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Anesthesia

Orthopedics

Pain Management

Preconference

Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference Day 2

Monday, October 7

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Anesthesia 101

Judy Wilson

 

Learn about the basics of anesthesia billing and coding. You’ll get a solid understanding of terms and concepts that you will hear during the rest of the conference and at work. Get answers to your questions and a list of resources you must have to do your job.

 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Create Great Templates for Your Anesthesia Practice

Doris Branker & Vicki Myckowiak

 

The amount of information you’re expected to fit onto an anesthesia chart continues to grow. Templates that are out of date, too crowded or poorly arranged all pose a risk to your practice and your revenue. Find out how to create great templates or to work with an EHR vendor to customize a chart that makes sense for your providers and your practice.

 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Can We Talk? Improve Your Practice With Better Communications

Kelly Dennis

 

Silence isn’t golden. When coder/clinician communications break down they can cost your practice money in the form of missed revenue opportunities, denials and even million-dollar settlements to resolve allegations of fraud. During this session you’ll get specialty-specific guidance for communicating with your clinicians in a way that they’ll hear – and remember – the first time.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LUNCH

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Life Support for Anesthesia Providers

Doris Branker

 

The 2015 CPT manual contained 25 new codes for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), also known as extracorporeal life support (ECLS). Medicare data shows that anesthesiologists utilization of the codes has increased every year since they were created, but the requirements for the codes are almost as complicated as the service. This session will bring you up to speed on ECMO/ECLS, including the procedures you may report on the same day.

 

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Get the TEE on Transesophageal Echocardiography

Kelly Dennis

 

Transesophageal echocardiography is another service that can mean extra revenue for anesthesia providers. The procedure includes probe placement, real time two-dimensional image acquisition, and interpretation with continuous assessment of cardiac pumping function and the effect of therapeutic measures as they are performed, but if your anesthesia staff forget to dot an i or cross a t you won’t be able to submit claims and they won’t get paid. Come to this session to get the TEE on this service.

 

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

BREAK

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Privacy and Security Challenges Today and Tomorrow

Vicki Myckowiak

 

Greater scrutiny of HIPAA violations, tougher rules that every practice is expected to meet and increased risk from internal mistakes and external threats. Those are just three harsh realities that every medical practice faces now, and things will only get worse. This joint session will get your practice up to speed on the latest HIPAA rules and requirements and prepare you for 2020.

 

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Show What You Know

 

Wrap up the pre-conference with a rapid-fire quiz on the topics covered during the conference. There will be prizes for the people who answer the greatest number of questions, so pay attention during the sessions, because there will be a quiz!

 

 

Tuesday, October 8

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

CDI/Coding Collaboration: Improving Communication

Shannon McCall

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and coder collaboration is essential for medical practices and hospitals alike. This keynote, presented by expert Shannon McCall, will cover common pitfalls in CDI and coder communication as well as ways to help bridge any gaps.

 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Make Sure Your Documentation Will Stand Up To a Hostile Audit

Judy Wilson

Auditors and investigators are getting smarter, and pickier. This means that complete and accurate documentation is more important than ever before. During this session you’ll learn how to conduct an efficient, effective review of your anesthesia records and notes for other procedures that your anesthesia providers perform.

 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

BREAK

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Modifiers of Distinction – 59 and X(EPSU) for Anesthesia

Leslie Johnson

 

Modifier 59, XE, XP, XS or XU? You have five choices when you want to break a bundling edit and report a distinct procedure. While CMS has cooled on the new X modifiers, chances are at least one of your private payers wants you to use them, but there isn’t a lot of guidance. At the end of this session you’ll know when, why and how to use each modifier.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LUNCH

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Take the Heat Out of Burn Coding

Doris Branker

 

Coding anesthesia for excision or debridement of burns may look straight-forward at first glance: Two primary codes and one add-on code. But you need to know the degree of the burn to determine whether you should use the codes. Then you must select codes based on the percentage of the total body surface area (TBSA) that has been burned. And the TBSA will vary based on the patient’s age. Don’t get burned by these codes – come to this session to get the information you need to report the anesthesia service accurately, every time.

 

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Reconstruction, Radical and Modified Radical – Anesthesia for Breast Procedures

Kelly Dennis

 

From cosmetic augmentation or reduction to radical mastectomy for cancer, come to this session to learn how to code anesthesia for breast procedures. You’ll review the three relevant codes, commonly used diagnosis codes, and get guidance for using the ASA Crosswalk to help you select the appropriate code.

