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  • Documentation and Coding to Improve Patient Outcomes, Part 3: Establishing Medical Necessity and Transitioning to Maintenance Care

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Part 3 of this 6-part webinar series by Dr. Kevin Sharp will discuss the philosophy of care, and focus on how chiropractors should set treatment goals for each patient that are objective, measurable, reasonable, and intended to improve a functional deficit. The webinar will also define “medical necessity” in the eyes of an insurance provider, and how chiropractic care can fit into that definition. Finally, Dr. Sharp will examine how to proceed when a patient has reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), how to explain the difference between active care and maintenance/supportive care to a patient, and how to code based on the patient’s choices.

    Part 3 of this 6-part webinar series by Dr. Kevin Sharp will discuss the philosophy of care, and focus on how chiropractors should set treatment goals for each patient that are objective, measurable, reasonable, and intended to improve a functional deficit. The webinar will also define “medical necessity” in the eyes of an insurance provider, and how chiropractic care can fit into that definition.  Finally, Dr. Sharp will examine how to proceed when a patient has reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), how to explain the difference between active care and maintenance/supportive care to a patient, and how to code based on the patient’s choices.

    After completing module 3, the participant will be able to:
    1. Develop a philosophy of care for each patient’s condition.
    2. Establish and illustrate medical necessity throughout the patient’s plan of care.
    3. Define Maximal Medical Improvement.
    4. Explain the transition from active care to maintenance or supportive care.

    To register for another part of this series, or the All Parts bundle, visit the All Parts page here.

    Kevin Sharp, DC

    Sharp Chiropractic

    Bio

    Dr. Sharp has over 30 years of experience as a chiropractic physician and has been a member of the ACA for over 20 years.  Dr. Sharp runs a successful practice in Winston Salem, NC (Sharp Chiropractic) and is a recognized expert in the area of coding, documentation and compliance.  He previously served as North Carolina Chiropractic Association president and currently serves as a member of the ACA Coding Advisory Board.  He has spoken at several ACA conferences and offered training at various state chiropractic events throughout the nation on the topics of coding and documentation. 

  • Documentation and Coding to Improve Patient Outcomes, Part 5: Assigning Appropriate Codes for Patient Conditions and Services Provided

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Part 5 of this 6-part webinar series by Dr. Kevin Sharp will discuss and demonstrate the basics of successful coding. He will examine codes for the initial visit/examination, as well as important re-examination codes. Next, proper CMT, modalities/therapies, and DME codes will be explained, including a discussion on why it is necessary to show these codes on the clinical record. Time-based codes will also be identified, as will the important modifiers all chiropractors should know for proper coding. Finally, Dr. Sharp will look at some common coding mistakes and pitfalls, and how to avoid them.

    Part 5 of this 6-part webinar series by Dr. Kevin Sharp will discuss and demonstrate the basics of successful coding.  He will examine codes for the initial visit/examination, as well as important re-examination codes.  Next, proper CMT, modalities/therapies, and DME codes will be explained, including a discussion on why it is necessary to show these codes on the clinical record.  Time-based codes will also be identified, as will the important modifiers all chiropractors should know for proper coding.  Finally, Dr. Sharp will look at some common coding mistakes and pitfalls, and how to avoid them.

    After completing module 5, the participant will be able to:
    1. Assign proper CPT codes for each facet of treatment including evaluation and management (E&M), chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT), different modalities selected for treatment, and time-based procedures.
    2. Utilize modifiers according to standards.  
    3. Will be able to properly document time based codes.
    4. Will understand which CPT codes to be careful with.

    To register for another part of this series, or the All Parts bundle, visit the All Parts page here.

    Kevin Sharp, DC

    Sharp Chiropractic

    Bio

    Dr. Sharp has over 30 years of experience as a chiropractic physician and has been a member of the ACA for over 20 years.  Dr. Sharp runs a successful practice in Winston Salem, NC (Sharp Chiropractic) and is a recognized expert in the area of coding, documentation and compliance.  He previously served as North Carolina Chiropractic Association president and currently serves as a member of the ACA Coding Advisory Board.  He has spoken at several ACA conferences and offered training at various state chiropractic events throughout the nation on the topics of coding and documentation. 

