Leveraging physician advisors to support accurate revenue

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Editor’s note: Catherine Pesek Bird, DO, MBA, CHCQM-PHYADV, will present “How a Physician Advisor Can Help a Hospital's Bottom Line” on day one of the 2024 Revenue Integrity Symposium, which will take place September 12–13 in Oak Brook, Illinois. Bird is a physician advisor at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Florida. Get an exclusive insider’s look at what RIS attendees will learn and experience at the event, discuss highlights from the agenda, and more during our upcoming free webinar! Use NAHRI’s justification letter template as a guide to gain your organization’s support for attending. Consider applying for the NAHRI Scholarship, which awards free registration to RIS (the application deadline is May 28).

Q: In what ways does your session challenge revenue cycle professionals to think outside the box?

Pesek Bird: I think we tend to be siloed in our ways. Hopefully this session will shed light on how we can work together.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge in revenue cycle and revenue integrity right now? How does your session help tackle this?

Pesek Bird: I find the biggest challenge to be in the clinical documentation integrity (CDI) space. The coding and billing language is so different that the clinical language.  I hope to demonstrate how a physician advisor can be a translator, bringing everyone together on the same page.

Q: What’s one of the key pieces of information you would like people to take away from your session?

Pesek Bird: A key piece of information that I would like people to take away is how important and how intertwined the area of utilization management, CDI and quality are. An experienced physician advisor can seamlessly bring key leadership to these areas.

Q: What are you most excited about for this year’s topic? Or, what are you most excited about for this year’s conference?

Pesek Bird: I am so excited to meet other people interested in revenue cycle, to better understand their concerns. Excited to see how AI and other technologies can help us to be better. And as I grew up just a few miles from where the conference will be, am thrilled to be back in the Chicagoland area, in a lush and tranquil suburban environment.