Health Care Updates in the COVID Era Practice (Fucinari, Jan 29-30, 2022 on-campus)
Live On Campus
While we all continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes have affected the chiropractic practice. See what documentation, patient, and practice management protocols are essential in the post-coronavirus practice. Significant changes, including the NEW evaluation and management guidelines, updated HIPAA guidelines, and ICD-10 changes for 2022, will impact the chiropractic office and how you practice! Dr. Mario Fucinari will introduce nuts and bolts methods to update your practice protocols, documentation, treatment, and case management. Dr. Fucinari will show you how to incorporate the latest developments into your practice without giving up your chiropractic roots. Perfect for doctors, staff, and students. Sponsored by NCMIC. NCMIC policyholders will be eligible for a 5% discount on their premiums for attending.
We are happy to bring Dr. Mario Fucinari back on campus. As a seasoned practitioner and a nationally recognized speaker, author and instructor, he has decades of experience in compliance, coding and documentation. Dr. Fucinari is a past instructor for Insurance Consulting, Medical Compliance and a Certified Professional Compliance Officer through the AAPC.
Saturday, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Sunday, 8:00am - 2:00pm
Improve compliance and satisfy CE requirements
Dr. Mario Fucinari is uniquely qualified as one of the few instructors still in full-time practice! Dr. Fucinari is a member of the Carrier Advisory Committee for Medicare, a Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO), Certified Medical Compliance Specialist (MCS-P), and a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP®). He will show you step-by-step procedures to implement the new policies and coding changes into your office
Dr. Mario Fucinari has been presenting Continuing Education Classes for over twenty years and is a nationwide speaker on Medicare, Clinical Documentation, ICD-10 Coding, Compliance and HIPAA. In his back-to-the-basics approach, Mario whittles a difficult subject to an understandable and interesting comprehension of the requirements.
Continuing Education Categories Addressed
- Ethics and Law (2 hours)
- Billing, Coding, Documentation, Medicare (6 hours)
- Adverse Event Avoidance (1 hour)
- History Taking and Physical Examination Procedures (3 hours)
Learn with Dr. Fucinari and:
- Understand the key government regulations and industry trends
- Determine Function’s role in insurance policies
- Establish procedures for consultation and examination essentials in the treatment plan after COVID-19 exposure to uncover functional loss
- Be able to define Medical Necessity in various carriers
- Integrate outcome assessment tools to develop treatment goals
- Learn documentation guidelines and requirements
- Identify legal aspects of proper documentation in the Standard of Care
- Explain procedures for proper claim form submission
- Learn documentation requirements for therapeutic modalities and procedures
- Give clinical examples to utilize the ABN form properly
- Properly use the 2021 E/M Guidelines in the Chiropractic practice
Ethics & Law
|Compliance and the Law|
The Standard of Care
The Eight Required Elements of a Documented Compliance Plan
Legal Requirements in Chiropractic Documentation
Fraud and Abuse Defined
Ethics & Law
HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule Updates
Patient Access to Medical Records and the NEW Cures Act
Documentation Requirements for HIPAA
Billing & Coding
|Informed Consent Guidelines|
The Medicare Beneficiary Identification Card
Medicare Parts A, B, C, D, G, N. No more Part F
The Anti-Kickback Statute: Waiving Deductibles and Co-Payments
What is the End Goal of Treatment?
Adverse Event Avoidance
|Chiropractic Care and the Function Relationship|
Safe Office Procedures Post-COVID
Adapting to the Paradigm Shift
Practice Protocols Post-COVID
History & Exam
|The Initial Encounter Report|
Consultation Methods to Discover Functional Loss
The Untold Pandemic: The Opioid Crisis and Mental Health Post-COVID
Social History, Ergonomics, and the Patient’s Functional Status
History & Exam
|The Use of Technology in Practice Adaptation|
Updated Staff and Physician Procedures for E/M Documentation
Medical Decision-Making Determination and Documentation
Policies and Procedures in Recovery
SOAP Notes and the Relation to Function
The Importance of the Outcome Assessment Tests
Billing & Coding
|New and Established Patient Coding|
Social Determinants to Health
Time Determination and Documentation
Billing & Coding
|SOAP Notes and the Relation to Function|
Medicare P.A.R.T. Assessment of the Subluxation
The Role of Radiology
History & Exam
|The Assessment and Medical Necessity|
How to Document Improvement of the Patient
Functional Improvement with Exercises
Functional Orthotics’ Role in Rehabilitation
Billing & Coding
|Correct Utilization of Modifiers|
Avoiding Red Flags when filling out the claim form
NEW Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) Regulations
COVID and Proprioception Rehabilitation of the Patient
Nutritional Consideration in the Treatment of the COVID Patient
Billing & Coding
|Writing the Treatment Goals and Objectives|
How to Translate Your E&M Findings into ICD-10 Codes
The Diagnosis: Tell the Whole Story
Billing & Coding
|Rules in ICD-10 Coding|
ICD-10 Coding Guidelines
Diagnosis of Injuries
Updates in ICD-10 Utilization Post-COVID
Questions and Answers
Park by Student Entrance on Clawiter Road side of building, then look for signage directing you to the check-in area.
