Starting the Ob-Gyn Record -- Timing is Everything

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Melanie Witt, RN, MA
Conference Date
Tue, Mar 15, 2011
60 Minutes
Product Description

When does global obstetric care begin? Knowing means keeping - or returning - the money.

Obstetric coders and billers have a tough road to navigate from the very first patient visit - do you bill it under global care or not? What constitutes standard pregnancy care, and how do you handle it when the global package can no longer be billed? When does it all begin?

Join ob-gyn coding guru Melanie Witt, RN, CPC, COBGC, MA for the answers to these questions, and many more, in this hour-long session for new coders and seasoned pros alike. You'll learn how timing affects your practice's correct coding and prompt payments.

This invaluable session will include:

  • Correct billing for the diagnosis of pregnancy. Hint: if she is pregnant, she does not have amenorrhea.
  • When does global care begin? It's not always at the first visit - learn how to separate the routine from the excluded services.
  • Elements that constitute initial pregnancy care. Payers use American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines, so you need to know them, too.
  • Typical levels of service for routine antepartum care -- allow each provider to capture the work performed.
  • Best coding solutions when the patient transfers in or out of the practice, or is not delivered by the attending on record.
  • PLUS: Learn the circumstances under which you bill an initial visit with a pregnant patient, and how to handle situations when the global package can no longer be billed.

Who should attend? Obstetrics coders, billers, practice managers, physicians

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About Our Speaker

Melanie Witt - Ob Gyn Coding Expert

Melanie Witt, RN, MA is an independent coding education consultant and a well-known speaker and recognized expert in the area of coding and reimbursement for ob-gyn services. She is the former program manager of the Department of Coding and Nomenclature at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Witt is also the consulting editor for Ob-Gyn Coding Alert.

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