BMSC Committees

BMSC Exam Committee Members

AHCC’s Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC) Certification Committees maintain and update the BMSC Certification Programs, including the exams and annual recertification self-assessments. Click here to download the committee scope of work.


HCS-D Committee Members

 

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Regina Alexander

HCS-D, HCS-H, Senior Consultant and Director of IRO Services, VantagePoint HealthCare Advisors

Regina K. Alexander serves as a Senior Consultant and Director of IRO Services at VantagePoint HealthCare Advisors. As Director of IRO Services, Alexander supports clients under Corporate Integrity Agreements with the HHS OIG in meeting their specific compliance obligations associated with CIA terms. Her areas of consulting expertise include HIPAA Privacy, 42 CFR Part 2, HIM, Home Health and Hospice coding and billing compliance, Medicare and Medicaid payment policy, regulatory compliance, and rapid-cycle process improvement

Prior to joining VantagePoint, Regina's most recent roles included HIM Director & HIPAA Privacy Officer at Holyoke Medical Center, Sr. Manager/Medicare Advantage at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Associate Director/HIM for Yale Haven Health System. Ms. Alexander is a board-certified fellow (FACHE) in healthcare management through the American College of Healthcare Executives, maintains certification in healthcare compliance (CHC) through HCCA, and is a certified Home Health and Hospice Coding Specialist (HCS-D & HCS-H) through the Association of Homecare Coding and Compliance (AHCC). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration with a focus on Long Term Care from the University of Phoenix and holds an MBA from The George Washington University. She also serves as an associate faculty member in the College of Health Professions at the University of Phoenix.


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Marilyn Cornman

MBA, BSN, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, Quality Analyst, Healthcare Management Solutions

Marilyn Cornman is currently employed with Healthcare Management Solutions (HMS), serving as a Quality Analyst working part-time on the Bundled Payment Care Initiative – Advanced program.  In addition to this, Marilyn does contract coding and auditing work. 

Marilyn has spent most of her career working within the home care setting. While in home health she has held numerous roles over the years.  Marilyn’s previous role prior to HMS was Vice President of a large home health agency within a large healthcare network.  Prior to that she held a Director of Quality role which included overseeing the coding team daily as well as other quality initiatives. Marilyn has been an HCS-D credential holder for approximately 13 years.

Marilyn also completed her master’s in business administration in 2018.  She strives to continue learning and building on that knowledge. 

Marilyn enjoys giving back to the community and serves as a board member for Reagan’s Journey, a local nonprofit that assists children with special care needs. She also does medical and clean water clinics in the Dominican Republic yearly. 


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Christina Crumbley

RN, MSN, HCS-D, Chief Operating Officer, Signature HomeNow

Christina Crumbley is the Chief Operating Officer at Signature HomeNow, a home health company with seven locations across Florida. Christina has 29 years of broad-based experience in home health operations, quality assurance/performance improvement, clinical management, finance and business development, with 25 of those years holding leadership positions. She has provided consulting services through her company Tidal Healthcare Consulting, LLC focusing on home health operational and clinical management, ICD-10 coding and OASIS review, as well as a large focus on education. She co-authored a book titled “Becoming a Super Woman: Leadership for Women” and provides women’s leadership training under her brand Commander in Heels.


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J'non Griffin

RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-C, COS-C, President, Home Health Solutions, LLC

J’non Griffin is a 32-year veteran of home care as an RN. She received her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration in 2005. She has experience as a field nurse, director and executive with home health and hospice agencies, both large and small. She has served as Director of Staff Development and Appeals for home health and hospice agencies. She has taken part in mock surveys for agencies, and prepared agencies for accreditation. She has been directly involved in accreditation surveys, acquisitions and many regulatory crises with state survey agencies and the intermediary.

As Regional Director of Operations for a home care company, J’non was ultimately responsible for the operations of several branch agencies. She completed billing audits, supervised personnel, handled employment issues and trained managers. Part of her responsibilities have included risk management, acting as Compliance Officer, development of policies and forms, survey compliance, appeals of Medicare denials, writing Corrective Action Plans, start-ups of parent and branch agencies, consulting with agencies on a variety of subjects and education of staff.

J’non is certified as a Homecare Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D), certified in OASIS competency (COS-C), Homecare Coding Specialist-Hospice (HCS-H), Home Care Specialist-Compliance (HCS-C) and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM trainer/ambassador. J’non is an accredited ACHC and CHAP consultant. J’non is also on the board of Home Care Directions, and is a frequent contributor and expert on HcPro’s Ask an Expert Panel. She has also been a frequent contributor to the Decision Health Publication Diagnosis Coding Pro, published several manuals, and assisted with composition of several online modules for coding and OASIS instruction. She has presented several webinars, and has been a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of subjects.


