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2014 Regional Conference

Anaheim, CA | September 18 - 20, 2014 | $495 (members)

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AAPC's regional conferences provide the best value for training and networking in a dynamic city near you. Earn the CEUs you need with the most relevant and timely education for the business of healthcare.

For a special package deal (Registration + 2 Nights Hotel for $795), call 877-290-0440.

What's at the Anaheim Regional Conference?

  • Practice Management, Auditing, and ICD-10 tracks (19 CEUs)
  • Or create your own track (15+ CEUs): compliance, specialty ICD-10, revenue cycle, facility, and Healthcare Business Expo
  • Networking with industry experts
  • Breakfast and lunch provided both days

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Exam

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8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

CIC Beta Test

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Local Chapters

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8:00 AM - 11:00 AM | 3.00 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

Local Chapter Officer Leadership Training

The AAPCCA Board of Directors would like to invite all chapter officers to attend Leadership Training, live and in person, at our regional conferences in Anaheim. This session will take place from 8 am to 11 am on Thursday, September 18th, the opening day of conference. Get the benefit of asking questions of BOD members who have served as officers in their local chapters. A representative of AAPC’s Local Chapter Department will also be in attendance. We will all work together to guide and direct you to the most productive year your chapter has ever had! This three-hour training along with 3.0 CEUs is open to all officers. Even those officers not registered for conference but who live around the Anaheim area are invited to come free of charge for this session. Come join us and build a chapter worthy of Chapter of the Year! (Session is for officers only!)

Information

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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration/General Info/Product Store

General

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | 1.00 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

General Session-'Incident-to'--Common Misconceptions and Fraud Risk

Michael D Miscoe, Esq, CPC, CPCO, CASCC, CCPC, CUC

This presentation will outline the elements of the Incident-to Rule as well as some of the more common misconceptions pertaining to each. Practical issues impacting a practice’s ability to appropriately report services “Incident-to” will be discussed to include a review of False Claims and voluntary disclosure cases involving the incident to rule and recent clarification by CMS. This discussion is intended to provide practical guidance on when or if physicians should consider reporting services under the Incident-to Rule.

Breakout Session 1

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1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIMC, COBGC, COSC, CPB, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPPM, CPRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

Modifier Use for Proper Reimbursement

Katherine Abel, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I

Understanding modifiers is key to both coders and billers. In this session, we will discuss practical application of complicated modifiers and review how payer policy can affect the use of them. We will also discuss payer focus on modifiers and appeal policies for common insurance carriers.

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

Healthy Revenue Management During Transitional Times

Yvonne D Dailey, CPC, CPB, CPC-I

Join us for a session on how to maintain a healthy revenue during this transitional time. We will discuss what to look for in your contracts, your claims, and your remits. Steps to take to ensure the least amount of interference of your cash flow as your office transitions to the new code set will be discussed. We will also talk about the types of reports that will help you stay on top of cash flow and assist you in negotiating your contracts. Tips for reviewing your documentation now to help with the transition later will be given. We will discuss what a Clean Claim is, and just how the prompt-to-pay law may affect your practice.

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCVTC, CGSC, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

ICD-10-CM Cardiac Coding for General Surgery

Jaci C. Johnson, CPC, CPC-H, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

ICD-10-CM coding for General Surgery may cover many different chapters. In this presentation, we will concentrate on cardiac coding in ICD-10-CM. Covered conditions will include hypertension, CHF, and atrial fibrillation. Some anatomy and pathophysiology will also be included for the complex cardiovascular organ system. Applicable guidelines, documentation tips, and examples will be illustrated to ensure attendee understanding.

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | 16.00 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIMC, CIRCC, COBGC, COSC, CPB, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPPM, CPRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

ICD-10-CM General Code Set Training

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC

ICD-10-CM Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
In this session we will go over general coding principles as they pertain to ICD-10-CM coding, as well as the fundamentals of the format and structure of ICD-10-CM in order to give coders a better understanding of the application of the new coding system.

