Overview

Partnership for Health in Aging

Interdisciplinary Team Training in Geriatrics: An Essential Component of Quality Healthcare for Older Adults - The Partnership for Health in Aging (PHA) identified the development of a set of core competencies in the care of older adults that are relevant to and can be endorsed by all health professional disciplines. The PHA focused next on the development of a Position Statement, which is linked above, on Interdisciplinary Team Training in Geriatrics as an essential component of quality healthcare for older adults.

Interprofessional Education Collaborative

AACP joined five other national health professions associations and three private foundations to announce new competencies for interprofessional education in the health professions, as well as action strategies to implement them in institutions across the country. This press kit, which includes a fact sheet, speaker bios and examples of interprofessional education, was distributed to the media at a press conference held on May 10, 2011 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


2014 CPT Coding Updates

It’s that time again! More than 300 CPT® changes are being made for 2014: 175 new codes 47 deleted codes 107 revised codes Guideline changes Preparing for 300+ code updates is more than just learning what has changed. You need to recognize why they’ve changed, how to apply the new codes, and what should be documented to support them. Our half-day, interactive workshop will provide pe...
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2014 Updates for Cardiology and Peripheral Cardiology

Accurate coding is top priority. Each year, CMS releases code changes to help you more accurately code each procedure. Each year, we also learn more pitfalls to avoid in our specialties to assure the most accurate coding and most accurate reimbursement. This webinar will review the updates Cardiology and Peripheral Cardiology. You Will Learn: CPT Code changes for 2014 Top Errors to Avoid in...
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A Closer Look at Molecular Pathology

Molecular Pathology can be a tricky area of coding. We want to make sure you are best prepared in understanding the in's and out's of why we do what we do and what Molecular Pathology coding truly entails. You Will Learn: What Molecular Pathology requires How to code Molecular Pathology Common errors to avoid in Molecular Pathology
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Audit Challenges with E/M Services

With the increased use of EHRs, the auditing of E/M services has become more challenging. Auditors need to have an understanding of why E/M services are a focus for the OIG and other payer audits, as well as the potential risk involved with use of EHR systems. This webinar will address the challenges of auditing E/M services and provide tips on how to conduct an effective meaningful audit. Y...
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Avoiding Rejections, Delays, and Denials

From the time a service is rendered until payment is received, a number of people, processes, and pieces of documentation are involved. We'll review this spectrum and the five major players involved: provider, coder, biller, compliance officer, and payer. The focus of this Webinar will be on everything that affects billing a provided service to provide a better understanding of the entire revenu...
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Best Practices in Physician Recruitment and Hiring: Loving Them and Leaving Them

This presentation discusses the development of a structured plan for recruitment, how to hire the best recruiter, physician employment incentives, partnerships with hospital and physician group management, hiring to win and how to employ physician “superstars.” We also discuss motivating factors for physician employment and how physician interviews should be conducted with patient experience...
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Coding for Diabetes: Pregnancy and Beyond

Approximately 26 million patients in the United States has been diagnosed with diabetes. There are also 79 million pre-diabetics and 7.0 million people still undiagnosed. 5% of pregnant patients develop gestational diabetes and 50% of these patients will develop diabetes in later years. Coders need to have a through understanding of the pathophysiology of this disease, the coding guidelines as w...
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Coding with Modifiers: CPT, Medicare, and the Real World

Assigning the correct CPT code for a certain service rendered isn’t always the end of the story, as important circumstances often exist that can’t be represented by the code alone. Enter MODIFIERS. These two digit codes are often an invaluable addition to your procedural reporting. Without them, the claim could be paid at the incorrect rate, or in many cases not paid at all. But how can modi...
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Compliance - Preventive Medicine for Your Practice

It is always best to seize an opportunity to be proactive rather than having to be reactive when trouble strikes. Learn about key areas of an effective compliance program and how to prepare, implement, and manage them in your organization. It is never too late to do the 'right' thing; the first step is getting started! You Will Learn: An introduction to compliance Resources for getting phys...
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CPT 2014 Updates

