Speakers

Adrienne Lloyd

Adrienne Palmer Lloyd, MHA, FACHE is the founder of the Day Zero Method, a blueprint for organizations to create operational and financial excellence. Prior to founding Optimize Healthcare, Adrienne served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Duke Ophthalmology and as Chief Administrator at Mayo Clinic for a variety of specialties. With over 20 years’ leadership experience, Adrienne now serves as an executive coach and consultant focusing on helping physician and administrative leaders drive transformation, merge opposing cultures and capitalize on diverse strengths to build successful, integrated teams. Having led turn-around efforts for multiple organizations, Adrienne’s transformation efforts to date have produced over $250M in financial improvements, impacted 500k+ patient lives, and increased team engagement and provider, staff, and patient satisfaction. Adrienne is also a Certified Leadership Coach with the John Maxwell Team and a Lean and Six Sigma Expert. She presents nationally on creating high-performance cultures to optimize organizational outcomes. She lives in North Carolina and loves spending time with her family, being outdoors and improving her photography skills.

Aisha Hollingsworth-Thomas , CPC, CPMA, CPMA-I, CEMA; RCIS, BS

Aisha Hollingsworth-Thomas is a Coding Compliance Coordinator in HCC coding. Previously, she has worked in various healthcare specialties including auditing and revenue integrity

Amy Pritchett, CCS, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CASCC, CEDC, CRC, CANPC, CDEO

Amy has over 20 years of experience in medical billing and coding, high level auditing, project managing, and directing several coders across multiple facility locations. Her background also includes educating, applying, and presenting to her coding staff and QA managers. Amy holds several certifications ranging from coding specialist to ICD instructor.

Amy Smith

Amy has over 20 years of experience in medical billing and coding, high level auditing, project managing, and directing several coders across multiple facility locations. Her background also includes educating, applying, and presenting to her coding staff and QA managers. Amy holds several certifications ranging from coding specialist to ICD instructor.

Angela Clements , CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CGSC, COSC,

She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Angie served as Region 5 Representative on the AAPC National Advisory Board from 2013-2015 and as the Member Relations Officer for 2015-2018. She has extensive experience in multi-specialty coding, documentation and auditing. She’s also a frequent speaker at local medical managers’ meetings as well as other AAPC Chapters in this region.

Ann Barnaby , CPC, CRC, CASCC

Ann has enjoyed a rich career in coding, billing, compliance, and education. She has managed large code teams, led training initiatives, and created educational content for CMS. Ann has been an active member of the AAPC since 2005. She currently works as an Outreach and Education Specialist for RELI Group, Inc.

Annie Allred , CPC

CPC, works as a Senior Coding Consultant for Intermountain Healthcare specializing in professional Behavioral Health services. She has over 20 years of experience working in healthcare. Annie will graduate next year with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Psychology.

Brian Boyce

Brian holds many certifications including Clinical Bioethics from Georgetown University, Total Quality Management from the US Air Force, Medical Survival via the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, a Medical Service Specialist from the US Air Force, Six-Sigma through the Juran Institute, & Model-Netics, a comprehensive management training & development program. He is a veteran of the US Air Force where he began his healthcare career in Aeromedical Evacuation (flight nursing). In this capacity he was trained to be the healthcare provider when there was no physician present. This included minor surgery, primary care, emergency treatment, biological & chemical warfare response, & even delivering babies. He has over 20 years of clinical nursing experience & trained corpsmen in clinical procedures when in the military. He has several awards & accolades from his military career & is a veteran of Desert Storm.

Brenda Edwards, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC

Brenda has been involved in the healthcare arena for over 30 years with experience in chart audit, coding and billing, education, consulting, practice management and compliance. She has worked closely with practices, providers and residency programs to ensure documentation is compliant and accurate. She has written many articles for national publications including Healthcare Business Monthly, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and BC Advantage. Her humorous and engaging presentation style has made her a conference favorite at national and regional conferences for AAPC, AMBA, and Decision Health as well as local chapter meetings across the country. She has been a national advisory board member for AMBA since 2018. She served on the AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors from 2010-2014 and held office as Chair. She has been intimately involved in the development and continuation of the Hardship Program for AAPC. Mentoring fellow members of AAPC and AMBA is a passion for her. She is co-founder of the northeast Kansas (NEKAAPC) AAPC chapter and has served many offices. 

C. Trey Scott ,

Health Law Attorney in Dallas, TX that represents healthcare providers in a variety of legal matters including audits, board matters, and lawsuits.

Chavaun Bussey

Ms. Bussey has fifteen years of experience in the healthcare industry and has extensive knowledge of coding and clinical documentation improvement. Ms. Bussey has served in various roles in the public and private sector and currently serves as a Health Information Management Auditor with the US Army Medical Command Headquarters.

