Seattle Regional Conference

The Westin Seattle

October 14-16, 2019 | 12 CEUs | $595

About AAPC Regional Conference

Discover how to be a thought leader with some of the business of healthcare’s brightest minds. Breakdown the world of revenue cycle management and deliver breakthrough ways of getting your business fewer denials and better management. Plus, get the CEUs you need to maintain your certifications.

Here are a few more reasons to attend:

  • Get inspired during any of our 50+ breakout sessions
  • Build your network and connect with industry leaders and experts
  • Take the opportunity to hear our world class general speakers
  • Meet the makers of products you use every day

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Pre-Conference

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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM | 8.00 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

Pre 1:Teach the Teacher

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC; Andrel Jones, CPC, CPC-I; Kris Taylor, Education Operations Manager In PMCC

This workshop provides certified instructors with tools to improve their teaching and communication skills. This is also a great opportunity to network with other instructors. Earn 8 CTUs or 8 CEUs for participation in this workshop.

Monday, October 14, 2019

General Session

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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | 1.00 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

GS1:Conference Welcome

Bevan Erickson, AAPC CEO

Join Bevan Erickson, AAPC’s CEO, for his State of AAPC address. He will cover exciting new and upcoming developments within your organization, why we’re moving in these directions, and how these evolutions will impact your daily life, both inside and outside of work.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

GS2:Legal Trends and Issues

Stacy Nicole Harper , JD, MHSA, CPC; Timothy P Blanchard, MHA, JD; Michael D Miscoe, Esq, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CASCC, CCPC, CUC

This panel discussion, led by AAPC’s Legal Advisory Committee, offers insights into today's – and tomorrow’s – most pressing legal concerns for medical practices and facilities facing increased financial scrutiny and regulation. Join us for this perennial favorite!

Breakout Session 1

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3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, Approved-Instructor, CANPC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CDEO, CDEO-I, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIC, CIC-I, CIMC, COBGC, COC-I, COPC, COSC, CPB, CPB-I, CPC-9, CPCD, CPC-I, CPCO-I, CPEDC, -I, CPMS, CPPM, CPPM-I, CPRC, CRC, CRC-I, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

1A:Modifier 25

Lori A Cox, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CGSC, CHONC

Modifier 25 is likely the most confusing and misused CPT modifier of all time. The OIG targets this modifier constantly, and CMS has published many reports on the millions of dollars paid incorrectly due to this simple little modifier. During our presentation, we will have an interactive conversation on the proper use of modifier 25, along with advice on how to discuss this potentially harmful modifier with your providers. Actual case examples will be discussed and clues given on how to audit records with modifier 25.

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

1B:Peripheral Vascular Coding and Compliance

Sharon Jane Oliver, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I; Christine L Borowski

Peripheral coding is a comprehensive area based on proper catheter selection as well as knowledge to identify the hierarchies required for correct reimbursement. The coder must recognize when to use the endovascular revascularization codes for the procedures on the legs vs. identifying when vascular family order is appropriate along with supervision and interpretation codes. A thorough understanding of the CPT guidelines to ensure correct coding is required.

  • Objectives
  • Attendees will learn the vascular anatomy of the leg
  • Learn the usage of CPT Appendix L
  • Learn when to use peripheral coding vs. diagnostic procedures
  • Learn all the guidelines pertaining to peripheral procedures
  • Identify the Territories of the leg and how they relate to vascular family order

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

1C:What Kind of Leader Are You?

MariaRita Genovese, CPC

Effective leaders guide and inspire others to achieve their very best. Identify your leadership style, recognize the keys to successful leadership, and identify the pitfalls that could inhibit your success.

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CDEO, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

1D:Outpatient CDI; Improving Coding and Documentation Opportunities

Terri Thomas, COC, CPC, CPC-I

Clinical Documentation Improvement assist in the health record being clear, specific, accurate and complete in coding and supporting services for reimbursement. In this presentation, we shall look at improving documentation and coding of chronic conditions. Coding cases of chronic conditions will be presented in; Heart Failure, Diabetes, Neoplasm, Anemia, Pneumonia, COPD, Chronic Kidney Disease, BMI and Fractures with guidelines of a best practice compliant query. CDI tips in the areas of Emergency Department, Clinics, Ambulatory Surgery and a Physician Practice.

