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Welcome to the AAHAM Tennessee Music City Chapter!  Please take a few moments to explore our site.  Here you will find information about our chapter, members, and our services.

The Tennessee Music City Chapter is part of the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM).  It is a membership-based association of administrative healthcare professionals working in Tennessee and across the country.

We provide our members with the opportunity to pursue professional development as well as professional and technical certification.  We connect our members with their peers throughout the area and industry experts through meetings and networking opportunities.

The Tennessee Music City Chapter of AAHAM has become a skilled lobbying entity within the Tennessee legislature.  Our lobbying efforts focus on patient-centric billing and reimbursement issues and the accompanying regulatory legislation.

If you are interested in meeting new friends and colleagues with the opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals, join AAHAM and the Tennessee Music City Chapter.  IT’S RIGHT FOR YOU!

Our Mission:

To be the premier professional organization in healthcare administrative services. Through a national organization and local chapters, we provide quality member services and leadership in the areas of education, communication, representation, professional standards and certification.

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Greeting Tennessee Music City Chapter Members,

One of the great things happening in 2022 Is the return of in-person events. For the first time since 2019, AAHAM held its Annual National Institute (ANI) with folks from 29 chapters attending in person at Baltimore’s Hilton Inner Harbor Hotel. As the chapter President, I attended the AAHAM Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, October 12.

The Board meeting, the second in-person this year, was led by AAHAM President Lori Sickelbaugh. A few minor language tweaks were made to the AAHAM Bylaws by the Board. It was announced the AAHAM’s Legislative Day will be next May 3-6, 2023. Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the 2023 AAHAM ANI which will be held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California, from October 10-13, 2023.

As for the 2022 ANI, there were 340 attendees with more than 20 educational hours available and 40 booth vendors in the ballroom as well as six vendor sponsors. Attendees were excited to be back educating and networking while taking advantage of the great nearby seafood restaurants as well as Charm City’s fabled Little Italy near the Inner Harbor.

As for what is happening with our local Tennessee Music City Chapter, we are excited to be taking the necessary steps to provide quality education to our membership. Our first Webinar in September, provided by the Law Offices of Stephenson, Acquisto & Colman’s managing partner Rich Lovich, had 66 attendees for his session on “Are You Walking Away From Millions in Lost Revenue: Strengthening your denial management through contract interpretation strategies, effective appeals, and improved claim documentation.”

Be sure to continue the check the Music City Chapter website as well as follow our LinkedIn page for more virtual and a spring in-person event.

Our chapter is still looking for those interested in chairing committees. Chairs and co-chair spots for our committees are now open. Please reach out to me at (843) 325-2447 or if interested. I will be more than happy to discuss the possibilities with you. If looking to make a mark and improve your resume, AAHAM leadership positions are a fast-track to achieving those goals.

All the best,

Chuck Acquisto

Tennessee Music City Chapter Bylaws

Tennessee Music City Officers

Chair of the Board/Immediate Past President
George Buck
1425 Arrowhead Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
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Charles Acquisto
Law Offices of Stephenson, Acquisto, & Colman
1643B Savannah Highway No. 222
Charleston, SC 29407
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Vice President
Erica Copeland
111 N Magnolia Ave, Suite 1100
Orlando, FL 32801
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Jeff Foster
3400 Redmon Hill
Nolensville, TN  31735
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Ralph Keith
Rash Curtis & Associate
190 S. Orchard Avenue, Suite A-200
Vacaville, CA 95688
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Certification Chair
Ross Kurtz
1351 Dunraven Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
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At-Large Board Member
Celia M. Allen, CRCR
6840 Carothers Pkwy, Ste. 150
Franklin, TN 37067
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At-Large Board Member
David Carr
545 Mainstream Dr. Suite 330
Nashville, TN 37228
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At-Large Board Member
Christine Bianchino
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center
230 East Ridgewood Ave
Paramus, NJ 07652
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At-Large Board Member
Laura Winger
Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance
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Topic: The AI Revolution: The Power and Promise of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Finance
When: December 2, 2022 at 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. CST (US and Canada)
Speakers: Daniel Hiltz, PhD, Founder and Principal of Leadership Squared LLC

In 1950, the time it took for medical knowledge to double was 50 years; in 1980, 7 years; and in 2010, 3.5 years. In 2020 it was 0.2 years—just 73 days! Students who graduated in 2020 experienced four doublings in knowledge. New residents now are challenged by even faster rates of growth. No individual can be expected to stay current.  And the complexity of the clinical arena must be matched by administrative and revenue cycle leaders.

The “Holy Grail” of the artificial intelligence revolution is harnessing the power of computing and mountains of data to help clinicians and administrators make better decisions more quicky, and even more importantly, improve their performance at an increasing pace. In this presentation, Dr. Dan Hiltz will explain the foundations and applications of artificial intelligence without resorting to the computerese that can make it unnecessarily  difficult for medical professionals to understand.

Registration Deadline: November 28, 2022
AAHAM CEUs Earned: 2

Click here to Register for this webinar.


Topic: High Value Revenue Cycle Assessments
Held on October 25, 2022
Speakers: Caroline Znaniec Healthcare Revenue Cycle Practice Leader and Don Billingsley Provider Revenue Integrity Practice Leader at Protiviti

Healthcare providers understand how technical and complex the payment system has become and recognize how critical it is to secure every dollar earned. There is a myriad of ways in which payers can withhold or take back payment and providers are striving to provide the best possible care while maintaining a positive bottom line. Process deficiencies and avoidable mistakes undermine the effectiveness of a healthcare provider’s revenue cycle and compliance environments, and many organizations fail to realize as much as five percent in net revenue due to a lack of effective internal controls for mitigating financial, regulatory, and operational risks. This session will explore key revenue cycle areas in which hospitals are commonly at risk for not optimizing revenue and will provide insights on how to best identify and assess for process improvement.

Click here to watch the recording of this webinar.

Contact Us
For more information about the Tennessee Music City Chapter, please contact our chapter president, Chuck Acquisto.