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May 2005Present


CRN Healthcare Solutions
  • Provide Consulting Services to Medical Practices, providing full practice analysis or more limited reviews, in the areas of Process improvement, coding, audits, compliance, revenue cycle management, reimbursement, appeals, looking at the front office to the back office and in between
  • Expert witness for Healthcare Attorneys in need of coding, reimbursement or process review, audit, opinion and testimony. Success includes serving on legal team which assisted in getting surgeon acquitted of many charges of fraud
  • On the Editorial Advisory Board for Otolaryngology Coding Alert, Part B Insider, and Medical Office Billing and Collections Alert published by The Coding Institute as well as multiple other specialty newsletters from The Coding Institute. 
  • Teach for live and audio conferences for The Coding Institute 
  • Teach Webinars for
  • Teach AAPC webinar conferences and workshops on many topics
  • Consulting Editor for Otolaryngology Coding Alert for The Coding Institute
  • Speaker of the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators and the American Association of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgeons 
  • Senior Auditor and Coder for The Coding Network
  • Educator for State and National Medical Societies in the areas of coding, documentation, billing, reimbursement, process improvement and compliance
  • Speaker for National MGMA Conference as well as provider of Webinars for MGMA
  • Speaker for American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) at the national, regional and local level
  • Speaker for The Coding Institute, for their division as well as their division
  • Speaker at the National Conference, Ingenix Essentials on coding, reimbursement and compliance issues
  • ICD10CM Instructor 
  • Former Instructor for McVey Associates
  • Write custom Compliance Plans and HIPAA Plans for practices, medical billing companies and medical collection companies. Serve as Compliance Officer for these entities. 
  • E&M and Surgical Audits with custom education for the physicians based on the audit outcome
  • Custom practice education for physicians and / or staff 
  • Improve practice workflow and processes with appropriate checks and balances
  • Webinars for the financial industry targeting clients investing in the healthcare sector 
  • Assistance with Appeals for larger, global issues, working on policy changes 
  • EHR Evaluation for specific practice needs with implementation assistance
  • PQRS submission assistance 
  • Fee schedule analysis
  • Managed care participation analysis 
  • Insurance company audit refund request evaluation, independent audit and if possible, based on the documentation and coding, assist in overturning part to all of the refund request 
Dec 2007Present

Consulting Director of Education for The Coding Institute

Eli Research
  • Develop, and deliver audio and live educational conferences on coding, compliance and reimbursement topics
  • Educate future CPCTM's at The Coding Institute's CPCTM Training Camp
  • Consulting Editor for three publications, Otolaryngology Coding Alert, Medical Office Billing Alert and Part B Insider
  • List Serve Moderator for coding and billing list serves
  • Educational product development
  • Market and sell live and audio conference sponsorships
  • Network, assisting to add to the value of all Eli Research Healthcare brands
  • Provide Customer Relations when customers have questions, problems or any other needs
Mar 2007Dec 2007

Director of Outreach Programs

American Academy of Professonal Coding (AAPC)
  • Develop, market and deliver e-training and education in billing, coding and compliance for the AAPC e-learning programs, including group sales and support to schools and  universities

  • Evaluate and purchase Blackboard ProSite upgrade for AAPC eLearning

    Network with the 60,000+ members of the organization, providing feedback to the management of the AAPC National Office

  • Support the President, Directors, and staff of the AAPC in whatever means as deemed appropriate by the President of the AAPC

  • Represent the AAPC at trade shows, marketing the professional organization and their services

Sep 1993May 2005


Cash Flow Solutions, Inc
  • Started company from ground up, selecting and purchasing computer hardware and software, hiring personnel, establishing operations procedures, protocol and controls, and developed procedures for optimum reimbursement for client physicians
  • Increased accuracy of office and surgical coding, Medicare submissions and insurance appeals, optimizing practice income
  • Increased level of patient service and accessibility related to billing and insurance claim issues
  • Increased practice revenues between 10 to 50% within first six months of assuming operation through the unique and value added services provided by Cash Flow Solutions
  • Provided start up and billing services  for new practices, including orthopaedic surgery, ENT and facial plastic surgery, endocrinology, and infectious disease specialties
  • Provided management services on a consulting basis to merged primary care group, coming from 10 individual practices to a single merged practice.  Included in management services was the design and set up of practice billing office, development of manuals addressing procedural issues, personnel policy, operational policy,  medical policy and collection procedures
  • Provide ongoing coding training on a national basis, to physicians and billing staffs, including documentation requirements, chart audits and design of systems and procedures to aid in the coding process, and improve chart support of coding
  • Provide practice management consulting services, including analyses from studies which can be as limited as basic  accounts receivable management, to engagements analyzing full practice operations
  • Have provided full Accounts Receivable Management for Primary Care, Endocrinology, General & Vascular Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery, Pulmonology & Critical Care, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Infectious Disease, GI Neurology, Psychiatry, and Podiatry specialties,  optimizing practice income, while reducing practice costs, space requirements, and personnel concerns
  • Testified before State Legislature in the consideration and passing of pro physician legislation
  • Co-Founder of the Coding and Reimbursement Network (CRN at
  • Consultant to the American Medical Association
  • Consultant to CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
Jan 1992Sep 1993

