2021 Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance and Reimbursement Symposium

November 8–10, 2021 | Orlando, FL

Join us November 8–10, 2021, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista—Disney Springs Area, for the specialty-specific training you need at the Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance, and Reimbursement Symposium for anesthesia, orthopedics, and pain management.

Make sure you’re up to date on the latest coding, billing, and compliance changes, including:

  • New 2021 E/M office visit rules
  • A look ahead at new, revised, and deleted ICD-10 procedure and diagnosis codes for 2022 and how to navigate them
  • Guidance from our experts on how to increase coding compliance and reduce denials
  • Insight into documentation and coding fixes that can free up lost revenue in your practice 

Learn all you need to know from our expert speakers as they provide you with important information about your medical practice specialty coding. You can expect tips and tools on coding and billing, improved documentation, reduced audit risk, and the most recent hot topics in the field. By attending this symposium, you’ll get all of the following:

  • The lowdown on 2022 CPT® codes: Obtain specialty-specific updates and guidance on coding changes that will impact the way you report services and the way your practice is paid.
  • Anatomical insights: Take the mystery out of the medical terminology in charts, speed up your coding, and spot documentation errors with detailed anatomical guidance.
  • Expert advice: Get answers to your pressing coding and billing questions during each session.
  • Tips to overcome the latest coding challenges: Clear up lingering questions about how to report new services or how to stop those denials that continue to clog your claims cycle.

Choose between one of three specialty tracks (NOTE: After registering, any changes to your selected track must be made prior to arrival onsite at the event location):

ANESTHESIA: Maximize your coding efficiency and conquer the most perplexing billing, coding, and compliance issues.

ORTHOPEDICS: Solve your most pressing musculoskeletal coding problems from shoulder to toe and gain expert insight and guidance to handle payer policy challenges.

PAIN MANAGEMENT: Use specialty-specific scenarios to improve your knowledge of anatomy and boost your coding prowess.

BONUS: All attendees will automatically be registered for a complimentary specialty coding virtual event! This companion virtual event will correspond to the in-person specialty track you’ve attended (anesthesia, orthopedics, or pain management). Attend the in-person event, then relisten and retrain as needed with the virtual event—gather your coding team for it once you’re back in the office, for example. Learn more about the virtuals below:

2021 Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance and Reimbursement Symposium

Agenda

Choose from one of the following three tracks.

NOTE: After registering, any changes to your selected track must be made prior to arrival onsite at the event location.


Preconference — Monday, November 8, 2021

Track: Anesthesia

What’s New in 2022: Get Ahead of Coding, Billing, and Compliance Changes

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
CPT Update 2022: Prepare Your Anesthesia Practice
Kelly Dennis, MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I
Get your first look at the six new anesthesia services for image-guided spinal procedures and other changes that will go into effect January 1, 2022. This session will also prepare you for the topics covered during the rest of the conference.

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Breaking News: Final Physician Fee Schedule 2022
Julia Kyles, CPC
Discover what Medicare has in store for practices in 2022, including the services it will and will not cover, new policies it will roll out, and the conversion factor for anesthesia.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Advanced Billing Concepts: Field Avoidance, Unusual Positioning, Anesthesia Teams, and More
Marcy Garuccio, ACS-AN, CANPC, CPMA, CPC
Laura McNeill, M.D.
Sit down with a board-certified anesthesiologist and a coding/compliance pro to gain clarity on advanced billing concepts that puzzle anesthesia coding staff and stall claims. Make sure you understand the latest guidance for field avoidance and unusual positioning, how to document and report anesthesia teams and finish up with a review of guidelines for teaching services.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
COVID-19 Cleanup: Getting Back to Business as Usual
Daniel J. Crane, MBA
As the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency approaches, medical practices must prepare for a return to normal operations, and that includes winding down the use of flexibilities and waivers that were allowed during the emergency. This session will walk you through your post-pandemic to-do list so you aren’t caught off guard when the emergency ends.

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
A Primer for Coders on the Latest Techniques and Technology
Marcy Garuccio, ACS-AN, CANPC, CPMA, CPC
Laura McNeill, M.D.

