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 Coding and Reimbursement Course

Challenges in Vascular Surgery 2012: Coding and Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons

Friday, October 19, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 20, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 pm
 
Registration for this program is now open.
 
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 2013 updates including changes to carotid artery selective arterial catheterization and imaging as well as management of arterial and venous thrombolytic infusions. Additionally, the course will review the 2012 updates including changes to renal artery selective arterial catheterization and imaging; vena cava filter insertion/repositioning/removal; PQRI measures; and 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 2012 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. (Faculty)
 
Accreditation
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
CME Credit
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 United CEU Credit
This course has prior approval of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for 11 Continuing Educaiton Units. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the Academy of the program, content or the program sponsor.
 
E & M Coding for Vascular Surgeons (Optional Workshop)
Friday, October 19, 9:00 am - Noon
 
Registration is now open. 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. 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.
  • Discuss how Medicare changes to the consultation category will affect vascular surgeons.
  • 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
SVS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
CME Credit
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 United 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. 
 
SVS Coding Course Hotel Reservation Information
The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is pleased to once again host the October 19-20 Society for Vascular Surgery Coding Course. All guest rooms offer a style that is contemporary and sophisticated with rich appointments and attention to detail in each room will ensure a true luxury boutique hotel experience. 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 $235/night*, single/double occupancy, is available on a first-come, first-served basis until September 27 or the block sells out, whichever comes first. The conference rate is available for hotel stays from October 18 through October 20 based on availability.
 
*Subject to applicable state, local and occupancy tax, currently at 15.4%
 
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, 163 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL
  • Reservations may be made by calling the hotel reservations department at 800-621-8140. Please be sure to identify yourself as part of the SVS Coding Course meeting and group code of 1210SVSSVS in order to obtain the special group rate.
  • Reservations may be made on line by clicking here.
  • Reservations must be guaranteed by credit card (American Express, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Visa, or MasterCard).
  • Cancellations will be accepted 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • Check-in time is 3:00 pm; check-out time is 12:00 Noon, after 12:00 Noon additional charges will apply. An early departure fee of $100 will apply for any guest checking out prior to the scheduled departure date.
Limited Complimentary Registration Available for Vascular Surgery Trainees and Recent Graduates
SVS has approved complimentary registration for the Fall 2012 Coding Course for 25 second year vascular fellows, PGY5 (“Chief”) integrated residents, or recent vascular surgery graduates (must have completed training within the last eight months). Complimentary registration to the course also includes the optional workshop, E & M Coding for Vascular Surgeons, held on Friday, October 19 at 9:00 am – Noon.
To be eligible for the complimentary registration, vascular trainees/recent graduates must meet the following criteria:
  • Be an active SVS Candidate Member.
  • Be in their last year of vascular surgery fellowship/residency (training to be completed in 2013) OR have completed their vascular surgery fellowship/residency within the last eight months.
  • There may only be one application per institution.
The selection process will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Current trainees should discuss attendance with their program director before applying to confirm the necessary time-off to attend the course. If less than 25 vascular trainees/recent graduates sign up for this course, the offer can be extended to fellows/residents who are not in their last year of fellowship/residency. Trainees that received complimentary registration for previous Coding Courses are not eligible to apply.

For more information, or to apply, contact
studentresident@vascularsociety.org. Please note attendees will have their course fee waived, but they are still responsible for any travel and accommodation expenses incurred. SVS does not cover travel, hotel, or other accommodation expenses.
 
Updated August 2012 ​​​​​​
 
 
 
 

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Fall 2012 
Coding and Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons
October 19 - 20, 2012
Chicago, IL

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