Susan Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CHC, CPC, CCS-P, CPAR, COC
Susan serves as Executive Vice President of both Med Law Advisors and the healthcare consulting division of Magnus Confidential, Inc. (Med Law Advisors’ parent company). She is also Executive Director with the Association of Health Care Auditors and Educators (AHCAE), an international professional membership organization.
As a consultant to hundreds of healthcare providers, legal teams, accountants and related organizations, Susan assists clients in all facets of documentation, coding, billing, compliance, and litigation needs.
Susan is a nationally acclaimed and highly sought speaker, having presented hundreds of educational sessions for professional organizations (AAPC, HFMA, AHIMA, MGMA), teaching university health systems, healthcare providers of all sizes, and payors. Susan’s audiences include physicians, non-physician providers, residents, CEOs, CFOs, coding professionals, and attorneys from small groups to in excess of 3,000.
Susan’s areas of expertise include Documentation, Coding, Billing, Compliance, Litigation Support, Revenue Enhancement, Revenue Cycle Operations, and Professional Communications.
With over 30 years of experience in healthcare management, Susan held prior positions of Senior Manager of Outpatient Consulting Services with the 3M Company, Vice-President of Accounts Receivable Management with MedPartners, Vice President of Outpatient Consulting Services with Healthcare Management Advisors, and Fair Hearing Officer for Georgia’s Medicare Carrier. She has also served as Past President of the American Academy of Professional Coders’ National Advisory Board.
Certified Health Care Auditor (CHCA) from the Association of Health Care Auditors & Educators (AHCAE)
Certified Health Care Auditor - Surgery (CHCAS) from the Association of Health Care Auditors & Educators (AHCAE)
Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) from the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA)
Certified Professional Coder (CPC) for physician practices from the AAPC
Certified Coding Specialist for physician services (CCS-P) from the American Health Information Management Association
Certified Patient Account Representative (CPAR) from the Healthcare Financial Management Association
Certified Professional Coder for hospital services (COC) from the AAPC
”Outpatient Surgery Coding”–Healthcare Management Advisors’ comprehensive coding resource for surgery coding in the outpatient hospital setting.
”Mastering the Reimbursement Process”–a contributing author for an AMA publication covering physician practice policies for understanding the revenue cycle and its impact on reimbursement.
”Understanding APGs”– Healthcare Management Advisors’ booklet introducing the APG payment system.
Additionally, numerous articles for AAPC’s Coding Edge, Decision Health’s many publications, HCPro’s newsletters, among others.
The Human Coder – National AAPC conference
Risk, Revenue, Reputation – National AAPC conference, Palmetto Coders’
annual meeting, and Newport News AAPC chapter’s annual meeting
Listen, Laugh, Learn – Wisconsin Medical Society conference, Ingenix’s
national conference, National AAPC conference, and Greater Atlanta AAPC
Accentuate the Positive in Coding – National AAPC conference, The Coding
Institute's national conference, and Greater Atlanta AAPC summit
Educational Conference and Audioconference Presentations:
Tricky Modifier Issues –Ingenix’s national conference and National AAPC conference
Bundling Issues – National AAPC conference and regional AAPC workshop conference
Know Why and the 7 Do’s (a compliance oriented process) – Greater Atlanta AAPC summit and AAHAM’s national conferences
How to Communicate Coding Concepts – National AAPC conference and Regional AAPC workshop conference
Preparing for ICD-10 – Wisconsin Medical Society conference, Greater Atlanta AAPC summit, AAHAM’s national conferences, and Ingenix audioconference
Lightning Bolt Chart Auditing – National AAPC conference, Greater Atlanta AAPC summit, GAHIMA annual meeting, MGMA audioconference, and PBR audioconference
The Mystery of History – Magnus Confidential audioconference
Breaking Down the Surgery Section of CPT – Magnus Confidential’s audioconference series
Mastering Medical Decision Making – Magnus Confidential audioconference
Interventional Radiology Coding – HCPro audioconference
Modifier 59 for Hospital Services – HCPro audioconference
Global Surgery Coding – Magnus Confidential audioconference and Ingenix annual national conference
Expert E/M Chart Auditing – nationwide
Outpatient Hospital Issues with APCs – nationwide
Advanced E/M Coding – nationwide
Surgery Chart Auditing – nationwide
Modifier Coding – nationwide
Bundling Issues – nationwide
How to Communicate Coding Concepts – nationwide
Preparing for ICD-10 – nationwide