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Last Modified: 7/5/2017 Location: FL, PR, USVI Business: Part A, Part B

Medicare Speaks 2017 Tampa

July 26-27, 2017

Tampa, Florida

Delivery language: English

7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. ET

Whether you’re a new or a seasoned health care provider, it is sometimes difficult to navigate through the twists and turns of the Medicare program. First Coast Service Options, your Medicare administrative contractor for Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, invites you to join our signature education event, Medicare Speaks 2017, in Tampa, Florida.
This event is for Part A and B Medicare providers, and their billing and compliance representatives. Classes will highlight the information and tools to help you avoid billing pitfalls and remain compliant with the Medicare program. You can tailor your own schedule from among 20 classes offered during four sessions.
Learn what Medicare Speaks 2017 in Tampa has to offer by reviewing the schedule and course descriptors below.

Cost and payment methods

The cost is $31 per class or $124 per day. Participants must pay with a credit card prior to registering through First Coast’s training website fcsouniversity.com external link. Sorry, cash and checks are not accepted.

How to register

You must register through First Coast’s training website fcsouniversity.com external link. Select “Medicare Speaks 2017 Tampa” tab and follow the instructions for selecting classes and paying online. Make sure to carefully review the course descriptors and select only one class for each session. You can purchase up to four classes per day based on your preference.
Do you have a training account? If not, you will need to create one prior to registering. Visit fcsouniversity.com external link and select “Request a new account.” You will receive an email confirmation within two business days with your login information. Accounts are free for Medicare providers.

Lodging and travel

The event will be held at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore in Tampa, Florida. Travel and hotel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.
First Coast has reserved a block of rooms at a special rate of $129 per night plus tax. Note: To take advantage of this special rate, you must reserve your room before July 25 and reference “Medicare Speaks” when making your reservations.
Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m. Any reservation request received after July 25 will be accepted on a “space available” basis and will be charged at the prevailing hotel rate. Click on the link below for additional information about the hotel.
Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore external link
2225 N Lois Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33607

Parking

Complimentary self-parking is available at the hotel

Reminders for the day of the event

First Coast will not provide food and beverage. If food or beverage is available at the venue, it will be at your expense.
Water stations will be available in the event rooms.
General session will begin at 7:30 a.m. each day.

Medicare Speaks agenda and course descriptors

The agenda outlines the three classes occurring during each of the four sessions. Participants must choose only one class per session.

July 26: General Session: Welcome to Medicare Speaks -- 7:30-8:00 a.m.

July 26: Course 1 -- 8:15-9:45 a.m. Register now

Classes
Class description
Prevention starts with you! Part B claim errors
This class is for Medicare Part B professionals responsible for claim error resolutions.
Whether you’re new to Medicare or a seasoned provider, claim error prevention starts with you! Join us for this interactive class on how you can recognize and prevent claim errors and recover your lost revenue. During our discussion, we’ll review data that identifies common billing errors, and show you how to access self-service tools in an effort to improve your bottom line while reducing associated costs to the Medicare Program.
Preventive laboratory services (B)
This class is for all Medicare providers performing or ordering preventive laboratory services.
Early detection of disease can lessen medical costs and provide better quality of care. This class will focus on the laboratory preventive services, billing and coding these services correctly, and including necessary documentation in medical records to support the services performed.
The new Quality Payment Program: What you need to know for 2017 (B)
Are you eligible to participate? This class will provide the latest information on the Quality Payment Program (QPP).
The QPP is rapidly moving health care forward by modernizing Medicare to provide better care and smarter spending for a healthier America. At the conclusion of this class, you will have a better understanding of selecting and reporting appropriate Merit-based Incentive Payment System quality measures and improvement activities; optimizing Health Information Technology; evaluating options for joining an Advanced Alternative Payment Model and where to find technical assistance, tools and resources.

