Sunday Sessions Can Help Put Money in Your Pocket

July 28, 2017

Breakfast Symposium
7–8:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 30
Presidential C/E

APMA Coding Seminar
8:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. and
10:50 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 30
Presidential A/B

The educational program at The National provides ample opportunity to improve your patient care. Sunday’s sessions will continue that theme while also giving attendees invaluable advice to improve their bottom line.

The program starts with the Breakfast Symposium, “MACRA/MIPS Update.”

“MIPS in 2017 is easier than the Meaningful Use and PQRS programs that just ended,” said Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM. “Anyone who attends Sunday’s sessions will learn not only how to easily avoid a MIPS penalty but also how to earn bonus money without much effort at all.”

Dr. Lehrman is a presenter for the Breakfast Symposium and the coding seminar that follows. He is a member of the APMA Coding Committee and practices in the Philadelphia area.

The MACRA/MIPS topic will continue during “APMA Coding Seminar." In addition to Dr. Lehrman, other panelists include Nathan M. Bays III, Esq.; APMA Executive Director and CEO James R. Christina, DPM; APMA Trustee Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM; and APMA Director of Clinical Affairs Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS.

The information dispensed during the “MACRA/MIPS Questions and Answers” portion of the seminar is a valuable supplement to the resources already available to APMA members.

“APMA members have excellent webinars available to them as a free member benefit. These presentations walk you through every step of what needs to be done,” Dr. Lehrman said. These resources are available at

The morning session of the “APMA Coding Seminar” also will include an ethics discussion that features a review of scenarios from the APMA Code of Ethics, state law, federal Medicare regulations, and common billing and coding issues, according to presenter Chad L. Appel, JD, APMA director of the Center for Professional Advocacy and associate director of Health Policy and Practice. For this portion of the program, Appel will be joined by Dr. Tower and Scott L. Haag, JD, MSPH, APMA director of Health Policy and Practice.

“We hope that attendees consider these common ethical questions and issues that arise in their practice. The APMA Code of Ethic shares common values with state and federal law,” Appel said.

After a brief scanning break, the "APMA Coding Seminar" will pick up again with “Surgical Coding.” Dr. Lehrman explained the reasons for this specific topic.

“For the last 18 months or so, the APMA Coding Committee has been focused on ‘back to basics’ topics," he said. "Increasingly, we have received requests for more surgical content. Having covered most of the basics, now we have the next year or so of webinars planned on surgical coding. This will be a great way to kick that off.” These webinars can be found online at

During this portion of the seminar, Dr. Lehrman and APMA Past President Phillip E. Ward, DPM, will code the surgical lectures presented this week during The National. Other topics they will cover include guidelines, “-59” and other modifiers, and billing for evaluation and management and surgical procedures.

Dr. Lehrman understands coding can be an intimidating topic for many practitioners—especially new ones—and has advice to help them get more comfortable.

“Just like anything else that is new, start slow and read a little at a time. If you are an APMA member, there are so many resources available to you, including webinars and seminars. Find coding tracks at conferences and American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management meetings.”

Another valuable resource is the APMA Coding Resource Center (CRC). Attendees can activate their CRC subscription during Sunday’s Coding Seminar and take advantage of a special meeting rate. Your CRC subscription now includes complimentary access to Codingline and its daily emails and Q&As, making it more essential than ever. 

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