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Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance & Reimbursement Symposium

October 5-7, Orlando Florida

Remain up to date with your specialty-specific training for anesthesia, orthopedics, and pain management, plus get the latest coding, payment and policy changes that will impact your specialty practice.

Join us October 5-7, 2020 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld for the specialty-specific training you need at the open access Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance & Reimbursement Symposium and ensure you stay up to date with the latest coding, billing and compliance changes, including:

  • New rules for E/M office visits that will go into effect next year, including specialty-specific impacts
  • Procedure codes that will be added, revised or deleted in 2021
  • The latest guidance for codes that were introduced in 2020
  • Practical guidance to increase coding compliance and reduce denials

In response to attendee requests, we’re keeping open registration: One registration will give you access to any of the 60-minute sessions for the anesthesia, orthopedics and pain management tracks and all the materials, so we can provide more sessions during the conferences.

Join our knowledgeable and experienced speakers as they propel your medical practice specialty coding know-how to the next level with expert advice and tools on coding and billing, improved documentation, reduced audit risk and the latest hot topics. Get answers to your most pressing questions in anesthesia, orthopedics and pain management coding by attending any session from any track.

  • 2021 CPT® Codes: Specialty-specific updates and guidance on coding changes that will impact the way you report services and the way your practice is paid.
  • Anatomical insights: Take the mystery out of the medical terminology in charts, speed up your coding and spot documentation errors with detailed anatomical guidance.
  • Expert Advice: Get answers to your pressing coding and billing questions during each session.
  • Overcome the latest coding challenges: Clear up lingering questions about how to report new services or stop those denials that continue to clog your claims cycle.
  • Learn about a new specialty: Attend sessions for a different specialty-specific conference to increase your coding knowledge.


Please note that the program materials will be available via download and the conference app only. A download link will be provided prior to the event, but a printed book of the presentations will not be available on-site.

Full Agenda

Select your specialty , and you can attend any session, from any track!
Anesthesia, Orthopedics, Pain Management
All Tracks Run Concurrently


Pre-conference

Monday, October 5


Anesthesia


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Registration & continental breakfast with exhibitors

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The eyes have it—code and bill anesthesia services of the eyes, lids, and sockets
Kelly Dennis, MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I
Learn how to correctly report anesthesia services performed on the eyes, eyelids, and orbits.

9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Refine the spine—straighten out your coding for anesthesia services for procedures of spine
Judy Wilson, CPC, CDEO, COC, CPCO, CPPM, CPB, CANPC, CPC-P, AAPC Approved Instructor, CMRS, CMCS
Improve the way you review and code anesthesia charts for a wide range of spinal services, cut your denial rates, and train staff to be better coders.

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break 

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.|
Eliminate the denials that are halting your claims

Devona Slater
Denials plague even the savviest practices. Learn strategies to clear the toughest time- and money-draining denials from your claims cycle and stop attracting the attention of auditors during this expert-led presentation. You’ll be able to identify general and specialty-specific denials, track denials via remittance advice remark code, and create a denial prevention plan. (Combined session for anesthesia & pain management tracks)

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
“Show it to me in writing!” Know what to say and where to look when you’re asked to produce official guidelines
Marcy Garuccio, ACS-AN, CANPC, CPMA, CPC, AAPC Fellow
When a doctor or CRNA challenges you to produce the official source for a rule or regulation, make sure you can answer fast.

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Update your compliance plan to protect your anesthesia group from current fraud risks
Vicki Myckowiak, Esq.
If your anesthesia group doesn’t have millions of dollars to spend on fraud settlements, make sure it has an airtight compliance program.

2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Networking Break 

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Below the belt—anesthesia for services of the bones and joints from hip to foot
Kelly Dennis, MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I
Get a leg up on coding and billing services such as hip and knee replacement, amputation at the knee joint, and treatment of ankle fractures.

