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Advanced ICD-10 & Clinical Documentation Improvement for Otolaryngology

You learned the basics in 2015. Now it’s time to sharpen your ICD-10 skills and take clinical documentation to the next level. We’ll review ICD-10 building blocks such as format and structure, and coding guidelines. But the focus of this advanced course is documentation excellence. It includes hands-on coding of real life otolaryngology documentation. You’ll learn how to ensure medical necessity and capture the right details and documentation elements required for the most common ENT codes. We’ll discuss how to integrate clinical documentation improvement (CDI) principles into your daily workflow. And, you’ll learn how to avoid documentation deficiencies that could trigger payor audits, recovery of reimbursement, or CMS fines and penalties.

What is new and different?  This is an advanced session. Last year’s course taught basic ICD-10 coding knowledge. This year’s course delivers next-level skill building, and understanding of how good documentation plays a pivotal role in diagnosis coding and the practice.

Who Should Attend This Course?

  • Physicians
  • Practice Administrators
  • Practice Managers
  • Billing Managers

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this workshop you will be able to:

  • Develop a clinical documentation (CDI) program in a medical office
  • Integrate CDI into the physician’s daily workflow
  • Provide proper documentation elements in order to support medical necessity and choose  the correct ICD-10 codes
  • Avoid documentation deficiencies that can result in payor audits, fines, and penalties

What’s on the Agenda?

Clinical Documentation Excellence
  • Importance of Clinical Documentation Improvement
  • The CDI Query Process
  • Incorporating CDI into the Practitioner’s Daily Workflow
  • Developing a CDI Program in the Medical Office
ICD-10 Format and Structure, Conventions and Concepts
  • Organization of ICD-10
  • 7th Charater Extension
  • Utilizing the “X” Placeholder
  • Instructional Notes
  • Key Abbreviations, Punctuation, and Symbols
Specific ENT Related Chapters and Guidelines
  • Chapter 2: Neoplasms
  • Chapter 8: Diseases of the Ear and Mastoid Process
  • Case Studies
  • Chapter 10: Diseases of the Respiratory System
  • Chapter 11: Diseases of the Digestive System
  • Case Studies
  • Chapter 12: Diseases of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue
  • Chapter 17: Congenital Malformations, Deformations, and Chromosomal Abnormalities
  • Case Studies
  • Chapter 18: Symptoms, Signs, and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory Findings
  • Chapter 19: Injury, Poisoning, and Certain Other Consequences of External Causes
  • Chapter 21: Factors Influencing Health Status and Contact with Health Services
  • Case Studies

Manage. Lead. Succeed.

Manage. Lead. Succeed. is a results-oriented management workshop focused on growing and optimizing practice revenue, modernizing your online presence, and developing a high-performing team. You’ll build skills and acumen to meet practice challenges and industry trends head-on. We’ll deliver effective techniques for empowering staff to achieve practice success. You’ll learn how to make thoughtful, evidence-based decisions about revenue cycle efficiency, online reputation management, and social media. And, you’ll leave with proven practices and tools that enable you to effectively implement what you’ve learned.

Who Should Attend This Course?

  • Physicians
  • Practice Administrators
  • Practice Managers
  • Billing Managers

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • XXX

What’s on the Agenda?


Mastering Otolaryngology CPT Coding 2016

This fast-paced course equips you with the coding knowledge needed to code accurately, reduce risk, and optimize revenue in 2016. You’ll learn the details about new codes for joint injections with image guidance, new and revised spine codes, and new and revised wound vac codes. We’ll discuss the proposed global surgical package and importance of documenting 99024 visits.

You’ll also reinforce your knowledge of E/M coding and documentation and learn about the dangers of extrapolation, OIG focus, and medical necessity impact on service levels. And you’ll leave with an understanding of the latest Medicare payment rules that affect coding and modifier application, and the new Medicare alternative to modifier 59.

Who Should Attend This Course?

