*Agenda Subject to Change

Select from four specialty-specific tracks. You may register for a different preconference specialty track from a main conference specialty track.

Anesthesia

Orthopedics

Pain Management

Hierarchical Condition Categories

Preconference

Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference Day 2

Monday, October 15

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Risk reduction plan: a compliance workshop for anesthesia practices

Devona Slater

 

Knowledge is power and protection. Prosecutors have learned that improper billing and coding make physician practices easy targets. In the past year dozens of practices have had to write checks for hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars, to settle allegations of fraud. The only way an anesthesia practice can protect itself is with a knowledge-driven compliance program. This session will show you how to keep up with the latest billing and coding rules; ways to effectively educate clinical and administrative staff; best practices for regular internal reviews and audit response and what to do when someone on the staff comes forward with compliance concerns.

 

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Morning Break

 

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The new quality performance landscape for anesthesia – lessons learned in the first two years of MIPS

Kelly Dennis

 

CMS and Congress have made tweaks to the merit-based incentive payment system but the program isn’t going away. Get caught up on MIPS and prepare for Year 3 with this specialty-specific session. Review lessons learned from the first two years of the program; find how the return of the cost category could impact your practice; get the facts on patient facing and non-patient facing clinicians; find out how the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 will impact the program in coming years and get an idea of what to expect in 2019 based on the proposed rule.

 

Bonus: This session will introduce you to the five new patient relationship modifiers which will be used to calculate cost in coming years.

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

 

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Collections for anesthesia services

Marcy Garuccio

 

Believe it or not: Collecting payments from patients doesn’t have to be an agonizing process for patients and practice members. When patients don’t pay, a practice that doesn’t have an effective collections program could lose revenue, alienate patients, and break the law. Stop sweating collections. This session, which is designed exclusively for the challenges anesthesia practices faces, show you how to create a “collections culture” at your practice that makes capturing payment at the earliest possible stage and effective follow up for uncollected payment automatic.

 

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

“ANESTHESIA CARE NOT TYPICALLY REQUIRED.” Now what?

Kelly Dennis

 

The 2018 ASA crosswalk changed the status of 26 procedures to -00004: anesthesia care not typically required, including more than a dozen interventional pain management procedures. During this session you’ll learn the ASA’s reasoning on -00004 status procedures, get guidance for reporting other forms of sedation such as moderate sedation and find out how to appeal a denial when you feel anesthesia was required for a specific case.

 

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Opioid prescriptions – Don’t panic, get the facts

Scott Grubman

 

Opioid abuse has been in the headlines and on the minds of policy makers and law makers. Providers are being drafted to help fight opioid abuse, threatened with penalties if they don’t comply with stringent laws, and they still need to take care of their patients. Don’t let misinformation lead to mistakes. Come to this session for accurate information about the government’s new enforcement initiatives related to opioids. You’ll leave with the facts about what prescribers are required to do, and how to protect the practice from penalties.

 

(This session will include Orthopedic and Pain Management attendees.)

Tuesday, October 16

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

The doctor is in: A clinician shares her top ICD-10-CM cures for common coding disorders

Erica E. Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, Founder and President, Erica Remer, MD, Inc. Consulting Services in Clinical Documentation, CDI, and ICD-10

Hierarchical conditions and quality-based revenue demand more accurate and complete diagnosis coding, supported by physician documentation. In this down-to-earth session, medical doctor and clinical documentation improvement expert Erica Remer, MD shares examples of commonly misunderstood ICD-10-CM guidelines and conditions. She’ll clear up your confusion and give you pointers to help your providers. Along the way, you’ll learn the most efficient ways to query physicians to get the full diagnostic picture of the patient’s condition and optimize your practice’s documentation, coding and reimbursement.