4:10 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
Doctor’s hour: Connect with the continuum of sedation
Laura McNeill, MD
WLet an anesthesiologist show you how the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ “Continuum of depth of sedation: definition of general anesthesia and levels of sedation/analgesia” connects with what you see in the chart.


Orthopedics


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 
Registration & continental breakfast with exhibitors

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Make sure you are launch-ready for 2021 E/M codingy
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Get your orthopedic practice fully prepared to implement the AMA’s new office/outpatient E/M documentation guidelines for 2021.

9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Work through typical ortho E/M scenarios
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Spend an hour analyzing typical orthopedic visit notes to see how the documentation requirements change with the new guidelines.

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break 

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Reduce fracture-coding headaches and ensure proper reimbursement
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Straighten out your understanding of fracture coding and billing essentials, such as knowing the difference between open fractures and open fracture treatment, which component services are included, and which services may be billed separately.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Spine session
Alison Kuley, CPC
Review the key anatomic details and solve typical coding and documentation challenges for your most essential spine procedures.

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Spine session (continued)
Alison Kuley, CPC
(continued) Review the key anatomic details and solve typical coding and documentation challenges for your most essential spine procedures.

2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Networking Break 

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Foot and ankle DME documentation and billing decoded
Michael Warshaw, DPM, CPC, COCS
Orthopedic practices that dispense foot and ankle durable medical equipment (DME) are under Medicare’s audit microscope like never before because of lapses in documentation for these supplies.

4:10 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
Coder’s roundtable
Panel of expert coders
Veteran orthopedic coders share their best strategies to handle denied claims, payer misbehavior, physician documentation challenges, payment of unlisted codes, and more.


Pain Management


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 
Registration & continental breakfast with exhibitors

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Advanced anatomy for coders—Part I
Amy Turner, RN, BSN, MMHC, CPC, CHC, CHIAP
Delve into the anatomy you need to decode notes for everything from office visits to those one-off procedures that your providers throw your way.

9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Advanced anatomy for coders—Part II
Amy Turner, RN, BSN, MMHC, CPC, CHC, CHIAP
(continued) Delve into the anatomy you need to decode notes for everything from office visits to those one-off procedures that your providers throw your way.

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break 

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Take control of the contract negotiation cycle
Devona Slater
Discover the information you need to gather before you review a contract, spot red flags that will cut your revenue—including payers’ current contract traps—and get the best bargain possible for your practice.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The office visit of the very near future – get ready and make the new systems a breeze
Doris Branker, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CIRCC, CANPC, CEMC
Attend this specialty-specific session to make sure you are fluent in the new way you’ll report office visits to Medicare and private payers.

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Hands-on session: Work through scenarios for E/M office visits
Doris Branker, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CIRCC, CANPC, CEMC
Work through E/M notes to cement your knowledge of the new E/M system.

2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Networking Break 

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
“Show it to me in writing!” What to say and where to look when you’re asked to produce official guidelines
Marcy Garuccio, ACS-AN, CANPC, CPMA, CPC, AAPC Fellow
Make sure you can answer fast when a doctor or NPP challenges you to produce the official source for a rule or regulation.

4:10 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
Update your compliance plan to protect your pain management practice from current fraud risks
Vicki Myckowiak, Esq.
If your pain clinic doesn’t have millions of dollars to spend on fraud settlements, make sure it has an airtight compliance program.


Main Conference - Day 1
Tuesday, October 6


Anesthesia


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 
Registration & continental breakfast with exhibitors

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Keynote: Demystify NCCI/MUE policy
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O
If you are one of those who believe the acronym NCCI stands for “No Coder Can Interpret why they exist,”.

9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
A clinician and coder view: Anesthesia for cardiovascular surgery
Marcy Garuccio, ACS-AN, CANPC, CPMA, CPC, AAPC Fellow and Laura McNeill, MD
Take a guided tour of cardiac revascularizations and variations on the procedures.

