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Dr. Tariku Mekonnen
Dr. Tariku Mekonnen received his MD in Ethiopia and currently is a fellow in Integrative Medicine working for his board certification in ABOIM. Over the years he worked with several renowned scientists in the field of infectious disease and trained and mentored more than 20,000 health care providers in different countries. Over the past 14 years Dr. Mekonnen has worked and practiced in areas of HIV medicine and infectious disease for organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), University of Washington, PATH and Healthnet TPO.
Dr. Mekonnen has also worked for several organizations and hospitals in the US holding different leadership roles. He has served as Medical Director at Accuity Delivery Systems, during his time as the Medical Director, and worked with the auditors to ensure that appropriate coding guidelines were followed and that each claim had clinical validity prior to finalization. He performed second level clinical reviews and clinical determinations based on the true clinical picture and recent CMS and coding guidelines. He has also served as a Clinical Documentation Specialist, Senior Clinical analyst, Chief Medical Information Officer, Medical Director, and currently is serving as a Founder and CEO of T-Medicus. He founded T-Medicus in 2016 with a vision of creating a reputable organization that assists hospitals and health systems address clinical documentation and quality issues.
Dr. Mekonnen’s commitment and passion for clinical documentation improvement inspired him to produce over 30 CDI webinars, each with 1 AAPC approved CEU, as well as allowed him to create an online CDIP training course.
Dr. Mekonnen is highly involved in different community activities serving as a medical advisory board member and board of Directors for friends of Parkinson’s; an organization that supports thousands of individuals and families affected by Parkinson and other neurodegenerative diseases. He also serves as a leader of the Society of Physicians Entrepreneurs (SoPE) Las Vegas Chapter. SoPE is Physician led society with close to 30,000 members throughout the globe and Dr. Tariku is leading one the USA Chapters. He established the chapter in 2017 and is currently expanding the chapter through membership involving universities, hospitals and several healthcare institutions.