The PULSE of The Physician Alliance
Friday, Nov. 22, 2019
Upcoming Lunch with the Coder webinar highlights new codes
Prepare for the new year and new codes! Join The Physician Alliance at the Lunch with the Coder: CPT Coding Updates webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 12-1pm .

This webinar will share:
  • 2020 CPT code updates to keep your coding accurate for the new year
  • Learn to recognize why codes have updated
  • How to apply the new codes
  • What should be documented to support them and tips for proper use

Who should attend: Physicians and practice staff involved with coding/billing


The webinar will be recorded and posted to TPA’s website after the event.
Seminar addresses documentation challenges and opportunities
Wondering how to best document in medical records? Concerned about managing risk related to documentation?

Join The Physician Alliance and Coverys for a special program - Documentation Challenges and Opportunities on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 8-9:30am.

This seminar addresses specific challenges and risk management strategies for the use of electronic and hybrid medical records. Seminar objectives include:
  • Define the purposes and essential elements of documentation
  • Discuss the steps to take to ensure accurate and defensible record documentation.
  • Review strategies for reducing risk and improving communication and documentation in clinical areas
  • Recognize challenges of using various medical record formats
  • Outline limitations, risk and benefits of EMR technologies
  • Describe how to mitigate risk by implementing systems and processes related to documentation

Click here for more information and to register . CME credit available ( see flyer for details).
Webinar provides info on NowPow community resource database
NowPow is a secure, HIPAA-compliant, electronic vetted database that provides resources based upon a patient’s zip code location. The tool allows practices to share resources with patients through printed copies, email or text messages. NowPow can provide information on local community resources, including food, shelter, transportation, affordable medications, mental health support and more. Community resources are screened and validated prior to being added to the directory and every six months thereafter. Practices will be able to search by geographic areas for specific needs and then share the information with patients.

Learn more at an upcoming webinar that will provide an overview of NowPow with a live tutorial.

When : Dec 3, 2019; 1:30 PM
Topic : NowPow webinar
Register in advance for this webinar:
Free health resources help patients quit tobacco, fight lung cancer
Lung cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer in both men and women in the United States and Michigan, according to the American Lung Association. More than 8,000 estimated new cases and 5,400 deaths will occur in Michigan due to lung cancer. In Michigan, Native American males have the highest rate of new cases and deaths, followed by African American males. Men of all races have a higher new case rate and mortality rate compared to women of all races.

Cigarette smoking is the cause of most lung cancer deaths in both men and women. The Michigan Cancer Consortium shares several helpful resources to help patients quit tobacco:

Michigan QuitLine : Participants can visit the website or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) for free help. Participants work with a coach to prepare a quit plan, set a quit date, understand tobacco triggers, manage cravings and address relapses. Coaches are available 24/7. Click here for provider resources.

Tobacco dependence treatment resources handbook – a free handbook for patients and providers that includes a variety of resources to help quit tobacco.

Sources: American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Michigan Cancer Consortium
Coding tips webinar now available for on demand viewing
If you missed the latest Lunch with the Coder webinar, no worries! This special program is now available as an on demand video link on The Physician Alliance website.

Lunch with the Coder: HCC Review & Coding Tips, Part 2 focuses on hierarchical condition category (HCC) codes, risk adjustment recap, explanation of how HCC works, sources for documentation, coding and documentation examples and more. Check out the video here.

Visit TPA's website to view Lunch with the Coder: HCC Review & Coding Tips, Part 1 and other education videos.
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