2022 Keynote Speaker

Discussing the Future of Medicare

Adrienne Lloyd, MHA, FACHE

Adrienne Lloyd, MHA, FACHE, is the founder and CEO of Optimize Healthcare and creator of the Day Zero Blueprint™ Program for organizations to create operational and financial excellence. Her past experience includes chief administrative officer for Duke Ophthalmology and chief administrator at the Mayo Clinic for a variety of specialties. With over 20 years’ leadership experience, Lloyd 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 turnaround efforts for multiple organizations, Lloyd’s transformation efforts to date have produced over $250 million in financial improvements, impacted more than 500,000 patients’ lives, and increased team engagement and provider, staff, and patient satisfaction. Lloyd is also a certified leadership coach with the John Maxwell Team and a Lean Six Sigma expert. She presents nationally on creating high-performance cultures to optimize organizational outcomes. Lloyd lives in North Carolina and loves spending time with her family, being outdoors, and improving her photography skills.

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

Amy Pritchett, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CANPC, CASCC, CEDC, is a senior consultant with Pinnacle Enterprise Risk Consulting Services with more than 20 years of medical billing and coding experience. Her high-level auditing skills encompass both facility and professional fee services. Specializing in revenue cycle management, inpatient/OP/OBS/ANC/ED and SDS, her broad expertise includes RAC reviews, charge master reviews, inpatient MS-DRGs and APR-DRGs, outpatient coding assessments, and clinical documentation improvement. Having managed large coding departments and teams, Pritchett is an exceptional leader and trainer. She brings to Pinnacle vast experience and talent that can transform entire coding departments and achieve improved performance, quality, and accuracy. She is also exceptional at locating areas for improvement and developing processes that address specific issues to maximize individual and team potential. Prior to Pinnacle, she held several director, management, and lead educator positions, where she was responsible for facility coding, auditing and review, P/L, revenue cycle, and the managing of pro-fee audit for specialty clients including physician evaluation and management leveling. Pritchett was also responsible for the oversight of hundreds of coders and multiple locations, where she provided staff with ongoing training. She is a certified ICD-10-CM/PCS instructor and serves as an adjunct professor of medical billing and coding within the University of South Alabama Medical Billing and Coding program, where she has taught for seven years. In addition, she has had several speaking engagements with AAPC. She also volunteers several nights a week with Volunteers of America, where she teaches medical coding and billing in a program created for local members of the community.

Angela Clements, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CGSC, COSC, AAPC Approved Instructor

Angela Clements, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CGSC, COSC, AAPC Approved Instructor, has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She served as Region 5 representative on AAPC’s National Advisory Board from 2013 to 2015 and as the member relations officer from 2015 to 2018. Clements has extensive experience in multispecialty coding, documentation, and auditing. She’s also a frequent speaker at local medical managers’ meetings, as well as other AAPC local chapters in her region.

Angie Audler, MBA, RHIT, CCS, CPC

Angie Audler, MBA, RHIT, CPC, CCS, is an accomplished speaker, educator, author, consultant, and leader in the healthcare industry. She has more than 30 years of professional experience with health systems, hospitals, payers, providers, and higher education. Her subject matter expertise in medical coding, readiness, and preparation have been keys to mitigating the threat to provider revenue.

Beth Schleeper, CPC, COC, CPCO, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CRC, CPC-I, CANPC, CEMC, CEMA

Beth Schleeper, CPC, COC, CPCO, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CRC, CPC-I, CANPC, CEMC, CEMA, has more than 25 years of experience in medical billing and coding. She started her career as a front desk receptionist and worked her way up to practice manager. Schleeper has served in multiple roles in her local chapter and also served on the AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors from 2017 to 2020. She enjoys teaching, meeting members, and mentoring. Her classes are filled with fun and laughter.

Brett Randolph, RHIT, CDIP, CCS

Brett Randolph, RHIT, CDIP, CCS, has more than 25 years of HIM experience as a coder, coding manager, director, and executive director. He was 2010-2011 West Virginia Health Information Management Association (WVHIMA) president and the 2017-2018 WVHIMA distinguished member recipient.

Caren J. Lampitoc, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CPMA, CRC, CPB

Caren J. Lampitoc, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CPMA, CRC, CPB,has been working in the field of medicine for over 30 years. Her career began as a U.S. Navy corpsman/surgical technician, where she was part of the surgical team at the subbase in Groton, Conn. Her duties included lead orthopedic tech, and later she went on to supervise the general surgery clinic. Lampitoc has worked in office settings in orthopedics, oral surgery, oncology, general and vascular surgery, and large multispecialty practices. She has worked as senior consultant/auditor for Practice Integrity, LLC, as well as QA in risk adjustment for IonHealthcare. Currently, she works for UnitedHealthcare/Optum as a Medicare consultant in risk adjustment. Lampitoc has been a Certified Professional Coder since 1999, is a PMCC instructor, and is a past local chapter president. She is also a certified ICD-10 trainer and was part of the 2015-2018 AAPC National Advisory Board. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time traveling, golfing, gardening, and most of all, with her four grandchildren.

