The Nearterm company team of renowned financial consultants & strategists, and healthcare revenue cycle management consultants is prepared to go anywhere nationwide to address and meet client needs. When required, the team can supplement their efforts with interim management, executive search, medical coders and project staffing support for a 360° solution for overall financial performance improvement.
Originally founded in 1997 as a privately-held healthcare interim management company, Nearterm very soon embraced a strategy to be the leader in bringing human capital and expertise to its client base. This strategy included tactical expansion of associated service offerings, such as when Nearterm acquired Excel Unlimited, Inc, a healthcare executive search firm and Scott & Matthews, Inc., a healthcare revenue cycle consulting practice. Like Nearterm, both of these companies were prominent leaders in their respective fields and had structure, collateral and values consistent with Nearterm. The mergers were a strategic endeavor to provide a full range of expertise and powerful human resources to clients.
In 2008, Nearterm became an ESOP company. Many companies talk about the importance of employees “taking ownership” of their business objectives, but Nearterm decided to “walk the walk” and is now employee owned. Employee ownership is reflected in everything the company does and is.
Nearterm is based in Houston, Texas, and serves a national client base.
Mr. James L. Higgins
President and Founder
Mr. Higgins has over thirty years of success bringing talent to healthcare organizations throughout the country. His ability to apply what he has learned and his commitment to the develpment of others has been key in the emergence of Nearterm as the premier employee-owned consultancy in the industry today.
Early in his career, he was a Houston Association of Personnel Consultants Top Ten Nominee and Texas Association of Personnel Consultants Top Fifteen Nominee for ten consecutive years. Mr. Higgins later founded Excel Unlimited, Inc., an executive search firm specializing in healthcare recruiting and then co-founded Nearterm, serving as President and CEO.
His leadership has always emphasized social accountability. Nearterm has sponsored many charitable causes and helped individuals in need since inception.
Mr. Daniel W. Smith
Vice President and Founder
Mr. Smith received his Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Colorado and has spent the past twenty five years serving the healthcare industry. His experience includes hospital operations, as well as physician organization development and operation. Mr. Smith has earned a reputation for providing creative and practical solutions for complex problems.
He was a Principal with Scott & Matthews, Inc., a revenue cycle consultancy prior to acquisition by Nearterm.
Mr. James L. Matthews
Secretary/Treasurer and Founder
Upon receiving his B.A. from Central State University in 1973, Mr. Matthews pursued a successful career with several provider organizations. In 1990, he founded Scott & Matthews, Inc., a revenue cycle consulting company that served a national client base. The architect of many A/R turnarouds, Mr. Matthews is a recognized authority in healthcare management practices and has spoken frequently before HFMA and AAHAM groups. His practical application of expertise and experience has added an enhanced level of value to the professional services offered by Nearterm. He is a renowned revenue cycle strategist.
HFMA – Healthcare Financial Management Association
TAPC – Texas Association of Personnel Consultants
HAAPC – Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants
TAPC and HAAPC have recognized Nearterm for outstanding contract/temporary service in the Technical/Professional category.