Accurate coding is top priority. Each year, CMS releases code changes to help you more accurately code each procedure. Each year, we also learn more pitfalls to avoid in our specialties to assure the most accurate coding and most accurate reimbursement. This webinar will review the CPT® updates for 2014. You Will Learn: CPT Code changes for 2014 Top Errors to Avoid for 2014 Case studies t...
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Creating a Billing and Coding Compliance Plan

For now, compliance plans are voluntary. Once regulations are written to implement certain sections of the Affordable Care Act, however, these will be mandatory. With increasing scrutiny and audits by Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial payers, having an effective billing and coding compliance plan can be your best defense against an allegation of fraudulent billing. You Will Learn: How to l...
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Developing a Compliance Plan for your Practice you can be Comfortable With

Compliance is the biggest risk area for physician practices. Learn the reason why there’s an increased risk and the benefits a compliance plan can bring to your practice. Learn how to create a culture of compliance while better managing risk and encouraging innovation. Make a compliance plan into a benefit versus a burden. You Will Learn: The 7 core elements of a “living compliance pl...
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Diabetes Didactics

Coding for diabetes depends on the abstractor's understanding of pathophysiology as well as compliant documentation by the provider. This session will provide background onmany forms of diabetes, a discussion of the evolution of the language surrounding diabetes documentation, and some tips for improving diabetes coding in your practice. Whether you are coding for risk adjustment or coding in a ...
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DMEs for Orthopedics

Understanding DME devices and orthotics is essential to correct coding in an orthopedic physician practice. To provide for you a better look at the nuances of these services and devices, this webinar offers a discussion on topics such as DME terminology, orthotic vs. splint, navigating the DME MAC policies, documentation, and code 97760. A handout of a HCPCS Level II crosswalk to common orthoped...
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E/M: Coding Updates for 2014 and Top Errors to Avoid

Accurate coding is top priority. Each year, CMS releases code changes to help you more accurately code each procedure. Each year, we also learn more pitfalls to avoid in our specialties to assure the most accurate coding and most accurate reimbursement. This webinar will review the updates for this specialty, as well as the top errors to avoid in 2014. You Will Learn: CPT Code changes for 20...
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Emergency Department: Coding Updates for 2014 and Top Errors to Avoid

Accurate coding is top priority. Each year, CMS releases code changes to help you more accurately code each procedure. Each year, we also learn more pitfalls to avoid in our specialties to assure the most accurate coding and most accurate reimbursement. This webinar will review the updates for this specialty, as well as the top errors to avoid in 2014. You Will Learn: CPT Code changes for 20...
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Endoscopy

If you are an endoscopy coder, this webinar is for you. It includes information on billing for separate procedures vs. codes in the same family, rigid vs. flexible, and trans-nasal vs. trans-oral, so you can identify how 2014 changes affect code selection. You will become familiar with guidelines in the Endoscopy section of CPT®. Changes in this area also will be presented to give a complian...
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Fine Needle Aspirations

Pathologists and surgeons use fine needle aspirations to perform biopsies, which require minimal surgical intervention and may be less invasive and less expensive than more extensive surgical procedures. This presentation discusses how this could prompt faster diagnostic results when a cell block is not provided and how it’s a preferred method over more extensive surgical options. The differe...
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Fracture Anatomy for ICD-10

This presentation is an in-depth review of fracture nomenclature and classifications as they relate to the coding expansion in ICD-10. It includes a discussion and visual presentation of the code terminology, such as the Gustillo classification and Salter-Harris classification. It also includes bone anatomy and its relationship to expanded classifications , with an overview of ICD-10 guidelines ...
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Free Webinar: ICD-10 is Still on Track

What is really going on with ICD-10 implementation? There have been so many explanations. Where was the industry prior to the delay? What are the future plans moving forward and is ICD-10 really as expensive to implement as once thought? How do I get going and what’s it really all about? We’ll answer these questions and more in this special webinar where industry experts point us in the righ...
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General Surgery: Coding Updates for 2014 and Top Errors to Avoid

Accurate coding is top priority. Each year, American Medical Association releases code changes in CPT to help you more accurately code each procedure. This webinar is fast paced and geared toward the coder who wants to develop a new awareness of the 2014 general surgery coding nuances and the pitfalls to avoid in general surgery coding. You Will Learn: CPT Code changes for 2014 Top Errors t...
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Gray Areas of E/M and Where to Find the Answers

Abuses, honest mistakes in billing for physician visits, account for estimated national losses in billions each year. How can this be true when the vast majorities of physicians are committed to billing accurately and are legitimately surprised when mistakes are uncovered? Evaluation and Management codes are subjective in nature. From the aspect of medical necessity, the correct level of service...
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HCC and Risk Adjustment

It’s important for coders to know HCC guidelines, but FIRST to understand the concept of risk adjustment and why it’s becoming the hottest new healthcare tool. Find out about the risk adjustment model for Medicare HCC, as well as the Medicaid model, and how commercial plans are now creating their own models. These models are changing the way healthcare payments are being viewed and processed...
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HCC Coding and Documentation: A Doctors View

"I don't need to know about Medicare Part C and HCC coding, it doesn't affect me." This might have been true at one point but now both Medicare and Medicare Part C are dependent on HCC rules and regulations. More than 1 in 4 Medicare patients nationally and 1 in 3 in many states are in the Medicare Part C model. Coders (and some doctors) must know part A and B rules and now it is just as importa...
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HIPAA - Avoiding Substantial Penalties Following a Breach

HIPAA privacy and security plans are mandatory. Having an effective plan should help you to avoid a breach. When a breach is unavoidable, however, an effective plan also is an important key for determining the penalty tier assessed as a result of the breach. You Will Learn: Obligations under HIPAA to enact practice-specific policies and procedures that provide appropriate administrative, ph...
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How to Assign Billing Office Duties to Maximize Efficiency and Effectiveness

The billing office is a key area in the practice for optimizing cash flow. An effective billing office strategy encompasses the entire process from the front desk to final settlement of the patient account. You can systematically create a culture for learning, motivation, and accountability that adds value to your practice’s bottom line, increases employee efficiency, and satisfaction for al...
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How to Audit an Audit

This webinar will take you through the entire audit process. Items and questions at each phase of an audit will be discussed. This presentation is beneficial whether you are the auditor or the requester and whether the audit will be performed internally or externally. You Will Learn: How to scrutinize a compliance audit How to choose reliable resources to ensure guidelines are being met
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How to Defend an Adverse E/M Audit

It’s essential to understand what is in E/M guidelines, and more importantly, what is NOT. The information in this webinar will help you to defend decisions relative to the appropriate level of E/M code selection and to defend you against inappropriate down-coding. You Will Learn: Areas in E/M guidelines that require subjective analysis, leading to disputes regarding E/M code levels Commo...
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ICD-10 Musculoskeletal

We will review the musculoskeletal section of ICD-10-CM to understand the differences of ICD-10-CM and the information needed from our providers that we may not currently receive to assign the appropriate code. We will review several chapters of ICD-10-CM, including those that hold the codes to replace V-codes and E-codes. You Will Learn: Important documentation that will be needed for prope...
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ICD-10 Specialty - Cardiology

We will discuss commonly-coded conditions seen in cardiology and how they will transition to ICD-10-CM. Applicable guidelines, documentation tips, and examples will be illustrated to ensure attendee understanding. You Will Learn: The anatomic structure of the heart and how it functions Commonly coded conditions in cardiology Documentation necessary to meet ICD-10-CM standards How to code ...
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ICD-10 Specialty - Family Practice

We will discuss commonly-coded conditions seen in family practice and how they will transition to ICD-10-CM. Conditions covered will include diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and asthma. Applicable guidelines, documentation tips, and examples will be illustrated to ensure attendee understanding. You Will Learn: Coding guidelines or common conditions Family practice documentation tips Detai...
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ICD-10 Specialty - OB/GYN