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | 16.00 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCVTC, CEDC, CENTC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, COBGC, COSC, CPB, CPCD, CPCO, CPPM, CPRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

ICD-10-PCS General Code Set Training

Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD

ICD-10-PCS Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session will go over the history and structure of ICD-10-PCS.

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | 16.00 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

Practice Management-Introduction to Health Care Business Workflows and Leadership Skills

Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, CPPM

Practice Management Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This module provides an overview of different types of health care providers. Attendees will learn best practices for being efficient and effective leaders in a practice or medical organization management position.

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | 16.00 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

Auditing-Compliance and Regulatory Guidelines

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC

Auditing Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
Understanding fraud and abuse is critical to the success of an auditor. This session will discuss the Federal False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Law, Stark Law, Exclusion Statute, and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law. The regulations will be discussed, along with penalties for those violations.

Breakout Session 2

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2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

Revenue Cycle Management

Yvonne D Dailey, CPC, CPB, CPC-I

This presentation will go through the entire revenue cycle, and demonstrate the key roles various individuals play. We will review the importance of linking the diagnosis code with the procedure code, and how to review the charge tickets for lost revenue. We will discuss some common denial codes, such as PR204, CO50, and CO109 as to their meaning, as well as the steps that should be addressed to correct the claim. The importance of posting a zero payment EOB will also be discussed, along with which reports should be generated to stay on top of your revenue cycle.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

HIPAA--Responding to a Breach

Michael D Miscoe, Esq, CPC, CPCO, CASCC, CCPC, CUC

As a result of changes to HIPAA under the HITECH Act, there are specific reporting obligations following a breach of PHI. Minimizing potential penalties often depends on whether you have enacted appropriate practice-specific policies and procedures that provide appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards to protect PHI. Beyond these concerns, we will review appropriate actions in response to a breach to ensure compliance. We will also review risks associated with attempted implementation of inadequate or incomplete (commonly off-the-shelf) plans. The program will conclude with a review of the OCR Investigative Process following a breach including data requirements, penalty options, and example situations illustrating how you can avoid substantial penalties.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CEDC, CEMC, CFPC, CIMC, CPB, CPCO, CPEDC, CPPM

ICD-10-CM Coding Mental and Behavioral Disorders

Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

Mental and behavioral disorders in ICD-10-CM are expanded from the current ICD-9-CM code set. In this presentation, common conditions in mental and behavioral health will be discussed including depression, bipolar disorder, and drug use, abuse, and dependence. Applicable guidelines, documentation tips, and examples will be illustrated to ensure attendee understanding.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

ICD-10-CM General Code Set Training

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC

ICD-10-CM Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
In this session we will go over the chapter-specific coding guidelines for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Pregnancy, Newborn and Congenital Malformations, Deformations and Chromosomal Abnormalities. Coders attending this session will gain insight and knowledge of the rules as they apply to these chapters of coding in ICD-10-CM. Each attendee will also be given exercises to take with them to help solidify the learning experience.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

ICD-10-PCS General Code Set Training

Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD

ICD-10-PCS Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
In this session we will cover the tables and organization for PCS.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Practice Management-Principles of Physician Reimbursement

Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, CPPM

Practice Management Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This module provides an overview of the work flow of the front office, back office and job duties of ancillary staff. It covers accounts receivable and credentialing. Attendees will also learn more about coding and billing departments and have a better understanding of common billing errors and how to file an appeal for a denied claim.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Auditing-Compliance and Regulatory Guidelines (cont'd)

Katherine Abel, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I

Auditing Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provide valuable information to an auditor. This session will cover information available from these entities and how an auditor can use the information.

Exhibit Hall

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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Attendee Reception with Exhibitors

Friday, September 19, 2014

Exhibit Hall

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7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Attendee Breakfast with Exhibitors

Information

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7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration/General Info/Product Store

General

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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

Conference Welcome - Healthcare and Change

Jason VandenAkker, CEO, AAPC

Come hear AAPC’s CEO, Jason VandenAkker, discuss changes in healthcare and opportunities for AAPC members.

