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What's New in ICD-10-CM?

Presented by Joy King Ewing, RHIA, CCS, TruCode Consultant

September 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET

Navigating Outpatient Procedural Coding Changes

Presented by Karen Scott, MEd, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC, FAHIMA, Senior Training Specialist, TruCode

December 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET

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HCC background and M.E.A.T. criteria application

Presented on June 9, 2020 by Karen Youmans, MPA, RHIA, CCS, President/CEO, YES HIM Consulting, Inc.

Hierarchical condition category (HCC) coding is a risk-adjustment model that is becoming increasingly prevalent as the environment shifts to value-based payment models. Join us to review the background on HCCs, a comparison between the CMS-HCC and the HHS-HCC models, and application of the M.E.A.T. (Monitor, Evaluate, Assess, Treat) criteria for documentation and coding practices.

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of HCCs and background
  • Differences between CMS-HCC vs. HHS-HCC
  • Deep dive on CMS-HCC (examples, hierarchy, insights)
  • Discussion of ME.A.T. criteria: how to apply it for documentation and coding practices
  • Resources on HCCs

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Learning From Common Coding Errors

Presented on May 12, 2020 by Karen Pickering, RHIT, CCS, Content Expert, Pickerson Solutions

This webinar presents the most commonly revised, added and deleted diagnosis, PCS, CPT/HCPCS and modifier codes as well as the most commonly revised MS-DRGs and APCs across the inpatient, outpatient and Pro-Fee environments.  

Topics covered include:

  • A review of common coding errors and available resources to improve performance
  • A discussion of potential areas of focus for future audits
  • Ideas for coder education

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Coronary Artery Procedure Coding in ICD-10-PCS

Presented on April 28, 2020 by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, President, Kuehn Consulting 

This webinar discusses unusual coronary artery bypass procedures of Y or T grafts, LIMA and RIMA bypasses including graft extensions, and rare bypasses from less common blood sources. We discuss both the open and percutaneous endoscopic approach. This presentation will also explore the problems of coding extirpation and dilation of coronary arteries at the bifurcation and correct code assignment. Application of ICD-10-PCS guidelines that are appropriate for these scenarios will be integrated into the program. Topics to be covered include:

  • Analysis of the documentation for a coronary artery bifurcation procedure
  • Illustration of accurate coding of coronary artery dilation procedures
  • Review of basic coronary artery bypass coding concepts to accurately code unusual coronary artery bypass procedures
  • Discussion of surgical techniques used in open and percutaneous endoscopic coronary artery bypass procedures

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The “Skinny” on Coding for Skin Grafts and Related Musculoskeletal Procedures

Presented on March 24, 2020 by Lori Amende, RHIA, CCS, Product Specialist, TruCode

This webinar reviews the anatomy and physiology of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and fascia, and how it relates to skin grafting procedures. In addition, we discuss the ICD-10-PCS and CPT code assignment for skin grafting procedures and related musculoskeletal procedures. Finally, we explore some of the new technology that is being used with, and in place of, traditional skin grafting procedures. Topics to be covered include:

  • A review of the anatomy and physiology of skin, subcutaneous tissue and fascia
  • A discussion on correct code assignment for skin grafting procedures for both ICD-10-PCS and CPT
  • A look at musculoskeletal procedures related to skin grafting -An exploration of new technology related to skin grafting and skin substitute products

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Outpatient Procedural Coding Changes and Their Impact on the Coding Process

Presented on December 3, 2019 at 2 pm ET by Karen Scott, MEd, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC, FAHIMA, Senior Training Specialist, TruCode

This webinar briefly reviews the changes to the 2020 CPT® coding system. We discuss changes to the coding guidelines and provide examples. Additionally, we discuss potential issues that coders may encounter, and review strategies to avoid them. 

Topics covered include:

  • A review of the 2020 CPT® coding changes
  • Identification of major changes and potential challenges these may cause
  • A discussion of proper documentation that will assist in preparing for potential challenges

CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.