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPPM, CRC

1E:Risk Adjustment & Quality Metrics

Khushwinder Singh, MD, MHA, CDIP, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CRC

Value-Based Care, Risk Adjustment & Qualityi s a platform and a common ground that utilizes the various health information data elements like the diagnoses coding data from its inception as medical records in EMR, lab data and ICD-10 & CPT/HCPCS codes that move along in the claims systems.
Data-mining the EHR & claims data will provide gems such as chronic care-gap suspects, high dollar value chronic condition HCC recaptures, data triggers for the Case/Utilization management especially in the realm of Medicare managed care.

  • Objectives
  • Learn about Risk Adjustment methodologies
  • Risk Adjustment date capture model and RAF score development
  • Data Partnership between Risk Adjustment and Quality
  • Trends in Medicare Managed Care
  • Risk Adjustment HCC coding, data mining & HCC suspecting

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

1F:Stay Compliant with the Kickback Expansion

Stacy Nicole Harper , JD, MHSA, CPC

This session will define the Anti-kickback Statute and Stark Law. It explains carve outs for these laws, how the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act (EKRA) of 2018 now imposes requirements on physician financial arrangements, and how the decade old Travel Act is being used for bribery prosecution. You will learn about the Forest Park case, which shows that the federal government will pursue physician financial relationships that potentially violate these state laws, even if they do not involve federal healthcare dollars.

Exhibit Hall

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4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

EX1:Break with Exhibitors

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

General Session

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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CDEO, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIC, CIMC, COBGC, COPC, COSC, CPB, CPC-9, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPMS, CPPM, CPRC, CRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

GS3:What Happens When E/M Guidelines Change?

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

How will this affect you? This session will discuss the upcoming changes to the E/M Documentation Guidelines released in the Proposed and Final Rules, and what changes to expect in years to come. We will review case examples and determine how overall code selection will be impacted applying changes to the guidelines. This will be an interactive session where the audience will be encouraged to share their best practices. Come be part of the solution to a complex coding structure.

Breakout Session 2

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

2A:Exploring Job Roles for Credentialed Coders with Evolving Technology

Rhona Moses; Christine L Borowski

Provide insight into different pathways and opportunities that credentialed coders have across our healthcare organization. With continued evolving technology we have expanded the role and value of our coding professionals. Share innovative and strategic business processes along with various job roles and functions.

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

2B:Mastering Orthopedic CPT Coding

Nate Felt, CPC

This presentation will dive into common orthopedic coding concerns. This will include a review of CPT, NCCI and AAOS guidelines to help you more accurately code for orthopedic surgeries. This presentation will also give you a clinical perspective of orthopedic coding that will better prepare you for working with orthopedic surgeons. Objectives include; 1) Orthopedic keys to correct evaluation and management coding, 2) Addressing the risk associated with reporting modifier 25, 3) Common orthopedic surgical coding errors, 4) Correct usage of modifiers during the global surgical period, 5) Keys to discussing coding related concerns with orthopedic surgeons.

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

2C:The Strength of Ethics

Jennifer Lynn Sanders, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I

Ethics are the standards by which we operate our business. But what makes for a strong ethical person? I will review the Ethics of Healthcare as learned in the MBA Healthcare Management program by discussing the pillars of moral strength as a foundation of ethics. This workshop should inspire the attendee to review their career, employer and themselves to determine how strong their ethics are.

  • Objectives
  • Discussion of the pillars of moral strength as they relate to ethics in healthcare
  • Self-evaluation of our individual ethical background
  • Discussion of how ethics determines our everyday actions & how to change it

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

2D:Correct Coding and Billing for Outpatient Mental Health Providers

Laurie Bouzarelos, CPC

Mental health services bring with them distinct documentation and coding requirements to support correct billing for services. This presentation will focus on coding updates, documentation requirements, evaluation and management coding for psychiatry, and incident-to in the mental health treatment setting. Presentation will conclude with specific recommendations for attendees to set up their own internal compliance review to verify the documentation, coding and billing in their practice setting meets or exceeds industry expectations.

