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LAGUNA BEACH, CA., October 10, 2013 -- Six members, from Colorado to North Carolina, have earned the well-respected accreditation of CHBME—a Certified Healthcare Billing & Management Executive of the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA), the most influential healthcare revenue and management services association.

The sought-after title is the authorized certification program exclusive to HBMA membership that encourages excellence within its membership through education and awareness of this ever-changing healthcare industry. It reflects a commitment to professionalism and signifies a dedication to the highest industry standards.

HBMA members achieving CHBME certification are:

Matthew Bero, CHBME
Vice President, UP Medical Management, Inc.
Marquette, MI
Company membership since 1993

Tammy Caldwell, CHBME
Billing Director, Encompass Medical Partners, LLC
Fort Collins, CO
Company membership since 1992

Beth Cesta, CHBME
Vice President, Premier Physician Services
Dayton, OH
Company membership since 2001

Michelle Durner, CHBME
President, Applied Medical Systems, Inc.
Durham, NC
Company membership since 1994

Rick Kleehammer, CHBME
Vice President of Operations, Innovative Healthcare Systems, Inc.
Edmond, OK
Company membership since 2005

Teresa O’Lear, CHBME
Office Manager, Advanced Billing, Inc.
Franklin, TN
Company membership since 2007

CHBME is available in two tracks: to Compliance Professionals, someone with primary responsibility for the development and maintenance of a company’s compliance program, and to Compliance Executives, someone with primary responsibility for management, but not specific oversight of the compliance program.

HBMA represents more than 30,000 employees at well over 700 third-party medical billing firms. Annually, HBMA companies submit more than 350 million initial claims on behalf of hospital and office-based physicians and other allied healthcare providers.

Since its inception in 1993, HBMA and its members have encouraged personal development and adherence to the HBMA Code of Ethics, advocated on behalf of the profession, and promoted business development through a wide range of affiliated vendor resources, educational events, networking opportunities, and certification programs. HBMA works with legislative stakeholders and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. to improve the business of medical billing and the practice of healthcare. HBMA is a non-profit, member-led trade association celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2013.

For more information about HBMA or to contact a CHBME, go to or call 877.640.4262.


Press contact information:

Fran Cashen, HBMA Public Relations, 949-735-5641

Brad Lund, HBMA Executive Director, 877-640-4262

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