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Keynote

Dr Karen DeSalvo Shares Her Unique Perspective on Healthcare

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Dr. Karen DeSalvo has spent her career supporting better health for individuals and communities across the world. She most recently served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a position President Barack Obama nominated her for in May of 2015. Dr. DeSalvo has overseen historical changes across public health, including ensuring access to quality, affordable healthcare, and updating the approach to information distribution in the health system, among others. She was the Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans, where she lead the development of a public hospital and transformed the outmoded health department to one that has since achieved national accreditation and recognition. Dr. DeSalvo has received numerous honors, including recognition as one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician executives and leaders and 100 most influential people in health care in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Presenter: Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Time: 04/29/19 08:15 - 09:30 AM
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General Sessions

President's Welcome

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Join Bevan Erickson, AAPC’s President, 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.

Presenter: Bevan Erickson , President AAPC Member Solutions
Time: 04/28/19 02:00 - 03:00 PM
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Confronting Reality for Successful Outcomes

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We need to be honest with ourselves: our behavior may be holding us back in our careers. With the high use of non-face-to-face communication (eg, social media and email), it is easily to be unprofessional and feel there are no consequences. If this is you, you could be holding yourself back from getting that first job after getting certified or the promotion you want so badly. If you are difficult to deal with, you lose respect from your providers, supervisors and co-workers. In this session, we will help you confront the reality of this behavior and give you tips to overcome it for a successful outcome.

Presenter: Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC
Time: 04/28/19 03:15 - 04:15 PM
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Time: 04/30/19 08:15 - 09:30 AM
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Legal Trends and Issues

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

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Time: 04/30/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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Extraordinary Health for Healthcare Professionals

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This informational and motivational session inspires busy healthcare professionals to pay attention to their own health. If you are tired, stressed, battling with your weight, or have any medical issues like hypertension or diabetes, please come to learn simple lifestyle changes that can make a big impact on your health and well-being. Get motivated to take necessary actions to improve your health and vitality, prevent (or manage) chronic diseases, and find out which vaccines and screening tests are recommended for you. Don’t add another HCC to your own body! Dr. Wymore will provide relevant codes.

Presenter: Marian Wymore MD, CPC, CRC
Time: 05/01/19 08:30 - 09:30 AM
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Session 1

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 09:45 - 11:00 AM

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    04/29/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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1A: Care Management Coding

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Medicare and other payers are focusing on chronic disease management and paying separately for services such as Chronic Care Management, Transitional Care Management, and Advance Care Planning. This session defines coverage and requirements and will discuss tips for developing documentation guidelines and coding policies for those services that physicians may already be providing.

1B: Interventional Radiology/ Cardiovascular - CIRCC

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    04/29/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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1C: Mental Health & the Opioid Crisis – What do we code?

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In this course we will look at Chapter five, concentrating specifically at the substance abuse categories. We will delve into documentation requirements of top diagnoses and how the coding guideline “with” can affect the Principal/first listed diagnosis. This class is for all levels of coders.

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    04/29/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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1D: Tackling Risk Adjustment in the Emergency Department

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With the current culture of our country, a patient may find themselves unable to participate in regular visits to their PCP/Healthcare Provider. The Emergency Department visit may be their only visit to a Provider throughout the entire year. With this in mind, how do we guarantee that all diagnoses are properly documented for the patient Medicare? Through proper code capturing, coding specialists can optimize appropriate diagnosis assignment, empowering the patient with the necessary captiation of their Medicare benefits for next year. By how? by focusing on the clinical picture of the patient, and painting the proper documentation for each encounter.

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    04/29/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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1E: Trip Through Tragedy, Facility Patient Chart

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This session will focus on current hospital compliance issues. These will include OIG work plan topics, as well as using the PEPPPER report and other methods of discovery for possible compliance concerns. We will also discuss some recent DOJ and OIG findings and their importance. Our goal is to help create a well-rounded compliance office with the necessary resources to stay current. This session will be beneficial for those working in compliance as well as those looking to move into compliance roles.

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    04/29/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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1F: How to educate providers on their audit findings

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Too many times we walk in the door to meet with a provider to review their coding and auditing reports to bet met with the eye roll of, UGH, they are back! During this session we will provide a teach the teacher interactive session on the best how-to’s for positive provider engagement for positive impacts on compliance. This will include not only guidance and teaching tips, but it will also include a sample report review and walk through on how to build the best report, what to include, and most importantly- how to present it.

