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Collapse <font color="red"><b>ICD-10-CM Comprehensive 2 Part Series</font></b>

Focus of this two-part webinar
will be on ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding crosswalks and necessary documentation! 

The webinar will be in two parts: Part 1 will cover chapters 1-10 and Part 2 will cover chapters 11-21.

Part 1: Thursday, September 3 at 11am CDT - 12:30pm CDT 

Part 2: Thursday, September 10 at 11am CDT - 12:30pm CDT


There will be time for Q&A with the presenter.    


The webinar will cover:  

  • The differences and similarities between ICD-9 and ICD-10
  • Learn how to translate ICD-9-CM codes into ICD-10-CM codes
  • Common pain management clinical conditions will be addressed with specific emphasis on their associated documentation and coding requirements
  • When should Interventional Pain Management providers report the Acute or Chronic Pain ICD-10 codes (G89.-) as the primary diagnosis code
  • How to locate the "gaps" in your Interventional Pain Management documentation - Clinical documentation improvement helps prevent high ICD-10 related denial rates and supports improved compliance with new requirements.
  • Is Your Documentation Up to Snuff?  Find Out What Needs to Change In Your Pain Management Notes to Continue Correct Coding in ICD-10
  • When pain management providers should report an acute or chronic pain ICD-10 code as the primary diagnosis
  • How to report bilateral conditions when ICD-10 only include specific unilateral codes
  • The importance of including "cause and effect" etiology in their notes by using  words such as "due to," "secondary to," "caused by," or "resulting from" to connect conditions to their underlying cause
  • What is the difference in reporting initial versus subsequent encounters in ICD-10...Hint: It doesn't necessarily match new patient versus established patient in CPT!
  • When a cervical spinal condition should be reported as "high cervical" versus "mid-cervical" versus "cervicothoracic"?
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Webinar Date: September 03, 2015
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

Approved Credit:
  • ASIPP: 1.50 hours AAPC Continuing Education

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    Collapse 2015 Rules for PQRS
    Think EHR Meaningful Use Will Prevent the PQRS 2017 Penalty? Think Again!
    CMS issued the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule on October 31, 2014. The rule changes several of the quality reporting initiatives associated with PFS payments, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).
    Important 2015 PQRS Changes:
    • The penalty for not reporting 2015 PQRS is 4% for solo providers and groups with 2-9 providers(2% value modifier penalty + 2% PQRS penalty).
    • The penalty for not reporting 2015 PQRS is 6% for groups with ten or more providers(4% value modifier penalty + 2% PQRS penalty).
    • There is no incentive payment for 2015 PQRS reporting.
    • A total of 255 PQRS measures are available in 2015, including:
    • 63 outcome-based measures
    • Removal of 4 measures groups, including the frequently reported Back Pain Measures Group
    • Avoiding penalties – Significant increases to reporting requirements: Report at least 9 measures, covering at least 3 of the National Quality Strategy (NQS) domains and report each measure for at least 50 percent of the EP’s Medicare Part B FFS patients seen during the reporting period to which the measure applies.
    • Of the 9 measures reported, if the EP sees at least 1 Medicare patient in a face-to-face encounter, the EP must report on at least 1 measure contained in the cross-cutting measure set specified by CMS.
    • What is a “Cross-Cutting Measure Set”? 19 cross-cutting measures<http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/PQRS/Downloads/2015_PQRS_CrosscuttingMeasures_12172014.pdf> - new reporting requirement for 2015;
    • CMS is requiring that eligible professionals who see at least one Medicare patient in a face-to-face encounter report measures from a newly proposed cross-cutting measures<http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/PQRS/Downloads/2015_PQRS_CrosscuttingMeasures_12172014.pdf> set in addition to any other measures that the eligible professional is required to report. This includes general office visits, outpatient visits, and surgical procedure codes
    • GPRO election – the time frame just got shorter.
    • Medicare's shift from Volume to Value: The value-based payment modifier applies to all physicians. The value modifier uses PQRS quality data and Medicare cost data to determine a provider's overall value score. It rewards high-performing providers with increased payments and reduces payments to low-performing providers. This will affect approximately 900,000 physicians.
    • Quality-tiering is mandatory for all providers. However, solo providers and groups with 2-9 providers will receive only a bonus or no adjustment. Groups with 10 or more providers will receive a bonus, no adjustment or a penalty. Should physicians not satisfactorily participate in PQRS in 2015, they face an automatic penalty under the VBPM that is in addition to the penalty applied under PQRS.
    • Under the VBPM's mandatory quality tiering methodology, physicians may be subject to payment adjustments based on how their performance on quality and cost metrics compares to national averages.
    • What is a Quality and Resource Use Report (QRUR)?  How does it relate to the Value-Based Payment Modifier


    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Webinar Date: March 10, 2015
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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    Collapse ASIPP’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Webinar
    This webinar explains what PQRS is and why you should care?

