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ANNOUNCING THE 2019 TRUCODE EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR SERIES

Stay on top of the latest coding issues and developments, plus earn AHIMA CEUs when you attend these webinars.  

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Outpatient Procedural Coding Changes and Their Impact on the Coding Process

December 3, 2019 at 2 pm ET

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

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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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Navigating Outpatient Procedural Coding Changes

Presented on December 11, 2018 by Karen Scott, MEd, RHIA, CCS-, CPC, FAHIMA, TruCode Senior Training Specialist

The American Medical Association's release of the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set includes 335 code changes. And with these new and revised codes going into effect on January 1, 2019, now is the best time to familiarize yourself with any potential issues and challenges that may lie ahead. In this webinar, we'll look at the major CPT® coding changes in store for 2019.

Topics to be covered include:

  • An overview of 2019 CPT® coding changes
  • Key changes that may potentially create challenges
  • Preparing for possible issues through proper documentation

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What's New in ICD-10-CM?

Presented on October 3, 2018 by Joy King Ewing, RHIA, CCS, TruCode Consultant
*Please note: CEUs are no longer available for this webinar*

Changes to the ICD-10-CM coding system will soon be in effect—along with the potential challenges that new guidelines inevitably bring. In this webinar, we'll review the areas where coding errors are most likely to occur, plus strategies that will help you avoid them. 

Topics to be covered include:

  • An overview of 2019 ICD-10-CM coding changes
  • Potential issues that may result from the new guidelines
  • How proper documentation can help you prepare for these changes

View the webinar on-demand here.

Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs): Their Impact on the Coding Process

Presented on June 20, 2018 by Joy King Ewing, RHIA, CCS, TruCode Consultant
*Please note: CEUs are no longer available for this webinar*

With the increased use of risk-adjusted models to determine reimbursement, it is critical that coders have a solid understanding of Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs). This webinar reviews the HCC categories and the role they play in risk-adjusted payment models. We discuss the impact of clinical documentation on coding and the resulting HCC assignment, and review best practices for assigning & sequencing or querying for appropriate diagnosis codes.

Topics covered include:

  • A review of HCCs and their role in risk-adjusted payment methodologies
  • Understanding how documentation specificity impacts coding and the use of HCCs
  • Learning how HCCs impact coding & reimbursement

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A Practical Approach to Outpatient Clinical Documentation Improvement

Presented on April 25, 2018 by Jon Elion, MD, FACC, CEO, ChartWise Medical Systems 
*Please note: CEUs are no longer available for this webinar*

Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) is well-established in the inpatient arena, and is now poised to extend into outpatient encounters. Understanding what needs to be done in the outpatient setting is a daunting task, as there are dozens of stakeholders who need improvements in documentation. This webinar provides an understanding of what's in store as CDI is extended to outpatient areas, and how to ultimately measure its success.

Topics covered include:

  • How to leverage inpatient CDI similarities when building an outpatient CDI program
  • The value of the Risk Adjustment Factor in inpatient and outpatient CDI
  • Understanding the metrics and reports that are valuable for monitoring and improving CDI programs
  • The importance of selecting appropriate Key Performance Indicators for measuring documentation quality for both acute (inpatient) and chronic (outpatient) care settings

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