American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

By attending the coding workshops, you will have access to the tools necessary to succeed, including a course workbook to keep for future reference with resource guides, templates, and examples.

Physicians receive up to 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each day of participation. In addition, each day of the workshop meets AAPC guidelines for 6.5 continuing education units.

Spotlight On Office Procedure and E/M Coding

Surgeons love the operating room, but in reality spend a lot of time seeing patients and performing procedures in the office. Accurate coding ensures proper revenue for these services. And while the documentation requirements for office E/M services may be changing, surgeons must still follow billing guidelines for critical care services, inpatient, observation, and emergency department visits. These are complicated by the fact that some E/M services can be billed separately and some are part of the payment for the global package. 

This lightning speed course reviews common office procedure coding, including wound care coding. You’ll learn about the new CPT codes for fine needle aspiration biopsy, excisional biopsy, and inter-professional consult codes, and get an update on CMS coding policies for 2019. We’ll clarify coding for screening colonoscopy as well as how and when to use modifiers 33 and PT. You’ll learn how diagnosis coding establishes medical necessity for services. Plus, we’ll analyze medical policies and explain the importance of risk-adjusted diagnosis coding for surgical practices.

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Successful Surgical Coding

New codes, new guidelines! The 2019 ACS 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 2019 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 descriptions and a comprehensive workbook that will become your first response coding resource.

The course provides in depth and interesting instruction on coding for colorectal, endoscopy, bariatric, hernia, appendix, gall bladder, skin, and endocrine coding. It 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.

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Intensive Trauma and Critical Care Coding

This information-packed course goes narrow and deep into the distinct coding issues faced by trauma and critical care surgeons. 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. Get all the details needed to code and document an array of procedures common in a trauma and critical care environment, including: emergent procedures, abdominal trauma, damage control surgery, wound care, imaging, and vessel repair.

This year we’ve expanded the critical care section to almost an entire afternoon so that you leave confident about your critical care documentation and coding for trauma. Case scenarios will help you identify which critical care circumstances support critical care, and how to create documentation that will hold up under scrutiny. Every encounter with a trauma patient in the ICU is not billed as critical care. Find out which ones are, and which ones are not, based on critical care guidelines and payor review.

We’ll also describe when resident or NP/PA documentation and time count in your critical care calculation. Doing this incorrectly puts you at risk, as critical care billing is fast becoming a major hot spot for payor audits.

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

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Testimonials from Prior Course Participants

Recent participants of ACS coding workshops say it best when talking about why you should register and attend a coding workshop to better your surgical practice.

Great course. Bring your coder! (I did.)
— John Choi MD, Poughkeepsie, NY

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.
— Chariza Brenner, CPC, CEMC, New York, NY

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.
— Neena Singh, MD, Portland, ME

Excellent content! This is a 'must' for all surgeons.
— Calvin David, MD, Arlington, VA

Excellent, enthusiastic speaker. The information was up to date and nicely specific for surgeons.
— J. Duncan Phillips, MD, Raleigh, NC

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.
— David Luyimbazi, MD, Roanoke, VA

Excellent. In-depth. Practical.
— Fredrick French, MD, Spokane, WA

Excellent resource. This is a 'must' for all young physicians new to practice.
— Chike Chukwumah, MD, Hartford, CT

Tons of information is presented well with good audience interaction.
— Sara Hartsaw, MD, Gillette, WY