Report Pain, Reduce Denials and Stay Compliant

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Marvel J. Hammer, RN, BS, CPC, CCS-P, ACS-PM, CPCO
Conference Date
Tue, Jul 28, 2009
60 Minutes
Product Description

End your ICD-9 pain code misery in 60 minutes flat.

Pain Pop Quiz: What does the acronym CPS stand for?
a) Chronic pain syndrome
b) Central pain syndrome

The correct answer is … both. Unfortunately that doesn't help you figure out which ICD-9 code to apply. Now more than ever, myriad payment pitfalls threaten a pain coder's every step. Make sure you know how to navigate pain code compliance traps and find every hidden penny along the way in this eye-opening audio training event. Coding guru Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, ACS-PM, CHCO will walk you through chapter - specific coding guidelines to bring new clarity to your worst pain diagnosis coding challenges.

Here's what you will learn:

  • How medical necessity and ICD-9 coding intersect, and what it can mean for your payments.
  • Spondylosis vs. spondylolysis vs. spondylolisthesis ... myelopathy vs. myopathy ... learn how a few letters can make a huge difference to your code choices.
  • ICD-9 coding guidelines demystified: when is it appropriate to report signs and symptoms vs. established diagnoses?
  • The ins and outs of 338.xx – the Pain codes could be more versatile than you think.
  • How to handle "rule outs, probable, possible" diagnoses
  • When to report a "complication" ICD-9 code.

Who should attend? Practice specialties: new or experienced pain management, physiatry, orthopedics, family practice, internal medicine, neurology and neurosurgery coders and billers, office managers, front office and other clinical staff, providers.

Your registration includes:

  • Flexible enrollment. Scheduling conflict? No problem. This session is also available on CD.
  • Complimentary attendee package, including the speaker's complete presentation handouts. Keep this quick reference tool close by for future use.

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About Our Speaker

Marvel J. Hammer - Neurology Coding Expert

Marvel J Hammer, RN, BS, CPC, CCS-P, ACS-PM, CPCO is an accomplished professional with considerable years of experience both in the business and medical fields. She is a coding, billing and compliance consultant and owner of MJH Consulting based in Denver, Colorado.

She provides medical coding and billing education, assistance with payer audits and performs compliance reviews for her clients. Marvel enjoys teaching providers and their...   More Info
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