Two of a Kind

Meet AAPC’s first members of the month: Kim Huey and Sandy Giangreco Brown.

Wondering who the ladies are on the cover? Meet Kim Huey and Sandy Giangreco Brown. We met them at HEALTHCON this past March in Dallas and loved their story so much we decided to put them on the cover of Healthcare Business Monthly. In fact, we’ve incorporated a new column, Member of the Month, starting with this issue. Going forward, we will be featuring members (or other VIPs) on the cover of the magazine.

Huey and Brown met over 15 years ago, and since then, they have not only become colleagues but good friends, as well. Here is their story.

Starting Out

Kim Huey, MJ, CHC, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, CPCO, COC, recalls meeting Sandy Giangreco Brown, BS, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CHC, CPC, COC, CPC-I, COBGC, PCS, when they happened to sit next to each other at the American Medical Association (AMA) CPT® Symposium more than 15 years ago. They kept running into each other at various conferences for the next few years and finally decided to introduce themselves. Little did they know that they would become co-educators and author journal articles together over the next decade. Huey even did some sub-contracting work with Brown’s company.

Working Together

Huey and Brown both point to their complementary styles and backgrounds as part of the secret to their success as an educational duo. Huey’s background is in coding and compliance on the physician’s side (she has a master’s in health law), while Brown comes from a clinical background with some facility and inpatient experience (she is finishing up her master’s in healthcare administration with an emphasis in population health).

They each appreciate that they can bounce ideas off each other when they need advice or an opinion, and their rapport shows. “We have had clients say that they love ‘Kim and Sandy’ doing the education, and others have told us that they would love to duplicate how we work together,” said Brown. “When we blend our styles together, our overarching passion for helping others comes through.”

Huey lives in Alabama, while Brown resides in Colorado, which doesn’t make it easy to coordinate. Huey said, “We joke that on some days we use all modes of communication — phone, text, Facebook Messenger, and Teams meetings!” It’s easy to tell when they have been together, however, because they pick up each other’s way of speaking. Huey jokes that Brown now knows what it means to be “worn slap put,” and she has been known to say, “What the what?” after spending time with Brown.

A Mutual Appreciation

After witnessing the way Huey and Brown interact, their mutual admiration, respect, and friendship were clear. “Having a long-time colleague and friend like Kim has been such a blessing, both professionally and personally,” said Brown. Huey replied, “We are truly blessed to have each other — as colleagues and friends — and coding brought us together!”

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