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Primary Area of Expertise

Coding & Billing (Medical)

Expert Witness Profile

Expert Physician + Expert Coder + Expert Medical Auditor: Dr. L. Neal Freeman is a practicing physician and surgeon and is additionally certified as both a Coding Specialist-Physician-based and a Professional Medical Auditor. He provides expert services in medical coding, reimbursement, and compliance across all specialties. He is available for consultation, research, analysis, report generation, deposition, and trial testimony as an expert witness. He has been retained as an expert for plaintiff and defense.

Medical and billing records from caregivers and facilities are compared to assess accuracy of documentation. Consistency of reporting within accepted guidelines is also reviewed. Fair and reasonable value of services is determined.

* State Representative, Florida Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee
* Chair, Third Party Liaison Committee, Florida Society of Ophthalmology
* Chair, Coding and Third Party Reimbursement Committee, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
* Representative, CPT Advisory Committee, American Medical Association
* Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida College of Medicine
* Chief of Ophthalmology, Holmes Regional Medical Center

Areas of expertise include:
Medical coding and reimbursement
Coding compliance
Private insurance
Fair and reasonable value
Usual, customary, and reasonable (UCR) value
CPT coding
ICD-10 coding
Fraud and abuse
False Claims Act
Personal injury protection (PIP)
National Correct Coding Initiative

Education & Licenses

Bachelor of Science (With Distinction), Cornell University College of Engineering, 1981
Doctor of Medicine (With Distinction), University of Michigan Medical School, 1984
Master of Business Administration, University of Central Florida College of Business, 1999

Certified Coding Specialist--Physician-based, American Health Information Management Association, 2003

Certified Professional Medical Auditor, AAPC, 2017

Residency in Ophthalmology, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology
Florida Medical License ME 55705