LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has six years of teaching experience in the field of medical billing and coding and Medical Assisting. Currently she is employed as an HIM Analyst for a Long-Term Care establishment that is based out of Alabama. Previously she was employed as the lead instructor for the Allied Health Department for a local career institute. LaTisha's field of expertise is in the area of physician-based inpatient coding and Emergency Department coding. The certifications that she holds are as follows: a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). In preparation for ICD-10-CM LaTisha received her ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Certification from American Health Information Association (AHIMA) where she is currently a member. LaTisha is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the National Healthcare Association (NHA) where she is a test proctor.
Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration, including administrative medical assisting and medical billing and coding, for over 35 years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management, a Master's degree in Leadership, and is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).
She is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, an AHIMA ICD-10 Ambassador, and is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM). She recently published a textbook on the new ICD-10 coding system, and owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Education Services, Inc.
LaTrisha Howard has over 10 years experience in the healthcare industry. Ms. Howard has expertise in coding Inpatient, Outpatient, and ER medical records. In addition to Ms. Howard’s experience in coding, she has experience in chart auditing and physician education.
She is currently working as an ER Coder/Auditor for a physician billing and consulting service, and currently holds the CCS and CPC certification, as well as being a member of AHIMA and AAPC.
Shonda Miles is a Certified Professional Coder, Certified Professional Medical Auditor, and holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration, Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Management).
Shonda Miles has over 6 years in the healthcare industry. Mrs. Miles has expertise in coding and chart auditing Inpatient, Outpatient, and ER medical records. She is a member of AAPC, NAMAS and ACHE. She is currently employed with a university hospital as a Compliance Auditor.
Shonda Miles currently teaches in the Administrative Medical Specialist and Medical Billing and Coding Programs. She resides in Shreveport, LA with her husband, Dameon and three sons.
Nancy Smith credits medical terminology with providing all of her career opportunities since 1982. After graduating from college in 1976, she taught business courses in Philadelphia for 4 years while her husband completed medical school. When her husband was recruited by a rural community hospital, he found himself without a suitable pool of candidates to run his new office. Nancy studied medical terminology and became his office manager in 1982.
Several years later, they relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and her experience with medical terminology led to more career choices. She worked as a medical transcriptionist and then was hired to establish a medical assisting program at a local vocational school. After teaching the coding and billing courses for several years, Nancy left that position to teach medical terminology at a minimum security women’s prison, a local hospital, and a night program at a community college.
In 2000, Nancy was once again teaching billing and coding courses when she decided to take a position in patient registration with one of Pittsburgh’s leading trauma centers. This position led to an offer from a digital transcription company to help train new clients.
In 2007, Nancy was hired by a CMS subcontractor to audit medical records for reimbursement, and she holds this position currently. For this position, Nancy also obtained a national coding certification. Through all of these career moves, Nancy credits her knowledge of medical terminology as the most important factor in allowing her to secure each position and succeed at the job She is passionate about showing others how medical terminology can provide a lifetime of job opportunities in a wide range of career paths.
Lydia S. Stewart, RN, BSN received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. Lydia currently serves as the Revenue Cycle Manager at a large regional medical center in Northeast Louisiana. Lydia has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years, 15 of those years specializing in Critical Care Nursing and supervision.
Lydia has mentored hundreds of nurses throughout the course of her nursing career. She is responsible for Medical Audits, Charge Capture, and governmental compliance audits and reviews. She performs revenue cycle fundamental and charging education to department directors and hospital staff. Lydia collaborates with the business office to rectify billing edit issues. She performs managed care reviews for accurate payment. Lydia also serves as an independent chargemaster and reimbursement consultant to area outpatient service centers. Lydia is a member of the Louisiana Medical Auditor Association and HFMA.
Tina Williams has worked as a healthcare reimbursement specialist project manager, Director of A/R, Regional Billing manager, reimbursement analyst, and professional coder for over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management, a Master's Degree in Human Service Administration, and has completed her Doctorate coursework in Healthcare Administration. She is an AHIMA Certified Coding Specialist-Physician and is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). She is an AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) Certified Professional Coder, Instructor and Certified Professional Coder. She owns her own consulting firm, San Francisco Medical Coding Institute, Inc., providing medical coding certification training and revenue cycle consultancy to Bay Area healthcare providers.
Ms. Williams currently works as a Learning Consultant with one of California’s largest HMO and healthcare providers. Her principle responsibilities include the development of inpatient and outpatient professional fee service coding training for the Northern California region. She is EPIC certified in Resolute Professional Billing and is well versed in EMR (electronic medical records). In the past 10 years, she has worked as an undergraduate faculty member and written several educational programs on revenue cycle, EMR, and hospital professional fee coding.