 

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Early Morning Break

 

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Anatomy for anesthesia coding and billing staff

Doris Branker

 

Improve your knowledge of anatomy, your understanding of anesthesia charts and your ability to spot documentation gaps. Attend this session that mirrors the pre-operative exams your clinicians perform every day, including the oral cavity; the pulmonary system, the cardiovascular system and the nervous system.

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Midmorning Break with Exhibitors

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Coding the comorbidities and conditions that impact anesthesia care

Kayla Lee

 

A patient’s condition does more than shape the anesthesia provider’s plan of care, it can determine whether a payer will cover anesthesia services at all. During this session you’ll get the latest guidance on coding conditions that impact anesthesia care such as:

 

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • COPD
  • Movement disorders

 

And because you can’t code it if it isn’t documented, you’ll get tips for educating clinical staff about how to capture the information you need to support your diagnosis coding.

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

 

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Arthroplasty: Don’t let your anesthesia claims get out of joint

Stephanie Thomas

 

Anesthesia services for joint replacement services such as total knee arthroscopy may involve regional or general anesthesia. During this session you’ll learn the latest about the documentation and coding requirements for the pain management techniques anesthesia clinicians are using today.

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Teach your anesthesia staff how to write their lines

Judi Blaszcyk

 

At the end of this session you’ll be ready to train anesthesia providers to quickly create complete documentation for all of their lines including:

 

  • Arterials
  • PICC
  • Swan-Ganz

 

You’ll have answers to such questions as whether you need to document pressure to report Swan-Ganz and how important vessel patency is to reporting ultrasound guidance services.

 

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Endoscopy FAQ: Answers to the top 10 GI endoscopy questions

Devona Slater

 

Confusing guidance from Medicare and private payers, modifier use and reporting combined upper and lower GI endoscopy services are just three challenges anesthesia practices faced thanks to this year’s new anesthesia codes. This session will provide solutions to the documentation, coding and billing problems that plagued practices across the nation.

 

Wednesday, October 17

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

POP, PCA and pain rounds

Kelly Dennis

 

Make sure your practice is up-to-date on the requirements for post-operative pain management to Medicare and private payers. Learn the three elements the anesthesia provider must capture in the note; how to report patient-controlled anesthesia and get tips for documenting and reporting pain rounds.

 

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Overcome current medical direction documentation challenges

Devona Slater

 

Medical direction is still on the HHS Office of Inspector General’s radar, and anesthesiologists still struggle to produce documentation that will protect them and the practice from improper payments and punitive fines. Find out what one veteran consultant sees when she reviews medical direction documentation and get expert tips for making sure your claims will withstand review.

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Morning Break with Exhibitors

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Nobody’s perfect – learn the mistakes made by the best coders and billers, and stop making them

Judi Blaszczyk, Doris Branker, Devona Slater, Stephanie Thomas

 

Our expert speakers see it all, as they help anesthesia and pain management practices around the country. They even see the mistakes made by billers and coders with years of experience. Come to this combined session to learn about the errors even experienced claims staff make and find out how to eliminate the mistakes from your practice.

 

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Ask the experts – Open Q&A

 

12:45 p.m.

Conference Adjourns

 

Free 30-day  SelectCoder Subscription

Preconference

Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference Day 2

Monday, October 15

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Reduce fracture coding headaches and ensure proper reimbursement

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Review documentation, procedure and ICD-10-CM coding requirements for fractures, as well as potential compliance risk areas to avoid for these services. You’ll learn the key points that must be documented to select the most specific fracture diagnosis code, when and how to report fixation, debridement and casting, and the best ways to manage tricky global period scenarios involving multiple care providers.

 

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Morning Break

 

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Correctly code orthopedic injections

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

With payers increasing their scrutiny of orthopedic injection claims, it’s more important than ever for practices to stay up to date on documentation, coding and billing rules to avoid audits and denials. In this session, you’ll get the most current guidance for your top injection procedures including viscosupplementation, Dupuytrens, tendon sheath injections and trigger points. Properly report imaging including ultrasound when medically necessary and quickly determine when a separate E/M code can be billed.