Breakout Session 3

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9:15 AM - 10:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CGSC, CHONC, CPB, CPCD, CPCO, CPPM, CPRC

Neoplasm Coding for ICD-10-CM

Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

This presentation will delve into neoplasm coding in ICD-10-CM. Discussion will include when not to code from the Neoplasm Table, the importance of utilizing the Neoplasm Table correctly, and the different types of neoplasms found in the Neoplasm Table. Applicable guidelines, documentation tips, and examples will be illustrated to ensure attendee understanding.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIMC, COBGC, COSC, CPB, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPPM, CPRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

Challenges of E/M Auditing in a World of EHRs

Stephanie Cecchini, CHISP, CPC, CEMC; Jenny Cox, CPC, CEMC

This presentation will provide a detailed review of the AMA and CMS content standards relevant to determining the level of E/M service, and additionally distinguish the qualitative Medical Necessity standard imposed by CMS as compared to the quantitative level of service requirements that are the basis of commonly used scoring tools. New challenges imposed with the advent of electronic health records relative to the key elements for defining the level of E/M service will be explored. Attendees will be provided with practical guidance for identifying and raising concerns along with guidance for resolving concerns with physicians.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CEMC, COSC, CPB, CPCO, CPPM, CSFAC

Breaking Down E/M for Orthopedics

Ruby Catherine O'Brochta-Woodward, CPC, COSC, CSFAC

All physicians need to document their E/M services based on the 1995 or 1997 E/M Guidelines; however, specialists have a unique situation in that they are normally only addressing one or two organ systems, which make the used of the guidelines complex. This conference will review actual documentation related to the three parts of an E/M visit from Orthopaedic notes, and dissect what is needed to meet the requirements for the guidelines. We will also compare the two sets of guidelines to help the attendees utilize the ones that best fit their Orthopaedic documentation.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

ICD-10-CM General Code Set Training

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC

ICD-10-CM Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session will cover the chapter-specific coding guidelines for Neoplasms, Diseases of the Blood and Blood Forming Organs and Factors Influencing the Health Status and Contact with Health Services. Coders attending this session will gain insight and knowledge of the rules as they apply to these chapters of coding in ICD-10-CM. Each attendee will also be given exercises to take with them to help solidify the learning experience.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

ICD-10-PCS General Code Set Training

Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD

ICD-10-PCS Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session will cover the PCS system organization and draft guidelines.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Practice Management-RCM and Accounting Principles for Medical Practices

Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, CPPM

Practice Management Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This module provides an overview of accounting, which includes forms; such as Income Statements and Balance Sheets. It covers collection efforts and bad debt management. Attendees will learn about overhead expenses and the budget process and have a better understanding of accounts payable processes. Attendees will have a better understanding of accounts receivable, learn the basics of productivity and learn the principles of denial management.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Auditing-Medical Record Documentation Standards

Katherine Abel, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I

Auditing Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session will cover the components of a medical record, along with the legal requirements for medical records. We will also discuss HIPAA, and how it applies to the medical record.

Breakout Session 4

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10:45 AM - 12:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIMC, COBGC, COSC, CPB, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPPM, CPRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

Crash Course in Medical Necessity for E/M Coders

Stephanie Cecchini, CHISP, CPC, CEMC

Have you ever wondered if a level 4 or 5 office visit was really medically necessary—or if a service was actually more appropriately a level 3 versus a 4? The majority of medical coders are not physicians nor are they qualified to act as a medical peer in making Medical Necessity determinations --- yet the medical need for services, not the provision of services, is the authoritative and winning factor to proper code selection. This session provides five simple steps to ensure you’ve got the right level of service…every time!

