CODINGCON 2011 Workshops To Feature Specialized Sessions

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  • (1888PressRelease) October 28, 2011 - Durham NC USA -- Anesthesia, Cardiology, Family Practice, General Surgery, Ob-Gyn, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Pain Management, Pediatrics & Urology

    Experienced healthcare workers are preparing to attend CODINGCON 2011, planned for Dec 1-3 2011 at the Buena Vista Palace in Orlando FL USA, conference organizers have announced.

    All health professionals and administrators who are tasked with medical billing or oversight are encouraged to attend.
    The 4th Annual 2011 Medical Coding Update & Reimbursement Conference will present specialized content in the various specialty workshops that are scheduled for the annual event.

    Ten of the 13 specialties with medical coding updates featured within CODINGCON have added these specialized learning workshops, since "we have identified that some specialties merit more in-depth discussions that may not always be covered within the main sessions only," notes Lavi Penaverde, CODINGCON Conference Director.

    Specialties with stand-alone workshop sessions include: Anesthesia, Cardiology, Family Practice, General Surgery, Ob-Gyn, Orthopedic, Otolaryngology, Pain Management, Pediatrics and Urology.

    Penaverde adds, "These workshops are must-attend sessions that often supplement and complete the anticipated needs of each conference for practice managers, coders, billers, physicians, healthcare consultants, and many others who desire to code more accurately, speed up reimbursements, stay in compliance, and decrease or possibly eliminate financial loss."

    Among the most anticipated workshops is "Anesthesia 101-Basic Anesthesia Concepts." It is one of the most popular workshops because "whether or not you are a novice to the anesthesia specialty, or you just want to brush up on the basics, the basics of anesthesia coding and billing workshop provides an interactive session that serves as a solid foundation on which to build your anesthesia knowledge," stresses expert speaker Judi Blaszczyk, RN, CPC®, ACS-PM.

    Ambulatory Surgery's "ASC Coding & Billing Concepts & Update" is most beneficial to those who aim to learn about changes in 2012, appropriate use of Medicare edits, modifiers, and an overview of CMS billing guidelines in 2012. The workshop will be presented by Cristina Bentin, CPC®-H, CCS-P, CMA and Joanne Schade-Boyce.

    Likewise, for billers and coders, planning for an audit is equally as important as the execution. Many realize the need to ensure a successful audit, by planning ahead and performing the audit with integrity. This Billing and Collections workshop,"Performing a Successful Audit," will feature Joseph Newsome, CPC®, CPC®-I, CPC®O, CEMC™, HCS, HAS.

    The workshop, "Cardiology: What Am I Missing?" was specifically created by CODINGCON organizers after the cardiology field had seen numerous changes in procedural coding perspectives over the past 3 years. With these developments, the issues that remain for the cardiology coder/biller go beyond simple code changes. As such, the cardiology workshop's objective is to help physicians to code for co-morbidities, HCC considerations, and diagnostic specificity, while understanding that these are just some of the challenges facing the cardiology office/department billing area. This plus the need to factor in the ICD-10 imperative makes this workshop (led by Jill Young, CPC®, CEDC™, CIM), an absolute must.

    General Surgery likewise helps workshop participants via a session entitled, "Conducting Your Own In-House Surgery Audit." This is because surgery claims to represent the single, largest revenue for many surgical practices. Inaccurate, incomplete or suboptimal coding could result in substantial losses to surgical practice revenue. This makes it imperative to go into a more detailed understanding of how to assess the needs of a surgical audit, the tools and techniques for a successful audit, how to determine the appropriate scope, and how to estimate the potential lost revenue.

    Part II of this General Surgery workshop will start with the accumulation of data from Part I, statistical annualization of lost revenue, areas that need additional review, how to evaluate the potential for third party audits, and the possibility of fraud and/or abuse allegations. Marsha S. Diamond, CPC®, CPC-H®, CCS will be the presenter.

    Another session worth attending is Donelle Holle's Pediatrics workshop, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pediatric Coding But Was Afraid to Ask." This workshop provides a complete overview of codes that are specifically for Pediatrics, such as levels of care, prolonged care, well care, vaccine administration coding, procedures, hospital services, newborn care, plus proper coding of ICD-9 codes.

    More information on the CODINGCON workshops is located here.

    Per-specialty conference agenda, on the other hand, may be found at:

    "None of these take away from the equally compelling content put together by our industry speakers, in their industry updates," adds Penaverde. Also, CODINGCON remains the country's only multi-specialty conference that includes medical coding, billing and reimbursement, which also examines best practices and tools that are needed in correcting codes from the start -- avoiding claim denials, maximizing productivity and increasing practice's bottom-line.

    A Lunch & Learn Series ( @ ) CODINGCON is another highlight that provides an added benefit for attendees who register for the conference's workshops and main sessions dot Lunch & Learn is scheduled for 12:15-1:15 PM on Dec 2-3 2011 dot A presentation on the ICD-10-CM eCurriculum will be made for those who have avoided the prospect of diving into ICD-10-CM dot The series will guide attendees on how to take small steps to familiarize themselves and their physicians with ICD-10-CM, before Oct 1, 2013 arrives dot

    Coding Conferences is at the forefront of organizing multi-specialty learning events in medical coding, billing and reimbursements, to provide a venue for interacting, discussing, sharing best practice and networking with peers and leaders in the industry. These learning events will help transform technical experience into live, real-practical solutions to help various healthcare professionals to code more accurately, get paid for the services their office provides, while avoiding legal pitfalls -- with valuable hands-on, up-to-the-minute specialty-specific coding information.

    Click here to view photos from the mid-year CODINGCON in Las Vegas.

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