Family Planning Meets Coding Realities: Getting Paid For What You Do

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Melanie Witt, RN, MA
Conference Date
Tue, Jul 12, 2011
60 Minutes
Product Description

When it comes to family planning services, what you don’t know can mean less, or even no, reimbursement.

Unfortunately, providing family planning services and translating it to a payable event can be frustrating given differences in payer policies and coding requirements.

Family planning services are defined as "educational, comprehensive medical or social activities which enable individuals, including minors, to determine freely the number and spacing of their children and to select the means by which this may be achieved.”  And ob/gyn, Title X clinics, and family practice providers are on the forefront to providing these services.

This 1-hour session with Melanie Witt, will cover CPT and ICD9 coding for the majority of family planning services such as; visits for family planning advice, pre-conception counseling, providing long-acting reversible contraceptive devices, and sterilization options.

 Find out what services will and will not be paid together and how to best approach visits for sterilization services to prevent delays in payment or outright denials.  Since state Medicaid benefits may vary, a table of current coverage for contraceptives by state has been developed by the speaker for easy access to this information.

Take a look at what topics will be covered:

  • Use of diagnostic linkages can make or break your claim.  Find out which are the most important to use to get your claim paid the first time.
  • Having problems with IUD insertions and removals?  These tips will help you the reimbursement you deserve.
  • Counseling is a big part of what you do.  Find out how to effectively document and code these essential services.
  • Avoid complications when providing sterilization procedures.  Learn how to quickly anticipate payer policies.
  • Coding for physician provided contraception can be tricky.  Learn how to effectively use modifiers to get paid for multiple services on the same day.

Who should attend? Coders, 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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