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Brian Freedman, MS, CISSP, PMP, CHCO

Online Course Consultant - With over 20 years working in IT and Information Assurance, Mr. Freedman has hands-on experience with the public, private, and government sectors of healthcare networks and systems. Working with both covered entities and business associates, he has conducted HIPAA Security Risk Assessments and taught others how to perform them. He was formerly the CIO and Information Technology Director at a large independent medical practice, has served as a HIPAA Compliance Officer, and managed a team of IT specialists in support of electronic medical records and practice management systems.  Mr. Freedman earned his Masters of Science in Information Systems through Strayer University and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from The University of Miami with a double-major in Speech Communications and History. He has co-authored a book on PCI Compliance and is the Technical Editor of a handbook on IT Regulatory and Standards Compliance. Mr. Freedman also holds some of the leading industry certifications from Microsoft and Cisco and is also a CISSP and PMP. Mr. Freedman is a Certified HIPAA Compliance Officer (CHCO) through the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance, where he serves as an Online Course Manager for the HIPAA Privacy & Security Program.


Program Developer, Instructor, Corporate Trainer, Camp Facilitator - Joanne brings over 35 years of clinical and executive health care experience in areas of compliance, coding, documentation improvement, auditing, privacy, and security. She has over thirty-five years of experience in health care consulting and administration. She has worked in Acquisitions and Mergers in the health care division of an accounting firm, Director of Coding and Reimbursement for a large multi-specialty physician network, served as a senior health care consultant supporting clients in areas of auditing, developing compliance programs and improving accounts receiving performance and cash flow and implementing EHR clinical documentation standards for physician organizations and hospital-owned networks. Joanne is affiliated with the following organizations in addition to AIHC: AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association), HiMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). As a graduate with honors from St. Augustine Technical Center with a diploma in nursing, Joanne continued her education at Lake Erie College in Health Care Administration, obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree through Clayton College, is Certified in Compliance, HIPAA privacy/security, Auditing, Internal Forensic Auditing, ICD-10, Medical Billing, Collections and Clinical Documentation Improvement.


Course Consultant - Katherine has over 15 years experience in coding, auditing, compliance, and education.  She has served on the Internal Forensic Healthcare Auditor Certification Program Oversight Committee and has developed the Chiropractic Guide to Compliant Coding & Billing for AIHC.  She is also a contributor to the Compliance and HIPAA course programs. Katherine has also worked with government payers as an auditor and consultant as well as with local physicians, hospital, and clinics.  Katherine earned her bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC); Certified ICD-10-CM Trainer (ICDCT-CM); Certified Healthcare Auditor (CHA); Certified HIPAA Compliance Officer (CHCO); Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA); Certified Internal Forensic Healthcare Auditor (CIFHA); and Officer of Healthcare Compliance, Certified (OHCC).  Her professional affiliations include the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC), the National Association of Medical Auditing Specialists (NAMAS), and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). 


Camp Instructor, Facilitator and Course Consultant - Katie is the director of the advisory services practice at Kraft Healthcare Consulting, LLC, an affiliate of KraftCPAs PLLC, where she focuses on reimbursement and operations. Her job responsibilities consist of reviewing and preparing Medicare and Medicaid cost reports and working with clients on other reimbursement opportunities, such as Disproportionate Share (DSH) and provider-based options. Additionally, Katie performs healthcare operational assessments and operational projects such as reviews of hospital chargemasters and physician fee schedules. Katie also assists the audit team at KraftCPAs with healthcare-specific financial audits. Prior to joining the KHC team, she interned in the tax department at KraftCPAs.


Camp Instructor and Facilitator and Course Consultant & Advisor - Scott Mertie leads Kraft Healthcare Consulting, LLC, an affiliate of KraftCPAs PLLC. With more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Scott consults on various areas involving third-party reimbursement, operations, and compliance for clients throughout the United States. Additionally, Scott provides expert reports and testimony for healthcare-related litigation engagements. His clients include hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians, and other providers, as well as law firms.  Scott is an instructor with the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance to develop and teach the Medicare/Medicaid cost reporting boot camp to train individuals who assist with cost report preparation. His previous experience includes working for a Nashville-based hospital management company, a Nashville hospital system, and other CPA firms.

Sherra Hassig, BS, AAS

Certification Exam Proctor & Online Course Manager - Sherra earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with a specialty in vascular ultrasound from Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio. As part of the academic program, she completed extensive clinical rotations at three well-known hospitals in Northeast Ohio. Sherra went on to successfully pass the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation and the Vascular Technology exams in order to earn her Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) credential through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).  Sherra has also earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She used knowledge from earning this degree to pursue a career in graphic design. Sherra now provides technical support and guidance to AIHC’s online students as a Certification Exam Proctor and Online Course Manager.