Reduce Fracture Coding Stress and Reimbursement Worries

Product Code: YMPDA032718A

Quick Overview

Fractures are some of orthopedic surgeons’ most frequently treated conditions, but that doesn’t mean coding them is easy. Orthopedics expert Margie Scalley Vaught navigates the many details of fracture coding and tells you what you need to know.

Price: $199.00

Reduce Fracture Coding Stress and Reimbursement Worries

Reduce Fracture Coding Stress and Reimbursement Worries

Presented on:
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern

Presented by:
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR

Level of Program:

Fractures are some of orthopedic surgeons’ most frequently treated conditions, but that doesn’t mean coding them is easy. There are many details that must be documented and accounted for when coding—for example, whether the fracture presented as open or closed, and whether the surgeon used a closed, percutaneous, or open method of treatment.

In addition, payers—particularly Medicare—now place limits on the number of contiguous fracture and dislocation treatments that can be billed during the same encounter. Meanwhile, on the diagnosis coding side, questions remain about reporting 7th characters for active treatment and follow-up care and differentiating between chronic and acute injuries, among other details.

Join us for this one-hour webinar as coding expert Margie Scalley Vaught navigates through the specific requirements of fracture coding.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Ensure that you are following National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) bundling rules for fractures
  • Distinguish between percutaneous fracture treatment and open reduction with internal fixation
  • Identify the elements of the fracture global package and what may be reported separately
  • Understand when and how to use modifiers -54 and -55


  • Get updated on NCCI rules for coding the reduction of multiple contiguous fractures
  • Learn how to recognize different types of fracture treatments in the op note and how to code them
  • Understand what’s included in the global package for fracture care codes and when to bill separately for components such as debridement or casting
  • Find out what your options are for billing closed fracture treatment without manipulation
  • Understand the difference between open fractures and open treatment, and between closed fractures and closed treatment
  • Work through common cases that may cause confusion, such as when the patient first presents in the ER, or when postop follow-up care is done by a separate provider

Get your fracture coding questions answered, such as how to code removal of hardware with an open reduction of the distal radius, or bimalleolar fracture with dislocation

Continuing Education:

This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Ability to claim credits for this webinar expire on: 3/26/19.

Your Expert Presenter:

Margie Scalley Vaught

Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR, has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena, including more than 20 years in orthopedic coding, billing, and reimbursement. She frequently performs internal audits, provides education and training to physicians and office staff, and helps clinics establish billing and compliance manuals. She is an advisor on orthopedic coding to the Board of Medical Specialty Coding, and she helped develop the Advanced Orthopedic Coding credentialing exam. Vaught has contributed many articles to the AAOS Bulletin, and she serves as consulting editor to Medical Practice Coding Pro and the Orthopedic Coder’s Pink Sheet.

How the Webinar Works
Add this webinar to your shopping cart or call toll-free 1-855-CALL-DH1 (1-855-225-5341).

In advance of the webinar you will receive a toll free telephone number with dialing instructions and a link to download the course materials. Listen in and follow along live on the web or stream the training On Demand after the live date. Note: On Demand viewers are eligible for CEUs.

There is no limit to the number of staff from your office who can listen to the webinar live via speakerphone* or view On Demand. Access to the On Demand version and its accompanying materials is guaranteed for 90 days from the date of purchase.

When prompted, you will have an opportunity to ask your questions during the live webinar only.

Webinar system requirements and program materials:
To fully benefit from the webcast experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended)
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location.

No problem. The On-Demand version is now available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value!

*One phone line per registration fee. Additional connections subject to additional registration fees.