2018 CPT® Coding Changes for Orthopedics

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Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CCS-P, PCE, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
120 minutes
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Expert Insights on the 2018 Orthopedics Coding Updates

2018 is here already and there’s little time to get ready for all the changes that are taking place in the 2018 CPT® manual. New appearances of physical therapy and grafting codes will affect coding in the orthopedic office and the reimbursement you will receive this year. Nerve repair codes are changing as well.

Join this session where orthopedic coding and compliance specialist Margie Scalley Vaught, will help the coders, billers, office and practice managers, and orthopedic surgeons take a deep dive into key CPT® code updates relating to orthopedics for 2018. Margie will cover the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and will help you discover how CMS handled comments and responses related to overhauling and changing the E/M guidelines as well as imaging issues. You will also get links and page numbers from the MPFS!

The updated NCCI guidelines for 2018 from Chapters 1, 4 and 9 are also on the agenda of this session, which also includes a review of the existing bundling issues. Margie will further highlight subsection guidelines, along with all the comments that CPT® has regarding the appropriate way to use the new and revised codes. Get all the key people in your office up to date on everything from properly documenting imaging interpretation and order requirements to using the latest OIG Work Plan to ensure that your facility is in compliance.

Session Highlights

  • New trends in CPT® codes for orthopedics in 2018
  • Review of new orthopedics CPT® codes
  • 4 code additions in CPT® codes for orthopedics in 2018
  • 9 code revisions in CPT® codes for orthopedics in 2018
  • 7 code deletions in CPT® codes for orthopedics in 2018
  • Updated NCCI guidelines for 2018
  • Documentation and modifier use issues and other issues resulting in denials

Session Agenda

  • 2018 coding changes at a glance
    • Review of the codes that have been deleted or revised in the 2018 update
    • Star symbol for telemedicine and category-specific issues
    • Code ranges that will cover the rest home codes and initial observation care codes
    • Guidelines for general behavioral health care
    • What new codes have now been added
    • Additional guidelines update and what codes represent them
  • Coding update and new guidelines for:
    • Integumentary system
    • Fasciocutaneous flap
    • Musculoskeletal system
    • Bone marrow aspiration
    • Nerve section
  • Compound vs. non-compound
  • The new chest X-ray codes
  • What's limited and what's complete in codes 76881 and 76882, and how are the two different
  • Coding updates for physical therapy issues, orthotic management & training and prosthetic training
  • Scleroderma, its types, and how do those differ
  • Medicare Fee Schedule issues in 2018
  • ICD-10 coding changes related to non-pressure ulcers

Who Should Attend

The ideas and strategies discussed in this webinar will be relevant to:

  • Coders
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Billers
  • Office managers
  • Practice managers

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About Our Speaker

Margie Scalley Vaught - Wound Care Coding Expert

With over 30+ years’ experience in the Healthcare arena, in positions from nurse’s aide to ward clerk and medical transcriptionist to office manager, Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CCS-P, PCE, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR, understands how offices are structured.  Margie spent twenty years in the field of Orthopedics.  She obtained Certified Professional Coder (CPC) designation in 1995 from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), where she served...   More Info
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