Christopher Chandler , MHA, MBA, CPC, CGSC

As a Technical Manager of documentation and coding for lntermountain Healthcare, Christopher works on a system-wide level to consult, educate, and present to providers, staff, and operational leaders. He specializes in surgery, non-physician practitioners, and GME documentation and coding guidelines. He's presented at the AAPC's Healthcon and regional conferences, and teaches a physiology and coding class at a local college.

Christopher Parrella

Christopher A. Parrella is a member of The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale, P.A. The firm was established in 1982 and is recognized nationwide as a leading defense firm in health care law and consulting. The firm concentrates exclusively in criminal, civil, overpayment, regulatory, licensure, and compliance representation for all health care provider/supplier types. Chris travels the country on behalf of a wide range of health care organizations lecturing on varying topics affecting their particular industries. He is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) National Legal Advisory Board and Ethics Committee. Chris is a Certified Professional Coder and Certified Professional Compliance Officer designated by the AAPC. He is also Certified in Healthcare Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association of America (HCCA.) Chris received his Juris Doctor from the Massachusetts School of Law and is a member of the State Bar. He received his bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University.

Craig Laursen , BS, CPC

Craig Laursen is the Director of Instructional services at AAPC. He works with AAPCs course instructors and does project management and talent procurement for content development projects. He has over 10 years in online education and more than 15 years in training, customer service, content and copy writing, and operations management. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Utah Valley University.

Colleen Gianatasio

Colleen Gianatasio CPC, CPC-P, CPMA, CPC-I, CRC, CCS, CCDS-O has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of the business of healthcare. As Director of Ambulatory CDQI for Mount Sinai Health Care Partners she is responsible for provider engagement and clinical documentation improvement for accurate coding. Colleen specializes in developing innovative coding curriculum and instruction to support compliance with federal guidelines and appropriate reimbursement processes. She is a certified AAPC instructor and enjoys teaching a variety of coding, documentation and auditing classes. Colleen is President - elect of the AAPC National Advisory Board.

Daria Malan

Daria is an established leader with extensive experience in Leadership and Management, Hospital Administration, Critical Care, Medical, Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation, LTACHs, Behavioral Health, Residential Treatment, SNF/LTC, Ambulatory, ASCs, Home Health, Hospice and Medical Practice settings. She is also a medical record auditor, reviewing documentation, coding and billing requirements.

David Zielske , MD, COC, CIRCC, CCC, CCVTC

"David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC is the founder and President of ZHealth Publishing. As the primary author and editor of each ZHealth publication, ""Dr. Z"" works closely with vascular surgeon Dr. David Dunn, interventional cardiologist Dr. Don Crumbo, radiology coding expert Ruth Broek, and ICD-10 coding expert Sara Wolf.

Dr. Z practiced as an interventional radiologist for fourteen years and has over twenty-five years experience as a coding reviewer and coding expert. He is Board Certified in Radiology with the Certification of Added Qualification in Interventional Radiology (1995, 2005).

Dr. Z has functioned as an independent interventional radiology, vascular surgery, and cardiovascular coding consultant to a variety of physician groups and hospital providers across the country, and he has served as an instructor in over 100 coding seminars. Dr. Z was also on the AAPC National Advisory Board from 2005-2009.

A graduate of Oregon State University and Oregon State Sciences University School of Medicine, Dr. Z completed his internship, radiology residency, and interventional radiology fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA."

Dorothy Steed , CCS, CDIP, COC, CPCO, CPUM, CPUR, CPHM, CP

Dorothy Steed is an Independent Healthcare Consultant and Educator in Atlanta. She has served as Medicare specialist and a physician audit supervisor for hospital systems with 44 years of experience in healthcare. She is an instructor at a state technical college in Atlanta and provides auditing & training in both facility and physician services.

Elizabeth Deak , CPC CPMA CEMA

Elizabeth Deak has been in the healthcare industry for over 15 years. She is currently an auditor investigator in the SIU at Evolent Health. She has spoken at many healthcare industry events most recently at the NHCAA.

Geoffrey Jackman, MD, CPC

Geoffrey Jackman, MD, CPC, a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician with over 20 years experience in Trauma Level 1 pediatric EDs, has been instrumental in the education of all levels of medical providers. Dr. Jackman earned his CPC in 2019 and has a special interest in improving electronic health record protocols and educating physicians on their role in medical coding.

Heather Allen

Heather Allen, LPN, COC, CPMA has over 18 years of experience in coding, billing, auditing, management and consulting in addition to 20 years of clinical experience. Venues including hospital inpatient, solo and group practices, insurance defense auditing as well as consulting. She has been employed the last 10 years with CorroHealth, currently with oversight of coding, auditing, and client management for over 25 Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Clinics. She is a current member and past officer of the Jefferson City Missouri Chapter, 2021 Chair of the Board of Directors for the AAPCCA.

Heather Greene

Ms. Greene has approximately 20 years of experience in a variety of health information management roles, including as a coding instructor and an HIM manager. She is a Coding and Documentation Consultant for First Call Consulting Group. Heather performs coding and documentation audits and physician and HIM education for clients nationally. Additionally, she is a frequent speaker/author on HIM topics for various organizations, such as the AAPC, AHIMA, and AHLA. Heather has a B.S. in Health Information Management and an MBA.

