Education Calendar


Ensuring effective communication between limited English Proficient (LEP) patients and the providers treating them can be a significant challenge for healthcare professionals working with the New Jersey’s diverse patient population. Language barriers can adversely affect access to healthcare, quality of care and the ability to understand and adhere to recommended courses of treatment. It puts LEP patients at higher risk for adverse healthcare outcomes due to unnecessary testing, misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment. This not only exacerbates health disparities, but it also impacts healthcare cost and patient satisfaction.

Adhering to the standards and requirements set forth by Title Vi of the Civil Rights Act, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it is imperative that healthcare institutions have comprehensive, effective language services in place. For communication to be effective it has to be complete, accurate, timely, unambiguous and understood by the patient.

The goal of this conference is to share best-practice examples, provide support and offer solutions. Speakers will review the changes that have affected how language services are offered, provide examples of interpretive service models in the hospital settings and review the regulations that guide the provision of these services.

Wed. 9/12
Wed. 10/10
Wed. 11/14

Participants will ….
• Learn to recognize clinical indicators to correctly assign codes
• Gain an understanding od the link between coding and quality
• Learn to correctly code and query for complications of care – HACs, PSI, and PC-01
• Learn to correctly code and query for complicatons of care - HACs, PSI and PC-01

Wed. 9/19
Wed. 10/3
Wed. 10/24
Wed. 11/7
Wed. 11/28
Wed. 12/5

Session I: You Can Have it All! ICD-10 Coder Productivity & Quality
Discover solutions to improve coder performance. Learn how to identify issues decreasing coding productivity and quality in your department and how to increase the productivity while improving the quality of your coders using ICD-10

Session II: Query Do’s & Don’ts
Gain an understanding of the importance of the query process while learning the do’s and don’ts of query writing. You will be walked through the process with real query examples for debridement, MI’s, urosepsis, CHF, BMI, and more.

Session III: E&M Coding and Documentation for Hospital Coders
Learn the ins-and-outs of proper E&M code selection. Gain an understanding of the documentation requirements necessary to avoid denials.

Session IV: E&M Coding and Documentation for Physician Offices
In the professional coding and billing setting, learn the importance of complete and accurate documentation and E&M code assignment.

Wed. 9/19

The mission of the New Jersey Sepsis Action collaborative and this face to face program is to spread evidence-based sepsis interventions throughout the acute and post-acute care settings. In this fourth year of the collaborative, hospitals face challenges related to managing sepsis in pediatric patient populations, preventing readmissions related to sepsis and engaging patients and their families in learning about life after sepsis. This program will focus on dealing with those challenges and building on past successes to sustain the improvement efforts aimed at early recognition and rapid treatment of sepsis.

Important: All participants must prepare and present a sepsis storyboard during the conference poster presentations sessions. The topic of the storyboard is “What is your team doing to improve sepsis care across the continuum?” Address a problem or observation that led to an innovative solution, development of a tool or change in process for a specific patient population across the continuum (pediatric, maternal, elderly, pneumonia, etc.)

9/20/18 - Morning Session+Optional Wksp
Morning Session ONLY
Optional Workshop ONLY

A symposium on pediatric sepsis and how we can improve our care.

Hosted by Atlantic Health’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital, this symposium is open to all.

Note: this event will be held at Morristown Medical Center, Malcolm Forbes Auditorium, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

10/2/2018 - Session 1 ICD-10-CM
10/9/2018 - Session II ICD-10-PCS
Session I and Session II

The 2019 ICD-10-CM and PCS updates are effective with discharges on and after October 1, 2018. Will you be ready? This comprehensive webinar series will familiarize you with the changes to the diagnosis (CM) and procedure (PCS) code sets that are imperative to know, understand, and implement within your facility.
Session I: ICD-10-CM Updates for 2019 webinar will explain the ICD-10-CM updates, including new guidelines, codes, and new CC/MCCs for FY 2019 that will be implemented on Oct. 1, 2018. The ICD-10-CM code set for 2019 includes 279 additions, 51 deletions, and 143 revised  codes.
Topics covered include: changes to coding subsequent myocardial infarctions, coding for healthcare encounters in hurricane aftermath, factitious disorders, coding for social determinants of health, sepsis due to a post- procedural infection, hypertension with other heart conditions, drug use during pregnancy, Glasgow coma scale, coding burns of multiple sites, underdosing, suspected cases of forced exploitation, and BMI coding.
Session II: ICD-10-PCS Updates for 2019 webinar will explain the information on the ICD-10- PCS updates for FY 2019 that all hospital inpatient coding professionals need to know and implement effective  Oct. 1,   2018. The ICD-10-PCS code set for 2019 includes PCS guideline changes and 392
new codes; eight revision titles; and 216 deleted codes.
Topics covered include: changes to guidelines regarding transfer procedures using multiple tissue layers, re- visions to guidelines regarding “and” in a code description, correct coding of devices, changes to bypass tables, dilation tables, extirpation tables, new control tables, destruction table changes, new extraction tables, additions to fusion tables, revisions to removal and replacement tables, additional body parts now listed for transplantation, brand new transfer tables, revisions to the maternal delivery table, changes to introductions tables used for injections, and more!

