Maria B. Brooks-Swims, RHIA, CCS, CRC, CCDS AHIMA Approved ICD-10CM/PCS Trainer Assistant Vice President, Coding Support and Compliance Services Maria is our world traveler and now resides in Alabama. She has HIM management experience serving as a Director and Assistant Director of HIM and as a Coding Manager. Her consulting experience includes providing coding support, conducting both inpatient and outpatient coding compliance reviews, and providing coding guidance to our clients. She established a coding internship program and often mentors coding apprentices and new coding professionals for our clients. For our firm, she serves as the primary internal auditor of our 30+ coders’ coding quality.
Ms. Swims is proficient in inpatient DRGs for both short-term acute care facilities and long-term acute care facilities. She has conducted inpatient and outpatient coding reviews for all size organizations including critical access to large, tertiary care teaching entities. Maria has experience with HMO DCG-HCCs and CMS-HCCs and is certified in risk-adjustment coding. She manages our team of CRCs when we are conducting HCC coding reviews for Medicare Advantage health plans. Maria first started with our firm in 1994, but took a break to marry her husband and travel the world, where she did some of the early “remote” coding internationally.
A graduate of St. Louis University’s Health Information Management Program, Maria is an active member in Alabama’s and the American Health Information Management Associations and the American Academy of Professional Coders.