AAPC Awards 2009 Coder, Networker and Chapter of the Year
Award recognizes example of hard work and professionalism
SALT LAKE CITY — June, 8 2010 — AAPC, (www.aapc.com), the nation’s largest medical coding training and credentialing association, has named AAPC member Nancy G. Higgins, CPC, CPC-I, CIRCC, CPMA, CEMC, of Monroe, N.C., as 2009 Coder of the Year. Lori Hendrix, CPC, CPC-H, CIRCC, CPC-I, of Georgia, was awarded the 2009 Networker of the Year. These prestigious awards recognize AAPC members who exemplify the higher standards of coding set by AAPC. The winners were selected based on nominations, volunteerism, coding expertise and networking skills.
“Nancy and Lori exemplify the qualities necessary to be successful not only in their own career but also in the lives of those they teach and work with,” said Reed E. Pew, CEO and president of AAPC. “They were selected by peers and those in the medical profession – colleagues, fellow chapter members, employers and friends – which shows the great impact they have made in this growing profession.”
Coder of the Year
Nancy Higgins is a senior compliance specialist with the Carolinas Healthcare Systems in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a dedicated coding professional with more than 20 years of medical coding and auditing experience. Nancy’s career in the medical field started as part-time help in a psychiatric practice, where she got her first exposure to coding. Since then she has worked as a practice management consultant, compliance officer, medical coder and instructor.
Networker of the Year
Lori Hendrix received the Networker of the year award for providing the highest new membership referrals to the AAPC. She has a great deal of experience and knowledge to share with her colleagues at WellStar Health System, one of Georgia’s largest health care systems. Hendrix works as the coding coordinator for the hospitalists program and is a member of the company’s coding assurance team in the compliance department, providing routine monitoring and auditing to ensure the hospitalists comply with federal coding and billing regulations.
Chapter of the Year
The Chapel Hill, N.C. chapter was recognized as the 2009 Chapter of the Year. Chapel Hill, N.C. put welcoming new members at the top of their agenda. It was important to the chapter to make members feel welcome, offer assistance, and provide career options and mentoring possibilities.
The 2009 officers combined their individual skills and personal touch to achieve their chapter goals. At each meeting, coding excellence was spread, tasty refreshments were served and door prizes were given away. Although these are great ways to encourage attendees to come back, it’s the personal touches that proved to mean most to Chapel Hill members.
Higgins, Hendrix and the Chapel Hill chapter were honored at the AAPC’s Jacksonville National Conference on June 8.