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    04/29/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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1G: Gender Identity: Coding, EMR and Insurance Barriers

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Gender identity can generate confusion with EMRs and insurance companies. They both require every patient to be identified as either male or female and coverage is based on that gender marker for gender-specific treatments. Understanding the codes, criteria requirements, insurance and EMR barriers will greatly improve the overall patient safety, experience, and ensure the most appropriate codes are applied for coverage.

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    04/29/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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1H: Front Desk Best Practices

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PCC's Lynne Gratton, CPPM, explores front desk best practices related to scheduling, patient check-in, insurance verification, copay and prior balance collection. Understand the importance of the front desk when it comes to your practice's workflow and collection process.

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    04/29/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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1I: Making the Case for Certified Coders

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We all know how important our certifications are. But sometimes getting the right information to decision makers is problematic. This session will dissect a solid coding scrubbing program and share the benchmarks, wins and losses. The details are always in the data and proving how much is to gain can be found in the numbers.

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    04/29/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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1J: Beyond Coding - Becoming A SME

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Beyond Coding is an interactive session in which the participants will learn about using their skill set and experience in the roll of a Subject Matter Expert. The session will be conducted as a workshop in which the participants will create a personal assessment and build a plan of action.

Session 2

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 11:15 - 12:30 PM

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2A: Transitioning of Coder to Auditor

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Career opportunities are exploding! But how do we prepare for them, and how do we set ourselves apart? What does it take to transition from a coder to an auditor, appeal writer, educator, or consultant? We will explore options for preparing ourselves to move forward. Glean lessons learned from a hiring manager.

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    04/29/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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2B: Critical Care - Let's get critical about critical care

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With only three requirements needed to report critical care, one would think this would be an easy code to support. However, thats the first and "critical" mistake many make. There also seems to be a disconnect between coders and clinicians with interpretation, expectations, and requirements needed to support critical care. This course will dive into the clerical and clinical areas many are afraid to venture within critical care. When coders and clinicians collaborate and work together, critical care becomes easier to identify and report. This course will help identify those troublesome areas and fill those gaps to ensure a fully supported claim is submitted.

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    04/29/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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2C: Supportive Documentation for Quality Measures in Radiology

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Learn about quality measures that directly impact radiology services and be prepared for changes coming in 2019. Attendees will gain a deeper knowledge of the MIPS system, current participation requirements, and claims-based versus registry reporting. Understand documentation challenges for each measure and how measure reporting impacts coding workflows.

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    04/29/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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2D: Tips to Advance your Oncology Coding and Avoid Common Pitfalls

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Avoid common oncology coding pitfalls with these tips. This presentation focuses on ICD-10-CM coding and guideline assignment. A range of topics will be covered including best practices in neoplasm code assignment steps, coding a history versus an active neoplasm, neoplastic and treatment complications, biochemical recurrence, neuroendocrines and more.

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    04/29/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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2E: Hospital Compliance Today

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This session will focus on current hospital compliance issues. These will include OIG work plan topics, as well as using the PEPPPER report and other methods of discovery for possible compliance concerns. We will also discuss some recent DOJ and OIG findings and their importance. Our goal is to help create a well-rounded compliance office with the necessary resources to stay current. This session will be beneficial for those working in compliance as well as those looking to move into compliance roles.

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    04/29/19 12:15 - 01:30 PM
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2F: Intro for Hospice Billing (will cover GIP, government audits and documentation)

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    04/29/19 12:15 - 01:30 PM
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2G: Clinical Documentation Improvement for Physician Practices

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This session will define and introduce clinical documentation improvement (CDI) into a setting previously untouched - the physician office. As MACRA is implemented and greater focus is on correct physician coding, realtime CDI in the practice is imperative. Beyond diagnosis documentation & coding, CPT coding is still critical as well as other pressures such as Quality reporting, HEDIS measures and medico-legal concerns. We will focus on how physician offices of every size and specialty can improve their documentation. Who should be responsible for such efforts? How can we prepare them? What should be the primary focus? Our aim is to equip practices with the tools to implement CDI for success!

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    04/29/19 12:15 - 01:30 PM
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2H: How do I code for services provided by NPPs?

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More and more practices are using non-physician practitioners (NPP) as a way to provide better services to their patients. However, the codign can be very complicated. This course will review coding documentation guidelines when physicians work with NPPs in a collaborative mannor such as: shared services, incident-to, scribe, and more.

