American Medical Billing Association's

2007 National Medical Billing Conference


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2007 Conference Speakers


     Keynote Speaker
Quinten A. Buechner, M.S., M.DIV., ACS-FP/GI/PEDS, PACHS-Mutlispecialty, PHIA, C.P.C. — President —  ProActive Consultants, LLC

Quin has been involved in medical practice management, coding, reimbursement and policy analysis for government and Commercial payors for over 25 years. He has been a member of the AAPC National Board, a Billing Director for a four county Mental Health Agency, and is a National Consultant and Speaker. He has worked at and with small Medical practices, multi-specialty practices, Medical Colleges and teaching institutions and large multi-campus Medical Groups. He is a nationally known seminar speaker and often quoted in the trade press.

Quin provides physician and staff training in E/M, ICD-9, & CPT coding. He also does Policy analysis of government payors, coding, compliance and documentation auditing, business system reviews and fee analysis. He specializes in E/M issues, teaching institutions, Non Physician Practitioners, Mental Health issues and compliance work. He also does multi-specialty work.


Robert W. Liles

Mr. Liles focuses his practice on fraud defense, internal audits / investigations, compliance and regulatory matters. Mr. Liles has represented a wide variety of clients in civil and criminal proceedings, complex civil litigation, and in connection with reviews conducted under non-profit and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance requirements.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Liles served as Deputy Director for Legal Programs at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA). Prior to serving in Washington, D.C., he worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Texas, Houston office, where he primarily handled False Claims Act matters and cases.

Mr. Liles was subsequently appointed as Chief of the Financial Litigation Unit for the Southern District of Texas. Working in this capacity, he was responsible for managing a substantial accounts receivable portfolio, representing hundreds of millions of dollars in collections amounts owned to the government by individuals and corporations. Mr. Liles managed a staff of attorneys and support personnel tasked with collecting sums owed to DOJ and its client agencies.

In 1997, he was detailed to the EOUSA in Washington, D.C. as its first National Health Care Fraud Coordinator. In this capacity, he advised Assistant United States Attorneys around the country on civil and criminal health fraud statutes, schemes, investigative tools, privacy concerns, and compliance issues.

Mr. Liles was instrumental in implementing DOJ guidance on the judicious use of the False Claims Act.  Mr. Liles has taught and lectured at more than 50 national conferences and seminars to DOJ prosecutors, investigators, auditors, and industry representatives on a variety of civil and criminal fraud and regulatory issues. He serves as faculty for the Georgetown University / National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

In 1999, Mr. Liles received a Director's Award (Executive Office for United States Attorney's highest award). Mr. Liles' management background provides a firm understanding of the real-life operational and regulatory problems faced by corporations.


David P. Parker

David Parker practices in the business transaction area, overseeing all legal aspects of private debt and equity financings and the purchase and sale of businesses. He represents buyers and sellers in the purchase or sale of business operations and entities. He has experience in originating, syndicating, closing, servicing, and working-out a broad range of complex private financings of operating businesses. Mr. Parker's lending practice includes many forms of senior and junior debt, representing both capital providers and borrowers. His equity finance practice includes venture capital and similar early-stage transactions, and many forms of later stage equity capital formation. He also provides advice on general corporate matters.

From 1995 until 2006, Mr. Parker was a partner with Dickstein Shapiro LLP in Washington, DC, with a corporate transaction practice. From 1979 to 1995, Mr. Parker served as the principal in-house attorney for Allied Capital, a publicly traded Business Development Company headquartered in Washington, DC; he was its general counsel from 1985 until 1995. At Allied Capital, he handled his clients' transaction work, including closings, servicing, and workouts of equity investments, mezzanine and senior loans, and managed both in-house and outside counsel engaged in corporate governance and regulatory matters.


Melody S. Irvine, CCS-P, CPC-EMS, CMRS, CMBS

Mrs. Irvine has been in the medical field for 28 years. She has taught medical billing, medical coding, and insurance for 9 years at local community colleges.  She has also developed and implemented diploma & degree programs for coding and billing.  She currently operates Career Coders.



Teresa Thurston
Teresa Thurstonis the  owner/CEO of Northside Physician Management Services of  Maineville, Ohio.   She has been in the medical billing field for approximately 9+ years.  She started out pulling charts in an Orthopaedic practice and have learned literally from the ground up.  In 3 years, she has gone from having 1 provider to 16.  She has also obtained the honor of being named in the Metropolitan Who’s Who in the business industry for 2006.


