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

Anesthesia

OrthopedicS

Pain Management

Preconference

Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference Day 2

Monday, October 2

 

8:00 am – 9:15 am

Anesthesia 101 – a Bonus for Beginners

Devona Slater & Vicki Myckowiak

 

Before the conference – read the free Anesthesia 101 guidebook that will be included with your handouts. Then come to this bonus pre-conference session to learn about the basics of anesthesia billing and coding. You’ll get a solid understanding of terms and concepts that you will hear throughout the conference and at work. Get answers to your questions and a list of resources you must have to do your job.

 

This session is designed for attendees who have less than five years of experience in the specialty, but it is a great refresher for everyone.

 

9:15 am – 10:30 am

Practice Made Perfect – Improve Workflow and Cash Flow for Your Anesthesia Practice

Leslie Johnson

 

Identify and eliminate the time and money-wasting processes that are holding the practice back. Find out how to streamline practice workflow from scheduling to claims submission and go back to your practice with quick, effective fixes that will show an immediate improvement.

 

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

 

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Lighting Fast Denial Management: Fix Anesthesia Denials in a Flash

Devona Slater

 

Ignoring a denial is like setting money on fire, but time-strapped practices may not even know that a payer has refused to pay a claim. During this session designed exclusively for anesthesia practices you’ll have a chance to work a denial and leave with the know-how you need to cut the time it takes to decipher and respond to denials, even those mysterious ones that have had you scratching your head – or pulling your hair – in confusion.

 

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch

 

Approved for up to  20 CEUs AAPC | AHIMA | BMSC

 

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Quality Payment for Anesthesia: Make Sure Your Providers and Practice Measure Up

Marcy Garuccio

 

Anesthesia providers and practices are being graded on quality performance even as they struggle to understand the unique rules for their specialty. Those grades will be used to determine whether your providers receive full payment, a pay cut or have a shot at a bonus. In addition, quality grades will be published and could influence whether hospitals and surgeons want to work with your group. Get ready for Year 2 of quality payment. Learn how to protect your practice’s revenue and reputation by implementing a quality program that works for anesthesiologists, CRNAs and anesthesia assistants.

 

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Compliance Made Simple (and Smart)

Kelly Dennis & Vicki Myckowiak

 

Doctors, certified registered nurse anesthetists, even administrative staff are feeling the heat as investigators search for improper payments that may indicate abusive or fraudulent billing. During this session you’ll learn how to make sure your practice is protected and go back to your office with the guidance you need to create a smart, simple compliance plan and tools you can use to keep your compliance plan in tip-top shape.

 

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Networking Break

 

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

ICD-10-CM Update for Anesthesia

Marcy Garuccio

 

Learn about the new guidelines that go into effect Oct. 1, to make sure your revenue isn’t disrupted because your practice – or surgeon – is relying on outdated information. Learn about the key coding changes that will impact your specialty, and discover what to do when Medicare or private payers don’t update codes or follow the new rules.

Tuesday, October 3

 

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast - In Exhibit Hall

 

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Keynote | A Clinician’s View of Clinical Documentation Integrity

Dr. James Kennedy

 

Are you prepared for Clinical Documentation Integrity that’s going to affect your practice?  With the concerns about quality reimbursement, find out from Dr. James Kennedy what you need to know as a coder to help your clinicians document in accordance with quality measures.

 

According to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, a joint effort between the healthcare provider and the coder is essential to achieve complete, accurate, and appropriate documentation, ICD-10-CM and reporting of diagnoses and procedures essential to HCC calculations.  The importance of consistent and complete documentation in the medical record cannot be overemphasized.  Without this effort, known as clinical documentation integrity (CDI), such documentation and clinically congruent coding cannot be achieved.

 

9:15 am – 10:30 am

It’s Not Unusual … to Earn Extra Units and Reimbursement for Unusual Circumstances with Anesthesia Services

Judi Blaszczyk

 

A variety of circumstances may complicate anesthesia care: An emergency, the patient’s age, physical status, hypotension, hypothermia and patient positioning. These factors change an anesthesia service from routine to unusual and may entitle the provider to extra revenue. But payers don’t make it easy and you’ll need more than the correct codes to get paid. Attend this session to discover the documentation payers require and how to convey these circumstances to payers that will justify the extra revenue.

