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Thomas J. Force  And Zia Rivera-Clarkson

Thomas J. Force and Zia Rivera-Clarkson

Thomas J. Force, Esq. is a licensed attorney since 1994 in both state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York, with 27 years of experience in the healthcare and insurance industries. He is the president and founder of The Patriot Group, a full-service healthcare physician advocacy and revenue recovery company providing billing, appeals, collections and follow-up services for healthcare. Thomas is also the former CEO, general counsel and chief compliance officer of a small New York-domiciled health insurer, a former chief operating officer, general counsel and chief compliance officer of a large East Coast billing, collections and healthcare consulting company, and a former co-chair of the Health & Hospital Law Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association. He is also a nationally recognized expert and frequent speaker on managed care issues, managed care contracting, managed care appeals, ERISA and out-of-network reimbursement issues. Thomas recently presented on ERISA-related issues to the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons in Las Vegas and to the Medical Society of New Jersey.


Zia Clarkson is currently working as a professor at theAmerican Business and Technology University in Health Information Technology. She has more than 30 years of revenue cycle management and coding experience, which includes holding titles such as Medical Bill Review Unit Director for a managed care company, Director of Operations for a revenue recovery company, and Practice Administrator for a multispecialty practice, among others. She has provided her expertise to more than 80 healthcare organizations.

Clarkson achieved her Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential from the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC), and has also received four other billing, coding, and electronic health record certifications from National Healthcareers Association and American Medical Certification Association. Besides that, she holds an MBA from Forbes School of Business at Ashford University, specializing in Healthcare Administration and Management.

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