July 26: Course 2 -- 10:00-11:30 a.m. Register now

Classes
Class description
Florida Hospital Association’s legislative and regulatory update (A)
This class is for all Part A facilities concerned about reimbursement issues and staying compliant with Medicare program regulations.
Join us for information on legislation and regulations impacting hospitals, presented by Kathy Reep, Vice President of Financial Services with the Florida Hospital Association. Topics will include current and pending federal legislation, as well as important regulations of specific concern to hospital reimbursement and compliance.
Reopening vs. appeal: Choosing the right path (B)
This class is for all Part B professionals responsible for post claims processing activities.
Are you unsure of the right path to take after the claim is finalized? First Coast frequently receives inquiries related to the follow-up activities on claims. During this class, we will review two post processing options: reopenings and appeals. The presentation will include scenarios for discussion on the best path to take and the process for your selection.
Responding to requests for medical records (A/B)
This class is for anyone responsible for responding to medical records requests.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other contractors such as First Coast have broad ability to perform pre- and post-payment medical review of claims. These reviews result in additional documentation requests (ADRs) to providers. The submission of insufficient documentation in response to ADRs is the No. 1 error impacting claims payment. This class will help you reduce this trend by covering why ADRs occur, how to respond effectively, the consequences of failing to respond, and proactive measures to ensure submission of complete documentation.

July 26: Lunch – 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

July 26: Course 3 -- 1:00-2:30 p.m. Register now

Classes
Class description
Coding global surgery modifiers (B)
This class is for all Medicare Part B providers.
Choosing the appropriate modifier on claims for services during a global surgical period can be challenging. To address this, you will work through scenarios to appropriately apply modifiers 24, 25, 58, 78, and 79. By working through these claim scenarios, you will come away with a better understanding of how services can be affected by a surgery and how these modifiers should be applied.
Due to the intermediate nature of this class, it is recommended that you view the web-based trainings for these modifiers available through First Coast University.
DME standard documentation requirements (A/B)
Do the durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers that call us really need all the documentation they ask for? Why do DME suppliers send us detailed written orders on their own forms when our physician has already provided an order written on their prescription pad?
Michael Hanna, a Provider Relations Senior Analyst with CGS Administrators LLC, the DME MAC Jurisdiction C contractor, will answer these questions and many more as he discusses Medicare’s standard DME documentation requirements. This class will review the differences between dispensing orders and detailed written orders and how Section 6407 of the Affordable Care Act plays a role in ordering certain pieces of equipment. He will also detail medical records and the suppliers’ roles in documentation from a DME MAC perspective.
Self-auditing for compliance (A/B)
This class is intended for providers that want to enhance or develop programs to ensure compliance with Medicare guidelines.
Compliance programs are a necessity for today's Medicare providers. This class will stress the importance of a compliance program, and review self-audit tools such as the Provider Data Summary and the Comparative Billing Report, which will assist you to effectively manage risk.

July 26: Course 4 -- 2:45-4:15 p.m. Register now

Classes
Class description
Part B: Ask your MAC forum
We recommend this forum for everyone who would like answers to those challenging questions you have about the Medicare program.
Get an opportunity to receive answers to your questions directly from our panel of Part B subject matter experts. To ensure time to research your questions prior to the class, you’ll receive an email after you register requesting your advance questions along with additional instructions for participation.

July 27: General Session: Welcome to Medicare Speaks -- 7:30-8:00 a.m.

July 27: Course 1 -- 8:15-9:45 a.m. Register now

Classes
Class description
How to keep up with Medicare changes (A/B)
This class is for all providers and staff interested in sharpening their understanding of Medicare.
It’s challenging to keep up with the constant changes in the Medicare program. This class focuses on how to find resources to comply with Medicare guidelines, ways to stay informed on program changes, and how to use available educational opportunities to assist in day-to-day operations.
Medicare 101: Introduction to Medicare and eligibility (A/B)
The Medicare 101 series is for new providers and staff, but experienced participants are also welcome.
This class is the first of a three-part series providing education to those new to the Medicare program. Topics will focus on an introduction to Medicare and verifying patient eligibility.
Safeguarding the integrity of your electronic health records (A/B)
This class is for anyone using EHR technology.
In this class, you will learn the fundamental principles of safeguarding the integrity of electronic health records (EHR), ways to avoid documentation vulnerabilities, prevent medical documentation errors, and steer clear of potential fraud that could result with inappropriate use of EHR technologies. We will also discuss recommendations and best practices to ensure proper use of EHR capabilities.

