Career Step And Peak Health Solutions To Co-Host Webinar On Link Between DRG Shifts And Case Mix Index April 12

Career Step will be co-hosting an advanced learning webinar with Peak Health Solutions on April 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern time on how DRG shifts affect case mix index (CMI).

PROVO, Utah — April 5, 2016—Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, will be co-hosting an advanced learning webinar with Peak Health Solutions (“Peak”), a leading national provider of mid-revenue cycle solutions, on April 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The webinar will feature Career Step Vice President of Product Management Laurie McBrierty and Peak Vice President of Health Information Management Operations Mary S. Bessinger on how DRG shifts affect case mix index (CMI).

“Before the ICD-10 transition, CMS predicted that the related DRG shift would be statistically insignificant. They expected it to impact less than one percent of cases,” said Career Step’s Laurie McBrierty. “Now, six months after implementation, DRG shifts appear to be having a much bigger impact than expected. Organizations want to develop a strategy to analyze DRG shifts and develop an action plan to understand the underlying cause of the shift.”

The April 12 webinar will explore how to select DRGs to analyze and how to develop an approach for analyzing. The presenters will also discuss auditing approaches for DRG shifts and proven education approaches to evaluate and expand DRG skills.

“The need to account for CMI fluctuations, both declines and rises, is increasingly important as healthcare organizations encounter new cost pressures and ever-changing regulations,” said Peak’s Mary S. Bessinger. “Any major shift in CMI is of great concern to executives, and the goal of this webinar is to discuss ways organizations can evaluate different approaches to assist in development of the areas driving the DRG shifts.”

This webinar is the result of the recent partnership between Career Step and Peak announced in March. The organizations have teamed up to expand their education and service offerings for the healthcare industry.

“There are currently a variety of challenges facing the healthcare industry, and the partnership between Peak Health Solutions and Career Step is designed to help organizations overcome many of these obstacles,” said Justin C. Schmidt, President of Peak Health Solutions. “We are excited to work with Career Step in creating excellent industry education resources such as this webinar, which will provide valuable best practices around DRG shifts and CMI.”

This advanced learning webinar is intended for HIM directors and C-level decision makers. Register today at

About Career Step

Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers, has more than 150 partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide, offers a variety of continuing education courses for healthcare professionals and has educated more than 8,000 health information professionals through its Corporate Training Division. Career Step provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation and is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace—improving lives, advancing careers and bettering business results through education. More information can be found at or 1-800-246-7836.

About Peak Health Solutions

Peak Health Solutions, Inc. (“Peak”) is a leading national provider of mid-revenue cycle solutions to acute care and physician practice markets. The Company’s customizable services, provided by over 350 HIM professionals, include remote medical coding, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), compliance and revenue integrity auditing, denials management, physician training and education, EMR-HIM optimization, preceptor development, and interim HIM staffing. Peak provides both fully and partially outsourced solutions through its domestic and offshore capabilities. Peak’s national client footprint includes multi-facility hospital systems, large IDN’s, teaching and community hospitals, and large physician practices. Peak’s government division supports the United States Armed Forces, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Navy, Air Force and Army. More information can be found at, 1-888-435-6500 or

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