National Advisory Board, 2015 – 2018

Welcome 2015-2018 NAB

The role of the National Advisory Board (NAB) is to advise the AAPC leadership on issues, trends and member needs and enthusiastically promote and support the mission of AAPC and the business of healthcare. The NAB works with the national office for the betterment of the entire membership and the healthcare community through active participation in nationally sponsored conferences, events, publications, educational programs and activities. The NAB members write articles and speak at local chapters, conferences and other healthcare-related events. Each NAB representative becomes an ambassador for AAPC and its members.

The NAB includes 16 members appointed by AAPC representing eight geographical regions of the U.S. and four officers elected by the NAB including president, president elect, member relations, and secretary.

  • President

    Jaci Johnson Kipreos, CPC, COC, CPMA, CPC-I,
    CEMC – San Diego, California
    President, Practice Integrity, LLC

    Jaci Johnson Kipreos has been working in the field of medical coding and auditing for over 22 years and has been a CPC® since 1994. She teaches PMCC and manages a national client list, providing compliance monitoring for provider documentation. Kipreos was recognized as Coder of the Year in 2006 for the state of Virginia. She has served office as president for the Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia, local chapters. Kipreos received her Bachelor of Science in finance from Virginia Tech.

  • President-elect

    Michael D. Miscoe, JD, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CASCC, CCPC, CUC
    Central City, Pennsylvania
    President, Practice Masters, Inc., Founding Partner, Miscoe Health Law, LLC

    Michael Miscoe has a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a juris doctorate degree from Concord Law School, is president of Practice Masters, Inc., and founding partner of Miscoe Health Law, LLC. He has served on AAPC’s NAB since 2013, is a member of the Legal Advisory Board, and is chair of the Legal Ethics Committee. Miscoe is admitted to the Bar in California and to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Courts in the Southern District of California and the Western District of Pennsylvania. He has 22 years of experience in healthcare coding and over 18 years as a compliance expert, forensic coding expert, and consultant. Miscoe has provided expert analysis and testimony in civil and criminal cases, and represents healthcare providers in post-payment audits and HIPAA matters. He is a national speaker, a published author, and is a member of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, local chapter.

  • Member Relations

    Angela Clements, CPC, CEMC, COSC – Covington, Louisiana
    Coding and Education Department Internal Consultant,
    Ochsner Health Systems

    Angela Clements has worked for seven years at Ochsner Health Systems as senior associate analyst and abstractor, and now as an internal consultant for the Coding and Education Department. She has been in healthcare for 16 years, holds CPC® and COSC® certifications, and has an associate degree in Health Service Office Management. Clements helped to establish the Covington, Louisiana, local chapter and has held the offices of president, vice president, treasurer, educator, and new member officer.

  • Secretary

    Ann M. Bina, CPC, COC, CPC-I – West Salem, Wisconsin
    Manager of Coding and Revenue Integrity, Gundersen Lutheran

    Ann Bina has over 22 years of experience in the healthcare field and has held various positions throughout the revenue cycle. She has been a CPC® since 1993 and serves as president of the La Crosse, Wisconsin, local chapter. Besides obtaining multiple AAPC coding credentials, Bina holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Viterbo University and is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC®).

  • AAPC Liaison

    Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC, CRC
    Vice President of ICD-10 Education and Training, AAPC

    Rhonda Buckholtz has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, working in the reimbursement, billing, and coding sectors, in addition to being an instructor. She is responsible for all ICD-10 training and curriculum at AAPC. She has authored many articles for healthcare publications and has spoken at conferences across the country. She is co-chair for the WEDI ICD-10 Implementation Workgroup and has provided testimony ongoing for ICD-10 and standardization of data for NCVHS. She also sits on the Provider Outreach and Education committee for Novitas Solutions (formerly Highmark Medicare Services).

  • NAB Members by Region
    Region 1 - Northeast
    Colleen Gianatasio, CPC, CPC-P, CPMA, CPC-I – Albany, New York
    Risk Coding and Education Specialist,
    Capital District Physician’s Health Plan, Inc.

    Colleen Gianatasio has 17 years of experience in the health insurance field, including customer service, claims, quality, and coding. As a risk coding and education specialist, Gianatasio’s primary responsibilities are reviewing medical charts, auditing, and providing education to physicians and their staff. She is a certified AAPC instructor and enjoys teaching PMCC, auditing, and ICD-10 classes. Gianatasio serves as secretary of the Albany, New York, local chapter.

  • Ellen Maura Wood, CPC, CMPE – Dover, New Hampshire
    Practice Manager, Seacoast General Surgery

    Ellen Wood has been working in the medical field for over 20 years and has been a certified coder for over 13 years. Besides being the practice manager for Seacoast General Surgery, she is the adjunct professor at a local community college. Wood’s experience includes mentoring employed coders, daily management of a busy surgical practice, and oversight of meaningful use policies and objectives, PQRS, and ePrescribing programs, etc. She helped to start the first New Hampshire local chapter, Seacoast-Dover, and served on its board.