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Eliminate the denials that are halting your claims

Devona Slater
Denials plague even the savviest practices. Learn strategies to clear the toughest time- and money-draining denials from your claims cycle and stop attracting the attention of auditors during this expert-led presentation. You’ll be able to identify general and specialty-specific denials, track denials via remittance advice remark code, and create a denial prevention plan. (Combined session for anesthesia & pain management tracks)

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Multiple anesthesia providers, teaching, and medical direction
Judy Wilson, CPC, CDEO, COC, CPCO, CPPM, CPB, CANPC, CPC-P, AAPC Approved Instructor, CMRS, CMCS
You’ll learn how to bill for the services of everyone on your anesthesia care team and make sure everyone gets his or her fair share of the reimbursement.

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
A clinician and coder view: Tame and claim the unnamed postop blocks
Marcy Garuccio, ACS-AN, CANPC, CPMA, CPC, AAPC Fellow and Laura McNeill, MD
Unravel the mysteries of unnamed blocks, including pericapsular nerve group blocks, adductor canal blocks, erector spinae blocks, and more.

2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Case study: Correcting the ASA Crosswalk® (it’s a lot easier than you think)
Pamela Linton, CPC, CANPC
Undervalued, invalid, or incomplete entries in the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) Crosswalk can be corrected, and this session shows you how to do it.

4:10 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
General session: ICD-10-CM update—implement the changes to ensure coding accuracy
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O
Proactiveness is important in coding! Dive into the new FY 2021 ICD-10-CM codes and guideline changes that take effect October 1, 2020.

5:10 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall


Orthopedics 


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Registration & continental breakfast with exhibitors

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Keynote: Demystify NCCI/MUE policy
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O
If you are one of those who believe the acronym NCCI stands for “No Coder Can Interpret why they exist,”.

9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Confidently code foot and ankle procedures
Michael Warshaw, DPM, CPC, COCS
In this two-hour session, you’ll learn anatomy essentials as well as documentation and coding for the most typical foot and ankle procedures.

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Confidently code foot and ankle procedures (continued)
Michael Warshaw, DPM, CPC, COCS
In this two-hour session, you’ll learn anatomy essentials as well as documentation and coding for the most typical foot and ankle procedures.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Take the pressure off tibia/fibula coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Gain an understanding of soft tissue procedures such as decompression fasciotomy and how they are coded, as well as fractures of the tibia and fibula including pilon/plafond, shaft, and Maisonneuve.

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Know your knee coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Lock in your understanding of the AMA’s new coding rules for two-step revision arthroplasty.

2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Get familiar with femur, hip, and pelvis coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Understand the different types of pelvic fractures, including acetabular and femoral, and how their repairs are reported.

4:10 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
General session: ICD-10-CM update—implement the changes to ensure coding accuracy
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O
Proactiveness is important in coding! Dive into the new FY 2021 ICD-10-CM codes and guideline changes that take effect October 1, 2020.

5:10 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall


Pain Management


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Registration & continental breakfast with exhibitors

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Keynote: Demystify NCCI/MUE policy
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O
You’ll leave understanding how to interpret procedure-to-procedure edits, why they are used, and—most importantly—when it may be appropriate to override NCCI edits or appeal when they lead to claim denials. Participants will also learn about the -X{EPSU} modifiers, Medically Unlikely Edits (MUEs), and add-on code edits and how they may impact your claims and appeals process.

9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
E/M 2021: Time or MDM?
Brenda Edwards, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CPMS, CMRS, CMCS
Determine how you will report office visits in 2021: focus on medical decision-making or track the time the physician or NPP spends on each patient before during and after the encounter.

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Eliminate the denials that are halting your claims

Devona Slater
Denials plague even the savviest practices. Learn strategies to clear the toughest time- and money-draining denials from your claims cycle and stop attracting the attention of auditors during this expert-led presentation. You’ll be able to identify general and specialty-specific denials, track denials via remittance advice remark code, and create a denial prevention plan.  *  (Combined session for anesthesia & pain management tracks)*

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CPT Assistant/AHA Coding Clinic review—a curated review of articles
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O
Bring your knowledge and your coding up to date with a review of procedure and diagnosis code articles from 2019 and 2020 that are curated for your specialty.