Anesthesia techniques and technology are changing all of the time. That’s great for patients, but when a coder finds a new term in a chart it can mean hours of research to determine what it is, how to code it and whether it will be paid. Take the surprise out of coding: Join our anesthesiologist and coder team to discover what to do when your anesthesia providers try something new. At the end of this session you’ll be caught up on the latest terminology and have tips for improving communication with your anesthesiologists and CRNAs so you aren’t surprised by mystery terms.

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Privacy and Security Update: Keep Up With the Growing Risk
Kim Clayson
Medical practices today face some harsh realities: greater scrutiny of HIPAA compliance, tough new privacy and security regulations that every practice is expected to meet, and an HHS initiative that has already snared several doctors—one solo-physician practice paid $100,000 after one patient complained! This session will bring you up to date on HIPAA and other rules that are designed to protect practices and patients from privacy and security risks.

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Q&A With the Experts
Now is your chance to ask all your questions of our expert speakers.

Track: Orthopedics

What’s New in 2022: Get Ahead of Coding, Billing, and Compliance Changes

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Get the Jump on 2022 Ortho Coding and Billing Changes
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Take a first look at CPT and ICD-10 code changes, the impact on ortho practices, and how to respond. Medicare physician fee schedule updates will also be addressed.

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Ortho Office Operations Under the Microscope
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Ensure that high-volume procedures such as arthrocentesis are documented, coded, and billed appropriately for full payment. Examine modifier -25 issues in light of the 2021 office E/M guidelines.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ortho Coding Gatekeepers: Who Are They and What Can Be Done About Them
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
What are your options when benefit managers and clinical appropriateness companies get involved in coverage decisions? Learn strategies to address these gatekeepers and win.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Solidify Your Spine Coding Skills (Part 1)
Alison Kuley, CPC
Ensure that you are up to date on coding discectomy, fusion, instrumentation and grafting, corpectomy, osteotomy, and other essential spine procedures with this unique session combining anatomic details, coding guidance, and documentation examples.

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Solidify Your Spine Coding Skills (Part 2)
Alison Kuley, CPC
Continue learning how to code spine procedures during this session that combines anatomic details, coding guidance, and documentation examples.

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Demystify Foot and Ankle DME Coding
Michael G. Warshaw, DPM, CPC
Learn the essentials of how to document, code, and bill DME supplies compliantly, including the detailed written order and proof of delivery. You’ll learn how to navigate DME coverage determinations and how to quickly identify the code specific to your DME device, then work through case scenarios to see how it all fits together.

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Coder’s Round Table
Back by popular demand! Veteran orthopedic coders share their best strategies to handle denied claims, payer misbehavior, office E/M quandaries, pandemic year coding challenges, and more.

Track: Pain Management

What’s New in 2022: Get Ahead of Coding, Billing, and Compliance Changes

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
CPT Update 2022: Prepare Your Pain Practice
Marcy Garuccio, ACS-AN, CANPC, CPMA, CPC
Get your first look at the new treatment for chronic low back pain and other changes that will go into effect January 1, 2022. This session will also prepare you for the topics covered during the rest of the conference.

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Advanced Techniques and Technology for Pain Management
Amy Turner, RN, BSN, MMHC, CPC, CHC, CHIAP
Get the latest news on pain management procedures, including more details about the new service for chronic low back pain from the CPT 2022 preview session. You’ll also learn about complex services such as stimulators, sacroiliac joint injection RFA, genicular blocks and destruction, and investigational procedures.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Anti-Kickback/Stark Physician Self-Referral Update: Are the New Rules Good News for Your Practice?
Kim Clayson
The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t halt the release of new compliance laws. CMS and the HHS Office of Inspector General released extensive updates to the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark physician self-referral rules. Practices that fall afoul of these rules face massive fines and penalties. Our expert will provide you with the key details contained in the hundreds of pages of regulations that you need to know and how the changes might benefit your practice.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Catch Up With Paravertebral Facet Joint Nerve Blocks and RFA
Amy Turner, RN, BSN, MMHC, CPC, CHC, CHIAP
These top pain management services remain on the top of auditors’ watch lists. This session will show you how to protect your revenue with a review of audit findings and the changes Medicare administrative contractors have made to their policies.

