November 4, 2008

American College of Emergency Physicians Appoints Picis’ Jeff Wajda to National Reimbursement Committee

LYNX Medical Systems, a Picis company, today announced the appointment of LYNX Vice President of Clinical Services, Jeffrey Wajda, DO, MS, FACEP, to the American College of Emergency Physicians' (ACEP) National Reimbursement Committee. Dr. Wajda's appointment is a reflection of his expertise and commitment to the hospital reimbursement and revenue cycle environment and its intricate relation to the clinical care process.

ACEP is the national professional organization for emergency physicians, and is considered to be the leading influencer of best practices for physicians in emergency medicine. The National Reimbursement Committee is a group within ACEP that identifies and analyzes reimbursement challenges for emergency physicians and recommends strategic solutions; identifies and develops education materials; and highlights trends in the emergency care. On this committee, Dr. Wajda will contribute to the analysis of the impact emergency medicine has on the healthcare dollar and, based on committee research, will make recommendations for best practices in compliant documentation and appropriate reimbursement.

"Dr. Wajda was asked to serve on our committee because of his proven thought leadership on this topic and his expansive knowledge of the area of appropriate reimbursement within the emergency department," said David McKenzie, reimbursement director, ACEP. "His expertise will add a vital component to the way ACEP approaches appropriate physician compensation."

As LYNX Vice President of Clinical Services, Dr. Wajda is responsible for clinical software products and coding services development, and also serves as an executive liaison with clients and government agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). With more than 18 years of emergency medical experience and more than ten years of physician group and hospital management experience, Dr. Wajda's career has focused on the implementation of clinical and business initiatives through physician alignment. Dr. Wajda also has extensive experience in compliance, coding and operational consulting.

"In the current economic climate, it will be more important than ever for hospitals and physicians to work together to ensure appropriate reimbursement for services provided and resources used," said Dr. Wajda. "My goal is to evangelize the importance of proper ED physician reimbursement and the impact that emergency physician practice can have on the overall financial health of hospitals."

About LYNX Medical Systems, Inc.

LYNX Medical Systems, a Picis company, drives value in emergency medicine through industry leading revenue management solutions that promote financial health and compliance. LYNX software and services help health systems and hospitals improve emergency department (ED) clinical documentation, improve coding compliance, and promote accurate and consistent code assignment for appropriate reimbursement. LYNX clients maintain a consistent, documented and repeatable return on investment. Currently, LYNX serves more than 400 healthcare organizations, representing more than 18 million annual ED encounters.

About ACEP

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the oldest and largest national medical specialty organization representing physicians who practice emergency medicine. With more than 22,000 members, ACEP is the leading continuing education source for emergency physicians and the primary information resource on developments in the specialty.

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