Our Experts

richardRichard R. Cooley, BA, CCS 
With twenty years in healthcare consulting, Richard has developed an expertise in hospital outpatient and inpatient coding, admission criteria reviews, reimbursement and billing. His areas of expertise include reimbursement for the Medicare APCs and New York Medicaid APGs. Richard has extensive data analysis experience related to many aspects of revenue cycle management, including CDM reviews, billing recovery, and compliance issues. He has a B.A. from Hobart College, and is an AHIMA Certified Coding Specialist. 

jeanJean C. Russell, MS, RHIT 
Jean Russell has over thirty years of healthcare and information system experience. Her areas of expertise include the Medicare outpatient prospective payment systems (APCs, and APGs), as well as ICD-10-CM/PCS training, Charge Description Master (CDM), admission status reviews, and outpatient coding and compliance. She is a frequent speaker at the national, state and local levels for HFMA and AHIMA professional groups. Jean has her Masters from the University of Houston in Biomedical Engineering; her Bachelors from Colgate University in Biology; and her RHIT from the independent study program through the American Health Information Management Association. Jean is an AHIMA – approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. 

Matthew H. Lawney, MSPT, MBA, CHC
Matt Lawney has over eighteen years of healthcare experience. His areas of expertise include the Medicare prospective payment systems including APC, APG, IRF-PPS, IPS-PPS and DRGs. Additionally, Matt has conducted numerous Revenue Cycle and Charge Description Master (CDM) reviews and assists clients with complex compliance issues. Matt earned a Masters of Business Administration from the College of Saint Rose. He earned a Masters in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science from College Misericordia. He is a NYS registered Physical Therapist and is certified in Health Care Compliance (CHC). His is a regular presenter to Healthcare Finical Management Association (HFMA), American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and other health care related groups on topics surrounding healthcare reimbursement and compliance.