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Breaking News: Final Physician Fee Schedule 2022
Julia Kyles, CPC
Discover what Medicare has in store for practices in 2022, including the services it will and will not cover, new policies it will roll out, the conversion factor for your pain management services, and the impact on your revenue.

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
COVID-19 Cleanup: Getting Back to Business as Usual
Daniel J. Crane, MBA
As the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency approaches, medical practices must prepare for a return to normal operations, and that includes winding down the use of flexibilities and waivers that were allowed during the emergency. This session will walk you through your post-pandemic to-do list so you aren’t caught off guard when the emergency ends.

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Q&A With the Experts
Now is your chance to ask all your questions of our expert speakers.


Main Conference, Day 1 — Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Track: Anesthesia

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Skin in the Game: Integumentary System Services and Burn Treatments
Kelly Dennis, MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I
Discover how to report anesthesia services for integumentary procedures including plastic surgery and breast reconstruction. You’ll also review the rules for burn excisions and debridement.

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Anesthesia for Interventional Radiology
Doris V. Branker, CHC, CPC, CIRCC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CEMC
As the complexity of services performed in the interventional radiology suite has increased, so has the need for an anesthesia provider. Back by popular demand and updated to include new procedures, this session will guide you through the challenges of reporting anesthesia services for a number of interventional radiology procedures.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Stay Ahead of Coding and Billing Rules for OB-GYN and Pediatric Anesthesia Services
Kelly Dennis, MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I
This popular session will review the rules for anesthesia services for labor and delivery, plus information on how to bill services for pediatric patients. Come with your questions for this anesthesia expert and leave with solid answers.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Anti-Kickback/Stark Physician Self-Referral Update: Are the New Rules Good News for Your Practice?
Kim Clayson
The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t halt the release of new compliance laws. CMS and the HHS Office of Inspector General released extensive updates to the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark physician self-referral rules. Practices that fall afoul of these rules face massive fines and penalties. Our expert will provide you with the key details contained in the hundreds of pages of regulations that you need to know and how the changes might benefit your practice.

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Make the Most of the ASA Crosswalk and Relative Value Guide
Pamela Linton, CPC, CANPC
Anesthesia coders have extra reference guides at their disposal to help them accurately code and bill their services. In this session, you’ll learn how to get the most out of these manuals and how to request corrections and succeed.

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
ICD-10-CM: Get Caught Up on the 2022 Changes to Protect Your Claims
Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CCS, CCS-P, CEMC, MHP
Dive into the ICD-10-CM code and guideline changes that took effect October 1, 2021, and rescue your claims from denials. At the end of this session, you will be conversant in the relevant coding and guideline changes, know how to code to the highest degree of specificity, and show clinicians how to make sure their documentation meets the new coding guidelines.

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Q&A With the Experts
Now is your chance to ask all your questions of our expert speakers.

5:10 p.m.
Adjourn Day 1

Track: Orthopedics

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Step Up Your Foot and Toe Procedure Coding
Michael G. Warshaw, DPM, CPC
Learn anatomy, documentation, and coding essentials for frequent foot and toe procedures, including bunionectomy, midfoot arthrodesis, hammertoe, Morton’s neuroma, and LisFranc fracture repair.

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Take the Pressure Off Ankle, Tibia, and Fibula Coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Sharpen your coding knowledge of such procedures as ankle scopes and fusion, malleolar and pilon/plafond fractures.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Necessary Knee Knowledge for Coders
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Cement your understanding of knee arthroplasty scenarios, including conversion from a hemi to total knee replacement, and refresh your understanding of arthroscopic as well as open knee repair coding, including meniscal procedures, ligament reconstruction, OATs, and synovectomy.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Demystify NCCI/MUE Policies
Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CCS, CCS-P, CEMC, MHP
Gain an understanding of how National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) procedure-to-procedure edits work, how they are developed, and when it’s appropriate to override and appeal when they lead to claim denials. Also learn about medically unlikely edits (MUEs) and add-on code edits and how they impact your claims, as well as when and how to use NCCI-related modifiers including the X-modifiers.