 

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Painless Post-Operative Pain Management Coding

Marcy Garuccio

 

Get the latest guidance on how to document long standing blocks, newer services such as paravertebral and TAP blocks and blocks that don’t yet have a code. During this session you’ll also learn whether there are any new codes on the horizon, such as genicular blocks.

 

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2020 ICD-10-CM Code Update

Shannon McCall

 

Hundreds of ICD-10-CM code additions, revisions, and deletions will take effect October 1, so coders must dive into these code changes and understand how they influence code sequencing and payment. Providers must ensure their teams are coding to the highest degree of specificity to ensure accurate reimbursement and avoid penalties. During this joint session, expert speaker, Shannon McCall, will help you sift through the coding and guideline changes, identify new and revised code descriptions for the fiscal year 2020 ICD-10-CM code set, and determine potential areas of documentation improvement for the new and revised codes.

 

5:10 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

Networking Reception

 

Wednesday, October 9

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Get Caught Up on Compliance for Anesthesia Groups

Vicki Myckowiak & Kelly Dennis

 

Doctors, physician assistants, 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 what investigators are looking for, hear about some recent government actions and learn how to make sure your practice is protected.

 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Learn Anesthesia Procedures by Heart

Doris Branker

 

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.

 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

2020 Visions – Take a Look at What’s in Store for Your Practice in 2020 (Anesthesia & Pain Management)

Doris Branker

 

Get an early look at what’s in store for anesthesia and pain management practices, including a quick update on any diagnosis coding changes, new procedures and Medicare’s proposed changes for 2020. This session will also include a look back at key changes in 2019.

 

11:30 a.m.

Conference Adjourns

 

Preconference

Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference Day 2

 

Monday, October 7

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

E/M Documentation and Coding for Orthopedic Practices, Now and in the Future

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Make certain you are up to date on key documentation and coding changes that could impact your E/M coding, such as Medicare adjustments to history reporting for office visits. Get the guidance you need to take advantage of new codes, such as interprofessional consults and referrals that do not require a face-to-face patient encounter. And be prepared for big changes coming from the AMA and Medicare to further change your E/M coding and reimbursement in the coming years.

 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Keep Ahead of These Orthopedic Coding Trends

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Get a first look at 2020 code changes and find out the latest authoritative coding guidance for cutting-edge technology procedures including regenerative therapies, adipose injections, cryoablation, subchondroplasty and robot or computer-assisted surgery. In addition, make certain you have a thorough understanding of imaging documentation and coding guidelines added in the 2019 CPT manual.

 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Stay Up to Date on Physical Therapy Documentation and Coding Rules

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Medicare billing requirements for physical therapy services are shifting as of Jan. 1 – stay current to ensure compliance with the new rules. In addition, learn best practices to ensure proper documentation of key elements including the therapy plan of care, evaluation, re-evaluation and different treatment modalities. Learn this year’s top compliance risk areas for therapy services and how to reduce your chance of an audit.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LUNCH

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Smooth Out Spine Coding Discomfort to Minimize Denials

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Keep up with new Medicare changes to fusion and decompression coding rules, ensure that you are coding appropriately for biomechanical cage implants, laminotomy procedures and other spinal procedures that cause orthopedic practices denial discomfort. Specific coding examples help secure your understanding of each concept.


(session runs until 2:40pm)

 

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

(Session continued from previous block)

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Essential ICD-10-CM Coding Strategies to Win at Risk Adjustment Coding

Barbara Hays

 

Find out how a few simple changes to documentation of a patient’s comorbid conditions can make risk adjustment diagnosis coding a breeze – and in the process lock in medical necessity for your orthopedic procedures. In this session, work through typical orthopedic risk-adjustment code scenarios to learn key documentation and coding concepts you can take home and apply in your own practice.

 

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Coders’ Roundtable Panel Discussion

Orthopedic Coding Veterans

 

In this lively session, hear from veteran orthopedic coding and billing managers about how they handle difficult revenue cycle challenges such as pre-authorization, collections, audits and education, keeping up with payer policies and more.

 

Tuesday, October 8

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

CDI/Coding Collaboration: Improving Communication

Shannon McCall

 

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and coder collaboration is essential for medical practices and hospitals alike. This keynote, presented by expert Shannon McCall, will cover common pitfalls in CDI and coder communication as well as ways to help bridge any gaps.

 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Surgical Coding: Shoulders

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Get the latest, most authoritative coding guidance for procedures including suprascapular grafts, limited versus extensive debridement, rotator cuff repair, Hay-Sachs remplissage and reverse shoulder arthroplasty among other complex shoulder procedures. Examine shoulder operative notes to gain additional coding insight.

