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Strategic Coding & Reimbursement

Coding and reimbursement challenges abound for general surgeons, and an astute focus on correct coding and revenue cycle management has never been more important.

This course kicks off with a focus on the coding mechanics that get you paid, including CPT codes, modifiers, global payments, and a definitive guide to documenting time. We’ll show you how to avoid audit risks caused by EHRs.  You’ll understand when you can report critical care and when it is part of the global package, and how to report  colonoscopies that are scheduled as screening but become diagnostic or therapeutic. You’ll learn the basics of integrating and coding for non-physician providers. And we’ll shine a light on our ICD-10 “watch list” of denial patterns, using case examples to illustrate how your practice can avoid them by correctly coding for medical necessity, NCDs and LCDs, injuries, aftercare, surveillance, and more.

This information-packed session also covers the essentials of financial and A/R report analysis, and tips for implementing denial reduction and point of service patient collections techniques that improve practice profitability. You’ll leave with a workbook rich in resources that will save implementation time, and be referred to by the practice, all year long.

Who Should Attend This Course?

  • Physicians
  • Managers
  • Coders
  • Billers
  • Administrators

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this workshop you will be able to:

  • Select the correct category and level of E/M services.
  • Assess the risk of an EHR’s built-in coding features.
  • Improve the accuracy of ICD-10 coding and avoid denials and payment delays.
  • Correctly bill for non-physician providers.
  • Implement systems for point of service collections and pre-surgical deposits.
  • Sharpen financial report review and analysis.

What’s on the Agenda?

  • How You Get Paid: The Mechanics of Coding
  • Don’t Let the EMR Run Away with You
  • ICD-10 Issues and Problems
  • Non-Physician Practitioners in a Surgical Practice
  • Reporting and Revenue Cycle

Download our brochure for expanded agenda and detailed course information.

Mastering General Surgery Coding 2016

This information packed course delivers all the essentials needed to code, bill, and get paid for the most common general surgery procedures and services.

We’ll dive in to the particulars of the global surgical package and how to report radiology services when they aren’t included in the surgical code. You’ll learn everything you always wanted to know about modifiers – including how to report same day surgical procedures, when to use modifiers for co-surgeon and assistant surgeon, and how to modify codes when procedures are performed within the global period. We’ll teach proven approaches to appealing denials and provide resources that increase your chance of successfully receiving payment. And, we’ll use loads of actual case study examples to teach the latest coding rules and guidelines for general surgery procedures such as breast biopsies and procedures, GI diagnostics and therapeutic procedures, gall bladder, hernia, and colorectal surgery, integumentary and endocrine system procedures, and more. You’ll return to the office armed with resources that will support your new knowledge and reimbursement efforts throughout the year.

Who Should Attend This Course?

  • Physicians
  • Practice administrators
  • Practice managers
  • Billing
  • Coding staff.

Learning Objectives

  • Use same day surgical procedure and co-surgeon/assistant surgeon modifiers with confidence.
  • Accurately apply modifiers when they are required, and understand their impact on reimbursement.
  • Bill and get paid for unlisted procedures.
  • Implement strategic appeals approaches that result in reimbursement.
  • Select and bill the correct codes for common general surgery procedures that include central venous catheter, breast, GI, gall bladder, trauma, hernia, the integumentary system, and more.
  • Effectively incorporate 2016 CPT code changes and guidelines into practice.

What’s on the Agenda?

  • The Global Surgical Package
  • Surgeon Role Modifiers
  • Same Day Surgical Procedure Modifiers
  • Surgical Services Performed During the Global Surgical Period
  • Unlisted Procedures: How to Report and Get Paid!
  • Strategic Appeals: Approaches and Essential Resources to Increase your Chances of Success!
  • Central Venous Catheter Basics
  • 2016 Breast Coding
  • Colorectal
  • Hernia Surgery Overview
  • Appendix Surgery Overview
  • Gall Bladder Surgery and Liver Coding
  • Integumentary Coding: Do’s and Don’ts
  • Endocrine Overview
  • Trauma Coding Highlights

Download our brochure for expanded agenda and detailed course information.

General Surgery Course Dates at a Glance

City/LocationDateHotel Cut Off Dates
Chicago, IL
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
(888) 591-1234
*Meeting at The Women's Athletic Club
(312) 944-6123
November 10-1110/20/2016

 2016 ACS Course Accreditation

Course Credit for: Strategic Coding & Reimbursement
Course Credit for: Mastering General Surgery Coding 2016

General Surgery Course Testimonials

Kristen Brazier-Whittico, Surgical Coder

“This seminar was fantastic! I will be back next year. This was the best seminar I have attended in my ten years of coding.”

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Peggy Young, Billing Manager

“I have been coming to workshops for the past 6 years and have enjoyed these meetings. With all the changes that are going on I feel I get so much information from these workshops.”

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Sophia McQueen, Practice Manager

“Excellent! Finally, someone broke down the use of the E/M 1995 & 1997! Great workshop and worth every cent.”

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Mickey Ott, MD

“The presenters were good and well-organized. They were clearly experts and very, very knowledgeable.”

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Sara Hartsaw, MD

“Tons of information are presented well with good audience interaction.”

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Chike Chukwumah, MD

“Excellent resource. This is a ‘must’ for all young physicians new to practice.”

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Fredrick French, MD

“Excellent. In-depth. Practical.”

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Tammy Hughes, Practice Manager

“My doctor and I had a great time at the workshop. We have already implemented so much of what we learned, and we are sure the conference will pay for itself within one month. The doctor said it was in the ‘top three’ of all the conferences he has ever been to, and he attends…

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David Luyimbazi, MD

“This course was a vital introduction for young surgeons looking to understand how coding and payments work. The topic and contents were well laid out each day. The pace of the presentation was well done.”

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Tina Duffy, Coder

“Excellent course content. Even after many years in the business, I still learn something new at KZA workshops!”

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J. Duncan Phillips, MD

“Excellent, enthusiastic speaker. The information was up-to-date and nicely specific for surgeons.”

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Jody Streitenberger, Coder

“This is my first seminar. The information provided was well-organized and presented in an easy to understand manner. The two speakers were friends and made participation easy and enjoyable.”

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Calvin David, MD

“Excellent content! This is a ‘must’ for all surgeons.”

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Lauren Cagle, Office Manager

“Great course, worth every minute! No resource has been more valuable to our practice over the years than KZA coding workshops.”

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Neena Singh, MD

“This course has truly opened my eyes as to how important my documentation is. It was presented in an engaging, interesting fashion. It inspired me to learn more! All physicians need to be aware of this material.”

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Chariza Brenner, CPC, CEMC

“Very informative! This is a ‘must’ workshop for providers and their coders. The speaker is very knowledgeable, and she was easy for me to understand.”

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John Choi, MD

“Great course. Bring your coder! (I did.)”

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