Cindy Weiss

Cindy Weiss is the owner & CEO of Customized Billing and Consulting Inc. located in Windsor, California.  She has 16 years experience in the billing profession. She was a past president of the Sonoma County Medical Assistants.  She is also currently active in cancer awareness.




Sarah Lott

Sarah Lott, president and owner of Texas Star Medical Billing, Inc. in Vidor Texas, specializes in DME billing and consulting.  She learned the business hands on as a manager of 2 different DME companies.  Her first position as the only office personnel advanced to manager of 12 employees and a gross business of almost $2,000,000 annually.  She opened a branch office for a second company and in 18 months had an established business running a 1/2 million dollars in sales and a replacement trained and ready to take her  place.

Sarah has received multiple certifications in business management, DME billing, In-take process, reimbursement, HIPAA, Corporate Compliance and many other related subjects.  She authors her own notebook for providers setting up a company and just completed her notebook for DME.

Sarah is a 12 year member of MESA, the Medical Equipment Suppliers Association and a member of AHIMA.  We know her as a member of AMBA for the past seven years.  In 2004, Sarah received our Five Star Award and in 2005, our Member of the Year Award.  She is an active member of the Texas state chapter TXAMBA, where she now serves as Vice-President.



Trish Bukauskas, CMM, CPC, CMSCS, CMPA

Ms. Bukauskas has over 20 years in the medical field.  She currently is the owner of T.B. Consulting & Billing, a firm that specializes in medical billing, education, consulting, auditing, compliance and initial start up of medical offices and clinics.  Her education in business management and vast experience in the operations of medical practices provide her with the “edge” in keeping medical practices profitable and compliant while staying abreast of the constant changes in the medical industry.

Ms. Bukauskas is a Certified Medical Manager through the Professional Association of Health Care Office Managers (PAHCOM) and a Certified Professional Coder, (CPC) with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists (PAHCS). She is extremely active in all the organizations, serving on numerous committees and providing lectures for various functions.
Ms. Bukauskas provides educational seminars across the country for insurance, national pharmaceutical and other organizations.  She teaches and has published manuals for the following medical specialties:  OB/GYN, Urology, Family Practice, Pain Management, Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, Oncology and Radiology, DMERC and Coding and Compliance. She has held several national teleconferences on coding / reimbursement topics and was the editor for the Coding Institute’s “Anesthesiology and Pain Management Coding Alert.”       
Ms. Bukauskas’ expertise in auditing, compliance and billing is vital in the always changing medical industry.  From a compliance viewpoint, her knowledge could save money from costly audits.  Compliance programs are essential and her company maintains the proper billing and documentation guidelines for each client so they are consistently following all federal guideline



Alicia Montelongo, CMRS


Alicia Montelongo has 17 years accounting experience. She has managed accounting departments for small, medium and large corporations.  She currently is co-owner of her own medical billing company Primas Administrative Solution were she serves as CFO and Manager of Accounting and Operations, located in Irving TX. Alicia also does consulting for small to medium companies needing to implement or restructure their accounting system. Alicia is a member of AMBA and is editor of the newsletter and e-mail blast. She is also a serves as secretary of TX AMBA


Gail Marshall, CPC, ROCC

Gail Marshall has a BA in Business Management and is currently working on her masters degree.  She has worked in the billing industry for 19 years.  She is a certified coder through AAPC and currently owns a billing company, Trinity Collections & Consulting Services.  She has also been a director of reimbursement for 8 years, and prior to that a billing manager for 6 years.  She has been involved in all aspects of the billing industry.



Brice Duffie, CMRS


Brice Duffie is Vice President of Reimbursement for Medical Services, Incorporated, in 1999 and  has been involved in medical billing since that time.RMS provides full service medical billing and consulting. Client specialties include but are not limited to Family Practice, Internal Medicine, OB/Gyn, Urgent Care, Vascular Surgery, PT, OT, SLP, and Audiology. RMS provides externships to several local adult education programs and community colleges and speaks for several medical organizations and several local hospital resident programs. Brice is one of the main organizers of the Central Ohio AMBA Chapter and is currently serving as President of the chapter.

Cyndee Weston


Cyndee Weston, founder of AMBA, has been an independent medical biller and consultant for 18 years. She founded the AMBA in 1998 as a result of her experiences and needs as an independent medical billing specialist and knowing how important it is to network with other billers and to share information. Prior to owning her own billing service, Weston worked for many years as a Claims Adjuster for commercial carriers processing health claims. She holds certifications in medical billing and HIPAA Compliance and has attended numerous seminars and conferences on billing and coding related topics. She has taken many online courses in coding, billing and compliance and has been working with a development team creating online training courses.


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