range of leadership positions encompassing clinical expertise, health information technology and healthcare quality improvement. Dr. Babitch also has extensive experience in strategic planning, analytics, critical decision making and organization development and governance. He is a recognized expert in EMR implementation and is a published author and nationally recognized speaker on that and other subject matter areas. Dr. Babitch is also an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

 

Subject matter areas

  • Healthcare quality improvement

  • Healthcare reform

  • Health IT

  • Medicare

  • Pediatric medicine

  • Clinical integration of electronic health records

  • Healthcare analytics

  • Innovations in healthcare

James Mitchiner, M.D., MPH, medical director

Dr. James Mitchiner is MPRO's medical director. He is responsible for the overall medical direction of MPRO’s quality improvement activities and medical review process. Dr. Mitchiner also provides medical supervision to Medicare clinical projects under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts. Dr. Mitchiner has more than 30 years of clinical experience in the specialty of emergency medicine. He is currently an attending physician at two Ann Arbor, Michigan area emergency departments and is a clinical faculty member of the University of Michigan - St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He is the author or co-author of multiple peer-reviewed publications and is a frequent lecturer at both the state and national levels.

Subject matter areas

  • Medicare

  • History of Medicare

  • Emergency medicine

  • Healthcare reform

  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor         Act (EMTALA)

  • Medical case review

  • Healthcare quality improvement

Melody Petrul, R.N., director, Medical Review Services

Melody Petrul is the director of Medical Review Services and oversees MPRO’s Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) review contract and all independent review services, including internal and external appeals, Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) and Independent Informal Dispute Resolution (IIDR) services. Ms. Petrul ensures institutional compliance with federal and state regulations related to medical review activities. She also leads efforts for review staff education, physician credentialing, internal and external quality improvement and medical records management.

Subject matter areas

  • Nursing home quality of care issues

  • Misdiagnosis, mistreatment and other                                                   healthcare quality complaints

  • Patient/provider conflict resolution

  • Healthcare insurance claims disputes

  • Patient rights

  • Federal and state nursing home regulations

  • Medical review services