November 10-15

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Avoid audits, keep your business healthy with pre-meeting practice management sessions

Two days of pre-meeting courses at this year’s ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting offer practical tips and training to keep practices compliant and successful.

The Advanced Rheumatology Coding Case Study Workshop will be held from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Friday, followed by the ACR Practice Management Course: The Next Generation of Business Development for Rheumatology Practices from 7:00 am – 4:15 pm on Saturday. Both daylong sessions feature leading experts in clinical documentation and ICD-10 coding, strategic business development for medical practices, payer negotiations, healthcare law, HIPAA, and electronic communication security who will drill down into the latest issues and offer timely, specific guidance.

“Compliance is essential in medical practices given the current regulatory environment and targeting of providers via Comparative Billing Reports (CBRs) and other data-mining efforts by governmental and commercial payers,” says Sean M. Weiss, Partner and Vice-President of Compliance at Doctors Management, LLC, in Knoxville, TN. Weiss, one of the speakers at the Saturday business development workshop, will focus on topics such as current legal compliance issues and effective leadership in medical practices.

At the Friday morning session, ACR Coding and Reimbursement Specialist Melesia Tillman, CPC, CPC-I, CRHC, CHA, will lead hands-on coding training with patient case studies designed to help clinicians increase and capture appropriate reimbursement for services provided. ACR Director of Practice Management Antanya Chung, CPC, CPC-I, CRHC, CCP, will lead the afternoon training on integrating clinical documentation improvement into practice revenue cycles. Topics discussed will include how to conduct internal audit reviews and lessen the chance of reimbursement denials.

On Saturday, panelists will talk about legal compliance tips, new regulatory and legislative changes, and strategies for contracting with healthcare organizations. The day will kick off with a keynote address, MACRA: Putting Together the Pieces for Your Practice, by Timothy J. Laing, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Following his talk, Larry Kemp of Physician Reimbursement Systems in Thornton, CO, will offer tips on successful payer negotiations, then Weiss will explore practice audits and leadership strategies for practice managers.

Healthcare attorney and compliance expert Bryan Hull of Patrico, Hermanson and Guzman, A-PC and the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security joins Weiss and Kemp to lead a discussion on the hottest legal trends affecting medical practices in the afternoon, followed by a session on effective Medicare reporting. Weiss will wind up these two days of practice management workshops with an hour talk on compliance strategies, including coding and clinical documentation improvement, identifying critical areas to improve revenue integrity, training staff on compliance, and tips for evaluating your HIPAA policies and procedures, and other compliance tips tailored for 2017 rules and regulations.

Managers of practices of all sizes will benefit from the strategic, hands-on education in these two packed days and will return with tools to code accurately, navigate audits, boost reimbursement, and ensure their practices will thrive in unpredictable times.

“Continued scrutiny of providers’ coding patterns reaffirms the need for complete and accurate documentation to be of the highest priority,” says Weiss.

For more information, go to

Advanced Rheumatology Coding Case Study Workshop
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday • Room 140A

The Next Generation of Business Development for Rheumatology Practices
7:00 am – 4:15 pm Saturday • Room 140A