2017 Updates in General Surgery
Endoscopy Reimbursement Reductions:
What You Need to Know
Teri Romano, BSN, MBA, CPC, CMDP
Consultant and Speaker
30-Minute Zipinar: Fast, Efficient Learning!
What You Need to Know and What To Do!
While there are not a large number of new codes in 2017, a single change impacts over 400 codes, most of them endoscopy codes. Effective January 1, 2017 the value for moderate sedation (0.10 RVUs) has been deleted from any and all codes that previously included moderate sedation. If you perform endoscopy, this focused 30-minute ‘Zipinar’ will tell you all you need to know to avoid a revenue reduction when you personally provide moderate sedation.
- General surgeons
- GI physicians
- Practice managers and administrators
- Billing managers
- Coders and billing staff
Here’s What You’ll Learn to Code Correctly and Get Paid!
- Endoscopy code reimbursement reductions: Why is it happening and how will it impact your revenues?
- Medicare’s rationale for reductions: Will this impact reimbursement from all payers?
- Reductions in endoscopy code values: Which codes are impacted the most?
- Use of the new moderate sedation codes: What needs to be documented? What about template changes?
- Medicare’s G code for moderate sedation: Who does it apply to? How is it used? How is it paid?
Teri Romano, BSN, MBA, CPC CMDP
Consultant and Speaker
Teri Romano has over twenty-five years of consulting and teaching experience in the health care field. Ms. Romano works with physician groups and hospitals combining a background in clinical systems with solid approaches to operational and organizational problem solving.
Teri is co-developer and instructor for the national coding and reimbursement workshops sponsored by the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She also provides on-site customized coding and reimbursement courses to physician and hospital groups, specializing in neurosurgery, general surgery, vascular surgery, and vein well as E/M and surgical case audits to assist physician groups in their compliance activities. In addition, she consults with vein, vascular, general surgical, and neurosurgical practices on practice management issues including service line development, revenue enhancement, staffing models, appeals management and expense reduction.