Why Diagnosis Coding Is Important NOW

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Kim Garner-Huey, MJ, CHC, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, CPCO, COC
60 Minutes
Product Description

Improve Diagnosis Documentation and Coding to Support Quality Reporting

With the ICD-10 delay, many Practitioners have shifted their focus from correct and specific diagnosis coding.  However, there are many other forces at work here, correct and specific diagnosis coding is imperative in the changing reimbursement environment, and to prepare for ICD-10. Physicians have largely ignored diagnosis coding for years because, unlike hospitals, they did not get paid on that basis.  As long as they had a valid diagnosis code, they were paid based on their CPT code with no variation for severity of illness. This often encouraged them to choose just one code and the easiest, simplest one they could find. This did not present a complete picture of that patient, but there was no incentive for them to take the extra time to document and code the patient's co-existing conditions.

ICD-10 is just one reason to improve diagnosis documentation and coding.  Many payers are basing reimbursement on the health of the patient, and that cannot be accurately measured without specific diagnosis documentation and coding. Unrelated to ICD-10 implementation, the Affordable Care Act instituted risk adjustment provisions on insurance companies - these provisions are based on the diagnosis codes that have been filed on claims. But, as noted above, physicians have not been very specific.  So, now, insurance companies are pressuring physicians to code more accurately and more specifically - but many are not prepared to do so. This is unrelated to the ICD-10 deadline or the delay, but improving the documentation and coding in ICD-9 will provide for a smoother transition to ICD-10.  This will also provide for a more accurate picture of each patient's health and will make quality reporting more accurate and complete.

Join Kim Garner-Huey - MJ, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, CPCO in this session to get an explanation of risk adjustment - impact to insurers and the resultant impact on providers.

Topics covered in the session:

  • Provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are related to correct coding
  • Risk Adjustment
  • Portraying the condition of your patients
  • Correct coding to support quality reporting
  • Using the ICD-10 delay wisely

Who should attend:Physicians and other providers, coders, billers, managers

Order Below or Call 1-866-458-2965 Today

You can also order through:




About Our Speaker

Kim Garner Huey - Health Care Management Expert

Kim Garner-Huey, MJ, CHC, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, CPCO, COC, is an independent coding and reimbursement consultant, providing audit, training and oversight of coding and reimbursement functions for physicians.

Kim completed three years of pre-medical education at the University of Alabama before she decided that she preferred the business side of medicine. She completed a bachelor’s degree in health care management and went on to...   More Info
More Events By The Speaker

Why AudioEducator?
  • Save money on travel.
  • Meet your specific training needs.
  • Keep learning after the event.
  • Save time training your whole staff.
Join Our Mailing List
Our Accreditation Partners
Facebook Twitter Linkedin Youtube RSS Feeds Google Plus
Audio Educator


Dear Valued Customers


We regret to announce that ProEdTech LLC and all its affiliate brands will cease operations on April 1, 2019.


We are no longer able to fulfill online orders. We will fullfill all DVD and book orders already placed.


Customers of canceled webinars and subscription products may request a refund at (800) 223-8720 or service@proedtech.com. You must do so by April 1, 2019.


Thank you for your business and loyalty over the years. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused.


Best regards,

The ProEdTech Team