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AANS
Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement

New in 2024

Register now and you’ll also have instant access to these online courses:

  • Lumbar Coding: From Decompression to Instrumentation
  • AANS Cervical Spine Procedure Coding Principles: Intro to Cervical Coding Cases

Your registration includes a copy of the 2024 printed workbook that will keep you up to date with coding changes.

 

Overview

The AANS is dedicated to solving the issues on your mind right now, like:

  • Keeping current on new coding and regulatory requirements
  • Staying compliant with ever-changing reimbursement policies
  • Making day-to-day processes easier

The 2024 AANS Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement virtual course trains clinical, professional, and administrative staff to understand the impact 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 learn to accurately apply and assign CPT codes for common neurosurgical procedures. Attendees receive high quality, reliable and effective practice management content important for staying compliant with ever-changing regulations. Focused on Spine, Cranial and Pediatric coding and billing topics and facilitated by neurosurgical experts who will:

  • Maximize your reimbursement
  • Help you overcome challenges in the revenue cycle
  • Teach you how to implement best practices

This course bundle consists of virtual sessions to address the unique elements of Spine, Cranial, and Pediatric procedures.

 

When

2024 AANS Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement Course: Winter

  • Spine:
    • February 8, 1 pm – 4:30 pm (CT)
    • February 9, 8 am – 4 pm (CT)
  • Cranial:
    • February 29, 1 pm – 4 pm (CT)
    • March 1, 8 am – 4 pm (CT)

2024 AANS Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement Course: Spring

  • Spine: May 30-31, 2024
  • Cranial: June 6-7, 2024
  • Pediatric: June 14, 2024

2024 AANS Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement Course: Fall

  • Spine only: October 10-11, 2024
  • Cranial only: October 17-18, 2024

 

Who Should Attend

This course is applicable for beginners with no coding experience (who have a high-level understanding of Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Pathophysiology) up to seasoned coders wanting to advance their knowledge.

After participating in this course, you will be able to confidently put your newfound knowledge into practice using:

  1. The latest advancements in the ICD-10 and CPT coding specifics for neurosurgical procedures
  2. Streamlined revenue cycle management best practices that aim to maximize payment and address reimbursement challenges
  3. High quality, reliable, and effective practice management content to stay compliant with ever-changing regulations
  4. An updated workbook to easily look up and verify correct procedural billing and coding

To ensure individual participation and accurate course records, registration for this course requires you to be logged in using the name of the person who will be attending. Please refrain from registering on behalf of others, including registering under a company name.

 

Course Co-directors

John Kevin Ratliff, MD, FAANS
Stanford University Medical Center

Luis Manuel Tumialán, MD, FAANS
Barrow Neurological Institute

Joseph S. Chang, MD, MS, FAANS
University of Cincinnati Medical Center

 

Accreditation

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

Spine: The AANS designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Spine Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement course has prior approval from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for up to 11.5 continuing education hours. 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 Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement course is valid through January 23, 2025. An index number may be submitted for CEU one time only.

Cranial: The AANS designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Cranial Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement course has prior approval from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for up to 11.0 continuing education hours. 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 Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement course is valid through January 23, 2025. An index number may be submitted for CEU one time only.

Pediatric/Functional: The AANS designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Pediatric Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement course has prior approval from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for up to 6.0 continuing education hours. 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 Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement course is valid through February 28, 2025. An index number may be submitted for CEU one time only.

 

Register Today

Spring Registration

Early rate ends April 30, 2024

Spring Courses

Fall Registration

Early rate ends September 10, 2024

Fall Courses

 

 

2024 AANS Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement Course: Winter

 

SPINE COURSE

Day/Time of Session CST ZONE
DAY 1: SPINE
1:00 pm - 1:05 pm Welcome and Introduction
1:05 pm - 1:45 pm Highlights of E/M Basics
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm New Neurosurgical Codes / Coding and Billing Reminders
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Global Package Spine
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Co-Surgeon and Assistant Surgeon
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Dissecting a Spine Op Note
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Intro to Spine Coding, Instrumentation and Bone Grafts
4:30 pm Adjourn

 

Day/Time of Session CST ZONE
DAY 2: SPINE
8:00 am - 8:05 am Welcome and Introduction
8:05 am - 4 pm

Break
10:00 am - 10:15 am

Lunch
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Break
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
ACDF, ALIF, Total Disc Arthroplasty
Corpectomy Procedures
Posterior Spine Procedures: Laminoplasty, Laminectomy, Arthroplasty, Discectomy, Lesions
Other Spine Procedures
Posterior Arthrodesis
Exploration of Fusion, Hardware Removal/Revision
Deformity
Trauma Factures, Lacerations
Complications
Peripheral Nerve
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Medicare Update 2024
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Audits, Coding Tools, Resources
4:00 pm Adjourn

 

