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2018 Schedule
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The Dangers of EMRs in Code Selection – February 13, 2018

Electronic medical records (EMRs) have dramatically changed the world of healthcare.  One of the most significant elements of the change is the quality and nature of the documentation that is present in the patient’s medical record.  This inherently influences the selection of procedural and diagnostic codes—with significant positive and negative consequences.

At the conclusion of this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Evaluate the risks and benefits of using an integrated EMR coding tool to select the level of Evaluation and Management (E/M) service

  • Distinguish the limitations present when using integrated EMR coding tools to select diagnosis codes

  • Develop templates and use other tools to facilitate the creation of documentation that supports the best possible code selection

Speaker: Brad Hart, MBA, MS, CMPE, CPC, CMPA, COBGC

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Key Tools for E/M Coding for Ob/Gyn Services – April 10, 2018

 Effective Evaluation and Management (E/M) coding is critical for the practicing obstetrician-gynecologist.  Most problem-based office services have an E/M component and selecting the correct type and level of service can make the difference between success and failure in the operation of a practice.  E/M coding is often considered to be confusing and risky, but a clear understanding of E/M coding principles is within reach.

At the conclusion of this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Describe the differences between the CPT definitions for new and established patients

  • Construct appropriate documentation for the respective levels of outpatient E/M Services

  • Identify the most common opportunities to correctly report hospital E/M services

Speaker: Brad Hart, MBA, MS, CMPE, CPC, CMPA, COBGC

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Clinical Documentation Improvement – June 12, 2018

 With increased emphasis on specific and accurate clinical information, physicians and their practices need to evaluate current documentation practices and identify mechanisms to improve the clinical information in the medical record. Successfully implementing a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program begins with understanding the importance of clinical documentation in the current healthcare environment. This course will define CDI, outline the impact of clinical documentation throughout the healthcare system, and discuss ways to move towards improving documentation in your practice.

At the conclusion of this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Define the process of clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and CDI programs

  • Summarize the importance and impact of clinical documentation in the current healthcare environment 

  • Identify steps to improving clinical documentation and engaging individuals in a CDI programs 

Speaker: Emily Hill, PA

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Reporting Services for Other Qualified Healthcare Providers” – August 14, 2018

 This webcast will address the nuances of billing for qualified healthcare providers. The impact of payer policies and the place of service will be reviewed. Specific requirements for billing incident-to for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries will be discussed in detail.  The impact of the various methods for reporting services provided by qualified healthcare professionals will be examined. 

At the conclusion of this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Differentiate incident-to billing from direct billing as it applies to qualified healthcare providers

  • Identify the Medicare requirements for incident-to billing and the necessary documentation

  • Summarize the effect that the place of service has on the reporting mechanisms for services provided by qualified healthcare providers

  • Assess the financial impact and compliance issues associated with incident-to versus direct billing on the Ob/Gyn practice

Speaker: Emily Hill, PA

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Coding for Multiple Services on the Same Day – October 9, 2018

 In every healthcare setting, there are occasions in which multiple services are provided to a patient on the same day and/or during the same encounter.  Whether in the office, in the hospital, or in the surgical suite, OB/GYN providers will frequently need to bill for multiple distinct procedural or cognitive services.

This presents a number of challenges because of coding rules and payer guidelines that may result in denials when multiple services are billed on the same day.  To be effective, providers and coders must be aware of the elements necessary to receive appropriate reimbursement for multiple services.

At the conclusion of this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Appraise billing opportunities when multiple E/M services are provided on the same day

  • Explain the role of diagnosis code assignment in receiving payment for multiple services

  • Articulate the basic principles of surgical bundling

  • Define strategies for responding to third party payer denials for multiple services

Speaker: Brad Hart, MBA, MS, CMPE, CPC, CMPA, COBGC

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Preview of New Codes and Medicare Changes for 2019 – December 11, 2018

This course will present a preview of the key coding changes for 2019 impacting an OB/Gyn practice. Key CMS initiatives for 2019 will be reviewed along with the background information necessary to understand the rationale and goals of these initiatives. The course will also review proposed alternative payment models and the trends impacting future reimbursement by all payers for physician services.

At the conclusion of this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Identify the new and revised CPT-4 and ICD-10 codes important for OB/Gyn practices

  • Assess the impact of major CMS initiatives for 2019 to an OB/Gyn practice

  • Summarize current proposals and ideas for future alternative payment models

Speaker: Emily Hill, PA

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Donna Tyler
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Joyce Kilgore
Facility Coding Education Specialist
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Miroslava Rudneva
Coding Education Specialist
MRudneva@acog.org

Tatyana Mallory
Facility Coding Education Specialist
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