Caral Edelberg, Chief Executive Officer / Chairman
Caral Edelberg, CPC, CPMA, CCS-P, CHC, CAC utilizes her broad industry knowledge and decades in the industry to provide strategic insight and guidance for the growth and expansion of Edelberg & Associates. Caral’s expertise and guidance can be seen and felt in all aspects of the company. From our industry leading business intelligence platform to our proprietary coding and compliance tool kits, Caral guides and ensure the company’s focus is squarely placed on reducing risk and increasing value for the healthcare entities we serve.
Caral is an active member of many professional organizations and has served on the National Advisory Board for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC); is currently President of the Baton Rouge chapter of the AAPC and long-term member of the Coding and Nomenclature Advisory Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). She is a frequent author and speaker on healthcare management topics including outpatient facility coding and billing, hospitalist medicine, medical record documentation policies, healthcare compliance, effective communication within healthcare systems, specialized coding compliance training for physicians and residents, COBRA/EMTALA and CPT/ICD-9 coding and billing.
Caral also co-authored the Emergency Medicine Study Guide and Emergency Medicine Specialty Examination for the Advanced Board of Medical Coding (ABMC); authored the Emergency Medicine Study Guide and Emergency Medicine Competency Examination published for Ingenix/AAPC; and co-authored the current Emergency Medicine Study Guide and Competency Examination for the AAPC. She is the past consulting editor and currently serves on the editorial advisory committee of ED (Emergency Department) Coding Alert. She serves on the editorial advisory boards of ED Management (for whom she publishes a quarterly ED coding column), OPPS Insider, and APC Advisor.
Michael Sparks, President
Michael brings over 15 years of successful operational and practice management experience to Edelberg & Associates. Michael’s expertise spans multiple specialties including ED, Hospitalist Medicine, EMS, and Radiology. Michael’s previous executive management experience included oversight of the Hospital Medicine division for a large national company. His extensive experience in the development, implementation and monitoring of quality improvement programs allows Edelberg & Associates to deliver on our dual promise of risk reduction and value enhancement for the healthcare entities we serve.- critical to the success of today’s Hospital Medicine practice.
Michael brings extensive knowledge of “best practice” in development and implementation of the strategic plans, visions, goals and objectives, standards of performance, policies and procedures and organizational structure for client physician groups. Compliance is critical to the success of any practice in today’s health care environment and an essential building block for success. His experience in development of corporate compliance programs for Hospital Medicine provide a strong background in both compliance and management of compliance efforts – a unique and essential component of ECA’s success. Michael is a hands-on consultant. Once programs are up and functioning, Michael develops, implements, and coordinates information systems for practice, managed care plan management, and facilities to ensure full network system integration. Michael has experience from the ground up where he began with individual practice management activities and earned his experience in operations for all aspects hospital medicine practices. Michael understands the importance of developing services for revenue enhancement, marketing of practices and practice operations – and the collaboration with the physicians responsible for success. His successful liaison activities between physician practice and client facilities ensures achievement of strategic goals – Goals which he can design, implement and monitor for any size practice. The importance of development, implementation, and coordination of information systems for practice, managed care plan management, and facilities are critical to ensuring success with network system integration and Michael has an extensive and successful track record that lends itself perfectly to his performance as a consultant to client practices.
Sherry Drew, Chief Operating Officer
In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Drew directs the strategy and delivery of Edelberg & Associates coding solutions, responsible for cross functional teams that deliver high quality and high value solutions to our clients. Ms. Drew has more than 25 years of leadership and management experience, which includes numerous roles within the broader healthcare continuum. Ms. Drew is a Certified Healthcare Auditor, Certified Healthcare Billing Management Executive and has extensive training in areas such as compliance, credentialing, quality, and revenue cycle management services. Sherry had an 8-year tenure at NetMD Business as Chief Operations Officer responsible for all revenue cycle, vendor management and practice management and consulting services. NetMD is a business services company specializing in managed services for physicians and hospitals. Ms. Drew served 12 years as Vice President at Kelly Services, a global staffing company. In her role as Vice President she was responsible for Customer Support, Service Delivery, and Field Facilities on a global basis.
Darrell Mercer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Darrell Mercer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, is responsible for cultivating and administering partnerships in our coding, auditing and consulting services for hospitals, health system and physician practices. His primary area of focus will be but not limited to; business development, client/partner relationships, sales, and technology integration. He will also manage and influence the direction, training and development of the sales team. Mr. Mercer is a native of Florida and matriculated at the University of Miami. Other than Florida, he has lived Providence RI, Milan Italy and now calls Atlanta, Ga home. He comes with over twenty years of experience in leadership and business development within the healthcare industry. He most recently served as Director of Business Development and Executive Vice President of Alteon Health and NES Healthcare. Mr. Mercer serves as a current member of the National Association Health Services Executives and is the recipient of many honors and awards throughout his career.