Pre-Conference: Coding Academy

Join a coding expert faculty for a full day of radiology coding education in sunny San Diego, California.The program includes over five hours of education all eligible for RCC  CEUs!

Join fellow coders for this one-day event and then stay a little longer for RBMA's 2018  PaRADigm.

Coding Academy
Wednesday. April 4, 2018
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego , California

Schedule and Sessions

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

8- 8:15 a.m.
The Importance/Value of Coding Certification

Lori Shore, CPC, RCC, and Susan Gregg, CMPE, RCC, FRBMA 

8:15- 9:15 a.m.
CPT Coding Update

Walt Blackham, RCC

This session will review recent changes in current procedural terminology. 

At the conclusion of the session, the attendee will be able to: 

  • Identify the new, modified and deleted codes in CPT 2018 pertinent to radiology. 

9:15-9:30 a.m.

9:30-11:30 a.m.
Can You Report "Visits" in Radiology?

Karna W. Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P

An evaluation and management is a face-to-face encounter between a patient and a physician or qualified health care professional ¬– including a radiologist. Key changes in the landscape of clinical practice and reimbursement may increase the opportunity for your radiologists to appropriately report services historically referred to as ”visits.” This session will highlight these changes and the potential impact on your radiology practice, including the impact to the charge capture workflow should you choose to proceed with reporting EM services. The session will also explore your understanding of the key components of the EM level of service in light of CMS requirements for medical necessity to anchor each level of service reported.

At the conclusion of the session, the attendee will be able to:

  • Indicate when an EM may be appropriately reported separately within a radiology practice. 
  • Apply the current guidelines for assigning a level of service consistent with CMS requirements.
  • Identify steps within the existing revenue charge capture cycle that may need review before EM services are reported across the department.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

12:30-2 p.m.
Common Coding Issues: DXA, Mammo, Modifiers, NCCI, PET

Donna J. Richmond, CPC, RCC, CIRCC

This session will be a discussion of common coding problems and solutions for DXA, mammograms, and PET, as well as issues with modifiers and NCCI policy. We'll look at NCDs and LCDs and discuss what needs to be documented for appropriate coding and reimbursement.

At the conclusion of the session, the attendee will be able to:

  • Memorize current correct CPT and ICD-10-CM coding for DXA, mammography and PET.
  • Identify, comprehend and apply NCDs and LCDs.
  • List current NCCI policy manual and edits for radiology procedures, and distinguish when modifier use would be appropriate.

2-2:15 p.m.

2:15-3:30 p.m.
Radiology Risk Areas

Jennifer Bash, RHIA, CPC, CIRCC, RCC, and Debby Mann, CPC, RCC, ROCC

This session will cover coding risk areas in radiology, including physician documentation, physician communication, and medical necessity and coding-related denial solutions.

At the conclusion of the session, the attendee will be able to:

  • Discuss physician dictation as a legal source document and how it is utilized. Identify and discuss common dictation issues in radiology and tools for improvement. 
  • Discuss the importance of communication among coding professionals, hospital HIM, radiology department, and radiologists. Determine ways to identify coding and documentation issues and how to develop good lines of communication between physicians and coders.
  • Identify common coding related denials and how to reduce them. Determine ways to identify and measure coding related denials such as medical necessity and bundling.

3:30-4 p.m.
Coding Roundtable

All Coding Academy Faculty

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