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The 2019 Novitas Explore Medicare Education Symposiums are coming soon to a location near you. Save the date!

Whether you are a new or experienced provider, Medicare can sometimes be challenging. We invite you to join us at the 2019 Novitas Symposium to explore the most current information and resources available to help you remain compliant with the Medicare program.

This year’s symposium is a two day event offering numerous classes, during multiple sessions, dedicated to providing you with the knowledge necessary to be a successful Medicare provider. You have the option of attending a class within each session, or customizing your participation to your own personal schedule and area of interest.

To register for the in-person symposium, you must have a Novitas Learning Center account. If you do not have an account, click on the Learning Center page and select Register for an Account. If you have an account you can select the register button for the location you would like to attend in the Register column below. You will be directed to the Novitas Learning Center.

You can earn up to 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per day at our Symposiums. The number of CEUs is based on the number of classes you attend.

Upcoming Symposium Dates and Locations

Dates

Location

Venue Information

Register

3/19/2019 – 3/20/2019

Raymond, MS

Eagle Ridge Conference Center

1500 Raymond Lake Rd.

Raymond, MS 39154

Register

6/3/2019 – 6/4/2019

Little Rock, AR

Hilton Garden Inn North Little Rock

4100 Glover Lane

North Little Rock, AR 72117

Coming Soon

10/1/2019 – 10/2/2019

Oklahoma City, OK

Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center

741 North Phillips Ave,

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Coming Soon

11/12/2019 – 11/13/2019

Houston, TX

Sheraton Houston Brookhollow

3000 North Loop West

Houston, TX 77092

Coming Soon

Note: Additional dates and locations are being considered for August through October. Please watch our website and eNews for updates.

Symposium Quick Tips

Cost

The symposium is FREE to attend. Register today!

Event Registration

Registration for each day of the symposium will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. Attendees must check in for general registration and at each class to receive credit for attending.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is free and will be available at all events. Bring your laptop, device, or smart phone to access our interactive event handout materials available in the Learning Management System. Hardcopy handout materials will not be available at the event.

Food and Beverages

Novitas Solutions will not be providing food or beverages. If food or beverages are available at the venue, it will be at your expense.

Parking

Novitas makes every effort to ensure parking is available at the venue. However, there may be occasions where you may have to pay for parking.

Accessibly for Persons with Disabilities (ADA)

Novitas Solutions 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 contact us at NovitasLearningCenterHelpDesk@novitas-solutions.com prior to the date of your scheduled event.

Contact Us

For questions, problems registering, and /or concerns, please send an email to NovitasLearningCenterHelpDesk@novitas-solutions.com. Please include as much detailed information as possible (i.e., contact information, user name, description of problem, etc.) so that we may resolve your issue.

Day 1 Schedule

Outlined below is a sample schedule for Day 1 of the Symposium.

To view the class description, click on the hyperlink in the course title.

Novitas invites partnership speakers to attend our symposiums. Partnership speakers will be identified on each event schedule in the Novitas Learning Center.

TIME

TITLE

AUDIENCE

7:30-8:00

General Registration

A/B

8:00-8:45

2019 Novitas Solutions Symposium Welcome

A/B

9:00-10:30

Navigating the Basics of Medicare

A/B

 

Integrity Matters!

A/B

 

Navigation of the Part B Redetermination and Clerical Error Reopening Process

B

10:30-10:45

Break

 

10:45–12:15

Navigating Part B Medicare Billing

B

 

Navigating Part A Medicare Billing

A

 

Navigating the Provider Enrollment Process

A/B

12:15-1:30

Lunch

 

1:30-3:00

Mastering Part B Medicare Secondary Payer Billing

B

 

Mastering Part A Medicare Secondary Payer Billing

A

 

Navigating the Medicare Enrollment Process: I&A System and PECOS

A/B

 

Navigation of the Part A Redetermination and Clerical Error Reopening Process

A

3:00-3:15

Break

 

3:15-4:45

Prevent Part B Claim Denials and Rejections

B

 

Prevent Part A Claim Denials and Rejections

A

 

Use Novitasphere to Gain Billing Efficiency!

A/B

 

Part A Financial Management and Fiscal Responsibility

A

Day 2 Schedule

Outlined below is a sample schedule for Day 2 of the Symposium.

