Terrance C. Leone: AAPC Loses a Leader, a Friend
AAPC’s first male National Advisory Board (NAB) president, Terrance C. Leone, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-C, CIRCC, “Terry” of Palmyra, New York passed away on January 1, 2016 at the age of 66. As owner of medical billing and coding company, Catamount Associates, he led the AAPC NAB from 2009-2011.
He became involved in AAPC in 1997, when coding teachers were far and few between. During Leone’s tenure as AAPC NAB president, he was most recognized for being the first male in that leadership position, and for the accomplishment of reaching 100,000 members in our organization. To put in perspective what a rarity men were in our industry, Leone said that when he began coding, there were only five men at AAPC national conventions. He said, “There were five guys and we always talked to each other because there were only five of us.” (“NAB Leadership Born from Coding,” Coding Edge, April 2009).
Leone became a radiology tech in 1967, then moved into interventional radiology, and became involved in orthopedics coding, as well. Even as a business owner, he personally coded these three medical specialties on a daily basis.
He was a down to earth and sincere leader, with a knack for putting on a captivating presentation when teaching coders about our trade. In his farewell “Letter from Member Leadership,” which featured in Coding Edge magazine (March 2011), he said his personal goal as president “was to meet each and every one of you, shake your hand, and ask where you were from. Although I didn’t reach that lofty goal, it was an honor and a pleasure to shake the hands of those many members I did meet.”
AAPC feels the loss of his passing. AAPC Vice President Strategy and Development Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC, said, “This great man is no longer with us. Terry was a great leader, a passionate and compassionate past board president. I was proud to call him friend and mentor. May God bless his family.”
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