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Coding, Ethics Will Take Center Stage Sunday at The National

July 30, 2022

Attendees at The Coding Seminar on March 30, 2019

Sunday is colloquially known as “Coding Day” at The National, and it will certainly earn that moniker this year. The National will wrap up with five hours of can’t-miss content to improve your practice efficiency and patient care.

Tomorrow’s breakfast symposium, “Telehealth and Cybersecurity,” starts at 7 a.m. in Sabal. Presenters Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM, APMA coding consultant, and Ross Taubman, DPM, president and chief medical officer of PICA Group, will tackle this emerging topic.

“Some practices embraced telehealth during the pandemic, and some did not,” said Dr. Lehrman. “With the increased utilization of telehealth services, there is a need to provide education regarding appropriate use of those services as well as advocacy efforts to ensure access to those services for patients of podiatrists.”

The breakfast symposium will be followed by the Harry Goldsmith, DPM, Memorial Coding Seminar, at 8:30 a.m. in Canary. The session will start with “Ethics in Surgery,” presented by Peter Angelos, MD, PhD. “My presentation will be on informed consent for treatment which I believe is the cornerstone of the ethical care of patients,” said Dr. Angelos.

It is important to go above and beyond to make sure your patients understand potential risks. “Sometimes when a surgeon seeks to provide a patient with a full discussion of the risks of an operation, the patient responds with a statement such as, ‘I trust you. I am happy to sign the consent form.’ In such a circumstance, it is important for the physician to consider what is the goal of informed consent,” Dr. Angelos said. “I am hopeful that attendees will reflect on how important the communication with patients is in the ethical practice of providing medical care.”

The first part of the Harry Goldsmith, DPM, Coding Seminar will also include a lecture on coding social determinants of health from Dr. Lehrman. “There is a greater awareness of social determinants of health in the last five years or so and increased recognition of the important role social determinants of health play in health outcomes,” says Dr. Lehrman. “Accordingly, the ICD-10-CM code set has evolved to include more and more codes representing social determinants of health. For example, just this year we saw the introduction of new diagnosis codes representing homelessness.”

The second part of the seminar will start with a presentation about RVUs, featuring APMA Trustee Brooke Bisbee, DPM, and APMA Senior Medical Director and Director of Clinical Affairs Dyane Tower, DPM, MPH, MS. Dr. Bisbee is APMA Advisor to the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC). The lecture will explain the RUC creation process and the role APMA and its members play in establishing RVU values.

“There is a misconception that the RUC process is for show and we have no voice” said Dr. Bisbee. “APMA is at the table and part of these conversations.” Members play a role in setting RVU values by completing RUC surveys. “It is vital to fill out the surveys—podiatrists DO have a voice!” she said.

Other topics during the seminar include a diagnosis code refresher and foot care coding, compliance, and documentation update. 

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