coding & revenue cycle workshops

GENERAL SURGERY

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THURSDAY AM

New! Remodel Your Revenue Cycle

Is your practice as profitable as it could be? 

If you aren’t sure, attend this workshop.  It’s filled with urgent advice about how to seal up revenue leaks. Ask yourself:

  • Are my practice managers providing solid monthly reports—including detailed denial reports?
  • Do my Accounts Receivable reports separate patient-owed dollars from insurance debt?

If not, you need this workshop. We’ve seen badly managed practices leak up to six figures from gross income.

KZA education is based on real world consulting. We’ve taken a microscope to practices just like yours—whether you are in private practice, groups, hospital employed or in academia—and found the weak links.

We’ll show you how practice profits are lost including:

  • Delays in prior authorization and denials after submission
  • Worker’s Compensation plans that pay by credit card
  • Deceptive AR reports
  • Failure to collect patient deductibles and co-pays
  • Billing companies that figure “out of sight, out of mind.” (Sadly, they are often right.)

No more fudging! Learn the bookkeeping details that can grow your revenue—ethically and legally. Bring key staff. We guarantee a solid return for the time and money invested.

Pending. 

THURSDAY PM

New! 2023 Reporting Hospital E/M Codes and Split/Shared and Critical Care Services

Two years into the new outpatient E/M guidelines and conundrums surrounding their interpretation continue.  In 2023 this information overload will continue with new E/M codes for inpatient/facility encounters. In 2023 all E/M will be reported based on either medical decision making or time. Additionally, CPT has made major changes in how the category of code is selected!  Changes include deletions in observation codes, combining initial hospital with observation codes and reporting more than one E/M code per day!

In this course, KZA experts will distill the primary issues in determining the problemdata and risk elements that combine to arrive at a level of service based on medical decision making. How many problems are enough? What separates exacerbation from severe exacerbation? How do you define minor versus major risk?  And do procedure risks make a difference? And as important, how are payors responding to the expected higher percentage of level 4 and 5 visits? Can we expect audits to increase and how can we lessen the risk?

If that’s not enough, 2023 brings major (and as always confusing) changes to Medicare’s billing rules for both split/shared services and critical care!  Not keeping up on these important changes will jeopardize your revenue and make you an audit target. At this course, we will give you straightforward answers and a road map for accurately billing these scenarios. And remember, private payors are likely to follow Medicare’s lead on these changes.  Join us to make sure you are ready to respond.

  • Describe the 2023 revisions to E/M codes and guidelines
  • Describe  how to report an E/M service based on time or medical decision making
  • Describe  how to report split/shared and critical care services
  • Recognize when to append E/M modifiers
  • Pending. 

Pending. 

FRIDAY

New! General Surgery Coding: Revenue and RVU Optimization

It’s more important than ever to keep current about new and existing CPT codes. Revenue and RVU optimization depend on good documentation and coding accuracy by both surgeons and billing staff.  The 2023 ACS surgical procedure coding course sifts through all that is new and important in general surgery coding and packs it into an intensive, fast paced day. This year’s agenda covers all you need to know to code and document accurately and efficiently in 2023 and beyond.

Important for 2023 – new abdominal hernia codes which have been totally revamped. The same codes will now apply for both laparoscopic and open abdominal hernia repairs—and most importantly—codes will be based on the total size of the hernia. This will require changes to how you document the hernia repair and assign the most accurate code. Insufficient documentation may result in reporting the wrong code and potential revenue loss!

In addition to correct coding for abdominal hernia repair, the course will also provide in depth and clinically relevant instruction on coding for endoscopy, colorectal, breast, appendix, gall bladder, liver, intraabdominal tumor, and endocrine procedures.

Real-life cases and discussions that link clinical procedures to the selection of CPT codes make this course ideal for surgeons and coding staff. Forget boring slides and a mind-numbing list of CPT codes. This course is rich with clinical scenarios and a comprehensive workbook that will become your first response coding resource

You’ll learn why documentation is as essential as the code selected, and how to capture all potential revenue by improving your notes. You’ll also learn how to correctly use surgical modifiers so that you optimize payment. You’ll leave armed with ideas and techniques for setting up systems that reduce denials and increase successful appeals.

