New AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors Announced

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The new 2009-2010 Board of Directors for the American Academy of Professional Coders Chapter Association (AAPCCA) was announced at the AAPC's National Conference earlier this month in Las Vegas. The AAPCCA, the governing board for the AAPC's more than 400 local chapters, was established in 2007 to create, maintain and sustain the AAPC's local chapter infrastructure.

The new 2009-2010 Board of Directors for the American Academy of Professional Coders Chapter Association (AAPCCA) was announced at the AAPC's National Conference earlier this month in Las Vegas. The board is comprised of eight returning members and eight new members, all experienced and skilled medical coders, former local chapter officers and leaders in their communities.

The AAPCCA, the governing board for the AAPC's more than 400 local chapters, was established in 2007 to create, maintain and sustain the AAPC's local chapter infrastructure. The board does this through policies and assistance to local chapters, empowering local chapter leaders to function in support of the AAPC mission, "Upholding a Higher Standard." The AAPCCA and all AAPC local chapters are not-for-profit.

The members of the 2009-2010 Board of Directors are:
New members are denoted with an asterisk
Region 1--Northeast
Charla Prillaman, CPC®, CPC-I®, CEMC™, CCC™
Charlotte, N.C. Chapter
*Cynthia Trapp, CPC®, CPC-I®
Burlington, Mass. Chapter

Region 2--Atlantic
Suzan Berman-Hvizdash, CPC®, CEMC™, CEDC™
Central Pittsburgh, Pa. Chapter
*Freda Brinson, CPC®, CPC-H®
Savannah, Ga. Chapter

Region 3--Mid Atlantic
Janet Dunkerley, CPC®, CPC-I®
Columbia, S.C. Chapter
*Lynn Ring, CPC®, CPC-I®
Winston, N.C. Chapter

Region 4--Southeast
Reba Harrison, CPC®, CEMC™, CEDC™
Atlanta, Ga. and Dallas, Ga. chapters
*Melissa Brown, CPC®, CPC-I®, CFPC™
Jacksonville River City, Fla. Chapter

Region 5--Southwest
Diana Yates, CPC®, CPC-H®, CPC-I®, CPEDC™
Denver, Colo. Chapter
*Wendy Grant, CPC®
Little Rock, Ark. Chapter

Region 6--Great Lakes
Jill Young, CPC®, CEDC™, CIMC™
Lansing, Mich. Chapter
*Shelly Bauguss, CPC®, CGSC™, CANPC™, CGIC™
St. Louis East, Mo. Chapter

Region 7--Mountains/Plains
Linda Hallstrom, CPC®, CEMC™
Phoenix, Ariz. Chapter
*Angela Jordan, CPC®
Kansas City, Mo. Chapter

Region 8--West
Suzanne Fletcher-Petrich, CPC®, CPC-I®, CPC-P®
Tacoma, Wash. Chapter
*Jeri Leong, CPC®, CPC-H®, CPC-I®
Honolulu, Hawaii Chapter

AAPC's Director of Local Chapter Support, Marti Johnson, serves as the AAPC liaison on the AAPCCA Board of Directors. Additionally, in its first board meeting held earlier this month, the AAPCCA elected its board officers:

Chair: Linda Hallstrom
Vice Chair: Jill Young
Secretary: Suzan Berman-Hvizdash
Treasurer: Reba Harrison
Meeting Coordinator: Shelly Bauguss

More information about the AAPCCA is available on the AAPC's Web site at http://www.aapc.com/aboutUs/local-chapter-board-of-directors.aspx.

About the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC):
The AAPC (http://www.aapc.com) is the nation's largest medical coding training and certification association for medical coders. The AAPC provides credentials to medical coders in physician offices, outpatient facilities and payer environments. The certifications AAPC offers are Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), Certified Professional Coder - Hospital (CPC-H®) and Certified Professional Coder - Payer (CPC-P®), as well as 18 specialty-specific credentials and the Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular Coder™ (CIRCC™) credential. These credentials represent the gold standard certifications for medical coding. AAPC provides a wide variety of benefits to its 77,000 members worldwide.

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