Education and Meetings
2016 AANS Managing Coding & Reimbursement Challenges
in Neurosurgery Courses
2016 Managing Coding Course.
Course Dates and Locations Registration Link
Washington, D.C. – Sept. 15-17, 2016 Register here

Registration Fees
AANS Member Physician $1,149
Non-Member Physician $1,249
Advance Practice Provider or Office Staff $1,049
Resident/Fellow or Military $700

Course Description

Cover ICD-10 is here, along with CPT changes for 2016! Learn how to comply with the new ICD-10-CM coding requirements to maximize reimbursement and improve clinical documentation. 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.

View Brochure > Come October 1, 2016, full CMS implementation with denials for inadequate coding, will be in effect. Learn how AANS can help you master the use of ICD-10-CM during the CMS grace period and beyond. Get training from the experts to ensure you and your team have the confidence and competence to implement ICD-10-CM neurosurgical billing codes.

Learning Objectives

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

Day 1 – ICD-10-CM Coding for Neurosurgery:

  • Describe two major differences difference between ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes.
  • Use relevant ICD-10-CM chapters and codes common to neurosurgery.
  • Describe key potential documentation deficiencies relative to neurosurgery in ICD-10-CM.
  • Develop an action plan for ICD-10-CM denials in your practice.

Day 2 and 3 – CPT Coding for Neurosurgery:

  • Identify and apply correct CPT codes to commonly performed spine procedures.
  • Identify and apply correct CPT codes to commonly performed cranial procedures.
  • Describe the global surgical package including the pre-, intra- and post-operative global period components.
  • Monitor practice financial vital signs and discuss strategies for improvement.
  • Improve the ability to choose E/M levels of service and code categories.
  • Explain when to use the 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.

Each Attendee Will Receive:

  • Comprehensive course workbook with an expanded table of contents for easier reference
  • Answer key to course workbook
  • Current Neurosurgeon's Reference for E&M Documentation
  • Materials related to the two optional breakout sessions.
  • A full breakfast and lunch are included on day 2 and day 3 of the course.

Coding Q & A and Tips
Visit the Coding Tips page for bi-monthly coding tips published by members of the AANS Managing Coding course faculty.

Course Agenda

Day 1: ICD-10-CM Coding for Neurosurgery

Time: 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Registration Opens at 12 p.m.

2-2:30 p.m.
Introduction to ICD-10
Format and Structure
Coding Guidelines
Neoplasms (tumor)
Musculoskeletal System (spine)
3:30-3:45 p.m.
3:45-5 p.m.
Nervous System (functional, peripheral nerve)
Injuries (trauma) and Use of External Cause Codes
Circulatory System (cerebrovascular)
Congenital Malformations (pediatrics)
Factors Affecting Health Care (postop care, surveillance)

5-5:30 p.m.
Action Agenda and Strategies for Denials and Appeals of ICD-10-CM in Your Practice

7-9 p.m.

Optional Breakout Sessions

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 primarily for novice coders who are learning neurosurgical coding. It will focus on the anatomy and terminology related to neurosurgical codes, using a didactic presentation, models and ample time for questions. Spine models and brain models are used for demonstration. While senior coders are welcome to attend, the session is structured primarily for coders that are new to neurosurgical procedures and coding.

Day 2: CPT Coding for Neurosurgery

Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

8 - 10 a.m.
Spine Procedure Coding and Scenarios
10 - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Spine Procedure Coding and Scenarios (continued)
12 - 12:45 p.m.
12:45 - 2:15p.m.
Spine Procedure Coding and Scenarios (continued)
2:15 - 2:30p.m.
2:30 - 3 p.m.
Spine Procedure Coding and Scenarios (continued)
3 - 3:30 p.m.
Spine Coding Q&A
3:30 - 4 p.m.
2016 Medicare Update: Medicare Payment and Major Changes for 2016 Including Quality Reporting Requirements

Day 3: CPT Coding for Neurosurgery

Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

8 - 8:15 a.m.
2016 Practice Management Update
8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Compliance in Evaluation and Management Coding and Documentation
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Craniotomy and Non-spine Procedure Coding and Scenarios
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 - 12:00 p.m.
Craniotomy and Non-Spine Procedure Coding and Scenarios (continued)
12 - 12:45 p.m.
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Craniotomy and Non-Spine Procedure Coding and Scenarios (continued)
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Craniotomy and Non-Spine Coding Q&A
2:15 - 3 p.m.
Neuroendovascular Procedure Coding and Scenarios

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 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

The AAPC approval index number(s) for the 2016 AANS Managing Coding and Reimbursement Challenges in Neurosurgery courses is valid to December 31, 2016.


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.


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. Registration for the course will not be confirmed until payment is received. All forms of payment are due at the time of registration so plan ahead. In order to qualify for the advanced registration fees, payment must be received no later than the advanced registration deadline date. If payment is received after the advanced registration deadline date, you will be subject to the regular registration fees.

All registrants will receive an email confirmation from the AANS once payment is received. Should you fail to receive a confirmation, please contact AANS Education and Meetings at

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.

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.

2016 Location
Washington, DC
Sep. 15-17, 2016
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Hotel Phone: (202) 737-1234
*Advance Registration Deadline: August 3, 2016

Reservations: Click here
Single Room Rate: $195 per night
Double Room Rate: $195 per night
Reservation Deadline: Aug. 24, 2016


Be sure to reference AANS Coding Course when you make your reservation for this special group rate.

Cancellation/Refund Policy – Washington, DC
Requests for cancellation, substitution or transfer of course registration must be received in writing prior to August 17, 2016, in order to receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations, substitutions or transfers to another course will only be granted between August 18, 2016 and September 1, 2016, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations, substitutions or transfers after September 2, 2015. Email or fax written cancellation, substitution, or transfer requests to: or fax: (847) 378-0685.

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