Heather Rothstein , CPCO

After a successful culinary career, I began my career in billing, moving through several billing positions as I learned the ins and outs of managing a physician practice. I began focusing on mental health in 2012, and have moved from Billing Manager to Chief Compliance Officer. I also sit on the Insurance Panel for the Clinical TMS Society, and have lobbied Medicaid to add TMS as a covered mental health service in Colorado.

Jaci J. Kipreos , COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

Jaci Kipreos has been in the field of medical coding and auditing for 29 years. She has been a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) since 1994 and attained her COC for facility-based coding issues in 2005. She has also obtained her credential as a Certified Professional Medical Auditor and is certified in the specialty of Evaluation and Management Coding. Jaci has worked in a variety of practice settings and has expertise in coding for family practice, urgent care, OB/GYN, general surgery, Medicare’s Teaching Physician Guidelines, with an emphasis on compliance with Evaluation and Management guidelines. Jaci has been with Practice Integrity since 2003. There she leads a group of AAPC Certified Instructors in teaching the Professional Medical Coding Curriculum. She also manages a national client list in monitoring provider documentation and performing audits for physician practices. Jaci provides a wide range of educational topics to assist clients in the area of chart documentation, Medicare’s Teaching Physician Guidelines, surgical coding, modifier usage and basic coding skills. Kipreos has been an instructor for various AAPC workshops for the past five years and is a Certified ICD-10 Instructor through AAPC for both ICD-10 CM and ICD-10 PCS. She has spoken at the annual AAPC HEALTHCON event over the past seven years as well as AAPCs regional conferences. She has provided presentations for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners state event in Virginia and for the national event for the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Jack Geren, Jr , Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS)

Federal Law Enforcement career expanding over 30 years, including 5 years as a Financial Analyst w/FBI and 3 as Investigator with US Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas. HHS/OIG Agent for 22+ years investigating all types of HC fraud. Recipient of numerous HHS and DOJ awards, including prestigious 2015 HHS Secretary's Award for Meritorious Service.

Jeffrey B. Miller, Esq. , Licensed Attorney (PA)

Senior Counsel and Director-in-Charge for Granite Governance, Risk & Compliance, for over 25 years Jeff has held executive legal counsel, chief compliance, privacy and security officer positions various companies, including Mercy Health System of Southeastern PA, a regional integrated delivery system, DermOne, LLC, a multi-state physician MSO, and Johnson & Johnson, an international healthcare company.

Jennifer Hill

Jennifer is a risk adjustment specialist who has worked on a variety of client projects both big and small, from Medicare to private insurance companies. Currently, Jennifer serves as Regional Director of AAPC Services, where she uses her passion for project management, coding and auditing to develop curriculum and provide quality education and training to coders, auditors and providers across the country.

Jennifer McNamara , CPC, CPC-I, CRC, CGSC, COPC

I started my career in 2002 and worked my way up from billing into coding several specialties. I was certified in 2012 and in 2017 I became a certified Instructor and focus on CPC and CRC education. I offer virtual webinars for several topics on coding and reimbursement.

Jennifer Swindle , CIC, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CFPC, AAPC Fellow

Credentialed through both AAPC and AHIMA, I began my career over 30 years ago. Directing a coding team at a multi specialty group, managing an acute care HIM Department, creating and establishing a coding team at a large facility, implementing an expansive auditing program, and providing consulting services across the US have all helped establish and grow my career. Educating providers and staff and the life long learning needed in the healthcare industry is still one of my top passions.

Jessica Miller , MHA, CPC

Certified medical coder and dedicated health care professional with 15 years of experience in the Ambulatory Surgery Center industry. Participated in the development of over 26 surgery center projects with 11 years experience coding. Managed a team of over 15 certified coders covering almost every specialty.

Jessica Miller , CPC, CPC-P, CGIC

Jessica has been in the healthcare industry in various roles over 20 years. She has worked in medical records and through the entire revenue cycle process. She has a unique background in medical billing and coding to improve revenue cycle as a whole. She has been an educator for several years and enjoys training the medical industry for all medical billers and coders and provider staff.

Joel Salinas , MD, MBA, MSc

Dr. Joel Salinas is a neurologist who trained at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurology. Dr. Salinas also has synesthesia, a neurologic trait that makes him experience the senses of others. His book chronicles his experience living with this rare condition and his understanding of how we can master our minds.

Joette Derricks , CPC

Joette Derricks, provides litigation assistance to law firms including expert reports and testimony in Federal and State Courts along with claim appeal and arbitration hearings. She evaluates hospitals and physicians’ billing office compliance, conducts revenue integrity and operational performance improvements initiatives including EHR optimization projects.