Christopher Chandler, MHA, MBA, CPC, CGSC

As a technical manager of documentation and coding for lntermountain Healthcare, Christopher Chandler, MHA, MBA, CPC, CGSC, 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. Chandler has presented at AAPC’s national and regional HEALTHCON conferences and teaches a physiology and coding class at a local college.

Christopher Parrella, JD, CPC, CPCO, CHC

Christopher Parrella, JD, CPC, CPCO, CHC, focuses on matters relating to Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial overpayment litigation representation; licensee/facility regulatory and operational compliance; as well as billing, coding, and reimbursement issues. He works extensively with clients to develop compliant business strategies to address the complexities of the current healthcare environment. Parrella assists in developing compliance policies in accordance with various state/federal settlements following government investigations. He travels the country on behalf of a wide range of healthcare organizations, lecturing on varying topics affecting their particular industries. Parrella is a member of the AAPC National Legal Advisory Board and Ethics Committee. In addition to his AAPC credentials, Certified Professional Coder and Certified Professional Compliance Officer, he is also Certified in Healthcare Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association of America. He participated in developing the national certification examination on the Hi-Tech Act for the American Society of Health Informatics Managers and AAPC’s Certified Professional Compliance Officer designation. Parrella received his bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and his Juris Doctor from the Massachusetts School of Law.

CJ Wolf, MD, M.Ed, CHC, CIA, CPC, COC

CJ Wolf, MD, M.Ed, CHC, CIA, CPC, COC, has been involved in healthcare for over 20 years, beginning with his years in medical school. After making a career change to healthcare administration, reimbursement, and compliance, Dr. Wolf worked in various coding, reimbursement, and chief compliance officer roles for lntermountain Healthcare, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Texas System, and Merit Medical Systems. He currently is senior compliance executive at Healthicity.

Colleen Gianatasio, MHS, CPC, CPCO, CPC-P, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CCS, CCDS-O

Colleen Gianatasio, MHS, CPC, CPCO, CPC-P, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CCS, CCDS-O, has over 20 years of experience in the health insurance field, including customer service, claims, quality, and coding. In her current role as director of outpatient clinical documentation improvement, her primary responsibilities are provider engagement and clinical documentation improvement for accurate coding and reimbursement. She specializes in developing innovative coding curriculum and instruction to support compliance with federal guidelines and appropriate reimbursement processes. A certified AAPC instructor, she enjoys teaching a variety of coding, documentation, and auditing classes. Gianatasio is currently serving as National Advisory Board president.

Courtney Tito

Courtney Tito is a member of McDonald Hopkins, LLC and counsels and represents clients in the health law industry, including federal and private payer audits and disputes, reimbursement matters, enrollment revocations, payment suspensions, internal investigations, compliance and regulatory matters, and responding to federal subpoenas and civil investigative demands.

Dan Schwebach, MHA, CPPM

Dan Schwebach, MHA, CPPM, has over 13 years of consulting and management experience working with nationally recognized provider-based organizations and payer groups. As a consultant, he has been responsible for managing numerous engagements focusing on performance improvement of practice operations, financial turnaround strategy and execution, revenue cycle operations, and implementation of various compliance programs. Prior to joining AAPC, Schwebach was a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he provided professional services to multi-specialty group practices and faculty practice plans across the country. In addition, Schwebach has served as director of a web-based technology company, where he managed product development and was also a senior consultant in the Finance and Operations group with Arthur Andersen.

Darlene Helmer, MBA, CMA, CPC, CPC-I, ASC-AN, ACMPE

Darlene Helmer, MBA, CMA, CPC, CPC-I, ASC-AN, ACMPE, is a managing consultant for Granite GRC, as well as a coding instructor at Towson University. She has worked in healthcare for over 40 years, bringing a wealth of experience to the practice management arena. Helmer has been involved for many years with the Charm City Chapter of AAPC and the Maryland MGMA. She is highly regarded throughout Maryland as a healthcare presenter and educator.

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

David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC, has worked with coders and doctors over the past 21 years, educating on documentation and coding guidelines in the specialty areas of interventional radiology, cardiology, and vascular surgery. He has served on the National Advisory Board and speaks at AAPC local chapter meetings.

Deni Adams, CPC, CPB, CPPM, CEMC, CCA

Deni Adams, CPC, CPB, CPPM, CEMC, CCA, has been involved in medical coding and billing since 2001. She currently works in billing, compliance, and neurosurgical coding. In these positions, she is responsible for creating provider fee schedules, staying current on payer policies, and using these policies in coding for the neurosurgical group and for denial management.

