Implement Changes From the 2017 OPPS Final Rule - On-Demand

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Implement Changes From the 2017 OPPS Final Rule - On-Demand

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Implement Changes From the 2017 OPPS Final Rule - On-Demand

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Available ON-DEMAND

Presented on:
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Presented by:
Jugna Shah, MPH 
Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA 

Level of Program:

Each year CMS issues the OPPS proposed and final rules, which detail the changes to Medicare outpatient coding and billing. There are coding changes providers must implement by January 1, as well as major implications for financial staff.

During this program, our expert speakers Jugna Shah, MPH, and Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA, will analyze the final rule and deliver a comprehensive update on the major changes coming for 2017 under OPPS. When you understand where CMS is headed, you'll be in a position to plan your own internal education and process changes.

Note: An updated agenda will be available after the rule is released (anticipated the last week of October).

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the most significant changes finalized by CMS 
  • Understand the nuances and complexities associated with assessing the financial impact of CMS' packaging changes 
  • Determine which comprehensive APCs have been introduced and what procedures are assigned to them 
  • Assess the impact of payment and policy changes for off-campus provider-based departments 

Who Should Listen: 

  • HIM managers 
  • Coding supervisors 
  • Outpatient coders 
  • APC coordinators 
  • Chargemaster coordinators 
  • Revenue cycle coordinators 
  • Finance team members 
  • Compliance officers 


This program is expected to cover: 

  • Key financial and operational changes proposed for 2017 
  • The top operational challenges hospitals will face next year 
  • New codes, deleted codes, and new separately payable APC services 
  • New comprehensive APCs 
  • Other key changes related to charging, coding, and billing outpatient services 

Continuing Education

(On Demand) - This program has been approved for 1 continuing education unit for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor. (Ability to claim CEU’s for this webcast expire on: 11/30/2017

(On Demand) - This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 1.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor. (Ability to claim CEH’s for this webcast expire on: 12/31/2017)

Meet the Speakers

Jugna Shah, MPH, is the president and founder of Nimitt Consulting, Inc., a firm specializing in case-mix payment system design, development, and implementation. She has extensive experience working with providers on the ongoing clinical, operational, and financial implications of Medicare’s OPPS based on APCs. She has educated and audited numerous hospitals on their drug administration coding and billing practices. She has contributed to several books and numerous OPPS/APC articles over the past 12 years. She is also a contributing editor of HCPro's Briefings on APCs.

Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA, is a lead regulatory specialist and instructor for HCPro's Revenue Integrity and Chargemaster Boot Camp®, as well as an instructor for HCPro’s Medicare Boot Camp®—Hospital Version and Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version. Rinkle is a former hospital revenue cycle director and has over 30 years in the healthcare industry, including over 12 years of consulting experience in which she has spoken and advised on effective operational solutions for compliance with Medicare coverage, payment, and coding regulations.

Webinar system requirements and program materials: 

To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following: 

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version is now available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $259 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $259 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

Call your customer service representative toll-free 800-650-6787 or email if you have questions.