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.

Supercharge Your Reimbursement Skills

Would your evaluation and management (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.

In this session, you will learn how to select the correct E/M code from 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. You will also learn coding for common skin procedures and the essential business skills required to parlay your new coding knowledge into optimal reimbursement.

What’s New in the 2018 Workshop?

  • E/M coding cases
  • Lessons from the Office of the Inspector General and Department of Justice
  • Collecting from patients with high deductible health plans
  • CMS mandate for postoperative visit data collection
  • Strategies to reduce no-show visits

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2018 Mastering General Surgery Coding

The limited number of new and revised codes for 2018 gives practice teams the chance to re-evaluate their coding knowledge and the accuracy of reimbursement. This course delivers the instruction and tools necessary to support these efforts. This course will cover the new and revised incompetent vein treatment codes. The hernia surgery section has been expanded and new and complex cases will deepen your knowledge. You will get granular instruction on coding for colorectal, endoscopy, bariatric, appendix, gallbladder, endocrine surgery and more. This course also addresses why documentation is as essential as the code selected, and how to capture all potential revenue by improving your notes. You will learn the correct way to use modifiers so that you optimize payment and you will leave armed with ideas and techniques for setting up systems that reduce denials and increase appeal success.

What’s New in the 2018 Workshop?

  • Changes is coding for breast surgery
  • New codes for incompetent vein treatment
  • New codes for hiatal/paraesophageal hernias: Type 1, 2, 3, 4
  • More coding scenarios for general surgery cases

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New—2018 Intensive Trauma and Critical Care Coding

Over the years, course participants have been asking for more trauma coding education. This all-new 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 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.

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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