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

 

 

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Shore up your spine coding

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

If you’ve noticed reimbursement dwindling for spine surgeries in recent months, you’re not alone. Payers are tightening up coding and billing requirements for fusions, corpectomies, grafts and instrumentation with new code bundling and documentation policies. To ensure appropriate payment, get detailed examples of how to meet CPT® and payer requirements for plates and cages, laminotomies and other critical spine procedures.

 

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Opioid prescriptions – Don’t panic, get the facts

Scott Grubman

 

Opioid abuse has been in the headlines and on the minds of policy makers and law makers. Providers are being drafted to help fight opioid abuse, threatened with penalties if they don’t comply with stringent laws, and they still need to take care of their patients. Don’t let misinformation lead to mistakes. Come to this session for accurate information about the government’s new enforcement initiatives related to opioids. You’ll leave with the facts about what prescribers are required to do, and how to protect the practice from penalties.

 

(Combined session with Anesthesia, Pain Management tracks)

Tuesday, October 16

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

The doctor is in: A clinician shares her top ICD-10-CM cures for common coding disorders

Erica E. Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, Founder and President, Erica Remer, MD, Inc. Consulting Services in Clinical Documentation, CDI, and ICD-10

Hierarchical conditions and quality-based revenue demand more accurate and complete diagnosis coding, supported by physician documentation. In this down-to-earth session, medical doctor and clinical documentation improvement expert Erica Remer, MD shares examples of commonly misunderstood ICD-10-CM guidelines and conditions. She’ll clear up your confusion and give you pointers to help your providers. Along the way, you’ll learn the most efficient ways to query physicians to get the full diagnostic picture of the patient’s condition and optimize your practice’s documentation, coding and reimbursement.

 

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Early Morning Break

 

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Shake up your pelvis and hip coding

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Refresh your understanding of the coding for key hip and pelvis procedures including fracture treatment, hip replacement, femoral acetabular impingement surgery, as well as the appropriate ICD-10-CM codes and documentation requirements that support them. Also learn coding of total hip revision, fasciotomy and treatment of hip dysplasia, slipped epiphysis and hip core decompression

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Midmorning Break with Exhibitors

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Bolster your knee coding

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Ensure you are current with coding, documentation and payer policy changes for your top knee procedures, including arthroscopy, joint replacement, ligament repair, OATS procedures, subchondroplasty and more. Get accurate, up-to-date information about the most recent payer policies – including the National Correct Coding Initiative – for both open and arthroscopic procedures.

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

 

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Repair shoulder coding to ensure proper reimbursement

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Learn the difference between a shoulder repair and a reconstruction, a tenotomy and a tenolysis. Find out how to tell a SLAP lesion repair from a capsulorrhaphy and when a coracoacromial ligament release should be reported instead of a partial acromionectomy. Find out the most appropriate way to code an open repair with an arthroscopic acromioplasty. And stay current on NCCI coding policy for shoulder arthroscopy to reduce audit and denial risk.

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Repair should coding to ensure proper reimbursement (continued)

 

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Strengthen Elbow and forearm repair coding

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Learn how to code fasciotomy of the upper extremity and the components of an olecranon bursectomy – and what may be reported separately. Resolve confusion around tendon reinsertion and repair, and identifying collateral ligaments from a coding perspective. Make sure you are properly reporting nerve repair services such as cubital tunnel release.

Wednesday, October 17

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tighten your grip on hand, finger and wrist coding

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Address coding of wrist procedures including fracture and dislocation repair, wrist scopes and basal joint arthroplasty as well as carpal tunnel procedures, nerve wraps and re-dos. See how the new nerve allograft codes fit into repair procedures as you clear up your understanding of hand and finger tendon, nerve and artery repairs, including those that occur in Zone 2, as well as chronic injuries such as trigger finger and gamekeeper’s thumb.

