Compliance is an essential part of medical coding. The key to having a successful Compliance and Ethics program is to and know coding and billing rules, and to follow them with integrity. To be an effective coding compliance professional you must stay current with coding and billing regulations and have a solid code of ethics, which are likely to be mandated by state and federal guidelines and also by professional organizations. This webinar will address the code of conduct for a practice and commitment to ethical, accurate coding in accordance with regulatory requirements.
Topics for discussion:
- What is legal may not be ethical and vice versa. This session will quickly describe the federal regulations that impact otolaryngology and audiology practices.
- Common billing scenarios will be presented describing ethical dilemmas found in otolaryngology associated audiology and independent audiology practices with solutions.
Debbie Abel, AuD
Our speaker, Debbie Abel, AuD, is an audiologist employed by Audigy/Audigy Medical as the manager of coding and contract services. Debbie received her Bachelor and Master's degrees from Kent State University and her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Employed by the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic for 14 years, she transitioned that practice into a private one where she was for 13 years. Dr. Abel was the American Academy of Audiology's Senior Specialist, Practice Management and served as an Academy Board member-at-large, as the chair of the Academy's Coding and Reimbursement Committee and as a member of the Academy's Ethical Practice Board. Currently, she is a trustee on the board of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation. Dr. Abel has authored several chapters in Plural Publishing texts including the first, second and third editions of Strategic Practice Management: A Patient Centered Approach/Business and Procedural Considerations and The Essential Guide to Coding in Otolaryngology: Coding, Billing, and Practice Management and is the editor of The Essential Guide to Coding in Audiology: Coding, Billing and Practice Management.