Challenges in Vascular Surgery 2011: Coding and Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons March 4 - 5, 2011, Washington DC

Register online for Challenges in Vascular Surgery 2011: Coding & Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons and E&M Coding for Vascular Surgeons (Optional Workshop).

Coding and Reimbursement and E&M Highlights
Friday, March 4, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Coding for Open Surgical and Endovascular Therapies

Saturday, March 5, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Program Overview

This program is intended for those who seek to improve and expand their knowledge of accurate (United States) coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery. The program covers 2011 coding and reimbursement updates, including changes to non-invasive physiologic arterial studies, changes to lower extremity endovascular arterial interventions, and changes in PQRI measures. Additionally, reporting standards for interventional and open surgical procedures, the global surgical package definition and modifier usage will be discussed.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
1. Discuss the 2011 CPT and Medicare changes including the 2011 CPT changes in lower extremity coding.
2. Demonstrate the application of modifiers for streamlined reimbursement.
3. Define the Global Surgical Package and how it impacts billing and reimbursement.
4. Explain the difference between incident-to and direct billing.
5. Understand the principals of component-coding.
6. Discuss the correct coding for key vascular surgery procedures.
7. Discuss the correct coding for key endovascular procedures.

Who Should Attend?
These courses are designed for vascular surgeons and their office staff including practice managers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, surgery schedulers, coders, billing, and others who seek to improve and expand their knowledge of accurate coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The SVS designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
 
AAPC Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credit
This course has prior approval of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for 11 Continuing Education Units. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the Academy of the program, content or the program sponsor.

Course Schedule
View the course schedule for Coding and Reimbursement and E&M Highlights and Coding for Open Surgical and Endovascular Therapies.

Faculty

Sean P. Roddy, MD, Course Director, is the CPT Advisor for the Society for Vascular Surgery and serves as Chair of the SVS Health Policy Committee. He has lectured nationally on billing and coding issues. He is a practicing vascular and endovascular surgeon with The Vascular Group in Albany, N.Y.

Teri Romano, RN, MBA, CPC, of Karen Zupko & Associates is a speaker and consultant in coding and reimbursement and participates as a faculty member in coding and reimbursement workshops sponsored by national medical specialty societies. She also provides customized coding and reimbursement courses directly to physicians as well as E & M and operative note audits to assist physicians in their compliance activities.

Sunita D. Srivastava, MD, FACS serves on the SVS Health Policy Committee.  She is a practicing open and minimally invasive vascular surgeon at the Heart and Vascular Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

Robert M. Zwolak, MD, PhD, is a vascular surgeon and professor of surgery at Dartmouth Medical School and Chief of Surgery at the White River Junction VA Medical Center. He maintains a busy clinical practice in open and interventional vascular surgery. He has extensive vascular surgery coding expertise, having served on the SVS Health Policy Committee for over 15 years.  He is a past member of the American College of Surgeons General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee, and he served two terms on the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Update Committee (RUC). He just completed a term on the CMS Ambulatory Payment Commission Panel.  He is the current President of the Society for Vascular Surgery.

Disclosures

Faculty Disclosure
Disclosure statements have been requested from the faculty and will be made available at the conference. All faculty presenters are also expected to disclose to participants any discussions of off-label and/or investigational uses of pharmaceutical products and/or medical devices during their presentations.

SVS Staff Disclosure
Disclosure statements have been requested from all SVS staff members.  SVS staff members have nothing to disclose.

Video and Audio Recording Policy
Video or audio recording of any session is not permitted.

Hotel Accomodations
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is pleased to host the March 4-5, 2011 Society for Vascular Surgery Coding Course. The Hyatt offers inviting upscale accommodations, deluxe amenities and a great location with close proximity to all that Washington, DC has to offer. Guestrooms include Hyatt Grand Beds™, iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, 37” LCD TVs, full service fitness center and a heated indoor lap pool. For additional information on the hotel, please visit the hotel’s website
 
A block of guest rooms has been reserved for SVS attendees. The special group rate of US$199/night*, single/double occupancy, is available on a first-come, first-served basis until February 10 or until the block sells out, whichever comes first. The conference rate is available for hotel stays from March 2 through March 9 based on availability.

