CMS.gov: A Guided Tour

October 16, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) website, CMS.gov, is one of the largest and most comprehensive payor websites available to the public. Not only does it offer guidance and program information for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, but buried in this website’s overwhelming amount of data and information is a treasure trove of guidance for coding, documentation improvement, and billing teams. Join us to discover how your organization can benefit from a guided tour of CMS.gov.

Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants will understand:

  • Important coding, billing and documentation guidelines provided by CMS
  • How and where to find links to CMS coverage guidelines (LCDs and NCDs)
  • How to interpret and apply CMS guidelines, policies and procedures to improve your organization’s coding, billing and documentation practices

Speakers: Melissa Cartier, RHIT, CCS-P and Katie O’Hearn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, CRC

CPT 2020 Update/OPPS Update

December 18, 2019
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET

Are you ready for AMA CPT 2020 update? If not join us for a lunch and learn to learn about the new CPT updates. 2020 will see 394 code changes, including 248 new codes, 71 deleted codes, and 75 revisions. Most changes will be seen in the area of new technology. With the advances of new technology for e-visits and monitoring there is an explosion of new codes to help identify these services. We will discuss these changes. We will review the deletions and the revision and see how they will affect code assignment.

We will also review any OPPS final rules that will impact coding. CMS is proposing to add two new C-APCs and proposing to remove total hip replacement from the IP List only. As well as changes to the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)

Come and join us for this informative session on the new updates for CPT and OPPS.

Agenda:

CPT Review

  • Review new codes
  • Review deleted codes
  • Review revised codes

OPPS Update

  • Inpatient only list
  • New comprehensive APC

Procedures added to Ambulatory Surgery Center

Speaker: Mary D. Gregory, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, CRC, CPC, CCS-P, Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

Employee Engagement

December 11, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

What does it mean to be engaged? Well, the short answer is it depends upon who you ask. Practitioners and academicians have different approaches and definitions. Themes for engagement definitions may include one’s commitment, enthusiasm, involvement, and discretionary behaviors, to name a few. Why does engagement matter and how is it tied to individual and organizational outcomes? Disengaged employees cost employers in excess of $450 billion dollars annually in the U.S. alone (Corbin, 2017; Sorenson & Garman, 2013). What does it mean to exhibit work passion and does this go beyond what it means to be engaged? This can be technical, but we are dealing with people after all! What can managers and their organizations do to assist employees in being engaged, exhibit passion, and go above and beyond their assigned duties? Seems like a tall order, but believe it or not, there are some simple approaches that can improve the workplace environment and the relationship between the employee and organization to maximize outcomes.

Dr. David Conley will be: uncovering the definitions of engagement; discussing employee work passion; cognitions, emotions, and behavior; the employee and organization relationship; employees going above and beyond in the interest of themselves and their organization; where medical coders fit in and the related study conducted; and takeaways for the employee, manager, and executive.

Speaker: Dr. David Conley

PEPPER for the HIM Professional

October 30, 2019
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CT

If you’ve heard of “PEPPER” but have never used this report, consider attending this session which will cover all the basics about the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER). PEPPER is a free comparative data report that CMS contractor RELI group produces for CMS. PEPPER supports provider efforts related to correct coding/billing and adherence to Medicare payment policy by highlighting areas that may be at risk for improper Medicare payments. This session will focus on areas of interest to the HIM community.

Speaker: Kimberly Hrehor, MHA, RHIA, CHC, PMP

The Role of ICD-10-CM Coding in the New World of PDPM Reimbursement

October 24, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT

This webinar will provide an overview of the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that goes into effect for Long-Term Care Facilities (SNFs) on 10/1/2019. The webinar will describe how the payment system works and differs from the previous one, as well as the different and more crucial role that ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes will play in determining correct payment for these patients.

Objectives:
At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
1. Understand the PDPM payment system compared to the previous system and the increased role of coding in the new system.
2. Understand the crucial need for accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes and their impact on determining the correct payment group.
3. Understand coding rules/issues for coding in the PDPM system and how they differ from the acute care setting.

Speaker: Joy King Ewing, RHIA, CCS, CCDS

Coding Roundtable

October 19, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Arizona Time

Taking the Blur Out of Assigning Infusion Codes
Evelyn Thomas, RHIA

My Eyes Are On 20/20
Katherine Andersen, RHIT, CCS, CRCS-I, CRCS-P, NREMT

CAR-T Cell Therapy and Other Surgical Treatments for Leukemia and Lymphoma
Micki Goad, MBA, RHIT