Payer perspective: A conversation with Colleen Gianatasio

CDI and coding professionals typically recoil from the dreaded word, “payer.” After all, provider-payer relationships are often adversarial at best, hostile at worst. Clarify the diagnosis or procedure with the physician, apply the medical code … only to have the payer downcode or outright deny the claim. 


My guest on today’s podcast understands the frustration because she once worked in the hospital setting. Today she works on the payer side. 


But here’s where things get interesting. 


New hospital-insurance plan arrangements, often in the context of Medicare Advantage contracts, require partnership rather than combat. And if all goes well, the beneficiary is the patient. 


At least, that is the belief of Colleen Gianatasio. Colleen is the Director of CDI and Coding for Capital District Physician’s Health Plan. On the show we discuss: 


  • The changing landscape of healthcare reimbursement, from fee-for-service to capitated, pay-for-performance models
  • The intersection of coding and CDI with quality, and how the work of CDI professionals can improve star ratings 
  • Today’s highly charged regulatory environment of OIG Medicare Advantage audits and CMS enforcement: How did we get here, and digging out for a better tomorrow
  • Common compliance vulnerabilities from the perspective of a payer
  • Provider education strategies


Listen here (Spotify): 

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