 

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

 

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

CRNAs and AAs: Report your Anesthesia Care Team’s Services for Full Pay

Patricia Henricksen

 

You need a sound understanding of anesthesia reporting rules to bill the services of your anesthesia care team – CRNAs and AAs – and make sure everyone gets his or her fair share of the reimbursement. During this session you’ll receive clear, easy to implement guidance that will eliminate the confusion about the rules for CRNA reimbursement, the definitions of concurrency, medical direction and what constitutes an allowable break in medical direction.

 

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch - In Exhibit Hall

 

Approved for up to  20 CEUs AAPC | AHIMA | BMSC

 

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Moderate Sedation Update: Don’t Sleep Through These Changes

Devona Slater

 

Now that you’re past the initial shocks of this year’s moderate sedation shake up, take stock of the way your practice documents and reports the seven new codes, identify and fix lingering issues that impede pay and learn if there are any more changes in store for 2018.

 

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Mother and Child: Anesthesia for Obstetric and Pediatric Care

Kelly Dennis

 

To meet attendee demand we combined two popular sessions into one. Learn the latest tips for coding and reporting anesthesia for obstetric care, including how OB reporting has changed over the years. Then take a look at pediatric services, including tricky delivery scenarios and the extra work required for treating the youngest patients.

 

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Networking Break

 

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Gain Understanding to Succeed at Reporting Endoscopic Intestinal Cases

Devona Slater

 

Every year anesthesia services for endoscopic gastrointestinal procedures generate millions of dollars for practices. However, Medicare is keen to revise payment rates for both 00740 and 00810, while the CPT Editorial Panel is evaluating replacing each code with three new codes. During this session you’ll get the latest tips for documenting and reporting GI endoscopy services and the codes you’ll use in 2018.

 

Wednesday, October 4

 

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast - In Exhibit Hall

 

8:00 am – 9:15 am

Take Heart and Take on Cardiovascular Anesthesia Services

Judi Blaszczyk

 

Art, CVC and PICC lines, TEE, and anesthesia for procedures such as ECMO, CABG, TAVR and WATCHMAN. Anesthesia providers have a hand in a wide variety of cardiovascular services and that means the coder has to stay on top of the documentation and coding requirements. By the end of this session you’ll be able to make sure records are complete and know when and how to report these vital services without missing a beat.

 

9:15 am – 10:30 am

Monitored Anesthesia Care: Make Sure You Can Prove It Before You Do It

Patricia Henricksen

 

Surgeons want anesthesia providers to perform MAC to keep patients comfortable. Anesthesia providers want to get paid for their services but strict policies for MAC can leave them empty-handed. Before the provider walks into the OR,  you can help ensure the service will be paid.  Learn the latest rules for MAC, including updated guidance on MAC for interventional pain procedures from the American Society for Anesthesiologists, get smart tips for documenting the services and head back to work with the know-how to show your MAC services are medically necessary.

 

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

 

Approved for up to  20 CEUs AAPC | AHIMA | BMSC

 

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Anesthesia & Pain Management Update: What Happened and What’s Ahead for Your Practice in 2018

Judi Blaszczyk (combined session)

 

Get a 360° view of the regulatory and CPT changes that altered the coding and billing landscape for anesthesia and pain management practices, and get your first look at what’s waiting for you just over the horizon in 2018. The session will end with an open Q&A featuring expert speakers from the anesthesia and the pain management  conferences.

 

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

Ask the Experts – Open Q&A

 

12:30 pm

Conference Adjourns

 

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Preconference

Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference Day 2

Monday, October 2

 

8:00 am – 9:15 am

ICD-10-CM and Procedure Coding Changes for 2018

Ruby O’Brochta Woodward

 

Get an overview of key diagnosis and procedure coding updates that will affect your documentation and coding for the coming year, as well as tips to help you integrate these changes.

