Merella Schandl's Professional Profile

Merella brings over 25 years of health care experience to Anders as a senior health care consultant, having worked with all facets of the industry. She advises hospitals, managed care organizations and physicians on regulatory compliance and credentialing. Merella designs and implements plans for integrating provider enrollment while delegating credentialing and medical staff services to enhance client revenue cycles. She provides practice assessments to independent/group physicians, identifying areas for improvement related to process improvement, design flow, staffing and other processes. As a National Association of Medical Staff Services Instructor, she is able to continue industry education to those seeking certification in credentialing and leadership. A frequent presenter, Merella shares her depth of health care knowledge through local and national speaking opportunities. Merella is heavily involved in industry organizations and is currently pursuing a certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Firm Info

  • Joined in 2017


  • Regulatory Compliance and Standards
  • Provider Enrollment
  • Revenue Cycle Enhancement
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • Practice Management
  • Business Development
  • Policy and Procedures Development
  • Operations and Compliance
  • Process Improvement
  • Federally Qualified Health Care

Education & Certification

  • Certified Professional Medical Services Management (CPMSM)
  • Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS)
  • Masters in Healthcare Administration, Lindenwood University, Belleville, IL
  • B.S., Workforce Development and Training, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

Professional Organizations

  • Missouri Association of Medical Staff Services (MoAMSS)
    • Past-President (2016-Present)
    • President (2014-2016)
    • President Elect (2013-2014)
  • Illinois Association of Medical Staff Services (IAMSS)
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
  • Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
  • National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS)


  • Graduate Outstanding Student Award, Mid-America College of Healthcare Executives (2017)
  • Leadership Certificate, National Association Medical Staff Services (2017)
  • Golden Key Award, National Association Medical Staff Services (2015)


  • Recognizing the Real Meaning of Leadership, NAMSS Synergy, January/February 2018 Vol 46 No 1
  • Collective Impact Survey Development, St. Clair County Health Department, 2017
  • The Credentialing, and Privileging Toolbox, HCPro, 2017
  • Provider-Payer Enrollment in the 21st Century, NAMSS Synergy, 2017
  • The Failures of Success, NAMSS Synergy, 2014


  • Onboarding New Hires/Practitioners,
    • LHE, March 2019
  • Becoming Your Own Advocate
    • NAMSS 41st Annual Conference, October 2017
  • NAMSS CPCS Certification Course
    • KAAMSS, Wichita, June 2018
    • MoAMSS St. Louis, MO April 2018
    • Louisiana Hospital Association, August 2017
  • Leadership vs Management in Healthcare
    • MoAMSS Annual Conference, July 2018
    • MoAMSS Annual Conference, July 2017
  • Leadership Certificate Program
    • NAMSS Education Summit, March 2018
    • NAMSS Education Summit, March 2017
  • Inaugural Leadership Certificate Program
    • NAMSS 40th Annual Conference, September 2016
  • Memorial Hospital East Build and Fit-Up
    • Mind’s Eye Radio, March 2016
  • Evolution of Medical Staff Professionals and Tools to Achieve Career Advancement
    • MoAMSS Annual Conference, November 2016