Judith BlaszczykRN, CPC, ACS-PM|Medical Compliance Auditor, Auditing for Compliance and Education, Inc.
Judith Blaszczyk has 19 years of experience as a registered nurse working in an acute care hospital setting. This background provides invaluable insight into the clinical aspects of medical coding and documentation as well as experience interacting with physicians and other clinicians. In addition to her clinical background, Blaszczyk has more than 28 years of experience in medical coding and billing, specializing in anesthesia and pain management.
Doris BrankerCPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CIRCC, CANPC, CEMC|President, DB Healthcare Consulting
Doris Branker has a practice management consulting firm that also offers medical coding preparation camps. Dori is a nationally-recognized educator, coding expert, and practice management consultant, as well as an approved educator and PMCC licensed instructor with AAPC. Her areas of expertise include medical coding, compliance, auditing, billing and collections management. She holds specialty certifications in E/M, Interventional Radiology, and Cardiovascular coding.
Kelly DennisMBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I|President, Perfect Office Solutions
Kelly Dennis has more than 35 years of experience in physician billing and office administration. She is a certified coder with AAPC; a PMCC certified instructor; and received a Certificate of Proficiency in Anesthesiology from AAPC in 2001. She is also an Advanced Coding Specialist in Anesthesia and has served as lead anesthesia advisor for the Board of Medical Specialty Coding since 2004.
Brenda EdwardsCPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, AAPC Fellow|
Marcy Garuccio has been involved in the healthcare arena for over 25 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 the 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 both national and regional conferences for AAPC as well as local chapter meetings across the country. Edwards became a Certified Professional Coding Instructor (CPC-I) in 2001 and has assisted countless students obtain their coding credentials through the AAPC Professional Medical Coding Curriculum. She is also an AAPC ICD-10-CM/PCS Training Expert.
Annmarie A. EdwardsDPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM|
Dr. Edwards has been with Intermountain Healthcare for the past 14 years. She is not only dedicated to providing the best foot and ankle care possible for her patients but is also involved with resident training. Her educational background includes graduating from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine with her residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been recognized as a national speaker, has served on many national committees representing not only podiatric medicine but also an advocate for residency training. Dr. Edwards has a special interest in the treatment of the various medical issues with the diabetic foot. She also established a non-profit organization with other physicians that travels to Tonga to perform limb salvage operations and do educational services to decrease the amount of amputations in Tonga.
Marcy GaruccioACS-AN, CPC, CPMA, AAPC Fellow|Sole Proprietor, Advanced Medical Practice Management, LLC
Marcy Garuccio's career spans more than three decades and is built on a strong anesthesia foundation. She uses her years of experience in both the clinical and consulting arenas to explain the complexities of coding, billing, documentation and compliance regulations such as HIPAA to clinicians and coders. Her medical consulting company provides a full suite of services, with a concentration in auditing and quality and extends to practice management review, and office policy creation. She has written articles for AAPC and has presented webinars for AAPC and DecisionHealth.
Scott R. Grubman
Scott R. Grubman is a partner with the law firm of Chilivis Cochran in Atlanta, Georgia. He focuses his practice on representing healthcare providers of all types and sizes in connection with government investigations and compliance-related matters. Prior to joining private practice, Grubman served as both a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Savannah, Georgie where he served on his district’s healthcare fraud task force and was responsible for investigating and litigating healthcare fraud matters on behalf of the United States.
Kayla Lee, CPC joined the Auditing for Compliance and Education, Inc. (ACE) team in November 2014. Ms. Lee has spent the past several years under the mentorship of ACE’s president and nationally known expert in anesthesia and pain management Devona Slater, CHC, CHA, CMCP. Kayla holds a Certified Professional Coding (CPC) certification. While working at ACE she has been instrumental in cultivating the ACE coding division that provides a coding service, producing over 80,000 cases a month for groups across the country. Prior to that, she worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician after graduating from Kansas State University. Kayla is very passionate about the anesthesia industry and believes that education for coders and providers is instrumental in creating the best coding service.
Erica Remer MD, FACEP, CCDS |
Erica Remer has a unique perspective as a practicing emergency physician for 25 years, with extensive coding, CDI, and ICD-10 expertise. As Physician Advisor of a large multi-hospital system for four years, she trained 2700 providers in ICD-10, closed hundreds of queries, and fought numerous DRG clinical validation and medical necessity denials. Dr. Remer transitioned to independent consulting in July 2016 and has since authored numerous articles on CDI topics. Her real passion is educating coders, CDI specialists, and healthcare providers. You may know her from being the co-host of Talk Ten Tuesdays, a weekly national podcast. For fun, she participates in ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meetings.
Devona Slater CHA, CMCP, CHC|President, Auditing for Compliance and Education, Inc.
Devona Slater is a strong ally to both physicians and their patients. For more than a decade, she has been committed to helping physicians manage their practices so they can devote more time to doing what they were trained to do – practice medicine. Slater has served as president and compliance auditor specializing in anesthesia and pain management issues for the past 17 years. She has helped numerous anesthesia and pain management professionals across the nation with billing, coding and compliance issues.
Sandra SoerriesBS, CPC, COC|AHIMA Approved I-10 CM/PCS Trainer, CEO, SCBI
Sandra has more than 35 years of experience with hospitals and physician practices. She provides consulting for health care providers, attorneys and other health care organizations in the areas of CPT/HCPCS, ICD-10, analytic analysis, medical record documentation and compliance planning and development. She is the CEO of Soerries Coding & Billing Institute (SCBI).
She has developed many coding tools and programs that have been accredited by the American Academy of Professional Coders, Medical Group Management Association and American Health Information Management Association. Sandra presents nationally on coding and revenue cycle as well as developing specialized training programs to meet the needs of her clients. She is the founder of the AAPC of KC. Sandra provided a two-day training program for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Sandra has been involved in numerous consulting engagements including litigation support at the state and federal level. She assists hospitals, physicians and other health care providers in their daily operations and compliance activities. She has an extensive knowledge with payors and the processing of claims and collections.
Stephanie ThomasCANPC, CPC| Billing Director, CE Medical Group
Stephanie has been in the medical field for 18 years. Thomas has experience in multiple specialties of medical billing and coding, and is a certified pain and anesthesia coder. Billing is her passion, which is why she’s efficient at maximizing reimbursements while educating providers and staff on proper coding techniques. She motivates and coaches her billers to ensure they achieve a high level of standards. Thomas enjoys speaking at national conferences and sharing her knowledge in the pain medicine billing and practice management realm.
Amy TurnerRN, BSN, MMHC, CPC | Director of Billing Compliance for CE Medical Group
Amy Turner has been in the healthcare field since 1989 when she completed her Associates Degree in Nursing at Middle Tennessee State University. Amy then continued her education at MTSU by receiving her Bachelors of Science in nursing, follow by a MMHC from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. She began her nursing career as a charge nurse of the ICU at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Ten years after beginning her career in healthcare, Amy focused her career in Pain Management. She is currently the Director of Billing Compliance for CE Medical Group.
Margie Scalley VaughtCPC, CPC-H, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR|Margie Scalley Vaught and Associates
With 20+ years focused exclusively in orthopedics, Margie has a unique ability to translate coding, billing and reimbursement rules into real-world practice, (95% of attendees from previous conferences rate Margie a 10 out of 10 speaker!) She is technical editor to DecisionHealth’s Orthopedic Coder’s Pink Sheet and author of orthopedic specialty guides. She conducts day-to-day procedure coding and deciphers operative reports for orthopedic practices nationwide.