July 27: Course 2 -- 10:00-11:30 a.m. Register now

Classes
Class description
Fraud in Medicare: How to mitigate risk to your organization (A/B)
This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to mitigate risk to your organization.
This presentation addresses the educational needs of health care professionals regarding health care fraud and abuse. It provides an introduction to what health care fraud is and how health care professionals can protect themselves from exposure to potential fraud. It also outlines the program integrity activities that the Medicare program and federal agencies engage in to address health care fraud within Medicare.
Medicare 101: Preparing and filing the claim (A/B)
The Medicare 101 series is for new providers and staff, but experienced participants are also welcome.
This class is the second of a three-part series providing education to those new to the Medicare program. Topics will focus on Medicare guidelines you need to know to file a claim, including timely filing, common system edits, coordination of payers, and what to expect after you filed the claim.
Prevention starts with you! Part B claim errors
This class is for Medicare Part B professionals responsible for claim error resolutions.
Whether you’re new to Medicare or a seasoned provider, claim error prevention starts with you! Join us for this interactive class on how you can recognize and prevent claim errors and recover your lost revenue. During our discussion, we’ll review data that identifies common billing errors, and show you how to access self-service tools in an effort to improve your bottom line while reducing associated costs to the Medicare Program.

July 27: Lunch – 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

July 27: Course 3 -- 1:00-2:30 p.m. Register now

Classes
Class description
Medicare 101: After the Claim Finalizes (A/B)
The Medicare 101 series is for new providers and staff, but experienced participants are also welcome.
This class is the last of a three-part series providing education to those new to the Medicare program. The topics will include an overview of the processes for reopenings, appeals, and overpayments to help you determine which process to follow after your claim has finalized.
Tackling the complexities of institutional medical documentation (A)
This class is for anyone billing institutional claims.
Having trouble getting your institutional claim to satisfy the documentation requirements during a medical review? This class will focus on how to correct and prevent some of those common Part A claim errors such as patient discharge status and signature requirements, as well as medical documentation errors assessed by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing program.
The new Quality Payment Program: What you need to know for 2017 (B)
Are you eligible to participate? This class will provide the latest information on the Quality Payment Program (QPP).
The QPP is rapidly moving health care forward by modernizing Medicare to provide better care and smarter spending for a healthier America. At the conclusion of this class, you will have a better understanding of selecting and reporting appropriate Merit-based Incentive Payment System quality measures and improvement activities; optimizing Health Information Technology; evaluating options for joining an Advanced Alternative Payment Model and where to find technical assistance, tools and resources.

July 27: Course 4 -- 2:45-4:15 p.m. Register now

Classes
Class description
Part A: Ask Your MAC forum
We recommend this forum for everyone who would like to receive answers to those challenging questions you have about the Medicare program.
Get an opportunity to receive answers to your questions directly from our panel of Part A subject matter experts. To ensure time to research your questions prior to the class, you’ll receive an email after you register requesting your advance questions along with additional instructions for participation.

Continuing education credit

This event has been approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). AAPC accepts hour for hour CMS CEUs when sponsored by CMS national or Medicare administrative contractors. A certificate of attendance or completion with the CMS logo is necessary to show participation. To claim CEUs attendees will enter certificate information onto their CEU Tracker using the "No Index Number" option. A copy of the certificate does not need to be provided to AAPC unless the member is selected for verification purposes.
Please click here for CEU documentation instructions.

Disclaimer

Attendance at the Medicare Speaks 2017 does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of the procedures which may be discussed or taught in these classes.

Cancellation policy

Participants who cancel their registration prior to July 14, 2017, will be refunded their payment less a $24 administrative fee. Cancellation requests must be made in writing at elearning@fcso.com, or by fax (904) 361-0407.
No refund will be issued after July 14, 2017. Canceled registrations are non-transferable.
First Coast reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event that a course is canceled or postponed, First Coast will refund the registration fee but is not responsible for related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline, travel, and/or lodging agencies.

Accessibility of meetings, conferences, and seminars to persons with disabilities (ADA)

First Coast makes every attempt to meet ADA requirements for all meeting rooms and/or provisions of services for attendees with sensory impairments. Should you need special assistance, please feel free to contact us at elearning@fcso.com five business days prior to the date listed for the event scheduled.
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