  • Region 2 - Atlantic
    Christina A. LaRosse, CPC – New Florence, Pennsylvania
    Business Manager, Alleghenies Independent Physicians

    Christina LaRosse has been working in healthcare for 25 years, of which 20 have been in the area of practice management. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management and obtained her CPC® credentials in 1996. LaRosse is employed as business manager for a multi-specialty physician group and is involved in implementing electronic health records (EHRs). She achieved recognition as a CGM Enterprise EHR Certified Professional. LaRosse has served as adjunct faculty for Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and Westmoreland County Community College. She was one of the founding members of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, local chapter and serves as president.

  • Sharlene A. Scott, RHIT, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CPMA, CCS-P-P, CCP-P – Baltimore, Maryland
    Senior Healthcare Consultant/Educator, Coding Academy of America, LLC, and American Coding Centers, LLC

    Sharlene Scott is an ICD-10-CM trainer and has been working in the healthcare arena for more than 26 years. She provides coding and documentation education and training for physician-based specialties, as well as inpatient and outpatient hospital services. Scott has an extensive background training physicians and support staff in the government and private sector. She has been an AAPC for 18 years and PMCC instructor for the last 10 years. Scott is a member of the Baltimore East, Maryland, local chapter.

  • Region 3 - Mid-Atlantic
    Brian Boyce, BSHS, CPC, CPC-I – Richmond, Virginia
    CEO, Proprietor, and Managing Consultant, ionHealthcare, LLC

    Brian has over 26 years of healthcare experience. He started his career in Aeromedical Evacuation (flight nursing) in the US Air Force. In this capacity he was trained to be the healthcare provider when there was no physician present. This training included minor surgery, primary care, emergency treatment, biological and chemical warfare response, and even delivering babies. He has over 16 years of clinical nursing experience and trained corpsmen in clinical procedures when in the military. He has several awards and accolades from his military career and is a veteran of Desert Storm. He has over 16 years of healthcare management experience in physician practice administration and has spent the last 7 years with a focus on risk adjustment. He is a national PMCC instructor and ICD-10-CM trainer and is the author of the Official Risk Adjustment Curriculum (CRC®) through the AAPC. Brian is trained in Six Sigma through the Juran Institute, and has many certifications to include a Certificate in Clinical Bioethics from Georgetown and Total Quality Management from the U.S. Air Force. Brian holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Administration, from Old Dominion University, where he graduated with Upsilon Phi Delta honors (the national honor society for healthcare administration). He is a past AAPC local chapter Vice President, and President and often speaks at local chapters on request. He is the CEO of ionHealthcare® a company that offers coding, auditing, & support services in risk adjustment, HEDIS review, coding education and networking.

  • Caren J Swartz, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CPMA, CPB – Moseley, Virginia
    Senior Consultant/Auditor, Practice Integrity, LLC

    Caren Swartz has been working in the field of medicine for more than 20 years. Her career began as a U.S. Navy corpsman/surgical technician, where she was part of the surgical team at the sub base in Groton, Connecticut. Swartz has worked in office settings of orthopedics, oral surgery, oncology, general and vascular surgical, and large multi-specialty practices. She has been a CPC® since 1999, is a PMCC instructor, a past president of the Richmond, Virginia, local chapter, and works as a senior consultant/auditor for Practice Integrity, LLC.

  • Region 4 - Southeast
    Leonta (Lee) Williams, CPC, CPCO, RHIT, CCS, CCDS – Covington, Georgia
    Director of Coding Operations, Edelberg & Associates
    Healthcare Consultant, Karna, LLC

    Lee Williams has over 12 years of experience as a coding manager, auditor, educator, trainer, and practice manager. She holds a degree in Health Information Technology and provides leadership and oversight on Karna’s NCHS Data Coding contract sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Williams’ specialties include ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT®, and HCPCS Level II coding, E/M auditing, ED coding/auditing, DRG assignment, CDI, CMS guidelines, OIG restructuring, MAC/RAC/ZPIC audits, HIPAA, physician/coder training, and pay for performance measures, including PQRS, meaningful use, risk adjustment, and HEDIS. She is founder and past president of the Covington, Georgia, local chapter.

  • Shelley Vandiver Garrett, CPC – Jacksonville, Florida
    Corporate Coding Integrity Auditor, Nemours Children’s Health System

    Shelley Garrett has more than 24 years of healthcare experience. Her experience includes working for the Medicare program in single and multi-specialty physician offices and hospital settings, serving as a compliance officer, consultant, instructor, and auditor. Garrett has served as the director of socioeconomic and member advocacy for an international medical specialty society, has established and instructed a national certification program, and has written numerous articles and program manuals on coding, billing, compliance, and governmental regulation. She has served as the staff liaison to the American Medical Association CPT® Editorial and Relative Value Update committees. Garrett is former education officer for the Jacksonville, Florida, local chapter.