  • Physicians
  • Practice Administrators
  • Practice Managers
  • Billing and Coding Staff

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this workshop you will be able to:

  • Improve the ability to choose E/M levels of service and code categories
  • Know when to use the consultation E/M codes
  • Increase awareness of when it is appropriate to bill both an E/M code and a minor procedure (e.g., flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy, nasal endoscopy, cerumen removal) on the same day
  • Bill using the correct provider number for audiology services to Medicare
  • Understand Medicare’s supervision guidelines for billing allergy testing and immunotherapy services
  • Code correctly using modifiers to optimize payment for commonly performed procedures
  • Correctly code ENT surgical procedures

What’s on the Agenda?

  • Evaluation/Management Services
  • Same Day In-Office Procedures: When, and When NOT to Also Report an E/M Code
  • ENT Surgical Procedure Coding
  • Otology
  • Rhinology – ADDED in 2016
  • Facial Plastics
  • Laryngology/Airway
  • Head and Neck – NEW INFORMATION in 2016!
  • Advanced Coding – NEW INFORMATION in 2016!
  • Ancillary Services – NEW INFORMATION in 2016!

Otolaryngology Course Dates at a Glance

City/LocationDateHotel Cut Off Dates
Chicago, IL
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
(888) 591-1234
November 11-1210/20/2016

 2016 – AAO-HNSF and KZA Course Accreditation

Course Credit for: ICD-10 What You Need to Know and Do Now
Course Credit for: Manage. Lead. Succeed.
Course Credit for: Mastering Otolaryngology CPT Coding 2016

Otolaryngology Course Testimonials

Leonard W. Brown, MD

“A-MAZE-ING!”

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William Merwin, Jr., MD

“This was very well presented. The workbooks from KZA always serve as a great resource later.”

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Brenda Mitchell, Practice Administrator

“KarenZupko & Associates, thank you for putting us on the right path for the business of medicine back in 1985 and keeping us informed and up to date through the entire journey.  We are easing into retirement and loving it.”

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Marcie Tauzin, MD

“Great content and valuable information to take back to my practice!”

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Stephen D. Keefe, MD

“A well-organized course. It helped to ease the resistance to getting on board with ICD-10.”

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Jodi Green, Office Manager

“I love, love, love the layout of the workbooks! They will be a great resource to refer back to again and again. I appreciate the examples and documentation suggestions.”

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Bryan McRae, MD

“Outstanding! The speaker was exceptional and knowledgeable.”

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Sylvia Gonzales, Office Manager

“We have been coming to KZA Coding for over 10 years. We always learn something new for our specialty and we will continue to come in the future.”

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Lee Rowe, MD

“Well-done, practical, focused.”

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Karen Heaton, Billing Manager

“I love the KZA courses. They pay for themselves with the things we learn and take back to implement in our practice. Keep up the good work!”

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Darcy Crabb, Biller

“Excellent and extremely informative- can’t stress that enough! Learned so much and cleared up prior confusion on modifiers. I must make this a yearly conference.”

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Douglas Dawson, MD

“I always learn something new that pays for the trip. Excellent, necessary, and efficient review of difficult material.”

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Christine Ebbingham, Billing Manager

“Kim is always spot on. I have been to this course five times and always walk away with a better understanding of my doctor’s specialty. Best ENT course out there!”

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Brian Pelczar, MD

“KZA does a great job. Always informative. I always learn something new.”

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Troy Hemme, DO

“This course and the weekend were very helpful in bringing to light many of the deficiencies in my office.”

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Andrea Wride, Surgery Scheduler

“Fantastic work environment. Interesting topics. Kim had superior knowledge in what she was talking about. Very educated!”

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Lynne Heichel, Billing Manager/Administrator

“I always learn at least one valuable thing that pays for the course.”

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Christine Oates, NP, Nurse Practitioner

“This was a very interesting breakdown of ICD-10 and its relevance to conditions we treat in the ENT specialty.”

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Terry Werner, MD

“The course is always fresh. I’ve probably been to ten courses over the last 14 years and always learn something.”

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Amanda Lindsay, Business Manager

“Kim is so knowledgeable. I enjoyed both the ICD-10 and CPT courses and learned a lot. I cannot wait to attend my next course with KZA!”

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Traci Vaughn, MD

“I love this speaker! I was rusty and this caught me up!”

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