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Our Professional Staff: Instructors, Corporate Trainers, Online Course Managers

Brian Freedman, MSIS, CISSP, PMP, CHCO
Online Course Manager
Phone: (866) 571-5635

With over 20 years working in IT and Information Assurance, Mr. Freedman has hands-on experience with the public, private, and government sectors of healthcare networks and systems. Working with both covered entities and business associates, he has conducted HIPAA Security Risk Assessments  and taught others how to perform them. He was formerly the CIO and Information Technology Director at a large independent medical practice, has served as a HIPAA Compliance Officer, and managed a team of IT specialists in support of electronic medical records and practice management systems.

Mr. Freedman earned his Masters of Science in Information Systems through Strayer University and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from The University of Miami with a double-major in Speech Communications and History. He has co-authored a book on PCI Compliance and is the Technical Editor of a handbook on IT Regulatory and Standards Compliance. Mr. Freedman also holds some of the leading industry certifications from Microsoft and Cisco and is also a CISSP and PMP. Mr. Freedman is a Certified HIPAA Compliance Officer (CHCO) through the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance, where he serves as an Online Course Manager for the HIPAA Privacy & Security Program.

 

 

Carl Byron, BA, ATL-C, EMT-I, CPC, CHA, OHCC, ICDCT-CM

Online Course Manager
Phone: (866) 571-5635

Mr. Byron specializes in professional claims auditing for documentation, coding and billing provider and payer compliance at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a Licensed Athletic Trainer (ATC-L) and certified Emergency Medical Technician -Intermediate (EMT-I) in which he provides training in emergency response to sports related injuries, develops protocols for emergency sports injuries used by EMS and trains EMS stations. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Ohio University and is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Mr. Byron has extensive experience as a national speaker and trainer to providers, coders and billers across the country in the areas of coding, billing, anatomy, medical terminology, compliance and auditing. He has also served as a contractor for Medicare conducting risk adjustment audits and works as a Compliance Data Analyst full time for a health system in the Elibility Department for the Medicare Advantage Plans. Mr. Byron is a Certified Healthcare Auditor (CHA), Officer of Compliance, Certified (OHCC), and Approved ICD-10 Trainer for the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance. He also serves as an Online Course Manger for the Advanced Medical Terminology program and ICD-10 programs.

 

 

Christina Gerber BS, CCA, CMDP, ICDCT-CM/PCS
Certification Exam Proctor
Online Course Manager
Phone: (866) 571-5635


Christina has experience as a Senior Clinical Research Technician, a Laboratory Supervisor and a Quality Control Technician.   She has over a decade of experience in clinical research, compliance, industrial standards, quality control and teaching environments. 

Christina earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.  She is a certified ICDCT-CM/PCS trainer and CMDP with the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC).  She is also certified as a Certified Coding Associate (CCA) with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  Christina provides support and guidance to AIHC’s online students as an Online Course Manager.

 

 

Joanne Byron LPN, BS, CCA, CMDP, CHA, CHCO, CHBS, CHCM, OHCC, ICDCT-CM/PCS
Instructor
Phone: (866) 571-5635

Ms. Byron is CEO and founder of the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC).  Joanne brings over 35 years of clinical and executive health care experience in areas of compliance, coding, documentation improvement, auditing, privacy and security. She has developed many of the programs offered through this institute and has served as an instructor for these programs as well. Joanne is affiliated with the following organizations in addition to AIHC: AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association), HiMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society); MGMA (Medical Group Management Association); and the Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialist (PAHCS).  She has over thirty five years of experience in health care consulting and administration.  She has served as an expert witness in legal cases and offers her investigative auditing expertise in areas of AR Analysis for Embezzlement, Fraudulent Coding & Detecting Altered Paper and EHR Documentation, Inappropriate EHR Authentication and Detecting Imposters. 

As a graduate with honors from St. Augustine Technical Center in 1980 with a diploma in nursing, Joanne continued her education at Lake Erie College in Health Care Administration, obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree through Clayton College, is Certified in Compliance, Auditing, Internal Forensic Auditing, HIPAA, ICD-10, Medical Billing, Collections and Clinical Documentation Improvement.

 

 

Katherine Koss-Vyrostek BA, CPC, CPMA, OHCC, CHA, CHCO, CIFHA
Instructor
Phone: (866) 571-5635

Katherine has over 15 years experience in coding, auditing, compliance and education.  She has served on the Internal Forensic Healthcare Auditor Certification Program Oversight Committee and lectures as a Camp Facilitator for AIHC.  Katherine has also worked with government payers as an auditor and consultant as well as with local physicians, hospital and clinics.

 

Katherine earned her bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA).  Her professional affiliations include the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC), the National Association of Medical Auditing Specialists (NAMAS), and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).  

 

Melissa Kirshner MPH, CPC, CRC, CPC-I, ICDCT-CM/PCS, OHCC, MACRA Proficient, AAPC Fellow

Instructor
Phone: (866) 571-5635

Ms. Kirshner brings to AIHC over 20 years of healthcare experience in the areas of billing, coding, compliance, MACRA, education and software development. She is a former Administrator for both a large health system and billing company in the Detroit area and currently works as a Executive Director of a large physician organization providing compliance and education services to over 500 physicians in the Detroit area.  

 

Ms. Kirshner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Physiology from Michigan State University and holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan. She holds both a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and a Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC) certifications through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).  Ms. Kirshner is an AAPC Fellow, an AAPC approved instructor and currently serves as the President of the Novi, Michigan chapter of the AAPC.  She additionally holds the Officer of Healthcare Compliance (OHCC) certification from the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC).  Melissa provides instruction for the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS programs as well as the OHCC program through AIHC.