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Noting "Noncontributory" for Past Medical, Family, Social History - Is It Acceptable?

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Auditing Chiropractic Services

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Chiropractic Documentation Topics Page Articles

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Noting "Noncontributory" for Past Medical, Family, Social History - Is It Acceptable?

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Is "noncontributory" really an unacceptable word to describe a patient whose family history doesn't have any bearing on the condition being evaluated and treated today?

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Electrical Stimulation and Electromagnetic Therapy Devices

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Electrical Stimulation and Electromagnetic Therapy Devices can be used for pain, muscle atrophy, help spinal cord injuries, treat symptoms caused by other medical conditions and can be used in the treatment of wounds. This Regence BC/BS article lists codes and devices and gives guidance on coding from Medicare Advantage viewpoint.

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Auditing Chiropractic Services

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Chiropractic is unique from other types of health care and auditors need to be aware of the nuances of this field. Chiropractic has become the focus of more and more audits as doctors seem to struggle to create records that properly support the care provided to the patient throughout the entire episode.

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When is 97112 Neuromuscular Re-education Billable?

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Q: I just received a note from an attorney regarding a patient who was rear ended about 40 mph and ended up with neuropathy in her upper and lower extremities. We treated her for about 3 months after previous care failed to give much relief. I used flexion distraction and deep muscle stimulation to break up adhesions from the injury and used the 97112 code of neuromuscular re-education. The insurance company said that code was not warranted for her spinal sprain diagnosis and denied all of the services. Do you know how I could justify it? It greatly improved her condition with each visit and the patient said we provided the greatest relief she received.

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Traumatic Subluxation Coding Controversy

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There has been some controversy over the use of the ICD-10-CM subluxation codes commonly referred to as traumatic (S13.1-, S23.1-, and S33.1-). Are they appropriate for chiropractors to use? The answer to that question is complicated. The problem basically lies in the lack of official guidance and differing opinions on ...

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May 14th, 2019: Confusing Codes for Chiropractors - 97110 versus 97112 versus 97530

In this webinar, you'll get a deep dive into three therapeutic procedure codes. Dr. Gwilliam, a chiropractor and certified professional coder, will take you thorough the ins and outs of therapeutic exercises, activities, and neuromuscular reeducation. They will be compared and contrasted with examples to make sure everyone leaves with the confidence to document and bill them correctly.

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March 5th, 2019: Evaluation and Management Coding

The Evaluation and Management service is an important part of an episode of care. It is the initiation of care and determines the scope and severity of the patient’s condition. Dr. Ron Short will review the levels of Evaluation and Management codes and which are appropriate in the chiropractor’s office. In this webinar you will learn: What constitutes a new patient Which Evaluation and Management codes should not be used When to use the consultation code What changes are coming to Evaluation and Management coding

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E/M and the Organ Systems Part 2 of 2

E/M and the Organ Systems Part 2 of 2

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E-M and the Organ Systems (Part 1)

E-M and the Organ Systems (Part 1)

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Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment and Medicare - Part 2

In this CE webinar, Dr. Gwilliam will continue his discussion from the webinar delivered Dec. 18 about chiropractic manipulative treatment. But this time, it is all about Medicare. If you don't treat Medicare beneficiaries, you should probably listen anyway. Usually whatever Medicare wants is the same thing as all the other payers. Find out the difference between acute, chronic, and maintenance, as well as when to use certain modifiers.

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Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment (CMT) Coding and Documentation (Part 1)

The most used codes in chiropractic are 98940, 98941, 98942, and 98943. In this webinar, Dr. Gwilliam will go over the fundamentals of these codes and make sure you are proficient with them. They probably play a bigger part of your practice than any other code, so it is worth it to make sure you are reporting them correctly. By the end of this presentation you will be able to diagnose, document, and code properly for CMT, as well as avoid common mistakes.

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The #1 most overlooked injury in PI, and it is found in over 90% of all cases

Presented by Tom Grant Jr. DC  December 11, 2018 Tuesday @ 10:15 AM PT, 11:15 AM MT, 12:15 PM CT, 1:15 PM ET *How to recognize this injury *The most effective documentation terms to use *The best combination of ICD-10 codes to validate it Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8562161323381676035 ...

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Documenting Diagnoses Like a Peer Reviewer (Part 2)

Chiropractors only use a fraction of the codes available in the ICD-10 code set. But each group of diagnoses have things to teach us based on coding guidelines, objective findings, standards of care, and more. In this presentation Dr. Gwilliam will review the most commonly used diagnoses (by chiros) and make sure you know everything that should be documented in order for a peer reviewer to walk away satisfied.

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Documenting Treatment Plan and Goals That Actually WORK - November 20th, 2018

Dr. Friedman will discuss the need to document Treatment Plan and Goals and what we MUST document and what we SHOULD document. He'll also demonstrate how we can do this in the least amount of time and with the least amount of effort.