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Get Familiar With Femur Coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Learn the ins and outs of coding a variety of distal, shaft, and proximal femur repairs, including insertion/removal of fracture fixation.

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Essential Hip and Pelvis Repair Coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Learn how to navigate common hip replacement scenarios, including two-step revision arthroplasty, uncover coding for the various types of pelvic and hip fractures, and gain tips to navigate payer policies for femoral acetabular impingement procedures.

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
ASC Coding for Ortho Procedures
Alison Kuley, CPC
Make sure you know the basics of ASC coding and billing, including ASC-specific modifier usage, now that payer policies are expanding the list of procedures performed in that setting.

5:10 p.m.
Adjourn Day 1

Track: Pain Management

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Private Payer Policies for Pain Practices
Amy Turner, RN, BSN, MMHC, CPC, CHC, CHIAP
Dig into payer policies for common pain procedures and unearth the solutions to denials that bury your bottom line. You’ll leave this session ready to tackle precertification requirements and mitigate denials.

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Privacy and Security Update: Keep Up With the Growing Risk
Kim Clayson
Medical practices today face some harsh realities: greater scrutiny of HIPAA compliance, tough new privacy and security regulations that every practice is expected to meet, and an HHS initiative that has already snared several doctors—one solo-physician practice paid $100,000 after one patient complained! This session will bring you up to date on HIPAA and other rules that are designed to protect practices and patients from privacy and security risks.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Master Coding for Head, Neck, and Shoulder Pain
Amy Turner, RN, BSN, MMHC, CPC, CHC, CHIAP
Take it from the top and master diagnosis and procedure coding for treatments to relieve pain of the head, neck, and shoulders, including migraines and whiplash.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
E/M 2021 for Pain Management (Part 1)
Doris V. Branker, CHC, CPC, CIRCC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CEMC
Attend this specialty-specific session to make sure you have achieved fluency in the new documentation and coding method for these vital visits and haven’t missed any updates to the guidelines. At the end of the session, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply the rules for medical decision-making
  • Explain the definitions of terms such as independent historian, appropriate source, and external
  • Accurately calculate time based on pre-, intra-, and post-encounter services
  • Ensure split/shared visits are reported appropriately


1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
E/M 2021 for Pain Management (Part 2)
Doris V. Branker, CHC, CPC, CIRCC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CEMC
Attend this specialty-specific session to make sure you have achieved fluency in the new documentation and coding method for these vital visits and haven’t missed any updates to the guidelines. In this second half of the session, you’ll walk through a few notes to make sure you can spot the difference between a note that will stand up to an audit and a note that will result in an overpayment demand.

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Telehealth/Telecommunications for Pain Management: Prepare for Audits
Amy Turner, RN, BSN, MMHC, CPC, CHC, CHIAP
Telehealth became a literal lifeline for patients and practices during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Tune in to this session for the current information on telehealth services that your pain management practice needs to know, including when you can expect the rules to return to normal and how to prepare for audits by the HHS Office of Inspector General.

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Q&A With the Experts
Now is your chance to ask all your questions of our expert speakers.

5:10 p.m.
Adjourn Day 1


Main Conference, Day 2 — Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Track: Anesthesia

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Get Ahead of Denials: Master Coding for Anesthesia for Spine Procedures and New Image Guidance Codes
Kelly Dennis, MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I
Cervical with the patient in the sitting position, intrathoracic with one lung ventilation and spinal instrumentation—these are just a selection of the spinal procedures that may cross your desk. Plus, there will be six new codes for percutaneous image-guided procedures. When this session ends, you’ll be able to review and code charts for a wide range of these services, cut your denial rate, and prepare staff to report the new codes.