  • Objectives
  • Identify documentation guidelines specific to mental health providers
  • Understand the correct use of E/M Codes for Psychiatrists and add-on codes
  • Identify CPT and ICD coding updates specific to mental health services
  • Incident-to guidelines in the mental health setting
  • Monitor practice compliance with documentation, coding and billing guidelines

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

2E:How You Can Negotiate Payor Contracts Llike a Pro!

Marcia Brauchler, MPH, CPHQ, COC, CPC, CPC-I

What are your peers doing with their payor contracts? Walk through numerous, actual contract negotiations from real-life practices’ success stories. Learn to advocate for your practice, using proven techniques from a veteran contract negotiator. Most physician practices focus on cutting expenses instead of improving the revenue to the practice from non-governmental payors. A little focused effort on negotiating payor contracts can create much-needed money for the practice.

  • Objectives
  • Think through why your practice should bother to ask for a raise
  • Prepare in advance of the negotiations, getting organized with your data
  • Define your practice's value proposition to the payors
  • Learn strategies for negotiation, including fixes for frustrating coding denials
  • Make permanent improvements to your payor contracts

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

2F:The Complexities of Inpatient E/M Services

Shannon O'Tyson DeConda, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

During this session you will be provided real world inpatient encounters to audit. They will vary from initial inpatient, subsequent inpatient, observation, and critical care. Attendees will be provided a few minutes to audit the note themselves, and then we walk through each note in detail (line by line) and answer all questions regarding what counted toward each level of service. An inpatient-specific audit tool and documentation cheat card will be provided to each attendee of this session.

Breakout Session 3

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

3A:A Physician Coder's Guide to Coding Diabetes - Sweet!

Coding diabetes accurately may be straightforward for coders and auditors, but is it really? Providers generally feel confident in diagnosing and treating diabetes, so why are they often queried by coders because of an issue with their documentation and/or coding? This presentation will attempt to improve the accuracy of coding and expand the clinical implications of diabetes-related codes for coders and auditors.

  • Objectives
  • Recall the progression of diabetes codes from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM
  • Know how to code correctly both common and rare types of diabetes
  • Identify which diabetes-related codes are also CMS HCC codes
  • Recognize how coders and providers code diabetes differently
  • Improve ability to advise providers on how to code diabetes more accurately

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

3B:Pulmonary Function Testing

Louis Jimenez, RRT, CHT

When coding pulmonary function tests for lung disease, it helps to understand the underlying disease process and why they are performed. Pulmonary function tests are performed during the non-acute phase of pulmonary disease and provide the measurements of the patient’s lung volumes, capacities, flow rates, airway resistance, and lung compliance. This session will review pulmonary diseases, types of pulmonary functions tests and when they are used, which codes report the services, and tips for code selection, so you can apply codes appropriately.

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

3C:Crucial Compliant Conversations

Kristi Hudson, CPCO

Non-compliance in healthcare can have very serious, and sometimes devastating consequences. There has been an increase in auditors and investigators disguising themselves as new patients in offices across the country. Every conversation, starting with, "How much does it cost to see the doctor?" is now under scrutiny.

  • Objectives
  • Learn and execute techniques for effective financial communications with patients
  • Able to master discussion of patient finances in any situation
  • Gain a basic understanding of structuring and implementing a compliant financial policy
  • Become familiar with conducting a financial report of findings

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

3D:Developing Internal Coding Policies and Procedures

Sheri Poe Bernard, COC, CPC, CDEO, CRC, CPC-I

As coders, we depend on official guidance to shape our decisions as we abstract charts. What do we do when we come across a situation not addressed by any official coding source? This session will identify questions to ask before developing a policy, policy research, development, and communication, and why and when to retire an internal coding policy.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

