Managing Coding and Reimbursement Challenges in Neurosurgery 2015
Education and Meetings
Managing Coding & Reimbursement
Challenges in Neurosurgery 2015

NEW 2015 Managing Coding Courses. Register early before seats fill up!

Course Description

Is your reimbursement team up-to-date on the 2015 CPT coding guidelines? The AANS Managing Coding course trains clinical, professional and administrative staff on how to accurately apply and assign CPT codes for common neurosurgical procedures which in return will maximize reimbursement rates and minimize claim denials.

The ICD-10 mandate has been delayed until October 1, 2015. But don’t delay any further and make sure your practice is ready for the change. Learn how AANS can help you understand how these important changes impact your reimbursement teams and lead them to a smooth and effective transition.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

Day 1 – ICD-10 Coding:

  • Describe two major differences difference between ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes.
  • Use relevant ICD-10 chapters and codes common to neurosurgery.
  • Describe key potential documentation deficiencies relative to ENT in ICD-10.
  • State two implementation actions that you can take now to prepare for ICD-10.

Day 2 and 3 – CPT Coding:

  • Identify and apply correct CPT codes to commonly performed spine and cranial procedures.
  • Describe the global surgical package meaning what’s included the pre-, intra- and post-operative global period.
  • Monitor practice financial vital signs and discuss strategies for improvement.
  • Improve the ability to choose E/M levels of service and code categories.
  • Determine when to use consultation E/M codes.
Who Should Attend?

Neurosurgeons, fellows and chief residents, practice managers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, surgery schedulers, coders, billing office staff and other office staff members.

When neurosurgeons attend with their reimbursement team, this provides the highest return on investment because the entire team hears and takes the same message home to implement change.

Register today and become a Coding Expert!
Sign-up for the 2015 Managing Coding Courses and become proficient in the CPT coding system.

Coding Related Webinars

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Faculty

John Kevin Ratliff, MD, FAANS
AANS Coding Program Director
Stanford University
Stanford, California

Luis Manuel Tumialan, MD, FAANS
AANS Coding Program Co-Director
Barrow Neurological Institute
Scottsdale, Arizona

Peter D. Angevine, MD, MPH, FAANS
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, New York

Joseph S. Cheng, MD, MS, FAANS
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Robert R. Johnson II, MD, FAANS
Michigan Head and Spine Institute
Southfield, Michigan

Alexander M. Mason, MD, FAANS
Boulder Neurosurgical Associates
Boulder, Colorado

John G. Piper, MD, FAANS
Iowa Clinic
Department of Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery
Des Moines, Iowa

Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC
KarenZupko & Associates, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

Daniel Refai, MD, FAANS
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Teri Romano, RN, MBA, CPC
KarenZupko & Associates, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

Clemens Schirmer, MD, PhD
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Neurosurgery
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Scott D. Simon, MD, FAANS
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

David A. Sun, MD, FAANS
Norton Healthcare
Louisville, Kentucky

Karin R. Swartz, MD, FAANS
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

G. Edward Vates, MD, PhD, FAANS
University of Rochester/Neurosurgery
Rochester, New York

Course Agenda

Day One: ICD-10 Coding

Time: 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.

2:00-2:30pm
Introduction to ICD-10
Format and structure
Coding guidelines
2:30-3:30pm
Chapter 2: Neoplasms (tumor)
Chapter 13: Musculoskeletal system (spine)
3:30-3:45pm
Break
3:45-5:00pm
Chapter 6: Nervous system (functional, peripheral nerve)
Chapter 19: Injuries (trauma) and sue of external cause codes
Chapter 9: Cicrulatory system (cerebrovascular)
Chapter 17: Congenital malformations (pediatrics)
Chapter 21: Factors affecting health care (postop care, surveillance)
5:00-5:30pm
Action agenda and strategies for successful implementation of ICD-10 in your practice

IMPORTANT: Resources for ICD-10 course: Course syllabus will be provided to you prior to the course (Bring along to course.) AMA's ICD-10-CM book – To purchase the book, click here.

Optional Physicians Breakout and Optional Coders Breakout – 2 hours of content but attendance is optional
Day and Time: Thursday, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (these breakouts are concurrent)


Physicians Only Breakout: This session will allow for discussion of new codes, practice management concerns, and challenges faced by practicing neurosurgeons. The session will review CMS survey methodology and will provide opportunity for discussion of the code development and valuation process. There will be ample time for questions and for attendee-led discussion.

Coders and Office Staff Breakout: This session is for novice and experienced coders and will focus on the anatomy and terminology related to neurosurgical codes. Spine models and brain models are used for demonstration.

Day Two: CPT Coding

Time: 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.