    The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is a reporting program that uses a combination of incentive payments and payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information by eligible professionals. The program provides an incentive payment to practices with eligible professionals (identified on claims by their individual National Provider Identifier [NPI] and Tax Identification Number [TIN]) who satisfactorily report data on quality measures for covered Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services furnished to Medicare Part B Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries (including Railroad Retirement Board and Medicare Secondary Payer). PQRS is mandated by federal legislation.

    2012 should be considered the practice year if you aren't already successfully reporting PQRS measures to Medicare.

    The CMS 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule notes that 2015 program penalties will be based on 2013 performance. Consequently, those physicians who elect not to participate or are found unsuccessful during the 2013 program year, will receive a 1.5% payment penalty, and 2% thereafter.

    These PQRS penalties will be above and beyond the e-Rx penalties. Unlike e-Rx, currently there are no established hardship exemptions for PQRS. Unlike e-Rx, practices are still eligible for the 2012 PQRS Incentive if they are participating with the Medicare EMR Meaningful Use program.

    The webinar will cover:
    What Medicare changes have been enacted for 2012?
    What measures are available and best for my Interventional Pain Management practice?
    What are the 2012 options for reporting PQRS?
    Is it too late to start reporting PQRS for 2012?
    What is an outcome measurement tool?
    Know if you can earn Physician Quality Reporting incentive payments.
    Show you how to participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System

    Formats Available: CD-ROM (Win), Streaming
    Original Webinar Date: July 19, 2012
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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    Collapse Coding: Navigating 2015 Changes
    Get up to speed with the coding changes that are coming in 2015 for Interventional Pain Management practices. You are responsible for reporting the services correctly so you don't risk delays, denials, or incorrect payments for your coding and billing. Learn to navigate coding, billing and compliance changes for 2015 in this 90-minute webinar with coding expert Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, ACS-PM, CPCO. 
    This webinar will address:

    • CPT code updates including all of the new injection procedure codes that include image guidance such as joint injection and vertebroplasty / kyphoplasty procedures.
    • It will also include all the CPT code changes and new guidelines for drug screen testing both presumptive (aka qualitative) and definitive (aka confirmation or quantitative).
    • Review the OIG Workplan for 2015 and what it includes for interventional pain management providers.
    • Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee schedule, i.e. bundling of fluoroscopy with the interlaminar and caudal epidural injection procedures.
    • What interventional pain management practices should know about the changes for Medicare's PQRS reporting requirements for 2015.
    • Review the Interventional Pain Management applicable CPT Assistant publications over the past year.

    Your practice depends on your coding know-how, and there's no better way to make sure you're the "go-to" coder than to be ready for the New Year. Make sure you're on top of the latest changes by attending this must-have event.

    Note: Extra time will be devoted to a question and answer session at the end of the webinar presentation.
    Once registration is complete, you will receive a follow-up email with instructions on how to log-in to the webinar.

    Formats Available: Streaming, Webinar
    Original Webinar Date: December 18, 2014
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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    Collapse Documentation Requirements Based on Carrier Policies
    Documentation requirements based on Carrier Policies. This will show providers step-by-step, how to break down a policy and include it in your documentation.

    Carriers are using policies or coverage determination to review provider's records.  Provider, coding and billing staff need to compare the documentation for procedures against carrier policies to see if the documentation supports the service provided.  Medical necessity isn't just about an approved diagnosis.  Attendees will learn how to pick the policies apart to understand what the carriers expect to see in the documentation.  They will also learn what documentation will be needed if the record is called in for review.  Audits by carriers are expanding and the documentation is critical in having a favorable review.  Join us to learn more.
    Formats Available: CD-ROM (Win), Streaming, Webinar
    Original Webinar Date: May 05, 2011
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

    Approved Credit:
  • ASIPP: 1.50 hours AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM, 1.50 hours AAPC Continuing Education

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    Collapse Documentation, Billing, and Coding for Interventional Pain Management
    The incorporation of documentation measures into a physician practice should not be at the expense of patient care, but instead should augment the ability of the physician practice to provide quality patient care.  
    A well-designed documentation program can:

    • Speed and optimize proper payment of claims.
    • Minimize billing mistakes.
    • Reduce the chances that an audit will be conducted by HCFA or the OIG.
    • Avoid conflicts with the self-referral and anti-kickback statutes.
    • Avoid submitting claims for payment to Medicare or Medicaid that you know or should know are false or fraudulent.

    Recently documentation in IPM has been under attack from all carriers as well as recovery contractors, OIG, and others. OIG may seek civil monetary penalties and sometimes exclusion for a wide variety of conduct and is authorized to seek different amounts of penalties and assessments based on the type of violation at issue. Penalties range from $10,000 to $50,000 per violation.

    In this innovative and interactive webinar, we will evaluate the rules and regulations of documentation, billing, and coding, along with practical examples and case presentations.