Also new for this year, the course will delve into what you need to know about RVU compensation, what it is and how to make sure the RVUs you produce are accurately captured.  We hear every day from surgeons that their RVUs don’t reflect the work being done. This course will provide guidance on how to resolve reporting issues.

After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the new 2023 CPT codes for general surgery
  • Select correct codes for common general surgery procedures
  • Recognize when to append modifiers to a procedure code
  • Recognize the impact of modifiers on global periods and reimbursement
  • Identify areas for improvement in surgical documentation
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Pending. 

Pending.

On-Demand Workshops

Office E/M Coding for Surgeons

One year later we look at the problems and solutions in re-configured outpatient E/M codes.

This course analyzes the CPT E/M guidelines that apply to office new and established patient visits, presenting them in a distilled, understandable way. We’ll break down and explain the restructured elements of Medical Decision Making and Time and demonstrate how they are applied using example scenarios.

  • Learn at your own pace. Start and stop when it is convenient for you.
  • With travel limitations, this is a great option.
  • Earn CME and CEU credit hours with the completion of an online test and evaluation.
  • Receive the same great workbook and alumni resources.
  • You will receive your essential workbook approximately four business days after you register.
  • General Surgeons
  • Billing Managers
  • Coding/Billing Staff
  • Revenue Cycle Directors
  • Administrators
  • Identify the three elements of Medical Decision Making for Office and Other outpatient visit
  • Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes.
  • Describe when time can be used for code level selection
  • Differentiate between types of problems addressed
  • Understand how data reviewed and analyzed is counted
  • Distinguish level of risk as it relates to code level selection
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.5 credit meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

AAPC CEUs

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 1.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

Avoid Denials! Code Hospital Services Correctly!

When surgeons treat patients in the Emergency Department, on observation and inpatient units—code selection and documentation are key. In order to be paid, you need to select the right type of service (category of code) and level of service describing the care you provided and documented. Selecting the wrong type of service leads to denials. Selecting the wrong level of service can lead to audits or under payments. While observation and inpatient services can be based on the key components or time, ED visits must be coded based on the key components. Learn when it is beneficial to use time in code selection, and how to document it. Join us to learn what you and your coders need to know about correct coding for hospital E/M services.

  • Learn at your own pace. Start and stop when it is convenient for you.
  • With travel limitations, this is a great option.
  • Earn CME and CEU credit hours with the completion of an online test and evaluation.
  • Receive the same great workbook and alumni resources.
  • You will receive your essential workbook approximately four business days after you register.
  • General Surgeons
  • Billing Managers
  • Coding/Billing Staff
  • Revenue Cycle Directors
  • Administrators
  • Determine the correct category of code
  • Know when to use time to select the level of service, and how to document
  • Select the level of service based on history, exam and medical decision making
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1 credit meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

AAPC CEUs

This program has the prior approval of 1.0 AAPC for continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

Critical Care Coding and Documentation - 2022 Update

The guidelines for billing Critical Care Services were updated in Medicare’s final 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. In this course led by consultant Teri Romano, BSN, MBS, CPC, CMDP, we will delve into what’s new and clear up some of the confusion on topics like split/shared services, the global period, and more. We will also discuss the new modifiers FS and FT and what has changed with concurrent care.. 

This on-demand course analyzes the critical care rules for Medicare, with a detailed look at changes effective in 2022 that apply to you. 

  • Learn at your own pace. Start and stop when it is convenient for you.
  • With travel limitations, this is a great option.
  • Earn CME and CEU credit hours with the completion of an online test and evaluation.
  • Receive the same great workbook and alumni resources.
  • You will receive your essential workbook approximately four business days after you register.
  • General Surgeons
  • Billing Managers
  • Coding/Billing Staff
  • Revenue Cycle Directors
  • Administrators

In this course we will:

  • Refresh your understanding of billing critical care during the global period. Is it still allowable for unrelated issues? And who can bill it? What is acceptable documentation?
  • Define the new critical care modifiers, FS and FT. When is each one used?
  • Clarify split/shared service: when can the add-on code be billed and who can bill it on the same day as 99291
  • Understand concurrent care re-defined. Can two providers bill during the same time period? Under what circumstances?
  • Present actual critical care scenarios to demonstrate documentation imperatives.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.25 credit meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

2022 AAPC CEUs

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 1.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

Office Procedures - Document and Code them Right

Coding for procedures done in your office depends on understanding the criteria for the procedure supported by surgeon-friendly templates to capture essential documentation. Surgeons commonly excise lesions, perform biopsies, and do laceration repairs in their office and other outpatient settings. Often, EHR templates fail to prompt you to document key information to support the code. When insurers ask for records or you file an appeal—the missing details result in no payment. This session walks you through examples of solid documentation for office procedures and appropriate use of modifier -25 and discusses diagnosis coding that establishes medical necessity for the service.

  • Learn at your own pace. Start and stop when it is convenient for you.
  • With travel limitations, this is a great option.
  • Earn CME and CEU credit hours with the completion of an online test and evaluation.
  • Receive the same great workbook and alumni resources.
  • You will receive your essential workbook approximately four business days after you register.
  • General Surgeons
  • Billing Managers
  • Coding/Billing Staff
  • Revenue Cycle Directors
  • Administrators

Learning Objectives

  • Document office procedures based on the CPT requirements
  • Select the correct codes for office procedures
  • Be confident when to bill for both an office visit and a procedure and use modifier -25
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1 credit meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

2022 AAPC Accreditation 

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 1.0 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

Successful Surgical Coding

The ACS surgical procedure coding course sifts through all that is important in general surgery coding and packs it into an intensive, fast-paced six and a half hours. This agenda covers all you need to know to code and document accurately and efficiently in 2021 and beyond.

Real-life cases and discussions that link clinical procedures to the selection of CPT codes make this course ideal for surgeons and coding staff. Forget boring slides and a mind-numbing list of CPT codes. This course is rich with clinical scenarios and a comprehensive workbook that will become your first-response coding resource.

The course provides in-depth and interesting instruction on coding for endoscopy, colorectal, breast, hernia, appendix, gall bladder, liver, intraabdominal tumor, pancreatic, and endocrine procedures. 

The course describes why documentation is as essential as the code selected and how to capture all potential revenue by improving your notes. We’ll show you the correct way to use surgical payment modifiers so that you optimize payment. You’ll leave armed with ideas and techniques for setting up systems that reduce denials and increase successful appeals. 

  • Learn at your own pace. Start and stop when it is convenient for you.
  • With travel limitations, this is a great option.
  • Earn CME and CEU credit hours with the completion of an online test and evaluation.
  • Receive the same great workbook and alumni resources.
  • You will receive your essential workbook approximately four business days after you register.
  • General Surgeons
  • Billing Managers
  • Coding/Billing Staff
  • Revenue Cycle Directors
  • Administrators
  • Distinguish different categories of codes and how payment differs
  • Describe what is included in a global surgical package and what can be reported separately
  • Distinguish what surgical modifier to report
  • Describe documentation requirements for unlisted codes
  • Demonstrate correct coding and documentation for radiology services
  • Describe coding for different surgical approaches Identify when to report mesh and reinforcement implants
  • Demonstrate correct coding for a variety of general surgery procedures
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 6.25 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

AAPC CEUs

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 6.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor. 

Credit is available after completion of an evaluation and a 40 question test.

FEES

single course

thursday am

Remodel Your Revenue Cycle

$395/ACS Member

$480/Non-Member

thursday PM

2023 Reporting Hospital E/M Codes and Split/Shared and Critical Care Services

$625/ACS Member

$715/Non-Member

Friday

General Surgery Coding: Revenue and RVU Optimization

$995/ACS Member

$1,075/Non-Member

combo courses

bundle 1

Remodel Your Revenue Cycle + 2023 Reporting Hospital E/M Codes and Split/Shared and Critical Care Services

$975/ACS member

$1,120/Non-Member

bundle 2

All three courses

*BEST 
DEAL!

$1,695/ACS member

$1,950/Non-Member

virtual meetings

Virtual Meeting

E/M Coding for Surgeons

$199/per person

$199/ACS member

$249/Non-Member

Virtual Meeting

Avoid Denials! Code Hospital Services Correctly!