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

Dorothy Steed, CCS, CDIP, COC, CPCO, CPUM, CPUR, CPHM, CPM, is an independent healthcare consultant and educator in Atlanta. She has served as a Medicare specialist and physician audit supervisor for hospital systems, with 44 years of experience in healthcare. Steed is an instructor at a state technical college in Atlanta and provides auditing and training in both facility and physician services.

Eric Wixom, MBA

Eric Wixom, MBA, is co-founder and CEO of WixCorp. Prior to that, he had a diverse career in healthcare working with medical groups and hospitals of all sizes. He holds an EMBA in System’s Thinking from Villanova University and a bachelor’s in Health Science with Business minor from Boise State University.

Gregory Heeb

Supervisory Special Agent Gregory Heeb is assigned to FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he serves as the unit chief of the FBI’s Health Care Fraud Unit (HCFU). SSA Heeb oversees the FBI’s Health Care Fraud Program and leads a team of special agents and professional staff members who are responsible for managing the HCFU program throughout the United States.

Hamad Al-Huzami

Hamad Al-Huzami is currently the CEO of ANOVA Healthcare Services located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Al-Huzami started his first RCM company in the United Arab Emirates in 2012, where he helped set up and acquire many regional and local companies in the sector. He also served as a local consultant on behalf of ANOVA with the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance and SEHATI to help set up and support NPHIES (Saudi National Health Insurance Exchange). Originally a biomedical engineer, Al-Huzami has developed a holistic understanding of healthcare in Saudi Arabia. He is a member of the Permanent Insurance Committee in CHI, the Healthcare Committee in the Saudi chamber of commerce, and NPHIES Taskforce.

Hamilton Lempert, MD, FACEP, CEDC

Hamilton Lempert, MD, FACEP, CEDC, is a board certified emergency physician, certified emergency department coder, and chief medical officer, coding policy for TeamHealth. Dr. Lempert co-chairs the EDPMA Quality, Coding and Documentation Committee (QCDC) and is on the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Coding and Nomenclature Committee and the ACEP Reimbursement Committee.

Heather Greene, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CDIP

Heather Greene, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CPMA, CIC, CDIP, has approximately 20 years of experience in a variety of health information management roles, including as a coding instructor and a HIM manager. She is a coding and documentation consultant for First Call Consulting Group. She 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, including AAPC, AHIMA, and AHLA.

Holly Ridge, BSN, RN, CPC, CPMA

Holly Ridge, BSN, RN, CPC, CPMA, is a registered nurse turned coder with nearly 15 years of payer, professional, and hospital revenue cycle experience.

Ignatia Julie Agus, BA, CPC, COC, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CCC

Ignatia Julie Agus, BA, CPC, COC, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CCC, has been a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) since 2006 and has worked for over 15 years in surgical coding of gastroenterology, urology, orthopedics, cardiovascular, integumentary, neuro, plastics, and more. She worked for one year at Columbia University hospital as a senior revenue analyst focusing on providing education to providers on coding and documentation guidelines and has worked the last seven years at NYU Langone Hospital.

Jaci Kipreos, CPC, CPMA, CDEO, CEMC, CRC, COC, CPC-I

Jaci Kipreos, CPC, CPMA, CDEO, CEMC, CRC, COC, CPC-I, has been in the field of medical coding and auditing for 30 years. She has been a CPC since 1994 and a COC since 2005. She is also certified in the specialty of evaluation and management (E/M) coding. Kipreos has worked in a variety of practice settings and has expertise in coding for family practice, urgent care, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, and Medicare’s teaching physician guidelines, with an emphasis on compliance with E/M guidelines. She received her bachelor’s in finance from Virginia Tech. Kipreos has been an instructor for various AAPC workshops and is a certified ICD-10 instructor through AAPC for both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. Kipreos has spoken at AAPC’s annual HEALTHCON conference the past 10 years, as well as AAPC’s regional conferences. She has given presentations at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners state event in Virginia and the national event for the American Association of Medical Assistants. Kipreos is a past president of the Richmond, Va., and Charlottesville, Va., local chapters and also served as president of AAPC’s National Advisory Board from 2013 to 2015.

Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA, CPC-A, CPMA

Jeffery Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA, CPC-A, CPMA, serves as a staff liaison at the AMA CPT® Editorial Panel meetings where CPT® codes are created, edited, and deleted. He is an advisor to the APMA Coding Committee, an expert panelist on Codingline, and a consulting editor for Podiatry Management magazine. Dr. Lehrman has delivered over 500 coding-related invited lectures and authored more than 40 coding-related featured articles.

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

Jennifer McNamara, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CGSC, COPC, CCS, has been in healthcare 19 years and has worked in various specialties, including gastroenterology, general surgery, orthopedics, and plastic surgery to name a few. As the owner of Ozark Institute, she offers CPC® education as an approved education site with AAPC and she hosts the podcast “Life as a Coder.” McNamara currently serves as the education director for OncoSpark.