  • Documentation and Coding to Improve Patient Outcomes, Part 6: Understanding the Payer Perspective on Quality Documentation Practices

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The final installment of Dr. Kevin Sharp’s 6-part webinar series will look at proper coding and documentation from the payer’s perspective. This course explains what insurance carriers want and do not want to see in your notes, and how the proper procedures discussed in the previous webinars, along with the correct coding strategies, will help prevent some of the more common documentation and coding mistakes. Dr. Sharp will examine case studies to demonstrate these proper techniques from beginning of care to MMI, while highlighting the importance of ICD-10 and CPT codes, and discussing some commonly under-coded procedures of which chiropractors should be aware. Finally, he will explore art of developing maintenance patients through diligent documentation, and setting the stage for long term care if it is needed.

    The final installment of Dr. Kevin Sharp’s 6-part webinar series will look at proper coding and documentation from the payer’s perspective.  This course explains what insurance carriers want and do not want to see in your notes, and how the proper procedures discussed in the previous webinars, along with the correct coding strategies, will help prevent some of the more common documentation and coding mistakes.  Dr. Sharp will examine case studies to demonstrate these proper techniques from beginning of care to MMI, while highlighting the importance of ICD-10 and CPT codes, and discussing some commonly under-coded procedures of which chiropractors should be aware.  Finally, he will explore art of developing maintenance patients through diligent documentation, and setting the stage for long term care if it is needed.

    After completing module 6, the participant will to:
    1. Explain what carriers want and don’t want to see in your notes.
    2. Describe the four essential data points that represent a care plan.
    3. Relate the date of onset, ICD-10 codes, CPT codes and number of patient visits back to the patient’s chief complaint(s) and treatment plan.
    4. Recall the commonly under-coded procedures relevant to the chiropractic profession.
    5. Identify the data points within clinical scenarios that express the complexity of a patient’s condition.

    To register for another part of this series, or the All Parts bundle, visit the All Parts page here.

    Kevin Sharp, DC

    Sharp Chiropractic

    Bio

    Dr. Sharp has over 30 years of experience as a chiropractic physician and has been a member of the ACA for over 20 years.  Dr. Sharp runs a successful practice in Winston Salem, NC (Sharp Chiropractic) and is a recognized expert in the area of coding, documentation and compliance.  He previously served as North Carolina Chiropractic Association president and currently serves as a member of the ACA Coding Advisory Board.  He has spoken at several ACA conferences and offered training at various state chiropractic events throughout the nation on the topics of coding and documentation. 

  • Communication: The Key to Improve Patient Outcomes and Coordination of Care

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/16/2019

    Communication plays a vital role in clinical practice. It is fundamental to risk management and clinical management. Communication has a profound effect on patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes, in addition to driving referrals and minimizing malpractice risk. Join Dr. Shawn Neff for a presentation that will review the research pertaining to doctor to patient and doctor to doctor communication and will give you strategies you can implement Monday to improve patient compliance, outcomes and satisfaction. You will gain skills and strategies to build an interdisciplinary network to improve coordination of care and increase medical referrals for chiropractic.

    Communication plays a vital role in clinical practice.  It is fundamental to risk management and clinical management.  Communication has a profound effect on patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes, in addition to driving referrals and minimizing malpractice risk.  Join Dr. Shawn Neff for a presentation that will review the research pertaining to doctor to patient and doctor to doctor communication and will give you strategies you can implement Monday to improve patient compliance, outcomes and satisfaction.  You will gain skills and strategies to build an interdisciplinary network to improve coordination of care and increase medical referrals for chiropractic. 


    Learning Objectives

    Explain the importance of communication with patients and other providers.  

    Discuss ways to communicate effectively with patients and providers with different communicative styles. 

    Identify a network of providers.  

    Shawn Neff, DC

    Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    Bio

    Shawn M. Neff, D.C., M.A.S., FACO, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1999, his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2003, his Master of Applied Science in musculoskeletal management degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2011, and earned a diplomate from the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. Dr. Neff is the staff chiropractic physician at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV and is chair of the VA Chiropractic Field Advisory Committee.  He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists  and holds adjunct faculty appointments at several chiropractic colleges.  Dr. Neff has published articles in  the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine.  He has also presented at many professional conferences, including ACC-RAC and the New Horizons in Rehabilitation Care . Dr. Neff has lectured and facilitated extensively on clinical topics, provider communication and patient centered care.  In his free time he spends time with family, volunteers with the cub scouts, and rides his motorcycle.

