Opportunities and Obstacles: Preparing for the Transition to the ICD-10 Code Set

Price: $224 OnDemand


Sign up today for an entire year of unlimited access to relevant, timely professional learning courses, including webinars, eLearning courses and OnDemand offerings, and keep your professional credits up to date. All for just $399.

Learn more about the subscription!



With just a month until the transition to the ICD-10 code set, the health-care industry is grappling with adopting new technology and making last-minute preparations. The switch to ICD-10 also presents new opportunities to increase productivity and improve patient health.

Providers have several concerns about ICD-10, including how it will affect their reimbursements. Health-care professionals are also going to have differences over what constitutes the correct diagnosis code under ICD-10, which might also negatively impact reimbursement. The International Classification of Diseases is a standardized coding system used by providers for identifying illnesses and treatments, as well as for reimbursement.

ICD-10 updates health-care diagnoses and procedure codes from the currently used 13,000 in ICD-9 to
68,000, and will be required for all entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Please plan to attend this Bloomberg BNA webinar as panelist, George Breen, counsel at Epstein, Becker & Green; and Stacy Harper, counsel with Lathrop & Gage LLP discuss the opportunities and obstacles in preparing for the transition to the ICD-10 Code Set.

Educational Objectives:
• Discuss the opportunities and obstacles in preparing for the transition to the ICD-10 Code Set
• Explore new opportunities to increase productivity and improve patient health
• Address the effects of the new ICD-10 coding on reimbursements
• Review the updates made to the health-care diagnoses and procedure codes

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Legal counsel, health care practitioners interested in the legal aspects of the Federal Drug Administration, Affordable Care Act, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.



George Breen is a member of Epstein, Becker & Green in the Health Care and Life Sciences and Litigation practices. He is Chair of the firm's National Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Steering Committee and a member of the firm's Board of Directors. George defends clients undergoing investigation for health care fraud by the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, and other state and federal governmental authorities. He also represents Managed Care organizations, Health Maintenance organizations, nursing homes, home health agencies, health care providers, manufacturers and suppliers before courts and administrative tribunals at the federal and state level, including challenges to regulatory actions and disputes under government contracts. In addition to representing clients, George serves as a mediator and arbitrator for the American Health Lawyers Association's Dispute Resolution Service. 

He is admitted to the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.



Stacy Harper MHSA, CPC is of counsel at Lathrop & Gage LLP. Her healthcare practice focuses on regulatory compliance and data security. She is Co-Chair of the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Group. She is a national lecturer and author on topics related to healthcare regulations, data privacy and security and medical billing and coding. Stacy is a former National Advisory Board Member for the American Association of Professional Coders and currently serves on the organization’s Legal Advisory Board. Stacy draws upon her experience as a former healthcare compliance officer to counsel organizations on strategies to improve compliance and reduce risk. She works with healthcare providers, health plans, employer sponsors of self-insured health plans, and other businesses to develop data privacy, security, and breach response programs under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. These programs involve risk assessment, policies and procedures, and education for Board Members, administration, and other employees.


Stacy is a member of the Kansas and Missouri bars.