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Kimberly Searcy Gunter

MSN, RN, CDI-P, HCS-D, HCS-O, Director of HH/HO Documentation Improvement

In her role as documentation improvement director at Corridor, Kimberly is responsible for full life cycle project management within the home healthcare and hospice landscapes.

With over 15 years in home care, she passionately coaches and educates clinicians and auditors on current regulations and requirements. One of her main goals is to implement evidence-based practices that will assist agencies in improving productivity, reducing compliance risks, and improving revenue.  She has performed multiple due diligence and compliance review projects that help agencies determine potential risks during mergers and acquisitions as well as state and federal surveys.  

Kimberly’s success in home care and hospice is in large part due to her ability to interface between clinical and business leaders to develop a plan that improves clinical outcomes, patient, caregiver, and employee satisfaction while meeting the financial goals of the organization.

Kimberly received her B.S.N. degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, her MSN from Sacred Heart University and holds certifications in home health coding & OASIS from The Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Clinical Documentation Improvement – Practitioner Compliance and AHIMA.  


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Shanna Carter Kennon

RN, BSN, HSD-O, HCS-D, Coding and OASIS Reviewer, HealthCare Strategies

Shanna Carter Kennon is a detail-oriented, motivated, and highly qualified registered nurse with over 11 years of specialty experience in home health nursing, diagnosis coding, OASIS review, office and personnel management, education and training of all home health disciplines, and clinical case management of Medicare and Medicaid population, Veteran’s Affairs population, as well as those patients with commercial insurance. She is a reliable, ethical healthcare provider with the proven ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment. 

Shanna demonstrates successful leadership of multidisciplinary healthcare teams. She works well with team members while utilizing strong verbal and written communication skills. She is proficient in multiple EMR systems and is a competent user of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Smartsheet, Google Sheets, GoToMeeting, as well as many other programs. Shanna excels in problem solving while utilizing critical thinking skills. She is passionate about home health and holds both the HCS-O and HCS-D certifications. 

Shanna actively seeks information and participates in webinars, conferences, and holds subscriptions to the leading publications specific to home health and hospice. She is currently working remotely as a full time Coding and OASIS Reviewer for Healthcare Strategies, which is located in Chattanooga, TN, and has been with the company for the past 5 years.    

Shanna is an elected member of the Benton County School Board, where she sits on the Policy, Transportation, Cafeteria, and Building Committees. She also serves on the Benton County United Way Board of Directors, where she functions as the Campaign Chair and organizes a 3-week long community auction that is held annually in October. Shanna has a working knowledge of parliamentary procedure and local and state government.  As the mother of 3 active little boys, Shanna is often found cheering at the baseball field or helping on the family farm in West Tennessee, where they raise beef cattle.  


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Celeste Miller

RN, BS, HCS-D, COS-C, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Manager, Signature Healthcare at Home,  Consultant/CoDR, Selman-Holman and Associates, A Brigg’s Company

Celeste has a passion for learning and education, especially in coding and OASIS.  She’s been certified with both for many years. She currently oversees and trains all the coders within the agency she works for.  She does contract work for Selman Holman specializing in OASIS review, coding, and ADR reviews and preparation.

Celeste is an innovative leader whose goal is to improve the industry of home health and hospice through education and involvement. Celeste provides education/in-services related to OASIS, ICD-10 coding, skilled need, rules and regulations, conditions of participation, ADRs and QAPI.

Key achievements for her current role include:

  • Creating and implementing the QAPI program among all offices within Signature Healthcare at Home and Hospice a provider of home health, hospice, and home care within 4 states.
  • Implementation of mock surveys agency wide for survey preparedness.
  • Creating informational sheets and education for providers to assist in proper ICD-10 code selection allowed within PDGM.
  • Recent state surveys deficiency free.
  • Companywide training on PDGM preparedness throughout 2019.

Leaders working directly with Celeste describe her as a top expert in her field, motivated, responsible, great trainer, reliable, thorough, concise, dedicated, self-motivated, quality driven, effective multitasker, detail oriented, kind, supportive, and always willing to help.


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Sherry Jean Samia

BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O. Regional Director of Quality Services, Brookdale Senior Living (Home Health)

Sherry Jean Samia is a nurse with extensive experience in leading home health quality improvement programs and initiatives. She currently works as a Regional Director of Quality Services for Brookdale Healthcare Services. Before starting her journey with long term care and home health; Sherry practiced as a physician in the Philippines and specialized in Pediatrics.   With her medical background, Sherry has intimate knowledge of disease processes and utilizes this to her advantage when tackling nursing projects. When she’s not traveling for work, Sherry enjoys the local scenery and dining options of Austin, TX with her family.