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ICD-10-PCS Root Operation Decision Making 

Presented on October 16, 2019 by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA, President, Kuehn Consulting, LLC

Coding in ICD-10-PCS presents unique coding challenges. In order to assign the correct codes, it is critical that coding professionals have a solid understanding of the root operation definitions. In this webinar, we will compare and contrast the groups and the root operations, and learn the questions to ask as you code. We will discuss coding by root operation and coding from the tables directly to help you increase your coding accuracy and speed your decision-making process. 

Topics to be covered include:

  • A discussion of how to differentiate between the root operation groups
  • A break-down of the root operation selection process within and between groups
  • A review of how to code the underlying objective, aim or intent of the procedure.

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What’s new in ICD-10-CM?

Presented on October 8, 2019 by Joy King Ewing, RHIA, CCS, TruCode Consultant

Join us to review the changes to the FY 2020 ICD-10-CM coding system. In this webinar, we will highlight certain code and coding guideline changes that are significantly different from past practices, and highlight examples to ensure a clear understanding. In addition, we will discuss common areas of coder error and strategies for avoiding them.

Topics to be covered include:

  • An overview of 2020 ICD-10-CM coding changes and the Official Coding Guideline changes for 2020
  • Significant highlights from the FY20 IPPS Final Rule that impact coding
  • Major changes that will provide potential challenges
  • How proper documentation can help you prepare for these changes

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Data Evaluation Ideas for Coder/CDI Continuing Education

Presented on July 17, 2019 by Amy Czahor RHIT, CDIP, CCS, Vice President, Optimization & Analytic Services, RecordsOne and Tom Scholomiti, RHIT, Sr. Director, nSight Strategy & Implementation, RecordsOne

Today’s EHR documentation reflects the changes and updates to clinical decision-making, treatments, and ongoing guideline development. Devices, procedures, and therapeutics are also changing as new technologies help to improve health outcomes. Administrative data is a trove for identifying and evaluating trends and opportunities that can be used to supplement both coder and CDI continuing education.

Topics to be covered include:

  • HIM data interpretation roles and opportunities
  • Public sources to add to your data toolkit and benchmarks
  • Evaluating ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding trends
  • Hospital billing data analysis, external disputes, and claim denial prevention

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Integrating Clinical and Financial Process and Data to Drive Revenue Integrity

Presented on June 13, 2019 at by Denise Johnson, RHIA, CPHQ, Vice President of HIM Integrated Services, nThrive and Amy Rector, RN, CCDS, CDIP, Sr. Director, Clinical Documentation Improvement and Charge Audit Services, nThrive

The effective transformation of clinical processes and data into financial processes and data is still a considerable challenge for most healthcare provider organizations. The opportunity where these two domains blend often creates incomplete and sometimes inaccurate patient and clinical information leading to suboptimal reimbursement, compliance risks and potential government-imposed penalties.

This webinar will include examples and lessons learned from various hospital experiences. It will reveal strategies to rethink processes, data flow and relationships to enhance and sustain this critical juncture of providers’ operations through collaboration and data driven decision making.

Topics to be covered include:

  • A review of the challenges and opportunities that affect the CDI profession in a data driven model
  • Discussion of the strategies to mitigate the clinical documentation gaps
  • How to build key relationships within organizations to integrate financial and clinical data

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Hot Topics in Coding: ECMO, Sepsis, Heart Device Reporting and More

Presented on May 8, 2019 by Megan DeVoe, CCS, Product Manager, TruCode 

Recent CMS code and reimbursement changes have had a significant impact on coding for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) procedures and heart devices. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the ICD-10-PCS procedures that are affected by these changes and discuss the MS-DRG changes related to these procedures. In addition, we will review the proposed definitions for sepsis and explore the potential impact on sepsis reporting.

Topics to be covered include:

  • A review of the basic components of ECMO and how the recent coding changes will impact reimbursement
  • A discussion of heart device reporting and its impact on MS-DRG assignment
  • A look at the Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock (Sepsis-3) that was recently addressed during the March ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting and the proposal to harmonize codes with these definitions for fiscal year 2021

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