Jessica Miller, CGIC, CPC, CPC-P

Jessica Miller, CGIC, CPC, CPC-P, has been in the healthcare industry in various roles for over 20 years. She has worked in medical records and through the entire revenue cycle process. Miller 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, coders, and provider staff.

Jessica Trefethen, CPC, CPMA

Jessica Trefethen, CPC, CPMA, is senior regulatory billing auditor for MaineHealth. She has worked in the industry for 10 years coding, auditing, supporting, and educating for many specialties across healthcare systems, both facility-based and professional services. Trefethen is a past chapter officer and has presented at local chapters and HEALTHCON.

Jill Young, CPC, CEDC, CIMC

Jill Young, CPC, CEDC, CIMC, has 25 years of experience as an educator. Her first national experience was as a speaker for the AAPC National Conference (HEALTHCON) more than 15 years ago. Her audiences include coders, managers, and physicians in settings from staff meetings to conferences (e.g., Michigan State Medical Society to American College of Osteopathic Internists).

Julie Chicoine, JD, BSN, CPC

Julie Chicoine, JD, BSN, CPC, is the director of compliance, privacy, and risk management for Adventist Health Castle, a non-profit organization located in Kailua, Hawaii, where she oversees day-to-day program operations for the Adventist Health Hawaii campus. Prior to joining Castle, Chicoine served as compliance and policy law specialist for the Qatar Foundation in Doha, Qatar, guiding the development of its foundational compliance program and code of conduct. She also has several years of experience advising academic medical centers, both in private practice and as in-house counsel on matters including compliance, research, employment, risk management, and healthcare reimbursement. In addition to the practice of law, Chicoine is a former registered nurse, accredited as a Certified Professional Coder, and has served on AAPC’s Ethics Committee and Legal Advisory Board for many years. Chicoine earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She also holds a Bachelor of Science and a nursing degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston.

Karlene Dittrich, CBCS, CPC, CPMA, CECCS

In a niche market of denial management, Karlene Dittrich, CBCS, CPC, CPMA, CECCS, provides complex claims, recovery, and advanced ERISA/PPACA appeal services. She shares her vast knowledge of relevant ERISA and ACA laws and provider rights as a compliant defense strategy to equip revenue cycle/billing teams to strengthen the appeal process and compel claims payments.

Karina Johnson, Esq, COC, CPC, CPCO, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CCC, CGSC, CHONC, COBGC, COSC, CPCD

Karina Johnson, Esq, COC, CPC, CPCO, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CCC, CGSC, CHONC, COBGC, COSC, CPCD, brings a unique insight and passion to the healthcare industry by bridging her two great passions of healthcare and the law as a healthcare attorney. She recently founded her own healthcare law firm, KJ Law, one of the nation's most acclaimed law firms, specializing in the nationwide representation of doctors, medical groups, and physician organizations and working closely with physician advocates. Johnson's practice is part of a small handful in the nation to focus exclusively on advocacy and champion providers on issues unrelated to malpractice litigation, including diverse labor and employment law matters, business practices and contracts, practice formation, discrimination, wrongful termination, and disputes before the National Practitioner Data Bank, credentialing boards, medical boards, and an array of other medical entities. In addition, Johnson has medical coding experience in a variety of medical specialties including coding compliance and auditing. Throughout her professional career, she worked in compliance and managed small medical offices prior to being admitted to the California State Bar in 2006. Johnson loves to teach and share her expertise, avidly serving as a volunteer assistant medical coding instructor and speaker.

Kate Tierney, CPC, CPC-P, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CEDC, CEMC, CGSC, COBGC

Kate Tierney, CPC, CPC-P, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CEDC, CEMC, CGSC, COBGC, is a national trainer for Optum’s Risk, Quality, and Network Solutions. She has more than 30 years of medical billing, coding, auditing, and data analysis experience, including many years as a coding instructor, peer review coding auditor, and manager of physician education and auditing for one of the largest health systems in her region.

Kathryn Williamson, CPC, CDEI, CIC, AAPC Approved Instructor

Kathryn Williamson, CPC, CDEI, CIC, AAPC Approved Instructor, is the education specialist for the inpatient curriculum at AAPC. Her career began over 11 years ago and includes being the sole onsite coder for a 40-bed full-service hospital. Williamson has published a variety of content, including webinars, articles, and lectures for AAPC. She currently serves on the Coding Advisory Committee and is pursuing a degree in health information management.