 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Surgical Coding: Humerus, Elbow & Forearm

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Head off coding errors and resulting lost revenue with targeted, accurate guidance about upper arm tendon and muscle repair procedures, tools to help coding staff make sense of physician documentation for medial and lateral ligaments, the components of elbow tenotomies and the required documentation for appropriate elbow fracture repair coding.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LUNCH

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Surgical Coding: Pelvis & Hip

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Make sure you are up to speed on the latest payer policies for hip procedures including femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) repair, hip arthroplasty, conversion and two-step infected total hip replacement, as well as fracture treatment for pelvic ring, innominate bone, acetabulum and proximal femur. Also be ready to navigate the nuances of coding traumatic pelvis fractures, Morel Lavallee lesions and degloving injuries.

 

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Surgical Coding: Distal Femur, Knee, & Lower Leg

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Understand how to properly code arthroscopic lysis of adhesions in the knee, subchondroplasty procedures to treat bone marrow edema, and complicated knee arthroscopy bundling scenarios. In addition, tackle hard-to-code cases such as ACL-reconstruction do-overs and tibial tuberosity transplants.

 

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tune up Your Compliance Radar with an Attorney

Vicki Myckowiak

 

Sharpen your ability to spot critical compliance problems that can crop up in your orthopedic practice and gain practical solutions for them from a veteran health care attorney, as you review recent civil and criminal fraud and abuse cases involving medical practices.

 

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2020 ICD-10-CM Code Update

Shannon McCall

 

Hundreds of ICD-10-CM code additions, revisions, and deletions will take effect October 1, so coders must dive into these code changes and understand how they influence code sequencing and payment. Providers must ensure their teams are coding to the highest degree of specificity to ensure accurate reimbursement and avoid penalties. During this joint session, expert speaker, Shannon McCall, will help you sift through the coding and guideline changes, identify new and revised code descriptions for the fiscal year 2020 ICD-10-CM code set, and determine potential areas of documentation improvement for the new and revised codes.

 

5:10 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

Networking Reception

 

Wednesday, October 9

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Surgical Coding: Foot and Ankle

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Ensure that you are coding bone, soft tissue and nerve repairs based on the latest authoritative guidance, including medial and lateral ankle ligament procedures, osteotomies, bunionectomies, hammertoe corrections, Morton’s neuroma, ankle arthroscopy and Achilles tendon procedures.

 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Surgical Coding: Hand and Wrist

Margie Scalley Vaught

 

Learn how to select the appropriate wrist arthroscopy code and the services included in each based on guidance from the AMA. Gain an understanding of the various types of basal joint arthroplasty procedures and how they should be coded, as well as treatment of Guyon’s Canal Syndrome, DePuytrens contracture, DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, fracture repair and surgical fixation as well as hand and finger trauma care.

 

11:30 a.m.

Conference Adjourns

 

Preconference

Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference Day 2

Monday, October 7

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Introduction to HCC for Pain Management

Brenda Edwards

 

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.

 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Get the Facts on Facets

Amy Turner

 

It’s getting harder to get paid for the top pain management procedures: paravertebral facet blocks and denervations. 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 facet blocks and RFA to keep your revenue flowing.

 

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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 is 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.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LUNCH

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Get the Keys to Internal Review Success

Leslie Johnson

 

Auditors and investigators are getting smarter, and pickier. This means that complete and accurate documentation is more important than ever before. During this session you’ll learn how to conduct an efficient, effective review of charts for the procedures that your pain management doctors perform every day.

 

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Create Great Templates for Your Pain Management Practice

Marcy Garuccio

 

Templates can speed up documentation and coding, but templates that are out of date, too crowded or poorly arranged all pose a risk to your practice and your revenue. Find out how to create great templates or to work with an EHR vendor to customize templates that makes sense for your providers and your practice.

 

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

BREAK

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Privacy and Security Challenges Today and Tomorrow

Vicki Myckowiak

 

Greater scrutiny of HIPAA violations, tougher rules that every practice is expected to meet and increased risk from internal mistakes and external threats. Those are just three harsh realities that every medical practice faces now, and things will only get worse. This joint session will get your practice up to speed on the latest HIPAA rules and requirements and prepare you for 2020.

 

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Show What You Know

 

Wrap up the pre-conference with a rapid-fire quiz on the topics covered during the conference. There will be prizes for the people who answer the greatest number of questions, so pay attention during the sessions, because there will be a quiz!

 

Tuesday, October 8

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

CDI/Coding Collaboration: Improving Communication

Shannon McCall

 

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and coder collaboration is essential for medical practices and hospitals alike. This keynote, presented by expert Shannon McCall, will cover common pitfalls in CDI and coder communication as well as ways to help bridge any gaps.

