Seminar Overview

The Beyond Basics 2-day seminar is designed for emergency physicians, non-physician practitioners, coders, administrators, support staff and management – those interested in improving their reimbursement and RVU knowledge and the business of emergency medicine. We have found that when ED staff members attend together as a team, they receive the best payback.

What is Beyond Basics?

The seminar agenda is comprehensive. We give you the framework for emergency physician RVU production and teach coding concepts from the clinician's documentation perspective and we update you on current regulations. We get down to cases covering critical care, EKGs and X-rays, surgery policy, fracture care, wound care, ultrasound, foreign body removal, conscious sedation, central lines, CPR and defibrillation - all subjects of coding controversy. And we think you will be especially interested in the surprising value of observation care delivered in the ED setting.

Seminar Objectives

"Beyond Basics" is designed to immediately bring you up to speed on reimbursement and RVU developments, then we give you the big picture on coding - you can then identify the areas where you can more effectively communicate the value of your work. That's Day One. Jim Blakeman builds on that foundation on Day Two by filling in the details on the most crucial areas of emergency medicine billing. Each segment breaks down the practical application of Jim's principles. For example, you will discover this and more:

  • » The Keys to RVU Generation: knowing how to communicate the value of ED care, identify what you're worth and to document it.
  • » E&M coding and documentation - the 5 keys for high acuity patients.
  • » How to recognize HPI, ROS, PFSH and Exams– documentation principles that lead to sensible coding policy.
  • » Medical Decision Making - the heart of the value equation; learn to focus on documenting what really counts, like the difference between 99283s and 99284s.
  • » Case examples that make the principles practical.
  • » Critical Care: How to define it properly (It's simpler than you know.) How to measure its value in order to capture all the revenue. How to count critical care time. (Hint- it's not just bedside time)
  • » What qualifies for critical care through chart examples of atrial fibs, asthma, overdoses, weak and dizzy, even nosebleeds.
  • » Obs is a status not just a unit, RVUs pay 20-100% more to know the difference and you do it commonly on many ED patients.
  • » How to do well by doing good with observation services that benefit everybody, including the payer.
  • » The key to observation is medical necessity. Ten codes define observation and five key documentation points prove the value of it in the ED.
  • » Which codes E/M codes and procedure codes apply, what we can and can't bill for and what needs to be done to prove the emergency physician's value.
  • » Why payment is not about the size of the wound – how to document and be paid for repairs of higher complexity. They may be more common than you know.
  • » Get specific coding and documentation advice for ultrasound, foreign body removal, debridement, I&Ds, conscious sedation, central lines, CPR, defibrillation, and other coding controversies.

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Did You Know?

Coders receive 13 hours of CEU credits from the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) for attending a two-day seminar.

Binder Resource

When you attend the Beyond Basics seminar, you'll receive a 700-page ED reference binder; one of the most comprehensive manuals you've ever owned. Authoritative guidance is included to support compliance programs.

The Resource Binder is not available apart from the 2-day Beyond Basics seminar. read more