GENERAL SURGERY

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workshops

coding & revenue cycle

2020

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Thursday

Spotlight On Office Procedure and E/M Coding

Surgeons would rather do a procedure than code for a procedure or visit, but accurate coding and documentation drives revenue and compensation and ensures compliance. Attending this course will help increase revenue and decrease compliance risk. Surgeons and their staff must know what services are included in the global payment and what services are paid in addition to the global payment.

  • Get ready for major changes to E/M office codes for 2021.
    • CPT is changing the definitions and documentation requirements for codes 99202–99215 in 2021. The guidelines for office E/M services and all other E/M services will be affected. Practices should prepare for this change now, revising templates and educating physicians and coders.
  • Telemedicine is in the news, but can a practice really get paid for it? Hear about the new online digital evaluation and management CPT codes and review the rules for interprofessional electronic consults.
  • Find out about the revised definitions for intermediate and complex closures.
  • General Surgeons
  • Billing Managers
  • Coding/Billing Staff
  • Revenue Cycle Directors
  • Administrators
  • Recognize the E/M office visit coding changes for 2021
  • Demonstrate accurate coding of E/M office and hospital visits in 2020
  • Identify appropriate use of modifiers with E/M services
  • Describe the components of the global surgical package, including critical care rules
  • Demonstrate accurate coding of biopsies, FNA, excisions, and laceration repair
  • Differentiate coding for screening versus diagnostic colonoscopy
  • Apply teaching physician rules and coding for services
  • Describe accurate coding of telemedicine, eVisits, consults, and non-face-to-face services
  • Implement practice management strategies for collecting from patients with high-deductible health plans.

Accreditation pending.

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2020 AAPC Accreditation 

Accreditation pending.

FRIDAY

Successful Surgical Coding

New codes, new guidelines! The 2020 ACS surgical procedure coding course sifts through all that is new and important in general surgery coding and packs it into an intensive, fast-paced day. This year’s agenda covers all you need to know to code and document accurately and efficiently in 2020 and beyond.
 
Real-life cases and discussions that link clinical procedures to the selection of CPT codes make this course ideal for surgeons and coding staff. Forget boring slides and a mind-numbing list of CPT codes. This course is rich with clinical scenarios and a comprehensive workbook that will become your first-response coding resource.
 
The course provides in-depth and interesting instruction on coding for endoscopy, colorectal, breast, hernia, appendix, gall bladder, liver, intraabdominal tumor, pancreatic, and endocrine procedures.
 
The course describes why documentation is as essential as the code selected and how to capture all potential revenue by improving your notes. We’ll show you the correct way to use surgical payment modifiers so that you optimize payment. You’ll leave armed with ideas and techniques for setting up systems that reduce denials and increase successful appeals.

  • Pancreatic Coding: Whipple and other resections, including how to code for venous reconstruction
  • Coding for Robotic Assistance: Setting a fee, documenting medical necessity, and tracking payment
  • Coding Rules for surgical coding: What’s separately reported and what’s not. Including omental flaps, lysis of adhesions, omentectomy, intra-op and post-op procedures, endoscopy, and more
  • How to format an operative note to enhance accurate coding and serve as an appeal defense document
  • Strategic Appeals: What to do if you hit a brick wall in appeals
  • New 2020 guidelines for percutaneous biopsy and mastectomy coding
  • General Surgeons
  • Billing Managers
  • Coding/Billing Staff
  • Revenue Cycle Directors
  • Administrators
  • Distinguish different categories of codes and how payment differs
  • Describe what is included in a global surgical package and what can be reported separately
  • Distinguish what surgical modifier to report
  • Describe documentation requirements for unlisted codes
  • Demonstrate correct coding and documentation for radiology services
  • Describe coding for different surgical approaches
  • Identify when to report mesh and reinforcement implants
  • Demonstrate correct coding for a variety of general surgery procedures

Accreditation pending.

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2020 AAPC Accreditation 

Accreditation pending.

Saturday

IN SELECT CITIES!

Intensive Trauma and Critical Care Coding

A full day devoted to trauma surgery and critical care coding! You asked for it—we’re delivering it. This information-packed course goes narrow and deep into the distinct coding issues faced by trauma and critical care providers: learn the granularities of the relevant global surgical packages; gain the know-how for choosing the correct modifier to report surgeon role, same-day surgical procedure, and surgical procedures performed within the global period; and get all of the details needed to code and document an array of common procedures in a trauma and critical care environment, including: emergent procedures, abdominal and thoracic trauma, damage control surgery, wound care, imaging, and vessel repair.