We will discuss commonly-coded conditions seen in the OB/GYN practice and how they will transition to ICD-10-CM. Applicable guidelines, documentation tips, and examples will be illustrated to ensure attendee understanding of the details necessary for reporting pregnancy and delivery in the new code system. You Will Learn: New coding concepts Trimesters and weeks of gestation Seventh chara...
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ICD-10 Specialty - Orthopaedic

Orthopaedic practices, along with any practice that treats orthopaedic injuries (emergency departments, urgent care centers, primary care, etc.) will see a great number of changes to how the code set looks and is used in ICD-10-CM. Applicable guidelines, documentation tips, and examples will be illustrated to ensure attendee understanding. You Will Learn: Seventh character extenders for inju...
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ICD-10 Specialty - Pediatrics

We will discuss commonly-coded conditions seen in pediatrics and how they will transition to ICD-10-CM. From fevers to injuries, this presentation will cover frequent childhood ailments. Applicable guidelines, documentation tips, and examples will be illustrated to ensure attendee understanding. You Will Learn: Coding guidelines or common conditions Pediatric documentation tips Details f...
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Infusion Confusion

If you are like many coders, coding for infusions leads to confusion. You may find yourself wondering if the terms “highly complex” in the description of these codes also applies to the level of coding difficulty assigned to these services. If so, this session will clear away the confusion over injections and infusions and get to the POINT of coding these services in facility settings. ...
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Jet Set Your Revenue Cycle Management

This webinar will teach you what you can learn about revenue cycle management from the travel industry. We will discuss registration and ease of purchase (scheduling), the boarding process (front desk, clinical, and coding procedures that affect the revenue cycle), and arriving at your destination (optimal business office management). You Will Learn: Why the scheduling and front desk oper...
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Mastering Documentation Review

This 4-hour hands-on workshop will uncover the secrets of documentation review to identify when E/M codes can be billed separately and other common errors plaguing your practice. We’ll then reveal the key steps to ensure proper documentation, compliant coding, and correct billing, as well as the impact on reimbursement if any of these are not done correctly. You'll Learn to: Identify the...
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Medical Auditing: Elevate Your Coding Career

You may have mastered coding, but the role of the coder is rapidly evolving into the role of a medical auditor, creating an increased demand for a well-trained auditing workforce. Where will you fit in? Are you ready to take your skills and experience to the next level? Are you already performing auditing functions but seek reassurance that you’re doing them well? Is there a need for a medical...
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Mental and behavioral disorders in ICD-10-CM are expanded from the current ICD-9-CM code set. In this presentation, common conditions in mental and behavioral health will be discussed including depres

Mental and behavioral disorders in ICD-10-CM are expanded from the current ICD-9-CM code set. In this presentation, common conditions in mental and behavioral health will be discussed including depression, bipolar disorder, and drug use, abuse, and dependence. Applicable guidelines, documentation tips, and examples will be illustrated to ensure attendee understanding. You Will Learn: Charact...
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Modifier 25 - In Depth Analysis and Best Practice

This presentation will review the increased audit and compliance risks and some recent settlements related to modifier 25. Medical record examples will be reviewed so attendees can learn how to analyze the medical record to determine if the E/M service is billable in addition to the minor procedure. You Will Learn: About the increased audit risk for modifier 25 Actual medical record exampl...
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Neurovascular Interventional Coding

This webinar will review CPT coding as it pertains to neurovascular interventional procedures. A basic review of catheter placement guidelines, imaging documentation and bundling issues with some interventions will be discussed, along with the myriad of catheter-based neurointerventional procedures performed in many labs around the country. You Will Learn: Common missteps in Neurovascular In...
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Risk Adjustment: A Payment and Quality of Care Game Changer (Part 1)

Coders who desire to learn the purpose and basics of risk adjustment won't want to miss this webinar. Those who work or have an interest in CMS HCC, Medicaid CDPS, HHS HCC, or hybrid models will learn about risk adjustment in its purest form and its intentions for use in patient care. Risk adjustment models have been highly identified with the CMS HCC model. In fact, Health and Human Service...
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Risk Adjustment: A Payment and Quality of Care Game Changer (Part 2)

