Zotec Partners’ Stacie Norris Appointed as Co-Chair to the EDPMA Quality, Coding and Documentation Committee
Zotec Partners Positioned as Industry Experts in Quality Initiatives for Emergency Medicine
INDIANAPOLIS – April 8, 2015 — Zotec Partners, a national firm providing coding, billing and practice management services to emergency medicine practices and hospital-based physicians, announces that its Director of Coding and Quality Assurance, Stacie Norris, MBA, CPC, CCS-P has been appointed as co-chairwoman to the Emergency Department Practice Management Association’s (EDPMA) Quality, Coding and Documentation Committee. The committee is responsible for leading issues related to quality measures, value, and performance in emergency medicine, and keeps EDPMA members apprised of ongoing coding and documentation issues affecting emergency medicine.
Ms. Norris will lead the committee in advising organizations on issues of payor use and abuse of the CMS and Marshfield E/M documentation guidelines, misinterpretation by payers of AMA/CPT guidelines, and/or how ICD-10 will affect documentation and coding. She will also continue to educate physicians about the 2015 Medicare Final Rule Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Value Modifier (VM) requirements, respectively, analyzing the measures and specifications that are specific to emergency departments and discussing strategies for effective PQRS documentation. Her knowledge and understanding of the PQRS has been instrumental for Zotec Partners, its clients and the emergency medicine industry.
Uniquely positioning Zotec Partners in the emergency medicine specialty, Norris’ appointment is the second appointment by a Zotec Partners employee to a national emergency medicine association in 2015 on issues of quality reporting; In March 2015, Ronald Stunz, MD, FACEP, medical director with Zotec Partners, was appointed to the national ACEP Clinical Data Registry Committee.
Elizabeth Mundinger, executive director of the EDPMA states, “We are thrilled that Stacie Norris has agreed to co-chair EDPMA’s new committee on Quality, Coding and Documentation. She has been a valuable resource to the association on quality issues for many years, and we are becoming even more dependent on her expertise as a growing percentage of reimbursement is impacted by quality measures. “
“This committee will assist and partner with hospital and ED administrators and physicians to go beyond traditional performance in providing quality care, and it is our goal to assist ED physicians in meeting the plethora of documentation, quality, coding and performance requirements imposed upon them , notes Ms. Norris. “In addition, this Committee’s work in quality measures and performance will affect change as it did more than a decade ago when it played a significant role in preventing the 1997 CMS Guidelines from being the only acceptable guidelines by retaining the 1995 guidelines as an alternative.”
According to T. Scott Law, founder and CEO of Zotec Partners, “This is a critical time for quality reporting and physician performance measures in the specialty of emergency medicine, and Stacie is among Zotec’s most knowledgeable professionals on CMS programs – especially with PQRS. Her research, interpretation and application of these quality reporting programs have been invaluable to Zotec’s clients as they appropriately code and document their reports for optimum reimbursement. Together with Stacie and our emergency medicine team, Zotec Partners will continue to support the EDPMA with data and technology that can add value and shape physician performance and reimbursement in the specialty.”
The Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA) is one of the nation’s largest trade associations supporting the delivery of emergency medical care to all Americans. Together, EDPMA’s members deliver (or directly support) health care for over half of the 136.3 million patients who visit U.S. emergency departments each year. Its members include physician groups, billing and coding companies, and others who support health care provided in the Emergency Department and work collectively to deliver services often unmet elsewhere. The EDPMA provides advocacy and educational resources to Emergency Department physician groups and their practice partners.
About Zotec Partners
Founded in 1998 by CEO T. Scott Law, Zotec Partners is the Indianapolis-based industry leader in specialized medical billing and practice management services for the hospital-based specialty market. Zotec Partners is committed to the continual pursuit of excellence in the physician revenue cycle and practice management industry by delivering effective solutions through its innovative software, personalized service and measurable client results. Currently, the company serves more than 8,000 physicians in all 50 states. For more information about Zotec Partners, visit http://www.zotecpartners.com.