  • A Call to Action: Addressing the Opioid Crisis

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/14/2019

    One of the biggest healthcare crisis the nation has ever seen is the battle against opioid-related deaths. This course by Dr. John Rosa will give current statistical data, risk factors, clinical effects of opioids, biochemistry of feel-good chemicals, how the crisis evolved, the path to overdose and topics related to awareness, prevention and treatment. Join Dr. Rosa will also examine Integrative Medicine’s role and specifically how Chiropractic can be the thought leader in prevention.

    One of the biggest healthcare crisis the nation has ever seen is the battle against opioid-related deaths. This course will give current statistical data, risk factors, clinical effects of opioids, biochemistry of feel-good chemicals, how the crisis evolved, the path to overdose and topics related to awareness, prevention and treatment. We will cover Integrative Medicine’s role and specifically how Chiropractic can be the thought leader in prevention.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discuss the origin of the opioid crisis  

    2. Recognize the biochemistry of opioids and addiction 

    3. Describe the role of Chiropractic as part of the solution team

    Dr. John Rosa, DC

    Current Board Chair

    Maryland University of Integrative Health

    Founder- Overdose Free America

    Bio

    Dr. John Rosa earned his BS in Biology from Rutgers University and DC from New York Chiropractic College. Dr. John Rosa owns and supervises Accessible Beltway Clinics, which is comprised of 14 clinics in Maryland and 2 in Virginia, combining medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture and behavioral medicine to give a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to pain syndromes and musculoskeletal disorders. Active in sports medicine with consulting/treating college, professional and Olympic athletes. Creator of 24/7 RnR an FDA approved analgesic cream; a proprietary blend of the most potent materials resulting in the most effective product on the market for pain Relief and aiding Recovery. Founder of Accessible Wellness Solutions – an onsite corporate wellness program offering consulting, lectures and management of onsite clinics. 

    Leader in Chiropractic: Trustee of New York Chiropractic College for over 15 years serving final 3-year term as Chairman of the Board and given the honor or Board Emeritus post service. Awarded the highest recognitions in Chiropractic Medicine as Fellow of the American Chiropractic Colleges and Fellow of the International Chiropractic Colleges.  

    Integrative Medicine Specialist: Current Board Chair to Maryland University of Integrative Health, Reduced opioid prescriptions by 70% by integrating Chiropractic, physical therapy and behavioral medicine in a primary care setting  

    Opioid Crisis Expert: White House Surrogate/Consultant, Law Enforcement Consultant (Homeland Security, CBP, DOJ, DEA and Postal), State and National Consultant to Opioid Task Forces, Authored Chapter in “The Recipe for Success” with “Chicken Soup for the Soul” author Jack Canfield 

    Community Leadership: Founder of “Overdose Free America” a nonprofit which uses the power of celebrity and entertainment to bring the Opioid Crisis the visibility and support it deserves, Volunteer at Crossroads Freedom Center - a residential facility in Maryland to help overcome addiction

  • Documentation and Coding to Improve Patient Outcomes, Part 4: Critical Components of Quality Documentation and Using it to Make Good Clinical Decisions

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Part 4 of this 6-part webinar series by Dr. Kevin Sharp will examine documenting key components of a patient's record, including the initial examination, diagnostics, ICD-10 codes, and more, and how making clinical decisions based on this in-depth documentation will aid in communicating a treatment plan successfully to the patient. The webinar will also identify guideposts to excellent care that should not be ignored. Finally, Dr. Sharp will discuss common documentation errors and omissions, and how to avoid them through thorough yet concise documentation.

    Part 4 of this 6-part webinar series by Dr. Kevin Sharp will examine documenting key components of a patient's record, including the initial examination, diagnostics, ICD-10 codes, and more, and how making clinical decisions based on this in-depth documentation will aid in communicating a treatment plan successfully to the patient.  The webinar will also identify guideposts to excellent care that should not be ignored.  Finally, Dr. Sharp will discuss common documentation errors and omissions, and how to avoid them through thorough yet concise documentation.

    After completing module 4, the participant will be able to:
    1. Accurately document key components of the patient's record.
    2. Make clinical decisions based on the patient’s documentation.
    3. Identify the components of quality clinical documentation.
    4. Recognize documentation errors or omissions.  
    5. Explain what insurance carriers are looking for in documentation and what they are not.

