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In medical practice, physicians evaluate, diagnose and care for their patients and should be compensated for the work they do. With the upcoming changes in the healthcare environment, practitioners must become aware of the role of accurate and specific diagnostic information regarding their patients. Proper documentation and recording of these diagnoses have a myriad of benefits: In this webinar we will discuss: - The real purpose of good documentation of diagnostic information - How both the diagnosis coding process and your professional billing codes are influenced by your documentation - Current initiatives in the healthcare field and how this good documentation will have pervasive effects - How your practice can work into this future SPEAKERS Robert S. Gold, MD, has more than 45 years of experience as a physician, medical director and consultant. A graduate of Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia and retired surgeon in the United State Navy, he is known nationally for his educational presentations and audioconferences regarding the clinical aspects of coding for AHIMA, state HIM Associations, the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) and HCPro. Dr. Gold has been working with AHRQ in updating patient safety indicators as well as helping with data issues with CMS, the American Hospital Association's Coding Clinic and the National Quality Forum. Through his efforts, errors in the coding system have been corrected as well as new code sets developed. Dr. Gold is co-founder of DCBA, Inc. in Atlanta, a consulting company that provides physician-to-physician programs in Clinical Documentation Improvement. Raemarie Jimemez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC VP, Member Solutions AAPC Raemarie currently manages AAPC's member and certification solutions, is a coding liaison to the AMA CPT® Editorial Panel, and has more than 20 years of experience in the medical field. With AAPC, she has also served as the clinical development manager for the exams program, national externship director, and as an advertising coordinator. Prior to joining AAPC, she spent many years as an instructor for coding and medical assistant programs. Ms. Jimenez has also worked as a medical assistant, billing and coding manager, instructor, auditor for outpatient and physician services, and physician educator. She received her BA in psychology from Florida Atlantic University.