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URMC Fertility Specialist Cited by National Organization

Nov. 23, 2010
Queenan Earns ASRM Distinguished Service Award
John T. Queenan Jr., M.D.

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) presented its Distinguished Service Award for 2010 to John T. Queenan Jr., M.D., associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, at its annual meeting in October.

Queenan, a fertility specialist with the Strong Fertility Center, was cited by ASRM for contributions in reproductive medicine coding. ASRM acknowledged Queenan’s “meticulous attention to the details of procedural coding,” spanning 10 years during which he chaired the organization’s Coding Committee. Proper coding impacts the accuracy of reimbursements to providers from health insurance companies and other payers. It is key to determining that payments accurately reflect and cover costs.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my service,” Queenan said. “The rules for coding have become incredibly intricate, so it’s important for ASRM to be involved in coding issues and devote a major effort to educate our fellows.”

Queenan’s tenure as Coding Committee chair was marked by two major accomplishments. He called attention to a longstanding gender inequity in reimbursement, resulting in successful lobbying by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which closed that gap. Queenan is also credited with introducing new codes for surgeries and laboratory procedures that accurately reflect the volume of work they require.

“It took a lot of time and effort but we were able to have our more complex surgeries and lab procedures recognized for the extra expertise and effort that is involved,” Queenan said. “The ASRM Coding Committee will continue to stay busy keeping our members informed. It’s been a pleasure to serve because it’s easy to see the outcome of our efforts.”

Queenan represents ASRM on the ACOG Coding and Nomenclature Committee and serves as a liaison to the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Advisory Committee. He was recently appointed to a World Health Organization panel of experts for the development of new diagnosis codes.

Queenan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown University and worked on Wall Street prior to enrolling in medical school. His business acumen has proven an asset, aiding his understanding of an intricate, complicated reimbursement system and his ability to recommend innovations in coding.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Queenan completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at the Jones Institute of Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology.