About the Coding & Billing Seminar FAQ


Who Should Attend?

The skills taught in this seminar are essential for all O&P professionals including business owners, practitioners, office staff and anyone else involved in the coding and billing process. Attend this seminar to enhance or refresh your coding and billing skills, learn new techniques and stay informed about policy changes.

What Will Attendees Learn?

Master coding the most difficult devices without the panic that may have plagued you in the past! Led by Joe McTernan, AOPA Medicare expert; Brian L. Gustin, CP; and Jonathan M. Naft, CPO, this seminar gives you the tips and hands-on experience you need to get paid for  your O&P services.  The seminar includes interactive discussions with AOPA experts and your colleagues and much more. Meant for both practitioners and office staff, this two day event will feature break-out sessions for these two groups, to ensure concentration on material appropriate to each group.

In the breakout session Practitioners will cover:

  • Coding Principles
  • How to code complex devices
  • Coding of repairs and adjustments
  • Usage of ’99 codes
  • Mutually exclusive codes

In the breakout session Administrators will cover:

  • The Quality and Supplier Standards
  • Strategies for handling appeals and denials
  • How to handle unique billing situations
  • Documentation Requirements
  • Medicare as Secondary Payer

Everyone will cover:

  • Medical Policies
  • Hints on better documentation
  • How to create a compliance plan
  • How to audit your charts

What does the day-by-day schedule look like?

Day 1
8:00 – 8:30 AM…………………………………………………………………….Registration
8:30 – 10:00 AM

  • Welcome and Introduction of Faculty
  • Medical Policy Basics
    • Detailed Review of Medicare LCDs/Policy Articles

10:00 -10:15 AM………………………………………………………….Refreshment Break
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Detailed Review of Medicare LCDs/Policy Articles

12:00 -1:00 PM…………………………………………………………Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 5:00 PM

  • Documentation

Day 2
8:30 – 12:00 AM

  • Breakout Sessions for Practitioners and Administrators

12:00 – 1:00 PM…………………………………………………………Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00 PM

  • Hot Topics
  • Submitted Question & Answer Session

2:00 – 3:00 PM………………………………………….Creating Internal Audits & Surveys

3:00 – 3:15 PM………………………………………………………….Refreshment Break

3:15 -5:00 PM………………………………………….Outcomes & Current Trends in O&P

 

Upon completion, you will receive 14 continuing education credits and a free manual that contains comprehensive information on coding and billing. This will not only serve as a guide for the seminar, but is also an effective tool that can be utilized outside of the seminar.

How much does the seminar cost for attendees?

Early-Bird Registration:
AOPA Member: $525
Non-Member: $725

Early-Bird Registration for Additional Attendees (more than one from the same office):
Member: $475
Non-Member: $675

Regular Registration:
Member: $550
Non-Member: $750

Regular Registration Additional Attendees (more than one from the same office):
Member: $500
Non-Member: $700

Cancellation Policy 
To receive a full refund of registration fees less a processing fee, notification of cancellation must be received in writing at least 20 days before the seminarA 50% refund will be made for written cancellations received 10-15 days before the seminar. No refunds will be made for cancellations after 10 days before the seminar. A $25 processing fee will apply to all cancellations. Substitutions are allowed. AOPA does not offer the Mastering Medicare: Advanced Coding & Billing Techniques Seminar at a one-day-only registration fee. Since all course materials are included in the registration fee, additional copies of the course manual will not be available for purchase.

Questions? For content information, contact Joe McTernan at (571) 431-0811 or jmcternan@AOPAnet.org .