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.

Office Coding

Surgeons love the operating room but spend a lot of time seeing patients and performing procedures in the office.

Get ready for major changes to Office Visit Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes scheduled for 2021! This course will cover the new and revised definitions and documentation requirements for codes 99202-99205 and 99211-99215. The course will also help you determine how you can start preparing for these changes now, by revising templates and educating physicians and coders in your practice before January 1, 2021.

Accurate coding and documentation drives revenue and compensation and ensures compliance. While documentation requirements for office E/M services will be changing in 2021, surgeons must still follow the same billing guidelines for all other visit codes, including critical care, inpatient, observation, and emergency department visits. This is further complicated by the fact that some E/M services can be billed separately, while some are part of the payment for the global package. This course will help navigate the visit coding road ahead.

You will also learn about common office procedure coding, including wound care coding and the revised definitions for intermediate and complex closures, fine needle aspiration biopsy, excisional biopsy, interprofessional consult codes, and telemedicine. You will also receive an update on CMS coding policies for 2020. We’ll clarify coding for screening colonoscopy as well as when to use modifiers 33 and PT. You will learn how diagnosis coding establishes medical necessity for services. Plus, we will analyze medical policies and explain the importance of risk-adjusted diagnosis coding for surgical practices.

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Surgical Coding

New codes, new guidelines! This 2020 ACS surgical coding course sifts through all that is new and important in general surgery coding and packs it into an intensive, fast-paced day. Real-life cases and discussions that link clinical scenarios 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 will show you the correct way to use surgical modifiers so that you optimize payment. You will leave armed with ideas and techniques for setting up systems that reduce denials and increase appeal success.

Get the latest correct coding information about pancreatic coding and venous reconstruction and coding for robotic assistance. Learn when and how to separately report omental flaps, lysis of adhesions, omentectomy, and intraoperative endoscopy. You will also learn what to do if you hit a brick wall in appeals.

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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 coding 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.

We will also describe when resident or NP/PA documentation and time count in your critical care calculation. Doing this incorrectly puts you at risk because 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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