Education and Meetings
Managing Coding & Reimbursement
Challenges in Neurosurgery 2014

2015 Managing Coding and Reimbursement
Locations and Dates

Course Description
As any physician will attest, no one wants to leave money on the table or be accused of submitting incorrect claims. And yet every year, as neurosurgical practices are faced with the daunting task of understanding the newest coding and billing rules, many fail to educate themselves on the new guidelines. The result: lower revenue potential, increased denials and greater operating/administrative costs for the practice.

Adding to this substantial challenge is the scheduled implementation of ICD-10-CM diagnostic codes. The delayed implementation of ICD-10 underscores the magnitude of change and the amount of preparation required for an efficient transition.

To take the guesswork out of this complex system and lead reimbursement teams in a smooth and effective changeover to ICD-10, AANS will offer an expanded program for this course lineup in 2014.

The AANS Managing Coding courses are the most trusted neurosurgical coding courses available, with over 17 years of service to the neurosurgical community. Bring your reimbursement team to one of the scheduled courses in 2014 to receive the tools and support you need to be compensated appropriately and fairly for your work. With the looming ICD-10 transition, now more than ever it is critical to be knowledgeable about the current coding and billing procedures.

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.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the structure of an ICD-10-CM code.
  • Apply structure to accurately code multiple case examples.
  • Discuss ICD-10-CM coding requirements for traumatic injuries.
  • Describe two things you can do to successfully implement ICD-10-CM coding in your practice.
  • Describe the global surgical package and how it impacts reimbursement.
  • Identify and apply correct CPT codes to commonly performed neurosurgical procedures.
  • Discuss and analyze strategies to reduce revenue loss in your practice.
  • Identify common compliance issues in E&M coding and documentation

To register for the Denver course click here.

Coding Related Webinars


Joseph S. Cheng, MD, MS, FAANS
AANS Coding Program Director
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

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

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

R. Patrick Jacob, MD, FAANS
University of Florida-Gainesville
Gainesville, Florida

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

Alexander M. Mason, MD
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 Health System
Danville, PA

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

Luis Manuel Tumialan, MD, FAANS
Barrow Neurological Institute
Scottsdale, Arizona


Day One: ICD-10-CM Coding
Time: 2:00-5:30 p.m.

This portion of the course will focus on:

  • ICD-10 Implementation Actions, Tips for Successful Implementation, Timeline for Successful Implementation, and Next Steps
  • Structure of ICD-10-CM Codes
  • Guidelines for Using ICD-10-CM Codes
  • Formatting CMS 1500 Claims with ICD-10-CM Codes
  • Specific Neurosurgery Case Examples, Hands-on Coding Using Scenarios from the CPT Course Workbook

IMPORTANT: Attendees should bring a copy of the AMA's ICD-10-CM 2014 Codebook (2014 edition/year) with them to the course. To purchase the book, please click here.

Day One Optional Physicians Breakout and Introduction to Coding with Anatomy and Terminology
Time: 7 - 9 p.m. (these breakouts are concurrent)

Physicians Only Breakout: This session is intended for neurosurgeons and will discuss how and why to complete the surveys from the AMA and CMS along with new devices and how to code for these devices. Preparation for ICD-10 implementation will be discussed.

Introduction to Coding with Anatomy and Terminology: This session is for novice and experienced coders and will focus on the anatomy and terminology related to neurosurgical codes.

Day Two: CPT Coding
Time: 8:00 - 4:00 p.m.

This portion of the course will focus on:

  • Medicare Update 2014-Medicare Payment and Major Changes
  • Global Surgical Package and Using Modifiers to Optimize Revenue
  • Introduction to Spine Procedure Coding and Scenarios: How to Code Spine Procedures

Day Three: CPT Coding
Time: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

This portion of the course will focus on:

  • Practice Management Imperatives
  • Revenue Enhancement Strategies
  • Avoiding Revenue Leaks, Using Technology, Basic Contracting Issues
  • Hospital Employment: Is It for You?
  • Compliance and Audit Strategies
  • Craniotomy and Non-Spine Procedure Coding and Scenarios
  • Neuroendovascular Procedure Coding and Scenarios
  • 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 a comprehensive course workbook including answer key, a current Neurosurgeon's Reference for E&M Documentation, and 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 as well as other coding-related materials.

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 to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AANS designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This program has the prior approval of AAPC for up to 18.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

CEUs for the 2014 AANS Coding courses will not be honored by AAPC after November 30, 2014.


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.

Denver, Colorado
Nov. 13–15, 2014

Ritz Carlton
1881 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80202
Hotel Phone: 303.312.3800
Room Rates: $219 single
Reservation Deadline: October 14, 2014

To register for the Denver course
click here.

Attendees please call 1.800.265.1926 and reference the AANS group or use the following link
And in the group code box use the ANSANSA code.
Hotel Accommodations

Registrants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Please identify this AANS course 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 American Airlines is their official airline carrier. A 5% discount off the lowest applicable fare will be offered when booking your meeting travel at Discounts apply on American Airlines and American Eagle qualifying flights. To take advantage of this discount, please enter the following code(s) under promotion code when booking online at

November 13-15, 2014 – Coding in Denver – 38N4AA

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 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 at For special reservation questions call 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

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

Attire Advice

Please dress in layers of clothing to accommodate all temperatures.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Denver Coding & Reimbursement Course – Nov. 13-15, 2014

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Requests for cancellation, substitution, or transfer of course registration must be received in writing prior to October 13, 2014 in order to receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations or transfers to another course will only be granted between October 14, 2014 and October 30, 2014 less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations, substitution, or transfers after October 31, 2014. Email or fax written cancellation, substitution, or transfer requests to: or Fax: 847.378.0681.

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.

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