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    04/29/19 12:15 - 01:30 PM
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2I: The Personalized Patient Experience

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Interactions between providers and patients, staff and patients, and providers and hospital employees play a major role in how patients perceive their hospital orphysician visits. There are several ways to ensure that the patient is havign a positive experience.

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    04/29/19 12:15 - 01:30 PM
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2J: What you MUST do to land a job in healthcare

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You want to get certified or just earned your certification, now what? This session will cover using social media to build your network. Resume writing skills specific to the coding/billing position. Interview skills, tips and tricks. Discussion of what the "Apprentice" truly means. You will leave with a bag of tools to land the perfect job in this business.

Session 3

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 01:45 - 03:00 PM

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3A: Advanced E/M - Dissection of a Clinical Note

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Do you know how dissect a clinical note and apply the correct History, Exam and Medical Decision Making levels? What is a history compiled of? Can you decipher between a Review of Systems or a History of Present Illness? How many systems are required to be examined for a detailed/comprehensive exam? What is included in the Medical Decision Making? Do you know the difference between work-up planned vs no work-up planned? What affect can it have on your E/M level? We will review the different components of MDM and learn about data review elements some coders/providers don't even realize can increase the MDM. How do you put this all together to come up with the final E/M code? In this session we will dissect actual clinical notes and accurately choose the History, Exam and MDM based upon documentation.

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    04/29/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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3B: Current events and controversies in OB/GYN coding

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Coders for OB/GYN services must now deal with issues such as additional postpartum services in "the fourth trimester," hospitalist/laborist services, restrictions on ultrasound services, and much more. Unfortunately, the code sets have not kept up with the changing environment. What is the coder to do? This session will provide clear specific guidance in responding to the new "normal" in OB/GYN.

3C: The Complex Foot and Ankle

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The foot and ankle have long been difficult for many coders. In this session we will review foot and ankle anatomy and function and how they relate to the various procedures being performed. Bunion and reconstructive procedures will be discussed as well as Lisfranc fractures and tendon procedures. Being able to apply anatomic concepts will provide the participants with the tools necessary to tackle even the most complex foot and ankle procedures.

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    04/29/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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3D: Relating ICD-10-PCS Root Operations to Surgical Procedures in CPT

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    04/29/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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3E: Internal Auditing: A Vital Component of the Revenue Cycle

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Revenue integrity is essential to any organization's financial health. Conducting internal audits within the Revenue Cycle uncovers revenue opportunities often overlooked as well as ensures current charging processes remain vigilantly compliant. Attendees will review key areas during the session to take back to their facility and confirm accurate reporting practices are being followed and uncover lost revenue opportunities.

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    04/29/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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3F: Coding and Compliance: Connecting All the Dots

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The Affordable Care Act requires all physician practices, regardless of size, to implement a “right –sized” Compliance plan for their office. This session will focus on the components of operating an effective compliance plan for your practice as well as providing information on common compliance risks to a practice such as coding and documentation, the electronic health record, outliers and those identified on the Office of Inspector General’s 2018 Work plan. Recommended areas for ongoing monitoring and auditing of the elements will also be reviewed.

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    04/29/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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3G: 2019 OIG Workplan. What is the OIG up to?

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What is the OIG up to? Did you know that the OIG is reviewing a sample of global surgeries to determine the number post-operative services documented in the medical record compared to the number of post operative services reported in the data collected by CMS? This is just one example of what is on the OIG Workplan. In this session we will discuss the new investigations added to the 2019 OIG Workplan with deeper dive into some of the high risk areas. We will also present some Corporate Integrity Agreement case studies. And finally, how can staying updated on the activities of the OIG assist you with your internal compliance efforts.

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    04/29/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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3H: How to Review Records for Risk Adjustment

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You've learned the Essentials of Risk Adjustment and now you want to learn more. This session will allow participants the chance to review some chart review challenges as it pertains to accurately coding for risk adjustment. We will dissect and code charts for some of the most prevalent chronic conditions like diabetes, COPD, and congestive heart failure.

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    04/29/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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3I: Benchmarking for Practice Gains

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Running a practice in todays healthcare environment is messy at best. Most often we are stuck in the weeds just trying to make it through the day. By learning how to best benchmark key tasks in our practice we can tie that into system reports to get the best gains and to show the value behind those gains in order to influence all stakeholders.