    To register for another part of this series, or the All Parts bundle, visit the All Parts page here.

    Kevin Sharp, DC

    Sharp Chiropractic

    Bio

    Dr. Sharp has over 30 years of experience as a chiropractic physician and has been a member of the ACA for over 20 years.  Dr. Sharp runs a successful practice in Winston Salem, NC (Sharp Chiropractic) and is a recognized expert in the area of coding, documentation and compliance.  He previously served as North Carolina Chiropractic Association president and currently serves as a member of the ACA Coding Advisory Board.  He has spoken at several ACA conferences and offered training at various state chiropractic events throughout the nation on the topics of coding and documentation. 

  • Chronic Pain: Becoming THE Authority in Your Town!

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course will dive into the literature and claims data that supports ongoing chronic pain management and reveal a time-tested system to effectively transition patients to self-pay while improving compliance. Formally called “Transition from Discharge to Wellness”, this webinar has been greatly enhanced with new data and research. Dr. Ronald Farabaugh will show you how to take the stress out of practice. We will discuss: (1) how insurance views acute vs. chronic care, (2) the literature related to ongoing care, (3) a schematic describing proper evidence-based case management, (4) how to communicate clinical needs to patients, (5) getting your staff on board with the evidence-based direction of practice, and (6) Becoming recognized as THE authority in your town.

    This course will dive into the literature and claims data that supports ongoing chronic pain management and reveal a time-tested system to effectively transition patients to self-pay while improving compliance.  Formally called “Transition from Discharge to Wellness”, this webinar has been greatly enhanced with new data and research.  Dr. Ronald Farabaugh will show you how to take the stress out of practice.  We will discuss: (1) how insurance views acute vs. chronic care, (2) the literature related to ongoing care, (3) a schematic describing proper evidence-based case management, (4) how to communicate clinical needs to patients, (5) getting your staff on board with the evidence-based direction of practice, and (6) Becoming recognized as THE authority in your town.

    Learning Objectives:

    1) Identify the literature related to chronic pain management;
    2) Recognize guidelines related to chronic pain management;
    3) Propose strategies to communicate the benefits of chiropractic to your patients and to the public, business, and medical industries.

    Dr. Ronald J. Farabaugh

    Farabaugh Chiropractic Office

    Bio

    Dr. Ronald Farabaugh has been in private practice for over 36 years and now serves as the National Physical Medicine Director of Advanced Medicine Integration Group based in Highland Park Illinois. As such Dr. Farabaugh has vast experience in both clinical practice and the insurance side of healthcare offering a unique insight into a world previously closed to most DCs.  He currently serves CCE as Councilor Category 2, representing clinicians; is former Chairman of the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) and has been published numerous times regarding guidelines and case management; is a former President of the Ohio State Chiropractic Association; former President of the Ohio Chiropractic Board; sits on the Board of Advisors of the Official Disability Guidelines; and the ACA Research Advisory Council.  He has been appointed to various positions by two Ohio Governors, Republican and Democratic. 

  • Finding the Right Fit: A Discussion on Employment Opportunities

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    One of the biggest challenges doctors of chiropractic face when seeking employment or employing a chiropractor is finding the right fit and determining success. Dr. Ray Tuck and Dr. Steven Huybrecht's presentation aims to provide both employers and potential employees the tools to aid them in this process to create positive, long-lasting relationships.

    One of the biggest challenges doctors of chiropractic face when seeking employment or employing a chiropractor is finding the right fit and determining success. Our presentation aims to provide both employers and potential employees the tools to aid them in this process to create positive, long-lasting relationships.


    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify quality potential employment opportunities or employees 

    2Recognize “how the employment process works” 

    3. Prepare for employment or taking on an employee

    Dr. Ray Tuck

    Doctor of Chiropractic

    Tuck Chiropractic Clinic

    Bio

    Dr. Tuck is a graduate of the National University of Health Sciences and has practiced in southwest Virginia since graduating in 1997.  As a second-generation chiropractor, he is very passionate about advancing and integrating chiropractic as a part of the healthcare team through quality care delivery and patient satisfaction.  Tuck has served in multiple leadership roles over the years including past president of the Virginia Chiropractic Association, past executive director and board member of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, and on numerous local non-profit boards.  In addition, he has been the recipient of the Blacksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce small business person of the year and the VCA's Chiropractor of the year.  Currently, he serves on the ACA Board of Governors and on the Virginia Board of Medicine.  Locally, he serves on his county Economic Development Authority which helps work with local industry improving the local economy.  Tuck is president of Tuck Chiropractic Clinic, which is a group practice with eleven locations throughout southwest Virginia.

