Medical Coding Solutions for Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care
Nicka and Associates’ mission is to sustain quality healthcare delivery through a team of passionate experts in coding, compliance and consulting.
Our staff has varied experience to include emergency medicine, urgent care coding hospitalist and radiology coding, compliance, practice management, operations management, education, business, and clinical backgrounds. Their combination of experience and expertise along with NAI’s total commitment to client satisfaction ensures your organization’s needs and goals will be met.
Our History and Profile
Sharon L. Nicka, RN, CPC established a sole proprietorship in 1993 operating under the name of Financial Reimbursement Practice Consultants (FRPC). In late 2002, FRPC was incorporated as Nicka & Associates, Inc. Our corporate office is located just north of Dallas in McKinney, Texas.
We are a privately held company with a solid, profitable and debt free financial profile since inception. NAI maintains Errors and Omissions insurance to ensure financial protection on behalf of our clients and the services we provide.
Nicka & Associates has evolved into a nationally recognized company providing expert emergency medicine and urgent care services nationwide.
NAI’s officers and corporate staff bring a team of experts dedicated to ensuring each client receives service excellence. Our staff has varied experience to include emergency medicine and urgent care coding, compliance, practice management, operations management, education, business and clinical backgrounds. Their combination of experience and expertise along with NAI’s total commitment to client satisfaction ensures your organization’s needs and goals will be met.
Every client has direct access to all of our senior staff members. We welcome your inquiries and the opportunity to provide our services and assistance!
Sharon L. Nicka, RN, CPC is the Founder and President of Nicka & Associates, Inc. She is a nationally renowned expert in emergency medicine coding, compliance, and consulting in the reimbursement arena. Mrs. Nicka brings over thirty years of emergency department management and healthcare consulting experience to each of her endeavors. Having served as a member of the American College of Emergency Physician’s Committee on Coding and Nomenclature and expert witness for Medicare, Mrs. Nicka has had the opportunity to not only contribute but to shape the framework of emergency medicine and urgent care coding.
Mrs. Nicka is a board member of EDPMA. She has provided services as an editorial consultant for St. Anthony’s Reimbursement in Emergency Medicine Manual, co-authored the Texas ACEP Reimbursement Manual.
In the role of president and CEO of Nicka & Associates, Mrs. Nicka is responsible for professional, facility, Urgent Care and Free Standing coding. Compliance issues, physician and nursing education are also her forte. She has been a contributor for Emergency Physician’s Monthly, and is frequently asked to serve as a keynote speaker at coding, reimbursement, and compliance conferences around the country. Mrs. Nicka also publishes a monthly newsletter, ’News from Nicka’ and has successfully written educational manuals for use in emergency medicine reimbursement.
Mrs. Nicka is also a board member of EDPMA and has taught at various national conferences.
With 30 years of experience in the chemical industry, Greg Nicka has taken a leap of faith to join Nicka & Associates, Inc. and continue the company’s legacy that his parents built. Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Northeastern State University and with his leadership and management skills coupled with various previous business roles, Greg has begun to set a new pace at Nicka & Associates, Inc. Along with his vision of growing the company in strategic ways, Greg also directs the sales force and as well as overseeing the Compliance and I.T. departments.
Juli is a graduate of the University of Texas and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Operations for Nicka & Associates, Inc. (NAI). Her career in emergency medicine reimbursement began more than 20 years ago as a Practice Administrator for a large multi-site emergency physician group in North Texas.
Juli was a founding member of NAI. As Senior Vice President of Operations, she provides direct assistance to physicians, practice leadership, and revenue cycle partners. Juli was a faculty member for the inaugural National Association for Freestanding Emergency Centers Conference and has been asked to return each year since. She has also spoken at EDPMA’s Solution Summit. Past service includes committees for the American College of Emergency Physician’s and the Emergency Department Practice Management Association. She is uniquely situated to provide insight into the best practices in coding and compliance for emergency medicine, urgent care and hospitalist sectors.
Alongside her roles in revenue cycle management, she has served on the board of a therapeutic riding association partnering with disabled children and as a volunteer judge and business coach for students participating in DECA.
Melody serves in the role of Coding Manager. Melody’s career in healthcare began more than twenty-five years ago working alongside Cigna as well as primary care physicians. In 2005, Melody turned her attention to emergency medicine, working at a multi-site urgent care company which ultimately emerged as a freestanding leader within the state of Texas. Melody has also served as a Practice Administrator and Practice Manager. Before joining Nicka & Associates, Inc., Melody operated her own billing company working with a North Texas ED physician group.
Jill holds an Associate of Arts degree from Mesa Community College. She is a Certified Professional Coder credentialed through the American Academy of Professional Coders and is a member in good standing. Her past experience includes Medical Billing and Coding instruction and urgent care coding as well as billing and coding for pulmonology and physical therapy.
Nikki began her career in coding and billing as a freestanding coder more than ten years ago and is currently the Compliance Manager for Nicka & Associates, Inc. Since her career began, time she has served as an ED Coder, Auditor, Educator, Supervisor, Manager and Director leading as many as 40 employees at one time. For two different national companies she has created compliance programs and implemented auditing best practices. Her background encompasses professional, facility, urgent care and FSED coding.
Larry joins Nicka and Associates with an extensive background in emergency medicine services including emergency department consulting, assessments, coding, billing and practice management. Over the last 14 years Larry has developed relationships with providers and hospital administration leaders by listening to their concerns and finding unique solutions in the best interests of the client that make good business and economic sense.