To view the class description, click on the hyperlink in the course title.

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TIME

TITLE

AUDIENCE

7:30-8:00

General Registration

A/B

8:00 – 8:45

Exploring the Novitas Learning Center

A/B

9:00 – 10:30

Discover Office and Hospital Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services

B

 

Understanding Billing Drugs and Biologicals

A

 

Explore Medicare Billing Requirements for Ambulatory Surgical Centers

B

 

Use Novitasphere to Gain Billing Efficiency

A/B

10:30 – 10:45

Break

 

10:45 – 12:15

Explore Emergency Department and Observation Evaluation and Management Services

B

 

Novitas Part A Roundtable

A

 

Understanding Billing Part B Drugs and Biologicals

B

12:15 - 1:30

Lunch

 

1:30 – 3:00

Effective Methods for Scoring and Coding Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services

B

 

Explore Medicare Guidelines for Outpatient Services Provided to Inpatients of Other Facilities

A

 

Novitas Part B Roundtable

B

 

The Path to Understanding Skilled Nursing Facility Billing Requirements

A

3:00-3:15

Break

 

3:15-4:45

Care Management Services: Navigate Medicare Regulations, Proper Billing and Documentation Requirements

B

 

Understanding Critical Access Hospital Billing

A

 

Understanding Therapy and Rehabilitation Services: Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

B

Class Descriptions

Navigating the Basics of Medicare

Are you new to Medicare? This course is for new providers and staff; however, experienced participants are also welcome. This class will focus on the basics of Medicare, covered and non-covered services, information regarding the new Medicare Card, preventive services, Medicare reimbursement, and much more. New and experienced participants are welcome!

Target Audience: New providers and staff, but experienced participants are also welcome

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Integrity Matters!

Want to learn more about how to help safeguard the Medicare program? This session will explore the various Medicare contractors that contribute to preventing fraud, waste, and abuse of the Medicare program. We will discuss the new Targeted Probe and Educate process and illustrate how to prevent and research denied claims. We will also review important Medicare coverage guidelines and resources to assist in accurate billing and coding.

Target Audience: Compliance Officers, billers and coders, providers and office staff

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Navigation of the Part B Redetermination and Clerical Error Reopening Process

Appeal or not appeal? This class will focus on the Medicare redetermination and reopening process, also referred to as an appeal. You will learn the different levels of appeals, as well as the difference between a redetermination and a reopening, and how to successfully submit these requests. We will conclude with examples of redeterminations, reopenings, and general inquiries as well as how to utilize Novitasphere and our self-service tools.

Target Audience: Compliance Officers, billers and coders for Part B providers

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Navigating Part B Medicare Billing

Are you new to Medicare? This course is for new providers and staff; however, experienced participants are also welcome. This class will focus on how to complete and submit Medicare Part B claims, prevent common claim submission errors, interpret remittance advice details, use self-service options and discuss what to expect after you filed the claim.

Target Audience: New providers and staff, but experienced participants are also welcome

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Navigating Part A Medicare Billing

Are you new to Medicare? This course is for new providers and staff; however, experienced participants are also welcome. This class will focus on how to complete and submit Medicare Part A claims, prevent common claim submission errors, interpret remittance advice details, review credit balance reporting, use self-service options, and discuss what to expect after you filed the claim.

Target Audience: New providers and staff, but experienced participants are also welcome

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Navigation of the Part A Redetermination and Clerical Error Reopening Process

Appeal or not appeal? This class will focus on the Medicare redetermination and reopening process, also referred to as an appeal. You will learn the different levels of appeals, as well as the difference between a redetermination and a reopening, and how to successfully submit these requests. We will conclude with examples of redeterminations, reopenings, and general inquiries as well as how to utilize Novitasphere and our self-service tools.

Target Audience: Compliance Officers, billers and coders for Part A facilities

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Navigating the Provider Enrollment Process

Are you trying to enroll as a Part A/B Provider or Supplier and want to better understand the enrollment process? We dive into the basics of Provider Enrollment, specific Part A/B applications, Cycle 2 Revalidation, and the latest development trends. Attend this class for a descriptive overview of the enrollment process.

