2024 Practice Enhancement Through Clinically Correct Coding


Ambulatory Track:

The educational need in the ambulatory space is expansive and ever-changing. Documentation needs, quality measures, risk scores, and initiatives from Medicare Wellness to TCM are among the sessions that are addressed in this track.

  • Be able to define new and established patients in the ambulatory space
  • Know how new/established patients are classified in the hospital/facility
  • Apply this concept in specially designated sites (provider-based, Rural and Federally Qualified Health Centers)
  • Define the various Non-Physician Providers (NPPs) commonly seen in primary care
  • Differentiate between “split/shared” and “incident to” services given the latest updates
  • Know the appropriate documentation and billing for overseeing NPP care delivery
  • Know how to apply time-based coding in the ambulatory office setting
  • Define the clinical application of the Medical Decision-Making (MDM) components
  • Understand how to use prolonged services
  • Know the clinical manifestations of hypertension in America today
  • State the Stars quality measure associated with hypertension and strategies to succeed in this measure
  • Know basic medications used and pertinent laboratory studies in HTN management
  • Know the Stars quality measures associated with Diabetes
  • Be able to state the basic medication management options in DM, Type II
  • ¡ Know a best practice way to optimize quality measure outcomes for DM
  • Be able to state the various stages of Heart Failure
  • Define the types of heart failure and appropriate diagnosis codes
  • Understand the pharmacological basic medications used to manage HF
  • Know the clinical impact COPD has on populations
  • Be able to state the basic medication management options in COPD
  • Understand the correct documentation to support the clinical definition of COPD
  • State the importance of care coordination and understand how to transition patients from hospital to home, from home to office, and then office to home
  • Differentiate between the two Transitional Care Management codes and know when to bill each (tie to ED f/u and HF f/u)
  • Know processes needed to compliantly implement and bill for this in your practice
  • Outline reasons for care management service delivery in primary care
  • Know how to perform, document, and bill for Principal Care Management services
  • Know how to perform, document, and bill for Chronic Care Management services
  • Understand the clinical criteria for home bound status
  • Understand the clinical medical necessity for home health service delivery
  • Know how to document and bill correctly for home health certification, recertification, and care plan oversight
  • Define how to effectively integrate behavioral health into primary care
  • Be able to construct the psychiatric collaborative care delivery model and how to correctly document, code, and bill for these services
  • Know the correct behavioral health diagnoses for optimal Hierarchical Condition Code (HCC) capture
  • Define the three types of Medicare Wellness Visits
  • Know how to correctly perform, document, and bill for each of these services
  • Understand how to correctly apply chronic disease care delivery in the context of the Medicare Wellness Visit with the addition of the -25 modifier
  • Define how to find the central source of updated information on Medicare Preventive Services, codes, co-insurance, and coverage intervals
  • Describe the covered services offered through Medicare in breast, colon, and lung cancer screening
  • Discuss the preventive services offered through Medicare related to intensive behavioral therapy
  • Understand the economic benefit to adding dermatology procedures as a service line
  • Know which procedures most easily fit in the primary care workflow
  • Understand an operational workflow to integrate this service line
  • Outline documentation strategies to support dermatology procedures
  • Know how to document and bill for biopsy procedures based on latest guidelines
  • Describe how to document and bill for multiple procedures as well as procedures done in the context of a problem-based encounter using the -25 modifier
  • Be able to describe how deploy, document, and bill for Telehealth services in 2024
  • Define remote patient monitoring (RPM) and know what clinical disease states are most easily addressed with this modality
  • Understand the documentation, coding, and billing needs for RPM
  • State why physicians should engage their patients in end-of-life care discussions
  • Know the specific documents used for end-of-life decision making
  • Be able to perform, document, and correctly bill for ACP services
  • State several health impacts associated with SDoH
  • Know the key SDoH risk factors and why regular screening for such is important in healthcare
  • Understand the codes associated with SDoH risk factors and the importance of correct coding for these conditions
  • Define healthcare disparities
  • Know where disparities have greatest clinical impact
  • Outline some best practice steps to address healthcare disparities
  • Be able to define optimal clinical “documentation”, “redocumentation”, and “risk” scores
  • Explain the 2024 HCC transition from Version 24 to Version 28
  • State the financial possibilities associated with optimal performance in this area
  • Understand the details associated with HCC code capture with cardiovascular conditions
  • Understand the details associated with HCC code capture with hematology/oncology conditions
  • Understand the details associated with HCC code capture with metabolic and endocrine conditions
  • Define clinical states that merit acute inpatient, skilled, and long-term care delivery
  • Describe the documentation, coding, and billing in the nursing facility setting
  • Explain the care delivery rule application for NPPs
  • Define various “home” settings
  • Understand how time and medical decision making applies to these places of service
  • Explain documentation and billing applications of NPPs for these settings
  • Outline reasons why a compliance plan related to coding and billing is important
  • Define areas of focus for providers based on current governmental guidance
  • Understand the process of using encounter audits to assess and develop a performance improvement plan
  • Understand the roles primary care and other providers play in the surgical patient’s care
  • Know the areas of focus for preoperative assessment of the older adult
  • State the importance of the coordinated transition care management (TCM) interaction post-operatively and strategies in delivery
  • Be able to define a “Physician Advisor” and what types of physicians can fit this role
  • Know how PAs can support of case management with respect to resource utilization and quality
  • State how PAs can support CDI, medical necessity, and denials management
  • Know the history of the Medicare program and understand the parts that make it up
  • Know the out-of-pocket costs associated with the Medicare Beneficiary and the concept of co-insurance across the spectrum of healthcare
  • Be able to state the basic link between documentation integrity and coding, and its application to how we get paid
  • Define relative value units, the conversion factor, shared savings, and cost of care and how these play into payment for providers
  • Know the prevalence and progression of burnout in the medical professional community
  • List the clinical manifestations of burnout and triggers that lead to this clinical state
  • Discuss strategies to deploy to help reduce personal and occupational stress
  • Know reasons behind having physicians as leaders
  • Understand essential elements needed for effective physician leadership
  • Be able to outline practical applications of physician leadership skills across the scope of healthcare needs
  • Define “Population Health Management”
  • Understand key data points needed to succeed in population health management
  • Restate strategies needed to keep aligned with this aspect of medicine
  • Know current ED E&M documentation, coding, and billing guidelines regarding Medical Decision Making
  • Describe split/shared billing in the ED setting
  • Apply clinical examples to the appropriate levels of ED care delivery



Approx. 15.5 hours to complete

There are 31 Sessions in this track.

Full access

Until December 31st, 2024.

Certificate of completion

Available for download upon successful completion of each session.

The AAFP has reviewed Practice Enhancement Through Clinically Correct Coding and deemed it acceptable for Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 01/01/2024 to 12/31/2024. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Each Session has been assigned 0.5 CEU credits, for a total of 15.5 CEUs.

Note: You will receive a downloadable Certificate of Completion upon finishing each session

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