Don’t Get Spooked About Coding Complex Shoulder and Elbow Fractures

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Don’t Get Spooked About Coding Complex Shoulder and Elbow Fractures

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Don’t Get Spooked About Coding Complex Shoulder and Elbow Fractures


Presented on:
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern 

Presented by:
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR

Elbow fracture treatment is often difficult to code due to lack of information in operative notes and other documentation. And that may be costing you money, because without adequate documentation, coding defaults to the lowest-value procedure codes. Shoulder fractures, too, can cause confusion—especially when a hemiarthroplasty is done as part of the fracture treatment.

During this 60-minute webinar, expert speaker Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR, will go over the key anatomic points that must be documented to appropriately code elbow and shoulder fractures. Invite your surgeons to sit in to get a clear fix on how these fractures must be documented for accurate coding—to ensure you are reimbursed fully for the procedures you are performing. Join us at the end of the webcast for an educational Q&A session!

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

  • Understand correct coding and documentation of the different types of humeral condylar fracture treatments
  • Understand documentation “must haves” to make sure surgeons fully support and correctly code these fracture treatments
  • Implement training in their practices for correct coding of elbow fractures and appropriate reporting of separate ORIF codes
  • Know their way around the anatomy of the shoulder, humerus, and elbow to ensure correct coding


  • Learn the documentation requirements for the many types of distal humerus fractures
  • Identify the most common coding errors for shoulder and elbow fractures, and learn practical fixes to correct them
  • Gain an accurate understanding of the bones in the elbow structure such as the olecranon, coronoid process, capitulum, and trochlea—and the appropriate codes for them in ICD-10-CM and the CPT manual
  • Understand how to identify and code hemiarthroplasty done for proximal humeral fracture versus a hemi performed for degenerative joint disease
  • Grasp the reporting of periprosthetic fractures when a total shoulder revision is performed
  • Live Q&A

*This webcast is not included in the Loyal Listener Subscription, stay tuned for updates in 2019!

Who Should Listen?

  • Orthopedic practice coders
  • Coding managers
  • Billers
  • Billing managers
  • Clinicians
  • Compliance managers

Continuing Education

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 1 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 credits for this webcast expires on: 10/30/2019

(Live + On-Demand) This program has been approved for 1 continuing education unit(s) 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 credits for this webcast expires on: 10/30/2019

Meet the Speaker

Margie ScalleyMargie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR, has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena, including more than 20 years in orthopedic coding, billing, and reimbursement. Vaught frequently performs internal audits, provides education and training to physicians and office staff, and helps clinics establish billing and compliance manuals. She is an advisor on orthopedic coding to the Board of Medical Specialty Coding, and she helped develop the Advanced Orthopedic Coding credentialing exam. Vaught has contributed many articles to the AAOS Bulletin, and she serves as consulting editor to Medical Practice Coding Pro and the Orthopedic Coder’s Pink Sheet.


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 will be 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 $199 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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