Target Audience: Anyone that completes the Provider Enrollment process or is interested in enrolling in the Medicare program

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Mastering Part B Medicare Secondary Payer Billing

This class will introduce you to Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) basics, eligibility verification best practices, billing requirements, how to navigate the coordination of benefits process and how to prevent common billing errors. The information you will receive in this class will enhance your knowledge and will help to ensure proper billing and coding of MSP claims.

Target Audience: Compliance managers, billers and office staff involved with billing MSP claims to Medicare Part B

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Mastering Part A Medicare Secondary Payer Billing

This class will introduce you to Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) basics, eligibility verification best practices, billing requirements, how to navigate the coordination of benefits process and how to prevent common billing errors. The information you will receive in this class will enhance your knowledge and will help to ensure proper billing and coding of MSP claims.

Target Audience: Compliance managers, billers and office staff involved with billing MSP claims to Medicare Part A

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Part A Financial Management and Fiscal Responsibility

This Part A class will provide a basic overview of the Medicare financial process. We will discuss common terminology related to the remittance advice, focusing on withholds and provide an overview of submission requirements and due dates, for financial reports such as the Credit Balance and Cost Report. Throughout the presentation we will discuss how these services impact one another as well as your facility. We will conclude with contact information and self-service tools.  

Target Audience: Compliance managers, billers and office staff involved with billing claims, submitting credit balance reports, or preparing cost reports to Medicare Part A

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Navigating the Medicare Enrollment Process: I&A System and PECOS

Are you an individual who would like to take advantage of the benefits of utilizing PECOS? Would you like to save your company time and administrative costs? Attend this interactive class to better understand the Identity & Access process, NPI Registry and enrolling online through PECOS.

Target Audience: Enrollment staff and individuals who want to learn more about the Identity and Access (I&A) process, NPI Registry, and enrolling online through PECOS

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Prevent Part B Claim Denials and Rejections

Submitting the claim correctly the first time saves you time and money! This class will explore Part B claim process. Participants will learn the claims submission guidelines, how to interpret a remittance advice, and lastly how to prevent the most common claim errors, as well as how to correct these errors when they occur. We will also explore all the self-service tools that will improve efficiency when correcting claims.

Target Audience: Part B billers, coders, and office staff

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Prevent Part A Claim Denials and Rejections

Submitting the claim correctly the first time saves you time and money! This class will explore the Part B claim process. Participants will learn the claims submission guidelines, how to interpret a remittance advice, and lastly how to prevent the most common claim errors, as well as how to correct these errors when they occur. We will also explore all the self-service tools that will improve efficiency when correcting claims.

Target Audience: Medicare Part A billing, coders, and office staff

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Use Novitasphere to Gain Billing Efficiency!

This class is an introduction to the Novitasphere portal: a free gateway to access and submit Medicare information. We will present an overview on how to access and enroll in Novitasphere and explore the many features this program has to offer. We will review the enrollment process, new and existing features, and eligibility functions. Access to Novitasphere will save your office time and money by eliminating unnecessary rebilling of claims, appeals, and recoupments. Come see how efficient your office could by using this resource!

Target Audience: Everyone is welcome

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Discover Office and Hospital Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services

Want to learn more about how to bill and document E/M services? This is the course for you! This class will review the relevant Medicare guidelines regarding initial and subsequent inpatient hospital evaluation and management services as well as new and established office/outpatient evaluation and management guidelines. Frequently identified billing and documentation errors will be discussed and helpful tips for resolution will be reviewed.

Target Audience: Physicians, Non-Physician Practitioners, compliance officers, and billing and coding professionals who have a basic knowledge of E/M services. We recommend you take this class as a prerequisite to Effective Methods for Billing and Coding of Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services class

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Understanding Billing Drugs and Biologicals

Providers will receive guidance on understanding the basic coverage guidelines for drugs and biologicals. This class will provide information on drug wastage and the JW modifier. We will examine billing of drugs and biologicals and review billing examples and common billing errors.

Target Audience: Billers, coders and compliance officers

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Understanding Billing Drugs and Biologicals

Providers will receive guidance on understanding the basic coverage guidelines and billing requirements for drugs and biologicals. This class will provide information on drug wastage and the JW modifier. We will examine billing of drugs and biologicals and review billing examples and common billing errors.