Joseph Rivet

Joe is a licensed attorney with over 20 years of coding and compliance experience. He is the founder of Rivet Health Law, PLC. Joe has numerous coding and compliance credentials. He has served as a coding instructor for the Department of Justice Medicaid Integrity Institute and taught coding courses nationally. His experience spans both the payor side in fraud and abuse and also on the provider side. He brings a deep understanding of operations to the clients.

Jordan Goldberger

Jordan B. Goldberger, MBA, is the Director of Financial Operations for MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper located in Camden, New Jersey. He has worked in healthcare for more than 10 years in various roles. As a member of the executive leadership team at MD Anderson at Cooper, he oversees the operating and capital budget and physician compensation and contracting. He is an integral member of the strategic planning and business development team as well as the marketing strategy team. He received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jordan is married, has a one-year old son Brody, and lives in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Judy Wilson ,CPC,CDEO,COC,CPCO,CPPM,CPB,CANPC,CPC-P, AAPC Approved Instructor, CMRS,CMCS

Judy Wilson has been doing medical coding/billing for well over 38 years. Ms. Wilson was the Business Administrator for Anesthesia Specialists, a group of eleven cardiac anesthesiologists who practice at Sentara Heart Hospital for over 26 years. Ms. Wilson is now self-employed doing education training. Ms. Wilson has had the honor of serving on the Board of Directors of the AAPC-Chapter Associations from 2010- 2014 and served again from 2015 - 2017. She was the Chair of the Hardship Fund and had the honor of announcing it at the AAPC National Conference in Las Vegas in 2012. She is the chair of the AAPC CPPM Advisory Cofmmitte and serves on the National Advisory Board for American Academy of Billers for AMBA. Ms. Wilson has had the pleasure of presenting at several AAPC regionals and national conferences, Decision Health Symposium and at the AMBA conference. She has presented at AAPC chapters meetings all across the United States. She has written several articles including ones for HCPRO/Just Coding, the AAPC's Heathcare Business Monthly and given several Webinars.

Julie Chicoine

Ms. Chicoine is an attorney, registered nurse, certified professional coder and certified professional compliance officer. She currently serves as senior vice president and general counsel for the Texas Hospital Association, where she guides healthcare policy at the state and federal levels for the Texas Hospital Association’s 400+ member hospitals and health systems. Julie received her law degree from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science and Nursing of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston.

Karen Billings , MPA, CPB, CPCO

Ms. Billings holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration, and will complete a Juris Masters in Healthcare Regulation this Spring. She has extensive public sector experience in administrative services, including human resources management and strategic planning. Her healthcare experience is within state government and a major university setting.

Karina Johnson

Ms. Johnson brings a unique insight and passion to the healthcare industry by bridging her two great passions of healthcare and the law as a healthcare litigation attorney. Ms. Johnson is the current Head of the Litigation Department at Physicians’ Advocates, one of the nation's most acclaimed law firms specializing in the nationwide representation of doctors, medical groups, and physician organizations. The law firm is only one of a small handful in the nation to focus exclusively in advocacy for physicians on issues unrelated to malpractice litigation. Ms. Johnson champions providers in litigation involving diverse employment law matters, business practices, business contracts, practice formation, discrimination, wrongful termination, and medical board licensing disputes. Ms. Johnson has medical coding experience in a variety of medical specialties. She has managed small medical offices throughout her career prior to being admitted to the bar in 2006 and has additional experience in compliance and auditing. In addition, Ms. Johnson loves to teach and share her expertise, avidly serving as volunteer assistant Medical Coding instructor and speaker.

Karla VonEschen , CPC, CPMA

Karla VonEschen, CPC, CPMA, has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years in healthcare operations, consulting, auditing and technology. She joined 3M in 2015 as a Clinical Development Analyst, focusing on coding and documentation review. She has a B.S degree in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Kathleen Burris-Fowlkes , COC, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CGSC

I started my coding career at a rural pediatric practice working for only ten physicians. I now manage a group of fifteen specialty auditors at a large healthcare corporation. We are in charge of the quality of over three hundred specialty coders who support over 4,000 physicians at 2,000 sites of care. I received my undergraduate degree at Radford University and my master's degree at Northwestern University. I am currently working towards my Doctorate of Health Sciences at Radford University.

Kathryn Williamson , CPC, CIC

Ms. Williamson is the Education Specialist for the inpatient curriculum at AAPC. Her career began 11 years ago as a dental assistant before transitioning to an outpatient multi-specialty medical facility. She has been a medical coder for over 6 years and enjoyed being the sole on-site coder for a 40-bed full-service hospital. She is currently pursuing a degree in Health Information Management. She has a passion for inpatient modalities, cardiothoracic specialties, and pathophysiology.

Kathy Rowland

Kathy has over 25 years in the areas of Healthcare Administration and Management. For the last twenty years, her consulting practice has focused on the development and implementation of practice-based compliance plans, auditing, education and litigation support. Kathy holds certifications in the following areas: CPC, CEMC, CPC-I, Certified Healthcare Compliance, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor or Science in Nursing. Kathy has a consulting practice, Integrity Compliance LLC, located in Franklin, Tennessee.

