Senior Reimbursement Consultant

Educated at Providence College with a degree in Political Science,
Mr. Robert H. Tessier earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) in 1972 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

After joining the Massachusetts firm, Professional Management Services, Bob became their Executive VP and Director of Consulting Services. In this capacity, his focus was negotiations, feasibility studies and recruitment of physicians to Academic Chairs.

As Reimbursement Consultant to a number of state societies, he was able to obtain favorable financial arrangements. The 70s were spent with Radiology groups and handling significant consulting assignments throughout the US. In 1982, he formed HBP Services.

Bob was introduced to Pathology at New York Hospital where he established the first private practice group in NY City. A consultation to Yale Pathology resulted in their becoming the first private practice group in CT. This required complete third party negotiations leading to extensive work with Pathology groups throughout the state.

Bob’s current focus is the development of strategic alliances and planning for successful clients who have a 5+ year outlook. Joint ventures, hospital negotiations and the management of free standing labs are other areas of his expertise.


Vice President of Operations

Leon “Lee” Pino is a Practice Manager with over 35 years of experience in Pathology practice and hospital settings. Lee began his career in 1981 as Accounting Manager at Norwalk Hospital and joined HBP Financial Services in 1990.

Lee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (1978) and a Master’s Degree in Finance (1987), both from Sacred Heart University.

Areas of expertise: Financial analysis, medical billing audits and system evaluations, accounts receivable management, revenue forecasting, technical cost studies, fringe benefit plans.


Vice President of Management Services

John Pacileo is the Vice President of Management Services, and has been with HBP Financial Services Group, Ltd., for over 25 years. Prior to that he worked for Park City Hospital as an Accounting Manager. John oversees Practice Management for several of HBP’s hospital-based clients.

John graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Areas of expertise: Accounts Receivable management, practice startup and valuations, operations and financial budgeting, Part A evaluations, Third Party negotiations.


Practice Manager

Merrie Roberts is a practice manager with over 15 years of management experience working with hospital-based physicians in Pathology.  Prior to joining HBP in 1997, Merrie was a Customer Service/Accounts Payable Manager for Sigvaris, Inc., a Swiss company that manufactures medical compression stockings.

Merrie received her Bachelor’s degree in business from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.

Areas of expertise:  Billing and practice management services for both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, monthly analysis/trends, reporting, A/R management, billing audits and managed care contract negotiations.  She also coordinates fringe benefit plans and practice policies and procedures.


Senior Consultant


Associate Practice Manager

Jose G. Ramos is a practice manager with over 30 years’ experience in medical practice and hospital settings. He is especially knowledgeable in the laboratory industry, having worked for 16 years at New York City’s renowned Mount Sinai Medical Center in Revenue Cycle Management, Finance, and Hospital Laboratory Outreach. Jose also spent 14 years at NYU Langone Medical Center in Billing and Client Services, and served as a Director / Compliance Officer for an affiliated NYU Langone Medical Center Gastroenterology Physicians Practice. Jose joined HBP Financial Services in 2017.

Jose received his Bachelor of Arts from Lehman College in New York City and an MBA in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University in Vermont.

Areas of expertise: Operational/assessment and improvement, re-engineering office processes/procedures, compliance program development, practice start-up and valuation, strategic business planning and marketing, managed care contracting strategy, and medical group accreditation.