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Medicare Reviews

Medicare continues to increase their efforts to review doctors and recover “overpayments”. This increases the likelihood that your notes will be reviewed and that you will be required to pay money back to Medicare. In this webinar Dr. Short will show you:  Why you should appeal every adverse decision.  How to appeal adverse decisions.  What information you need in your documentation for an effective appeal.  How to structure your appeals to be most effective.

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Documenting Diagnoses Like Peer Reviewer (Part 1) | CEU Course Via Premium Membership

When an outsider looks at your records, you want them to easily find exactly what they are looking for. Let ICD-10 codes guide you as you choose the words to use in the Diagnostic Statement in your initial encounter. Don't assume a reviewer can interpret your clinical findings. Spell it out for them. Dr. Gwilliam, ICD-10 guru and all around good guy, will show you how to do that is this webinar.

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Neuromuscular Reeducation, Massage Therapy - Proper Use, Documentation and Coding

In this webinar, Dr. Howard Levinson (Forensic Consultant) will address the erroneous use and billing of Neuromuscular Reeducation, Massage Therapy and Hydrotherapy in chiropractic clinics. He will offer strategies regarding how these services may be used appropriately in the chiropractic setting and provide documentation and coding information.

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Pain in the Ass*essment

In this webinar, Dr. Friedman will discuss how the Assessment may be the most misunderstood aspect of our documentation and how we can document it properly and quickly so it shows how the patient is progressing with care.

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Chiropractic Practice For Sale - When, Where, Why & How Much?

Dr. Tom Necela of The Strategic Chiropractor will share tips & tactics to help you with some of the biggest decisions every doc faces towards the end of their career: when to sell, where to find buyers, why sell (and what other options are available) and of course, how much is your chiropractic practice worth. If you are considering a chiropractic practice sale or transition within the next few years, this is a webinar you won't want to miss!

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Mandatory Chart Reviews - What You Need to Know

In this webinar, we are going to discuss what a Chart Review is, why it's mandatory, YOUR benefits to conducting our outsourcing a Chart Review along with the general steps for preparing, performing and properly documenting a Chart Review and its findings. Also, learn what to do post Chart Review - what your next steps should be and how to prioritize.

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Joints: Rotator Cuff, Elbow, Wrist, and Hand

In this webinar, Brandon will review the bones and major joints of the upper extremities (arm, forearm, wrist, hand, and digits), as well as their supporting structures and how they are affected by injury, disease, and other conditions.

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Lift the Cloud: Part 1 of 2 | CEU Course Via Premium Membership

In this presentation, Dr. Gwilliam, a widely renowned auditor and coder, will reveal to you the references he and other auditors use when reviewing your claims and documentation. These include coding books, Medicare guidelines, and private payor policies. Buckle up for a wild ride.

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The KEY to EXCEPTIONAL Documentation in the LEAST Amount of Time

Dr. Friedman has been practicing for 31 years and has been teaching documentation, performing record reviews and IMEs and helping doctors with board issues and malpractice complaints for years. With all of this experience in the documentation world, Dr. Friedman has discovered the one common denominator that can help us document exceptionally well in much less time. This one common denominator, if documented properly, will work for every kind of patient, including Medicare and personal injury. This ONE thing might just be the key to unlocking the treasure.

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Coding and Auditing Wound Care

In this webinar, Aimee will review wound care coding and auditing information for wound care services, including proper modifier use, NCCI edits, Medicare coverage guidelines, and documentation requirements.

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ICD-10 Guidelines for the Chiropractor

Time for a little refresher. You might think you know ICD-10 now that it has been around for a while. The guidelines teach which codes go first, how certain key words are defined, and ensure that you submit the right information on your claim forms. This webinar will be taught by Dr. Evan Gwilliam who helped write ChiroCode's ICD-10 book and is a certified ICD-10 instructor.

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Improve your Over-the-Counter Collections NOW

In this webinar, we're going to go back to the fundamentals and allow you to evaluate your own over-the-counter collections systems and immediately implement one or more steps for improvement, making a difference in your cash flow, starting now.

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The Most Expensive Documentation Mistakes Chiropractors Make

Notes need to give payers the information they need in order to adjudicate your claims. Do your notes include what they need to see? Can you standardize and simplify your note taking process to decrease your administrative burden? In this webinar, Dr. Gwilliam, Certified Coder, Certified Professional Medical Auditor, and Clinical Director for PayDC Chiropractic EHR Software, will show you how to make it easy. He will review examples and boost your confidence that you are doing things correctly.

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Coding and Documenting Physical Therapy Treatment Modalities

Presented by Evan Gwilliam DC MBA BS CPC NCICS CCPC CCCPC CPC-I MCS-P CPMA May 22nd, 2018 Tuesday @ 10:15 AM PT, 11:15 AM MT, 12:15 PM CT, 1:15 PM ET Ever wonder how to get paid for that e-stim or ultrasound? Do payers give you a hard time and ...

