Dec 18 Webinar: 2015 Coding Changes for optometry and ophthalmology

This 50-minute Webinar will cover everything and anything that will help you plan properly for 2015. It will save you time and money, condensing about 8-hours worth of research into 50 minutes. It will be recorded so if you cannot attend live, sign up and watch it at your leisure.

This webinar is at a special price–only $25. Competing Webinars cost much more–often $200 or more. I should know. I teach a lot of them for other companies. The usual price is only $49 and the EyeCodingForum offers bundles of 4 or 8 Webinars at $99 and $199 respectively.

Help me keep our costs low and tell your friends.

Topics covered include:

  1. CPT changes
  2. Preparing for ICD-10
  3. OIG Work Plan
  4. Medicare changes
  5. Medicare conversion factor
  6. PQRI program
  7. Auditing
  8. Medicaid
  9. Compliance
  10. Attendee Questions

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Jeffrey Restuccio, CPC, CPC-H, MBA

Specializing in coding, billing and documentation for Eyecare

 

Nov 20 Webinar: How to Maximize Revenue through accurate coding

This 50-minute Nov 20, 2014 Webinar is recorded and available anytime on demand. It can be watched multiple times for 180 days. Live presentation is Thursday, at noon, central time.

We will discuss the following:

  1. Why not understanding anatomy and medical terminology can cost you money.
  2. Multiple ways to increase your medical business.
  3. How to use codes 99050 and 99058 to increase revenue.
  4. How to get paid on 92015 even when the patient does not have vision insurance.
  5. How to confidently report level IV visits every time
  6. How to perform screenings for a wide variety of medications and conditions
  7. How to ensure your medical necessity is accurate.
  8. How to use modifiers effectively
  9. Understanding carrier-specific rules
  10. Tips on appeals
  11. Your Questions!

The Webinar is $49.00 or purchase a block of 4 Webinars for only $99. Click on this link to Order EyeCodingForum Services

Jeffrey Restuccio, CPC, CPC-H, MBA
jeff@eyecodingforum.com
http://www.eyecodingforum.com
(901) 517-1705

Oct 23 Webinar: Coding and Billing for Glaucoma Patients

This is a shortened version of the 90-minute presentation presented Nov 7 at the 2014 California Optometric Association Conference in Monterey CA.

On Thursday, October 23, noon, Central Time, the EyeCodingForum will present a 50-minute Webinar on everything related to coding and billing for glaucoma patients. You will learn important tips and tricks that will help you get paid correctly, the first time. This Webinar will be recorded so you can order and view the video anytime. This fee is per clinic, not per person. Click on this link to Order EyeCodingForum Services. It is the first item on the list. If you do not see this Webinar, then select the Recorded Webinars option and send us the month and year and we will send you the link. We will discuss the following:

  1. Ways to increase your revenue.
  2. Top documentation errors
  3. Report 992xx E & M codes or 920xx eye exam codes for glaucoma?
  4. Medical necessity
  5. Common diagnostic procedures.
  6. Coding for glaucoma patients in ICD-10
  7. Medicare and glaucoma patients
  8. Coding and Billing with other services
  9. Coding and Billing with other diseases
  10. Understanding carrier-specific rules
  11. MOD-59 and why you need to know this modifier
  12. Tips on appeals
  13. Your Questions!

The Webinar is $49.00 or purchase a block of 4 Webinars for only $99. At only $25 per webinar just one tip could return your investment in just one week! Click on this link to Order EyeCodingForum Services. Click on the EyeCodingForum link at the bottom to learn more about our services.

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Sep 25 EyeCodingForum Webinar: Reporting Medical Necessity for optimal reimbursement

Thursday, noon, Central Time, Sep 25, 50-minute Eyecodingforum Webinar will focus on medical necessity for EyeCare coding, billing, and documentation.

This is an update to our Oct 2013 Webinar, which was our most popular Webinar ever. 

You will learn important tips and tricks that will help you get paid correctly, the first time.

This Webinar will be recorded so you can order and view the video anytime. This fee is per clinic, not per person. Click on this link to Order EyeCodingForum Services. It is the seventh item on the list. We will discuss:

  1. What is medical necessity?
  2. What is a screening?
  3. Where do I found medical necessity information?
  4. Does “blurred vision” support medical necessity?
  5. Medical necessity and vision plans
  6. Medical necessity and Medicare
  7. How does 992xx E & M codes versus 920xx eye exam codes affect medical necessity?
  8. Medical necessity for many common diagnostic procedures.
  9. Conversion of many diagnoses lists to ICD-10
  10. Understanding carrier-specific rules
  11. Tips on appeals
  12. Your Questions

The Webinar is $49.00 or purchase a block of 4 Webinars for only $99. At only $25 per webinar just one tip could return your investment in just one week! Click on this link to Order EyeCodingForum Services. Click on the EyeCodingForum link at the bottom to learn more about our services.