 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Can We Talk? Improve Communications With Your Pain Management Providers

Marcy Garuccio

 

Silence isn’t golden. When coder/clinician communications break down they can cost your practice money in the form of missed revenue opportunities, denials and even million-dollar settlements to resolve allegations of fraud. During this session you’ll get specialty-specific guidance for communicating with your clinicians in a way that they’ll hear – and remember – the first time.

 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Below the Belt – Pain Injections for the Lower Body

Amy Turner

 

Pain below the belt can include the hips, sacroiliac joint, knees and more. During this session you’ll learn how to overcome documentation and coding errors that snarl your revenue. In addition, if there are any changes to these codes in store, you’ll learn about them here.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LUNCH

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Advanced HCC for Pain Management

Brenda Edwards

 

Gain a comprehensive map of coding for nervous system disorders that pain management practices regularly encounter, and clear up your confusion about difficult diagnoses.

 

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Urine Drug Screens – Get Caught Up to Prevent Denials

Amy Turner & Vicki Myckowiak

 

Payers continue to tweak their policies to control utilization, providers continue to report deleted codes, which is certain to trigger increased scrutiny. 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.

 

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Modifiers of Distinction – 59 and X(EPSU) for Pain Management

Leslie Johnson

 

Modifier 59, XE, XP, XS or XU? You have five choices when you want to break a bundling edit and report a distinct procedure. While CMS has cooled on the new X modifiers, chances are at least one of your private payers wants you to use them, but there isn’t a lot of guidance. At the end of this session you’ll know when, why and how to use each modifier.

 

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2020 ICD-10-CM Code Update

Shannon McCall

 

Hundreds of ICD-10-CM code additions, revisions, and deletions will take effect October 1, so coders must dive into these code changes and understand how they influence code sequencing and payment. Providers must ensure their teams are coding to the highest degree of specificity to ensure accurate reimbursement and avoid penalties. During this joint session, expert speaker, Shannon McCall, will help you sift through the coding and guideline changes, identify new and revised code descriptions for the fiscal year 2020 ICD-10-CM code set, and determine potential areas of documentation improvement for the new and revised codes.

 

5:10 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

Networking Reception

 

Wednesday, October 9

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

E/M services – Get Paid for Communications-Based Services

Brenda Edwards

 

Medicare opened the door to communications-based services such as consults between clinicians and phone conversations with patients in 2019 and private payers followed their lead. Find out how to document and report these services, and if any changes are on deck for 2020, you’ll find out about them during this session.

 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Get Caught Up on Compliance for Pain Management Practices

Vicki Myckowiak & Amy Turner

 

Doctors, physician assistants, 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 what investigators are looking for, hear about some recent government actions and learn how to make sure your practice is protected.

 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

BREAK

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

2020 Visions – Take a Look at What’s in Store for Your Practice in 2020 (Anesthesia & Pain Management)

Doris Branker

 

Get an early look at what’s in store for anesthesia and pain management practices, including a quick update on any diagnosis coding changes, new procedures and Medicare’s proposed changes for 2020. This session will also include a look back at key changes in 2019.

 

11:30 a.m.

Conference Adjourns

 

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Monday, October 7

CDI in the Medical Practice Setting Preconference

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Introduction to Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) in the Medical Practice Setting

Shannon McCall

 

Clinical documentation improvement in the medical practice setting is a growing movement that seeks to improve clinical documentation, advance quality of care, and support medical necessity for procedures and services.

 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Introduction to Building a Program

Tracy Boldt

 

This session covers how to establish a CDI program, including the practical side of beginning from scratch, using personal stories and real-life scenarios. It covers establishing parameters and expectations and establishing a program goal.

 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Obtaining Support From Providers and Your Organization

Tracy Boldt

 

Best practices for building support from the organization and providers to ensure everyone is on the same page, improve information sharing, and decrease queries.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LUNCH

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Critical Concepts Relating to Provider Services Coding and Payment

Shannon McCall

 

Key reimbursement methodologies and guidelines in the medical practice setting, including Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, Medicare Physician Fee Schedules (MPFS), and risk adjustment (HCCs).

 

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Critical Concepts Ralting to Provider Services Coding and Payment (Cont.)

Shannon McCall

 

Looking at relevant HCPCS (CPT and Level II) code assignment, source authorities, modifiers, and fundamentals of evaluation and management coding.

 

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Benefits to Your Organization

Tracy Boldt

 

How can you determine the return on investment to your organization? Plus, ongoing performance analysis and metrics.