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    04/29/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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3J: Modifier 25

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Session 4

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 03:45 - 05:00 PM

4A: Telemedicine Services

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Have you noticed your PCP using a computer or phone? If so, come and learn how Telemedicine Services can benefit their practice. We will discuss the CPT codes, modifiers, coding guidelines and provide some documentation tips. Can my specialist provider benefit from this service? Yes indeed! Come and learn how to change your providers method of patient care.

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    04/29/19 03:45 - 05:00 PM
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4B: Lowering the Pressure on Coding Hypertension

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How much do you really know about all the hypertension-related codes found in the tabular list in ICD-10-CM? Which ones risk adjust? How much do your providers know? Learn from a family medicine physician certified in coding and auditing how you and your providers can select hypertension-related codes accurately.

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    04/29/19 03:45 - 05:00 PM
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4C: When life gives you lemons: Skin It!

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The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is amazing the repair techniques that can be accomplished by using the skin in ways once thought to be science-fiction. We will explore the concepts of tissue transfers, rearrangement, flaps and grafts along with the appropriate coding for each topic. With audience participation, some attendees will assist with demonstrating the concepts while performing these procedures using lemons.

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    04/29/19 03:45 - 05:00 PM
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4D: A Physician's Role Value-Based Healthcare

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This presentation describes documentation challenges faced by clinicians. It defines common challenges that can be overwhelming and links key “asks,” to specific initiatives, and explains, through examples, how documentation can affect the physician, patient, revenue, resources, and public profiles. Recommendations for engaging physicians will be provided.

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4E: So you want to be a hospital inpatient coder - it's more than coding

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Hospital inatient coders must understand operational and financial structures that do not directly involve coding. Severity of illness, risk of mortality and DRG reporting directly affect teh hopital's case mix; a structure that strongly indicates the hospital's financial health. Although not entirely based upon coder's reporting, coders do heavily influence the outocme. Learn these facts that indicate you are on board with keeping the hospital financiallly viable.

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    04/29/19 03:45 - 05:00 PM
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4F: Hands On Auditing: Inpatient

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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.

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    04/29/19 03:45 - 05:00 PM
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4G: Coding & Fraud Investigations from the Payors Perspective

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Understanding the importance of proper coding and compliance with all governing rules and regulations is critical for provider reimbursement and to avoid litigation and potential criminal charges. We will discuss examples of fraud investigations, common questionable coding scenarios by specialty and provider compliance, including: chiropractic, DME, pain management, anesthesia, co-surgeon rules and unbundling practices.

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    04/29/19 03:45 - 05:00 PM
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4H: Compliant physician billing/reporting

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Understanding the Medicare guidelines for post-acute services. There are many unique documentation requirements for E/M services in the skilled setting as well as the long term care, assisted living and independent living. We will share documentation tips you can teach to your providers to help support medical necessity.

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    04/29/19 03:45 - 05:00 PM
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4I: Best Practices for Establishing Coder Productivity Standards

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Since the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS, the role of the coder has diversified and new trends in productivity have emerged. Previous standards used for benchmarking productivity required a focus on transactional coding, whereas current standards call for a more relational approach. This presentation will focus on why tracking coder productivity is important along with distinguishing best practices for establishing benchmarking standards for coding specializations.

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    04/29/19 03:45 - 05:00 PM
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4J: Don’t Gamble With Your Career, Beat the Odds and Fast Track Your Degree!

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In today’s competitive job market, you need a degree to move into leadership and management roles. This session will use some case studies to show you how to advance your career by obtaining your first degree, a specialized degree or an advanced degree. You will learn real strategies to help you obtain the right degree and get support along the way all while saving you a lot of money and time. You will get all the information you need to fast track your educational goals and advance your career.

Session 5

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 11:15 - 12:30 PM

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5B: MOHS Surgery Coding & Avoiding Common Denial Pitfalls

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Skin cancer is one of the top 10 forms of cancer, with it climbing up the list every year. To adapt, more dermatologists are becoming trained in MOHS surgery, so billers and coders must adapt as well! This course will cover the procedure itself, proper coding of the procedure, and how to avoid common billing pitfalls to have it paid the first time, every time!