$199/per person

$199/ACS member

$249/Non-Member

Virtual Meeting

Successful Surgical Coding and Documentation

$695/per person

$695/ACS member

$845/Non-Member

Virtual Meeting

Critical Care Coding and Documentation - 2022 Update

$169/per person

$169/ACS member

$199/Non-Member

Virtual Meeting

Office Procedures—Document and Code Them Right

$159/per person

$159/ACS member

$199/Non-Member

on-demand options

Office E/M Coding for Surgeons

$199/ACS member

$249/Non-Member

Avoid Denials! Code Hospital Services Correctly!

$199/ACS member

$249/Non-Member

Critical Care Coding and Documentation - 2022 Update

$169/ACS member

$199/Non-Member

Office Procedures—Document and Code Them Right

$159/ACS member

$199/Non-Member

Successful Surgical Coding

$695/ACS member

$845/Non-Member

BUNDLE 1

Office Procedures - Document and Code Them Right + Avoid Denials! Code Hospital Services Correctly! + Office E/M Coding for Surgeons

$495/ACS member

$545/Non-Member

bundle 2

Avoid Denials! Code Hospital Services Correctly! + Critical Care Documentation and Coding Update: Medicare 2022

$315/ACS member

$365/Non-Member

bundle 3

Successful Surgical Coding + Critical Care Documentation and Coding Update: Medicare 2022

$825/ACS member

$985/Non-Member

combo 1

The Art of Coding Office and Hospital Visits + Accurate Coding for Office Procedures and Telehealth Services

$695/ACS member

$845/Non-Member

combo 2

The Art of Coding Office and Hospital Visits + Successful Surgical Coding

$995/ACS member

$1145/Non-Member

combo 3

The Art of Coding Office and Hospital Visits + Intensive Trauma and Critical Care Coding

$995/ACS member

$1145/Non-Member

combo 4

Accurate Coding for Office Procedures and Telehealth Services + Successful Surgical Coding

$995/ACS member

$1145/Non-Member

combo 5

Accurate Coding for Office Procedures + Intensive Trauma and Critical Care Coding

$995/ACS member

$1145/Non-Member

combo

Successful Surgical Coding + Intensive Trauma and Critical Care Coding

$1190/ACS member

$1340/Non-Member

combo 7

All 4 courses

*BEST 
DEAL!

$1885/ACS member

$2035/Non-Member

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FEBRUARY 2 - 3

Las Vegas, NV

866-227-5944

Room block price: $221
Hotel Cut Off Date - January 2

March 16 - 17

Orlando, FL

407-390-2300

Room block price: $249
Hotel Cut Off Date - February 14

August 4 - 5

Nashville, TN

877-879-7818

Room block price: $229 Hotel Cut-Off Date - July 12

E/M Coding for Surgeons

February 10

Avoid Denials! Code Hospital Services Correctly!

February 10

Successful Surgical Coding and Documentation

February 11

Critical Care Coding and Documentation - 2022 Update

February 16

Office Procedures—Document and Code Them Right

February 25

ACS E/M Coding for Surgeons ON-DEMAND WORKSHOP

ACS Avoid Denials! Code Hospital Services Correctly! ON-DEMAND WORKSHOP

ACS Critical Care Coding and Documentation - 2022 Update ON-DEMAND WORKSHOP

ACS Office Procedures—Document and Code Them Right ON-DEMAND WORKSHOP

ACS Bundle 1: Office Procedures - Document and Code Them Right + Avoid Denials! Code Hospital Services Correctly! + Office E/M Coding for Surgeons ON-DEMAND WORKSHOP

ACS Bundle 2: Avoid Denials! Code Hospital Services Correctly! + Critical Care Documentation and Coding Update: Medicare 2022 ON-DEMAND WORKSHOP

ACS Successful Surgical Coding ON-DEMAND WORKSHOP

Need Assistance?

call us: 312-642-8310

Instructors

team_JBell

Jennifer Bell

MSOLE, CPC, CPMA, CHC

Consultant and Speaker

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Betsy Nicoletti

MS, CCP

Consultant and Speaker

Consultant - Teri Romano

Teri Romano

BSN, MBA, CPC, CMDP

Consultant and Speaker

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