Coding and Compliance Manager
Ms. Avery has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry including auditing, abstract coding, coding education and training, regulatory compliance, revenue cycle management, EMR/EHR advisement, evaluating reimbursement models, and has been extensively involved in major third-party HCC projects. She is a nationally known speaker and educator with expertise in a wide range of provider specialties and with various organizational types including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). With experience providing many unique trainings to FQHCs/RHCs throughout the U.S., Ginger has gained special interest towards projects focused on Behavioral Health Services.
After obtaining her coding certification (CPC) in 2005, Ginger worked for the medical practice division of a large hospital, and while she specialized in cardiology, she also worked closely with hospitalists and family practice providers. During that time, she also served as a member of the compliance committee and was responsible for writing policies and procedures related to billing, coding and auditing. In 2014, Ginger obtained her Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) credential and has served the coder-community in many ways including past President and Vice President of her local American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) chapter. Ms. Avery’s most recent accomplishment was obtaining AAPC’s Certified Risk Coder (CRC) credential in December 2019.
Ginger and the RTW team perform documentation quality and coding compliance audits as well as creating and delivering customized clinician and coder trainings. She has spent multiple hours working closely with clinicians, practices and organizations across the country on projects aimed at improving the use and quality delivered by electronic medical record programs by assessing the issues that directly and indirectly affect reimbursement and CMS compliance.
On occasion, Ginger is called upon to work with health care legal defense attorneys to assist clinicians in resolving third-party-payer coding actions. Prior to joining RT Welter, Ginger was a coding and documentation consultant, auditor and trainer at Brown Consulting Associates.