3E:Risk Adjustment and HCC Coding

Risk adjustment is the assignment of your patient’s health insurance risk through accurate diagnosis(es) coding which then is used to determine capitation levels. It is designed to improve the following: Improve coverage Preserve consumer choice Improve quality of patient care Chronic conditions are defined as conditions that need constant monitoring. Monit

  • Objectives
  • Define risk adjustment and corelate the quality impact
  • Review case studies
  • Understand why accurate and complete coding is important

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

3F:Auditing for Risk and Revenue

Jaci J. Kipreos, COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

The audit process and plan must change to adapt to the changes in the delivery of healthcare services and the changes in the payment methodology. This presentation will address how to update the scope of an existing audit plan to adjust to the changing environment of the healthcare setting and payment policies. The presentation will introduce real life examples of these changes and suggest how they can be incorporated into the scope of the audit. The new audit plan should be able to recognize risk and verify reimbursement.

Exhibit Hall

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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

EX2:Lunch

Breakout Session 4

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1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CDEO, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIC, CIMC, COBGC, COPC, COSC, CPB, CPC-9, CPCD, CPEDC, CPPM, CPRC, CRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

4A:Modifier Maze

Peggy A Stilley, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, COBGC

The objectives for this session will be to clarify the definitions of modifiers and understand what occurs when modifiers are reported on claims. Modifiers can affect reimbursement or can allow payment for services that are typically bundled. Some modifiers have been misused and are under scrutiny with payers.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CEMC, CIC, CPB, CPPM

4B: Lets Get Critical About Critical Care

Chad Benjamin Peterson MBA, CPC, CEMC

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

4C:The Evolution of HIPAA Compliance and Cyber Risk in Healthcare

Jeff Mongelli

Cyber threats continue to evolve and healthcare remains target number one. Being cyber-safe and HIPAA compliant is everyone's responsibility in your organization. We’re going to teach you how to identify cyber-threats and introduce tools, free and otherwise, you can use to make your organization safer and remain HIPAA compliant.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCVTC, CDEO, CGSC, CIC, COSC, CPB, CPCO, CPPM, CPRC, CSFAC

4D:Surgical Complications Don’t Have to Be Complicated

Leonta Williams, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CDEO, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIC, CIMC, COBGC, COPC, COSC, CPB, CPC-9, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPMS, CPPM, CPRC, CRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

4E:2021: History and Examination Lose Key Component Status – How Can You Prepare and Respond?

Michael Warner DO, CPC, CPCO, CPMA; Mary Wood, CPC, CPC-I

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

4F:Forensic Auditing – Defining the Process and Purpose

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

Exhibit Hall

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2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

EX3:Break

Breakout Session 5

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3:15 PM - 4:30 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CDEO, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIC, CIMC, COBGC, COPC, COSC, CPB, CPC-9, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPMS, CPPM, CPRC, CRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

5A:Yes Virginia, you can bill level 5 E/M

Najwa N Liscombe, CPC, CPC-I

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CGIC, CGSC, CIC, CPB, CPPM

5B:A lesson in Colon surgery

Caren J Lampitoc, COC, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CPCD

A look at colon procedures that reviews anatomy, terminology and codes surrounding bowel procedures. Discuss live operative notes, with open coding of cases. Come prepared to review and discuss your questions on these cases.

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

5C:How To Talk So Providers Will Listen. How To Listen So Providers Will Talk

Lisa Balsam, CPC, CRC

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

5D:Incorrect Drug Administration Coding is an Expensive Habit

Barbara Tyson, CPC

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

5E:ERISA Finding the Hidden Gold in Your Revenue Cycle

Lea Fowler

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CDEO, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

5F:Communicating Professional Audit Results

Norma Ann Panther, CPC, CIRCC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CHONC

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

General Session

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

GS4:ICD-10-CM Updates with insight to ICD-11 WHO

Jaci J. Kipreos, COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

An in depth look at the changes to ICD10 for 2020. We will explore why the changes occurred and how the World Health Organization (WHO) plans for changes each year. We will also look at what the WHO is planning for ICD-11.