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August 28 Webinar: Eyecare Coding and Billing for Medicaid

The noon, Central Time, August 28, 50-minute Eyecodingforum Webinar will focus on coding, billing and documentation issues related to Medicaid for both optometry and ophthalmology.  If you plan to attend this seminar live or watch it later please send me your state and any questions you have. I will not be able to cover every state so I will focus on the best half-dozen states. Note that some state medicaids have a lot of information on coding for eyecare available and others very little. Either way you will learn important tips and tricks that will help you get paid correctly, the first time.

The Webinar will be recorded so you can order and view the video anytime. This fee is per clinic, not per person. Click on this link to Order EyeCodingForum Services. It is the fifth item on the list. We will discuss:

  1. Refraction Services
  2. Documentation requirements
  3. Medicaid Basics
  4. How to work with your local Medicaid
  5. Understanding carrier-specific rules
  6. Tips on appeals
  7. Vision Therapy
  8. Medicaid Audits
  9. Your Questions

The Webinar is $49.00 or purchase a block of 4 Webinars for only $99. At only $25 per webinar just one tip could return your investment in just one week! Click on this link to Order EyeCodingForum Services

Status of ICD-10 for ophthalmology and optometry July 31 2014

To all Eyecare professionals, ophthalmologists, optometrists, coders, billers, and managers, the new due date for ICD-10 has been confirmed by Medicare: October 1 2015.

Do not wait until August or September of 2015 to begin your training. Most clinics are spending at least six hours reviewing their current codes and working on improving documentation now to prepare for ICD-10. Implementing ICD-10 is not a clerical function–it is mostly about documentation. Learning the actual codes is about 30% of the training. Translating the documentation to the codes is the other 70%. The EyeCodingForum offers a comprehensive, six-hour ICD-10 training course specifically for Eyecare.

A copy of the CMS Medicare Press Release is below.

Press release: Deadline for ICD-10 allows health care industry ample time to prepare for change

Date2014-07-31TitleDeadline for ICD-10 allows health care industry ample time to prepare for changeFor Immediate ReleaseThursday, July 31, 2014Contactpress@cms.hhs.gov
Deadline for ICD-10 allows health care industry ample time to prepare for change
Deadline set for October 1, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule today finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015.

The ICD-10 codes on a claim are used to classify diagnoses and procedures on claims submitted to Medicare and private insurance payers. By enabling more detailed patient history coding, ICD-10 can help to better coordinate a patient’s care across providers and over time. ICD-10 improves quality measurement and reporting, facilitates the detection and prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse, and leads to greater accuracy of reimbursement for medical services. The code set’s granularity will improve data capture and analytics of public health surveillance and reporting, national quality reporting, research and data analysis, and provide detailed data to enhance health care delivery. Health care providers and specialty groups in the United States provided extensive input into the development of ICD-10, which includes more detailed codes for the conditions they treat and reflects advances in medicine and medical technology.

“ICD-10 codes will provide better support for patient care, and improve disease management, quality measurement and analytics,” said Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). “For patients under the care of multiple providers, ICD-10 can help promote care coordination.”

Using ICD-10, doctors can capture much more information, meaning they can better understand important details about the patient’s health than with ICD-9-CM. Moreover, the level of detail that is provided for by ICD-10 means researchers and public health officials can better track diseases and health outcomes. ICD-10 reflects improved diagnosis of chronic illness and identifies underlying causes, complications of disease, and conditions that contribute to the complexity of a disease. Additionally, ICD-10 captures the severity and stage of diseases such as chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and asthma.

The previous revision, ICD-9-CM, contains outdated, obsolete terms that are inconsistent with current medical practice, new technology and preventive services.

ICD-10 represents a significant change that impacts the entire health care community. As such, much of the industry has already invested resources toward the implementation of ICD-10. CMS has implemented a comprehensive testing approach, including end-to-end testing in 2015, to help ensure providers are ready. While many providers, including physicians, hospitals, and health plans, have completed the necessary system changes to transition to ICD-10, the time offered by Congress and this rule ensure all providers are ready.