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
It takes two: Bilateral modifiers for pain management services
Devona Slater
Should you apply modifier -50, -LT, or -RT to a bilateral service? The right answer can depend on the payer, and the wrong answer can mean more time and less money.

2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hands-on session: Lumbar/sacral paravertebral facets and sacroiliacs—decipher and code them correctly
Amy Turner, RN, BSN, MMHC, CPC, CHC, CHIAP
During this practical session, you’ll decode charts to make sure you understand the coding and documentation requirements for treatments of the lumbar paravertebral facet joint nerves, nerves of the sacroiliac joint, and the sacroiliac joint.

4:10 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
General session: ICD-10-CM update—implement the changes to ensure coding accuracy
Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O
Proactiveness is important in coding! Dive into the new FY 2021 ICD-10-CM codes and guideline changes that take effect October 1, 2020.

5:10 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall


Main Conference - Day 2
Wednesday, October 7, 2020


Anesthesia


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Registration & continental breakfast with exhibitors

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
It takes guts to succeed at reporting anesthesia for abdominal cases
Kelly Dennis, MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I
Make sure your practice isn’t leaving behind revenue for services such as gastrointestinal endoscopies, hernia repairs, and other procedures of the abdominal cavity.

9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Anesthesia in the interventional radiology suite
Doris Branker, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CIRCC, CANPC, CEMC
This session guides you through the challenges of reporting anesthesia services for a number of interventional radiology procedures.

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
2021 overview: Take a first look at what’s in store

Julie Kyles
Take your first look at what’s in store for anesthesia and pain management practices. Come to this session and receive a specialty-specific update on new procedures and Medicare’s proposed changes for 2021. This session will also include a look back at key changes in 2020, including coverage of acupuncture for chronic low back pain.(Combined session for anesthesia & pain management tracks)

11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m
Question and answer hour

Panel of expert coders
Bring your coding, billing, and compliance questions to this session to get guidance from speakers and other attendees.(Combined session for anesthesia & pain management)

12:40 p.m.

Conference Adjourns


Orthopedics



7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Registration & continental breakfast with exhibitors

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Extend your elbow and humerus coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Learn key documentation points for accurate selection of codes for distal humeral and radial head fracture treatment, among other guidance to ease your elbow and upper arm procedure coding.

9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Square up your shoulder coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Find out about a key change this year to Medicare’s National Correct Coding Initiative policy manual and how it will impact your shoulder coding, and take a peek at CPT manual changes to shoulder codes expected for 2021.

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m a.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Strengthen your forearm, wrist, hand, and finger coding
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Get a grip on correct coding of upper extremity conditions and repairs, starting with an understanding of the complex anatomy and physiology behind the codes.

11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Strengthen your forearm, wrist, hand, and finger coding (continued)
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Get a grip on correct coding of upper extremity conditions and repairs, starting with an understanding of the complex anatomy and physiology behind the codes.

12:40 p.m.
Conference Adjourns


Pain Management


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Registration & continental breakfast with exhibitors

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Add acupuncture to your practice and get paid
Brenda Edwards, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CPMS, CMRS, CMCS
Expand your patient’s treatment options and your practice’s revenue opportunities: add acupuncture to your treatment list. 

9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Coding head and neck pain doesn’t have to be a headache or a pain in the neck
Brenda Edwards, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CPMS, CMRS, CMCS
Take it from the top—master diagnosis and procedure coding for treatments to relieve pain of the head and neck. 