8:00 - 9:30am
2015 Medicare Update
Global Surgical Package and Using Modifiers to Optimize Revenue
9:30 - 10:00am
Introduction to Spine Procedure Coding
10:00 - 10:15am
Break
10:15 - 12:00pm
Spine Procedure COding and Scenarios
12:00 - 12:45pm
Lunch
12:45 - 2:15pm
Procedure Coding and Scenarios
2:15 - 2:30pm
Break
2:30 - 4:00pm
Spine Procedure Coding and Sceneros

Day Three: CPT Coding

Time: 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

8:00 - 8:45am
Spine Procedure Coding and Scenarios (Continued)
8:45 - 9:30am
Practice Management: Surviving During Challenging Times
9:30 - 10:00am
Craniotomy and Non-spine Procedure Coding & Scenarios
10:00 - 10:15am
Break
10:15 - 12:00pm
Craniotomy and Non-Spine Procedure Coding and Scenarios
12:00 - 12:45pm
Lunch
12:45 - 1:15pm
Neuroendovascular Procedure Coding and Scenarios
1:15 - 3:00pm
Compliance in Evaluation and Management Coding and Documentation

IMPORTANT: Many attendees find it helpful to bring their CPT books to facilitate hands-on coding of cases.

Each attendee will receive:

  • Comprehensive course workbook including answer key
  • Current Neurosurgeon's Reference for E&M Documentation
  • Materials related to the two optional Physicians Breakout and Coders Breakout sessions.
  • Attendees will receive on-site access to a 30-day free trial to AANSCodingToday
  • A full breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee on day 2 and day 3 of the course.
CME Credit

The AANS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AANS designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure

Before the program, all faculty members will disclose the existence of any financial interest and/or the relationship they or their significant other might have with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) to be discussed during their presentation.

Locations
Bellagio Las Vegas, Nev.
Feb. 5-7, 2015

Bellagio
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nev. 89109
Hotel Phone: (702) 693-7111
Room Rates: $179 Thursday Only
($199 Friday and Saturday)
Reservation Deadline: January 6, 2015
To register, click here.

Attendees can contact the reservation agents at
1-888-987-6667 or go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/AANS15
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, La.
March 12-14, 2015

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans
739 Canal Street
New Orleans, La. 70130
Hotel Phone: (504) 962-0500
Room Rates: $216
Reservation Deadline: February 10, 2015
To register, click here.
Buena Vista Palace Hotel Orlando, Fla.
April 16-18, 2015

Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa
1900 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 32830
Hotel Phone: (407) 827-2727
Room Rates: $159
Reservation Deadline: March 26, 2015
To register, click here.
Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.
May 2, 2015

AANS Annual Meeting Practical Clinic:
Neurosurgical CPT Coding Update with ICD-10
Washington D.C., Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
To register, click here.

IMPORTANT: You must register for the Annual Scientific Meeting in addition to registering for the above practical clinic. This course has a separate agenda, separate registration process, and requires a different registration fee from the full course.
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 6-8, 2015

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
163 E. Walton Place
Chicago, Ill. 60611
Hotel Phone: (312) 751-8100
Room Rates: $189
Reservation Deadline: July 16, 2015
To register, click here.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Nov. 5-7, 2015

Hyatt Regency Philadelphia
201 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19106
Hotel Phone: (215) 928-134
Room Rates: $189
Reservation Deadline: August 7, 2015
To register, click here.
Hotel Accommodations

Registrants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Please identify the AANS course you will be attending when making your hotel reservations. While a sufficient number of rooms have been set aside at the hotel for course registrants, there are occasions when the room block sells out prior to the cut-off date. Please make your hotel reservations as early as possible. Reservations made after the course registration deadline will be accepted on a space available basis and may not qualify for discounted rates.

Air Transportation

The AANS is pleased to announce that Delta Air Lines offers airfares for your event travel. Refer to your Ticket Designator NMJRW to purchase your tickets and your negotiated discount may be applied.

Reservations and ticketing is available via http://www.delta.com/or by calling our Delta Meeting Network Reservations at 800-328-1111. Please note that a Direct Ticketing Charge will apply for booking by phone. When booking online, select Meeting Event Code and enter your Meeting ID in the box provided on the Search Flight page. Do not make airline reservations prior to receiving a letter of confirmation as courses sell out quickly and registration for a program is not finalized until you receive your confirmation.

Car Rental or SuperShuttle

AANS members receive discounted rates at Alamo car rental. Call (800) 354-2322 or visit www.alamo.com. Please mention or enter ID# 706768.