Kenya Woodruff

Kenya Woodruff is a partner in Katten’s Health Care practice in the Dallas office. Her practice is dedicated to health care regulatory counsel and the design and execution of related merger, acquisition and joint venture strategic partnerships. A significant portion of her practice involves counsel for the creation of innovative healthcare delivery models that service value-based care initiatives. She has more than 20 years of experience in health care law, having served as a Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer of a national publicly traded radiology services company and as Deputy General Counsel of a large urban academic medical center. She was recognized in Chambers USA for “Healthcare” in 2015–2020; and Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law 2019-2021; featured in D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers” list for “Health Care Law,” 2014–2020; and “Texas Super Lawyers in Healthcare Law” in 2014–2020. She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1999 and her B.A. in philosophy and political science from Emory University in 1996.

Kimberly Huey , COC, CPC, CPCO

"Kim is an independent coding, reimbursement, and compliance consultant with a passion for helping small physician practices navigate the ocean of regulations."

Laurie Bouzarelos , MHA, CPC

Laurie Bouzarelos, MHA, CPC has a special interest in supporting the unique business needs of behavioral health practices. She has worked with psychiatrists and behavioral health providers in the private office, IOP and hospital settings to improve practice revenue, coding, billing and documentation. Laurie brings a depth of experience including managed care contracting, coding, auditing and operations.

Lawrence Simon

I have been involved in CPT for 10 years now, serving as the CPT Advisor for AAO/HNS and on both the CPT Assistant Editorial Board and the CPT Editorial Panel. I currently sit on the Executive Committee of the CPT Editorial Panel and Co-Chair the Molecular Pathology Advisory Group.

Leonta Williams , CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC

Lee Williams has over 15 years HIM experience as a coding director, educator, trainer, practice manager and mentor. She is presently the coding director at a large cancer facility in the southeast. She is founder and past president of the local AAPC Covington, GA chapter and currently serves as Secretary of AAPC's National Advisory Board. Lee holds multiple credentials across multiple professional organizations.

Lori Cox , "MBA, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CGSC, CHONC, Regional Director, AAPC Services"

Lori has 20 years of experience working in the business side of medicine. Lori began her career in patient accounts and then moved into billing and coding for a multi-specialty clinic. She was eventually promoted to Billing Supervisor and then to Compliance Officer, where she wrote, maintained and trained employees and providers on fraud and abuse. In 2015, Lori received her MBA from Quincy University in Quincy, IL. Lori has traveled the country educating coders and physicians on complex coding topics such as Hem/Onc and E/M guidelines. Lori is the Member Relations Officer for the AAPC National Advisory Board, an active member of her local AAPC Chapter, and is a Regional Director for AAPC Services.

Louis Jimenez , RRT, CHT

His experience spans adult, pediatric, and neonatal critical care. In addition, Mr. Jimenez has experience in cardiopulmonary invasive and noninvasive diagnostics as well as in the field of hyperbaric medicine. Mr. Jimenez was also a professor teaching cardiopulmonary physiology, diagnostics, advanced life support and critical care medicine

Lynn Anderanin , CPC,CPMA, CPC-I, CPPM, COSC

Lynn Anderanin, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CPPM, COSC, is the Sr. Coding Educator for Healthcare Information Services. She has over 35 years experience in all areas of the physician practice. Currently a Workshop and Audio presenter, Lynn is a former member of the AAPC NAB and founder of her Local Chapter.

Michael Miscoe , Esq, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CASCC, CCPC, CUC

Mr. Miscoe has over 25 years of experience in healthcare coding and over 20 years as a forensic coding/compliance expert and consultant. He has provided forensic analysis and testimony as an expert witness on a wide range of coding and compliance issues in civil and criminal cases on behalf of providers and payers. Mr. Miscoe’s law practice concentrates on representation of healthcare providers involved in post-payment disputes with commercial and government payers. He has an extensive national speaking background and has been published in numerous publications on a variety of coding, compliance and health law topics. He is the incoming President of the AAPC National Advisory Board, is a member of the AAPC Legal Advisory Board and is the Chair of the AAPC Ethics Committee.

Michele Stevens , CPC, CPMA

Michele Stevens has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She started out as a receptionist and promoted to office manager. It was during that time while responsible for coding and billing all office claims she discovered her love of ICD. CPT and HCPCS level II codes. Stevens has worked as a coder, an auditor/physician educator, practice manager and is currently clinical coding manger.

