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Advanced Surgical Chart Auditing

Broadcast: Mar 16, 2011 at 8:30AM
Presentation Length: 4 Hours
On Demand Availability: March 16, 2011
Presenter: Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, COPC, CPEDC, Approved-Instructor
4 CEUs

Price: $189.95
Members: $149.95

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With the amount and scope of payer audits increasing, providers are turning to internal audits to identify and correct any documentation and coding issues. A regular program of internal auditing is the best way to prepare for an external audit. Surgical chart auditing is a skill that requires practice to perform correctly. In addition to assuring the proper coding was assigned, other legal aspects found in a surgical record must also be considered, such as informed consent requirements and documentation requirements for surgical encounters. Learn how to completely and accurately review and validate surgical services from a compliance perspective.

Please Note: Workshops include interactive, hands-on exercises. Please bring your core coding books (CPT®, ICD-9-CM, HCPCS Level II).

What is your Surgical Chart Auditing IQ?
Take the Surgical Chart Auditing quiz (created from our workshop curriculum) to find out.

This Workshop Will Help You:

  • Outline the process for correctly dissecting an operative note
  • Evaluate the key elements of surgical procedures
  • Design an auditing report and/or corrective action plan based on results
  • Apply surgical chart auditing hands-on skills working with multiple surgical cases
*On demand and virtual workshops are for single person use only and may not be rebroadcast, retransmitted, shared or disseminated. A computer with a high speed Internet connection and speakers (or headphones) is recommended to connect to the event.

About The Author

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC, CENTC, is the Vice President of Business and Member Development for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). A seasoned coder and coding educator, she previously served the AAPC as director of local chapter relations and as a member of the organization’s National Advisory Board. She is a certified coder and PMCC coding instructor, and speaks frequently at coding conferences. She is the owner of Coding and Reimbursement Experts, and teaches coding at the Venango campus of Clarion University. Prior to her employment with the AAPC, Ms. Buckholtz was administrator for Wolf Creek Medical Associates, managing a five location multi-specialty practice and was business manager at an otolaryngology practice.

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