Terrance C. Leone: AAPC Loses a Leader, a Friend

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).

Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular Coder CIRCC

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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Michelle A. Dick has been executive editor for AAPC for over seven years. Prior to her work at AAPC, she was editor-in-chief at Eli Research and Element K Journals, and disk ad coordinator, web designer/developer, and graphic artist at White Directory Publishers, Inc. Dick has a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the State University of New York - Buffalo State and is a member of the Flower City Professional Coders in Rochester, N.Y.

20 Responses to “Terrance C. Leone: AAPC Loses a Leader, a Friend”

  1. Tamiko Cruz,CPC says:

    God bless his soul, his family and his memory!!! He will be missed and his legacy with AAPC will forever be remembered

  2. Nancy graham says:

    He was a great guy, we truly have los t one for the ages.

  3. Therese Dewar says:

    So sorry to hear of his passing…

  4. Pat Champion says:

    Terry will be greatly missed. Our prayers will be with his family. God bless you all! I enjoyed serving with him when I was on the Board.

  5. Melody S. Irvine says:

    I still remember the day Terry called me and asked me to represent the AAPC NAB as an officer. He made me laugh saying we needed my sense of humor on the board. He will truly be missed. Regards to his family and he will be missed.

  6. Hazel miller says:

    I just attended the funeral

    Terry will be missed by al whose lives he touched personall or indirectly

    Knowing him was a pleasure being his friend a blessing

    Heaven has gotten one of their angels back

  7. Teri Welsh says:

    My sincere condolences to Terry’s family. AAPC has lost a great leader.

  8. Linda Smith says:

    I am very sorry to hear of Terry Leone’s passing. He was such a credit to our field. Blessings to his family and friends.

  9. Rob Pachciarz COC, CPC, CASCC, CIRCC says:

    Very sad to read that. God bless him! My prayers go out to him, and his friends and family.

  10. Patricia Reed says:

    Oh my,
    so sorry to her about Terrence. I remember I would read every colunn he had in the monthly coding magazine because he kept me motivated about coding.

    My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
    Patricia Reed CPC

  11. Bevan Erickson says:

    Thanks for your service and dedication to AAPC Terry! I enjoyed getting to know and work with you. You will be missed. My condolences to the Leones.

  12. Carol Ann Vail Tourville, CPC says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Terry on one occasion and found him to be the nicest guy…down to earth, friendly and always willing to assist with questions. He will be missed. My condolences to his family during this difficult time.

  13. Joyce Covington, CPC, CRC says:

    Having personally met Terry on several occaisions at National Conferences, he was a very sweet and genuine person. Listening to him speak was always a pleasure as well. He will be truly missed in many ways by many people.

  14. Leslie says:

    I am sorry to hear that. My condolence to his family.

  15. Darlene P. Batcher says:

    He will be greatly misssed! Love and Prayers to the Family!!!

  16. Gloria Brogan says:

    I am sorry to hear of Mr Leone’s passing. The loss is great for his friends, family and AAPC. Prayers for peace and strength during this very difficult time

  17. Patricia Knox says:

    His family and friends have my deepest condolences.

  18. Yvonne Dupree, CPC, COC, CPC-P says:

    Terry was a great guy. A true leader. He will be missed. May God comfort his family.

  19. The Houston Family says:

    My prayers go out to love ones and family..rest in peace

  20. Peggy Gagliardi says:

    Sorry for the loss to his family and also to the AAPC.

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