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Managing Coding & Reimbursement Challenges in Neurosurgery


The AANS Managing Coding & Reimbursement Challenges in Neurosurgery course trains 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 practice. Through hands-on training and experience, attendees learn to accurately apply and assign CPT codes for common neurosurgical procedures. Attendees are exposed to high quality, reliable and effective practice management content important for staying compliant with ever-changing regulations.

Course Co-directors

John Kevin Ratliff, MD, FAANS
Stanford University Medical Center

Luis Manuel Tumialán, MD, FAANS
Barrow Neurological Institute

CME Credit

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 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

CEU Credit

This program has prior approval from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for up to 24.0 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 2022 AANS Managing Coding & Reimbursement Challenges in Neurosurgery course is valid thru December 31, 2022.

Attendee Justification Toolkit

Attending the 2022 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.

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Registration Fees

Virtual Course Dates

September 15-17,2022

September Early Registration Deadline: August 1, 2022


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.
You must register by September 7th to receive a workbook before the start of the class. If you register after September 7th, you will still receive a workbook but it may be after the start of the course.

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September 15-17, 2022 | Virtual

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Day 1
Time Topic(s)
1-2 pm

Neurosurgery Coding and Billing Principles

2-3:00 pm Global Surgical Package for Neurosurgical Procedures
3-4:00 pm Spine Procedure Coding
4-4:30 pm Break
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
4:30-6:30 pm

Physicians Only Breakout: A session to discuss new codes, practice management concerns and challenges faced by practicing neurosurgeons. Review CMS survey methodology and take the opportunity to discuss the code development and valuation process. There is ample time for questions and attendee-led conversation.

Coders and Office Staff Breakout: Focus on review of neuroanatomy and terminology relative to coding, using a didactic presentation and models, with 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
Time Topic(s)
8-10:00 am

Spine Procedure Coding

10-10:15 am Break
10:15 am-12 pm Spine Procedure Coding (cont.)
12-12:45 pm Lunch
12:45-2:15 pm Spine (cont.) and Peripheral Nerve Procedure Coding
2:15-2:30 pm Break
2:30-3:00 pm

2022 Medicare Update

3:00-3:30 pm

Practice Management Pearls

3:30-4 pm Cranial Tumor Procedure Coding
Day 3
Time Topic(s)
8-8:30 am Cerebrovascular Procedure Coding
8:30-10 am Functional, Pediatric Procedure Coding
10-10:15 am Break
10:15 am-11:15 pm Cranial Trauma and Other Non-Spine Procedure Coding
11:15 am-12 pm Neuroendovascular Procedure Coding
12-12:45 pm Lunch
12:45-2:30 pm Evaluation and Management Coding and Documentation
2:30-2:45 pm 2022 Telehealth/Telemedicine
2:45-3 pm Medicare’s Non-Physician Practitioner Billing Guidelines
3 pm Adjourn

John Kevin Ratliff, MD, FAANS, Co-director
Luis Manuel Tumialán, MD, FAANS, Co-director
Owoicho Adogwa, MD, MPH
Mark E. Oppenlander, MD, FAANS
Clemens M. Schirmer, MD, PhD, FAANS
Karin R. Swartz, MD, FAANS
Khoi D. Than, MD, FAANS
Cheerag D. Upadhyaya, MD, FAANS
Anand Veeravagu, MD, FAANS
Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP
Teri Romano, BSN, MBA, CPC, CMDP

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Requests for cancellation, substitution or transfer of course registration must be received in writing prior to August 18, 2022, 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, 2022, and September 1, 2022, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations, substitutions or transfers after September 1, 2022. Email or fax written cancellation, substitution or transfer requests to or 847.378.0607.

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.