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 2015 Coding and Reimbursement Course


Coding Course Overview

NEW ICD-10 CM Course Overview

E&M Course Overview

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Coding and Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago, IL 
Friday, October 16, 1:00 - 5:00 pm 
Saturday, October 17, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 pm 

Registration for the optional Friday morning E&M Coding workshop and ICD-10 CM workshop is separate –see below

SVS member: $880 (applies to staff of an SVS member) 
Non-member: $955 
Resident/Trainees: $250 

Program Overview 
Vascular surgeons and their support staff need to maintain knowledge and competence for appropriate billing and coding procedures. The Coding and Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons course is an intensive two-day program designed to address the 2015 updates including changes to endovascular stent placement outside the lower extremity and PQRS as well as coding for intravascular embolization and retrograde intrathoracic carotid stenting. Additionally, the course will review the proposed updates for 2015 with a focus on reporting standards for interventional and open surgical procedures. The program also includes information about the global surgical package and how it impacts billing and reimbursement, along with the application of modifiers for streamlined reimbursement. This will be accomplished by using a multi-modality educational forum with didactic lectures, panel discussions, case studies, and question-answer sessions. 

Learning Objectives 
At the end of the session, participants should be able to: 

• Discuss the 2014/2015 CPT and Medicare changes. 
• Demonstrate the application of modifiers for streamlined reimbursement. 
• Define the Global Surgical Package and how it impacts billing and reimbursement. 
• Explain the difference between incident-to and direct billing. 
• Understand the principle of component-coding. 
• Discuss the correct coding for key vascular surgery procedures. 
• Discuss the correct coding for key endovascular and open vascular 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, and others who seek to improve and expand their knowledge of accurate coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery. 

Accreditation 
The Society for Vascular Surgery® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation of Credit 
The Society for Vascular Surgery designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

NEW! ICD-10 CM Coding for Vascular Surgery
Thursday, October 15, 1:00 – 5:00 pm (Optional Workshop) 
Please note: There is an additional fee to attend this optional workshop and registration is separate from the main course. 
SVS Member: $250 
Non-member: $300 
Residents/Trainees: $100 

Program Overview
The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) will be the only diagnosis coding system accepted by payors as of October 15, 2015; sooner for any pre-certifications you do on cases scheduled on or after October 1, 2015. Even if you have had ICD-10 training in the past, this vascular –specific ICD-10 course will ensure that you are ready to meet the challenges of this new code set! Learn the key issues of this greatly expanded code set and the key differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 vascular codes. Learn what documentation changes you will need to make to justify the most specific diagnosis code. Practice with real-life vascular scenarios to experience just how the ICD-10 codes will fit into your routines. Bring your ICD-10 book and be ready to apply ICD-10 concepts to common vascular situations! 

The course will answer these key ICD-10 coding questions: 
• What additional documentation will be needed for the most commonly performed vascular disorders? 
• How have common vascular diagnosis codes for example, atherosclerosis codes, been expanded and what additional documentation will be needed? 
• What totally new codes are available in ICD-10 for vascular disorders? 
• When are symptoms like leg pain appropriately reported? 
• Will the payors accept unspecified code and how can I avoid the use of unspecified codes? 
• When should co-existing conditions (ESRD, diabetes, heart disease) be reported in addition to the primary vascular disorder? And how important is it to code these? 
• What exactly is the 7th character and the X placeholder and when are they used in vascular surgery? 
• What does ICD-10 mean by initial encounter, subsequent encounter and sequela as it pertains to vascular ICD-10 coding? 

Learning Objectives
At the end of the session, participants should be able to:  
• Identify the main differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes for common vascular disorders 
• Define the X placeholder and how it is used in spine diagnosis codes • Distinguish the differences between the 7th character (A, D, G, K, P, S) and how they are applied in selected non-traumatic spine coding. 
• Describe documentation changes that will be critical to support the most specific vascular diagnosis codes. 

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, and others who seek to improve and expand their knowledge of accurate coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery. 

Accreditation 
The Society for Vascular Surgery® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation of Credit 
The Society for Vascular Surgery® designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

E & M Coding for Vascular Surgeons (Optional Workshop)
Friday, October 16 
9:00 am - Noon 
Please note: There is an additional fee to attend this optional workshop and registration is separate from the main course. 

SVS Member: $100 
Non-member: $125 
Residents/Trainees: $50 

Program 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. Differences between Medicare and private payers will be reviewed. 

Learning Objectives 
At the end of the session, participants should be able to: 
• Describe the coding and documentation rules for key E & M categories. 
• Identify the difference between Medicare and private payers as related to E & M coding. 
• Understand the documentation requirements for the history, exam and medical decision making components for an E & M service. 
• 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, and others who seek to improve and expand their knowledge of accurate coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery. 

Accreditation 
The Society for Vascular Surgery® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation of Credit 
The Society for Vascular Surgery® designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 

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Coding and Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons
Oct. 16-17, 2015
Chicago, IL

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