Dr. Richard Pinson is a physician, educator, administrator, healthcare consultant, and co-author of the Original CDI Pocket Guide®, the most trusted resource tool for coding professionals, clinical documentation specialists, and physician advisors.
Dr. Pinson practiced Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine in Tennessee for over 20 years having board certification in both. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and former Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Vanderbilt, and has assisted hospitals as a physician consultant for over the past ten years.
His personal understanding of the mindset of both doctors and managers allows him a unique vantage point from which to promote cooperation between physicians, hospital staff, and administrators toward achieving beneficial and practical changes.
Dr. Pinson has special expertise in improving coding and clinical documentation, managing clinical resources, developing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, and using data to transform physician practice patterns and behaviors.
He has also trained thousands of physicians and coding and healthcare professionals nationwide in clinical documentation concepts, medical necessity, and ICD-10. For the past 13 years, in addition to the CDI Pocket Guide, Dr. Pinson has written the monthly “Coding Corner” column for the American College of Physicians Hospitalist magazine providing documentation and coding advice to physicians.
He has been a featured speaker at local, state, and national meetings, including the 2017 Society of Hospital Medicine annual meeting, the 2012 through 2019 ACDIS Annual Conference, and 2021 AHIMA state and national conferences, as well as Pinson & Tang's monthly coding and CDI webinar series beginning in 2019.
Dr. Pinson grew up in Kentucky, graduated from Wofford College in South Carolina and Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville followed by four years of Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He and his wife Amanda reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They have five adult sons and four grandsons all living in the Nashville area.