Our Team

RR Health Strategies' dedicated professionals are recognized industry leaders who provide exceptional service to our clients. Experienced and responsive, our team possesses the in-depth industry and New York market knowledge that enable healthcare providers to effectively manage their practice management and compliance challenges.

Pam D'Apuzzo

Pam D'Apuzzo, CPC, ACS-EM, ACS-MS, CPMA

President

Professional Profile:

Pam has over 25 years of healthcare consulting experience spanning academic medical centers, community hospitals, faculty practice plans and large private practices. She has consulting experience in all areas of practice and is a recognized industry expert in the area of coding and compliance.

Pam conducts educational and training seminars and provides comprehensive compliance programs at New York's leading healthcare institutions. She also has a successful record of practice management services including operational and billing reviews, practice assessments, practice start-up assistance and EMR implementation.

Education and Certifications:

  • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) ~ CPC
  • American College of Medical Coding Specialists (ACMCS) ~ PCS
  • Board of Medical Specialty Coding (BMSC) ~ ACS-EM, ACS-MS
  • Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA)
  • ICD-10-CM Trainer

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, AAPC
  • Member, ACMCS
  • Member, AHIMA
  • Member, BMSC
  • Member, HCCA
  • Member, HFMA
  • Member, MGMA
  • Suffolk County Medical Society

Speaking Engagements:

Pam is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), Health Financial Management Association (HFMA), New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA), Suffolk County Medical Society (SCMS) and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and at the MedAptus Customer Conference.

Xiomara P. Alma, CPC

Xiomara P. Alma, CPC

Manager, Coding & Compliance

Professional Profile:

Xiomara is the Manager of the Coding & Compliance division. She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) with 10 years' experience performing procedural and diagnostic coding services. Her professional focus is conducting prospective and retrospective coding/medical record reviews and audits and generating statistics of review/audit findings. Xiomara also performs charge ticket and documentation template reviews and development.

Education and Certifications:

  • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) ~ CPC

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, AAPC
  • Member, AHIMA
Jean Davino, DHA,CLT

Jean Davino, DHA, MS, CLT

Practice Management & Clinical Laboratory Science Consultant

Professional Profile

With over 25 years' experience in the healthcare industry, Jean merges her research, clinical, and administrative experiences to offer diverse perspectives and knowledge to the consulting healthcare arena. Her practice management professional focuses include improving operational and financial performance, human resource management, education, training, standards compliance (AOA, AAASF, JCAHO, NYSDOH), and clinical information systems. She has worked with and in a broad range of healthcare organizations including academic medical centers, multihospital systems, nonprofit hospitals, rehabilitation institutes, and private practices.

Prior to healthcare consulting, she was a practicing clinical laboratory technologist in various managerial roles. Her research skills range from virology to patient satisfaction, which allows her to participate on various doctoral student dissertation committees. In addition, she has published articles and is an editor for The Journal of Global Healthcare Systems.

Education and Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology, New York Institute of Technology ~ BS
  • Master of Science, Medical Biology, Long Island University – C.W. Post ~ MS
  • Doctor of Health Administration, University of Phoenix ~ DHA
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist, State of New York ~ CLT

Professional Affiliations:

  • Board Member, Kenya Development Network Consortium
  • Member, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • Member, American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • Member, Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY)
  • Member, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)
Maria Sanchez

Maria Sanchez

PCMH Manager

Professional Profile:

Maria is a practice improvement professional with more than 15 years of experience in the health care field. She previously served as the director of Human Resources and later as the director of Patient-Centered Medical Home Coordination for a Long Island based Accountable Care Organization with more than 600 physicians. Over three years, Maria secured the highest level of PCMH recognition for more than 25 practices on Long Island and Queens. She also was among the first health care professionals in the nation to earn certification as a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Content Expert.

Prior to healthcare consulting, Maria was the Office Manager for a multi-specialty physician group serving low-income and under-served patient populations across Long Island and Queens. Her primary focus was ensuring the delivery of high quality care in a culturally sensitive manner as more than 60% of the patients were Spanish-speaking. In order to provide better care for the patients, Maria worked tirelessly to obtain Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition for the organization’s three practice sites under NCQA 2008 and 2011 standards. She also fulfilled roles including credentialing, bookkeeping, medical billing, EHR implementation, and Meaningful Use attestation.

Education and Certifications:

  • M.B.A. in Health Care Management - Concentration Health Information Systems, St. Joseph College (In Progress)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Care Administration, St. Joseph’s College
  • Content Expert Certification in PCMH Recognition, NCQA

Languages:

  • Fluent in Spanish

Candice Campbell

PCMH Facilitator

Professional Profile:

Candice is a recent graduate from Stony Brook University's health science program. She is joining our team as a PCMH facilitator and will be working towards her CCE certification. Her educational background includes in-depth courses in healthcare compliance and regulation, medical ethics, continuous quality improvement in healthcare and issues in US healthcare delivery. She is also currently taking courses towards her master’s in healthcare administration degree from Stony Brook University.

Prior to her position as a PCMH facilitator, Candice was an active member of the dean's advisory board for SBU's school of health technology and management department as well as a teaching assistant for research methods in health science courses.

Education and Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science, Health Science, Healthcare Management, Stony Brook University.