Vice President

PHYSICIAN’S SERVICES- Medical Billing and Practice Management System
  • Collected $70,000 of accounts receivable previously written off by physician’s office through better coding, follow-up with insurance companies, and documentation of necessity
  • Sold account to, and set up billing for an Orthopedic Surgeon, providing for collections of A/R, customer service for patients, coding of procedures and diagnoses, and all elements of practice management.  Increased receipts by over 50
  • Developed the Operations Manual for the franchise business, and performed sales presentations to new customers
  • Evaluated alternatives and negotiated for a new mailing system needed for 20-30,000 mailings per month.  The new system increased performance and provided opportunity for generating new business
  • Consulted in the area of Medicare and commercial insurance collections for physicians.  Developed and analyzed fee schedules
Feb 1990Jan 1992

Account Representative

Sep 1988Feb 1990

Management Executive Training (MET) Program, Account Representative

Feb 1985Feb 1987

Manager Production and Packaging Planning

Barr Laboratories (Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturer)
  • Developed and executed the Barr-Plan for the planning of bulk manufacturing and packaging of finished goods on a PC
  • Scheduled the packaging of finished goods on 9 packaging lines requiring customized labeling for 15 different customers
  • Reduced backorders 20% despite physical plant capacity limitations and greater than 50% sales growth per year for 4 years.  Developed and implemented capacity analysis tools on a PC
  • Reduced raw material inventory from $3 to $2 million via realistic planning and execution
  • Implemented a cycle counting program which increased inventory accuracy from 60% to 95%.
  • Managed the Packaging Department of 100 employees when the Manager position was vacant
Jan 1984Feb 1985

Senior Consultant: Manufacturing Resource Planning

Coopers and Lybrand
Sep 1978Jan 1984

Manager Production and Inventory Control

Lederle Laboratories Division of American Cynamide
Jun 1977Sep 1978

Industrial Engineer (Executive Training Program)



Sep 1979Jun 1982

Masters of Business Administration (MBA)


Torrey Kim, MA, CPC

Barbara is well-versed in Medicare policy and always has the regulations right at her fingertips. She can break down a complex coding scenario, show you exactly how to bill it, and ensure that you are compliant with all of the rules and regs.

Torrey Kim, MA, CPC

Editor, The Coding Institute

John Verhovshek, MA, CPC

“I’ve never needed a coding or reimbursement answer that Barbara couldn’t find for me. She combines rare knowledge with rare enthusiasm. In a complex, constantly-changing, and heavily-regulated healthcare industry, she’s been a reliable, trusted source of advice to me for nearly a decade.”

G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC

Director of Clinical Coding Communications

The American Academy of Professional Coders

Erin Lang Masercola, PhD, CPC

I first met Barbara Cobuzzi 10 years ago when I was a reporter writing about physician compliance. I hardly knew what a medical code was, and she was a very savvy and patient teacher. Since then, I have learned so much from Barb. She presents well at conferences, shares detailed reimbursement information (often pointing out what everyone else has missed), mentors other coders, and knows just about everyone. She either knows the answer to your question, or knows who you can ask. She is sharp and tenacious. If I were a physician practice with a reimbursement problem, I'd want to have Barb on my side.

Erin Lang Masercola, PhD, CPC

Content Manager, Eli Research/The Coding Institute 

H. Peter Bowhall

Barbara has been an excellent resource in the ongoing development of our web based Claim Lifecycle Manager. Her insight into the complexities of today’s billing requirements and regulations, coupled with her overall knowledge of billing operations, has helped us to further refine many of our analytics reporting tools. Barbara’s very pragmatic approach to some of the more incomprehensible facets of healthcare billing is extremely refreshing.

H. Peter Bowhall


Jeffrey S. Weingarten, MD

"Barbara Cobuzzi has been a frequently requested, well respected, invited guest lecturer and educator for the Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society on numerous occasions. She has come to my groups' private practice offices to design, automate, implement and streamline our billing system. She has advised me on coding issues and assisted me in at least two coding battles with a national insurance company. She is a leader in her field."

Jeffrey S. Weingarten, MD

Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants, PC

President, Hearing Resources of Michigan

President, Michigan Otolaryngologists' Purchasing Group

Past-President, Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society

Office  248 569 5985

Pager 313 503 0822

Randene Tapio

Barbara is a wonderful source of knowledge! Her depth of experience, combined with her years teaching and training others, make her one of the best in our industry. She is really knowledgeable in the areas of all things coding!  With Barb, you will get the most up-to-date, expert advise, there is available. I highly recommend Barb for all your coding and related needs, to ensure that your company is performing top notch!"

Barbara is a wonderful source of knowledge! Her depth of experience, combined with her years teaching and training others, make her one of the best in our industry. She is really knowledgeable in the areas of all things coding!  With Barb, you will get the most up-to-date, expert advise, there is available. I highly recommend Barb for all your coding and related needs, to ensure that your company is performing top notch!"

Leesa Israel

"Barbara is one of my most-trusted resources for all things billing and coding. She is a patient and thorough teacher, a charismatic and knowledgeable speaker, and an reliable and motivating colleague. When I need a coding or billing answer, Barbara is my go-to resource. There’s no question I’ve asked that she hasn’t known the answer to or know where to find it. Her passion for the healthcare field is inspiring."

~Leesa A. Israel, CPC, CUC, CMBS

Editor-in-Chief, The Coding Institute