Yeo & Yeo Medical Billing & Consulting is pleased to announce that Denise Garrett has earned the Certified Outpatient Clinical Appeals Specialist (COCASSM) credential. The COCAS credential formally recognizes Garrett’s expertise in medical insurance claims, denials and appeals.
“I continue to stay current with new developments in medical billing and gain knowledge in all areas of revenue cycle management, so I am armed with the tools necessary to help our healthcare clients,” Garrett said. “When it comes to medical insurance appeals, if the documentation supports the billing and the insurance company policy, I will fight to ensure that the practice’s denied claims are paid.”
To earn the credential, Garrett passed the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance’s COCAS exam, which encompasses four main topics:
- Appeals and revenue cycle management
- Auditing before the appeal and understanding medical necessity
- Medicare and ERISA appeals processes
- How to create an effective appeals program to avoid unnecessary investigations and probes
Garrett is an account manager with more than 20 years of medical billing and coding experience. She is a Certified Healthcare Auditor (CHA), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM®), Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO™), Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®), and a Certified Foot & Ankle Surgical Coder (CFASC), with expertise in the coding of diagnoses, services, and procedures for physician practices. Garrett serves on the national board of directors of the American Academy of Professional Coders Chapter Association (AAPCCA). She is also a member of the American Medical Billers Association and the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance.