Deborah Grider Announced as President of AAPC
New appointment reinforces the company’s focus on the business side of medicine
SALT LAKE CITY — May, 14 2010 — The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) announced today the appointment of Deborah Grider as President, effective July 1st, 2010. Grider brings more than 30 years of health care experience to this position, focusing specifically in the areas of compliance, medical coding and reimbursement. She has a proven track record in growing business units and initiatives within the company. She succeeds Reed Pew who was recently appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for Eli Research’s health care group, which includes AAPC, Inhealthcare, ASHIM and Practice Builders.
Grider joined AAPC one year ago as Vice President of Strategic Development where she has been responsible for strategic initiatives and major projects, including the full development of the AAPC’s training and curriculum for the new ICD-10-CM medical coding system among other projects.
“I am excited to build upon recent success and continue the historic growth of the company,” said Grider. “We will continue to focus on the needs of our members while serving the growing demand for professional coders in the physician offices, outpatient facilities and health plans.”
“I have worked closely with Deborah since I joined the AAPC and have complete confidence in her ability to lead AAPC into the future of health care,” said Pew. “It is significant to note that for the first time in AAPC history we will have a true certified coder leading the day-to-day efforts of the company.”
Prior to joining AAPC, Grider was president of Deborah Grider & Associates, LLC, an Indiana-based physician-consulting firm. In this role, she worked with physician practices across the country to resolve coding issues and provide education. In her tenure in the health care industry, Grider also worked as a practice administrator for both the Indiana University School of Medicine and Indianapolis Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Grider holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University.
With anticipated broad changes in the health care industry because of cost issues, Pew will focus his efforts on developing services, trainings and certifications for what he calls the “physician’s office of the future.” Pew will maintain an office at AAPC.
About the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
AAPC (www.aapc.com/) is the nation’s largest training and certification association for medical coders. It provides credentials to coders in physician offices, outpatient facilities and payer environments. The certifications AAPC offers are Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), Certified Professional Coder – Hospital (CPC-H®), Certified Professional Coder – Payer (CPC-P®) and Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®), as well as 19 specialty-specific credentials and the Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular Coder® (CIRCC®) credential. These credentials represent the industry standard certifications for medical coding. The AAPC provides a wide variety of benefits to its more than 90,000 members worldwide.