Marco Unzueta , CPC, CIC, CCS, CDEO

Marco Unzueta has 6 years of coding experience in both, inpatient and outpatient coding, billing, compliance and documentation. He is currently an inpatient/outpatient coder at El Paso Children's Hospital in Texas. He was the first coder to become CIC in El Paso. He is the former 2018-2019 AAPC President for the El Paso Chapter and has provided presentations in different schools throughout El Paso for Coding and Billing. Marco’s experience also consist of teaching at Southwest University for the CPC certification. He was also selected to teach in the Army in a Coding Boot Camp that will allow soldiers to become certified through the AAPC in a two week course. Marco has done multiple presentations in AAPC Chapters, local high schools, local colleges and universities, and workshops. Additionally, he is currently working with the AAPC to develop a new credential for clinical documentation improvement for the inpatient setting. He is currently working on his Bachelor's in Health Information Management to obtain his RHIA credential.

Marcy Garuccio , CPC, CPMA, CANPC, Fellow, ACS-AN

Owner and president of Healthcare Billing Associates, Inc for 20 years providing medical billing, coding and practice management to multiple surgical specialties. Chief Administrative director for large anesthesia practice and presently working as a consultant with practices and medical billing companies bridging any gaps in revenue cycle management, coding, auditing and compliance.

Marianne Durling , MHA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC, CPCO, CIC, Approved-Instructor

Marianne Durling has been involved in many different aspects of healthcare and allied health education for over 37 years, creating a very diverse healthcare background. She is currently an Associate Compliance Officer for Duke Health System. Marianne has her CPC, CPCO, CIC, CPC-I, RHIA, CDIP and CCS credentials. She has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration. She has authored articles for professional publications and speaks nationally. She has served many years as an officer in her local AAPC and NCHIMA chapters, as well as on the AAPC National Advisory Board. She currently is a member of the AAPC Healthcon Education Committee.

Mariarita Genovese , CPC

Rita currently serves as President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the AAPC, after serving as chapter president and vice president in previous years. She is a former member of the AAPC’s National Advisory Board and is a former member of the Chapter Association Board of Directors of the AAPC 2015-2018. Rita served on the Executive Board for the AAPCCA in 2016. She has contributed articles to Healthcare Business Monthly as well as the popular AAPC Blog. Rita was awarded the 2019 Chapter Officer of the year by the AAPC Board of Directors. Rita is a frequent speaker at AAPC National and Regional Conferences. Rita is the Director of Revenue Cycle and Business Operations for MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. She has over 30 years of experience in billing and practice management, most recently in the areas of family medicine and medical oncology. She is active in educating the physicians and staff in medical coding and compliance regulations.

Maryann Palmeter

Palmeter has been in the health care industry for decades and is board-certified in health care compliance. She is employed with the University of Florida Jacksonville Physicians, Inc. as the director of physician billing compliance where she provides professional direction and oversight to the Billing Compliance Program of the University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville.

Nate Felt , MS, ATC, PTA, CPC

Nate is a senior consultant for orthopedic physician coding at Intermountain Healthcare. He has experience in auditing and educating physicians, as well as, working with staff and operational leadership regarding correct coding guidelines. Nate has a graduate degree in athletic training and has worked as a clinician for over 10 years.

Nancy Reading

Nancy has been an RN for 40 years and a coder for 30. She has honed her skills in Inpatient and Outpatient Hospital coding and compliance as a CDI, CDM analyst and RAC auditor respectively. The majority of her time has been spent on the professional side providing coding, auditing and educational services across multiple specialties. Working for third party payers such as Medicaid of Utah (policy analyst) and Optum 360 (Medicare Specialist) help to round out her experience.

Pam Brooks , COC, CPC

Pam Brooks is currently the Manager of Billing Compliance at MaineHealth, the largest health care organization in both Maine and Northern New England. She is responsible for the corporate auditing and compliance program, serving 9 hospitals and several other healthcare facilities. She has a BS in Adult Education and a Master's in Health Administration. She has served on both the BOD and NAB.

Peggy Stilley , CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CPB, COBGC

Peggy is a Sr. Education Specialist and an instructor for virtual CPC courses. She previously worked for AAPC ICD-10 Development and Training team and was Director of Audit Services. Before returning to AAPC, Peggy was employed by Oklahoma Sports and Orthopedic Institute as Revenue Integrity Auditor and Billing Manager. Peggy has more than 35 years in the healthcare industry starting as a medical assistant with experience in multiple specialties including Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, General Practice, General Surgery, Orthopedics, and Neurology. Her tenure includes 13 years as practice manager of a University facility.

Raemarie Jimenez

Ms. Jimenez has over 26 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. She is a nationally recognized speaker and thought leader in the business of healthcare. She serves as a coding liaison to the AMA CPT® Editorial Panel. Over the past 12 years at AAPC she has held a variety of responsibilities including leading the development of certification exams and exam preparation materials, overseeing the operations for the exam, distance learning and education licensing program departments. As the SVP of product, she oversees all AAPC product lines.

Prior to joining the AAPC, she spent many years running billing and coding departments, audit services, provider education programs, and client services. At ConCorde Career Institute, she served as assistant academic dean, program director for the coding and medical assistant programs and director of graduate services. Ms Jimenez received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University.