 

9:15 am – 10:30 am

Modifiers in the Orthopedic Practice: Append Them Properly to Reduce Denial Headaches

Ruby O’Brochta Woodward

 

Refresh your understanding of key surgical modifiers including 58, 78, 50, 52 and 59, as well as global period modifiers 24, 25 and 57 to ensure correct payment for your services and reduce your claims’ time in appeal.

 

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

 

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Harness the Power of ICD-10-CM to Win at Risk Adjustment Coding and Lock in the Pay You Deserve

Sandra Soerries

 

Make sure your orthopedists understand the nuances of risk adjustment documentation, including comorbidities, and when these conditions must be coded to achieve the appropriate Hierarchical Condition Category. Accurate documentation and specific diagnosis coding is critical to ensure you continue to be paid at the appropriate rate for your services.

 

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch

 

Approved for up to  20 CEUs AAPC | AHIMA | BMSC

 

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Quality Reporting Under MACRA – Here’s How to Safeguard Your Medicare Reimbursement

Sandra Soerries

 

Orthopedic practices can’t afford to ignore quality reporting under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). If they do, they risk across the board reduction to their Medicare reimbursement in the years ahead. Learn the minimum participation needed to keep future payments intact – as well as steps you can take now to earn a bonus in 2019.

 

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Get a Clear Picture of Orthopedic Imaging Coding Changes

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Don’t shortchange yourself on your X-ray, fluoroscopy and ultrasound claims – make sure you are counting your views properly, and fully supporting documentation requirements for extremity studies. Also make sure you are following important radiographic billing changes in this year’s NCCI manual.

 

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Networking Break

 

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Tone Up Your Physical Therapy Coding to Ensure Correct Payment and Reduce Risk

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

With the HHS Office of Inspector General monitoring therapy claims closely, you can’t afford costly documentation and billing errors. Make sure you are reporting the 2017 therapy evaluation codes properly and documenting such details as certification of the plan of care to satisfy picky government auditors.

Tuesday, October 3

 

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast - In Exhibit Hall

 

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Keynote | A Clinician’s View of Clinical Documentation Integrity

Dr. James Kennedy

 

Are you prepared for Clinical Documentation Integrity that’s going to affect your practice?  With the concerns about quality reimbursement, find out from Dr. James Kennedy what you need to know as a coder to help your clinicians document in accordance with quality measures.

 

According to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, a joint effort between the healthcare provider and the coder is essential to achieve complete, accurate, and appropriate documentation, ICD-10-CM and reporting of diagnoses and procedures essential to HCC calculations.  The importance of consistent and complete documentation in the medical record cannot be overemphasized.  Without this effort, known as clinical documentation integrity (CDI), such documentation and clinically congruent coding cannot be achieved.

 

9:15 am – 10:30 am

Elevate Your Shoulder Surgery Coding

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Demystify coding of shoulder repair versus shoulder reconstruction and when to code a graft, as well as SLAP lesion repair, acromioplasty, Hill-Sachs lesions and biceps tenodesis. You’ll also learn the most recent CCI coding guidance for debridement procedures and when they may be billed with other surgeries.

 

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

 

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Coding Upper Arm/Elbow/Forearm

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Learn the most accurate way to code procedures and diagnoses for carpal tunnel treatments, elbow injuries including cubital tunnel syndrome, fractures and tendinopathy.

 

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch - In Exhibit Hall

 

Approved for up to  20 CEUs AAPC | AHIMA | BMSC

 

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Get a Grip on Wrist, Hand and Finger Coding

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Grasp the coding of common wrist, hand and finger conditions and injuries and their repair, including distal wrist fractures, Dupuytrens contracture, gamekeeper’s thumb and severed tendons.

 

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Hip and Pelvis Coding

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Make sure you are up to date on correct coding of pelvic ring fractures as well as femoral acetabular impingement repair and slipped epiphysis. Also learn best practices for documenting medical necessity of hip arthroplasty and correct coding of a two-step revision arthroplasty.