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MARIO FUCINARI, DC
Dr. Mario Fucinari has helped train doctors and staff over the last 20 years. He received his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1986. Dr. Fucinari was the recipient of the 1998 and the 2003 President's Award from the Illinois Chiropractic Society (ICS) for his work with education and training and most recently received the 2012 Chiropractor of the Year award from the ICS. Dr. Fucinari has produced classes and publications on HIPAA, Clinical Documentation, Medicare, and Stroke and Cervical Manipulation. He is a worldwide speaker for NCMIC and several state associations and a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician [CCSP].
Biography of Dr. Mario Fucinari
Mario was born on September 7, 1956 in Hamtramck, Michigan. He often says that their family was very poor, but they just didn't know any better. In 1966, the family moved on up to the East side - Warren, Michigan. Even in Elementary school, Mario began assuming some leadership roles. He was captain of the safety boys in 5th grade.
Mario's mother died at the age of 35. Later, the family found out she died from peritonitis, due to an eight-inch hemostat left in her abdomen after surgery. At age 13, Mario, the oldest of 6 children, had to learn to do laundry, cook and mend clothes. He was active in sports at school including shotput and wrestling. He had to help his siblings with homework, since his father, an immigrant from Italy, never finished school. In high school, Mario had all his prerequisites done to graduate five months ahead of schedule. He began working as a co-op student in the x-ray department as a senior in high school. Right out of high school, Mario entered in the South Macomb school of x-ray technology. In his second year of school, they asked him if he would like to work on the midnight shift taking x-rays at South Macomb Hospital by himself; an unheard of proposal at the time. Of course he did so. Little did he know that this is where he would meet an ER nurse, who would become his future wife and "best friend", Ginny. They were wed June 12, 1982.
Working and studying has been a common theme with Mario. He has always worked and gone to school. Sciatica led Mario to a former high school teacher who had become a chiropractor. On his first adjustment, Mario said that he knew he wanted to become a chiropractor. Already earning his bachelor's degree in biology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, Mario graduated in March and went to Palmer in July 1983.
At Palmer College, Mario served as class historian, class Vice-President and eventually as Class President. At the same time, he was offered a job as a x-ray instructor and an x-ray tech at nights at the Palmer Clinic. Class President, Palmer Instructor, X-ray tech and full-time student, all at once. Is it any wonder he only sleeps five hours per night? His first child was born in Davenport. The joke was you either got married, divorced or pregnant while at Palmer so the Fucinaris were no different. Mario studied for part one of National boards in between Ginny's contractions while in labor with their first daughter, Nicole.
After graduating from Palmer College, Dr. Fucinari completed studies in chiropractic orthopedics and attained his certification as a chiropractic sports physician and certified Insurance Consultant and a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders.
Mario has always been successful in his practice. Sixty-four new patients in his first month of practice; he never looked back. At a Croft seminar in Florida, he told Dr. Doug Matzner he wanted to get involved with giving back to his profession. Soon he was on the board of the ICS. Mario has served every position from District Vice-President and President all the way up to the ICS President. He has been teaching Medicare, coding and documentation and low tech rehab for the ICS for years. He never served as Treasurer, but then, money was never his main focus.
Mario has also served his community as well. He has served on the Chamber of Commerce Business committee as its head, Medical Director for the Relay for Life, Easter Seals, Futures Golf Tournament Board and every year on the WSOY Food Drive. At church Mario served on the Praise Team for three years, where he got to live out his fantasy as a band member. He served on the church board and was director of the church day care board for two years.
Inspired by Dr. Dave Taylor to teach Medicare, Mario began teaching in the southern part of the state. As Dave Taylor told him, south of I-80. Is that really the southern part of the state? He soon found another love in teaching Medicare and insurance!
