Monday, Aug. 3, 2020

9-10:15 a.m. 
Operationalizing Interoperability Impact in Your Radiology Practice 

Kinson Ho
Prerecorded Session

Through case studies, the presenter will illustrate how interoperability impacts radiology practices in the areas of scheduled workflow, radiation dose management, and capture of appropriate use criteria consultations. The Oxford definition of interoperability is the ability of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of information and the presentation will include an introduction to interoperability terminology. In the session, see how communication of data elements related to the performance of an imaging study is necessary for communicating results, documenting the service in the patient’s record, billing for the service, and reviewing workflow and productivity. The maximum standardization of these elements and their location in an electronic feed will result in the more efficient and effective use of them. Different operational environments will be utilized in the case studies to allow all participants to project themselves, and their infrastructures, into solutions that can benefit their organizations.

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

  • Share how standardization of data elements and electronic formatting can benefit the radiology practice
  • Discuss with providers how these elements can be utilized in their workflows and the billing process
  • Apply the information gained to better utilize interoperability techniques in your practice

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Becoming a Difference Maker

Chad Porter
Live Session

Experience a message full of hope and overcoming devastating life circumstances. Hear how to appreciate all the gifts you have, use your ability to make a difference for others, and embrace your impact in your chosen field. See how adaptive you are to change, manage everyday challenges at work and in your personal lives and become an even more effective leader.

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

  • Use the tools gained to overcome challenges and adversities in your career and personal life
  • Recognize your impact in your career, home, and community
  • Maximize your talents and personality to make a difference in those around you

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Conversation with Chad Porter

Chad Porter and Bob Still, FRBMA
Live Session

1-2 p.m.
Prerecorded Sessions

  • Time to Bring Revenue Integrity Back to the Claims Process
    Timothy Mills

    Studies suggest that most providers see overall denial and rejection rates as high as 15-20 percent. Because radiology practices have limited and often overworked resources, a good percentage of denied and rejected claims never get resubmitted, which results in lost revenue. In the session, the presenter shares the startling statics around the true cost of this traditional claims submission-rejection-abandonment approach and demonstrates how to evaluate where many claim errors originate within the workflow of the revenue cycle and how to determine the most common cause for claims denials/rejections. over the session, attendees will learn the importance of preemptive workflow assessments in evaluating and implementing preventative maintenance much earlier in the workflow – at the encounter level, when coding a patient visit, and over charge capture or charge entry.

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

    • Assess the rising costs of denied claims and industry trends in response to typical claim error origination within the overall revenue cycle workflow.
    • Identify common causes of denials and claim rejections and what methods can help to avoid or eliminate those issues before they happen.
    • Apply a preemptive workflow assessment, a proactive approach to process improvement, along with technology to effectively prevent these types of errors from occurring.

  • Building the Community Radiology Department of the Future
    Anand Prabhakar, MD, MBA

    Imaging touches nearly every patient who enters the community hospitals and is the backbone of clinical care. Our patients are living longer and are sicker than in decades past. Now more than ever, we need to keep pace with the increasing complexity of their radiology needs. Across the U.S., community radiology practice is at an important crossroads. There are tremendous market pressures and national trends toward subspecialty radiology, setting the stage for a new approach. This session will discuss how to transition a general radiology practice into a subspecialty practice and will what is needed to build a compensation plan for employed radiologists, create quality and safety bonuses for radiologists, set up moonlighting based on RVU or hourly rate, integrate a community IR practice with an academic medical center, transition a radiology private practice to an employed model and create ongoing physician evaluation for radiology practices.

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

    • Transition a private practice to an employment model
    • Build a subspecialty radiology practice in the community
    • Develop compensation models for radiologists

2:15-3:15 p.m.
Prerecorded Sessions

  • Achieving Value Innovation
    Navesh Kandiyil, MD, MBA

    A 360-degree approach to value innovation includes (1) Growth Analytics, (2) Operational Integrity, and (3) Revenue Reconciliation. A comprehensive market expansion approach needs to leverage Growth Analytics from the perspective of patients and referring physicians. Analytics on user data and health consumerism trends can have a great impact on patient activation. In addition, Growth Analytics can be leveraged to support proactive collaboration between radiologists and referring physicians, and improve consultation, education, and research. In this session, learn how operational costs can be streamlined through tactical initiatives on both the departmental and enterprise-scale (e.g. workflow optimizations, IT interoperability.). Participants will also learn how to define, collect, and report on leading quality performing measures to drive standardized, evidence-based medicine across all service lines.

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

    • Support patient activation through easier medical data and scheduling access
    • Align operational goals with clinical and financial measures and measure modality resource utilization and patient volumes to fulfill current/future usage
    • Provide patients with the necessary care through CDS and attain 100% of billing fees, by leveraging innovative tools, and change management methodologies

  • Meaningful and Effective Compliance Audits
    Jenny Studdard, RCC, CCS-P, CPC, CPCO, ICD-10-CM AHIMA Approved Trainer

  • Learn how to design, perform and report on a compliance audit so that it provides meaningful information about the state of coding, documentation, and compliance in your practice. over the session, discuss how to communicate your audit results so they can be an effective tool for driving operational improvements in the areas reviewed.

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

    • Design the scope of a compliance audit to target specific compliance risk areas
    • Strategies for performing an effective audit
    • Summarize and report on the results in a manner that provides actionable items for operational improvement

3:45-4:30 p.m.
AUC/CDS: Testing and Implementation Next Steps

Melody W. Mulaik, MSHS, CRA, RCC, CPC, CPC-H
Live Session

2020 is an official testing year for AUC/CDS implementation. As radiology practices continue to bridge the gap with facilities it is important that everyone be on the same page through the implementation and testing period. Working through the charge capture processes and identifying where gaps currently exist will ensure that plans can be quickly implemented to address these concerns. It is imperative that hospital-based radiology practices work collaboratively with all stakeholders - including their billing companies (if applicable) to ensure that the Jan. 1, 2021, revenue impact date is successful and no one's revenue is disrupted. In addition to the speaker sharing implementation stories, participants will be encouraged to share their implementation experiences for the group's benefit.

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

  • Identify specific areas of concern for their organization regarding AUC/CDS implementation
  • Discuss how to facilitate discussions with all stakeholders to ensure all perspectives are heard and addressed
  • Identify actions that can be taken to facilitate a successful implementation to ensure revenue is not negatively impacted

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