 

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Networking Break

 

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Kick Up Your Knee and Lower Leg Coding

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Learn how to support medical necessity for your viscosupplement injections, and when it’s appropriate to report them with ultrasound guidance. Understand coding of open and arthroscopic procedures such as ACL repair and hemi-arthroplasty, among others.

Wednesday, October 4

 

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast - In Exhibit Hall

 

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Get in Step with Accurate Foot and Ankle Coding

Ruby O’Brochta Woodward

 

Find out how to code some of your most common hallux valgus and hallux rigidus procedures, according to the most recent CPT change and make sure your ICD-10-CM coding is also up to date for these procedures. You’ll also get guidance for coding of bi-malleolar ankle fractures, when it’s proper to report a Haglund’s repair with Achilles tendon repair and more.

 

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Get up to Date on Correct Spine Coding (Part 1)

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Ensure that you are coding the new spinal cage codes properly, as well as following the new CPT rules for laminotomy and decompression code selection based on visualization. Also learn correct coding of arthrodesis procedures, and when a corpectomy is appropriate to bill.

 

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

 

Approved for up to  20 CEUs AAPC | AHIMA | BMSC

 

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Spine Coding (Part 2)

 

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

Ask the Experts – Open Q&A

 

12:30 pm

Conference Adjourns

 

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Preconference

Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference Day 2

Monday, October 2

 

8:00 am – 9:15 am

Pain Management 101 – a Bonus for Beginners

Judi Blaszczyk & Vicki Myckowiak

 

Before the conference – read the free Pain Management 101 guidebook that will be included with your handouts.  Then come to this bonus pre-conference session to learn about the basics of pain management billing and coding. You’ll get a solid understanding of terms and concepts that you will hear throughout the conference and at work. Get answers to your questions and a list of resources you must have to do your job.

 

This session is designed for attendees who have less than five years of experience in the specialty, but it is a great refresher for everyone.

 

9:15-10:30

Quality Payment for Pain Management: Make Sure Your Providers and Practice Measure Up

Stephanie Thomas

 

Providers and practices are being graded on quality performance, EHR use and improvement activities. Those grades will be used to determine whether your providers receive full payment, a pay cut or have a shot at a bonus. In addition, quality grades will be published so patients can compare your practice to your competitors. Get ready for Year 2 of quality payment. Learn how to protect your practice’s revenue and reputation by implementing a quality program that works for everyone in the practice.

 

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

 

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Office, Outpatient, Ambulatory Surgery Center: Understand the Impact of Place of Service

Marcy Garuccio

 

Where your providers treat patients can change more than the place of service you select. It can impact the way you report and what you get paid for services. Learn how to quickly handle claims for common procedures performed in different settings so you’ll get paid what you’re due the first time, every time.

 

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch

 

Approved for up to  20 CEUs AAPC | AHIMA | BMSC

 

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Lighting Fast Denial Management: Fix Pain Management Denials in a Flash

Stephanie Thomas

 

Ignoring a denial is like setting money on fire, but time-strapped practices may not even know that a payer has refused to pay a claim. This session is designed exclusively for pain management practices and you’ll have a chance to work a denial and leave with the know-how you need to cut the time it takes to decipher and respond to denials, even those mysterious ones that have had you scratching your head – or pulling your hair – in confusion.

 

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Practice Made Perfect – Improve Workflow and Cash Flow for Your Pain Management Practice

Amy Turner

 

Identify and eliminate the time and money-wasting processes that are holding the practice back. Find out how to streamline practice workflow from scheduling to claims submission and go back to your practice with quick, effective fixes that will show an immediate improvement.

 

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Networking Break

 

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

ICD-10-CM Update for Pain Management

Doris Branker

 

The new ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines go into effect Oct. 1. Learn about the changes that impact your specialty, make sure your practice is using the new codes and guidelines correctly and discover what to do when a Medicare or private payers make mistakes.

Tuesday, October 3

 

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast - In Exhibit Hall

 

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Keynote | A Clinician’s View of Clinical Documentation Integrity

Dr. James Kennedy

 

Are you prepared for Clinical Documentation Integrity that’s going to affect your practice?  With the concerns about quality reimbursement, find out from Dr. James Kennedy what you need to know as a coder to help your clinicians document in accordance with quality measures.