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How to Handle High Deductibles, Cash Plans and Pre-Pays

In this webinar, Dr. Marty Kotlar (certified coding and compliance expert) will discuss how to handle high deductibles, pre-pays, discounts, hardships and in-network vs. out-of- network care plans. Learn what the OIG is looking for when it comes to discounts and offering free services.

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Proving Medical Necessity and Functional Improvement

Medicare is required by law to pay for care that is medically necessary. Medicare considers functional improvement to be the primary indicator of medical necessity for chiropractic care. It is up to you, the doctor, to prove functional improvement and medical necessity with your documentation. Dr. Short will show you how to use common practice tools to document functional improvement, medical necessity and maximum medical improvement. You will learn: -What is Medicare’s definition of medical necessity. -What does Medicare’s determination of Medical Necessity mean to your care plan. -How to prove medical necessity. -How to report this information to Medicare. -How to determine Maximum Medical Improvement.

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Documenting Diagnoses Like a Peer Reviewer, Take 2

In his last ChiroCode Webinar, Dr. Gwilliam went over the details of three conditions that are covered by the Diagnosis and Documentation cards available in the ChiroCode store. By popular demand, Dr. Gwilliam has agreed to come back and cover three more. The goal is to show you how to ensure that the code you select matches the documentation created at the encounter. You don’t need to research all of the guidelines for each code in the ICD-10 Tabular List. It has already been done for you. You’ll find out which objective tests to perform and even which CPT codes make the most sense to link to the diagnoses you pick. If you can’t wait for the presentation, pick up your copy of the cards from ChiroCode.com/store today!

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Coding and Auditing TeleHealth Services

Do you report or audit Telemedicine services now or are you considering offering them? Come and learn more about the rules and guidelines surrounding Telehealth services including, documentation requirements, eligible CPT and HCPCS Level II codes, modifiers, and the newest updates to Medicare Telehealth policies.

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Documenting a Great Patient History in Much Less Time

We've all been taught how critical a great history is for our new patients, but many chiropractors are skipping important steps in an effort to save time. Dr. Friedman will explain what we need to document and how to get all the information in the least amount of time without missing anything. He will also discuss how by documenting the history properly on the first visit, all subsequent visits can be documented easier and faster.

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Coding Auditing Inpatient Evaluation and Management — A Hands-On Experience

Do your providers perform and report Evaluation and Management (E/M) services in the inpatient setting? Does the documentation match with the services being billed, or does it fall short? Join Aimee for a hands-on audit of an inpatient E/M service and get an idea of the information and documentation needed to correctly code inpatient E/M services.

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Documenting Diagnoses Like a Peer Reviewer

The right ICD-10 code is the one that matches the documentation. Does your record clearly distinguish between sciatica and radiculopathy? Do you know which codes are excluded from being billed alongside myositis? You will leave this presentation with a clear understanding of what to document for the diagnoses you use most, and match it to the CPT code that makes the most sense. Dr. Gwilliam, a certified auditor and ICD-10 Instructor will show you the way.

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How to Add Acupuncture to a Chiropractic Office

In this webinar, Dr. Marty Kotlar (certified coding and compliance expert) will discuss how to add Acupuncture services to a Chiropractic office. Topics include how to find and employ acupuncturists, CPT/ICD-10 coding, 15 minute increments vs the 8 minute rule, how to bill for office visits on same day as acupuncture and how to create an acupuncture billing and coding policy manual.

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The ABN 2018

The Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage is one of the most important Medicare forms that you can use in your office because it protects your right to be paid. Dr. Ron Short will show you how, when and why to use the ABN and how to properly complete the form.

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Trauma and the Presence of Effusion or Edema

How do you document them? What PI codes do you use to report them? What PI codes do you use to validate them? Can they both be present at the same time? How do you treat them? As a Med-Legal Consultant & Strategist, Chiropractor, PI Practice Coach, Speaker, Author, Inventor, Educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Grant’s mission is to help professionals gain greater confidence, skill, & strength to successfully deliver the best recovery care and provide powerful claim strategies for traumatically injured patients.

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Surgical Coding and Auditing

Ever wonder what an auditor is looking for when they review your surgical coding? Join Aimee and review the basic rules and documentation requirements. We’ll tear apart a couple of operative reports, code them, review NCCI edits, modifiers, and more. Get an idea of how you are doing and things you may want to incorporate into your practice to be better prepared when an audit comes your way. Also, we’ll review our cool Code-A-Note tool and how it can help you locate CPT and ICD-10-CM codes quickly. This tool is great for new coders, coders new to a specialty, difficult coding situations, or anyone who just wants a second opinion on their code options.

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