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Register Now for 2018 Surgical Coding Workshop

February 14, 2018 11:49 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

Protect Your Medicare Payments
Register Now to Attend 2018 ACS General Surgery Coding Workshop

With Medicare and third-party payor policy and American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding changes taking effect in 2018, it is imperative that surgeons and their practice coding and billing team have accurate and up-to-date information to protect reimbursement and optimize efficiency. To help surgeons succeed, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has scheduled several general surgery coding workshops in 2018. 

Participants in a coding workshop will not only learn how to correctly report surgical procedures and medical services, but will also have access to the tools necessary to succeed, including a coding workbook to keep for future reference that includes exercises, checklists, 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.

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The remaining ACS coding workshops in 2018 are listed below:

  • Orlando, FL, February 22–23
  • Chicago, IL, April 12–13
  • New York, NY, May 17–19*
  • Nashville, TN, August 9–10
  • Chicago, IL, November 1–3*

*The New York City and (November) Chicago workshops offer a third day devoted to trauma and critical care coding. 

Thursday Course: Supercharge Your Reimbursement Skills
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • 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. 

Friday Course: 2018 Mastering General Surgery CPT Coding
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • 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.

Saturday Course: 2018 Intensive Trauma and Critical Care Coding - Only in New York City and (November) Chicago 
At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • 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.

For more information about the 2018 ACS coding workshops, please visit the ACS website or e-mail

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