A practice management consulting and training firm working for and with physicians since 1985

Friday: 2014 Comprehensive Breast Coding Workshop

This new course is a must for breast surgeons and their billing staff. We’ll show you how to effectively prepare for the 2014 breast biopsy and imaging code changes, and help you become fluent in the business side of comprehensive breast care reimbursement.
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



Surgical Package Definition

  • CPT
  • Medicare

Protecting E/M Services from the Global Surgical Package

  • Modifiers 57 and 25

Same Day Surgical Modifiers

  • Modifiers 50, 51, and 59

Global Surgical Package: Services Performed During the Global Period

  • Modifiers 24, 79, 58, and 78

Surgeon Role and Complexity Modifiers

  • Modifier 22
  • Assistant and Co-Surgeon Modifiers

Radiology Services

  • Global Reporting vs. Professional Component Only
  • Ultrasound Guidance for Needle Localization
  • Central Line Placement: Fluoroscopic and/or Ultrasound Guidance

9:30–9:45AM: BREAK

Breast Case Examples from the Field

  • Breast Biopsies: 2014 Update: Case Coding is the Highlight of this season
  • Mastectomy Coding
  • Sentinel Node Mapping
  • Radiotherapy Catheters


Evaluation and Management

  • Categories
  • Levels of Service Documentation
  • Choosing the Level of Service
  • Time, as a Contributing Component
  • E/M Utilization: Risk Identification


  • Using technologies that improve efficiency and speed payments from payors and patients
  • Improving patient pre-operative counseling


  • Transitioning to ICD-10: An action plan
  • Documenation tip that make finding ICD-10 easier and faster
Learning Objectives
  • Accurately code E/M services and recognize the pitfalls of EMR/EHR implementation.
  • Utilize appropriate modifiers to ensure accurate claim submission.
  • Effectively incorporate the 2014 CPT breast biopsy and imaging coding changes.
  • Identify required documentation to accurately incorporate ICD-10 verbiage into office notes and pre- and post-operative diagnosis in operatives notes.
  • Identify required documentation to accurately incorporate ICD-10 verbiage into office notes and pre- and post-operative diagnosis in operatives notes.
  • Articulate the key processes in the revenue cycle to ensure clean claim submission and minimize risk of denial.
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
9:30am - 9:45am Break
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch provided
1:00pm Course resumes
3:00pm Course 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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