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Wednesday and/or Friday*:
ICD-10 Training for General Surgery

You and your practice are successful because of your skill as an MD. As ICD-10 is implemented, however, GETTING PAID FOR YOUR HARD WORK HINGES ON YOUR ABILITY TO CODE.

This is not something that your front office can handle on their own. Your accountant can’t save you. THE SUCCESS OF YOUR PRACTICE begins with YOU.

KZA’s coding workshop will teach you how to maneuver your business through the ICD-10 changes without blunder.

Our systematic approach to deconstructing the ICD-10 book and our 
in-depth analysis of neoplasms, GI complaints and conditions, skin lesions, non-healing wounds and signs and symptoms will make the ICD-10 transition easier than you thought.

General Surgery-specific examples will be woven into our presentation so as to clearly illustrate the use of unfamiliar or redefined ICD-10 jargon.

You can’t afford to sit this one out!

* The ICD-10 workshop will be presented on Friday in New York City (May 2) and Rosemont, Illinois (July 25, 2014). These locations and dates are ICD-10 exclusive, we will not be offering the balance of the national series workshops in these locations. In all other listed cities, this workshop will be presented on Wednesday. Click here for complete course information.

Who Should Attend This Course

Practice Executives, Administrators and Practice Managers
You are the chief compliance officer in most private practices. In order to supervise the economic engine of the practice you must understand the business office operations.

Coders and Billers
If you’re responsible for entering data, working denials, applying modifiers, posting payments and filing appeals, your expertise in surgical and office coding must be exacting in its execution!

Hospital or MSO Executives Running General Surgery Practices
Maximize your profits! Understand what is special and unique about billing for the general surgery service line, and keep your surgeons happy and bonus-able. (Not to mention reduce compliance headaches.) Learn the rules and avoid using incorrect and expensive assumptions that result in fiscal disaster.

Team Attendance Produces The Best Results!
Getting paid is a team effort— and surgeons lead the team. If the doctors don’t understand what’s needed in an operative report from a coding and reimbursement point of view (something they don’t teach in residency) they are short changing themselves.

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What You'll Learn

KZA workshops are a valuable asset in helping you prepare to run your practice with agility in this ever-changing climate of coding andinsurance claim submissions.

  • Topics covered include:

  • Why are there over 100 ICD-10 codes for pressure ulcers? 
  • Do the hernia codes have direct matches from ICD-9 to ICD-10?
  • When do I use the neoplasm table and when do I use the alphabetic index when coding
    A neoplasm?
  • What do I need to document to select trauma diagnosis codes?
  • How do I code for multiple injuries?
  • How will combination codes affect reporting?  
  • What about all those external cause codes in chapter 20? Do I need to be so specific?
  • Complications—where did they go?
  • When does a patient’s cancer diagnosis become history of cancer?
  • How should I be coding scoliosis colonoscopy?
    How do I code lumps and bumps?
    What if I haven’t confirmed a diagnosis?
Learning Objectives

General surgeons code from many chapters in ICD-10.  This session will provide specific examples of the most commonly used conditions and educate physicians and coders how to find any code in the ICD-10 book.

At the end of the day, participants will be able to:

  • Learn to select specific malignant neoplasm codes and when to use personal history codes

  • Describe when to use a sign or symptom code and where to find complications of surgery codes

  • Know how to find and select an ICD-10 code for general surgery

  • Understand the use of trauma codes and external cause codes

  • Get insights into required action items for surgeons for ICD-10

What's on the Agenda



Overview of ICD-10 Book and Code Structure

Comparing ICD-9 to ICD-10



Chapter 2 Malignant neoplasms, history of malignant neoplasm

  • When to search for a code in the index and when to start with the neoplasm table
  • How to report overlapping lesions
  • Coding for secondary malignancies

Chapter 18 Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings

  • When to select a sign/symptom in place of a known diagnosis
  • Abnormal diagnostic findings

2:00—2:15 Break


Chapter 19 Injury, poisoning and Certain other Consequences of External Causes

  • Coding for trauma
  • How the chapter is organized
  • Using the seventh  character extension

Chapter 20 External causes of morbidity

  • Are these codes required?
  • How to select an external cause code


Highlights of Chapters 12 and 14 Coding for skin lesions and breast conditions

  • Coding for skin lesions: cellulitis, ulcers, cysts
  • Breast disorders

4:00–4:15PM: BREAK

Chapter 11 Diseases of the Digestive System

  • Coding for hernias, gall bladder disease and appendicitis
  • Diseases of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum
  • Diseases of the intestines


12 Step Program for ICD-10 Implementation: You're going to need it.


CEU Accreditation

AAPC Accreditation Pending

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11:00am Registration/Continental Breakfast
12:00pm Course begins
2:00pm - 2:15pm Break
5:30pm Program adjourns

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What Past Attendees
are Saying

“This course was incredibly well put together by knowledgeable staff. Speaker and content was extremely helpful.”

Cynthia Serafine, Admnistrator,
Winter Park, FL

“This course was superb. I wish I had taken this course six years ago. It should be mandatory for all new surgeons!"

Peter F Lalor, MD, Bowling Green, OH

This is my fourth year attending and I am still learning new techniques!”

Hope Dayi, Billing Manager, Provo, UT

I am extremely pleased with the information presented at these courses and am happy I made the decision to attend. I would like to get my physicians to attend next year.”

Jennifer McNabb, CPC, CGSC,
Chattanooga, TN

“Great value! Should be mandatory.”

Robert Marema, MD, Ponte Verda, FL

“Excellent!! Great resource for any practicing physician and any resident/fellow who is about to enter practice.”

Avi Bhavaraju, MD, Marietta, GA

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