Kelly McIntosh

Kelly McIntosh is the chief legal officer for Sight Partners. For more than 15 years, her legal career has focused on transactional and regulatory healthcare and corporate law, where she has advised clients across industries in all stages of the business lifecycle and through joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and financing transactions (debt and equity) exceeding $100 million. Her legal experience, combined with her certification in healthcare compliance, makes McIntosh a trusted advisor in structuring transactions in compliance with state and federal requirements including the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and state corporate practice of medicine doctrines. She also provides counsel on a host of other issues affecting the healthcare industry, including HIPAA/HITECH compliance, antitrust review processes, corporate compliance plans, facility and professional licensure activities, and payer, facility, and provider relationships. McIntosh’s experience includes extensive focus in the eye care industry, both as internal and external counsel. With this variety of previous roles, she has a unique understanding of the industry and its business and legal needs, enabling her to advise from a pragmatic perspective and find practical legal solutions that make sense in the context of day‐to‐day business operations and strategic objectives.

Kem Tolliver, CMPE, CPC, CMOM

Kem Tolliver, CMPE, CPC, CMOM, is the co-author of “Revenue Cycle Management: Don’t Get Lost in the Financial Maze,” published by MGMA. She is a demonstrated subject matter expert in the areas of revenue cycle management, practice leadership, coding, and software optimization. Tolliver is the past president of the Hyattsville/Prince George’s, Md., local chapter of AAPC.

Kimberly Huey, COC, CPC, CPCO

Kimberly Huey, COC, CPC, CPCO, 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. Bouzarelos offers a depth of experience including managed care contracting, coding, auditing, and operations across medical specialties.

Leigh Poland, RHIA, CCS

Leigh Poland, RHIA, CCS, has over 20 years of coding experience and has worked extensively in the coding and education realm over the last 15 years. Her true passion is coding education and making sure coders are equipped to do their job accurately and with excellence. Poland graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Poland is also an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer.

Leonta Williams, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC

Leonata "Lee" Williams, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC, is director of education at AAPC. She has more than 18 years of health information management experience as a coding director, auditor, educator, trainer, practice manager, and mentor. She has provided coding leadership and oversight on programs sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission, and Industrial Economics, Inc. Williams has extensive experience in regulatory compliance, CDI, and risk management. She is founder and past president of the Covington, Ga., local chapter and served as secretary on the 2018-2021 National Advisory Board.

Linda Martien, CPC, COC, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, AAPC Fellow

Linda Martien, CPC, COC, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, AAPC Fellow, brings more than 35 years of experience in coding, billing, auditing, management, and consulting to the table, in addition to her clinical history. She has a varied background, working in and managing solo and group practices, hospital inpatient and outpatient business departments, and healthcare information management offices and serving as a consultant to both national and international clients. Martien is a nationally recognized author and instructor on chronic wound care and is the owner and president of Medical Revenue Cycle Consulting. She is a past member of AAPC’s National Advisory Board and past member and chairman of the AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors. Martien is a former member and officer of the Columbia, Mo., local chapter and is currently a member and president of the Jefferson City, Mo., chapter.

Marcia Brauchler, MPH, FACMPE, CPHQ, CPC, COC, CPC-I

Marcia Brauchler, MPH, FACMPE, CPHQ, CPC, COC, CPC-I, is the founder of Physicians’ Ally, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm and concierge physician billing company. She advises physicians and staff on payer contracts, reimbursement, coding, and compliance. She is a published author on these topics and has contributed articles to Healthcare Business Monthly. Brauchler earned her BSPH from UNC-Chapel Hill and her MPH from UCLA and teaches the AAPC CPC® Exam Prep curriculum at the University of Denver.

Margaret Wallace, CPC-A

Margaret Wallace, CPC-A, is a fresh face on the scene. Completing her CPC® certification in the midst of the pandemic, she has had a more unique situation than most. She is now working in the corporate office of Suncrest Hospice and is constantly looking for areas of innovation.

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

Marianne Durling, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC, CPCO, CDEI, CIC, AAPC Approved Instructor, has a very diverse background, having spent 38 years working in almost every aspect of healthcare. She is currently an associate compliance officer for Duke Health System. Durling 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. Durling has served on AAPC’s National Advisory Board, several terms as an officer in her local chapter, and on the HEALHCON Education Committee.

Mariarita Genovese, CPC

MariaRita Genovese, CPC, has over 30 years of experience in billing and practice management, most recently in the areas of family medicine and medical oncology. She is director of revenue cycle management and is active in educating the physicians and staff in medical coding and compliance regulations. Genovese currently serves as president of the Greater Philadelphia, P.A., local chapter, after serving as chapter president and vice president in previous years. She previously served on the 2015-2018 National Advisory Board and is a past member of the 2015-2018 AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors. Genovese was awarded the 2019 AAPC Officer of the Year. She has contributed articles to Healthcare Business Monthly and the Knowledge Center blog and is also a frequent speaker at AAPC national and regional conferences.

Maryann Palmeter, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CENTC, CHC

Maryanne Palmeter, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CENTC, CHC, has decades of experience in the healthcare arena with over 20 years dedicated to 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.