For additional information about ICD-10, please visit: http://www.cms.gov/ICD10

Here is the link to the Medicare website.

Wednesday July 30 EyecodingForum Webinar: Medicare for Eyecare

This noon, Central Time, 50-minute Webinar will focus on everything related to Medicare for both optometry and ophthalmology.  Note the live Webinar is Wednesday and not the usual Thursday. It will be recorded so you order and view anytime. We will discuss:

  1. Common diagnostic procedures
  2. The Basics (LCDs, E & M Guidelines, Incident-To Rules)
  3. How to work with Medicare
  4. Why Medicare is not just one, single  agency (jurisdictions)
  5. Co-Management
  6. Understand carrier-specific rules
  7. Office visits (both E & M and 920xx codes)
  8. Documentation requirements
  9. How to Appeal denied claims
  10. Preparing for ICD-10 in 2015.

Nationally, about 75 to 85% of Medicare rules and guidelines are the same. However, there are 12 Jurisdictions in the United States and each one has slightly different rules. Our goal will be to provide both a sound foundation and discuss new information from all of them and help you get paid correctly, the first time.

The Webinar is $49.00 for one or purchase a block of 4 for only $99. Click on this link to Order EyeCodingForum Services.

 

 

 

 

Webinar Bundle – Advanced

This group of six 50-minute Webinars is suitable for an intermediate to advanced coder/biller in an optometrist or ophthalmologist office. The list price for all six Webinars is $294 ($49 each). For a limited time only, the price is $149. That is nearly six hours of training, a per-clinic fee (not per person), plus you can watch anytime and multiple times.

  1. May 2014 Documenting and Scoring Medical Decision Making
  2. FEB 2014: EyeCare screenings for other diseases, high-risk drugs, and medical necessity.
  3. May 2013: Online, interactive audit of office visit notes (92014, 99214, 99203 and more).
  4. DEC 2012: Marketing to medical patients in 2013.
  5. AUG 2012: How to Audit-Proof your Optometry Practice Webinar
  6. JUL 2012: Winning Optometry Appeals Webinar.

Click on this link to Order EyeCodingForum Services. The selection is toward the middle of the page.

ICD-10 Status July 8 2014 EyeCodingForum

The EyeCodingForum continues to offer our online version of our ICD-10 Coding for Eyecare (Ophthalmology and Optometry). In addition, Jeffrey Restuccio is teaching six live seminars per month until Oct 1 2014, six seminars in November and December, and then six per month in 2015.

Every month there are special offers. In July we are offering our six-hour Optimizing Revenue through Coding, Billing, and Documentation course, plus our six-hour ICD-10 Coding for Eyecare Course–both for one special price.

My advice is the same as always–do not wait until mid-2015 to study ICD-10. Our ICD-10 training course is nearly 400 slides and over 90% relates to documentation and coding issues you can implement today.

The EyeCodingForum will continue to offer valuable training and tools to help you with the ICD-10 transition in 2015:

Online, Recorded Training: Complete course can be studied anytime.

Monthly Webinars: Over 24 are recorded and new ones recorded every month.

ICD-9 to ICD-10 code conversion: Create a list of all your ICD-9 codes and we can convert all of them and create a custom fee ticket or ICD-10 cheat sheet.

Mini-Audit of your practice: The quickest, easiest way to determine if you have any coding, billing, or documentation errors. Only $250.

Onsite training: Contact us early as next Spring/Summer should be very busy for us. Contact us for a quote.

(901)-517-1705
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June 2014 Webinar

This 60-minute recorded webinar outlined the most common provider documentation errors. You can order it and listen anytime. The cost is per clinic and $49 for one webinar or order 4 or 8 at 50% off.  [Order Form]

  1. Top errors in 920×4 documentation.
  2. Is dilation required?
  3. The requirement for “initiation of services”.
  4. Chief Complaint
  5. History
  6. Exam
  7. MDM
  8. MOD-25
  9. MOD-59
  10. Rule-outs
  11. Selecting level before the encounter
  12. Selecting codes by time.
  13. “condition is not responding to treatment as indicated”
  14. Cloned notes
  15. Up-coding
  16. Down-coding
  17. Could-have been’s
  18. Medical necessity
  19. Interpretation and report.
  20. Surgical op reports
  21. Code also, code first requirements
  22. 50 percent rule
  23. Counting Errors: Audits
  24. 2 of 3 rule/3 of 3 rule
  25. HPI documented by provider