 

According to the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, a joint effort between the healthcare provider and the coder is essential to achieve complete, accurate, and appropriate documentation, ICD-10-CM and reporting of diagnoses and procedures essential to HCC calculations.  The importance of consistent and complete documentation in the medical record cannot be overemphasized.  Without this effort, known as clinical documentation integrity (CDI), such documentation and clinically congruent coding cannot be achieved.

 

9:15 am – 10:30 am

Epidural and Paravertebral Facet Policies Keep Changing, do you Know the Latest Rules?

Devona Slater

 

It’s getting harder to get paid for the top pain management procedures: epidurals and paravertebral facets. Auditors are on the look-out for mistakes and payers keep adding to the number of hoops you have to leap through to get paid. Get caught up on the latest requirements for translaminar epidurals, transforaminal epidurals, facet blocks and RFA to keep your revenue flowing.

 

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

 

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

E/M Visits: An Anatomical Approach to Better (and Easier) Coding

Doris Branker

 

To solve E/M documentation and coding problems, look at E/M visits the way your doctor does – anatomically. Figure out whether it’s ever appropriate to count a review of a system that isn’t related to the patient’s pain and get tips for working with your doctor to improve E/M documentation.

 

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch - In Exhibit Hall

 

Approved for up to  20 CEUs AAPC | AHIMA | BMSC

 

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Pain Management and Urine Drug Testing: What Happened, Where are We and What Do We Do Now?

Judi Blaszczyk & Vicki Myckowiak

 

2017 came with another round of changes to your drug testing codes and another scramble as practices and payers adjusted to the new codes and rules. At the same time, payers continue to tweak their policies to control utilization. Learn the required documentation and correct coding principles, and the legal hazards of misunderstanding how to bill these services. Get the answers to your drug testing questions and clear up the confusion that’s shutting off your revenue or putting your practice at a risk.

 

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty: Augment Your Knowledge of Percutaneous Pain Procedures

Amy Turner

 

Don’t let confusion about the documentation, coding and reporting requirements for these vertebral augmentation procedures break your practice’s revenue cycle. This session will cement your understanding of these minimally invasive procedures, including the differences between the guidance in the CPT manual and the policies of Medicare and other payers.

 

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Networking Break

 

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Make Pre-authorization Pain-free and Rev Up Your Claims Process

Stephanie Thomas

 

Done the wrong way the pre-authorization process can ruin your day and snarl your revenue. Discover the right way to get pre-authorization for pain management services with an approach that starts with your charts. Get quick tips for meeting those tricky payer requirements and keeping track of your requests.

Wednesday, October 4

 

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast - In Exhibit Hall

 

8:00 am – 9:15 am

Avoid Pain Pump and Neurostimulator Payment Obstacles and Meet Stringent Reporting Rules

Amy Turner

 

You have to know the rules of the road to get full reimbursement for implantable pain services. This session will be your GPS that alerts you to payment hazards and shows you the quickest route to complete revenue for trials, permanent implants and reprogramming services.

 

9:15 am – 10:30 am

Image Guidance Update: Focus on Fluoroscopy, CT and Ultrasound Policies

Devona Slater

 

Audits, tighter policies, revised fluoroscopic needle guidance codes, confusing guidelines in the CPT manual. These are all ingredients for trouble when you report image guidance services, and you still have to make sure the service is documented. This session will show you how to make sure your claims are picture perfect, even when you report imaging as an add-on service.

 

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

 

Approved for up to  20 CEUs AAPC | AHIMA | BMSC

 

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Anesthesia & Pain Management Update: What Happened and What’s Ahead for Your Practice in 2018

Judi Blaszczyk (combined session)

 

Get a 360° view of the regulatory and CPT changes that altered the coding and billing landscape for anesthesia and pain management practices, and get your first look at what’s waiting for you just over the horizon in 2018. The session will end with an open Q&A featuring expert speakers from the pain management and the anesthesia conferences.

 

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

Ask the Experts – Open Q&A

 

12:30 pm

Conference Adjourns

 

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