Cristina Taylor

PCMH Facilitator

Professional Profile:

Cristina has over 15 years of experience working in the healthcare field having worked in medical offices in positions ranging from reception to office management. Cristina also has experience in the health insurance industry as a performance management specialist in the quality management department. This experience focused on the performance side of healthcare, ensuring that plan physicians were meeting benchmarks with specific healthcare measures.

In addition to this healthcare administration experience, Cristina has also worked in the nonprofit sector obtaining experience in grants management/quality management for an HIV/AIDS organization that offers testing, education and various other social services to Long Island residents in need.

Education and Certifications:

  • M.B.A in Healthcare Administration, Southern New Hampshire University (in progress).
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Five Towns College.
  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), Holistic Health Counseling, Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Ammara Chowdhry

Practice Management Consultant

Professional Profile:

Ammara comes with 8 years of experience in healthcare administration, operations and project management. She has combined her experience in front-end operations, provider outreach aptitude and Electronic Medical Record implementation proficiency to provide a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to practice management consulting.

Her practice management professional focuses include improving operational workflow and financial performance, training, compliance and implementation of informational technology.

Prior to her career as a healthcare consultant, Ammara held leadership positions at healthcare organizations including private faculty group practices, academic medical centers and outpatient multispecialty centers.

Education and Certifications:

  • Master of Business Administration, Health Care Administration, Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences (Concentration: Health Care Management), Stony Brook University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Stony Brook University

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, Medical Group Management Association

Rose Stroehlein

Practice Management Consultant

Professional Profile:

With over 20 years experience in the healthcare industry, Rose combines her financial, administrative and billing knowledge to the ever changing Healthcare Consulting Industry. Her practice management professional concerns include improving operational and financial performance, human resource management and implementation of informational technology. She has managed a variety of multi specialty healthcare practices.

Prior to healthcare consulting, she was a managing practice administrator. Her expertise canvassed areas from daily operations to revenue cycle reporting. Her leadership abilities have been most effective in taking struggling and ineffective practices to the level of profitability.

Education and Certifications:

  • Certifications in HIPPA, Final HHS Privacy Regulations and Medical Records-Cross Country University
  • Advanced Coding and Optimal Reimbursement Certification- Medical Manager Institute
  • Specialty Coding and Insurance Billing Specialist- McVey Seminars
  • On Air Radio Commercial Traffic- American Broadcasting Companies Inc

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, Samaritan Physician's Organization, Inc
  • Member, American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  • Member, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Member, Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists (PAHCS)
Praticia Li

Patricia Li, MPA

Practice Management Consultant

Professional Profile:

Patricia comes with nine years of experience in healthcare administration and practice management. She has experience in operational workflow analysis, provider credentialing, practice expansion and electronic medical record implementation to offer diverse perspectives and knowledge to the healthcare consultant industry. Her practice management professional concerns include improving operation and financial performance, human resources management, training, compliance and implementation of informational technology.

Prior to healthcare consulting, Patricia was a managing practice administrator. She has managed a variety of multi-specialty healthcare practices and supervised areas from daily operations to revenue cycle reporting.

Education and Certifications:

  • Master of Public Administration, Public Management—Healthcare Discipline, Baruch College.
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences (Concentration: Disability Studies), Stony Brook University.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Yvette Barchat

Yvette Barchat

Operations Advisor

Professional Profile

Yvette has over 18 years' experience in the healthcare industry providing analysis, design, and implementation of operating systems for healthcare institutions, as well as hospital-based and nonhospital-based physician group practices. She has extensive knowledge in all aspects of physician practice operations including administrative staff, marketing, front-end activities, operating budgets, PM & eHR vendor selection, billing, collections and account receivable management. She has assisted in the development of business plans for free standing multispecialty practices.

Yvette also has supervised teaching physician and private practice medical record documentation and coding reviews resulting in compliancy, while providing recommendations to maximize reimbursement and improve cash flow. She has experience with the development and implementation of compliance programs for physician group practices.

Education and Certifications:

  • Doctor of Medicine: Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic

Speaking Engagements:

Yvette has conducted webinars on revenue cycle management, benchmarking and supervised webinars on HIPAA, ICD-10, and RAC Audits. She also has spoken at the NYSOMS Eastern Regional Osteopathic Convention on behalf of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Tara McKeever

Tara McKeever

Executive Office Manager

Professional Profile:

Tara is the Executive Office Manager for RR Health Strategies along with being the Executive Assistant to Pam D'Apuzzo; President. She has six years of experience in bookkeeping, which is one of her primary responsibilities at RR Health Strategies. Tara also performs Data Analysis, Human Resources and Management of office operations.

Education and Certifications:

  • Associates Degree in Business Management with a minor in Accounting
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, AAPC
Peggy Goutink

Peggy Goutink

Data Analyst

Professional Profile:

Peggy has more than 15 years' experience in health information management, coding compliance. She has worked at hospitals, in outpatient settings and a consulting firm, performing discharge analysis designing and formulating internal audit templates, developing and reviewing charge documents and compiling data related to coding and medical record reviews.

Education and Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, AHIMA
  • Board of Directors, Strength For Life

Amanda Ramirez

Administrative Professional and Data Analyst

Professional Profile:

Amanda is our Administrative Professional and Data Analyst. With 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry, she has worked in both hospital and outpatient settings. In the hospital setting, Amanda played an essential role in the implementation and roll out of the Electronic Medical Records protocol in the Pediatrics Division. Amanda also brings a wide range of skill sets and experience to our team, including administrative management, office management, and client service management.

Education and Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management