AANS has negotiated a 10% national discount off your round trip reservation with SuperShuttle and ExecuCar. The discount code is: AANSU. To use the code simply enter it on the first page of the website when making your reservations – Click here. For special reservation questions call 1-800 BLUE VAN (800-258-3826), available 24/7. Please note that if you call in your reservation instead of booking and paying online with your discount code, then the discount is not valid and a $2 call center fee applies.

Registration Policy

As courses sell out months in advance, please register early. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. All registrants will receive an email confirmation from the AANS within 2 business days of their registration. Should you fail to receive a confirmation within that time, please contact the AANS Division of Education and Meetings at epm@aans.org.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The AANS wishes to take those steps to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to attend any AANS program, please contact the AANS Division of Education and Meetings prior to arrival at epm@aans.org.

Attire Advice

Please dress in layers of clothing to accommodate all temperatures.

Questions
Please contact the AANS Division of Education and Meetings at
epm@aans.org should you have any questions.


Policies

Disclaimer

The material presented at the Managing Coding and Reimbursement Challenges course has been made available by the AANS for educational purposes only. The material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily the best method or procedure appropriate for the medical situations discussed, but rather it is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the faculty, which may be helpful to others who face similar situations.

Neither the content (whether written or oral) of any course, seminar or other presentation in the program, nor the use of a specific product in conjunction therewith, nor the exhibition of any materials by any parties coincident with the program, should be construed as indicating endorsement or approval of the views presented, the products used, or the materials exhibited by the AANS, or its Committees, Commissions, or Affiliates.

The AANS makes no statements, representations or warranties (whether written or oral) regarding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) status of any product used or referred to in conjunction with any course, seminar or other presentation being made available as part of the Managing Coding and Reimbursement Challenges course. Faculty members shall have sole responsibility to inform attendees of the FDA status of each product that is used in conjunction with any course, seminar or presentation and whether such use of the product is in compliance with FDA regulations.

Disclosure

Before the program, all faculty members will disclose the existence of any financial interest and/or the relationship they or their significant other might have with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) to be discussed during their presentation.

Registration Policy

As courses sell out months in advance, please register early. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. All registrants will receive an email confirmation from the AANS within 4 business days of their registration. Should you fail to receive a confirmation within that time, please contact the AANS Division of Education and Meetings at epm@aans.org.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

The AANS reserves the right to cancel a course. Registrants will be notified by telephone and a formal letter of cancellation will follow in the mail. In the event of course cancellation, registration fees are refundable. However, airline and hotel penalties are the responsibility of the registrant.

Las Vegas, Nev. - Coding & Reimbursement Course – Feb. 5-7, 2015

Requests for cancellation, substitution, or transfer of course registration must be received in writing prior to January 5, 2015, in order to receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations or transfers to another course will only be granted between January 6, 2015, and January 22, 2015, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations, substitution, or transfers after January 23, 2015. Email or fax written cancellation, substitution, or transfer requests to: epm@aans.org or fax: (847) 378-0681.

New Orleans, La. - Coding & Reimbursement Course – March 12-14, 2015

Requests for cancellation, substitution, or transfer of course registration must be received in writing prior to February 12, 2015, in order to receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations or transfers to another course will only be granted between February 13, 2015, and February 26, 2015, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations, substitution, or transfers after February 27, 2015. Email or fax written cancellation, substitution, or transfer requests to: epm@aans.org or fax: (847) 378-0681.

Orlando, Fla. - Coding & Reimbursement Course - April 16-18, 2015

Requests for cancellation, substitution, or transfer of course registration must be received in writing prior to March 16, 2015, in order to receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations or transfers to another course will only be granted between March 17, 2015, and March 31, 2015, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations, substitution, or transfers after April 1, 2015. Email or fax written cancellation, substitution, or transfer requests to: epm@aans.org or fax: (847) 378-0681.

Chicago, Ill. – Aug. 6-8, 2015

Requests for cancellation, substitution, or transfer of course registration must be received in writing prior to July 6, 2015, in order to receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations or transfers to another course will only be granted between July 7, 2015, and July 21, 2015, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations, substitution, or transfers after July 22, 2015. Email or fax written cancellation, substitution, or transfer requests to: epm@aans.org or fax: (847) 378-0681.

Philadelphia, Pa. - Coding & Reimbursement Course – Nov. 5-7, 2015

Requests for cancellation, substitution, or transfer of course registration must be received in writing prior to October 5, 2015, in order to receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations or transfers to another course will only be granted between October 6, 2015 and October 20, 2015, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations, substitution, or transfers after October 21, 2015. Email or fax written cancellation, substitution, or transfer requests to: epm@aans.org or Fax: (847) 378-0681.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The AANS wishes to take those steps to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to attend any AANS program, please contact the AANS Division of Education and Meetings prior to arrival at epm@aans.org.

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