Modifier -59: Explain the Changes for 2015 - On-Demand
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. (ET)
Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CCS, CCS-P, MHP
Rebroadcast from November 13th webcast by popular demand
Big changes are coming for modifier -59 in 2015. The most used, and according to CMS most misused, modifier has been under auditor scrutiny for many years. CMS is now introducing four new modifiers to be used in place of modifier -59 beginning January 1.
During this program, Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CCS, CCS-P, MHP, will review why modifier -59 has been a frequent audit target, the definitions of the four new modifiers, and how to apply them for 2015.
At the end of the program, participants will be able to:
- Explain why modifier -59 has been a frequent target for auditors
- Determine when to apply one of the four new modifiers in lieu of modifier -59
- Educate coders and providers on documentation requirements for applying the new modifiers
1. Introduction to modifier -59, and how it’s currently used in so many different instances, why it’s often misused, and how it’s not always the most specific modifier available
2. Introduction to the newly released modifiers, when they’ll be implemented, and how they should be applied
3. Coding examples to illustrate how to use the newly introduced modifiers
Who Should Listen
HIM directors/managers, revenue cycle managers/directors, RAC coordinators, compliance officers, HIM staff members, billing/reimbursement staff members, clinical documentation specialists, outpatient coders and billers, coders and billers at physician practices and freestanding clinics, chargemaster coordinators, auditors
Meet the Speakers
Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CCS, CCS-P, MHP, has more than 20 years of experience in the health care profession. She is an approved instructor of the Professional Medical Coding Curriculum, has received awards by the American Academy of Professional Coders, and teaches coding for physician and hospital services, as well as health care administration. She has spoken frequently on health care compliance and health information management issues at regional and national professional conferences.
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