Coding Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions from the 2018 Conference for your reference.

 2018 Expert Coding Update: CPT, MIPS, and Audit Traps

The coding rules change substantially each year and 2018 is no different. Hear the latest regarding CPT changes, the complexities of the MIPS program, and audit traps to avoid.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the key ED specific 2018 CPT and diagnosis coding changes for emergency medicine
  • Discuss how the expanded CMS audit programs will impact your practice
  • Identify the 2018 CMS regulatory changes related to emergency medicine practice including the impact of the 2018 Medicare fee schedule


2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Specifications and Solutions

The PQRS program is being phased out and replaced by MIPS with even more at stake and greater complexity. Do you have a clear understanding of the requirements and a solution for your group? Expert presenters will provide a roadmap to successful reporting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the 2018 Medicare final rule quality requirements
  • Analyze the ED available quality measures and specifications
  • Discuss strategies for effectively meeting the MIPS Quality requirements

Advanced Coding Case Study Workshop

Coding theory is crucial, but it is only the first step to accurately reporting ED services. Take it to the next level and dissect real-world case studies involving complex coding considerations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss advanced case examples, identifying the appropriate techniques and coding solutions for ensuring accurate coding
  • Describe how available documentation could be improved to ensure proper coding
  • Discuss proper coding techniques for services provided by residents, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners


Basic Case Study Presentation: Look at This Case Through My Eyes - Perspectives of Doctor, Coder, Auditor (Introduction to Emergency Department Coding Course)

Real world examples are key elements to solidifying knowledge of complex topics. Well-chosen case examples highlighting key teaching points will be presented and discussed with both physician and coder input.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review real world ED records to demonstrate the documentation requirements
  • Review common ED presentations and typical code assignments
  • Describe a technique for coding an ED clinical record


Basic E/M Coding for Physician Services in the ED (Introduction to Emergency Department Coding Course)

The basics of ED coding can be very intimidating. CPT codes, E/M levels, and scoring medical decision making represent the underpinnings of ED code assignment. Freshen up on the basics to make the most of the Advanced Coding course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review in detail an ED specific approach to the application of the Medicare 1995 Documentation Guidelines
  • Review current concepts and myths surrounding the scoring of medical decision making
  • Identify documentation requirements for the evaluation and management codes 99281-99285, including the three key elements, and four contributing elements


Coding Controversies and Compliance: Sharks are In the Water - Are you the Bait?

Audits are escalating in both frequency and severity. Both governmental and private payers are undertaking aggressive actions against providers. Are you prospectively monitoring the high risk areas?

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the escalating Medicare Audit trends including RAC, MAC, and CERT audits.
  • Describe areas of high compliance risk
  • Identify potential audit triggers and targets
  • Review the best defense and response strategies

Critical Care Coding: How to Get Physicians and Coders on the Same Page

Providing critical care services often means one thing to coders and another to seasoned clinicians. Analyze the documentation and coding requirements woven into a nuanced discussion of common critical-care presentations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review multiple specific critical care clinical presentations and dispel common misperceptions regarding who qualifies for critical care
  • Discuss critical care coding issues including: bundled services, time requirements, and CPR
  • Identify documentation and coding requirements to appropriately report critical care services

Lightning Rounds: Attestations, ICD-10, Moderate Sedation and a 2018 Facility Coding Update

A thorough knowledge of coding requires a deep dive into certain areas. Get all the way down in the weeds with an expert panel to dissect today’s most complex coding topics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the requirements for correct use of the advanced care planning codes
  • Analyze the impact of the new sedation codes and their application in real world vignettes 
  • Discuss coding complexities related to facility coding

Observation Services: Expanding Opportunities; Professional and Facility Coding Solutions
Observation services are growing in importance. ED groups are frequently tasked with staffing observation units. Coding for these often multi-day stays can be complex. Are you up to the challenge?

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the coding complexities and RVU valuations associated with accurate reporting of observation services
  • Describe the latest information regarding Inpatient Status and the interplay between physician documentation and facility coding
  • Identify documentation requirements for use of the observation codes

Open Forum: Your Specific Coding Concerns Addressed

This interactive session is designed to address your most challenging concerns and questions to be addressed by an expert panel. Participants may submit questions in advance or onsite. Some of the biggest issues facing coders in their daily professional situations will be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss major issues presented throughout the conference, using actual examples gained in daily situations


Stop the Bleeding: Avoid Procedure Coding Pitfalls

The typical emergency department performs over 100 different procedures on a regular basis. Learn the ins and outs of correct documentation and coding from both a CPT and clinical perspective.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss coding challenges related to high RVU emergency medicine procedures
  • Identify the key aspects of documentation that impact procedure code selection
  • Review specific emergency medicine procedures and their documentation requirements including abscesses, fracture care and advanced airway tools