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Virtual Coding & Reimbursement 2020

This year, both the Coding & Reimbursement Workshop and the optional E&M Workshop will be held online ONLY, through a series of interactive webinars. 

The program has been converted to a virtual event in consideration of restrictions on live gatherings that are expected to remain in effect. The 2020 Coding and Reimbursement Virtual Workshop will take place via live webinar on September 25 and 26. The E&M Workshop will take place on September 24. The courses are not recorded.

More information on these courses follows. If you have already registered for the live event, please contact the SVS Education Department (education@vasculasociety.org) to confirm your registration for the online program.

Virtual Coding & Reimbursement Workshop

One registration fee incorporates the following 3 sessions.

  • Friday, September 25: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time
  • Friday, September 25: 2:30 to 6:45 p.m. Central Time
  • Saturday, September 26: 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Central Time

     Registration (closed)

  • SVS member:   $620
  • Non-member:   $670*
  • Resident/Trainees: $175

*Member rate applies to coding staff of SVS members—Staff must register using their own SVS account. Contact SVS Education (education@vascularsociety.org) prior to registration to get the member rate.

Agenda
Download a PDF of the Virtual Coding Workshop Main Course Agenda

Virtual E & M Optional Workshop

  • Requires separate registration
  • Thursday, September 24: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Central Time

    Registration (closed)

  • SVS Member:   $70
  • Non-member:   $85*
  • Residents/Trainees: $35

*Member rate applies to coding staff of SVS members—Staff must register using their own SVS account. Contact SVS Education (education@vascularsociety.org) prior to registration to get the member rate.

Agenda
Download a PDF of the Virtual E&M Optional Workshop Agenda

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
 

Virtual Coding & Reimbursement Workshop

Vascular surgeons and their support staff need to maintain knowledge and competence for appropriate billing and coding procedures. The Coding & Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons course is an intensive program designed to provide a comprehensive review of current coding and reimbursement information, including critical updates.   

Important changes for the coming year include:

  • Medicare payment modifications
  • New guidelines for Evaluation and Management Coding
  • Changes in the Physician Fee Schedule

Agenda
Download a PDF of the Virtual Coding Workshop Main Course Agenda

Learning Objectives
At the end of the session, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss the CPT and Medicare changes
  • Demonstrate the application of modifiers for streamlined reimbursement
  • Define the Global Surgical Package and how it impacts billing and reimbursement 
  • Understand the principle of component-coding
  • Discuss the correct coding for key endovascular and open vascular procedures 

Who Should Attend?
These courses are designed for vascular surgeons and their office staff including practice managers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, surgery schedulers, coders, and others who seek to improve and expand their knowledge of accurate coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery. 

Accreditation
The Society for Vascular Surgery® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation of Credit 
The Society for Vascular Surgery® designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


AAPC Credit
This program meets AAPC guidelines for 11.5 CEUs. Can be used for Core A and all specialties except CIRCC for continuing education units. This program has the prior approval of AAPC for continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
 

Virtual E&M Coding for Vascular Surgeons (Optional Workshop)

Thursday, September 24: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Central Time

Evaluation and Management (EM) codes continue to be misunderstood and misused by physicians. Medicare and private payers have responded by targeting EM services for audit. This workshop will focus on coding and documentation rules for choosing a correct EM category and level of service, specifically for the vascular surgeon. Differences between Medicare and private payers will be reviewed.

This information is critical.  We discuss how to select a category of EM, new, established, consult, or inpatient code, and how to select a level of service. Still a significant area of audits for payors, both Medicare and CPT have proposed major changes to the way EM codes are reported and paid. Not understanding these changes will impact your reimbursement negatively in the upcoming years.

Agenda
Download a PDF of the Virtual E&M Optional Workshop Agenda

Learning Objectives
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the coding and documentation rules for key EM categories
  • Identify the difference between Medicare and private payers as related to E & M coding
  • Understand the documentation requirements for the history, exam and medical decision making components for an EM service
  • Discuss the correct use of EM modifiers in vascular surgery

Who Should Attend?
These courses are designed for vascular surgeons and their office staff including practice managers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, surgery schedulers, coders, and others who seek to improve and expand their knowledge of accurate coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery. 

Accreditation
The Society for Vascular Surgery® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation of Credit
The Society for Vascular Surgery® designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.​

AAPC Credit
This program meets AAPC guidelines for 3.5 CEUs. Can be used for Core A and all specialties except CIRCC and CASCC for continuing education units. This program has the prior approval of AAPC for continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
 

 

Virtual 2020 Coding & Reimbursement Workshop – Program Faculty
Sean P. Roddy, MD, (Chair) is Professor of Surgery at Albany Medical College and Chief of Vascular Surgery at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY. Additionally, Dr. Roddy is the CPT Advisor for the Society for Vascular Surgery and sits on the SVS Board of Directors as Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Council. He serves on numerous committees for both national and regional vascular surgery societies.

Teri Romano, BSN, MBA, CPC, CMDP, of Karen Zupko & Associates is a speaker and consultant in coding and reimbursement and participates as a faculty member in coding and reimbursement workshops sponsored by national medical specialty societies including the Society of Vascular Surgery, the American Association of Neurosurgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also provides customized coding and reimbursement courses directly to physicians and their staffs as well as E & M and operative note audits to assist practices with their compliance activities.

Sunita D. Srivastava, MD, FACS, is Vice Chair of the CPT/RUC committee of the Society for Vascular Surgery.  She is a practicing open and minimally invasive vascular surgeon in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She serves as the Quality Director and Radiation Safety Officer for the division as well as a member of AMC Fee Council which oversees the reimbursement contracts of the Partners Health Care System.

Robert M. Zwolak, MD, PhD, is a vascular surgeon and professor of surgery at Dartmouth Medical School and Chief of Surgery at Manchester VA Medical Center. He maintains a busy clinical practice in open and interventional vascular surgery. He has extensive vascular surgery coding expertise, having served on the SVS Health Policy Committee for over 15 years. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee, and he served two terms on the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Update Committee (RUC). He is a past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery.

Program Faculty -- Virtual E & M Coding for Vascular Surgeons (Optional Workshop)
Teri Romano, BSN, MBA, CPC, CMDP, of Karen Zupko & Associates is a speaker and consultant in coding and reimbursement and participates as a faculty member in coding and reimbursement workshops sponsored by national medical specialty societies including the Society of Vascular Surgery, the American Association of Neurosurgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also provides customized coding and reimbursement courses directly to physicians and their staffs as well as EM and operative note audits to assist practices with their compliance activities.

Please contact the SVS Education Department with any questions.