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In 2015, I was the Traverse City Dancing with the Stars winner. It’s given me more respect for professional dancers because I know it’s hard work. It’s amazing I got through it. 
Mike Baker
Partner, CPA


I split my time between providing assurance services to healthcare systems and hospitals through the Midwest and serving as Plante Moran’s acute care reimbursement practice leader. 

As the acute care reimbursement practice leader, I guide hospitals and health systems through their many challenges, from the uncertainties of healthcare reform to the fact that reimbursements aren’t keeping up with expense growth. We help providers optimize third-party reimbursements, and we have clients all across the country — including Hawaii.

I believe the key to my success is building my clients’ trust. I’m passionate about helping them and wanting them to trust me. My clients know that I don’t have set hours, and they can call me anytime for a conversation. I listen to what they’re considering, and I bring real-world solutions to the issues, looking at all variables for changes from operational and financial standpoints.

Clients and staff recognize my sense of humor. I try to offer a relaxed setting that puts people at ease. What’s interesting is I originally thought I’d leave public accounting after a few years, but I didn’t. After 32 years, I still love the variety of this job and the great people I work with.

In my free time, enjoy what Traverse City offers: boating, skiing, and hunting. I own a 100-year-old farmhouse, and I’m constantly remodeling some part of it.

I’m a member of the AICPA, the Michigan Association of CPAs, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). I have a bachelor's degree in accounting from Ferris State University. I commit to a handful of speaking engagements each year to discuss healthcare reimbursements to various crowds from HFMA chapter meetings to the Michigan and the Ohio Hospital Associations.