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2019 AANS Managing Coding & Reimbursement Challenges in Neurosurgery

The goal of the 2019 AANS Managing Coding & Reimbursement Challenges in Neurosurgery course is to train clinical, professional and administrative staff to recognize the implications of quality reporting and deliver the most up-to-date ICD-10 and CPT coding specific to neurosurgical practices. Through hands-on training and experience, attendees will be able to accurately apply and assign CPT codes for common neurosurgical procedures. Attendees will be exposed to high quality, reliable and effective practice management content important for staying compliant with ever-changing regulations.

Earn up to 17 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 19.0 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 2019 AANS Managing Coding & Reimbursement Challenges in Neurosurgery course is valid to December 31, 2019.

Attention Coders:
Attending the AANS Managing Coding & Reimbursement Challenges in Neurosurgery course is a smart investment for your employer. As organizations are limiting travel and continuing education budgets, it is helpful to provide justification for attending educational programming. This toolkit offers resources to help you do that.

Early Registration Regular Registration
AANS Member Physician $1,099 $1,149
Non-Member Physician $1,199 $1,249
Advanced Practice Provider or Office Staff $999 $1,049
Resident/Fellow or Military $650 $700

Please note: There is an anatomy & terminology for coders’ breakout and a physicians’ breakout the first evening of the course. These breakouts are included in the registration fee.

Course Date/Locationn Early Registration Deadline
March 21-23, 2019 | Charlotte, N.C. Feb. 4, 2019
Aug. 22-24, 2019 | Chicago July 5, 2019
Sept. 19-21, 2019 | Austin, Texas Aug. 5, 2019
Day 1 - Thursday
Time Topic(s)
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • • Evaluation and Management Coding/Documentation (including Critical Care, Telehealth/Telemedicine)
  • • Non-Physician Provider Billing
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Break
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
4:30-6:30pm
(Optional)

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 will focus on review of neuroanatomy and terminology relative to coding, using a didactic presentation, models, and ample time for questions. Attendees are expected to have a working knowledge of neuroanatomy and terminology. Faculty recommends that attendees have completed Introduction to Neurosurgical Coding with Anatomy & Terminology webinar or have a minimum of two years of experience in neurosurgical coding.

Day 2 - Friday
Time Topic(s)
8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Neurosurgery Coding and Billing Principles, Global Surgical Package, Surgical Code Modifiers
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Spine Procedure Coding
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Spine Procedure Coding (cont.)
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 – 2:15 p.m. Spine Procedure Coding (cont.)
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Spine Procedure Coding (cont.)
  • Peripheral Nerve Procedure Coding
3:30-4 p.m. Question and Answer
Day 3 - Saturday
Time Topic(s)
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Practice Management Pearls
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Medicare Update 2019
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Cranial Tumor and Cerebrovascular Procedure Coding
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Functional and Pediatric Procedure Coding
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 p.m Cranial Trauma and Other Non-Spine Procedure Coding
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Question and Answer
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Neuroendovascular Procedure Coding

John Kevin Ratliff, MD, FAANS
AANS Coding Program Co-director
Stanford University
Stanford, Calif.

Luis Manuel Tumialan, MD, FAANS
AANS Coding Program Co-director
Barrow Neurological Institute
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Joseph S. Cheng, MD, MS, FAANS
AANS Coding Program
Director Emeritus
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati

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

Atman Desai, MD, MA
Stanford University
Stanford, Calif.

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

Alexander M. Mason, MD, FAANS
University of Colorado
Denver

Scott A. Meyer, MD, FAANS
Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists
Morristown, N.J.

Mark Oppenlander, MD, FAANS
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

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

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

Clemens M. Schirmer, MD, PhD, FAANS, FAHA
Geisinger Wyoming Valley
Neurosurgery
Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Karin R. Swartz, MD, FAANS
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee

Sherry Taylor, MD, PhD, FAANS
Bay State Health
Fairfield, Calif.

Khoi Duc Than, MD
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Ore.

Faculty subject to change

Hotel

Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
555 S. McDowell Street, South Tower
Charlotte, NC 28204
Hotel Phone: (877) 782-0116
Room Rates: $169.00
Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 20, 2019

Air Travel

American Airlines is offering a 6% discount on applicable fares when traveling to Charlotte, N.C. for the Coding Course.

  • • Visit AA.com to book your flight. After selecting your flights, enter promo code 4439DF when completing passenger details.
  • • Contact the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 1.800.433.1790 for assistance with reservations and ticket purchase.

Hotel

Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018
Hotel Phone: (847) 696-1234
Room Rates: $165.00
Hotel Reservation Deadline: July 31, 2019

Air Travel

American Airlines is offering a 6% discount on applicable fares when traveling to Chicago for the Coding Course.

  • • Visit AA.com to book your flight. After selecting your flights, enter promo code 4989AW when completing passenger details.
  • • Contact the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 1.800.433.1790 for assistance with reservations and ticket purchase.

Hotel

The Driskill
604 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701
Hotel Phone: (402) 951-6566
Room Rates: $199.00
Hotel Reservation Deadline: August 16, 2019

Air Travel

American Airlines is offering a 10% discount on applicable fares when traveling to Austin, TX.

  • • Visit AA.com to book your flight. After selecting your flights, enter promo code 9599AV when completing passenger details.
  • • Contact the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 1.800.433.1790 for assistance with reservations and ticket purchase.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Requests for cancellation, substitution or transfer of course registration must be received in writing prior to February 20, 2019, in order to receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations, substitutions or transfers to another course will only be granted between February 20, 2019, and March 7, 2019, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations, substitutions or transfers after March 7, 2019. Email or fax written cancellation, substitution, or transfer requests to: epm@aans.org or fax: 847.378.0608.

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.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Requests for cancellation, substitution or transfer of course registration must be received in writing prior to July 24, 2019, in order to receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations, substitutions or transfers to another course will only be granted between July 24, 2019, and August 8, 2019, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations, substitutions or transfers after August 8, 2019. Email or fax written cancellation, substitution, or transfer requests to: epm@aans.org or fax: (847) 378-0608.

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.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Requests for cancellation, substitution or transfer of course registration must be received in writing prior to August 21, 2019, 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 21, 2019, and September 5, 2019, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations, substitutions or transfers after September 5, 2019. Email or fax written cancellation, substitution, or transfer requests to: epm@aans.org or fax: (847) 378-0608.

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.

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

The AANS designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CEU credits for this activity are pending.

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