Diagnostic codes are an important and sometimes misunderstood aspect of correct coding. They are a key element in all claims that support medical necessity and by documenting the severity of the condition. Improper ICD-10 diagnostic coding can lead to claim denials and other missed revenue opportunities. It can also make the practice a target for audits and expose it to risk. Attend this session to increase your level of understanding of the importance of diagnosis coding for all specialties and all services.
• Explain the correlation of medical decision making and diagnosis coding
• Identity coding rules for professional fee coding vs facility coding vs risk adjustment
• Describe how to find the guidelines for use of ICD-10 codes and understand key regulations
Jaci J Kipreos, CPC,COC,CPMA,CEMC,CPCI
Jaci has been working in the field of medical coding and auditing for 31 years and has been a Certified Professional Coder since 1994 and attained her COC for facility based coding issues in 2005. She is also a Certified Professional Medical Auditor and is certified in the specialty of Evaluation and Management Coding.
Kipreos has worked in a variety of practice settings and has particular expertise in coding for family practice, urgent care, OB/GYN, general surgery, Medicare’s Teaching Physician Guidelines, with a particular emphasis on compliance with Evaluation and Management guidelines.
Jaci has been with Practice Integrity since 2003 where she leads a group of AAPC Certified Instructors in teaching the Professional Medical Coding Curriculum. She also manages a national client list in monitoring provider documentation and performing audits for physician practices. Jaci also provides a wide range of educational topics to assist clients in the area of chart documentation, Medicare’s Teaching Physician Guidelines, surgical coding, modifier usage and basic coding skills.
Jaci is a past president of local chapters of AAPC in both Richmond, Va and Charlottesville, VA. She served as the President for the AAPC National Advisory Board from 2013-2015. She received her B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech.
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