Target Audience: Billers, coders and compliance officers

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Explore Medicare Billing Requirements for Ambulatory Surgical Centers

This class will explore the basics of Ambulatory Surgical Center billing and coding including Medicare covered services. Learn how the proper indicator will help determine proper payment and essential billing tips will ensure an accurate submission of your claims the first time.

Target Audience: ASC billers, coders and compliance officers

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Effective Methods for Scoring and Coding Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services

This class will focus on applying the information learned in the Discover Office and Hospital Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services course by using the Novitas Solutions’ interactive score sheet to determine the level of E/M service provided to the beneficiary. This class will discuss medical necessity, how to minimize coding errors, and review common, preventable documentation mistakes that often lead to down coding and overpayments.

Target Audience: Physicians, Non-Physician Practitioners, compliance officers, and billing and coding professionals who have a basic knowledge of E/M services

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Novitas Part A Roundtable

Engage in a question and answer panel discussion with Novitas subject matter experts regarding how to keep your patients healthy, how to combat the Opioid Crisis, and explore the new face of health care, Telehealth services.

Target Audience: All Part A participants

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Explore Emergency Department and Observation Evaluation and Management Services

Our session will begin with reviewing the pitfalls of billing and coding emergency room E/M services. Any physician/NPP billing observation care is encouraged to join Novitas Solutions in an informative session on Observation Rules and Billing for Physicians. This program will provide you with an understanding of “Observations Status” and the tools to code observation care properly.

Target Audience: Physicians, Non-Physician Practitioners, compliance officers, and billing and coding professionals who have a basic knowledge of E/M services

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Explore Medicare Guidelines for Outpatient Services Provided to Inpatients of Other Facilities

Is your facility providing outpatient services to inpatients of another hospital? This class will provide billing guidance for facilities who bill for outpatient services provided to beneficiaries who are inpatients of Long Term Care Hospitals, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities, and Critical Access Hospitals. Participants will learn how to bill for outpatient procedures for overlapping claims, interrupted stays and repeat admissions.

Target Audience: Part A billers and coders

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Novitas Part B Roundtable

Engage in a question and answer panel discussion with Novitas subject matter experts regarding how to keep your patients healthy, how to combat the Opioid Crisis, and explore the new face of health care, Telehealth services.

Target Audience: All Part B participants

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The Path to Understanding Skilled Nursing Facility Billing Requirements

This class will introduce Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) coverage and billing requirements, special billing circumstances, consolidated billing procedures, audit findings, and recently discovered targeted probe and educate (TPE) errors.

Target Audience: All SNF billers, codes and compliance officers

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Care Management Services: Navigate Medicare Regulations, Proper Billing and Documentation Requirements

Do you assist with advance care planning? Are you treating patients with two or more chronic conditions? Do you help coordinate care for patients transitioning to a community setting? This class will focus on Advanced Care Planning, Chronic Care Management Services, and Transitional Care Management coding and billing guidelines. The information you receive in the class will enhance your knowledge and help to ensure proper billing, review common documentation errors, obtain valuable resources, participate in practical application scenarios, and explore self-service tools.

Target Audience: Physicians, Non-Physician Practitioners, compliance officers, billing and coding professionals who have a basic knowledge of E/M services

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Understanding Critical Access Hospital Billing

This class will provide an overview of CAH billing, including; Method I, Method II and specialty items/services (e.g., ambulance, observation and laboratory). The information you receive in the class will enhance your knowledge and help to ensure proper billing, review common documentation errors, obtain valuable resources, and explore self-service tools.

Target Audience: CAH Part A billers, coders and compliance officers

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Understanding Therapy and Rehabilitation Services: Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

This class is designed for anyone that bills Physical and Occupational Therapy Services to Part B. We will be discussing basic coverage and documentation guidelines, the therapy cap, reporting the correct number of units, modifiers, and billing examples. We will review common errors from the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing Program and the Targeted Probe and Educate process. This class does not pertain to UB-04 billers.

Target Audience: Physical and Occupational Therapy billers, codes and compliance officers

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Virtual Symposiums

If you could not attend an in-person symposium this year, we invite you to join one of our Virtual Symposiums. The virtual symposium allows you to participate, by webinar, in the same classes offered at the in-person event. Our instructors have prepared interactive and engaging presentations similar to our live sessions.

Our Virtual Symposium dates will be posted in the near future. Please watch our website and eNews for updates.

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