Mario was the first chiropractor to attain the Certified Medical Compliance degree. Two years later he earned his degree as a Certified Instructor for the Certified Medical Compliance Program. He is now the Chairman of the Chiropractic division of the national medical compliance program. Mario teaches for the ICS, NCMIC, Foot Levelers and many state associations. His teaching "gigs" as he calls it, has taken him to Amsterdam, Belgium and 42 out of the 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico. He has a map of the U.S. in his office and pins everywhere he has taught. His goal is to teach in all 50 states.
Mario answers emails every day from doctors all over the country. He has a website, AskMario.com, and has become the "Dear Abby" of the chiropractic insurance world.
Mario maintained a busy chiropractic office for many years, seeing 60+ patients per day himself in his referral-based practice with no advertising and no gimmicks.
Together, Mario and Ginny mentor doctor's offices with over 200 clients. Most of Mario's work with the profession is for free, though. Many of his former students and doctors from all over the United States call Mario when they are in trouble with Blue Cross and Medicare. Mario calls it a game and loves to tell them how to get out of trouble and do what is right in their practice to stay out of trouble.
What does Mario do for fun? All of it is fun to him! He loves to travel, read fiction and leadership books and has recently increased his interest in photography. Meanwhile he spends time with his best friend, Ginny, and their two daughters, Katie and Nicole.
See below for a list of credits available for this seminar.
Life Chiropractic College West is accredited by the CCE and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
NOTE to DCs licensed in: CO, CT, DE, DC, ID, IL, IA, MD, MA, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, OH, OR, RI, SC, UT, VT, VA, WA, WY, BC, NB, ON, QC. These states generally accept programs sponsored by a college that is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). These states and provincial boards do not require an application from CCE colleges. While it is highly likely that credits will be accepted, Life Chiropractic College West cannot guarantee that any session of this offering will be accepted by these licensing board(s). Life West urges licensees to familiarize themselves with the laws governing continuing education in the jurisdictions where they hold licensure.
Available Credit Hours
- 12.00 AK Chiropractic BoardAlaska Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 1.00 CA Chiro Board, Category BCA Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Cat B
- 2.00 CA Chiropractic Board, Category A EthicsCalifornia Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Category A Ethics
- 9.00 CA Chiropractic Board, Category A Exam/Adjust/BillingCalifornia Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Category A Exam/Adjust/Billing
- 12.00 CO Chiropractic BoardColorado Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 CT Chiropractic BoardConnecticut Board of Chiropractic Examiner
- 12.00 DC Chiropractic BoardDistrict of Columbia Board of Chiropractic
- 12.00 DE Chiropractic BoardDelaware Board of Chiropractic
- 12.00 HI Chiropractic BoardHawaii Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 IA Chiropractic BoardIowa Board of Chiropractic
- 12.00 ID Chiropractic BoardIdaho Board of Chiropractic Physicians
- 12.00 IL Chiropractic BoardIllinois Medical Licensing Board
- 12.00 IN Chiropractic BoardIndiana Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 KS Healing Arts BoardKansas Board of Healing Arts
- 12.00 MA Chiropractic BoardMassachusetts Board of Registration of Chiropractors
- 12.00 MD Chiropractic BoardMaryland Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 ME Chiropractic BoardMaine Board of Chiropractic Licensure
- 12.00 MN Chiropractic BoardMinnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 MS Chiropractic BoardMississippi Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 MT Chiropractic BoardMontana Board of Chiropractors
- 12.00 NC Chiropractic BoardNorth Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 ND Chiropractic BoardNorth Dakota Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 NE Chiropractic BoardNebraska Board of Chiropractic
- 12.00 NH Chiropractic BoardNew Hampshire Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 NJ Chiropractic BoardNew Jersey Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 NV Chiropractic BoardNevada Chiropractic Physicians' Board
- 12.00 OH Chiropractic BoardOhio Chiropractic Board
- 12.00 OR Chiropractic BoardOregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 PACEFCLB Providers of Approved Continuing Education
- 12.00 PR Chiropractic BoardPuerto Rico Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 RI Chiropractic BoardRhode Island Board of Examiners in Chiropractic
- 12.00 SD Chiropractic BoardSouth Dakota Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 TN Chiropractic BoardTennessee Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 UT Chiropractic BoardUtah Chiropractic Physicians Licensing Board
- 12.00 VA Board of MedicineVirginia Board of Medicine
- 12.00 VT Chiropractic BoardVermont Board of Chiropractic
- 12.00 WA Chiropractic CommWashington Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission
- 12.00 WY Chiropractic BoardWyoming Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Changes and Refunds
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