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Morning Break with Exhibitors

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Get a clinician’s view of coding key foot and ankle procedures

Annmarie A. Edwards

In this session, you’ll gain an understanding of the different types of bunion repairs, as well as toe, foot and ankle fracture reductions, and the services involved in limb salvage, such as debridement. In addition, get a glimpse of the changing ICD-10-CM coding challenges doctors are facing for these services.

 

12:45 p.m.

Conference Adjourns

 

Free 30-day  SelectCoder Subscription

Preconference

Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference Day 2

Monday, October 15

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Risk reduction plan: A compliance workshop for pain management practices

Amy Turner

 

Does your practice have $2 million to spare? If not, it needs to make sure it has an air-tight compliance program. Last year a pain management practice in New York was just one of many medical practices that learned the hard – and expensive way – that prosecutors are pursing practices that improperly bill and code services and winning multi-million dollar settlements. This session will show you how to keep up with the latest billing and coding rules; ways to effectively educate clinical and administrative staff; best practices for regular internal reviews and audit response and what to do when someone on the staff comes forward with compliance concerns.

 

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Morning Break

 

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The new quality performance landscape for pain management – lessons learned in the first two years of MIPS

Marcy Garuccio

 

CMS and Congress have made tweaks to the merit-based incentive payment system but the program isn’t going away. Get caught up on MIPS and prepare for Year 3 with this specialty-specific session. Review lessons learned from the first two years of the program; learn how the return of the cost category could impact your practice; get the facts on patient facing and non-patient facing clinicians; find out how the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 will impact the program in coming years and get an idea of what to expect in 2019 based on the proposed rule.

 

Bonus: This session will introduce you to the five new patient relationship modifiers which will be used to calculate cost in coming years.

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

 

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Collections for pain management practices

Doris Branker

 

Patient payments. They’re vital to the practice and not collecting them can constitute fraud. When patients don’t pay, a practice that doesn’t have an effective collections program could lose revenue, alienate patients, and break the law. Stop sweating collections. At the end of this specialty-specific session you’ll be ready to create a “collections culture” at your practice that makes capturing payment at the earliest possible stage and ensures that effective follow up for uncollected payment is automatic.

 

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Adding ancillary services to the pain management practice, the right way, the smart way, the easy way

Stephanie Thomas

 

Ancillary services can improve patient care and bring a much-needed revenue boost to the practice. They also can leave a practice holding expensive equipment that will never bring in the revenue promised by a vendor. Learn how to add ancillary services the right way. At the end of this session you’ll know how to:

 

  • Fact-check the vendor’s sales pitch
  • Select services that make sense for your practice
  • Gauge the cost
  • Estimate revenue
  • Educate staff
  • Avoid common pitfalls

 

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Opioid prescriptions – Don’t panic, get the facts

Scott Grubman

 

Opioid abuse has been in the headlines and on the minds of policy makers and law makers. Providers are being drafted to help fight opioid abuse, threatened with penalties if they don’t comply with stringent laws, and they still need to take care of their patients. Don’t let misinformation lead to mistakes. Come to this session for accurate information about the government’s new enforcement initiatives related to opioids. You’ll leave with the facts about what prescribers are required to do, and how to protect the practice from penalties.

 

(This session will include Anesthesia and Orthopedic attendees.)

Tuesday, October 16

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

The doctor is in: A clinician shares her top ICD-10-CM cures for common coding disorders

Erica E. Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, Founder and President, Erica Remer, MD, Inc. Consulting Services in Clinical Documentation, CDI, and ICD-10

Hierarchical conditions and quality-based revenue demand more accurate and complete diagnosis coding, supported by physician documentation. In this down-to-earth session, medical doctor and clinical documentation improvement expert Erica Remer, MD shares examples of commonly misunderstood ICD-10-CM guidelines and conditions. She’ll clear up your confusion and give you pointers to help your providers. Along the way, you’ll learn the most efficient ways to query physicians to get the full diagnostic picture of the patient’s condition and optimize your practice’s documentation, coding and reimbursement.