Breakout Session 6

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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CEMC, CFPC, CGIC, CIMC, COBGC, CPB, CPEDC, CPPM

6A:Coding Preventive Care Services

Shannon O'Tyson DeConda, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

Preventive care is often a confusing topic, and defining the differences between chronic disease management, wellness, IPPE, and AWV is often a confusing differentiation. Let’s also complicate that with a sick visit in conjunction with any of these preventive services- when is that reportable and what level of service can be billed with such a comprehensive encounter. During this session we will define each type of preventive encounter, the documentation expectations of each, as well as speaking to visits billable in addition to the preventive encounter. Attendees will leave with a checklist of documentation expectations, and modifier 25 considerations to ensure accurate documentation, billing, and reimbursement for services provided.

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CDEO, CEMC, COBGC, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

6B:Gynecology Coding

Peggy A Stilley, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, COBGC

Being knowledgeable of female anatomy and terminology provides a better understanding of correct code selection for hysterectomy, pelvic repairs, and colposcopy. This session will include specific CPT® and ICD-10-CM coding for common office and surgical procedures. We will also dive into wellness visits and CMS BPP exams, with discussion of documentation requirements, Advanced Beneficiary Notices, and reimbursement issues.

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

6C:How LEAN is your office?

Jennifer Lynn Sanders, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CDEO, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

6D:Creating a Compliant Query Tool Kit

Sheri Poe Bernard, COC, CPC, CDEO, CRC, CPC-I

Provider documentation is first and foremost the foundation for good patient care. With that said, it is a miracle some of our patients survive! In today’s economic climate, the facility is also dependent on good clinical documentation for its fiscal survival. What is the best way to achieve this in a compliant and non-leading manner? Come discuss the when, why, and how to approach the provider with the written query for “pertinent" clinical findings in the medical record.

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CEMC, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

6E:2019 Medicare Telehealth Coverage Expansion & Private Payer Comparison

Jacob Geertsen, CPC

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

6F:Formulating the Findings of an Audit

Jaci J. Kipreos, COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

The audit has been completed and now it is time to relay the results. There are many ways to accomplish this task and the answer lies within the original scope. In this session we will look at a variety of templates that reflect audit findings and discuss what should be included in all written audit reports.

Breakout Session 7

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11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

7A:Beat the Behavioral Health Coding Blues

Annie Allred, CPC

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CDEO, CEMC, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

7B:Gender Identity: Coding, EMRs and Insurance Barriers

Danielle Erickson, CPC

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

7C:Time - Importance of Content & Context

Chad Benjamin Peterson MBA, CPC, CEMC

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

7D:What are Patient Safety Indicators and Why Might They Matter to Coders?

Kelly Mitchell, CPC, CPMA, CGIC

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CANPC, CASCC, CCC, CCPC, CCVTC, CDEO, CEDC, CEMC, CENTC, CFPC, CGIC, CGSC, CHONC, CIC, CIMC, COBGC, COPC, COSC, CPB, CPC-9, CPCD, CPCO, CPEDC, CPPM, CPRC, CRC, CRHC, CSFAC, CUC

7E:Transforming Physician Coding for Value-Based Reimbursement

Katharine Barbagallo, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

7F:Audit Scope and Selection: How to Get an Audit Started

Jaci J. Kipreos, COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC

When beginning an audit the more effort that is put into determining the scope will make for an easier time with the selection and the delivery of the results. In this session we will discuss the meaning of a scope, discuss how to make a selection and look at various types of audits. We will review what should be asked at the beginning of the audit process to help determine the actual scope of the audit to be performed.


Dedication to Quality: AAPC is dedicated to the delivery of top-level education to our members and attendees. To accomplish this, AAPC reserves the right to make any necessary program adjustments/changes (for example, industry updates, speaker changes, schedule adjustments, etc.) that we feel may provide you with the very best event/educational experience. CEUs are one-time use only.