 

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Provider Education

Shannon McCall

 

This presentation explores common pitfalls related to physician self-coding, strategies to identify these concerns, and tools to empower coding and CDI professionals and providers.

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Tuesday, October 8

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

CDI/Coding Collaboration: Improving Communication

Shannon McCall

 

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and coder collaboration is essential for medical practices and hospitals alike. This keynote, presented by expert Shannon McCall, will cover common pitfalls in CDI and coder communication as well as ways to help bridge any gaps.

 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Break Down the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting for the Inpatient Setting

Adrienne Commeree

 

Each year the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting are updated with pertinent information for inpatient coders. This session will give attendees a solid understanding of the guidelines as they are imperative for accurate code assignment and reimbursement.

 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

ICD-10-PCS Coding: Common Conundrums

Catrena Smith

 

Through various case studies, this session will review several areas of ICD-10-PCS coding that can be a source of confusion for coders and/or present an audit risk.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LUNCH

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

FY 2020 MS-DRG and ICD-10-PCS Code Update

Adrienne Commeree

 

MS will release hundreds of new, deleted, and revised ICD-10-PCS codes which will become active October 1. Coders will need to learn new ICD-10-PCS tables and incorporate new characters in existing tables to work with providers, ensuring that documentation is complete and that claims accurately reflect services rendered. This session will help you sift through the changes to various MS-DRG classifications for 2020 and pinpoint changes to note for your facility, plus review the new and revised code descriptions for the 2020 ICD-10-PCS code set.

 

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

ICD-10-PCS Diagnostic and Invasive Cardiology Procedures

Shannon McCall

 

With thousands of ICD-10-PCS code combinations for reporting cardiology procedures, coders must be aware of additional anatomical and clinical details to report the most appropriate code. This session will cover ICD-10-PCS diagnostic and invasive cardiology coding challenges including cardiac catheterizations, percutaneous interventions, bypass grafting and valve replacements. Through examples, this session will provide coders with the details they need to decipher provider documentation and code accurately.

 

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Reporting ICD-10-PCS Spinal Fusion Procedures

Adrienne Commeree

 

Inpatient coders are frequently challenged by reporting spinal procedures accurately in ICD-10-PCS. The complexity of the procedures, frequent gaps in provider documentation, and required anatomical knowledge and terminology can make reporting the most specific procedures very difficult. This session will the review the spinal anatomy as well as spinal fusions. Pertinent coding background and documentation guidelines for ICD-10-PCS will also be covered, as well as best practices for reporting these procedures.

 

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2020 ICD-10-CM Code Update

Shannon McCall

 

Hundreds of ICD-10-CM code additions, revisions, and deletions will take effect October 1, so coders must dive into these code changes and understand how they influence code sequencing and payment. Providers must ensure their teams are coding to the highest degree of specificity to ensure accurate reimbursement and avoid penalties. During this joint session, expert speaker, Shannon McCall, will help you sift through the coding and guideline changes, identify new and revised code descriptions for the Fiscal Year 2020 ICD-10-CM code set, and determine potential areas of documentation improvement for the new and revised codes.

 

5:10 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

Networking Reception

 

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Wednesday, October 9

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Shannon McCall

 

This session will review common inpatient diagnoses including heart failure, myocardial infarction, and diabetes. Detailed knowledge of coding guidance and documentation needs are imperative for properly reporting these diagnoses. The complexity of these conditions, documentation challenges, and differences that impact reimbursement methodologies can make the inpatient coder’s job more difficult.

 

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Tips for Successful ICD-10-CM/PCS and MS-DRG Denials Prevention

Malissa Powers

 

Every day, government and private payers seem to come up with a new reason to deny ICD-10-CM/PCS claims which, in result, affect MS-DRG assignment. This session will cover these ICD-10-CM/PCS and MS-DRG coding denials while shining a light on the clinical validation components of these rejections. This session will help distinguish coding denials from clinical validation denials and review common trends in payer rejections. Through coding practice examples, this session will give heighted awareness to inpatient coders on these denials and help facilities develop a comprehensive appeal strategy.

 

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

BREAK

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Swallowing Complex Digestive Procedures in ICD-10-PCS

Nena Scott

 

During this session, attendees will increase their knowledge and understanding of the ICD-10-PCS coding guidelines and relevant Coding Clinic guidance related to pancreaticoduodenectomies, fundoplications, colectomies, and stoma creation and takedown procedures. Speaker Nena Scott will also refresh knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology related to the digestive system.

 

11:30 a.m.

Conference Adjourns

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