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    04/30/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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5C: Spine Coding: Relationship between musculoskeletal and nervous systems

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Back pain giving you a headache? In this session you will learn how to decipher those tricky operative notes by taking a hands on approach. Attendees will walk away with a better knowledge of the of the spine anatomy and terminology that may not always be fully understood. By understanding anatomy and the terminology of the spine will become more evident, the relationship between the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and why both subsections should be referenced in most spine cases will become more evident. We will also be taking a look at the guidelines for CPT, ICD-10 and CCI.

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    04/30/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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5D: Drug testing in the pain management environment

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The opioid epidemic has created a number of rules and regulations on how to combat it's effects. When provider's are performing Urine Drug Testing within the application of prescribing these opioids it can create multiple issues. Some of these issues that will be discussed in this session are how patients can be affected by physicians both over and under prescribing medications in response to fears of having their license revoked. Also, how frequently and the medical necessity surrounding both presumptive and definitive UDT should be administered. Fraud, Waste and Abuse will also be discussed as the financial incentives for providers and labs can be very lucrative.

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    04/30/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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5E: Understanding Root Operations in ICD-10-PCS

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Are you having trouble coding ICD-10-PCS? Once you understand the root operation of the code set the light bulb will go on for you. Together we will make what was once a challenge, easy to code. You will ask yourself, "Where have you been all my life!"

5F: Auditing for Risk and Revenue

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    04/30/19 12:15 - 01:30 PM
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5G: Risk Adjustment & Quality Metrics

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ccording to Dr. Singh, Risk Adjustment is a platform and a common ground that accommodates the various health information entities like the health information data from its inception as medical charts notes and ICD-10 codes, Claims data and its submission processes, data-mining for the Quality metrics, transitional Care management, data triggers for the Utilization management especially in the realm of managed care, and many more processes in its natural pathway for the delivery of healthcare. Currently, he is serving the role of National Director for Risk Adjustment in a health plan, leading various HIM projects for Medicare Advantage.

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5H: Compliant Physician Billing/Reporting - Considerations for Reducing Risks

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This presentation provides an overview regarding key Medicare guidelines you should consider when reporting/billing professional services. Topic highlights include: nonphysician practitioner (NPP) services, Medicare "incident to" rules, split/shared services, signature requirements, ABNs, supervision of diagnositc tests, place of service codes and other billing tips. Take away NPP and split/shared services tools to incorporate into your internatl compliance policies and procedures.

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    04/30/19 12:15 - 01:30 PM
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5I: Increasing Revenue for Infusion Treatments and Reducing Financial Toxicity in Cancer Patients

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    04/30/19 12:15 - 01:30 PM
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5J: Potential Liability of Coders and Billers in a Health Care Fraud Case

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DOJ guidelines now require that Federal prosecutors first resolve cases against individuals in possible misconduct for civil and criminal violations before resolving corporate cases. As a result, the personal liability of administrators, coders and billers has increased greatly. In this session, we will discuss your potential liability and ways to reduce your potential exposure.

Session 6

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 01:45 - 03:00 PM

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6A: An in-depth understanding of the new CMS student and GME guidelines executive summary

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Did you know that CMS recently changed their guidelines regarding the use of student documentation? Did you know they also proposed changes to GME coding guidelines? This course will help you be up to date on these changes and how they impact your practice. The current coding and documentation requirements for GME services will be reviewed, along with the areas of risk associated with using GME and student documentation.

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    04/30/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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6B: TEVAR, EVAR, FEVAR the world of Endovascular Aneursym Repair

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Aortic anatomy and disease and the various endovascular procedures to repair Thoracic and abdominal aneurysm coding conventions. What is a fenestrated graft? Explore the various grafts as they relate to the codes. Visit the NCCI policy manual, NCD and LCD. View a payor policy or two.

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6D: Wound Care 101: Treatment and Billing

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    04/30/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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6E: Industry Inpatient Coding Standards of the Medical Record

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This session will cover facility coding as it relates to common denials and top misreported DRGs per recent CMS & OIG feedback. In addition the presentation will review conundrums and challenges organizations face during the facility revenue cycle process and ways to determine if your facility is compliant.

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    04/30/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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6G: Key Strategies to Build Ethics into Your Coding Compliance Program

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Key strategies to Build Ethics into Your Coding Compliance Program: Understanding where your vulnerabilities lie and how to mitigate risk is essential for coding compliance. This session will explore how to identify and avoid unethical coding situations and present steps to resolve ethical issues when they occur. Audience will benefit from an actual whistleblower story and what being a whistleblower entails. The role of a whistleblower takes its toll in the form of isolation and mental and emotional strain. There are many misconceptions that it’s all about a guaranteed payday. However, he reality is that most of the time there are better solutions available.