This year, we’ve expanded the critical care section to almost an entire afternoon that will leave you confident about your critical care documentation and coding. Case scenarios will help you identify which critical care circumstances support critical care reporting and how to create documentation that will hold up under scrutiny.

We’ll also describe when resident or NP/PA documentation and time count in your critical care calculation.

This course connects clinical procedures to the selection of CPT codes, making it ideal for surgeons and coding staff.

  • Expanded critical care!
    • Documentation examples to guide your critical care documentation: what is and is not acceptable to payor scrutiny
    • How to describe resident and NP/PA documentation and time to reduce audit risk
    • Concurrent care: will it be paid?
    • When does the add-on code (+99292) kick in, and who can report it?
    • Trauma surgeons as ICU intensivists: billing for post-op patients of other surgeons: when is it appropriate?
    • Patients on ventilators: are they always critical care?
  • Damage control surgery: modifiers 52, 58, 78: choosing the correct modifier to ensure optimal payment: what’s the code and modifier for the final day of fascial and skin closure?
  • New! Definition of complex wound repair: extensive undermining finally defined!
  • Thoracotomy coding: can hemorrhage control and cardiac massage be billed together? what about lung resections?
  • Coding and documentation topics
    • New! Trauma Whipple and venous reconstruction
    • Percutaneous tracheostomy: is bronchoscopy separately billable?
    • New! 2020 new codes for pre-peritoneal packing
    • Choosing the correct colectomy code
    • Vessel sacrifice and new 2020 codes for vessel exploration
    • tPA in chest tube management
    • Fasciotomies
    • Omentectomy, mesentery repair, serosal tears: what’s billable and what’s not
    • When is an exploratory trauma laparotomy separately reported?
    • What about laparoscopic approaches?
  • More cases scenarios, including penetrating and blunt trauma cases
  • General Surgeons
  • Billing Managers
  • Coding/Billing Staff
  • Revenue Cycle Directors
  • Administrators
  • Describe the global surgical package and what is separately reported for trauma and critical care services
  • Distinguish documentation for co-surgeon versus an assistant surgeon services for multiple trauma cases
  • Correctly apply surgical and E/M modifiers for trauma and critical care
  • Recognize correct trauma diagnosis coding
  • Correctly code a variety of trauma procedures and services, including imaging, thoracotomy, damage control surgery, liver, colon and other injuries, vessel repair and sacrifice, and new vessel exploration codes Differentiate between critical care and non-critical care E/M services
  • Differentiate between critical care and non-critical care E/M services
  • Demonstrate how to report and document critical care time
  • Recognize correct reporting of critical care services within a surgical global period
  • Recognize how to report critical care as a teaching physician

Accreditation pending.

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2020 AAPC Accreditation 

Accreditation pending.

FEES

single course

Thursday

Spotlight on Office Procedure and E/M Coding

$795/ACS member

$945/Non-Member

Friday

Successful Surgical Coding

$795/ACS member

$945/Non-Member

Saturday

Intensive Trauma and Critical Care Coding

$795/ACS member

$945/Non-Member

combined courses

Combo 1

Thursday + Friday

$1,375/ACS member

$1,525/Non-Member

Combo 2

Thursday or Friday + Saturday

$1,375/ACS member

$1,525/Non-Member

Combo 3

All Three Courses

$1,875/ACS member

$2,025/Non-Member

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January 30-January 31

Las Vegas, NV

THURSDAY & FRIDAY ONLY

Hotel Cut Off Date - January 8
To reserve, call (877) 321-9966.
(Wed - Thurs: $199
Fri - Sat: $259)

March 19-20

Dallas, TX

THURSDAY & FRIDAY ONLY

Hotel Cut Off Date - February 19
($95)

August 6-8

Nashville, TN

SATURDAY TRAUMA INCLUDED!

Hotel Cut Off Date - July 13
($199)

NoveMBER 12-14

Chicago, IL

SATURDAY TRAUMA INCLUDED!

Hotel Cut Off Date - October 14 ($199)

Need Assistance?

call us: 312-642-8310

Instructors

Deborah Grider - Author

Deborah Grider

CPC, COC, CPC-I, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, CCS-P, CDIP

Consultant, Author and Speaker

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Betsy Nicoletti

MS, CCP

Consultant and Speaker

Consultant - Teri Romano

Teri Romano

BSN, MBA, COC, CMDP

Consultant and Speaker

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