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Physician Consulting Services in the US

Physician Consulting Services in the US

Vital Signs Physician Resources, LLC (VSPR) is a medical consulting firm offering a wide variety of medical consulting services in the state of Texas and on a national level. VSPR has a strong track record of consultation services that maximizes profit for its clients.

We can provide a variety of financial and accounting services associated with a physician practice or health care organization. These services can range from a short monthly review to providing the entire accounting department.

VSPR will create a customized package to meet your goals and objectives. VSPR does offer an initial consulting call at no charge. Additionally, VSPR can offer an initial mini assessment by analyzing a few specific reports out of the practice management system.

If VSPR is unable to find any potential or lost revenue or offer recommendations that have significant value for the practice, VSPR will not charge for this assessment.

Jim Edwardson, CMPE Owner and Healthcare Consultant

Jim is a Certified Medical Practice Executive through the Medical Group Management Association. He attended college at Emporia State University in Kansas and later earned certification in Healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

He has over 35 years of experience in group practice management and healthcare administration. Jim provides consultation in several areas of the medical field; these range from accounts receivable management and clean up, ancillary revenue opportunities, credentialing, managed care contracting, practice management, medical billing, crisis management (pandemic, hurricanes), interim high level management, and practice analysis.

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Lonnie Faulkner, CFO, CPA

Lonnie is the Chief Financial Officer for VSPR and oversees financial consulting and accounting services for VSPR clients. He has been working for VSPR since 2008. He is a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington where he earned a BBA in Accounting and a MBA in Finance.

He has over 30 years of accounting experience ranging from public accounting "Big 4" to serving as a CFO or Controller for small to mid-sized, $15M - $50M, companies in the healthcare, service and manufacturing industries. He also served as a Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington where he taught principal, intermediate and managerial accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is licensed to practice in the state of Texas.

Theresa Ward, CPC, Billing Supervisor

Theresa is a professional coder, certified by the American Academy of Professional Coders. She has over 25 years of experience in the medical field as a medical practice manager, with a special focus on coding and billing. Theresa began her medical career as a receptionist in a large, multi-specialty clinic and then moved on to manage a dermatology office for 10 years.

In 2003 she was instrumental in assisting a new OB/GYN physician develop and grow his practice, where she remained another 10 years. One of her first assignments at VSPR was to assist 4 Family Practice clinics in combining their practices into 1 large group. Theresa was instrumental in setting up and implementing best billing practices for the new group.

She assisted the group with the new clearinghouse in setting up electronic claims, EFT’s, and ERA’s. Theresa has been with VSPR for 6 years now, furthering her experience and knowledge in the complete medical revenue cycle.

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Virginia Koutsoumbaris, CPC, CPMA

Virginia is our South Texas Regional Director and Consultant. Virginia has over 32 years of experience as a medical practice manager, with extensive training in Revenue Cycle Management and Documentation compliance. She joined the VSPR team in August 2016. Her experience spans several specialties including OB/Gyn, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology and Family Practice.

Virginia is a Certified Professional Coder and Medical Auditor through the American Academy of Professional Coders. As a certified auditor, she can evaluate charts for proper E/M documentation and coding and share those results with the physician to assist in best billing practices and compliance.

Virginia is an eClinicalworks trainer and is a super user for both the Practice Management and the EMR program. She also has comprehensive knowledge of EMR and Practice Management systems including Medisoft, Medical Manager, Open Practice, Sevocity, Antworks and others.

Nhu N. Ha, Controller

Nhu has over 22 years of combined accounting and healthcare experience at the staff and management accounting levels as well as over 6 years as a Pharmacy Technician. Her career has been focused on small to mid-size medical practices with revenues in the $1M - $20M range.

Nhu is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She began her healthcare accounting career as a Staff Accountant and progressed quickly to the Senior Accountant level at a large single specialty group practice in DFW. She joined Vital Signs Physician Resources, VSPR, in April of 2016 as our Controller. Nhu has been a full cycle healthcare accountant for over 10 years and along with serving as VSPR’s Controller, she provides accounting and financial consulting to new and current VSPR clients as needed.

Nhu’s software experience includes MS Office, QuickBooks, Peachtree, Sage Intergy – Practice Management Software and e-Clinical Works.

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Nina Linehan, Controller

Nina has over 25 years of experience in healthcare accounting as well as 7 years in the Air Freight Industry. Nina is a graduate of University of Phoenix and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

She began her healthcare career working as the Administrative Assistant for a Radiology Group, while finishing up her bachelor’s degree at night. She quickly moved up to the AP Payroll/HR Manager and, moved into the Staff Accountants position. She joined Vital Signs Physician Resources (VSPR) in November 2017 as the Assistant Controller.

Her VSPR clients range from providing full financial accounting in entering payables, invoicing clients, bank reconciling and producing P&L’s. She also does monthly reporting and payroll processing for another client. Nina’s software experience includes Microsoft Office, ADP and Paychex Payroll systems, Peachtree, QuickBooks, Great Plains Wolfe pack and Cyma Accounting software.

Jill De Franceschi, Project Manager

Jill has been in the medical field for over 20 years. She learned administrative duties of the medical office while attending nursing school and working as Front Office Manager for an ENT group practice. As a nurse, Jill worked in several specialties, including gastroenterology, dermatology, and neurology.

She graduated from American Intercontinental University in 2016 and has a BBA in Healthcare Management. Jill joined the VSPR team in 2017 as a Project Manager. She has worked closely with several clients to train staff members and improve efficiency by implementing new processes.

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Darla Shelley, Credentialing

Darla has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field, including experience in the clinical practice setting as an office manager as well as support, implementation, training, and software resource development with a healthcare practice management software company.

Darla has credentialing experiences with carriers on both the practice side and the software side; in multiple states for Medicaid, Medicare, CAQH and major carriers; and with large and small hospital affiliations. Darla is always looking at what makes the process easier for the team as well as the client.

Jim's Podcast

More information is just a click away... VSPR is known to be on the cutting edge of current hot topics. For example, to hear about Telehealth that was a hot topic from the beginning of the Covid pandemic, check out this podcast Jim was invited to attend.  During this podcast Jim shared about how many clients benefit from the experience the team is ready to share.  In addition to hearing details of this topic, Jim also gives details about the wide range of services that VSPR provides and how VSPR just might be the help you have been looking for.