HCS-H Committee Members

 

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Karen Carter

RN, CHCA, HCS-O, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, Coding Manager, The Corridor Group

Karen Carter has been a nurse for over 20 years. She spent her pre-nursing career as a tax preparer, statistician, and public speaker. Fresh out of nursing school Karen was able to realize her lifelong dream of working with children. Her first job was in the pediatric intensive care unit where she was promoted to director and earned her CCRN, SANE, and child abuse certifications. She left the PICU to help open a pediatric home health division in Louisiana to meet the needs of children after acute care discharge.

Since 2004, she has exclusively worked in the Home Health and Hospice leadership sector as DON, Administrator, Director of Growth and Development, Corporate Educator, Regional Clinical Director and Area Vice President. Karen is currently a Coding Manager for The Corridor Group. In addition to oversite of day to day operations of multi-site agencies Karen has been active in due diligence surveys, de novo agencies and transitions during company buy-outs. She has been utilized as a speaker for state and national association meetings including DecisionHealth and NAHC.


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Marilyn Cornman

RN, CHPCA, HCS-D, HCS-H, Senior Clinical Coding Manager. MAC Legacy with MAC Legacy

Nanette Minton has been in home care since 1997. She has served in a variety of roles including clinical, administrative, consulting, education, and agency startup & development. Currently serving as the Senior Clinical Coding Manager for MAC Legacy, Nanette provides day to day coding and quality support to the home care and hospice agencies receiving coding services. Nanette’s experience in the industry gives her a unique perspective and allows her to provide coding and audit knowledge firsthand to clients.

 


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Sherri Parson

RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, HCS-H, COS-C, BCHH-C, Vice President of Education and Control Standards, Quality in Real Time (QIRT)

Sherri brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience to her role as Vice President of Education and Control Standards with Quality in Real Time (QIRT).

Earning her RN license in 1994, Sherri started her career providing direct care first in hospital settings, including Medical Surgical, ICU and Interventional Radiology before transitioning to home health. Sherri has been an in-home provider of skilled-nursing services, as well as developing expertise in quality assurance, diagnosis coding, OASIS review and regulatory compliance. Sherri further developed her home health expertise as a therapy manager and staff education and development expert.

Sherri’s vast experience in home health prepared her for her current role at QIRT where she is responsible for hiring, training, and monitoring coding and OASIS review staff and managers, as well as establishing the metrics for key performance indicators to ensure continuous staff improvement in coding and OASIS accuracy. In addition to providing all staff training and education, Sherri travels around the country to present at state home care association meetings, national events, and to provide on-site, in-service programs to agencies. Sherri has authored numerous articles and is frequently sought after for her expertise by publications such as Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health

HCS-O Committee Members

 

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Claudia Baker

RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-O, Chief Compliance Officer, Homecare Holdings, LLC

Claudia Baker is a senior home care executive with successful experience in the areas of compliance integrity, quality improvement, and managing regional and corporate operations. She has excellent leadership and analytical skills with proven track record in compliance, regulatory oversight, and direct management roles in home health, hospice and private duty settings. Claudia currently serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for Homecare Holdings, covering locations for At Home Healthcare in Texas and Family Home Health Services in Florida. 28 of her 35 years of healthcare have centered around home-based services. Experience that includes development of clinical software applications for the industries. She also has extensive experience with consultation and education for home health and hospice agencies, specifically related to workflow process and improvement.

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Donna Bohannon Buckley

BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, Manager with McBee Associates, Inc

Donna Buckley is a seasoned clinical consultant with McBee Associates, Inc., specializing in home health care coding and OASIS review. She brings 35 years of nursing experience in hospital and home health settings to the firm. She offers extensive knowledge and expertise in OASIS and ICD-10 Coding for home health. She also offers an in-depth understanding of Medicare and Medicaid regulations, federal and state regulatory requirements, OASIS integrity, quality improvement, disaster preparedness and HIPAA compliance.

As a Manager with McBee Associates, Donna provides remote clinical OASIS and coding recommendations to clients. She has developed and led client and clinician education sessions to improve OASIS outcomes and accuracy. She prepares and leads monthly status reporting to multiple clients.

Donna’s depth of experience gives her a superior understanding of the financial issues and responsibilities of home health care. Her nursing background and home health leadership experience have taught her to effectively manage patient care, monitor compliance, develop field staff and improve agency outcomes.

In the home health industry, Donna  has provided direct patient care, case management, and has held multiple leadership positions. As a clinical supervisor and promotion to Quality Management Director, she has directed multi-disciplinary teams and has led multiple branches in quality assurance and performance improvement. As a Clinical Director, Donna mentored her agency to “survey ready” status, improved employee satisfaction through implementation of new software and reduced unbilled episodes. She offers extensive knowledge of clinical operations and home health care documentation regulations.