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
2021 overview: Take a first look at what’s in store
Julie Kyles
Take your first look at what’s in store for anesthesia and pain management practices. Come to this session and receive a specialty-specific update on new procedures and Medicare’s proposed changes for 2021. This session will also include a look back at key changes in 2020, including coverage of acupuncture for chronic low back pain.(Combined session for anesthesia & pain management tracks)

11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Question and answer hour

Panel of expert coders
Bring your coding, billing, and compliance questions to this session to get guidance from speakers and other attendees.(Combined session for anesthesia & pain management)

 

12:40 p.m.
Conference Adjourns

*Agenda Subject to Change



Please note that the program materials will be available via download and the conference app only. A download link will be provided prior to the event, but a printed book of the presentations will not be available on-site.

Your Faculty

Doris Branker

  

Doris Branker CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CIRCC, CANPC, CEMC | President, DB Healthcare Consulting and Education

Doris Branker is a nationally recognized educator, coding expert, and practice management consultant, as well as an approved educator and PMCC licensed instructor with AAPC. Her areas of expertise include medical coding, compliance, auditing, billing, and collections management. She holds specialty certifications in E/M, interventional radiology, and cardiovascular coding. She regularly speaks at webinars and in-person training events. Her practice management consulting firm also offers medical coding preparation camps.

Kelly Dennis

Kelly Dennis MBA, ACS-AN, CANPC, CHCA, CPC, CPC-I | President, Perfect Office Solutions, Inc.

Kelly Dennis is a nationally recognized presenter with more than 36 years of experience in physician billing and office administration. She is a certified coder with AAPC and a PMCC certified instructor, and she received a Certificate of Proficiency in Anesthesiology from the AAPC in 2001. She is also an Advanced Coding Specialist in anesthesia and has served as lead anesthesia advisor for the Board of Medical Specialty Coding since 2004.

Brenda Edwards

Brenda Edwards CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CPMS, CMRS, CMCS | Executive Managing Consultant of Risk Adjustment, SCBI

Brenda Edwards has been involved in the healthcare arena for more than 25 years with experience in chart audits, coding and billing, education, consulting, practice management, and compliance. She has worked closely with practices, providers, and residency programs to ensure documentation is compliant and accurate. Edwards has written many articles for national publications and associations, including Healthcare Business Monthly, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and BC Advantage. Her humorous and engaging presentation style has made her a conference favorite at both national and regional conferences.

Marcy Garuccio

Marcy Garuccio ACS-AN, CANPC, CPMA, CPC, AAPC Fellow | Sole Proprietor, Advanced Medical Practice Management, LLC

Marcy Garuccio's career spans more than three decades and is built on a strong anesthesia foundation. She uses her years of experience in both the clinical and consulting arenas to explain the complexities of coding, billing, documentation and compliance regulations such as HIPAA to clinicians and coders. Her medical consulting company provides a full suite of services, with a concentration in auditing and quality and extends to practice management review, and office policy creation. She has written articles for AAPC and has presented webinars for AAPC and DecisionHealth. She also is a speaker for DecisionHealth's annual conferences.

Alison Kuley

Alison Kuley CPC | President, Perfect Office Solutions, Inc.

As a Certified Professional Coder for more than a decade, Alison Kuley is a noted expert in the field of spine coding. A member of the North American Spine Society coding committee, she is a regular speaker at conferences around the country. Kuley is currently on staff at National Medical Billing Services, where she works closely with her clients to make sure they are compliant and understand what is needed to code cases accurately. Prior to that, she managed the revenue cycle staff at Litchfield Hills (Connecticut) Orthopedics. With her extensive experience of orthopedics and spine, Kuley is an expert in process, procedures, and reimbursement methodologies in the complex and ever-changing specialty of orthopedics and spine



Pamela Linton

Pamela Linton CPC, CANPC | Corporate Coding Manager, Anesthesia and Pain Management, Zotec Partners

Pamela Linton has been in the coding profession since 1980 and has worked exclusively in anesthesia and pain management for the past 23 years. She is the corporate coding manager for the anesthesia and pain management division in the compliance department of Zotec Partners, a national revenue cycle management company. Much of Linton’s work is centered on training. She gives new clients feedback on how they can improve their documentation, creates education materials for coders and physicians, provides in-person training to physicians, and responds to questions from coders, managers, and providers on a daily basis.