 

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Early Morning Break

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Anatomy for pain management coding and billing staff

Amy Turner

 

Improve your knowledge of anatomy, your understanding of procedure notes and your ability to spot documentation gaps. Attend this session that focuses on the body systems your providers treat every day:

 

  • Muscles and tendons
  • Bones and joints
  • Nerves

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Midmorning Break with Exhibitors

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Coding the comorbidities and conditions that impact pain management

Judi Blaszcyk

 

There’s more to managing chronic pain than treating the patient’s pain. Comorbidities can affect the level of E/M visits and determine which treatments a patient’s insurer will cover. During this session you’ll get the latest guidance on coding such conditions as:

 

  • Cancer
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Injuries
  • Hardware

 

And because you can’t code it if it isn’t documented, you’ll get tips for educating staff about how to capture the information you need to support your diagnosis coding.

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

 

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

“Experimental and investigational.” Now what?

Amy Turner

 

When a payer deems a covered treatment experimental or investigational it stops payments faster than you can say ‘Claim denied.’ In addition, practices need to know what to do when a provider wants to perform techniques such as mild® or iovera°. This session will show you how to:

 

  • Avoid the errors that will cause covered services to be flagged as experimental
  • Be aware and prepare for upcoming policy shifts
  • Implement the lessons learned in the Collections session to handle services the patient pays out of pocket

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Radiofrequency ablation – beyond the spine

Kayla Lee

 

You’re familiar with paravertebral facet joint denervation, now look beyond the spine to learn about the documentation and coding necessary to report denervation services used to treat such conditions as:

 

  • Chronic chest pain associated with shingles
  • Pudendal neuralgia
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee

 

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Drug billing – don’t compound mistakes that will cut your revenue

Amy Turner

 

It’s simple: A pain management practice that doesn’t accurately report the drugs it uses will lose money or receive overpayments that must be returned to the payer. To make matters worse, every recovery audit contractor recently began a complex review of drug claims to check for excessive or insufficient drug units billed. This session will show you how to streamline your drug billing process and eliminate errors with guidance on:

 

  • Keeping up with quarterly code and pricing updates
  • Accurate calculation and reporting units
  • Determining when and how to report waste
  • Reporting compounded drugs

Wednesday, October 17

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Head check: Document and report headache treatments

Judi Blaszcyk

 

It’s one of the most common types of pain. It can range from annoying to agonizing. And it has dozens of entries in the ICD-10-CM manual. It’s the headache and this session will show you how headaches and several common treatments for them should be documented, coded and reported.

 

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

E/M visits within the global period – should you or shouldn’t you?

Doris Branker

 

It keeps getting harder to receive payment for an E/M visit on the same day as a procedure. The documentation clearly must show that the visit and the procedure aren’t related in order to report the E/M visit, and now some payers are starting to cut payments for visits reported with modifier 25. In addition, RACs are checking up on E/M services reported during the global surgery period. This session will arm you with the latest guidance and tips for making sure that you capture all of the revenue you’re due and you’re ready to defend your E/M claims during a hostile audit.

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Morning Break with Exhibitors

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Nobody’s perfect – learn the mistakes made by the best coders and billers, and stop making them

Judi Blaszczyk, Doris Branker, Devona Slater, Stephanie Thomas

 

Our expert speakers see it all, as they help anesthesia and pain management practices around the country. They even see the mistakes made by billers and coders with years of experience. Come to this combined session to learn about the errors even experienced claims staff make and find out how to eliminate the mistakes from your practice.

 

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Ask the Experts – Open Q&A

 

12:45 p.m.