Michael Miscoe, JD, CPC, CASCC, CUC, CCPC, CPCO, CPMA, CEMA, AAPC Fellow

Michael Miscoe, JD, CPC, CASCC, CUC, CCPC, CPCO, CPMA, CEMA, AAPC Fellow, has over 25 years of experience in healthcare coding and over 20 years as a compliance expert, forensic coding expert, and consultant. He has provided expert analysis and testimony on a wide range of coding and compliance issues in civil and criminal cases and his law practice concentrates exclusively on representation of healthcare providers in post-payment audits, as well as responding to HIPAA OCR issues. Miscoe has an extensive national speaking background and has been published in numerous national publications on a variety of coding, compliance, and health law topics. He was the 2018-2021 National Advisory Board president, is a member of the AAPC Legal Advisory Board, and is the chair of AAPC’s Ethics Committee.

Michelle Mesley-Netoskie, COPM, CPC, COC, CPMA, CPPM, CRC, AAPC Approved Instructor

Michelle Mesley-Netoskie, COPM, CPC, COC, CPMA, CPPM, CRC, AAPC Approved Instructor, is a revenue cycle management specialist at Albany ENT & Allergy Services. She has more than 30 years experience in RCM. Mesley-Netoskie is an author, instructor, and frequent speaker for AAPC local chapters in upstate New York and the ASCENT national conference.

Monica Wright, CPC, CPCO, CPMA

Monica Wright, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, has over 20 years’ experience in medical coding, billing, and practice management. She has taught medical coding and billing to students, physicians, managers, and staff of private medical practices and within hospital settings. Wright has a master’s in health administration from LSUS.

Nancy Reading, RN, BS, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I

Nancy Reading, RN, BS, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I, has worked in healthcare for 42 years as a nurse and coder. She has worked in the professional, hospital outpatient, and hospital inpatient settings. Her career includes having her own consulting business and working for large university medical centers, Medicaid, and as a Medicare specialist for the country’s largest private third-party payer. She is a two-time past local chapter president, National Advisory Board member, and previously worked for AAPC as vice president of education.

Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, COC, AAPC Fellow, PCS

Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, COC, AAPC Fellow, PCS, is manager of billing compliance at MaineHealth. She is responsible for the corporate auditing and compliance program, serving nine hospitals and several other healthcare facilities. She holds a bachelor’s in adult education and workplace training from Granite State College and a master’s in health administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. Brooks has served on AAPC’s National Advisory Board and the AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors. She is active in both the Seacoast Dover, N.H., and Portland, Maine, local chapters.

Pam Vanderbilt, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC

Pam Vanderbilt’s, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, enthusiasm as a speaker is infectious, and participants gain powerful insights from her two decades of experience in auditing and revenue cycle analysis. She teaches the important role documentation plays in identifying complexity of the provider’s work and equips coders and auditors with the skills to recognize that complexity.

Paul Baumrind

Paul Baumrind, is currently assigned as a supervisory special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Healthcare Fraud Unit in Washington, D.C. He has served as a law enforcement officer since 1995 in three different agencies including the Baltimore County Police Department, United States Federal Air Marshal Service, and the FBI. As a special agent in the FBI, Baumrind has worked on the Healthcare Fraud, Organized Crime, and Public Corruption/Civil Rights squads in Boston, Mass. Baumrind served as the FBI lead case agent in the case against Pfizer pharmaceutical, which resulted in a $2.3 billion settlement and the successful prosecution of the executives of Insys Therapeutics.

Paula Daibert, MD, MBA, MSc

Paula Daibert, MD, MBA, MSc, is currently the CIO of IAG Saúde Group, located in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She started working as a family practice physician in 2009 after a medical residency program where she attended to patients, helped organize public family care practices, and worked with the city's epidemiological center, following up the main infectious and notifiable diseases. Daibert also worked for one of the largest insurance companies in Brazil, developing programs for quality improvement in primary care and pay-for-performance programs in hospitals. Today, her work as a chief medical information officer includes the continuous development of DRG Brazil, coding training, and customer consultancy for value-based healthcare in hospitals in all of Brazil. She is also the president of SBAIS, Brazilian Health Information Analysts Society, aimed at protecting and developing the career of various professionals currently involved in coding and information analysis in the country.

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

Peggy Stilley, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, COBGC, recently retired from AAPC as senior education specialist. She was previously a member of the ICD-10 Training and Education team and Director of Audit Services. Peggy has more than 35 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, starting as a medical assistant, expanding her duties to billing and coding, and managing a teaching facility. Her specialties include ob-gyn, maternal fetal medicine, general practice, general surgery, neurology, and orthopedics. Stilley is a national speaker and has authored several articles on billing, coding, and practice management. She is a member of the OKC, Okla., local chapter.

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC, 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 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. Jimenez received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University.

