Modifier -59: Explain the Changes for 2015 - On-Demand

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Modifier -59: Explain the Changes for 2015 - On-Demand

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Modifier -59: Explain the Changes for 2015 - On-Demand

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Presented on:
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. (ET)

Presented by:
Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CCS, CCS-P, MHP

Sponsored by:
JustCoding: Outpatient
Briefings on APCs

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

4. Q&A

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.

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

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