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CEMC, CFPC, CIMC, COBGC, CPB, CPCO, CPEDC, CPPM

Compliance - Preventive Medicine for your Practice

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC

It is always best to seize an opportunity to be proactive rather than having to be reactive when trouble strikes. Learn about key areas of an effective compliance program and how to prepare, implement, and manage them in your organization. It is never too late to do the 'right' thing; the first step is getting started!

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CEMC, CFPC, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

ICD-10-CM-Commonly Coded Conditions for Family Practice

Jaci C. Johnson, CPC, CPC-H, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

In this session, we will discuss commonly coded conditions seen in Family Practice and how they will transition to ICD-10-CM. Conditions covered will include diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and asthma. Applicable guidelines, documentation tips, and examples will be illustrated to ensure attendee understanding.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

ICD-10-CM General Code Set Training

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC

ICD-10-CM Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session covers the chapter-specific coding guidelines for Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases as well as Mental and Behavioral Disorders. Coders attending this session will gain insight and knowledge of the rules as they apply to these chapters of coding in ICD-10-CM. Each attendee will also be given exercises to take with them to help solidify the learning experience.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

ICD-10-PCS General Code Set Training

Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD

ICD-10-PCS Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session will continue with the draft guidelines.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Practice Management-Health Care Reform and Quality/EHRs/IT Interoperability

Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, CPPM

Practice Management Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This module provides an overview of how IT has transformed health care. It also covers the shift from acute care to prevention and wellness. Attendees will have a better understanding of coordination of patient care and the core provisions of the health care reform bill.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Auditing-Coding and Reimbursement Concepts Part I

Katherine Abel, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I

Auditing Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
The basics of coding and reimbursement concepts for CPT® will be discussed in this session. We will look at guidelines in the CPT® codebook and how they might vary from other payers.

Exhibit Hall

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Attendee Lunch with Exhibitors

Breakout Session 5

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1:15 PM - 5:00 PM | 3.75 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

Business of Healthcare Expo

Take an in-depth look into the fundamentals of the business of medicine, including the key functions - Financial Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Technology, Quality/Benchmarking, and Compliance.

1:15 PM - 5:00 PM

ICD-10-CM General Code Set Training

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC

ICD-10-CM Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session covers the chapter-specific coding guidelines for Diseases of the Nervous System, the Eye and Adnexa and the Ear and Mastoid Process as well as coding principals for Symptoms, Signs and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory findings. Coders attending this session will gain insight and knowledge of the rules as they apply to these chapters of coding in ICD-10-CM. Each attendee will also be given exercises to take with them to help solidify the learning experience.

1:15 PM - 5:00 PM

ICD-10-PCS General Code Set Training

Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD

ICD-10-PCS Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session will continue with draft guidelines.

1:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Practice Management-Modern Health Technology/HIPAA

Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, CPPM

Practice Management Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This module provides an overview of how technology has evolved in the medical office and the importance of interoperability. It covers Tele-health and Tele-medicine and social media internal controls. Attendees will have a better understanding of how to organize data and learn more about Health Information Exchange (HIE).

1:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Auditing-Coding and Reimbursement Concepts Part II

Katherine Abel, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I

Auditing Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
In this session we will continue to review CPT® coding concepts, along with reviewing records for a variety of types of service including evaluation and management and surgery. We will discuss top audit findings for each area.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Exhibit Hall

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7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Attendee Breakfast with Exhibitors

Information

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7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Registration/General Info/Product Store

General

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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | 1.00 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIMC, COBGC, COSC, CPB, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPPM, CPRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

General Session - Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC

Good documentation is all about quality of care for the patient. Understanding how documentation is used in conjunction with all aspects of health care is key to working with physicians on the transition to ICD-10-CM. We will discuss the importance of documentation, how to work with physicians as we transition to ICD-10, and some key concepts to work on with them.