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

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, COPC, CPEDC, AAPC Approved Instructor, is a leading authority in managing and improving the performance of physician practices. Her more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, working primarily in the management, compliance, reimbursement, and coding sectors, has provided her with insights into how physician practices can achieve operational excellence. Buckholtz has authored numerous articles for healthcare publications and has spoken at numerous national conferences for AAPC, AMA, HIMSS, AAO-HNS, AGA, and ASOA.

Robert Liles, JD, MS, MBA, CPC

Robert Liles, JD, MS, MBA, CPC, has worked on the provider side as a federal prosecutor and he now represents providers in connection with federal, state, and private payer audits and investigations. While at the Department of Justice, he was asked to serve as the nation’s first National Health Care Fraud Coordinator.

Robert Pelaia, Esq, CPC, CPCO

Robert Pelaia, Esq, CPC, CPCO, provides a wide range of legal support services for the University of South Florida (USF), with exclusive legal responsibility for USF Health and its related not-for-profit corporate support entities. In addition to his AAPC credentials, Certified Professional Coder and Certified Professional Compliance Officer, he is certified as a Health Care Law Specialist by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Pelaia served on AAPC's National Advisory Board from 2009-2011, AAPC's Chapter Association Board of Directors from 2007-2009, and is currently a member of AAPC's Legal Advisory Board. He is a member of the Tampa, Fla., local chapter.

Ruby Woodward, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, COSC, CSFAC

Ruby Woodward, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, COSC, CSFAC, has 45 years of experience in the medical arena, starting as an orthopedic nurse, and serving a dual role in nursing and coding for nearly 30 years. She has spoken nationally on various coding and reimbursement issues and contributed to numerous articles. Her areas of expertise include coding, documentation, policy interpretation, education, data quality, appeals, and denials.

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

Sandy Giangreco Brown, CPC, COC, CPC-I, COBGC, RHIT, is the director of coding & revenue integrity at CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP. 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. Giangreco Brown's areas of specialty include chargemaster, revenue cycle, oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, evaluation and management, and radiology.

Samuel Church, MD, MPH, CPC, CRC, CPC-I

Samuel Church, MD, MPH, CPC, CRC, CPC-I, is a solo private practice rural family physician, providing both inpatient and outpatient services. His practice is a recognized NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home. Dr. Church teaches medical students for the Medical College of Georgia and is on the faculty for Northeast Georgia Medical Center Family Medicine residency program, where he is responsible for the coding and practice management curriculum, and is a coding instructor for the local community college. In addition to speaking and teaching on various coding topics at regional and national conferences, Dr. Church consults for both small practices and health systems on HCC coding, practice workflow, and chronic care management implementation and coding. Dr. Church serves as advisor to the AMA CPT® Editorial Panel for the AAFP and also serves on numerous quality and compliance advisory groups.

Shannon Cameron, MBA, MHIIM, CPC

Shannon Cameron, MBA, MHIIM, CPC, brings years of medical revenue cycle experience to the table, including chart acquisition, physician and facility coding and billing, A/R management, reimbursement strategies for medical device manufacturers, provider education, and CPT® and APC/DRG analyses for medical facilities and physician groups across the U.S. Her expertise covers all areas of billing and reimbursement across multiple specialties.

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

Shannon, DeConda, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, is the president and founder of NAMAS, a division of DoctorsManagement, in which she is a partner. She has been with them for 18 of her 25 plus years in healthcare.

Sharon Oliver, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, AAPC Approved Instructor

Sharon Oliver, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, AAPC Approved Instructor, is a coding consultant and owner of Medical Coding & Consultants. She was an ICD-10-CM/PCS instructor for AAPC and has been a CPC for 18 years. Oliver serves on several AAPC committees and does client training for AAPC. She served on the AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. She loves speaking at local chapter events. Oliver has been a practice manager and worked in the specialties of family practice, ob-gyn, and cardiology.

Sri Valli Harihara, CPC

Sri Valli Harihara, CPC, is the manager of Medical Coding Business Excellence and Training at AGS Health. She has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry devising organizational training strategy and overseeing its implementation and assessing outcomes. At AGS Health, Harihara provides professional direction and monitors the effectiveness and success of all training programs. Harihara has completed her master’s in microbiology.

Stacy Harper, JD, MHSA, CPC

Stacey Harper, JD, MHSA, CPC, counsels healthcare organizations on regulatory compliance reimbursement and data security issues. She provides clients first-hand knowledge of the legal and practical reimbursement structures for government and private payers and aids clients in the navigation of medical billing and coding standards, the Stark Law, anti-kickback laws, and other state and federal reimbursement laws. Harper assesses risks and develops plans for healthcare providers and other businesses to address data privacy, data security, and data breach response in accordance with HIPAA, HITECH, and state data laws.