10/3/18 & 10/9/18

The Healthcare Ethics Committee Symposium is designed to address the vital role of healthcare ethics committees and their unique responsibilities, including education, clinical ethics consultation and policy development and review. Using case studies, published materials, institutional policies, role plays and personal experiences, the faculty and attendees will explore issues that typically require ethical analysis and resolution. These issues include informed consent and refusal, decisional capacity and decision making by and for patients, truth telling and confidentially, care at the beginning and end of life, justice and access to healthcare services, and organizational ethics.

Thu. 10/4

Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFACs) are invaluable resources for hospitals that can; enhance the quality and safety of care, strengthen community relationships and enhance a hospital’s reputation, improve the patient experience as reflected in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores and improve job satisfaction for staff and clinicians. This boot camp is intended to assist hospital staff who are responsible for implementing a PFAC. This seven-hour working session is designed to facilitate hands-on, step-by-step planning, resulting in a completed work plan for taking the necessary steps to begin implementing a PFAC. Participants will work together to assess a hospital’s readiness, develop plans for creating buy-in across the hospital, identify and select patient and family advisors, and begin the process of preparing both the hospital and the advisors for effective advisory council operations.

Thu. 10/11

Essential to the success of today’s nurse leaders, and aspiring nurse leaders, is the comprehensive understanding of all the elements that contribute to a healthy nurse work environment.

Improving the nursing work environment has become a worldwide issue and is a key goal of ONL NJ. An extensive body of evidence confirms the relationships among positive work environments, positive nurse outcomes of job satisfaction and retention and positive patient outcomes.

Many variables influence workplace environments and staffing resources such as financial management of staffing resources, legislation for mandated staffing and research on staffing ratios. This education program will examine the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Health Work Environments and the variables that go into supporting the model.

The task of improving hospital nursing work environments rest primarily with the hospitals themselves

Wed. 10/17
Wed. 12/12

Program Objectives:

  • To afford participants an overview of the most current issue of Coding Clinic

  • To offer a platform to ensure that coders are aware of the most up to date advice

  • an opportunity for discussion and questions related to the quarterly update


October Sessions
November Sessions

The CCS Exam Prep is a refresher course designed to assist you with the challenges of studying for AHIMA’s Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination. Are you ready? Each session is designed to improve, review, refresh, and renew your coding skills.

Each session will offer guidance and practice with multiple choice and medical scenario test taking, as well as recommendations on what you need to do to prepare for the actual exam.

The CCS Exam Prep will include lecture, discussion, assessments and exercises and will target topics most likely to be included in the CCS exam. The CCS Exam reparation course is designed to help you pass the test! Participants are encouraged to have a current CPT and ICD-10-CM/PCS books available during the webinars.



Researchers agree that Population Health encompasses the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. It is incumbent that healthcare leaders understand that such population health outcomes are the product of multiple determinants of health including medical care, public health, genetics, behaviors and social and environmental factors. This highly interactive two-day seminar looks beyond traditional strategic modeling by exploring approaches used nationally. Discover what makes these approaches successful and how you can apply them in your organization.

Mon. 10/29
Tue. 10/30
10/29/18 & 10/30/18

This fast-paced grogram offers an overview of the changes and revisions that frequently occur within the Joint Commission accreditation, as well as those requirements that will impact organizations in the near future. Attendees will stay ahead of the curve by reviewing both new and revised standards, the latest compliance issues, changes to the onsite survey and the National Patient Safety Goals.

Day one features Joint Commission Resources Inc. providing an in-depth overview on 2019 Joint Commission Updates, while day two will focus on the Environment of Care/Life Safety and Emergency Management Updates.


The updates to the CPT Manual for 2019 are effective January 1, 2019.  Changes will include revised and deleted codes, and new codes and modifiers.  This program will prepare health information coders to apply the new and revised codes accurately.
Webinar participants will gain an understanding of how to:

  • Implement changes in your facility to accurately report the 2019 CPT codes

  • Reduce denials by reporting the 2019 codes accurately and timely by the Han. 1st effective data