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    04/30/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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    04/30/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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6I: Template Use and Abuse and the Impact on Medical Record Integrity

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Without safeguards in place, records could reflect in inaccurate picture of the patients condition. Physicians are responsible for reviewing and removing all pre populated information to ensure that only patient-specific data for that visit is recorded. Often copy and paste or copy forward allows irrelevant data to be pulled in by the default template. Inaccurate templates cause increased physician queries and affect revenue cycle.

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    04/30/19 01:45 - 03:00 PM
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Session 7

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | 09:45 - 11:00 AM

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7A: Implementing an effective auditing and compliance program within the coding department

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Allegheny Health Network (AHN) implemented an effective auditing and compliance program within the coding department, by using Healthicity as its platform. Join us to learn of our trial and errors, as well as how an effective auditing program enhances education with both providers and coding staff.

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    05/01/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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7B: Wound Care: Flesh and Bones

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This presentation will focus on wound care for lower extremity ulcers. After a brief overview of the Integumentary System, we will discuss venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers and how they are treated. We will also review coding and documentation tips for coding ulcers and debridements.

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    05/01/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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7C: Critical Care Coding and Coding for Emergency and In-patients

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Learn to recognize queues from the record to identify critical care cases to prevent overcoding of over documented non-critical cases and learn to identify clinical documentation improvementn feedback opportunities for providers to improve appropriate, compliant capture of critical care cases. Also learn when to code critical care and procedures together.

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    05/01/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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7D: Documentation and Coding Challenges for Infusion and Injection Services

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One of the most demanding areas of outpatient coding is compliant coding and billing for Infusions & Injections. This presentation will explain compliant documentation, coding and billing for Infusion services.

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    05/01/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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7E: How to Write an Effective Query

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This presentation will focus on the how to properly query a physician and how to differentiate when to query a physician and when to not. Understanding the importance of the four key aspects of documentation that impact process of query. Since the implementation of ICD-10 CM/PCS understanding how to develop the statement of the issue is key as documentation involves more specificity then before.

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    05/01/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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    05/01/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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7G: HEDIS Documentation and Coding

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Are you struggling with understanding HEDIS and how to make the HEDIS season easier? The HEDIS Documentation and Coding seminar is for you. Angeline Ford is a provider educator specializing in HEDIS with a solid understanding of what the payers are reviewing to close gaps.

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    05/01/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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    05/01/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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7I: Implementing a CDI Program in a Physician Practice

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Participants will gain a better understanding of how a CDI program can be successfully implemented in the Physician Office setting.

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    05/01/19 09:45 - 11:00 AM
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Session 8

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | 11:15 - 12:30 PM

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    05/01/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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8A: Preventive Services

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In this session we will cover Preventive Services from A to Z. We will include a robust conversation on when it is appropriate to bill an E & M services with Preventive. We will discuss the documentation criteria for the various Medicare Preventive Services, including the IPPE, AWV and many others. We will also include some useful tools and sites to assist you in your coding, compliance and education efforts.

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    05/01/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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8B: Coding for Colon and Rectal Surgery

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Discuss the up to date information on accurate code assignment of CPT codes, modifier, and diagnoses for Colon and Rectal Surgery to ensure clean claim submission and receive accurate payment. Understanding the difference in co-surgeon and assistant surgeon in colorectal procedure and the impact on payment.

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    05/01/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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    05/01/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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8D: Auditing for the Out Patient

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    05/01/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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8E: In Patient Facility

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    05/01/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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    05/01/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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8G: Developing Internal Coding Policies and Procedures

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    05/01/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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8H: Don’t Chase Your Tail Over Medically Unlikely Edits

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    05/01/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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    05/01/19 11:15 - 12:30 PM
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Exhibitor Schedule

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    04/28/19 04:15 - 07:00 PM
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Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

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    04/29/19 07:00 - 08:00 AM
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Coffee Break with Exhibitors

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    04/29/19 11:00 - 12:15 PM
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Networking Break A with Exhibitors

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Take this chance to stop by the exhibit hall, visit the exhibitors, network with peers and have lunch.

