The American Academy of Professional Coders has named Deborah Grider as its new president, effective July 1. Grider, 54, has spent more than 30 years in healthcare and has focused on the areas of compliance, medical coding and reimbursement.
In her new role, Grider succeeds Reed Pew, who has been appointed chairman of the board for Eli Research's healthcare group, which includes the AAPC, Inhealthcare and the American Society of Health Information Managers.
Last year, Grider joined the AAPC as vice president of strategic development, where she has led initiatives and projects, including the development of the association's training and curriculum for the new ICD-10-CM medical coding system.
“I have worked closely with Deborah since I joined the AAPC and have complete confidence in her ability to lead AAPC into the future of healthcare,” Pew said in a news release about Grider's appointment. “It is significant to note that for the first time in AAPC history we will have a true certified coder leading the day-to-day efforts of the company.”
Grider's other experience includes her work as president of Deborah Grider & Associates, a physician-consulting firm based in Indiana, and also previously as a practice administrator for both the Indiana University School of Medicine and Indianapolis Eye Physicians and Surgeons. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Indiana University.