Richard F. Averill, MS, MA
3M Health Information Systems
Kathy Pride; Greg Adams; Steven Moffic, MD; Betty Hovey; and Rhonda Taller
California Health Information Association
Next Tuesday afternoon, long after Talk-Ten-Tuesday has been archived, a cadre of healthcare professionals, under the aegis of the ICD-10 Coalition, will descend on Capitol Hill for a briefing on the critical importance of the ICD-10 transition. Providing Talk Ten Tuesdays’ listeners with a pre-briefing briefing will be our special guest Richard F. Averill, senior vice president and director of clinical and economic research for 3M Health Information System. Mr. Averill, a member of the coalition, is an international authority on healthcare classification methodologies and payment systems that link the financial and clinical aspects of care. He was director of health-related research at Yale University’s School of Management, where he oversaw the design and development of the Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), which became the basis for Medicare reimbursement in 1983. Since then, he has been principal researcher under contract to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for the update and maintenance of the DRGs.
Speaking of maintenance: the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting will be underway during the broadcast. We will have two reports—one from Rhonda Taller from the HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force, and Betty Hovey, AAPC’s director ICD-10 development and training. Betty will also report on last week’s ICD-10 Code-a-Thon, sponsored by CMS and the AAPC.
And in keeping ICD-10 real, we’ll report on a story the news media picked up last week on an AMA study about obesity—America’s new “apple-shaped bellies.” Kathy Pride, vice president of coding and documentation services for Panacea Healthcare Solutions, will report on coding obesity in I-10 while Steven Moffic, MD, voted America’s public psychiatrist by the American Psychiatric Association, joins us to reveal some of underlying mental health issues surrounding this alarming report.
We continue with our new segment on Talk Ten Tuesdays: “Follow the Money.” Greg Adams, former hospital CFO and past president of HFMA, will explain why your organization should now be focused on cash flow (Adams is the current president of the consulting division at Panacea Healthcare Solutions).
Gloryanne Bryant, nationally recognized HIM expert and past president of the California Health Information Association, co-hosts for Kim Charland, who’s on assignment.
All this and more is coming your way on Tuesday, September 23, at 10 a.m. EST.
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