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Elise Christensen

HCS-D, COS-C, Coding and OASIS Review Lead, Hartford Healthcare

Elise Christensen has been an RN for approaching 34 years.  She has spent almost 20 years practicing in the newborn intensive care unit setting caring for high risk newborns.  During her NICU career, she continued caring for some of her tiny patients as they transitioned home, thus beginning her home health career.  She has now spent over 25 years in the home health industry. Her home health positions held include:  pediatric and adult field nurse, marketing, coding, and senior leadership. 

For the last 11 years Elise has been involved full time in Coding and OASIS review, serving both as a front-line reviewer, educator/mentor, and Coding Director. Currently, Elise is serving as leader of the Coding and OASIS Review team for a very large hospital-based Home Health and Hospice agency.  As a commitment to excellence, Elise has held uninterrupted HCS-D and COS-C certifications for the past 9 years and is a member of both AHCC and AHIMA in good standing.

Elise’s passions are family, continuing education, mentoring, leadership, team building.  She also enjoys hiking, gardening, writing, and boating with her husband, children, grandchildren, or pups.

 


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Gretchen DiStefano

RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, COS-C, COQS, HCS-H, Therapy and More, LLC

Gretchen DiStefano started her career in business working next to the president of a wholesale ceramic supply distributor as comptroller for 15 years. A change of career in 2007 led to her becoming an RN and starting in the field doing homecare admissions for a home health and hospice agency. She moved into an office position as a clinical resource nurse which included educating field staff in the OASIS through weekly presentations, working closely with management and other members of the team in committees, along with obtaining certification in heart failure in order to lead the heart failure telehealth monitoring program. Gretchen has published a webinar with a colleague and has continued to learn and grow over the years by obtaining additional certifications, such as the BCHH-C when it was first introduced and she also became a Decision Health Certified ICD-10 Trainer when the certification was available prior to the use of ICD-10 coding in practice.


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Cheryl Isaac

HCS-D, HCS-O, Assistant Director of Quality Operations, Quality In Real Time

Cheryl Isaac has a decade of home health coding experience. As an Assistant Director of Quality Operations, she oversees 85 auditors, ensuring quality coding, OASIS, and Plan of Care reviews for 25+ agencies utilizing 10 EMRs.

Cheryl has trained and mentored dozens of auditors. She has also guided numerous home health care agencies through the many changes in this dynamic industry, helping them to achieve their goals. Additionally, she has presented webinars for the industry and served as a standard-setting judge for an HCS-O exam. She is HCS-D and HCS-O certified.


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M. Theresa Piner

RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, a Clinical Outcome & Reimbursement Specialist, Penn Medicine At Home

Theresa is a Clinical Outcome & Reimbursement Specialist at Penn Medicine At Home. She completes Medicare and hospice reviews in the CORE Department focusing on accuracy and compliance. She also provides OASIS education to staff and serves as team resource.  Theresa has been in Home Care for over a decade and has strong dedication and passion for OASIS and Coding accuracy. Theresa has contracted with many prestigious home care outsourcing organizations providing her expertise in coding and OASIS reviews.

Theresa has also served as field clinician, OASIS Auditor, Consultant, Nurse Reviewer and Clinical Manager.

Theresa holds a BSN from Drexel University and received her B.S. in Business Administration from Peirce College.


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Jennifer Warfield

BSN, HCS-D, COS-C

As a well-known homecare coding and OASIS specialist with extensive nursing experience, Jennifer is an informational ally for hundreds of home health agencies across the country. Her passion for being an educational resource keeps her travelling to conduct training sessions and speaking engagements at numerous homecare conferences on important industry topics, including coding, OASIS and documentation.

Jennifer served as educational director at one of the leading home health software companies in the country for 17 years and certified as an official ICD-10 trainer. Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Home Care Coding Specialist – Diagnosis certification from the Board of Medical Specialty Coding, and earned her Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical from the OASIS Certificate & Competency Board. She is author of two coding guidebooks which include “Tips, Tricks & Tidbits for Home Health Professionals.”


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Tracy L Wright

RN, MSN-ED, HCS-O, BCHH-C, Director of OASIS, Coding and Education, Lifecare Homehealth

Tracy Wright is Director of OASIS, Coding and Education with Lifecare Home Health of McKinney, Texas. She has 16 years of home health care experience.

Tracy is licensed in both Texas and Georgia and has held multiple positions in home health including Director of Quality, OASIS Coder/Reviewer, Clinical Manager, Clinical Education and OASIS, and Field Clinician. She earned her MSN in nursing education from University of Phoenix.

 Tracy has staff development experience with love for teaching. She has created Orientation programs, ICD-9 and 10-CM Training, OASIS Training, PDGM Training, and Medicare 101 Training, plus multiple others.

 Tracy enjoys teaching and watching the light bulbs go off.  She is a forever learner and believes there is always something to learn in life and in your career. She enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs. She has two grown children, one teenager, and three fur babies that keep her extremely busy.