2018 Coding and Billing for Therapy and Rehab by Sherry Marchand, CPMA



2018 Coding and Billing for Therapy and Rehab by Sherry Marchand, CPMA

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2018 Coding and Billing for Therapy and Rehab

Stay current with CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II Codes.

Discover what must be done to comply with coding regulations and documentation standards. 

  • Master changes to the Medicare Therapy Cap Exception process and how it will effect patient’s out of pocket expenses.
  • Learn about orthotic and prosthetic management and training services by differentiating between initial and subsequent encounters.
  • New CMS code for development of cognitive skills to improve attention, memory and problem solving.
  • Master documentation elements, CPT coding and expected payment changes for Evaluations and Re-Evaluation codes for Physical and Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Services.
  • Be prepared for complicated MACRA law: Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Pathologists have new 2019 reporting requirements for MIPS and APM bundled payments. Learn what is the best next steps for your organization.

Learn the most current and accurate coding procedures coupled with documentation tips and complete definitions to ensure prompt and optimal payments for future insurance claims.

This course will equip Therapy and Rehab providers with an understanding of industry coding and billing changes that are needed to survive in this changing healthcare environment.

These topics include 2018 CPT, HCPCS and ICD-10-CM coding updates, effective billing, revenue and documentation techniques and best practices. Claims processing guidelines for 837p and 837i claim format. Prevent denials, delays and rejections by understanding how to combat these with effective appeals. Gain strategies for optimal reimbursement from Medicare, managed care, and insurance companies.

Denials, delays, and “more information required” are increasingly common responses for therapy and rehab insurance and Medicare claims. New codes and reimbursement policy changes have further complicated the claims process for physical and occupational therapists and facility-based rehabilitation providers. Effective Medicare and insurance billing requires a thorough understanding of coding, documentation and billing procedures. Consolidating all of the new requirements with existing coding rules and implementing proven billing techniques are the objectives of this seminar. You will learn the most current and accurate coding procedure coupled with documentation tips and new definitions to ensure prompt and optimal reimbursement on future claims.

  1. Discuss required elements and problem areas of documentation for Therapy and Rehab Services
  2. Learn about how to document to support ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding through the use of signs and symptoms to support medical necessity
  3. Hands-on guidance on how to find and stay current on Medicare fee schedules, payment policy, internet only manuals, LCD’s and NCD’s. Commercial insurance rehabilitation services payment policies will also be explored
  4. Identify procedure codes for rehabilitation services
  5. Determine the correct usage of procedures and documentation requirements
  6. Discuss CPT and ICD-10 coding for optimal reimbursement
  7. Identify upcoming changes to billing and coding
  8. Explain effective use of modifiers and coding combinations
  9. Discover how place of service affects reimbursement
  10. Illustrate tips and techniques for medical record requirements
  11. Outline what you must know about physician certification requirements


  • Provides credentialing resources
  • Explore the Revenue Cycle
  • Evaluations and Re-Evaluations for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Services. (Includes tools for changes in criteria.)
  • Orders
  • Plan of Care, Certification/Re-certification Rules Checklist
  • CPT Procedure codes used in Therapy and Rehab
    • Evaluations, re-evaluations, and assessments
    • Supervised modalities
    • Guidelines for billing therapy minutes
    • Constant attendance modalities
    • Therapeutic procedures, included changes in orthotic and prosthetic management and training and development of cognitive skills
    • Speech Pathology Services
    • Neuromuscular procedures
    • Debridement, application of strapping, splints, casts
    • Using HCPCS Level II codes for DME
    • Orthotics billed by hospitals and other providers
    • Lymphedema Service
    • Woundcare
    • Physical Performance Testing
  • Daily Session Note Checklist
  • Discharge Checklist
  • NCCI Edits
  • Modifiers
  • HCPCS II Procedure codes used in Therapy and Rehab
  • Functional Limitation Requirements G-codes for functional limitations and severity modifiers – required for outpatient   claims filed to Medicare
  • Place of Service Codes


  • New tools to prepare for ICD-10-CM – Bring your WI-FI enabled device
  • Discuss chapters that effect Therapy and Rehab
  • Laterality documentation requirements


  • Medicare Therapy Cap
  • Documentation to meet Medical Necessity in Therapy and Rehab
  • Understand changes with congressional changes and their impact on Therapy and Rehab
  • Understanding Value-Based Payment issues: (i.e. MACRA, MIPS and APM)
  • Explore resources pertaining to CMS MAC, RAC, ZIP, and CERT program guidelines
  • OIG audit focus on behavioral health services
  • Medicare’s “incident to” guidelines, definition of “incident to” services vs payer supervision
  • Overview of Commercial Plans and Therapy Coverage
  • Common forms of health care fraud and abuse


  • Components of an effective compliance plan
  • Understanding recent reports from CMS MAC, RAC, OIG, and GAO to reduce error rates in documentation


  • Understanding the claim content 837p and 837i resources
  • Explore common revenue codes used with the 837i claims formats
  • Learn about the Medicare Learning Network


  • Understanding reasons for denials
  • Systematic steps of responding to an appeal
  • Formats for appeal letters


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