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Joseph "Jody" Wassel

Defining Accountability

Besides receiving rave reviews from his clients (past and present!), Jody spends his waking hours and talents in recruiting the highest quality professional coders he can find across the country.

When hospital management needs an adviser for coding solutions and reimbursement staffing practices, Jody offers effective options and expertise. With 11 years of healthcare management experience with a particular emphasis and expertise in recruiting, HIM implementation/optimization, and coding/billing management, he is dedicated to making HIRG as a valued partner for his clients.

A hands-on leadership-style is the only kind Jody believes in. He doesn't have to pretend to understand the industry. He has lived in it for more than 11 years, during which time he has gained a thorough understanding of major medical coding and billing software applications, as well as, a thorough knowledge of current healthcare reimbursement guideline changes and trends.

Having trouble with staffing and time dependent implementations?

That's one of the many benefits of Jody's experience and what HIRG offers. He has assisted many organizations with developing and implementing cost-effective remote coding solutions.

Would you like your coding staff and IT support to work together seamlessly and more effectively?

Jody has a strong working knowledge of technical infrastructure requirements to support HIT/HIM initiatives and partnerships, and a demeanor to build teams against all odds.

With firsthand experience of HIM compliance and staff development, he has developed a concise transitional compliance action plan and business model for ICD-10 & DRG/APR training/education.


A few other significant benchmarks in his career include:

  • Assisted numerous San Francisco Bay Area hospital departments with immediate interim staffing solutions during various union scheduled and unscheduled labor strikes/walk-outs.
  • Staffed 210 FTEs for private Insurance Call Center in Chico, California (Winter 99).
  • Conducted HIPPA Training for Western Region of privately held insurance company.

Jody graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree and began working in the healthcare industry as a clinical coordinator/recruiter. Most recently, he served as VP of Operations for a coding company in San Francisco before forming HIRG, Inc. with Vanessa.

Professional and Community Memberships

  • AHIMA – American Health Information Association
  • CHIA – California Health Information Association
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