Breakout Session 6

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9:15 AM - 10:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

Lessons Learned from an OIG Audit

Rhonda Zollars, CPC, CPC-H

We will discuss some of the top errors/fraud/waste and abuse findings. During this session we will review some of the most common errors found in coding, taken from real "past" case studies. Attendees will gain a solid understanding of what triggers an OIG Audit from time of the allegation to the findings of the an investigation.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

Dare to Disagree - Smarter Coding Compliance

Stephanie Cecchini, CHISP, CPC, CEMC

Under the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 (IPERA), Medicare has launched an aggressive campaign to get back the $6.48 billion that they believe was paid incorrectly for fee-for-service claims involving coding in 2013. So, if you haven't yet received a notification from CMS looking for repayment of these fund, you are likely to receive one soon. This session will discuss the best practices, and most effective safeguards to implement, in order to ensure compliance while minimizing distractions from patient care.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CGSC, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

ICD-10-CM Coding for General Surgery

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC

ICD-10-CM coding for general surgery may cover many different chapters of ICD-10-CM. In this presentation we will cover the anatomy, pathophysiology and coding for commonly coded conditions utilized in general surgery practices.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

ICD-10-CM General Code Set Training

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC

ICD-10-CM Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session will cover the chapter-specific coding guidelines for Diseases of the Circulatory System and the Respiratory System. Coders attending this session will gain insight and knowledge of the rules as they apply to these chapters of coding in ICD-10-CM. Each attendee will also be given exercises to take with them to help solidify the learning experience.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

ICD-10-PCS General Code Set Training

Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD

ICD-10-PCS Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session will go over medical and surgical-related sections.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Practice Management-Human Resource Management

Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, CPPM

Practice Management Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
The module provides an overview of payroll processes and benefits administration. Attendees will have a better understanding of employee management including the hiring and firing process and evaluations and compensation. They will review labor laws and cover rules for employing and credentialing physicians and mid-level providers.

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Auditing-Coding and Reimbursement Concepts Part III

Katherine Abel, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I

Auditing Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
In this session we will continue to review CPT® coding concepts, along with reviewing records for a variety of types of services, including evaluation and management and surgery. We will discuss top audit findings for each area.

Breakout Session 7

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10:45 AM - 12:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIMC, COBGC, COSC, CPB, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPPM, CPRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

Understanding Medicare NCCI

Ruby Catherine O'Brochta-Woodward, CPC, COSC, CSFAC

Understanding CMS’s National Correct Coding Initiative edits is key for both medical coders and billers in recognizing proper reimbursement and coding of services. These edits are not only used by Medicare but also state Medicaid, Tricare, Federal Worker’s Comp and many of the commercial health plans. Understanding how these edits work, when modifiers may be appended and which modifiers are acceptable is key. This session will review the use of the Column1/Column2 edits, modifier indicators, MUE’s, CMS’s expanded clarification of the use of modifier 59, as well as those edits not found in the tables.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Brian R Boyce, CPC, CPC-I

Learn about the complexities of our health system to include the size of our Federal programs, along with the many complex methods used to detect fraud, waste, and abuse. Learn about various laws associated with fraud, waste, and abuse and walk away feeling confident with steps you can take to ensure compliance for your organization.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

Commonly-Coded ICD-10-CM Conditions in Dermatology

Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

This session will explore the new ICD-10-CM codes with a focus on codes from dermatology. This in-depth session will prepare coders for the extra knowledge needed to code these conditions under ICD-10-CM.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

ICD-10-CM General Code Set Training

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC

ICD-10-CM Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
In this session we will go over the chapter-specific coding guidelines for Diseases of the Digestive system, Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue and Genitourinary System. Coders attending this session will gain insight and knowledge of the rules as they apply to these chapters of coding in ICD-10-CM. Each attendee will also be given exercises to take with them to help solidify the learning experience.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

ICD-10-PCS General Code Set Training

Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD

ICD-10-PCS Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session will go over medical and surgical-related sections.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Practice Management-Corporate Compliance/Marketing and Business Relationships

Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, CPPM

Practice Management Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This module provides an extensive overview of federal rules and regulations. Attendees will have a better understanding of Risk Management, Compliance and Ethics. It also covers the basics of marketing a practice, which includes websites, printed materials and patient satisfaction surveys. Attendees will also have a better understanding of how to establish relationships with referring providers, hospitals or communities.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Auditing-The Auditing Process Part I

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC

Auditing Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
From selection criteria, requesting medical records, to the actual audit, this session will take you through the audit process.

