2016 Clinical Coders Collaborative

  • November 2, 2016 8:00 AM – November 3, 2016 12:00 PM
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CRICO Strategies

1325 Bolyston St.

Boston, MA 02111


  • Wednesday, November 2nd 8:00 am to 4:30 pm session;
    5:00 PM group dinner
  • Thursday, November 3rd 8:00 am to 12:00 pm


Highlights of the custom-designed curriculum for this select group of Clinical Taxonomy Specialists included:

  • an update on the research into natural language processing software currently in development to support the auditing process
  • a mock sales presentation demonstrating the compelling value of our coding practices a preview of our ICD-10 implementation and preparation plans.

In November, our Annual Coders Collaborative included 22 Clinical Taxonomy Specialist (coders) representing 17 of our national clients. We had three speakers from our Harvard community to address topics of interest that support the work of coding medical malpractice claims.

Dr. Gordy Schiff, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, provided a preview of his not-yet-published findings on the diagnostic pitfalls in the ambulatory care setting while Li Zhou MD, MPH* and Alexa McRay, PhD**, discussed the important work they are doing to strengthen and enhance our Taxonomy. Our speakers from CRICO included Carla Ford, MD, Penny Greenberg, MS, RN, CPPS, Dana Siegel, RN, CPHRM, CPPS, and Michelle Bondurant, RN, CP. Some of the internal presentations demonstrated to the attendees how the work they do in coding medical malpractice cases is the foundation of our Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS). Penny Greenberg shared analyses that have been done using CBS data and how that intelligence informs patient safety agendas.

The curriculum and conversation was informative and participant feedback included comments such as, “Best Collaborative to date!” and, “I love feeling a part of this knowing my opinion matters,” “Outstanding speakers,” and, “Very enjoyable and educational.” The collaborative struck the right balance by making the coders feel appreciated while motivating them to meet an even higher standard moving forward to ensure the continued high quality and validity of our data in our national CBS database.

*Li Zhou, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at HMS, Senior Medical Informatician at Partners healthcare and the recipient of a CRICO-funded grant that seeks to apply natural language processing and machine learning to develop a prototype to assist with the Coding process, auditing reviews and data analytics.

**Alexa McRay, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at HM and Co-directs the Center for Biomedical Informatics at HMS. She conducts research on knowledge representation and discovery, with a special focus on the significant problems that persist in the curation, dissemination, and exchange of scientific and clinical information in biomedicine and health. Alexa has been hired by CRICO as a Taxonomy Consultant and has been tasked with the assessment and development of our Taxonomy as we move toward the creation of Taxonomy 2.0.