Management Team

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, third-party administrators, and consumer transparency companies. 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.

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.