    This webinar is intended for interventional pain management specialist, nurses, staff, and other healthcare providers.
    Formats Available: Streaming, Webinar
    Original Webinar Date: March 13, 2014
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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    Collapse HIPAA Compliance Webinar
    Medical Records are fetching 10 times the  
    amount of credit card data on the black market.  
    Are you HIPAA Compliant?
    When HIPAA was first enacted, the maximum penalty for a HIPAA violation was $250,000. Now, the maximum penalty is $1.5 million. Fines as well as criminal penalties can be imposed on the violating institution and the individuals involved. 
    Threat organizations are the individuals or groups that target your health information. These organizations could include: criminal groups, business competitors, hackers, activists, or the biggest one, insiders, among others.
    For organizations that regularly handle health information consider enlisting in a third party to protect and ensure that strong layered defenses are in place to protect your data against known cyber threats.

    This webinar will include information on: HIPAA Security for your practice, doing a risk analysis so you don't lose Meaningful Use dollars and how to avoid patient electronic records from being stolen. Considerations that will be considered are:

    • What is HIPAA and Who Oversees it
    • Who must comply
    • What information needs to be protected
    • What happens if you don't comply and how much can you pay
    • Do you have Business Associate Agreements in place?
    • Where to get started

    The FBI has Medical Record theft on the radar and this webinar will show you how to start prevention of this in your practice.

    *This program has been approved by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for 1 continuing education hour. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

    Formats Available: Streaming, Webinar
    Original Webinar Date: January 29, 2015
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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    Collapse Interventional Pain Management Legislative Session: Current Issues And The Impact To You
    This complimentary webinar is intended to present ASIPP members, interventional pain management healthcare providers, and attendees of ASIPP's 12th Annual meeting an in-depth review of current issues that are facing the specialty of interventional pain and those issues that will be presented to Congressional Representatives during the Annual Meeting Capitol Hill visits.


    Interventional Pain Management Providers will learn the major political issues facing the IPM specialty. For those attending the Annual Meeting Capitol Hill visits they will be well informed of the issues to discuss with the Congressional representatives and what the talking points are.

    Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD: ASIPP Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, is the Medical Director of the Pain Management Center of Paducah and Ambulatory Surgery Center in Paducah, Kentucky. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine of the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

    The ASIPP Annual Meeting Legislative Session and Capitol Hill Visits is sponsored by The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and The North American Neuromodulation Society.
    Formats Available: CD-ROM (Win), Streaming, Webinar, Download
    Original Webinar Date: June 17, 2010
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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    Collapse Urine Drug Screen Testing Compliance
    Are you confused about how you should bill for the urine drug screen testing in your Interventional Pain Management Practice? Get the facts straight during the Urine Drug Screen Testing Compliance Webinar.
    Get the answers to these questions and much more in the 90 minute webinar.
    • Are you performing point-of-care (POC) urine drug screen (UDS) testing in your interventional pain management practice? 
    • Does your office have the correct CLIA certification?  
    • Is the test you are using the correct test for your CLIA certification?  
    • Are you coding for your POC UDS compliantly?  
    • When should you report one of the HCPCS “G” codes for your POC UDS testing?  
    • Which of the HCPCS “G” codes should you report for your Medicare beneficiaries UDS testing?
    • Are you reporting the correct units of service for the specific UDS test that you are using?  
    • Why is medical necessity important in POC UDS testing?  
    • Which ICD-9 code should you report?  
    • Is your UDS documentation up to snuff for a payer review?
    In some patients, chronic pain can only be controlled with opioid medication; an increasing number of physicians are using drug screen testing in the office to mitigate the risks associated with management of patients taking these controlled substances. Some states are now enacting legislation that requires providers to periodically perform these tests. Correctly reporting these services is a must!
    Understand the definitions of common terms and abbreviations associated with drug screen testing. Gain clarification on how to compliantly code for this diagnostic testing, including for Medicare. Know what code should be reported.  Does it vary depending upon the payer? Know how to determine how many units of service should be billed and which modifier if any should be appended. Learn what other information that is required to be reported with drug screen testing by some payers. Review steps for CLIA lab certification. Discover the "Best Practices" for in-office drug screen testing documentation. Review recent changes to payer coverage policies for drug screen testing
    Webinar Highlights:
    • Learn the steps to CLIA certification of waiver for your office
    • Identify which code is the correct code to report your in-office UDS testing
    • Discover the compliant units of service for your UDS billing
    • Determine which ICD-9 code should be reported to support UDS medical necessity
    • Discover the top ICD-10 areas likely requiring documentation updates for pain management providers
    • Discuss payer documentation requirements and UDS "Best Practices"
    • Practice determining the correct ICD-10 diagnosis codes in common pain management conditions
    Formats Available: Streaming, Webinar
    Original Webinar Date: July 15, 2014
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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