Patty resides in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area and is happy to have spent all of her 30 plus years in health care in that area. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Phoenix on the Grand Rapids Campus in 2005, after completing her Associate Degree in Nursing from the Grand Rapids Community College in 1983. Patty has had many years of bedside nursing including multiple specialty areas at both St. Mary’s Hospital and Spectrum Health Hospitals. Experience includes being part of the Care Management Department as a Utilization Management Specialist. Eager to learn more, she then became a Clinical Assurance Coordinator on the Clinical Documentation Improvement Team. This move allowed her to dig into the world of coding, billing and finance. Enjoying a challenge and always wanting to learn, Patty became a part of the Denial Management Team at Spectrum Health Hospital where she is a Senior Clinical Analyst specializing in both pre-claim and post-payment denial appeals, DRG audits, RAC audit and CERT audit appeals. In the past five years Patty has gained in-depth knowledge and experience with the revenue cycle with more focus on charge capture, billing and CPT coding. She is now the onsite Clinical Auditor representing Spectrum Health Hospitals. In the last year, Patty became certified in CPT coding, and is a Certified Revenue Cycle Specialist for Inpatient facilities.
Patty has been a member of MAHA for the past 2 years and is happy to serve on the board as Secretary and representing By-laws. She is also an active member of AAPC.