Kelly Dennis


Let anesthesia coding specialist Kelly Dennis walk you through all the coding changes for 2019 that will impact your practice. Get the skinny on the CPT and ICD-10 coding updates for anesthesia, the latest on CMS quality programs and OIG work plan risk areas, and other hot topics and risk areas for anesthesiology. Learn how to conquer your ICD-10 anesthesia coding challenges and master your quality measures at the same time.


Anesthesia Coding Updates

Duration: 90 minutes | CEU: 1.5 AAPC CEUs

Anesthesia coding and billing staff can end up spending hours digging for information, and still not be sure if they’re correctly interpreting and reporting the medical procedures and services. But you must be able to quickly spot the documentation gaps that are burning a hole in your revenue – or you will be at increased risk of payment denials and overpayment demands. In this information-packed webinar, expert speaker Kelly Dennis will walk you through the available updates and current hot topics to steer your practice in the right direction for 2019. Dennis will bring you up to speed with the latest anesthesia-related coding and billing nuances, review the areas where anesthesia practices are most at risk, and arm you with the information you will need to prepare for future changes.

Dennis will discuss the coding changes for 2018 and any available changes for 2019, review anesthesia-related quality measures and reporting, and explain the changes to CMS quality programs. She will decode anesthesia billing for screening colonoscopy and EGD procedures, show you how the OIG work plan affects your practice, point out the risk areas, and teach you how improve your documentation.

After attending this powerful webinar, you will be able to improve your documentation, and protect your practice from receiving negative payment adjustments based on quality care.

Advanced Anesthesia Coding

Duration: 90 minutes | CEU: 1.5 AAPC CEUs

Coding advanced anesthesia procedures is a complex matter. Medical practitioners in this field need to know how to handle common challenges and prepare for reimbursement changes for 2019. In this webinar, coding specialist Kelly Dennis will discuss the common errors in anesthesia coding, and show you how to avoid them. Dennis will explain when and how to report additional anesthesia services, discuss the decision-making process on how to look for clues on an anesthesia record, detect choose the correct anatomical codes to report, and get you up to speed with the documentation necessary to ensure that your practice keeps payment when an insurance company requests additional information.

You will learn how to accurately report the anesthesia services you provide (including separately billable services), understand why insurance companies are looking for identifiably separate documentation, and specifically what they are looking for to support separately billable services.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to improve your anesthesia-related documentation, avoid common coding errors, report the correct codes, and know how to keep your payments.

Auditing for Anesthesia Practices

Duration: 90 minutes | CEU: 1.5 AAPC CEUs

Compliance is more than just an expectation – it’s a necessity. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a compliance plan may become mandatory as a condition of enrollment in Medicare/Medicaid programs. But that’s not all: the Office of Inspector General (OIG) believes that all health care providers should use internal controls to “more efficiently monitor adherence to applicable statutes, regulations and program requirements.” So whether your billing is performed “in-house” or through an external billing company, your internal audits must be performed on a regular basis. 

In this webinar, coding specialist Kelly Dennis will guide your staff through the steps of an internal review. She will walk you through OIG’s expectations, discuss PPACA information related to compliance, and explain how compliance and internal reviews apply to anesthesia practices. She will provide examples of internal audits, teach you how to recognize anesthesia-related risk areas, and tell you exactly what you should look for when reviewing your accounts. Dennis will also show you how to review your internal anesthesia records, tell you what steps you should take to take to ensure a continuous process of compliance in your practice, and which tools you can use to conduct internal reviews with ease. 

After attending this session, you will be able to confidently review your anesthesia practice’s documentation and ensure compliance in your practice. 

Anesthesia Modifiers

Duration: 90 minutes | CEU: 1.5 AAPC CEUs

Modifiers are an integral part of medical coding and billing, and are added to CPT and HCPCS codes to provide additional or more detailed information. But did you know that the incorrect use of modifiers ranks among the top billing errors for federal, state, and private payers? Attend this webinar by coding specialist Kelly Dennis, who will clearly decode the differences between Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®), Relative Value Guide (RVG®) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) anesthesia modifiers.

Dennis will show you where anesthesia modifiers are located in coding resources, explain the slight differences between the descriptions, and walk you through anesthesia specific alpha, numeric and alpha/numeric modifiers. You will learn how to append anesthesia modifiers, understand the modifier reporting or ranking order, and know the differences between payment and statistical modifiers. Dennis will also teach you how to correctly list and report anesthesia modifiers, as well as understand when and how anesthesia payments are affected by modifiers.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to accurately choose and rank anesthesia modifiers for reporting, and avoid payment delays, rejections, and recoveries.