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

Stephanie Sjogren, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CDEO, CPC-I, COC, HCAFA, works with payment integrity to ensure proper claims adjudication and to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. Prior to joining Connecticare/EmblemHealth, 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 (EHR) systems effectively and to stay in compliance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ rules and regulations. Her areas of specialty are evaluation and management (E/M), auditing, and clinical documentation improvement. Sjogren has served as an officer for the Hartford, Conn., local chapter.

Stephanie Thebarge, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CEMC, CHONC

Stephanie Thebarge, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CEMC, CHONC, has 20 years of experience in healthcare working in oncology coding, evaluation and management (E/M) auditing, education, compliance, payer contracting, credentialing, and revenue cycle management. She is the compliance manager for a private physician group in Southern Maine, New England Cancer Specialists, and the owner of Seacoast Health Compliance Consultation LLC. She serves on AAPC’s National Advisory Board and is actively involved with the Portland, Maine, local chapter.

Stuart Newsome

As a healthcare industry leader for over 25 years, Stewart Newsome collaborates with HIT experts, physicians, and administrators to improve navigation of today’s strict revenue cycle management environment. In addition to improving revenue integrity for his clients, he uses his experience to educate thousands of healthcare professionals annually via coding webinars.

Susan Roelant, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CPCO

Susan Roelant, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CPCO, has over 20 years of experience in physician coding, auditing, revenue cycle, and consulting. She has been a featured speaker at the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants conferences as well as past AAPC conferences. She is currently a clinical documentation educator. Roelant has done IRO work as well as created education modules on the documentation requirements to support evaluation and management services.

Suzan Hauptman, CPC, CEMC, CEDC, CHC

Suzan Hauptman, CPC, CEMC, CEDC, CHC, is the assistant vice president of compliance at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She has spent many years educating physicians, advanced practice providers, and coders around documentation principles, auditing, and providing an excellent patient experience. She is a graduate of Ohio University and Carnegie Mellon University and has been in coding and revenue cycle management for over 20 years. Hauptman is a book author and frequent speaker.

Tammy Vannatter-Berger, BHSA, CPC, CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT)

Tammy Vannatter-Berger, BHSA, CPC, CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT), has 24 years’ experience in healthcare and 11 years’ experience teaching coding and billing at an online college. She has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration and has written articles on coding and reimbursement for local medical assisting societies. Vannatter-Berger is a 2021-2023 member of the AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors and is actively involved with her local chapter.

Timothy Blanchard, JD, MHA, FHFMA

Timothy Blanchard, JD, MHA, FHFMA, formed his own practice, Blanchard Manning LLP, in 2009, after practicing for 20 years with a leading international law firm. He handles healthcare regulatory and compliance issues including coverage, billing, reimbursement, overpayment issues, fraud and abuse, and HIPAA privacy. Blanchard is a fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association and a past chair of its Institute of Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues. He has served on AAPC's Legal Advisory Committee since its inception.

Tracy Bird, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

Tracy Bird’s, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, experience in healthcare has spanned 40 years and includes practice management, coding, provider education, and revenue cycle management. She is a frequent speaker for AAPC local chapters and has presented at AAPC’s HEALTHCON, as well as state and national MGMA conferences.

Tyler Griffeth, MOL, CPC, CPRC

Tyler Griffeth, MOL, CPC, CPR, is a senior technical manager at Intermountain Health Care. Over the last 15 years, he has prepared and presented coding education for hundreds of physicians and staff. He has a master's degree from Gonzaga University.

Victoria Duffel, CPC, CFE, CPCR

Victoria Duffel, CPC, CFE, CPCR, has worked in healthcare for approximately 16 years, including nine years in health information management. She has experience with revenue leakage, coding and documentation integrity, and daily revenue reconciliation. Duffel is a revenue integrity senior consultant with BKD. She performs coding and documentation audits and PAMA assessments for clients nationally. Duffel holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a master’s in account, finance, and fraud.

Yvonne Dailey, CPC, CPB, CPC-I

Yvonne Dailey, CPC, CPB, CPC-I,has over 19 years of experience in the medical billing and coding field. As she saw the need for internet technology in the physician office setting, she decided to create her own billing, coding, consulting, and training agency. She specializes in infectious disease, family practice, endocrinology, interventional radiology, internal medicine, ob-gyn, chiropractic, mental health, podiatry, substance abuse, oncology, hematology, ophthalmology, medical dentistry, and podiatry. As a Certified Professional Coder, she is able to educate her clients on the key role of correct coding and documentation in the reimbursement process, and she has recently become a Certified Professional Biller. Dailey is a PMCC instructor and provides seminars for physicians, their staff, and new coders entering the field and offers coding classes through her agency. She also has experience as an adjunct instructor for business schools in her area, AAPC ICD-10 Trainer, AAPC workshop presenter, and served on AAPC’s 2013-2015 National Advisory Board.






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