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Life Support for Anesthesia Providers
Doris V. Branker, CHC, CPC, CIRCC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CEMC
Medicare data shows that anesthesiologists’ utilization of 25 codes for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), also known as extracorporeal life support (ECLS), has increased every year since the codes were created, but the requirements for the codes are almost as complicated as the service. This session will bring you up to speed on ECMO/ECLS, including the procedures you may report on the same day. In addition, you’ll learn how to code when the anesthesia provider performs anesthesia services for these procedures.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Learn to Document and Code Chronic Pain Management for Anesthesia Practices
Amy Turner, RN, BSN, MMHC, CPC, CHC, CHIAP
Brush up on the rules for documenting and coding interventional pain management services performed for patients with chronic pain. This session will focus on utilization guidelines, diagnosis requirements, and how to protect these services from denials.

11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Q&A With the Experts
Now is your chance to ask all your questions of our expert speakers.

12:40 p.m.
Adjourn

Track: Orthopedics

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
FY2022 ICD-10-CM: Key Changes and Trends
Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CCS, CCS-P, CEMC, MHP
Gain an overview of key diagnosis code changes to ensure you are accurately assigning ICD-10-CM codes to avoid any related denials.

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Square Up Your Shoulder Coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Demystify complex Medicare bundling rules for shoulder arthroscopy, learn how to code various shoulder arthroplasty procedures, and ensure proper documentation and coding of rotator cuff repair and reconstruction.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Take a Swing at Elbow and Forearm Procedure Coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Clear up collateral ligament confusion, and compliantly code cubital tunnel release, elbow scopes, fracture repair, and arthroplasty.

11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Get a Grip on Wrist, Hand, and Finger Coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Learn up-to-date coding guidance on coding the various new carpal tunnel repair techniques, as well as acute and chronic tendon injuries and how to code the often-complex repairs.

12:40 p.m.
Adjourn

Track: Pain Management

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Make the Most of Modifiers
Melissa Billman
Modifiers are the final piece of your pain management claims. At the end of this session, you’ll know when to append modifiers to office visits and procedures and have a set of new tips for resolving denials.

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Advance Your Practice Management Skills & Improve Your Practice’s Bottom Line
Daniel J. Crane, MBA
Come to this session and become a practice management professional. Learn how to make sense of spreadsheets, spot areas where you’re losing revenue, and shore up your practice’s bottom line.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshments Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
ICD-10-CM: Get Caught Up on the 2022 Changes to Protect Your Claims
Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CCS, CCS-P, CEMC, MHP
Dive into the ICD-10-CM code and guideline changes that took effect October 1, 2021, and rescue your claims from denials. At the end of this session, you will be conversant in the relevant coding and guideline changes, know how to code to the highest degree of specificity, and show clinicians how to make sure their documentation meets the new coding guidelines.

11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Q&A With the Experts
Now is your chance to ask all your questions of our expert speakers.

12:40 p.m.
Adjourn

2021 Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance and Reimbursement Symposium