Shannon McCall

Shannon E. McCall RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, HCS-D | Director of HIM and Coding

Shannon serves as the director over all of the Certified Coder Boot Camp® programs with HCPro. She is the developer of the Certified Coder Boot Camp® – Inpatient Version and the Evaluation and Management Boot Camp®. Most recently she worked in collaboration with the CDI team to develop the Risk Adjustment Documentation and Coding Boot Camp®. As a consultant for HCPro, Shannon works with hospitals, medical practices and other healthcare providers on a wide range of coding-related issues with a particular focus on education, coding reviews and audits.

Laura McNeill

Laura McNeill MD

Dr. McNeill has been a private practice anesthesiologist for more than 20 years and currently works on the cardiac anesthesia team at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Before embarking on a clinical career, she worked as a medical research technician at the University of Pittsburgh and Chicago Children’s Hospital. She attended medical school at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and served her rotating internship at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. Following her anesthesia residency at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Chicago Hospitals, Dr. McNeill studied cardiothoracic anesthesia for six months at Allegheny General Hospital.

Vicki Myckowiak

Vicki Myckowiak Esq. | Founding Partner, Myckowiak Associates, P.C.

Vicki Myckowiak focuses her practice on representing anesthesia and chronic pain groups on issues such as compliance programs, fraud and abuse investigations, reimbursement, third-party payer audits, coverage issues, and contacts. She has helped implement compliance programs for dozens of chronic pain practices and billing companies across the country.

Margie Scalley Vaught

Margie Scalley Vaught CPC, CCS-P, COC, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR

Margie Scalley Vaught 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 policies. 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 technical adviser to the DecisionHealth publications Medical Practice Coding Pro and the Orthopedic Coder’s Pink Sheet.

Devona Slater

Devona Slater | President and Senior Compliance Auditor, Auditing for Compliance and Education, Inc.

Devona Slater is a nationally recognized consultant, speaker, and author. As president and compliance auditor of Auditing for Compliance and Education, Inc. (ACE), she helps anesthesia and pain management practices improve compliance efforts, billing processes, and productivity. Her areas of expertise include anesthesia and pain management billing, coding, compliance, and operations assessment. With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare management, the breadth and scope of her knowledge has made her a strong ally to physicians and the personnel that support them. Her consulting career has taken her to 49 states to help numerous anesthesia and pain professionals with billing, coding, and compliance issues.

Amy Turner

Amy Turner RN, BSN, MMHC, CPC, CHC, CHIAP | Assistant Director, Healthcare Industry Group, Veritas Healthcare Consulting

Amy Turner has a widespread background in clinical operations, revenue cycle, internal audit, risk management, and healthcare administration. She is a registered nurse as well as a Certified Professional Coder, Certified Healthcare Compliance specialist, and Certified Healthcare Internal Audit Professional. Turner has 21 years of pain management experience and uses her unique blend of clinical training, coding education, and revenue cycle knowledge with an overlay of regulatory compliance expertise to offer insights that speak to both clinicians and executives. Turner’s experience includes working in large and small private practices, at academic facilities, and with hospital-based physicians. She is responsible for proposing, budgeting, staffing, leading, and conducting various consulting engagements covering a wide spectrum of healthcare-related needs.

Michael Warsaw

Michael G. Warshaw DPM, CPC, COCS

Dr. Michael Warshaw is a practicing podiatrist and certified medical coder who speaks nationwide on foot and ankle coding as well as durable medical equipment coding and compliance, among other topics. Dr. Warshaw is the author of numerous articles as well as the 2019 Podiatry Coding Manual, published by the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. In addition, he specializes in forensic medical coding and has served as an auditor and expert witness in civil and criminal healthcare cases across the U.S.