CRANIAL COURSE

Day/Time of Session CST ZONE
DAY 1: CRANIAL
1:00 pm - 1:05 pm Welcome and Introduction
1:05 pm - 1:45 pm Highlights of 2024 E/M Coding
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Neurosurgical Coding/Billing
Global Surgical Package and Modifiers
Co-Surgeon and Assistant Surgeon
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Dissecting a Cranial Operative Note
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Introduction to Cranial Coding
4:00 pm Adjourn

 

Day/Time of Session CST ZONE
DAY 2: CRANIAL
8:00 am - 8:05 am Welcome and Introduction
8:05 am - 4:00 pm

Break
10:00 am - 10:15 am

Lunch
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Break
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Cranial Tumor, Abscess, and Other Craniotomy Coding
Open Cerebrovascular Coding
Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Neuroendovascular Coding
Shunts and Reprogramming
Cranial Trauma
Neuroendoscopy
DBS
Epilepsy
Cranial Complications
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Medicare Update 2024 and Coverage Polices
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Coding Tools
4:00 pm Adjourn

 

PEDIATRIC COURSE

Day/Time of Session CST ZONE
DAY 1: PEDIATRIC
10:00 am - 10:05 am Welcome and Introduction
10:05 am - 10:15 am Principles of Pediatric Neurosurgical Coding and Billing
Use of an Unlisted CPT Code – New Guidance in 2024
10:15 am - 10:45 am AANS Global Surgical Package: What’s Code-able and What’s Not
(e.g., microscope, ultrasound, ventricular catheter, iMRI, robot)
10:45 am - 11:15 am Accurately Using Surgical CPT Code Modifiers Accurately in the Pediatric Neurosurgery World
(Same Day, Global Period, Surgeon Role)
(note: we will not discuss resident or fellow billing)
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Hydrocephalus Procedures
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Break / Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Tumor Procedures
(e.g., supra- and infratentorial tumors, craniopharyngioma, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma biopsy, meningioma, pituitary)
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Functional/Epilepsy Procedures
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm Craniofacial Procedures
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Vascular Procedures
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Spine Procedures
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Fetal & Neonatal Procedures
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Trauma Procedures
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Office/Outpatient and Inpatient Procedures on the Same Day as a Procedure

 

 

All times for the course are listed in Central Time (CT).

Winter

  • Spine: February 8-9, 2024
  • Cranial: February 29-March 1, 2024

Spring

Early rate ends April 30, 2024

  • Spine: May 30-31, 2024
  • Cranial: June 6-7, 2024
  • Pediatric: June 14, 2024

Fall

Early rate ends September 10, 2024

  • Spine: October 10-11, 2024
  • Cranial: October 17-18, 2024

 

As a new attending surgeon, this course was extremely valuable in teaching me basic and advanced concepts in billing and coding. I now understand how to code and document appropriately.

All the presenters were wonderful and gave me information on what's going on with Medicare and the Inspector General on things to watch out for on compliance.

This is a great resource of knowledge in the coding world.

The faculty did a great job explaining things clearly for clinical and non-clinical audiences.

I took your course for the first time and loved it. The information compiled will be my Bible in helping my providers and coding staff.

There is so much valuable information in the workbook. The course reassured me of a few coding questions I had for bundling edits, co-surgeon, and prior authorization.

 

All times for the course are listed in Central Time (CT).

All workbooks will be shipped prior to the course. Please be sure your shipping address is correct when placing your workbook order.

This course uses the Zoom platform. Your Zoom account should be your First and Last name used to register for the course.

 

Shipping addresses cannot be out of the United States or a PO Box.

 

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Requests for cancellation, substitution or transfer of course registration must be received in writing 2 weeks prior to the start of the first course to receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations, substitutions, or transfers to another course will only be granted 2 weeks prior to the start of the first course, less a $100 processing fee. Refunds will only be made for cancellations, substitutions, or transfers after 2 weeks prior to the start of the first course. Email or fax written cancellation, substitutions, or transfer requests to education@aans.org.

The AANS reserves the right to cancel a course. Registrants will be notified by phone 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.

NO-SHOWS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR TRANSFERS OR REFUNDS.

Video or audio recording or photographing any portion of this course is strictly prohibited by the AANS.

 

2024 Neurosurgical Coding & Reimbursement

Spring: Early rate ends April 30, 2024

Fall: Early rate ends September 10, 2024

 

Registration Rates

Spine Only Cranial Only Full Course Spine and Cranial Pediatrics and Functional Only
Only Offered 6/14/24
Full Course Spine, Cranial, Pediatrics and Functional
Only offered for Spring Course
AANS Member Physician $650 $650 $1,199 $275 $1,299 Early Rate
$750 $750 $1,299 $375 $1,399
Non-Member Physician $700 $700 $1,299 $300 $1,399 Early Rate
$800 $800 $1,399 $400 $1,499
Advanced Practice Provider or Office Staff $600 $600 $1,099 $250 $1,199 Early Rate
$650 $650 $1,199 $350 $1,299
Resident / Fellow or Military $400 $400 $700 $55 $750 Early Rate
$500 $500 $750 $155 $800