*subject to applicable state, local and occupancy tax, currently at 14.5 percent

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill Hotel
400 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC
  • Reservations may be made by calling central reservations at 888-421-1442. Please be sure to identify yourself as part of the SVS meeting to obtain the group rate 
  • Reservations may be made online. Reservations must be guaranteed by credit card (American Express, Diners Club, Discover, Visa, or MasterCard)
  • Cancellations will be accepted 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Check-in time is 3:00 pm; check-out time is Noon, after Noon additional charges will apply. An early departure fee of US$100 will apply for any guest checking out prior to the scheduled departure date
Hotel Location & Ground Transportation
The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is located approximately two blocks from the US Capitol in downtown Washington, DC. 

Transportation is available from the following airports (all fares are approximate less gratuity and tolls):
Reagan National: US$14 - US$18 (10-20 minutes); Dulles: US$60 - US$80 (50 - 60 minutes); BWI: US$63 (1 hour). For additional information, please visit the hotel’s website. Click on the ‘maps and directions’ tab on the home page.

Registration
Register online for Challenges in Vascular Surgery 2011: Coding & Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeonsand E&M Coding for Vascular Surgeons (Optional Workshop). These two courses are separate and you must register for both.

If you prefer to register via fax, fill out this form.

E & M Coding for Vascular Surgeons (Optional Workshop)
Friday, March 4, 9:00 am - Noon

Please note: There is an additional fee to attend this optional workshop.

Workshop Overview
Evaluation and management (E&M) codes continue to be misunderstood and misused by physicians. Medicare and private payers have responded by targeting E&M services for audit. This workshop will focus on coding and documentation rules for choosing a correct E&M category and level of service, specifically for the vascular surgeon. Medicare's elimination of consultation codes and how this will impact coding, revenues, and your private payers will be discussed.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the following programs, participants should be able to:
1. Describe the coding and documentation rules for key E & M categories.
2. Discuss how Medicare changes to the consultation category will affect vascular surgeons.
3. Understand the documentation requirements for the history, exam and medical decision making components of an E & M service.
4. Discuss the correct use of E & M modifiers in vascular surgery.

Who Should Attend?
These courses are designed for vascular surgeons and their office staff including practice managers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, surgery schedulers, coders, billing and others who seek to improve and expand their knowledge of accurate coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit 
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The SVS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.75  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPC Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credit   
This optional workshop has prior approval of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for 3 Continuing Education Units. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the Academy of the program, content or the program sponsor.

Course Schedule
View the Optional Workshop's program schedule.

Vascular Trainees May Apply for Complimentary Registration

SVS offers 25 second-year fellows with complimentary registration for the March 4 Coding Course, held  in Washington, D.C. To be eligible to apply for the complimentary registration, vascular trainees must meet the following criteria:
  • Be an active SVS Candidate Member (trainee status counts) 
  • Be in their last year of fellowship
  • There may only be one application per institution
Attendee course fees will be waived, but they are still responsible for any travel and accommodation expenses incurred.

The selection process will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Trainees should discuss attendance with their program director before applying to confirm the necessary time-off to attend the course. If fewer than 25 fellows register for this course, the offer may be extended to fellows who are not in their last year of fellowship. Trainees who received complimentary registration for the 2010 Fall Coding Course are not eligible to apply. For more information, or to apply, contact studentresident@vascularsociety.org.
 
Vascular Coding Guide 2011
The Vascular Coding Guide 2011 new coding guide to help you achieve accurate coding for vascular interventions. The guide, conveniently formatted on a CD, includes helpful hints on appropriate use of CPT coding for all anatomical areas. Vascular health professionals including surgeons, coders, and billers will find the searchable PDF format easy to use.

Next Coding Course: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, September 30 - October 1, 2011, Chicago


Program Overview
This program is intended for those who seek to improve and expand their knowledge of accurate (United States) coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery. The program covers 2011 coding and reimbursement updates, including changes to non-invasive physiologic arterial studies, changes to lower extremity endovascular arterial interventions, and changes in PQRI measures. Additionally, reporting standards for interventional and open surgical procedures, the global surgical package definition and modifier usage will be discussed.

Who Should Attend?
These courses are designed for vascular surgeons and their office staff including practice managers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, surgery schedulers, coders, billing, and others who seek to improve and expand their knowledge of accurate coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery.
 
E & M Coding Workshop Overview (Optional)
Evaluation and management (E&M) codes continue to be misunderstood and misused by physicians. Medicare and private payers have responded by targeting E&M services for audit. This workshop will focus on coding and documentation rules for choosing a correct E&M category and level of service, specifically for the vascular surgeon. Medicare's elimination of consultation codes and how this will impact coding, revenues, and your private payers will be discussed.
 
Updated December 2010