    Steven T. Huybrecht, DC

    Staff Chiropractor

    VA Palo Alto Health Care System


    Bio:

    Dr. Steven Huybrecht was raised in northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior and earned his BS in Exercise Sport Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He continued his education at Northwestern Health Sciences University where he earned a doctorate in chiropractic. During his time at NWHSU, Dr. Huybrecht was involved in various clubs, most notably with the Student American Chiropractic Association where he held multiple chapter roles, including president, before being elected as the National Chair for the 2013/14 term. During his last trimester at NWHSU, he moved to North Carolina and worked in physical medicine and rehabilitation at High Point Regional hospital in the inpatient rehab center under the direction of Todd Reiter, MD, DC. He’s served on the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association’s Government Affairs Committee, the American Chiropractic Association’s Membership Committee and Millennial Think Tank, along with participating in the ACA’s Leadership Apprentice and Mentor Program. Currently Dr. Huybrecht is the Integrated Clinical Practice Resident at the VA St. Louis Health Care System under program director Pamela Wakefield, DC.  He is working towards completion of the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician program and board certification in chiropractic acupuncture. Dr. Huybrecht’s professional interests include chronic pain management for veterans, organizational leadership, and state and national advocacy. Personal interests include traveling, hiking, kayaking, cooking and exploring.

  • Pediatric Imaging 

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join Dr. Alicia Yochum for a course which will cover utilization and indication for different imaging modalities in the pediatric population. We will discuss common pathologies that present such as hip dysplasia, slipped epiphysis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and child abuse.

    This course will cover utilization and indication for different imaging modalities in the pediatric population. We will discuss common pathologies that present such as hip dysplasia, slipped epiphysis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and child abuse.

    Learning Objectives

    Recognize the utilization of imaging modalities for common pediatric musculoskeletal pathology.  

    - Identify imaging features of common pediatric musculoskeletal pathology.

    Alicia Yochum RN, DC, DACBR, RMSK

    Chiropractic Radiologist

    Rocky Mountain Chiropractic Radiological Center

    Bio

    Alicia M. Yochum RN, DC, DACBR received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Point Loma Nazarene University and then worked in the ICU for one year before matriculating to Logan College of Chiropractic where she graduated Sum Cum Laude in 2011. She completed her imaging residency at Logan in 2015 and received her DACBR becoming the first second generation DACBR in the history of chiropractic. She has performed editorial review for the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and she serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedics (JACO). Dr. Yochum has published many articles in peer reviewed journals and has lectured around the country as well as in England. Germany, Australia and New Zealand. She completed her fellowship in musculoskeletal advanced imaging at Logan University with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound. Dr. Yochum is currently practicing in Denver Colorado. 

  • Documentation and Coding to Improve Patient Outcomes, Part 1: Building the Foundation for Clinically Supportive Documentation

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Part 1 of this 6-part webinar series by Dr. Kevin Sharp will provide an introduction to the fundamental do's and don’ts of coding and documentation. The primary objective of this program is to help improve quality of care and treatment outcomes through the use of superior clinical-record keeping. This webinar will discuss the initial patient visit, how to document and record the patient’s chief complaints and initial diagnosis, how to determine the best form of treatment going forward, and documenting potential advanced imagining and radiology findings if necessary.

    Part 1 of this 6-part webinar series by Dr. Kevin Sharp will provide an introduction to the fundamental do's and don’ts of coding and documentation.  The primary objective of this program is to help improve quality of care and treatment outcomes through the use of superior clinical-record keeping.  This webinar will discuss the initial patient visit, how to document and record the patient’s chief complaints and initial diagnosis, how to determine the best form of treatment going forward, and documenting potential advanced imagining and radiology findings if necessary.

    After completing module 1, the participant will be able to:
    1. Record the patients’ chief complaints.
    2. Identify a diagnosis for the patient’s condition based the patient’s history and examination.
    3. Determine the appropriate form of treatment for the patient’s condition.
    4. Explain how to properly document radiology and Advanced Imaging findings.


    To register for another part of this series, or the All Parts bundle, visit the All Parts page here.