AAHIM | 2021 Virtual Coding Symposium – Session 2: June 18, 2021

Sessions include:  1) Strategies for Dealing with Payer Denials; 2) CDI – The First 48 hours – CDI Query Response Time; 3) Does the Documentation Tell the Story; 4) Coding Updates Plus Reimbursement Impact & Documentation;  Requirements for Surgeries Eliminated from the Inpatient Only List; 5) Coding Productivity; and 6) Charge Analysis

With so many changes and updates happening right now, AAHIM wants to bring you the most up-to-date information in a safe and responsible format. AAHIM hoped that we would be able to meet in person but feel the virtual format is the best decision for the 2021 coding symposium.

Mark your calendars for 2 Mini Coding Symposiums to be released on March 19th and June 18th. These will follow the same format as our last virtual symposium. Each group will be prerecorded and released together to be viewed at your convenience. We hope you will join us!!

Learn More about Session 1

Strategies for Dealing with Payer Denials
Joy King Ewing, RHIA, CCS, CCDS

With payor denials on the rise due to increased scrutiny and complicated claim submission criteria, it’s more important than ever to ensure your organization receives complete reimbursement. Clinical and coding downgrades of DRGs are becoming more and more common, and have a significant impact on organizations’ revenue cycle. In this session, we will discuss the different types of denial issues from payors, and learn how to distinguish them. We will identify core reasons for DRG changes, and discuss the most effective resources to effectively appeal these changes.

CDI – The First 48 hours – CDI Query Response Time
Kelli Hill, BSN, ACM-RN, CCDS

How we used team collaboration with multiple disciplines in order to improve the response time to concurrent CDI queries.

  • learn key stakeholders in the process
  • learn how to involve providers
  • learn how to maintain improvements

Does the Documentation Tell the Story

In this session, come hear from an educator/auditor with over 30 years’ experience in the field who has performed thousands of audits.  The critical part that documentation plays in supporting medical necessity will be discussed, along with proper modifier usage.  Examples of both good and poor documentation will be shown to ensure comprehension. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe documentation’s role in supporting medical necessity
  • Distinguish good documentation from bad
  • Describe necessary documentation points for a visit note, a procedure note, and an operative report
  • Discuss problem areas, including modifiers 25 and 59
  • Describe how a payor’s medical policy is imperative in supporting medical necessity

Coding Updates Plus Reimbursement Impact & Documentation Requirements for Surgeries Eliminated from the Inpatient Only List
Karen Kvarfordt, RHIA, CCS-P, CCDS. AAHIM Approved ICD-10 Trainer
Day Egusquiza

Attendees will learn about the 2021 coding updates with ‘impact’ highlights. Attendees will learn the financial impact and documentation requirements to support inpt with the procedures moving off the inpt only list.

Coding Productivity
Tonya Macon, RHIT, CDIP, CCS and Rachel Pratt, RHIA, CDIP, CCS

We are working to develop an automated IP Coding productivity Standard for the U based on service lines, difficulty of accounts as well as coder levels. All of these things affect productivity and need to be taken into consideration when setting a standard for the coders that is both challenging as well as achievable. We want to be able to hold our coders accountable without making it impossible for them to reach.

Charge Analysis
Terri Graham

The importance of Charge Analysis

Session 2 – June 18, 2021

  • Both Sessions: $135
  • March 19th Session Only: $65
  • June 18th Session Only: $70

Group Registrants receive 25% off with 4 or more registrants in the group for full registration.

# of CEs:

5.5 AHIMA/AAPC – Data Structure, Content and Information Governance
6.5 Nursing CEs

This educational offering has been approved for continuing education credit for use in fulfilling the continued education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

CEUs are accepted from programs sponsored by AHIMA national offices and the state or regional AHIMA branches. One hour of instruction is worth one CEU.  A certificate of attendance or completion is necessary to show participation.

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  • 8 Lessons
  • Course Certificate