Judy Wilson

Judy Wilson, CPC, CDEO, COC, CPCO, CPPM, CPB, CANPC, CPC-PAAPC Approved Instructor, CMRS, CMCS | Educational Training and Consulting

Judy Wilson has more than 38 years of medical coding/billing experience. For 26 years, she was the business administrator for a group of 11 cardiac anesthesiologists, and she is now self-employed as an educator, trainer, and auditor. She has had the honor of serving on the board of directors of the AAPC Chapter Associations from 2010 to 2014 and again from 2015 to 2017. She is a PMCC instructor and an AAPC-approved ICD-CM/PCS instructor. She serves on the National Advisory Board for the American Medical Billers Association. Wilson regularly presents at local and national conferences, and her articles have appeared in a number of publications, including JustCoding and the AAPC's Healthcare Business Monthly.



Please note that the program materials will be available via download and the conference app only. A download link will be provided prior to the event, but a printed book of the presentations will not be available on-site.

Pricing

Pre-conference workshop (October 5, 2020!) 
Retail Price: $595
Early Bird Price: $495 (Expires August 28, 2020!)

All-Access Pass (October 5 – 7, 2020) 
Retail Price: $1,690
Early Bird Price: $1,290 (Expires August 28, 2020!)

Main Conference (October 6-7, 2020)
Retail Price: $995
Early Bird Price:$1,095 (Expires: August 28, 2020!)

Select a specialty but you can attend any session from any track:

  • Anesthesia,
  • Orthopedics,
  • Pain Management

Fastest ways to register
• Register Online
• CALL 1-855-225-5341

Multiple Attendees?
Groups of 3 or more: Save an additional 10% off the lowest price
For multiple attendee discounts, contact Megan Ireland 855-225-5341 x6025 or mireland@decisionhealth.com.

Questions?
Call customer service at 855-225-5341 or email customer@decisionhealth.com.

Cancellation Policy
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**This policy is subject to change.**



Please note that the program materials will be available via download and the conference app only. A download link will be provided prior to the event, but a printed book of the presentations will not be available on-site.

Conference Location

Where: Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32381

Welcome to the Renaissance Hotel Orlando Seaworld, conveniently located within steps of SeaWorld, near Aquatica, International Drive and Orlando's most celebrated attractions like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, and other Disney World theme parks. Additional features at this resort include restaurants, coffee shops, and an ice cream parlor, you’ll have plenty to explore during your time here.

Amenities

  • Concierge Desk & Lounge Hours
  • 24/7 Fitness Center
  • Disney World / Universal Studios / Premium Outlets transportation
  • Complimentary Water Park/Outdoor Swimming Pool and Spa
  • Arcade - Game room
  • Garden on property

Reservations
Book Online Here
Special Room Rate: $204/night (Plus $15 resort fee)
Hotel cut-off date: Friday, September 11, 2020
Call: 1-800-327-6677 and reference Decision Health Advanced Specialty Coding Sympoisum



Please note that the program materials will be available via download and the conference app only. A download link will be provided prior to the event, but a printed book of the presentations will not be available on-site.

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibitors at the Advanced Specialty Coding, Compliance, and Reimbursement Symposium get the exclusive opportunity to present to qualified decision makers looking for solutions to their practices’ ICD-10-CM coding, compliance, billing, and reimbursement challenges.

Exhibitors will reach:

  • Practice coders and supervisors
  • Clinicians
  • Coding educators and trainers
  • Practice compliance managers
  • Clinical documentation improvement specialists
  • Practice managers and administrators
  • Practice auditors and educators
  • ASC coders
  • Payer claims managers
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants


For information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Regina Dexter
RDexter@decisionhealth.com
Office: 800-727-5257 x6061
Cell: (603) 490-8797



Please note that the program materials will be available via download and the conference app only. A download link will be provided prior to the event, but a printed book of the presentations will not be available on-site.

Continuing Education

*Coming Soon! 



Please note that the program materials will be available via download and the conference app only. A download link will be provided prior to the event, but a printed book of the presentations will not be available on-site.