2019 OPPS Final Rule: Implementing the Latest CMS Policies - On-Demand

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2019 OPPS Final Rule: Implementing the Latest CMS Policies - On-Demand

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Available ON-DEMAND

Presented on:
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Presented by:
Jugna Shah, MPH
Valerie Rinkle, MPA

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Sponsored by:
Revenue Cycle Advisor

Each year CMS issues the OPPS final rule, which details the changes to Medicare outpatient coding and billing. Providers must implement and prepare for the rule’s major financial implications by January 1. Last year’s major change included the reporting of drugs acquired through the 340B drug discount program.

During this program, expert speakers Jugna Shah, MPH, and Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA, will analyze the final rule and deliver a comprehensive program to update you on the major changes for 2019 under OPPS. What will this year’s critical changes be? Find out what they are—and how to prepare—by attending this annual best-selling webinar.

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

  • Explain the most significant changes finalized by CMS
  • Describe the nuances and complexities associated with assessing the financial impact of CMS' packaging changes
  • Determine which procedures are assigned to comprehensive APCs

Who Should Listen?

  • HIM directors and staff
  • Outpatient coding managers and staff
  • Billing managers and staff
  • Revenue cycle professionals
  • Chargemaster coordinators
  • Auditors, APC coordinators
  • Compliance officers
  • Finance team members
  • Revenue integrity professionals


  • Key financial changes for 2019
  • The top operational challenges hospitals will face in 2019
  • Changes to APCs, comprehensive APCs, and new separately payable APC services
  • Other key changes related to charging, coding, and billing outpatient services

A live question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. 

*Tentative agenda ahead of 2019 OPPS final rule release

Meet the Speaker

Jugna Shah, MPH

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 13 years. She is also a contributing editor of HCPro's Briefings on APCs.

Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA

Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA, is a lead regulatory specialist and an instructor for HCPro's Medicare Boot Camp®—Revenue Integrity and Chargemaster Version, Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version, and Medicare Boot Camp®—Hospital 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 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 $299 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $299 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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