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Friday**: Mastering General Surgery CPT Coding

** For the remaining cities in the national workshop series, Nashville and Chicago, we have added an ICD-10 workshop on Wednesday.

Years of surgical training never prepared you for the necessity of correct coding. Yet, the ability to code is critical to your economic viability whether you are in private practice or employed by a hospital or academic institution.

Incorrect codes for surgical cases—both CPT and now ICD-10—will result in denials, downcoding and payment delays.

Attend this workshop to develop a sharper understanding of what the surgeon must document in reports and how staff must translate the facts into codes. Correct use of modifiers is absolutely essential to being paid optimally.

Who Should Attend This Course?
  • Your dictation, or lack of it, drives procedural coding.
  • Your risk of denials and adjustments may increase, (and your staff’s ability to appeal may decrease) if the rules are not clearly understood.
  • Your diagnostic coding defines medical necessity.
  • You need to amend your dictation NOW to prepare for the coming ICD-10 changes.
  • If you are hospital-employed, your coding and documentation accuracy impacts the compensation formula.
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 Is Covered


Operative Note Dictation Tips for Coding and Appeals

Surgeon Role Modifiers and Complexity Modifiers

  • Documentation for Modifier 22
  • Surgeon Roles: Modifiers 80,81, 82, and 62

Unlisted Procedures: How to Report

Place of Service: What You Need to Know; Now an OIG target!

Protecting E/M Service from the Global Surgical Package

  • Surgical Package Definition: CPT vs. Medicare
  • Modifiers 24, 25, and 57

Same Day Surgical Procedure Modifiers

  • Modifiers 50, 51, and 59
  • What Does CPT Say? What Does Medicare Say?

Surgical Services Performed During the Global Surgical Period

  • Surgical Package Definition: CPT vs. Medicare
  • Modifiers 58, 78, and 79
  • Does Place of Service Matter?

9:45–10:00AM: BREAK

2014 Radiology Reporting

2014 Updates

  • Global Reporting/Professional Component Only
  • Does Place of Service Matter?
  • Image Guidance for Vascular Access Devices

2014 Breast Coding Update

  • Breast Biopsy: 2014 CPT Code Update: Deletions, Revisions, New Codes
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping
  • Mastectomy Coding

Colorectal Overview

  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal


Colorectal Continued as Necessary
Hernia Surgery Overview

  • Hiatal/Paraesophageal Hernias: Type 1,2,3,4
  • Open/Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
  • Component Separation Release

2:00–2:15PM: BREAK

Integumentary Update 2014

  • Lesions
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Update 2014
  • Wound and Laceration Repairs
  • Complex Repair Deletion/Revision

2014 Esophagoscopy/EGD Changes
Endocrine Overview

  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroid
Learning Objectives
As a result of this course participants will be able to:
  • Effectively incorporate 2014 CPT code changes and coding guidelines into practice.
  • Differentiate CPT Rules and medicare reimbursement rules.
  • Apply coding and modifier guidelines to accurately report multiple procedure combinations.
  • Articulate why the surgeon’s participation in the coding reimbursement process is critical to the bottom line of the practice.
CME/CEU Accreditation
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be provided for this activity

E/M Coding, Profitable Practice Operations and Strategy (6.5)

To begin registering, click the button describing your ACS membership status
7:30am Registration begins
8:00am Course begins
9:45am - 10:00am Break
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch provided
1:00pm Course resumes
4:00pm Course adjourns

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What 2014 Attendees
are Saying

2014 Thursday Attendees

“This was well-done and informative. Teri did a great job of clarifying and answering questions. It was a great course – essential early on in a general surgeon’s career”

Charles St. Hill, University of Nevada School of Medicine

“Very informative. I have done family practice coding for 10 years, and I am new to the surgical end of coding. This is such a great review and an informative course.”

Andy Beesley, IF Surgical Specialists

“I went to an Optum course last year. Exact reading from the slides with no additional clarifications or explanations. I appreciate the 2-way conversation and explanation as to why this is the way… not just ‘This is how!’”

Dianne Brattain, Alaska Bariatric Center

“This course has been very informative as I am new to coding. The content of this course answered a lot of questions that I have been struggling with.”

Rae Sanchez, Delta Surgical Associates

2014 Friday Attendees

“Great course. I would highly recommend it to others.”

Joshua Froman, MCHS

“This course was amazing even though it pointed out how much I don’t know! Very helpful. Thank you!”

Debbie Barley, Green County Surgical Arts

 “Excellent for both young and ‘old’ surgeons and their staff.”

Shleton Viney, MD, Midland Surgical Associates

2013 Past Attendees

“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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