The Southeast Permanente Medical Group

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group is an integral part of Kaiser Permanente. Our physicians can coordinate virtually every aspect of patient care - from referrals to laboratory tests to medications. With everything under one umbrella, our patients receive the highest continuity of care.

Barby Simmons, DO, Named TSPMG Physician Program Director for Coding and Documentation

The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG) is pleased to announce that, effective March 17, Barby Simmons, DO, has been named Physician Program Director for Coding and Documentation. She will report to Leslie Litton, TSPMG VP Business Execution and Informatics.

In her new role, Dr. Simmons will lead efforts to improve the accuracy and completion rates of our coding and documentation, identify and incorporate educational best practices from other Kaiser Permanente regions and industry leaders, and oversee our various coding and documentation audit practices and dashboards. She will also take the lead on our ICD-10 implementation, which is a critical part of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia’s 2014 business strategy.

Dr. Simmons received her medical degree at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She joined Kaiser Permanent in 2010 and has served as Lead Adult Medicine Physician at the Southwood MOB since 2011.

We want to thank Angel Cobiella, MD for his support and leadership over the past few months as Interim Physician Program Director for Coding and Documentation. His expertise has been invaluable and we look forward to continuing to work with him in his position as Physician Program Director for Informatics. Please join us in thanking Dr. Cobiella and wishing Dr. Simmons much success in her new role.