The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit The Facts And The Fiction

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Melanie Witt, RN, MA
Conference Date
Thu, Sep 22, 2011
60 Minutes
Product Description

Now that Medicare has decided to cover an annual wellness visit, you might think your problems of how to address the annual well woman exam are over…. Think again

Nothing could be farther from the truth because the new benefit is not the exam performed by the majority of ob/gyns across the country.  And if you bill or document this one incorrectly you could be opening your practice up to take backs and unhappy patients.

In this session you will get the facts about what the annual wellness visit includes and does not include, with an eye to comparing it to normal ob/gyn annual visit care.  As with most practices, you will need to decide if you want to provide this new service, and if not, how to inform your patients so they can get the benefit elsewhere.  In this session you will find out how to approach the topic with your patients, and how to choose the right option for you and your patient to ensure continuing quality preventive care.

Take a look at what’s covered:

  • Is the Annual Wellness Visit for you?  Medicare will pay you annually but you need to find out the pros and cons for providing this new service and how to communicate your decision to your patients.  This session will give you the decision framework, and the coding solutions to make it work.
  • Think any non-physician practitioner can bill for this service?  Medicare is not going that route and this session will tell you why.
  • There has been lots of discussion of what should be included.  Get the most current list of covered elements to the exam and how to document each of them.
  • Don’t know what additional services can be billed with the annual wellness visit?  Get the most likely visit scenarios that include other billable preventive services.
  • To pay or not to copay?  Learn how the new legislation is impacting the patient’s out of pocket costs for covered preventive services
  • And the diagnosis code is…. For the wellness visit it may not be what you think – find out about your diagnostic coding options to ensure payment.

Who should attend? Coder, billers, practice managers, physicians, non-physician practitioners.


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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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