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Power Coding in the ER and OR Workshop

Extended coverage of subspecialty coding content and case exercises to boost your confidence in common orthopaedic scenarios. Learn to apply surgical modifiers to protect reimbursement and appropriately differentiate CPT rules from Medicare NCCI edits and guidelines. You'll leave with awareness of reimbursement methodologies for bundled payment, including the importance of Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) and their relationship to comorbidities, and, of course, with the latest 2020 code changes and NCCI updates.

Learning Objectives:

  • Use new CPT codes for total joint arthroplasty following infection. 
  • Summarize the connection between documenting and coding relevant comorbidities and Hierarchical Condition Categories, and how they are both used in bundled payment contracting. 
  • Differentiate AAOS Global Service Guidelines from NCCI guidelines for Medicare. 
  • Apply surgical modifiers correctly to prevent denials. 
  • Identify how restorative care is defined and how it impacts fracture code selection.
  • Demonstrate surgical coding comprehension through new practice exercises.
  • Orthopaedic Pre-Course Survey

    This survey must be completed before you can access the rest of the bundle components.

    This survey must be completed before you can access the rest of the bundle components.

  • Power Coding in the ER and OR

    Includes Credits

    Extended coverage of subspecialty coding content and case exercises to boost your confidence in common orthopaedic scenarios. Learn to apply surgical modifiers to protect reimbursement and appropriately differentiate CPT rules from Medicare NCCI edits and guidelines.

    Extended coverage of subspecialty coding content and case exercises to boost your confidence in common orthopaedic scenarios. Learn to apply surgical modifiers to protect reimbursement and appropriately differentiate CPT rules from Medicare NCCI edits and guidelines. You'll leave with awareness of reimbursement methodologies for bundled payment, including the importance of Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) and their relationship to comorbidities, and, of course, with the latest 2020 code changes and NCCI updates.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Use new CPT codes for total joint arthroplasty following infection. 
    • Summarize the connection between documenting and coding relevant comorbidities and Hierarchical Condition Categories, and how they are both used in bundled payment contracting. 
    • Differentiate AAOS Global Service Guidelines from NCCI guidelines for Medicare. 
    • Apply surgical modifiers correctly to prevent denials. 
    • Identify how restorative care is defined and how it impacts fracture code selection.
    • Demonstrate surgical coding comprehension through new practice exercises.

    Sarah Wiskerchen, MBA, CPC

    Consultant and Speaker

    Sarah is an experienced, professional, approachable consultant and speaker who succeeds in helping clients identify both risk and opportunity in their coding, reimbursement, and operational systems.  

    She has significant consulting experience in orthopaedics, presenting on CPT and ICD-10 coding for the annual AAOS national workshop series and annual meetings for ASSH, AAOS, and OTA. Sarah has also presented for dozens of state societies, as well as a wide variety of academic, employed and private practices. Her comprehensive knowledge of complex surgical coding concepts, including ICD-10-CM codes and surgical modifiers specific to hand, shoulder, podiatry, hip, knee, and total joint procedures make her a sought-after educator, trainer and speaker.  

    Find out more about Sarah Wiskerchen, MBA, CPC.

    2020 AAPC Accreditation

    This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 6.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor. 

    Credit is available after completion of an evaluation and a 40 question test.


    2020 CME Credit for Physicians

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and KarenZupko & Associates, Inc. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Package Access and Expiration

You will have access to this package for 60 days from the day you purchase it.

You will have 30 days to complete the course within the package. 

The 30 days for this course starts the day you activate the course within the package.

Please note, if you start the course with less than 30 days left in the package access period (60 days from the time of purchase) you will only have until the end of that period.


Should you have questions, please contact us at education@karenzupko.com  

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