Conference Adjourns

 

Free 30-day  SelectCoder Subscription

Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference Day 2

Tuesday, October 16

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

The doctor is in: A clinician shares her top ICD-10-CM cures for common coding disorders

Erica E. Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, Founder and President, Erica Remer, MD, Inc. Consulting Services in Clinical Documentation, CDI, and ICD-10

Hierarchical conditions and quality-based revenue demand more accurate and complete diagnosis coding, supported by physician documentation. In this down-to-earth session, medical doctor and clinical documentation improvement expert Erica Remer, MD shares examples of commonly misunderstood ICD-10-CM guidelines and conditions. She’ll clear up your confusion and give you pointers to help your providers. Along the way, you’ll learn the most efficient ways to query physicians to get the full diagnostic picture of the patient’s condition and optimize your practice’s documentation, coding and reimbursement.

 

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Early Morning Break

 

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The ABCs of HCCs: All You Need to Know About Hierarchical Condition Categories Coding

Sandra Soerries

 

Risk adjustment coding under the Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) model relies on accurate diagnosis coding to predict the cost of patient care. As Medicare Advantage plans proliferate and risk adjustment scores factor into CMS’ quality reporting programs, capturing precise diagnosis codes has never been more important. Learn how the HCC model steers your payment under certain insurance plans and how accurate documentation and coding makes a vast difference in revenue.

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Midmorning Break with Exhibitors

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

2019 ICD-10-CM Update: Your Guide to Diagnosis Code Changes and Revisions

Sandra Soerries

 

Staying on top of the yearly revisions and updates to the ICD-10-CM code set is one of the best ways to maintain compliance with HCC coding and prepare for changes to code categories. Learn which families of diagnosis codes are expected to see changes in 2019 and get ahead of the new code updates that will impact your practice and your revenue stream.

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

 

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Take Heart and Take on Cardiology, Respiratory and Circulatory System Coding

Brenda Edwards

 

Take a deep dive into HCC coding and understand how to correctly report various heart ailments and respiratory issues. Highlights include atrial fibrillation, hypertension, COPD, cardio-respiratory failure and shock, lung cancer, angina, congestive heart failure, stroke and more.

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Avoid Hiccups: Stay Right with Gastro and Digestive System Coding

Brenda Edwards

 

Intestinal obstruction and inflammatory bowel disease are two of the conditions that fall under the digestive system portion of the HCC codes. Master your disease of the GI tract to accurately capture the full extent of your patients’ illnesses.

 

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Don’t Lose Your Nerve: Navigate Nervous System Coding

Brenda Edwards

 

From spinal cord injuries to paralysis and peripheral neuropathy, gain a comprehensive map of coding for nervous system disorders and clear up your confusion about difficult diagnoses.

Wednesday, October 17

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

2019 HCC Outlook: Your Roadmap for Accurate HCC Coding in 2019

Sandra Soerries

 

Discover what’s in store for risk adjustment coding as the calendar flips to 2019 and be prepared to meet your diagnosis coding with authority in the new year. You’ll get a clear understanding of the changes to the HCC model so you can confidently report your claims and get paid for your services in 2019.

 

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Go More Than Skin Deep: Integumentary and Musculoskeletal System Coding

Brenda Edwards

 

When you treat conditions such as burns or chronic ulcers, as well as chronic conditions like osteoporosis, you’ll find a maze of possible diagnoses. Clear the confusion with a sound coding plan and draw the correct details from your documentation to meet the HCC score you deserve.

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Morning Break with Exhibitors

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Rev Your Engine: Master Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Coding

Brenda Edwards

 

Coding for diabetes offers various nuances and details, from acute to chronic complications, that demand close attention to accurately convey your patients’ condition. Learn how to successfully report various stages of diabetes and an array of endocrine and metabolic diseases.

 

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Wrap Your Head Around Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Coding

Brenda Edwards

 

Discover the vast array of behavioral and mental health conditions that fall under the HCC risk adjustment model, from major depression and paranoid disorders to schizophrenia and drug and alcohol dependence. Capture your mental health diagnoses with accuracy.

 

12:45 p.m.

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