Exhibit Hall

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Attendee Lunch with Exhibitors

Breakout Session 8

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1:00 PM - 2:15 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIMC, COBGC, COSC, CPB, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPPM, CPRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

HCC and Risk Adjustment

Brian R Boyce, CPC, CPC-I

Many coders have misconceptions about risk adjustment models. This presentation will explain the purpose and utilization of risk adjustment models and how they compare to fee-for-service models. Comparisons of different models such as HCC, CDPS, and hybrid models are reviewed, along with financial compensations related to these models and how they affect audits and Stars Ratings. Attention is also given to clinical documentation improvement with highlights and suggestions on how to approach providers to make changes to become more specific.

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIMC, COBGC, COSC, CPB, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPPM, CPRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

Value-Based Payment...Time to Modify Your Care?

Glade B Curtis MD, MPH, FACOG, CPC, CPPM, CPC-I, COBGC

The Value Based Payment Modifier, PVBM or VM, was introduced at the AMA CPT 2014 Symposium. The Affordable Care Act mandated that by 2015, CMS begin applying a value based modifier under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule of MPFS. This new modifier seeks to financially reward physicians who provide health care that is of high value, both in quality and low in cost. Physicians who choose not to be involved or who perform worse than average will be paid less. This session will describe and define the Value Modifier. Issues related to the application of this modifier to provider payment will be discussed by a physician and coding instructor.

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

ICD-10-PCS--Building Block to the Future

Jaci C. Johnson, CPC, CPC-H, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

n this session we will learn the fundamentals of ICD-10-PCS codes, how they will come into play and how the codes use logical steps to build a code. We will also discuss the differences in meanings for common terms that are utilized within ICD-10-PCS. This session is great for anyone that will need to learn the new code set or for those wishing to learn a new skill set.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ICD-10-CM General Code Set Training

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC

ICD-10-CM Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
In this session we will cover chapter-specific coding guidelines for Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue, Injuries, Poisoning and Certain Other Consequences of External Causes as well as External Causes of Morbidity. Coders attending this session will gain insight and knowledge of the rules as they apply to these chapters of coding in ICD-10-CM. Each attendee will also be given exercises to take with them to help solidify the learning experience.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ICD-10-PCS General Code Set Training

Betty Hovey, CPC, CPC-H, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CPCD

ICD-10-PCS Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This session will go over hands-on coding of real world cases in PCS.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Practice Management-Space Planning and Business Continuity

Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, CPPM

Practice Management Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
This module provides an overview of operational workflow and space planning. It covers security systems, maintenance, telephone system and triage. Attendees will have a better understanding of the patient encounter and business work flow.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Auditing-The Auditing Process Part II, and Communication Results

Katherine Abel, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I

Auditing Track | Worth 16 Total CEUs
We will continue through the audit process and discuss ways to communicate the results back to the provider and/or practice. Verbal communication tips and creating a professional audit report will be discussed.

Tracks


Create Your Own

Choose from several top-rated sessions from this year's national AAPC conference, HEALTHCON. These informative sessions cover compliance, specialty training for ICD-10, revenue cycle, facility, auditing, and much more. The popular Business of Healthcare Expo will also be included with all "Create Your Own" schedules. Select one session (A, B, or C) from each breakout time period (1-8).

