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2014 District II Coding Workshop

Workshop offered at convenient locations

Thursday
March 27, 2014

Doubletree
Tarrytown

455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
914-631-5700

Friday
March 28, 2014

Long Island
Marriott

101 James Doolittle Blvd.
Uniondale, NY 11553
516-794-3800

Thursday
April 10, 2014

Hyatt Place
Saratoga

20 State Farm Place
Saratoga/Malta, NY 12020
518-885-1109

Friday
May 16, 2014

Rochester Airport
Marriott

1890 Ridge Road West
Rochester, NY 14615
585-225-6880

Register early. Course SOLD OUT last year!

 

 
Registration Fees
(Registration includes continental breakfast,
lunch and online syllabus)

$300  First 4 Registrants
$250  Each Additional Registrant thereafter

 
Overview
Substantial changes in the field of healthcare are influencing the world of medical billing and coding. Some of the changes, such as the introduction of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) will be the biggest transition in coding since the introduction of Evaluation & Management codes (E/M) in 1992. Changes in health care practice due to the proliferation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and changes in health care coverage due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are also influencing the practice of billing and coding in dramatic ways. All providers and their staff must be prepared for the new world of coding that everyone will face.


Faculty
Brad Hart, MBA, MS, CMPE, CPC, COBGC, is President of Reproductive Medicine Administrative Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in practice analysis, operational enhancement, and coding education. He has nearly 25 years experience in medical practice billing, coding, administration, and education. Starting his career as a coder in an academic health facility, he rose through the ranks to serve as director of that billing department. He subsequently served as the administrator of several leading OB/GYN, MFM, and REI practices and was an adjunct faculty member at Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center’s MHA program. He has been a faculty member for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Coding Workshops since 2008.

He is a popular speaker at the annual American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) conference and has presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) annual conference, as well as the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) annual meeting. His book, Ethics in Medical Coding: Theory and Practice, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2012.


Continuing Education Credits

ACCME Accreditation
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

College Cognate Credit(s)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 Category 1 College Cognate Credits. The College has a reciprocity agreement with the AMA that allows AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to be equivalent to College Cognate Credits.


Agenda

8:00am - 12:00 p.m.   ICD-10 for OB/GYN Physicians and Staff
Healthcare providers in the U.S. have been using the ICD-9-CM code set since 1979. Since its introduction, the practice of medicine has changed so substantially that ICD-9 is no longer adequate for its purpose. The principles of code selection for ICD-10 are not significantly different than that of ICD-9, but the codes themselves are substantially different. Providers must be familiar with these new codes in order to effectively receive reimbursement for their services after the implementation of ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2014.

    At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to...

  • Describe the history of ICD-10-CM and the transition to this code set.
  • Apply mnemonic devices to increase familiarity with the ICD-10-CM code set.
  • Contrast/compare the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM code sets and critique common myths regarding the usage of ICD-10-CM codes.
  • Select correct ICD-10 codes for common scenarios faced by OB/GYN practitioners.
  • Organize their medical documentation to support the selection of correct ICD-10 codes.

12:30pm - 1:45 p.m.   Elevating Your Documentation for OB/GYN E/M Services
Many times, the systems in place to record medical record documentation are not particularly conducive to documenting services in a fashion that supports the service levels that are ultimately billed to third party payers. Effective and proper reimbursement requires certain elements to exist in the documentation. When providers are aware of the documentation requirements, their opportunity for improved reimbursement increases, and is combined with a dramatic improvement in the quality of the patient’s care because of the better documentation.

    At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to...

  • Describe the key documentation requirements that support particular E/M service levels.
  • Promote excellence in E/M documentation by differentiating between high quality and substandard documentation.
  • Contribute to the construction of documentation systems that facilitate the highest quality documentation and proper code selection in their practice.

2:00pm - 3:00 p.m.   Conquering the Challenge of Preventive Care Coding
OB/GYN providers have a unique challenge in that many of the services that they provide are “preventive” in nature. However, patients often bring “problems” to their preventive visits and want to receive both services during the same encounter. This leaves providers with a difficult challenge—how do you satisfy the desires of the patient, while receiving appropriate reimbursement for the services they provide? The provisions of the Affordable Care Act are only escalating this problem by financially incentivizing patients to receive services in the context of “preventive” care.

    At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to...

  • Distinguish the key elements of preventive care services (for both commercial payers and Medicare).
  • Develop strategies for managing expectations for those patients who want to receive problem-oriented care in the context of preventive care.
  • Assign appropriate procedure and diagnosis codes to distinguish preventive care services and receive appropriate payment.
  • Increase familiarity with ICD-10 while dispelling common myths.
  • Improve reimbursement by learning documentation requirements.
  • Develop strategies for managing patient expectations in problem-oriented care vs. preventive care.

 

 


"I have always sent my office coding manager to this course in the past.
Now I realize I should have attended years ago too! Excellent course."

ACOG Fellow



Refund Policy

A $35 administrative fee will be charged for cancellations received: for the March 27, 2014 course by midnight, March 13, 2014; for the March 28, 2014 course by midnight, March 14, 2014; for the April 10, 2014 course by midnight, March 27, 2014; for the May 16, 2014 course by midnight, May 2, 2014. Cancellations received after the date listed above for the respective meeting will be subject to forfeiture of the registration fee.