Meeting Archive:
Coding for Sickle Cell Disease

Meeting Description:
Providers treating patients with sickle cell disease continually struggle with inefficient reimbursement which can ultimately impact access to care.  The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and the Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) codes assigned for these patient visits have a significant impact on reimbursement. There is often a disconnect between a clinician’s documentation and the resulting CPT and DRG codes assigned by a hospital coder.  The webinar will outline best practices for documentation of patients with sickle cell disease, and the many major comorbidities and complications for which these patients frequently present. Adequate documentation will help coders assign the correct CPT and DRG codes, ultimately resulting in appropriate care and appropriate reimbursement.  
  • Molly Mandernach, MD, University of Florida
Date: Tue, Sep 5, 2017
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): American Society of Hematology
 Presenter Information
Michael DeBaun, MD
Director, Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine  
Dr. DeBaun is a leading expert in the care of children with sickle cell disease and directs the newly established Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease. Dr. DeBaun was the first to alert ASH staff to the need to educate members on the importance of coding for hospital admissions for patients with sickle cell disease.

Ellen Riker
Senior Vice President and Counsel, Cavarocchi, Ruscio, Dennis Associates, Washington, DC
Ms. Riker specializes in public and private insurance reimbursement and coverage policies and will provide webinar attendees with background on how the Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) system works and how coding impacts this process.