Edward R. Gaines, JD, CCP (Ed) serves as Chief Compliance Officer for Zotec Partners and has more than 21 years’ experience specializing in emergency medicine. Ed and his colleagues established the first voluntary corporate compliance program in the ED coding and billing industry in 1994. He is responsible for compliance and coding quality assurance and training for Zotec’s emergency medicine clients. Ed is actively involved with Zotec’s clients in the areas of Medicare fee schedule, CPT coding, balance billing issues at the state and federal levels. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Alma College and was graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law, Juris Doctor. Ed is a member of the ACEP Reimbursement Committee and is a co-founder, past chairman, current Board of Directors and Executive Committee member of the Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA). Mr. Gaines serves also serves as a non-clinician, ex-officio advisory role with the Physicians for Fair Coverage (PFC) organization. His honors and awards include: ACEP Honorary Membership Award 2012; EDPMA's Founder's Award 2008; ACEP's Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award 2008; NC ACEP's Emergency Medicine Outstanding Advocate Award 2006 and he was named a Fellow in the Health Ethics Trust in 2000. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association’s Health Law Section and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. Ed currently works out of Zotec’s Greensboro, North Carolina offices.