Coders who desire to learn the purpose and basics of risk adjustment won't want to miss this webinar. Those who work or have an interest in CMS HCC, Medicaid CDPS, HHS HCC, or hybrid models will learn about risk adjustment in its purest form and its intentions for use in patient care. Risk adjustment models have been highly identified with the CMS HCC model. In fact, Health and Human Service...
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Specialized DME Coding

DME Is a target for many audits due to lack of documentation and proof of delivery. The issues surrounding DME include incorrect usage of place of service, diagnoses that do not meet ordering requirements along with Incomplete and outdated Certificates of Medical Necessity and lack of Advanced Beneficiary Notifications. We will discuss what is required for Specialized DME ordering, delivery and ...
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Statistical Sampling

Sampling can be a confusing concept. There are various ways to pull a sample from a large population for statistic purposes. For your sample to be statistically valid, you need to know the proper amount of items to include in your sample. It’s also important to know which items to select for the sample and what you do with the results of the sample. This webinar will clear up some of the myste...
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The HHS OIG Workplan - What is in it for You?

To assist you with tailoring your compliance education and internal auditing program efforts, this Webinar will show you the areas that OIG focuses its enforcement efforts. It will help to ensure your practice does not become a post payment statistic. You will have a better understanding of structuring internal audit programs so you can find and disclose errors in advance of any OIG or ZPIC inqu...
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The Impact of ICD-10

ICD-10-CM will bring about some massive changes in healthcare. No matter what the implementation date, you need to understand what you should be doing now to prepare for ICD-10 implementation. This webinar will help you understand what the changes are all about, what you should be focused on now, and provide you direction on how to prepare. You Will Learn: Where to start your implementation ...
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The Lab Maze: Navigating Basic Laboratory/Pathology Coding

Laboratory and pathology services can be challenging to navigate the maze of codes throughout each of the sections. Should I code the panel or the individual test? Is it qualitative or quantitative? Now with the major 2013 changes to the molecular pathology section; this maze can make you feel as if there is no way out. This presentation will help you navigate through the difference sections and...
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The Relative Value File and CCI Edits: What Changes Affect Your Practice?

CMS publishes two files to assist coders in proper coding guidelines for their beneficiaries. Most other insurance carriers utilize these files in one way, shape or form, to establish their coding and policy guidelines. It is critical that everyone working in the revenue cycle knows and understands these two files and how they apply adjudication of claims for maximum reimbursement. You Will L...
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Understand the What & Why's of ABNs

Is your practice losing money due to improper use of an ABN or having no ABN on file? This presentation will not only explain the basics of ABNs, but also the more important “how and why” ABNs are used. We will address loss of revenue to physicians, who is responsible for ABNs signatures, and how to bill appropriately for ABNs. One of the most crucial aspects you’ll learn is how to overcom...
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Unlock the Secret to E/M Coding

Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes are the most commonly billed codes. Although there are guidelines to proper E/M code selection, Medical Necessity is the primary driver of correct coding. We are told that a physician may take a full history and provide a full physical, but without medical need to back it up … we should select a lesser code. For example, a resolved contact dermatitis with ...
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Urinary Diagnostic Radiology and Intervention

The Urologic system includes the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra. We will review the structure and function of the kidneys and the diseases affecting the kidneys using graphics and radiographs. We also will discuss coding scenarios for radiology diagnostic and interventional procedures and other therapeutic procedures. An overview of the diagnosis coding guidelines will be discuss...
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What's in Store for Facilities Under the CY 2014 OPPS Final Rule?

Find out what CMS has in store for facilities under the 2014 OPPS final rule changes. This is the most comprehensive change the program has seen for several years. We’ll talk about the changes and their impact to facility reporting of services. You Will Learn: How policies in the rule will affect the industry as a whole About big increases in packaging methodology New cost center for c...
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