Randall Case

Dr. Case is a seasoned clinical informatics leader and healthcare executive who thrives amidst disruptive change. He possesses a novel combination of leadership skills, clinical credibility, technology insight, and business savvy. He has long applied his knowledge and skills to drive sustainable quality improvements and operational efficiencies from innovative information technologies. Beyond practicing high-acuity emergency medicine for decades, Dr. Case has served a number of well-known, highly-respected organizations in pivotal executive and consulting roles.

Rhonda Buckholtz , CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, COPC, CPEDC

Rhonda Buckholtz has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, working in the management, compliance and reimbursement/coding sectors, in addition to being an AAPC approved instructor. She was responsible for all ICD-10 training and curriculum at AAPC. She has authored numerous articles for healthcare publications and has spoken at numerous national conferences for AAPC, AMA, HIMSS, MGMA, AAO-HNS, AGA and ASOA. She is a past co-chair for the WEDI ICD-10 Implementation Workgroup, Advanced Payment Models Workgroup and had provided testimony for ICD-10 and standardization of data for NCVHS and is on the National Advisory Board for AAPC. She was instrumental in developing the Certified Ophthalmology Professional Coder (COPC) exam and curriculum for the AAPC. Rhonda spends her time performing helping physician practices achieve operational excellence.

Robert Pelaia

Mr. Pelaia provides a wide range of legal support services for the University of South Florida, with exclusive legal responsibility for USF Health and its related not-for-profit corporate support entities. Robert is certified as a Health Care Law Specialist by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. He is certified by AAPC as a professional coder (CPC) and a professional compliance officer (CPCO). Robert is a member of AAPC's Legal Advisory Board, a past member of AAPC's National Advisory Board (NAB) from 2009-2011, and he also served on AAPC's Chapter Association Board of Directors (AAPCCA) from 2007-2009. He is a member of the Tampa, Florida local chapter.

Sandy Giangreco Brown , RHIT, COC, CPC, CPC-I, COBGC

Sandy Giangreco Brown is the Director of Coding & Revenue Integrity at CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP. (CLA) She has more than 28 years of experience in healthcare and medical records management, coding, auditing and compliance in the hospital, outpatient and physician settings. Her areas of specialty include Chargemaster, Rev Cycle, Oncology, OBGYN, General Surgery, E/M & Radiology.

Sarah Ramsey , CPC, CRC

have over 12 years of healthcare coding and compliance experience. I have accountability for the professional, inpatient and risk adjustment coding teams and have helped to lead organizational wide initiatives, such as the implementation of ICD-10 and creation of a risk adjustment program. I have a Master’s in Business Administration from Marshall University and hold both the CPC and CRC credential.

Sarah Reed

Sarah's 41 years in Healthcare have been spent teaching and educating providers. She is versed in academic and private practice settings. Sarah's approach to overcoming challenges through effective solutions is sought after. She is a sought-after speaker and educator for local, regional, and national organizations. Sarah has a personal mission statement. LEARN...TEACH...GROW

Shannon DeConda , CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

Shannon DeConda is the president and founder of NAMAS a division of DoctorsManagement in which she is a partner and has been with them now for 16 of her 20 plus years in healthcare. NAMAS provides training, education, and resources for coders, auditors, and compliance professionals and DoctorsManagement is full service physician consulting firm in business since 1956 providing support services in coding, auditing, OSHA, CLIA, HIPAA, accounting, HR, credentialing, and power buying.

Sharon Oliver , CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC

Sharon Oliver is a 36-year medical professional. Oliver has been a CPC for 18 years and a PMCC instructor for 17 years. She has been a practice manager, and worked in the specialties of IVR/cardiology, OB/GYN, family practice, internal medicine, and infectious disease. She is a co-contributor for several medical publications. She is the owner of Medical Coding and Consultants and continues to hold CPC classes. She has presented at numerous National and Regional Conferences for AAPC and is on several AAPC working committees. Sharon also travels the nation to conduct onsite training sessions for physicians and staff. Sharon was on the AAPCCA BOD 2013-2016. Chapter affiliation: Southern Appalachian Coders (Johnson City, TN).

Offices held: President, member development.

Sheri Poe Bernard ,

Sheri Poe Bernard is one of the nations leading developers of medical coding curriculum. With more than 25 years in coding and reimbursement publishin training, and test development, she is an expert communicator of coding concepts. Bernard is currently a risk adjustment consultant in coding training and clinical documentation improvement. She is the author of the AMA publication, Risk Adjustment Documentation and Coding second edition. She served for 15 years as a coding content developer at Optum360. She was a Vice President at AAPC for three years.

Sherrie Lynne Anderson , MS, CPC, CPCI, CRC, CPPM

Sherrie Anderson has 20 years of experience working in the healthcare industry, including managing coding, billing, and compliance, and aspects of the revenue cycle. She received a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Lindenwood University, and also was the recipient of the Mueller Health Care Award. Experience includes: pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology, general coding, and risk adjustment.