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    04/29/19 12:30 - 01:45 PM
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Networking Break B with Exhibitors

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Take this chance to stop by the exhibit hall, visit the exhibitors, network with peers and have lunch.

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    04/29/19 03:00 - 03:45 PM
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Networking Break with Exhibitors

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Take this chance to stop by the exhibit hall, visit the exhibitors, and network with peers.

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    04/30/19 07:00 - 08:00 AM
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Coffee Break with Exhibitors

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    04/30/19 11:00 - 12:30 PM
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Networking Break A with Exhibitors

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Take this chance to stop by the exhibit hall, vivist the exhibitors, network with peers and have lunch.

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    04/30/19 12:30 - 01:45 PM
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Networking Break B with Exhibitors

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Take this chance to stop by the exhibit hall, vivist the exhibitors, network with peers and have lunch.

Expos

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    04/29/19 01:45 - 04:45 PM
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Anatomy Expo

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Celebrate the wonders of human anatomy at our very popular AAPC Anatomy Expo. This fast-paced event offers an in-depth look into the complex machine we call the human body. Physicians from a variety of specialties will use anatomical models, devices, and videos to provide an insider’s look at the anatomic and physiologic nuances of the body. Novice and expert alike will find this session fun, informative, and exhilarating.

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    05/01/19 09:45 - 12:30 PM
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Facility Expo

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Learn more about a dynamic and progressive business at our AAPC Facility Expo. See the future and learn from the best of the present. You might learn the latest in documentation, coding, billing, electronic medical records, compensation, and many other things. Whether you are a facility veteran or an interested observer, so much is happening, you will be enthralled. The Facility Expo promises a mix of new information and fun.

Additional Events

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    04/26/19 08:00 - 05:00 PM
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  • Price: $299

CPC Exam Review Course

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$299 | This review was designed to focus on both the common and most challenging coding concepts of the CPC exam. The review provides review of key concepts, test taking tips and strategies, and a review of most commonly missed questions. This exam review will not teach coding and not meant for a beginner.

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    04/26/19 09:00 - 03:00 PM
  • CEUs/CTUs: 0
  • Price: $295

MGMA Lean Six Sigma White Belt Program

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$295 | At this half-day session, participants will learn a structured approach to process improvement using a variety of lean tools. Through the use of case studies, round table discussions, and examples from attendees, you will see how you can apply lean concepts to day to day process and operations improvement activities. Some concepts we will cover are DMAIC, process mapping, process analysis through data collection tools, root cause analysis, creating an effective team, and more. Attendees will be awarded a Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certificate at the conclusion.

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    04/27/19 08:00 - 04:00 PM
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  • Price: $195

Teach the Teacher

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$195 | This 2019 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.

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    04/27/19 09:00 - 02:40 PM
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  • Price: Cost Varies

AAPC Exam

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Cost Varies | AAPC certifications are the gold standard for the business of healthcare and are held by more than 96,000 professionals. Those who obtain these credentials are critical to compliant and profitable medical practices/facilities. These credentialed individuals also typically earn 20% more than non-certified employees. AAPC credentials increase your chances of being hired and retained in a competitive job market

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    04/27/19 05:30 - 08:30 PM
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  • Price: No Cost

Local Chapter Officer Leadership Training

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No Cost | All officers and prospective officers are invited to meet with members of the AAPC Chapter Association on Saturday, April 7 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. It's a great way to kick off HEALTHCON 2018 and we will have all of the information you need to govern your chapter successfully in 2018. This is a chance to meet with other officers just like you, ask lots of questions and compare the way that you get things done... what works and what might be better. Take home ideas for presentations, find ways to identify the best speakers for your meetings and join in a great opportunity for networking with your peers. HEALTHCON is a great place to meet people, and officers can be some of your best networkers. Bring your ideas to share and plan to soak up information while you are in the happiest place on earth! Hope to see you there.

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    04/28/19 12:00 - 12:00 AM
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  • Price: $20

Walk the Block

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$20 | AAPC is on a mission to promote better health, education, and wellness... and to nudge you a little left of your comfort zone! HEALTHCON 2019 will feature WALK THE BLOCK - replacing Run 4 One. This quick walk between sessions will give you a chance to network, meet AAPC leadership, and of course, donate to a worthy cause. Having fun is a key part of this event-all skill levels are invited! Registrations support AAPC's Hardship Fund, which is used to help AAPC members in need.

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