There’s a Lot to Be Excited About
With another successful HEALTHCON conference in the rearview mirror, it’s now time to look forward to all that summer offers. It’s also the perfect time to look ahead to all of the exciting things that happen in the coding world during the second half of the year.
Get Excited for Regional Conferences!
We have two upcoming Regional Conferences. Those who could not attend HEALTHCON (or even those who did) should consider attending a Regional Conference. This year, AAPC will be hosting Regional Conferences in New York City from August 19-21 at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel and in Seattle, Washington from Oct. 14-16 at the Westin in downtown Seattle. Each offers 12 CEUs and a host of education and networking opportunities. Evaluation and management (E/M) updates will be among the educational offerings, along with a host of other top-notch presentations.
Get Excited for Big OPPS Changes!
You also can anticipate notable changes with publication of the proposed physician fee schedule rule, the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule, most notably the potential changes to the outpatient E/M codes being reviewed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Although we are used to the usual code changes that occur each year with publishing the new edition of CPT®, this year’s potential changes are especially noteworthy and represent a sea of change to outpatient E/M service coding. If CMS concurs with the CPT® Editorial Panel’s proposal, we will get our first look at how CMS intends to address outpatient E/M service levels when the OPPS proposed rule publishes. AAPC has been tracking this developing issue closely and will help you prepare with appropriate education, so members understand these changes prior to planned implementation in 2021.
Changes of this magnitude do not happen often and will make us all students again. We will all have to work to understand the impact of these changes, update our E/M auditing/scoring tools, and educate providers on the impact and make appropriate adjustments to their documentation. Hopefully these changes will eliminate the extra documentation in electronic health record notations and return the focus to the clinical story of the encounter. Stay tuned for updates and education on this important change.
Get Excited About Members!
The National Advisory Board (NAB) is working hard as well to understand and address the needs of members:
- Career Development Committee is almost ready to launch a mentorship platform that will allow mentors and mentees to link up through an Online platform.
- Certification/Training Committee continues to work on updating examinations and needed training programs.
- Membership Committee is hard at work to identify, evaluate, and provide feedback regarding existing and potential member benefits.
- Product/Services Committee is busy evaluating AAPC products and services with a focus on ensuring they meet member needs.
- Networking/Awareness Committee is busy with improving forums to make it easier to identify “verified” answers so forums can be a better resource to members.
Those with input, ideas, suggestions, or critiques of how we can serve you better through these changing times are encouraged to reach out to one or both of your region’s NAB representatives to share your thoughts. With your input, we can provide better information and advice to AAPC to ensure we meet your needs and provide the most value for your membership. Let us hear from you!