Webinars Prepare You for Yearly Changes

Find a convenient way to keep abreast on coding updates.
By Michelle A. Dick
The start of a new year for coding students and professionals means a truckload of new code additions, deletions, and revisions. All these yearly changes can slow down your coding momentum quickly. Fortunately, the AAPC can get you up to speed fast because they are delivering 2010 Webinars to a computer near you.
Online Webinars reach coders globally and provide current topics taught by expert instructors in a format that allows questions to be asked of the instructor via an online chat interface during the live webinar. For those who can’t attend a classroom style event or a conference, Webinars offer education at work or home.
Stay a Step Ahead in 2010
2010 Webinars have coding know-how for your specialty. You can find a wide array of topics from “ASCs Coding and Billing for 2010” presented by Stephanie G. Ellis, CPC, to “New Rules for CMS When Reporting Consultations,” presented by Deborah Grider, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, COBGC, CPCD.
For those looking for specialty training and CEUs, there are Webinars to fine-tune coding skills and stay current in your specialty area. Specialty Webinars vary from topics such as “Pregnancy – How to Bill Before, During, and After,” presented by Kerin Draak, CPC, CEMC, COBGC, to “Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery,” presented by Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CPCD, CPRC.
Other specialty topic Webinars include:
¦ Lesions
¦ Radiation Oncology
¦ Transplant Surgery
¦ Pain Management
¦ Surgical Chart Auditing
¦ Insurance Contracting Made Simple
¦ Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Artery Interventions
¦ E/M Auditing
¦ E/M Coding for the Emergency Department
¦ Injections, Immunizations, and Administrations
For a complete list of Webinars, go to www.aapc.com/medical-coding-education/webinars/index.aspx.
Get a Jump Start on 2011 in 2010
Being a coder means staying up-to-date with yearly code changes to ensure compliant coding when submitting claims. A great way to keep coding students and seasoned coding professionals current is to focus on upcoming code changes with Webinars. AAPC Webinars help students:
¦ Use the most current codes correctly when taking exams.
¦ Learn coding from industry experts.
¦ Achieve higher efficiency and code
more accurately.
¦ Apply yearly changes to claims when
they join the workforce.
Webinars can help coding professionals:
¦ Get a jumpstart on 2010 and 2011 code changes.
¦ Earn countless CEUs.
¦ Collect maximum equitable reimbursement.
¦ Avoid claim errors when the new codes
go into effect.
¦ Easily communicate changes with other coders.
Webinars beginning in September 2010 will prepare you for 2011 ICD-9-CM coding changes. Specialty-specific webinars featuring top 10 errors to avoid and coding updates in your specialty area start in November. You also can find 2011’s complete CPT® and HCPCS Level II coding updates at the end of 2010.
Webinar vs. Audio Conference
You may be asking “What’s the difference between Webinars and audio conferences?” The comparison below shows how much more convenient and user-friendly Webinars are:
* Webinars are for personal or single-office (e.g., a conference room) use only and may not be rebroadcast, retransmitted, shared or disseminated. In addition, AAPC local chapters or other groups of individuals representing multiple companies or separate offices within a single facility do not constitute a “single-office” and may not share a single event or subscription webinar license.
Maximize Your Return
With Webinars, you have the option to sign up for a single event or a 2010 subscription. If you sign up for a Webinar subscription, you have access to 80 events and up to 160 CEUs for everyone in attendance. Here’s what you get:
¦ Access to ALL upcoming 2010 Webinars
(40 events)
¦ Access to ALL on demand 2009 Audio
Conferences (40 events)
¦ Access 2011 Coding Updates (ICD-9-CM in September, CPT® in November and HCPCS Level 2
in December)
¦ All events include Webinar broadcast, downloadable podcast (MP3), presentation slides, question and answers (Q&A), and any other event materials.
¦ Earn up to 160 CEUs (per attendee)
Subscription access is good from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2010. Go to www.aapc.com/medical-coding-education/webinars/2010-subscription.aspx for more information on Webinar Subscriptions.
Coding On Demand
AAPC also provides immediate access to the most recently recorded events, including complete 2010 updates and top 10 errors to avoid in 2010. On Demand Events provide education and CEUs you need right now. As an added bonus: They cut out the cost and inconvenience of waiting and travel.
Peruse through our library at www.aapc.com/medical-coding-education/on-demand-events.aspx to find the coding information you’re looking for, and then replay broadcasts online or download podcasts and presentation slides in an instant. You’ll be back up to speed in no time!

Webinar Audio Conference
Computer speakers, headphones, or phone line Phone line only
Online presentation with synched slides
and chat room
Print slides and follow along
Attend whenever you want
(live or on demand broadcast)
Attend during set day and time
Replay broadcast or download podcast (MP3) and
print slides and chat room
Take thorough notes
Entire office can attend * Entire office can attend *

Michelle A. Dick is senior editor at AAPC

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