Presented by the American College of Surgeons in conjunction with KarenZupko & Associates, Inc.


Thursday

Supercharge Your
Reimbursement Skills

Course Info

Would your E/M coding and documentation survive an audit? Are your collections processes set up to address the impact of high deductible health plans? Are no-shows wreaking havoc on the schedule? This workshop zeros in on hot-button issues such as these and a whole lot more.

You'll learn to select the correct E/M code from our all new case scenarios, document medical necessity the right way to avoid risk, and make sure you are accurately reporting services both in and out of the global period. We'll also cover coding for common skin procedures and the essential business skills required to parlay your new coding knowledge into optimal reimbursement. You'll take home practical tools, techniques, and templates to achieve success.

Who Should Attend
  • General Surgeons
  • Billing Managers
  • Coding/Billing Staff
  • Revenue Cycle Directors
  • Administrators
Learning Objectives
  • Select the correct category of code and level of service for E/M visits.
  • Appropriately assign modifiers to E/M visits.
  • Accurately code lesion excision and repair codes.
  • Describe the medical and surgical services that are and are not included in the global payment for surgery.
  • Assess and improve one key aspect of the revenue cycle function.
  • Implement strategies for collecting from patients with high deductible health plans.
Accreditation

2018 CME Credit for Physicians
The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

2018 AAPC Accreditation (pending)
This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 6.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

Friday

2018 Mastering General Surgery CPT Coding

Course Info

General surgeons have a golden opportunity in 2018. The limited number of new and revised codes gives practice teams the chance to evaluate their coding knowledge and the accuracy of
reimbursement. This course delivers the instruction and tools necessary to support these efforts.

We'll cover the new and revised incompetent vein treatment codes. We've also expanded the hernia surgery section. All-new and complex cases will deepen your knowledge.

And, you'll get granular instruction on coding for colorectal, endoscopy, bariatric, appendix, gall bladder, and endocrine surgery. This course also addresses 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 modifiers so that you optimize payment. You'll leave armed with ideas and techniques for setting up systems that reduce denials and increase appeal success.

Who Should Attend
  • General Surgeons
  • Billing Managers
  • Coding/Billing Staff
  • Revenue Cycle Directors
  • Administrators
Learning Objectives
  •  Correctly code common general surgery procedures including breast, endoscopy, colorectal, bariatric, trauma, gall bladder, liver, hernia, and more.
  • Accurately use new and revised incompetent vein treatment codes.
  • Identify areas for improvement in surgical documentation.
  • Accurately apply modifiers when they are required and understand their impact on reimbursement.
  • Understand how to report and get paid for unlisted procedures.
  • Integrate 2018 CPT and HCPCS coding changes and guidelines into practice.
Accreditation

2018 CME Credit for Physicians
The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

2018 AAPC Accreditation (pending)
This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 6.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

*Saturday (NEW)

2018 Intensive Trauma and Critical Care Coding 

Course Info

You asked for it – we’re delivering it. This all-new 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 the details needed to code and document an array of procedures common in a trauma and critical care environment, including central venous catheter, emergent procedures, abdominal trauma, wound care, imaging, and vessel repair.

This course provides clarity to the Medicare vs. CPT definition of critical care, and addresses coding issues related to place of service, time spent with the patient, and concurrent care. You'll leave with the information necessary to code for E/M and critical care services, and the billing imperatives for teaching physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Who Should Attend
  • General Surgeons
  • Billing Managers
  • Coding/Billing Staff
  • Revenue Cycle Directors
  • Administrators
Learning Objectives
  • Discuss how the pre, intra and post-operative component of trauma procedures are valued.
  • Understand the difference between co-surgeon and assistant surgeon in trauma.
  • Describe how surgical modifiers are used in trauma and how they impact payment.
  • Describe accurate coding of common surgical trauma scenarios.
  • Apply coding concepts to complex trauma surgeries, including multiple injuries and damage control surgery.
  • Apply modifiers to E/M and critical care services.
  • Identify scenarios when critical care coding is appropriate and when it is not.
Accreditation

2018 CME Credit for Physicians
The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

2018 AAPC Accreditation (pending)
This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 6.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

Course Dates at a Glance (*Saturday Trauma Course Presented)

CityLocation
Date
Hotel Cut
Off Dates
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Registration
Non-Member
Registration
CityLocation
Date
Hotel Cut
Off Dates
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Non-Member
Registration
Southlake, TXHilton Dallas Southlake Town Square
Jan 25-26
Jan 3
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Las Vegas, NVThe Encore Wynn
Feb 8-10*
Jan 8
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Orlando, FLWyndham Grand at Bonnet Creek
Feb 22-23
Feb 8
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Chicago, ILHyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
Apr 12-13
March 28
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New York, NYYale Club
May 17-19*
Attendees find and book own hotel
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Nashville, TNLoews Vanderbilt Hotel
Aug 9-10
July 16
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Chicago, ILHyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
Nov 1-3*
Oct 13
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Meet Your Instructors

Deborah Grider

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

Betsy Nicoletti

MS, CCS-P, CPC

Teri Romano

RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP