PHIA Faculty & Staff
Sherry Thomas, CCP, CCP-AS
CEO, Director of Education
(502)473-8806 ext 204
Ms. Thomas brings over 30 years experience in the healthcare industry including office management, billing, collections, ICD-9-CM, CPT-4 and HCPCS coding. She has assisted in minor surgical office procedures as well as performed front desk, laboratory, x-ray and medical assistant duties. She developed, authored and teaches the Certified Coding Professional (CCP) curriculum, the certification exam and the study guide to the certification exam. She also provides one-on-one professional assistance to physicians and their staff for all specialties; related to ICD-9, CPT and HCPCS coding and documentation. Ms. Thomas has also been called upon to provide expert witness in legal matters related to Fraud and Abuse.
Advisory Board Member
Mrs. Savarise is a shareholder with Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.S.C. representing health care providers of all types in the areas of Health Law, Corporate Compliance, Fraud and Abuse (anti-kickback law, Stark II etc.), False Claims Act matters including representing a number of providers in the various federal fraud initiatives, Medicare/Medicaid Reimbursement, Licensure and Business Law. She received her undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh; her legal education from Duquesne University School of Law, also located in Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Savarise is admitted to practice in Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, and Louisville Bar Associations, American Health Lawyers Association and Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys. Professional experience: Vice President and General Counsel, St. Anthony Medical Center, Louisville, Kentucky (1990-1995); private practice (1989-1990), Law Clerk to The Honorable George Levin, Judge, Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court (1986-1989). She is on the Board of Directors of various civic and professional organizations including Kentucky Medical News and the Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys. She is a past chair of the Louisville Bar Association Health Law Section. Ms. Savarise is a frequent lecturer on health law issues.
Coding Specialist/Chart Audit Specialist
CPC, CCP, CPC-H, CCP-AS, CCP-H
Mrs. Rannells has 13 years experience in the health care industry including: Medical Office Coordinator, Billing, Collections, ICD-9-CM, CPT-4 and HCPCS coding. She has also assisted in minor surgical office procedures, front desk, laboratory, x-ray and Medical Assistant duties. She currently provides both in-house and field training to healthcare professionals. She developed, authored and teaches the Fundamentals of Billing and Coding diploma program, as well as the Certified Coding Professional - Hospital (CCP-H) and the Certified Coding Professional - Audit Specialist (CCP-AS) certification program.
Mrs. Rannells also performs chart audits and provides one-on-one professional assistance to physicians and their staff for all specialities; related to ICD-9, CPT and HCPCS coding and documentation. Mrs. Rannells has been called upon to provide expert witness in legal matters related to Fraud and Abuse.