CMS and ONC to host session on coding

CMS and ONC to host session on billing and coding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will hold a meeting May 3 to discuss the effect of EHRs on care quality and provider efficiency, as well as coding challenges facing clinicians and hospitals. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT at the CMS auditorium in Baltimore; interested parties may also participate remotely via webcast and conference call line.

The meeting will cover "appropriate coding in an increasingly electronic environment," according to the agencies, with drilldown into the increase in code levels billed for some Medicare services.

The event is free and open to healthcare providers and HIT vendors.

The tentative speaker lineup released by CMS and ONC includes the following individuals:

  • Jonathan Blum, CMS
  • David Muntz, MD, ONC
  • Benjamin K. Chu, MD, American Hospital Association, Kaiser Foundation 
Health Plan and Hospitals
  • Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Steven J. Stack, MD, American Medical Association
  • Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA, American Health Information Management Association
  • Mickey McGlynn, Siemens Medical Solutions, Electronic Health Records Association


The agencies said other representatives from physician and health IT organizations have been invited to discuss their coding experiences.

The CMS auditorium is located at 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Md. 21244. Registration is required to participate in-person or remotely. Click here to register.