Held Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 2 PM EDT; 1 p.m. CDT; 12 p.m. MDT; 11 a.m. PDT


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Recent and significant changes in medical necessity and pathology billing and coding,
vital for every pathologist, laboratory administrator, and billing/coding specialist to know!

 

Your Presenters:

  • Diana W. Voorhees, MA, CLS, MT, SH, CLCP, Principal/CEO, DV & Associates, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT
  • Chappy Manning, RN, CPC, CPMA, Co-Founder, Pathology Practice Advisors, Columbia, SC

Pathology testing has so far survived healthcare’s many changes to both coverage and reimbursement, even though new rules and guidelines have made it increasingly difficult for providers to understand how much, or even if, they will be reimbursed for their services.

Reimbursement changes recently put into effect are having an even bigger impact on pathologists and pathology laboratory service providers. The latest trends are alarming and appear to be setting a pattern for the future—threatening operating budgets and potentially jeopardizing the actual survival of some pathology laboratories.

These changes are so significant that not understanding what they are and their implications to your lab could lead to a considerable reduction in revenue, not to mention potential compliance and legal entanglements.

So, what are these compliance and coding changes that will unquestionably affect your lab? What are the steps you can take to ensure compliance and prompt and proper reimbursement?

Get answers to these questions and more when you register to attend “Important New Changes in Pathology Coding and Compliance: What You Need to Know to Maximize Revenue and Minimize Risk & Recoupment” held on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 2 p.m. EDT. Listen and learn as Diana Voorhees from DV & Associates, and Chappy Manning from Pathology Practice Advisors provide insights into the most recent modifications to pathology billing & coding and compliance requirements. Find out what’s changed and how your laboratory can quickly and effectively adapt to these changes. With your attendance, you’ll discover what you can do to keep revenue levels up and avoid non-compliance issues.

Hear about the areas your pathology practice needs to address in order to stay on the path to compliance and maximum reimbursement. For example, while medical necessity has always been critical to Medicare reimbursement, it has now become critical to all managed care reimbursement. Also, there are many areas of coding that have changed, the rules for which must be carefully observed in order to be reimbursed.

Whether you’re a pathologist, billing specialist, laboratory manager or administrator—anyone who’s concerned with how changes to pathology billing & coding and compliance can affect the very survival of your laboratory or pathology group—this is one webinar you cannot afford to miss. For one low price—just $195 (through 4/19/18, $245 thereafter)—you and your entire team at one location can take part in this very timely, insight-packed session. Best of all, you’ll be able to connect personally with our speakers when we open things up for questions from the audience.

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Your Distinguished Presenters

Dianna Voorhees initiated her career in laboratory medicine within the Division of Hematology (Doctors Wintrobe and Cartwright), Department of Medicine, at the University of Utah. She has also worked with the Division of Hematology at The Ohio State University, the Clinical Chemistry Department at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, and the Special Hematology and Hemostasis Laboratory at the University of Utah. She spent 14 years as an Associate Clinical Professor and administrative faculty of Medical Laboratory Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah. During her last year and a half in academia, she was recruited as Program Director to design, implement and direct the program in cytotechnology in the Department of Pathology. Upon leaving the university setting, Voorhees joined Coulter Corporation and provided technical support, customer training, and education primarily in the western United States. She was recruited by a national coding and reimbursement consulting firm, Med-Index/Medicode (now Optum), where she spent nearly five years developing and marketing the consulting services for hospitals and other facilities, performing consulting engagements, and providing seminars for national events. Subsequently she developed DV & Associates, a coding and reimbursement consulting firm providing consulting for physicians and facilities related to pathology and laboratory medicine. Voorhees has created a network of consultants with various health care backgrounds in order to provide quality, credible, and resourceful results for all consulting services.

 

Chappy Manning: After a more than 10-year nursing career practiced in multiple settings, including a hospital, a medical product company and major third-party payer, Manning joined Pathology Service Associates (PSA) in 2003 (PSA was eventually acquired by McKesson).  There, she provided coding compliance oversight, education, and reviews to pathology practices nationwide. In 2016, with business partner Al Sirmon, she founded Pathology Practice Advisors, LLC, a consulting company providing business services to pathology practices.  Manning earned her BS in Nursing from the University of South Carolina and over the years has been a frequent speaker at both national and regional pathology and industry conferences as well as a contributing writer to various industry media.

 

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Here is just some of what you’ll learn during this in-depth 90-minute conference:

  • How to deal with the latest updates on demonstrating and documenting medical necessity
  • Managing difficulties associated with the hugely expanded menu of tests pathologists now have for ordering
  • A definitive guide to proper procedures resulting from the transition from ICD9 to ICD10
  • Assisting your staff in applying new mandates for billing compliance in an organized, effective manner
  • How to properly interpret and follow new date-of-service and place-of-service guidelines
  • Why local coverage determination denials are occurring, and what to do to avoid these denials
  • Potential impact to pathologists and labs should CLIA allow the recognition of RNs as biotechnologists, and the things you need to do now to proactively prepare
  • Overview of CCI manual changes, with tips and techniques to ensure optimization in the lab
  • Crucial steps to satisfying your legal and ethical responsibilities, remaining compliant, and achieving maximum reimbursement
…and much more!


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