Conference Venue

The Westin Seattle | 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Host Hotel

The Westin Seattle

Gaylord Texan Resort

Taxes and fees included

  • $265 (single / double occupancy)

Check-in: 4:00 PM | Checkout 11:00 PM

Location Map

The Westin Seattle | 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Hotel Direction: 13.3 miles N

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Estimated taxi fare: $45 USD (one way)
  • Bus service, fee: $18 USD (one way)
  • Subway service, fee: $3 USD (one way

Driving directions

From Sea-Tac Airport, get on WA-518 E from Airport Expressway. From WA-518 E, take the exit for I-5 N and travel north on I-5 for 12.4 miles. Take the Seneca Street exit #165. The exit will be on the left. Turn right on 6th Ave and proceed north for six blocks. Cross over Stewart Street. The hotel will be on the left.

Parking

    Off-site parking, fee: 9 USD hourly
  • On-site parking, fee: 50 USD daily
  • Valet parking, fee: 60 USD daily
  • Self/valet parking are offered in adjacent garage with hourly/daily rates. Overnight rates include in/out privileges.

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1. Talk to Your Employer - Over 80% of attendee's costs are paid by their employers. Don't be afraid to ask! Educate your boss on the benefits for both you and your company. Visit the employer justification page to help you prepare to talk to your boss.

2. Tell Your Friends - Conference is a blast, but it's even more fun with friends and colleagues. Be a good friend and inform them of the educational benefits.

3. Personalize Your Schedule - Look over the education and build the schedule that best fits your needs.

4. Make Your Travel Plans - Flight booked, check; hotel confirmed, check; Other activities, check!

How to Convince Your Boss

Anyone who's been to conference will tell you it's an incredible, career enhancing experience. But when you ask your employer to pick up the tab, we know you have to make a bold case for attending.

So here's a bit of advice on getting your manager or business decision maker to send you to AAPC Conference: It's not about you. It's about how you AND the entire team - in fact, your company - will benefit from the information and insights you'll gain.

By leveraging the steps below, we feel confident you can make a game plan, create your story and leverage your communication skills.

STEP 1

Be Prepared

  • Review the full conference agenda with over 50 sessions and map out your customized conference agenda. AAPC offers tracks across a variety of topics and disciplines, so you can choose a mix of sessions that benefit you personally and some that benefit your organization. You might even plan to show your manager the sessions and let them choose a few sessions they would like you to attend.
  • Download this persuasive letter for your boss. Include a few of the sessions you'd like to attend, and name-drop some speakers.
  • Ready your argument that attending conference will make you a bigger asset to your company.

STEP 2

Pick the Right Time to Talk About It

  • Lay the groundwork with the letter, then schedule a brief meeting to state your case in person.
  • Explain the ROI on sending you to the event.
  • Tell your manager you'll bring back best practices from leading experts, thought leaders and organizations.
  • Talk about why you are choosing the sessions you want to attend and how the skills will complement your capabilities and those of the organization.
  • Tell your manager conference packs a full year's worth of value into just 3 days.
  • Walk through the conference website to review the agenda and speaker lineup, adding credibility and transparency to your request.
  • Explain that you will take accountability and return ready to present your findings to the team and how they can be implemented into your current work processes.

STEP 3

Respond to Objections and Questions with Confidence and Detail

  • You probably already know the questions or objections your boss will have, impress your boss with your communication skills by being prepared to answer the expected AND unexpected.
  • Objection: "It's too expensive."Your response: "This isn't just a three-day conference; I see it as an investment. The learnings can have real impact on our organization's bottom line. I'll capture detailed notes from every session, so our whole team can learn along with me. And conference offers group and corporate discounts and discounted lodging."
  • Objection: "You can't be away from the office for several days."Your response: "I might be away from the office, but I will still be working when I can. WiFi will be available, and the schedule allows me to move between tracks and sessions. I'll be able to stay connected at the same time I’m gathering information and best practices that will take our team’s work to the next level."
  • Objection: "How do I know this a credible conference and a good use of your time? "Your response: AAPC is the world's largest training and credentialing organization for the business of healthcare, at over 180,000 members.

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