Sarah is an experienced, professional, approachable consultant and speaker who succeeds in helping clients identify both risk and opportunity in their coding, reimbursement, and operational systems.
Sarah has deep experience in orthopaedics, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, and physical therapy. She presents on CPT and ICD-10 coding nationally for the AAOS national workshop series, and state societies, physical therapy firms and large musculoskeletal groups have invited Sarah to educate physicians and staff.
In addition to coding education, Sarah’s consulting projects include E/M and surgical auditing, overall practice evaluations, redesigning billing processes for increased collection effectiveness, assessing external billing service performance, analyzing fee schedules to maximize reimbursement, managed care contract and reimbursement analysis, and physician compensation modeling. Using her focused understanding of the RBRVS system and available benchmarking tools, Sarah has assisted numerous physicians with contract reviews for group or hospital employment.
Sarah has dedicated much of her career to KZA. At last count, she had consulted and taught for almost 500 practices, made up of over 3,000 physicians in 30 specialties. She gained valuable experience as a Practice Administrator in the Twin Cities market prior to joining the firm in 1994.
Sarah holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Bachelor’s degree in business and finance from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She is an AAPC-certified coder.
Sarah is always up for mixing travel with learning. Her favorite travel experiences have included attending summer school programs at Oxford University, and in Paris, France. Other adventures include hiking in the US and Canadian Rockies and southwest Utah. When at home, she relaxes with books, watching Turner Classic Movies, and knitting socks and hats for anyone who’ll take them.