1A – Modifier Use for Proper Reimbursement
1B – Healthy Revenue During Transitional Times
1C – ICD-10-CM: Cardiac Coding for General Surgery

2A – Revenue Cycle Management
2B – HIPAA: Responding to a Breach
2C – ICD-10-CM: Coding Mental and Behavioral Disorders

3A – ICD-10-CM: Neoplasm Coding
3B – Challenges of E/M Auditing in a World of EHRs
3C – Breaking Down E/M for Orthopaedics

4A – Crash Course in Medical Necessity for E/M Coders
4B – Compliance: Preventive Medicine for Your Practice
4C – ICD-10-CM: Commonly Coded Conditions for Family Practice

5A – Business of Healthcare Expo
Our Business of Healthcare Expo is a fast-paced event, offering an intense look at the complex management of a medical practice. Experts from a variety of specialties will provide tips and insights to facilitate improvements to your workplace, affecting everything from human resources to physician compensation, and from social media engagement to analyzing metrics. Novice and expert alike will find this session fun, informative, and exhilarating.

Managing Difficult Employees
Dan Schwebach, VP AAPC Client Services
Difficult employees are sometimes hard to spot, but always challenging to manage. Identify common patterns of poor performance and learn techniques that will successfully change unwanted behavior.

Mastering the Appointment Schedule
MariaRita Genovese, CPC
Few practices have mastered the appointment scheduling process. Learn how to diagnose an inefficient schedule and understand its potential side effects. Explore strategies to get to the root problems and enhance your facility’s schedules.

Tracking Physician Compensation Trends
Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, CPPM
Study current physician compensation standards, such as work RVU, net revenue, and income statement models. Determine how these can be combined and tiered, and review key tips for administering compensation plans with success.

Applying Stark and Anti-kickback Laws
Michael Miscoe, Esq., CPC, CPCO, CASCC, CCPC, CUC
Do you understand the differences and nuances between Stark and Anti-kickback laws, and how they apply to your medical practice? Ascertain how these compliance laws apply to your physician hiring, leasing of office space, interactions with hospital systems, working with third-party ancillary providers, and more.

Social Media & Healthcare
David Blackmer, MSC
How do you lead your facility’s social media efforts, effectively and efficiently using these tools to build stronger relationships with new and existing patients? Jumpstart your social media presence and leverage key resources to strengthen your marketing strategy.

Monitoring and Analyzing Metrics
Charitie Horsley, CPC
Discover useful dashboard reports that will help you effectively monitor and manage your billing and collection efforts, from a senior manager’s perspective. Learn how to use key performance indicators to identify process concerns and better regulate staff performance.

6A – Lessons Learned From an OIG Audit
6B – Dare to Disagree – Smarter Coding Compliance
6C – ICD-10-CM: Coding for General Surgery

7A – Understanding Medicare NCCI
7B – Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
7C – ICD-10-CM: Commonly-Coded Conditions in Dermatology

8A – HCC and Risk Adjustment
8B – Value-based Payment… Time to Modify Your Care?
8C – Making the Case for Ethical Coding

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ICD-10-CM General Code Set Training

This comprehensive ICD-10-CM code set training, led by a certified instructor, covers format and structure, guidelines, nuances, and coding tips for the new coding system. You will need an ICD-10-CM code set book for this track—add one when registering for conference and save $39.95. BONUS: Receive the online ICD-10 course for FREE ($495 value) so you can refresh your training and satisfy AAPC’s ICD-10 certification maintenance requirements.

Specific Topics Covered:

  • Certain Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
  • Neoplasms
  • Diseases of the Blood and Blood-Forming Organs and Certain Disorders Involving the Immune Mechanism
  • Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases
  • Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Diseases of the Nervous System
  • Diseases of the Eye and Adnexa
  • Diseases of the Ear and Mastoid Process
  • Diseases of the Circulatory System
  • Diseases of the Respiratory System
  • Diseases of the Digestive System
  • Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue
  • Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue
  • Diseases of the Genitourinary System
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Puerperium
  • Certain Conditions Originating in the Perinatal Period
  • Congenital Malformations, Deformations and Chromosomal Abnormalities
  • Symptoms, Signs and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory Findings, Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Injury, Poisoning and Certain Other Consequences of External Causes
  • External Causes of Morbidity
  • Factors Influencing Health Status and Contact with Health Services

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ICD-10-PCS General Code Set Training

This comprehensive ICD-10-PCS code set training, led by a certified instructor, covers the new coding system’s overview, format, terminology, guidelines, medical and surgical sections, and ancillary sections. Hands-on coding exercises will ensure comprehension of the material. You will need an ICD-10-PCS code set book for this track—add one when registering for conference and save $39.95.