  • Region 5 - Southwest
    Angela Jordan, CPC – Blue Springs, Missouri
    Managing Consultant, Medical Revenue Solutions, LLC

    Angela Jordan has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare field, and has been an AAPC member for 15 years. Her career path has taken her from a small family practice, radiology, large physician services group to a managing consultant. Jordan recognizes that AAPC and her local chapter have played a major role in her career success and she promotes AAPC and local chapters. She has been a member of the Kansas City, Missouri, local chapter since 2003 and has held many offices including president. In 2009, Jordan served as a member of the AAPC Chapter Association board of directors and was the chair in 2012.

  • Lori A. Cox, MBA, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC – Hannibal, Missouri
    Coding Team Leader, MedKoder

    Lori Cox has over 15 years of experience in multiple areas of healthcare including auditing and compliance. She has been certified since 2002 and has held the offices of vice president and secretary of the Quincy, Illinois/Hannibal, Missouri, local chapter. Cox recently earned a master’s degree in Business Management from Quincy University. She is the coding team leader for MedKoder, providing medical coding and auditing services for many healthcare facilities across the nation. Cox enjoys auditing and educating providers on proper documentation requirements for E/M services.

  • Region 6 - Great Lakes
    Angela (Annie) Boynton, RHIT, CPC, COC, CPCO, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCS,
    CCS-P – Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
    Principal, Boynton Healthcare Management Solutions

    Annie Boynton has served in the health information management field for 15 years across provider, payer, and educational capacities. She is principal of Boynton Healthcare Management Solutions, specializing in practice and payer consulting, compliance, and education. Boynton holds several certifications in coding and has degrees in health information technology and health care management. She is pursuing graduate work in health, hospital, and pharmaceutical law at Seton Hall University. She is a member of the Worchester, Massachusetts, local chapter.

  • Kimberly Reid, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC – Burlington, Vermont
    Manager of Professional Coding, University of Vermont Medical Center

    Kim Reid has over 26 years of coding experience in healthcare and has worked in a variety of professional medical settings, including an academic medical group in Vermont with over 500 physicians. Her previous roles were director of ICD-10 Training and Education at AAPC and senior coding educator at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Reid is a national speaker who presents regularly on coding topics across the country.

  • Region 7 - Mountain/Plains
    Glenda L. Hamilton, CPC, COC, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, MCS-P – Mount Laurel, New Jersey
    Senior Billing and Compliance Auditor, Cooper University Hospital

    Glenda Hamilton brings over 25 years of experience in practice management, insurance, coding, reimbursement, education, consulting and expert witnessing to board of medical examiners and federal criminal trials. She joined Cooper University Hospital, under Revenue Cycle Education in 2005 as clinical documentation educator. Hamilton is senior billing and compliance auditor at Cooper. She has been an active member of the Cherry Hill, New Jersey, local chapter, holding office as president-elect twice, president twice, and education and new member development officer in the past 10 years. Hamilton has started multiple charitable projects in the chapter, and believes in “paying it forward.”

  • Angelica M Stephens, COC, CPC, COSC, RHIT, CCS-P – Albuquerque, New Mexico
    CBO Manager, New Mexico Orthopaedics Association

    Angelica Stephens has been in healthcare industry since 1996, and most recently works as manager of coding and charge entry for New Mexico Orthopaedics Association (NMOA). She serves as a member of the educational committee for Carrington College. Stephens is a member of the Albuquerque, New Mexico, local chapter, where she trains, proctors, and has served as secretary, president, and liaison between new and seasoned coders.

  • Region 8 - West
    Boyd P. Murayama – Prescott,AZ
    Director of PhysicianPractices, YRMC PhysicianCare

    Boyd Murayama has more than 20 years healthcare experience, and over the past 8 years he has served as assistant hospital administrator and medical group practice director on the executive management team for a community-based hospital system. Murayama is responsible for a wide variety of functions from healthcare administration, physician recruitment and retention, hospital/professional coding/billing, consulting, compliance, physician education and training, budget management, forecasting, contract negotiation, employee development, etc. He received CPC® designation in November 1997 and has since received the CPC-I® and ICD-10 Train the Trainer designations, as well. Murayama is a member of the Honolulu, Hawaii, local chapter.

  • Jonnie Massey, CPC, CPC-P, CPMA, CPC-I,
    AHFI – El Dorado Hills, California
    Director, Special Investigations Unit, Blue Shield of California

    Jonnie Massey’s specialties include healthcare fraud investigation, prevention, and resolution. She has extensive experience in health insurance plans and management. Massey trains on healthcare fraud, coding, and ICD-10. She has served on healthcare-related work groups for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, and AAPC’s NAB (from 2007-2009 and current). Massey is a member of the Sacramento, California, local chapter.