Coding Webcasts



This is the current schedule of upcoming webinars. Please bear with us. We are in the process of moving our webinars to an updated platform. Live links for registration will be posted soon. 

Upcoming Webcasts

April 9, 2019

Principles of Diagnosis and Procedure Code Selection

ICD-1CM was adopted in the U.S. on October 1, 2015. There have been subsequent revisions, additions, and corrections to ICD-10-CM codes and clarification of coding guidelines. This webcast will look at the current ICD-10 coding guidelines for reporting common gynecological and obstetrical conditions including the clinical specificity necessary to appropriately assign the codes.  The coding principles for the top 20 gynecological and obstetrical conditions seen in the typical OB/Gyn practice will be reviewed and applied to clinical practice.

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

  • Describe ICD-10-CM code structure, coding conventions and principles

  • Summarize key ICD-10-CM guidelines applicable to the female genitourinary system and maternity care

  • Identify the clinical specificity necessary to appropriately assign ICD-10-CM codes for OB-GYN services

  • Apply coding principles to clinical practice

Speaker: Emily Hill, PA

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June 11, 2019

CCI Edits: Main Principles/Bundling and Unbundling

August 13, 2019

Medicare Preventative Services

October 8, 2019

Common Reasons for Claim Denials and How to Resolve the Issues

December 10, 2019

Preview of New Codes and Medicare Changes for 2020


Archived Webcasts

Case Studies in Obstetrics Billing and Coding

Coding and billing for obstetrics services is very challenging because there seems to be a significant number of variables that influence code selection.  This session will focus on discussing the key principles of OB coding and then illustrating the principles with relevant case studies.  Minor modifications will be made to the case studies to clarify how “small” changes to the circumstances can influence the codes that are selected and billed.

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

  • Assess various case studies to help identify the factors that influence a practice’s ability to bill globally for obstetric services.

  • Articulate the principles for billing additional related and unrelated E/M services, in addition to the global package.

  • Illustrate circumstances in which billing for obstetric diagnostic and procedural services are indicated and may be separately billable.

  • Advise providers on key documentation elements required to bill for complications that occur in relationship to obstetric services.

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


Preview of New Codes and Medicare Changes for 2019

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



Coding for Multiple Services on the Same Day

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


Reporting Services for Other Qualified Healthcare Providers

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



Clinical Documentation Improvement

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


Key Tools for E/M Coding for Ob/Gyn Services

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 


The Dangers of EMRs in Code Selection
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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