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Published on October 29, 2018

Tidelands Health leader speaks at international medical summit in Abu Dhabi

A Tidelands Health leader is helping medical professionals from across the world better communicate to improve patient care.

Tidelands Health family physician Dr. Gerald Harmon, vice president of medical affairs for Tidelands Health, spoke Friday at the American Health Information Management Association’s Healthcare Information Summit in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Harmon, immediate past chair of the American Medical Association, Dr. Gerald Harmon speaks at summitexplained how the CPT coding system, a medical coding system developed by the AMA, helps physicians and other health care professionals communicate with colleagues, patients, hospitals and insurers about the procedures they have performed. The CPT system is the most widely accepted medical nomenclature in the U.S. and is used to report medical procedures and services under public and private health insurance programs. It is also used for administrative management purposes such as claims processing and developing guidelines for medical care review.

Joined by Berardino Parisi, director of international business development for the AMA, Dr. Harmon explained how the CPT system has streamlined communication regarding medical procedures and helped health care providers and insurers conduct advanced analytics that can be used to better understand health care needs and usage.


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