our team

Malka Weinstock | Leba Markowitz | Matis Weinstock | Phyllis Quinlan | Robert LoPorcaro |
Patricia Russo | Betty Bonta | Ingrid Hermus | Sarah Schlesinger | Naomi Genish |
Esther Eisenberg

Our consultants are experts in the following fields:

Malka Weinstock, RHIT

Malka is the founder and President of Vantage Healthcare Consultants. She received Registered Health Information Technician accreditation from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). With over 30 years of experience in the long-term care industry, Malka has served as Director of Health Information Management for several large multi-facility organizations. She brings deep experience in the full spectrum of healthcare facilities - skilled nursing, assisted living, and adult day health services - to her role as coordinator of the Vantage team of consultants. She has lectured widely to diverse audiences on topics of interest to the Long Term Care Industry.

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Leba Markowitz, BSN, RAC-CT

Leba is the MDS Coordinator Consultant for Vantage. She brings a hands-on, tech savvy approach to revenue enhancement for our SNF clients. Conversant in the EHR, as well as the regulatory minutiae of the MDS, she is the consultant for the new millennium.
Education is Leba's passion and she is equally at ease in training front line staff as she is with MDS Coordinators. The key to her success lies with her ability to connect with people and bring them up to speed with a deep understanding of MDS documentation requirements.
With the MDS documentation as the cornerstone, your staff will be able to keep a sharp eye on Quality Measures and accurate reimbursement. Leba will walk your facility through the process of putting systems in place to keep up with the latest regulatory requirements.

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Matis Weinstock, MS, LNHA

Matis brings decades of experience as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in both large and mid-sized facilities to the Vantage team. His seasoned and professional approach will serve both Administrators and DONs who need to submit their POC within a looming deadline. With a steady hand he will smoothly guide your facility toward compliance with Federal and state regulations. His experienced eye can quickly discern problems that need correcting before the State survey team arrives.

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Phyllis Quinlan, RN, PhD, CLNC

Phyllis is the senior consultant at Vantage specializing in skilled nursing facilities. Dr. Quinlan combines exceptional people skills with her wealth of experience and expertise - including directorship in large long-term care facilities, and leadership roles in both acute and long term care settings. She holds several national clinical certifications and is a certified legal nurse consultant. Phyllis holds a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration and is a contributing author to NursingSpectrum magazine and Professional Women's Network publications.

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Robert LoPorcaro, MSPT

Robert Loporcaro, MSPT serves as the lead Physical Therapist for Vantage's MDS compliance audits. Rob has a decades long career as a physical therapist in many venues including acute care, outpatient and home health. His passion, though, lies in long-term care and serving the rehabilitative needs of the LTC community with his kind and compassionate demeanor. He has served as Director of Rehab for a large Skilled Nursing Facility. Rob demonstrates an exemplary ability to balance clinical therapeutic justifications and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

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Patricia Russo, MSPT

Patricia Russo, MSPT brings to Vantage her 20 years of Physical Therapy experience serving the needs of Acute Care and Long Term care communities. Patty enjoys working with patients, family and staff to coordinate the highest quality of Rehabilitative care. She has served as an Assistant Director of Rehab for a large Skilled Nursing Facility and teams with Robert Loporcaro, MSPT to provide Vantage clients with clinical Rehab chart reviews for MDS compliance audits.

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Ingrid Hermus, MMScPT

Ingrid is Vantage's consultant for Rehab services. She has served for decades with distinction in the finest Rehab facilities in the country by providing hands-on PT services and as a Clinical Instructor for PT students and aides. She is familiar with both in-patient and out-patient Rehab services and provides the Vantage edge for facilities that need quality oversight of their Rehab clinical records.

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Betty Bonta, CSW

Betty has a long, distinguished career in geriatrics serving for decades as Administrator in Adult Care facilities. Her sensitive compassionate approach to elder care has endeared her to facility residents and won the respect of colleagues throughout the industry. She has served on various New York State Department of Health advisory committees and was recognized as Administrator of the Year by the Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL). She now serves as Vantage's senior consultant for Adult Residential Care Facilities and Home Health Care Agencies.

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Sarah Schlesinger, MA, RD, LDN

Sarah joins the Vantage team as a dietitian consultant. She has had over twenty five years of experience in Food and Nutrition including providing dietary consulting services to Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities. She has lectured on topics in Nutrition at the university level, and developed the curriculum for the Dietary Manager’s program at LaGuardia Community College. Her expertise includes developing and implementing policies and procedures in clinical dietetics and food service management. She stands ready to assist Vantage clients in assuring regulatory compliance and providing in-service training in the area of Nutrition and Food Service Management.

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Naomi Genish, MS, RHIA

Naomi serves as Vantage's Medical Records consultant. With a Master's in Health Services Administration and years of experience in large and mid-sized Long Term Care facilities, Naomi developed and opened the medical records department of a brand-new prestigious Skilled Nursing Facility in the Tri-State area. As the expert in ICD-10, Naomi is the go to person for all your ICD-10 coding needs. 

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Esther Eisenberg, MPH, RHIA

Esther is our QA/QI expert when it comes to Medical Records. With a Master's in Health Care Management, Esther has been providing quality chart audit to Long Term Care health care organizations for the better part of two decades. She brings a deep understanding of the complexities of the Adult Day Care setting through her years of experience in the field. Esther is not only an expert in Long Term Care, she is also proficient in DRG validation, HCC classification and HEDIS measures.

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