Best Practices for Identifying screening vs diagnostic colonoscopies in the documentation

Product Id : HE174
Instructor : Jill M. Young
Oct 22, 2019 1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 60 Minutes

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Although insurance policies on Screening vs Diagnostic Colonoscopies can be found, they are not always helpful in discerning real life situations nor are they clear to everyone for the unique situations that seem to present themselves to billers.  Understanding the instructions intimately will help you understand what to do in the unusual circumstances, make you more efficient and effective in coding, billing and collecting for these procedures. The Medicare Physician Fee schedule proposed rule for 2020 has mentioned changes to their current payment policies.  What will this mean to your practice?  Listen in to hear what changes you may need to adjust to if the proposed rule becomes a final one. Anesthesia services have a unique set of billing instructions that need to be understood and followed as well to avoid compliance issues. These issues will also be covered in this webinar. At the last, there will be ample time left for your questions at the end of the audioconference lecture so be prepared to ask one!!

Session Highlights:

  • Key words in the documentation will determine what qualifies as a screening colonoscopy vs a diagnostic colonoscopy – what to look for and why certain words are important
  • If the procedure changes to diagnostic from screening, what billing changes need to happen to maximize your payment
  • How to properly sequence diagnostic codes for both screening and diagnostic colonoscopies to avoid rejections or denials 
  • Anesthesia issues with screening vs diagnostic colonoscopies that adversely affect patient care responsibilities
  • Pre-procedure intake of patient information, how to obtain complaint information and then how is it utilized in the physician’s documentation
  • Time will be spent on the proposed changes by Medicare for 2020 that will change everything

Who Should Attend?

  • Office and Practice Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Coders and Billers of Gastroenterology
  • Physicians wanting to learn compliant billing rules
Speaker Profile:

Jill M. Young, CPC, CEDC, CIMC is the Principal of Young Medical Consulting, LLC. A company founded 16 years ago to meet the education and compliance needs of physicians and their staff.

Jill has over 35 years of medical experience working in all areas of the medical practice including clinical, billing and rounding with physicians.  Her unique style of working with physicians is not only effective but helps bridge the gap between coders and physicians from a practical perspective. Her comments and opinions can be seen in several publications and also heard on a variety of audio-conferences.  Her background gives her a unique style of teaching using real life examples of coding and billing situations.

She hates boring lectures, so be prepared for a presentation that is fast paced and informative.  So sit back, listen take notes and be prepared to ask your questions at the end.

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