Speakers

Melissa Billman Melissa Billman is the director of billing services for CE Medical Group. With over 10 years of billing experience, Billman has developed a rare talent to get accounts with extensive account receivables back in order. Clients love her expertise in customer service and effective billing processes. As a team manager, she uses her team’s strengths to efficiently reach goals. Not only can she get a client’s billing into shape, but she can also assist with management consulting and auditing services. Billman speaks nationally, educating providers and billers about billing and coding compliance.
Doris V. Branker Doris V. Branker, CHC, CPC, CIRCC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CEMC, is a multispecialty coding, reimbursement, practice management, and compliance consultant. She is principal consultant and owner of DB Healthcare Consulting & Education. Her specialty areas include evaluation and management, anesthesia, pain management, critical care medicine, interventional radiology, and cardiology. She shares free educational content in her specialty areas on her YouTube page Doris Thecoder.
Kimberly Ross Clayson Kimberly Ross Clayson is the managing attorney and chief of operations at Maxwell Dunn, PLC, a boutique law firm that serves small businesses and entrepreneurs, including healthcare businesses and physician practices. Kim has been practicing law for 15 years working on the business aspects of healthcare businesses and physician practices and collaborating with Vicki Myckowiak on healthcare compliance issues. She graduated from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and with a book award for legal research and writing. Kim is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and has written on a variety of legal subjects for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
Daniel J. Crane Daniel J. Crane, MBA, is the president for CE Medical GroupCrane's specialties are strategic planning and development for physician groups. He has been a faculty instructor for numerous national pain society conferences, including SPPM and ASIPP. His expertise in business management, marketing strategies, and practice expansion are why his team has managed over $350 million in revenue for private practices. Crane’s greatest professional joys are watching practices grow through the business strategies CE Medical Group implements and helping clients achieve financial success.
Kelly Dennis Kelly Dennis, MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I, has over 37 years of experience in anesthesia coding and billing and speaks about anesthesia issues nationally. She is a certified coder and instructor with special qualifications in anesthesia and served as lead advisor for the anesthesia Board of Medical Specialty Coding. She has owned her own consulting company, Perfect Office Solutions, Inc., since November 2001. Dennis is a certified healthcare auditor and is currently studying for AAPC’s Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) examination.
Marcy Garuccio Marcy Garuccio, ACS-AN, CANPC, CPMA, CPC, has a career that spans more than three decades and is built on a strong anesthesia foundation. She uses her years of experience in both the clinical and consulting arenas to explain the complexities of coding, billing, documentation, and compliance regulations such as HIPAA to clinicians and coders. Her medical consulting company provides a full suite of services, with a concentration in auditing and quality, and extends to practice management review and office policy creation. She has written articles for AAPC and has presented webinars for AAPC and DecisionHealth. She also is a speaker for DecisionHealth’s annual conferences.
Jillian Harrington Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CCS, CCS-P, CEMC, MHP, is a regulatory specialist for HCPro. She serves as an instructor for the Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Original (live and online), the Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version, the Medicare Boot Camp®—Hospital Version, and the Medicare Boot Camp®—Physician Services Version. She also co-developed the Codercise® CPT Operative Report. Dr. Harrington has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare profession. She is an approved instructor of the Professional Medical Coding Curriculum, awarded by the AAPC, and teaches coding for physician and hospital services, as well as healthcare administration. She has spoken frequently on healthcare compliance and HIM issues at regional and national professional conferences. She holds a doctorate in leadership from Creighton University.
Alison Kuley Alison Kuley, CPC, has been a Certified Professional Coder for more than a decade and is a noted expert in the field of spine coding. A member of the North American Spine Society Coding Committee, she is a regular speaker at conferences around the country. Kuley is currently on staff at National Medical Billing Services, where she works closely with her clients to make sure they understand what is needed to code cases accurately. Prior to that, she managed the revenue cycle staff at Litchfield Hills (Connecticut) Orthopedics. With her extensive experience, Kuley is an expert in process, procedures, and reimbursement methodologies for the complex and ever-changing specialty of orthopedics and spine.
Julia Kyles, CPC, joined the DecisionHealth editorial team in 2000. In that time she has written a wide range of articles and books for DecisionHealth including the Anesthesia & Pain Coder’s Pink Sheet and Pain Management Coding Answers. She also develops the agendas for the annual anesthesia and pain management conferences. To improve her coding knowledge and better understand her readers, Julia joined the AAPC and received her CPC certification in 2015.
Pamela Linton Pamela Linton, CPC, CANPC, has been in the coding profession since 1980 and has worked exclusively in anesthesia and pain management for the past 23 years. She is the corporate coding manager for the anesthesia and pain management division in the compliance department of Zotec Partners, a national revenue cycle management company. Much of Linton’s work is centered on training. She gives new clients feedback on how they can improve their documentation, creates education materials for coders and physicians, provides in-person training to physicians, and responds to questions from coders, managers, and providers on a daily basis.
Laura McNeill Laura McNeill, MD, has been a private practice anesthesiologist for more than 20 years and currently works on the cardiac anesthesia team at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Before embarking on a clinical career, she worked as a medical research technician at the University of Pittsburgh and Chicago Children’s Hospital. She attended medical school at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and served her rotating internship at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. Following her anesthesia residency at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Chicago Hospitals, Dr. McNeill studied cardiothoracic anesthesia for six months at Allegheny General Hospital.
Amy Turner Amy Turner, RN, BSN, MMHC, CPC, CHC, CHIAP, has a widespread background in clinical operations, revenue cycle, internal audits, risk management, and healthcare administration. Turner has 21 years of pain management experience and uses her unique blend of clinical training, coding education, and revenue cycle knowledge with an overlay of regulatory compliance expertise to offer insights that speak to both clinicians and executives. Turner’s experience includes working in large and small private practices, at academic facilities, and with hospital-based physicians. She is responsible for proposing, budgeting, staffing, leading, and conducting various consulting engagements covering a wide spectrum of healthcare-related needs.
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. Vaught frequently performs internal audits, provides education and training to physicians and office staff, and helps clinics establish billing and compliance policies. She is an advisor on orthopedic coding to the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and she helped develop the Advanced Orthopedic Coding credentialing exam. Vaught has contributed many articles to the AAOS Bulletin, and she serves as technical advisor to the DecisionHealth publications Medical Practice Coding Pro and the Orthopedic Coder’s Pink Sheet.
Michael G. Warshaw Michael G. Warshaw, DPM, CPC, is a practicing podiatrist and certified medical coder who speaks nationwide on foot and ankle coding as well as durable medical equipment coding and compliance, among other topics. Dr. Warshaw is the author of numerous articles as well as the 2020 Podiatry Manual, published by the American College of Podiatric Medicine. In addition, he specializes in forensic medical coding and has served as an auditor and expert witness in civil and criminal healthcare cases across the U.S.

