AMA Speaker Profile: Robin Linker
Robin Linker, CHCA, CHCAS, CPC-I, CPC-H, CCS-P, MCS-P, CPC-P, CHC, has provided consulting and education in most areas of practice management, compliance, and correct coding and billing practices for more than 30 years.
She is the executive director of operations and auditing for the Association of Health Care Auditors and Educators and chief executive officer of Robin Linker & Associates, Inc., a nationally known health care consulting firm located in Aurora, Colorado. Robin is a past member of the Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group for CMS, the president-elect of the Northern Colorado Health Information Management Association, and a former education and technical development director for the American Academy of Professional Coders. She has served as a speaker for the AMA since 2006 and is a frequent speaker for other medical societies, medical coding associations, and health care organizations.
Attorneys, providers, facilities, and insurance companies seek out Robin for her vast knowledge in the areas of coding, auditing, and fraud and abuse.
Robin’s Thoughts on ICD-10 Training
“We’ve gained an additional year if the proposed rule for ICD-10 implementation stands. The additional time is desperately needed by physicians and most health care venues.
But delaying transition preparation any longer than 2012 could seriously hinder readiness in 2014. The year prior to 2014 should be dedicated to fine tuning any final steps to readiness and should include learning time for a deeper understanding of the ICD-10 code set.
My greatest concern is for those who will wait until the last minute to start their transition and training. The possibility of a practice’s revenue stream becoming paralyzed is a true reality. Months of payment delays would be inevitable.”