Stephani Scott

Stephani has over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry working closely with physicians and staff in Health Information Management. Stephani has worked in a variety of settings including: Hospital, Long-term care, large multi-specialty physician practice, and Electronic Health Record software design and development. Stephani was also a part owner of a consulting company for many years providing services in best practices for physician practice management services including coding and documentation audits, compliance, and revenue cycle management. She has extensive experience in inpatient and outpatient auditing and coding compliance. Throughout her career Stephani, has enjoyed teaching Evaluation and Management Coding, Compliance, and EMR utilization to many physicians and staff locally as well as nationally.

Stephanie M Sjogren , CCS, HCAFA, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CPC-I

Stephanie Sjogren works as Manager, Medical Coding and Provider Reimbursement for an insurer. She also works with the payment integrity to ensure proper claims adjudication and to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. Prior to joining ConnectiCare, she performed provider audits and education at a women's healthcare group. Sjogren has also worked with physicians and staff to integrate and use electronic health record systems effectively and to be compliant with CMS’ rule and regulations.

Stephanie Thebarge , CPC, CPPM, CEMC, CHONC

Stephanie Thebarge has worked in the healthcare field for the past 20 years. Thebarge's areas of expertise include E/M auditing, education, compliance, payer, contracting, credentialing, and revenue cycle management. In 2015, she started her own business, Seacoast Health Compliance Consultation, LLC, for educating and auditing private physician practices. Stephanie serves as the Region 1 representative on the National Advisory Board.

Stephanie Thomas , CPC, CANPC

I have worked in the billing and coding industry for nearly 20 years. It is truly my passion. I have spoken for many groups and companies, both at conferences and through webinars. These include Decision Health, SPPM (Society for Pain Practice Management), ProEd, Training Leader, Skill Aquire, FDA Educator, EClinical Works and more. I have built two successful billing and coding businesses to assist physicians and practices increase revenue while staying compliant with billing.

Stacy Harper

Stacy Harper counsels healthcare providers, health plans, and other vendors serving the healthcare community on regulatory compliance, reimbursement, and data privacy and security issues. She is a member of her firm's healthcare team and chairs the firm's data privacy and cybersecurity practice. Stacy obtained her juris doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law and master's degree in Health Service Administration from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is admitted to the bar in Kansas, Missouri, and Minnesota.

Terry Fletcher , CPC, CCC, CEMC, CCS-P, ACS-CA, SCP-CA, CMC

Ms. Terry Fletcher is a 30+ year Healthcare Coding Consultant, Educator and Auditor based in California. Ms. Fletcher is a Coding Cducator for McVey Seminars, AAPC, AHIMA, ICD10University and NSCHBC. Terry holds a bachelors degree (BS) in economics, and multiple certifications coding. Her coding specialties include: Cardiology, PV, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Practice Management, E/M Auditing and Telehealth Services. Past AAPC NAB and AAPCA Chair. CodeCast Podcaster.

Timothy Blanchard

Prior to forming his own practice, Blanchard Manning LLP, in 2009, Mr. Blanchard practiced for 20 years with a leading international law firm. He handles health care regulatory and compliance issues, including coverage, billing, reimbursement, overpayment issues, fraud and abuse, and HIPAA privacy. He is a Fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association and a past chair of its Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues. He has served on the AAPC's Legal Advisory Committee since its inception.

Tracy Bird

Tracy’s experience in healthcare has spanned 40 years and includes practice management, coding, provider education and revenue cycle management. She is a frequent speaker for local AAPC chapters and has presented at Regional and National AAPC, as well as State and National MGMA.

Tyler Griffeth , CPC, CPRC

Tyler Griffeth has been employed as a Coding Consultant for Intermountain Health Care for 10 years. During that time he has written coding recommendations, devised best practices across numerous specialties and presented to hundreds of Physicians, management and their staff regarding coding audits, guidelines, and updates.  He recently graduated from Gonzaga University with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. He holds two National Coding Certifications with the AAPC. He has held his Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification for the last 9 years and also has a Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Coding (CPRC) Certification. Most recently, he won First Place at the PDC Cheesy Potatoes Casserole contest, winning not only a certificate of achievement but also the coveted Golden Potato Head Statue Trophy.  

Victoria Hollingsworth ,

Victoria Hollingsworth has worked over 20 years in cardiology as an interventional specialist and has a true passion for education and clinical application.

Vikii Schmidt , CPC, CPMA, CRC, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Trnr

16 yrs of experience in healthcare. Has engaged with providers from various specialties for all coding issues, expert medical coding educator to providers, mid-levels, and staff, Risk Adjustment/HCC program and its workflows, and a big proponent of Clinical Documentation Improvement.

Wanda Faye Register , MBA, CCS-P, CPC

Wanda Faye Register, MBA, CPC, CCS-P has been teaching in the college environment for over fifteen years. She previously taught medical insurance billing and coding at a local college here in the metro Atlanta area. She currently instructs online at Harrison College. Wanda is an ED Audit Analyst

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