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Practice Management

Regardless of your current position, the CPPM training will establish you as a professional who is committed to success in a practice, as well as increase your marketability for advancement in your career. This track provides in-depth training that focuses on practical skills needed to manage a medical practice today, and is taught by a qualified practice manager with many years of experience in the industry. The training includes interactive discussion that will prepare you to pass the CPPM certification exam and succeed as an effective practice manager.

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Medical Auditing

Medical auditing is a critical piece to compliant and profitable physician practices. Designed for those with at least two years of coding experience, this track provides in-depth training on regulations affecting the medical practice, medical record documentation, and coding concepts. We will go through the entire audit process, including record selection, performing the audit, and communicating results back to the provider. The training will help you advance your career by preparing your for the Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®) certification exam.

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Topics subject to change.

Hotel and Conference Venue

Disneyland® Hotel
1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 778-6600

AAPC Room Rate - includes all taxes and fees

  • $225 (single - quad occupancy)

Room Amenities

  • A wake-up call from Mickey Mouse (must be arranged by the Guest)
  • Flat screen TV
  • Complimentary Internet
  • Complimentary weekday newspaper
  • Comfy robes
  • Voicemail service
  • Portable Playard-Style Cribs
  • Wheelchair-accessible rooms available
  • Coffeemaker
  • Irons and ironing boards
  • Hairdryers
  • Make-up mirrors
  • In-room safe

Exhibiting Opportunities

Interested in getting your products and services in front of AAPC members? AAPC Regional Conferences offer the perfect venue for meeting, showing, and demonstrating what your company offers. This event offers tabletop exhibits and has limited space, so reserve yours today.

Download the exhibitor prospectus

For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Jamie Zayach by phone at 801.236.2200 x 191 or by email at jamie.zayach@aapc.com.

Learn more about this and other AAPC exhibiting opportunities.


These companies will be exhibiting with us in Anaheim, CA:

KIWI-TEK - www.kiwi-tek.com
Ohana Coding - www.ohanacoding.com
CodingAID - www.coding-aid.com
Surgical Notes MDP LP - www.surgicalnotes.com
Darena Solutions - www.darenasolutions.com
Healthcare Systems Management Group,
A Western Integrated Systems Company - www.westint.com
Kaiser Permanente - www.jobs.kp.org
Altegra Health - www.altegrahealth.com

Airport Transportation

From John Wayne Airport (SNA) – 15 miles

Estimated $20 one-way fare. Children 11 under are free. Upon exiting baggage claim, proceed to the GTC. The Disneyland Resort Express picks up Guests in front of the ticket booth located to the left on a regular basis.

Taxi

Estimated $45 one-way fare.

From Los Angeles Airport (LAX) – 33 miles

Estimated $30 one-way fare. Children 11 under are free. Reservations are not required, but there is a fee to ride. Upon exiting the baggage claim area at LAX, proceed to the center island. You may board the Disneyland Resort Express underneath the green sign in front of each terminal. Busses depart frequently beginning at Terminal #1.

Taxi

Estimated $90 one-way fare.

From Long Beach Airport (LGB) – 14 miles
Taxi

Estimated $43 one-way fare.

Parking

  • Self-parking – $15.00 per night for up to 2 vehicles
  • Valet parking – $22.00 per night per vehicle

Discounted Disneyland Tickets

can be purchased online through 9/16/14 (9pm PST). Tickets are valid for admission between 9/13/14 and 9/24/14.

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