2021 Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance and Reimbursement Symposium

Location

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista—Disney Springs Area
1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


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*In addition to the room rate, the hotel is offering an OPTIONAL $20.00 daily resort fee that includes the following amenities:

  • High-speed guest room internet access
  • Unlimited movie rentals from DVDNow
  • Disney bus transportation—daily to Disney Theme Parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon, and Blizzard Beach) and nightly to Disney Springs (beginning at 7 p.m.)
  • Two 16-oz Starbucks coffees or two 16.9-oz bottles of water
  • Local, toll-free, domestic, and credit card calls (no access fee)
  • Complimentary access to the 24-hour on-site fitness center


Simplify Compliance/DecisionHealth has no affiliation with any third-party companies or travel assistance providers. Rooms should be booked directly with the event hotel using the official information provided on the website and in the brochure.

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Exclusive Disney Discount!

Disney World is offering a special discount on Twilight Tickets as well as discounted multi-day tickets for Nov 6-11, 2021. Multi-day tickets include a complimentary bonus visit to an additional Disney experience. Purchase the tickets here.

Offer ends November 5, 2021. 

2021 Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance and Reimbursement Symposium

Pricing

PreCon + Main Con (kit): $1,490.00
PreCon + Main Con (kit) Early Bird:
$1,290.00 — Early bird extended to August 31, 2021

Main Conference
Retail Price: $1,095.00
Early Bird Price: $995.00 — Early bird extended to August 31, 2021

Pre-Conference
Retail Price: $595
Early Bird Price: $495.00 — Early bird extended to August 31, 2021

 

2021 Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance and Reimbursement Symposium

COVID Safety

Simplify Compliance places the highest priority on the safety of our guests. In preparation for attendance at our events, we want to share the following measures to promote health and well being:

  • Current hotel policy outlines that fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear face coverings or social distance in indoor and outdoor areas at our hotels, unless required by local law. Unvaccinated guests must still wear face coverings and practice social distancing when they are in indoor public spaces.
  • Meeting rooms will be set to comply with state and local recommended social distancing guidelines.
  • Food service will follow the safety guidelines implemented by the hotel.

To view all the safety measures that the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista has implemented, please see the information listed on their website: https://www.hilton.com/en/corporate/cleanstay/

Simplify Compliance will continue to monitor the COVID-19 environment and the recommended guidelines, and we will communicate any adjustments to the on-site policies and procedures as we approach the live event date.

2021 Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance and Reimbursement Symposium

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Join us November 8–10, 2021 for the specialty-specific training you need at the Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance, and Reimbursement Symposium for anesthesia, orthopedics, and pain management.

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2021 Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance and Reimbursement Symposium