Phoenix, AZ

ASPS Coding Workshop, Phoenix

March 7–8, 2014
Phoenix, AZ

The Phoenix Coding Workshop is complete! Please join us at one of the other three Coding Workshop events in 2014. 


Designed specifically for plastic surgeons, office team members, and coding specialists, ASPS Coding Workshops help you navigate the science of reimbursement. You’ll leave with improved confidence and a workbook that helps you avoid the coding pitfalls—letting you focus on quality care.

The workshop will feature a full day of real life coding cases/scenarios. Topics covered will include:

  • ICD-10-CM is a reality - what you should be doing now to prepare, understand the difference between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM, and learn about the specific codes and documentation requirements for commonly used diagnosis codes such as neoplasms and fractures
  • Billing for non-physician practioners - when you can bill "incident to" the physician and when you must bill "direct" for PAs, NPs, and CNSs
  • Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements and how your payments are affected
  • What's new for Medicare in 2014
  • Understanding your risk of an audit - RAC, CERT, ZPIC, OIG, and private payer
  • Breast reconstruction - extensive discussion inclulding DIEP flaps
  • Skin lesion procedures, including injection, biopsy, shave, and excision
  • Adjacent tissue transfers
  • Flaps and grafts
  • Wound care and debridements
  • Wound repairs - use of the simple, intermediate, and complex repair codes
  • Burn care
  • Soft tissue tumor excision
  • Skin replacement surgery, including skin substitutes and biologic implants
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Body contouring - panniculectomy vs. abdominoplasty - what to bill insurance vs. what is cosmetic
  • Nasal procedures - rhinoplasty, nasal valve stenosis repair, and turbinates
  • Hand surgery - with and without vascular and nerve repairs - collagenase injections for Dupuytren's contracture
  • Microsurgery and use of the operating microscope
  • Facial fractures
  • Using modifiers to optimize revenue - 51 vs. 59, multiple procedures in a global period, and co-surgeon (62) vs. assistant surgeon (80,82)
  • E&M coding - what it takes to bill a level 4 or 5, when to use the consultation codes (Medicare vs. CPT guidelines) - Don't think this isn't important because you are a surgical practice! Payers are auditing E&M even more in 2014.
  • Risks and rewards of EMR
  • Practice management priorities - revenue enhancement strategies, measuring your financial health, and evaluating the success of your billing service

This activity for has been approved for 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or 14 AAPC Continuing Education Units. 

Support for lanyards has been received through an educational grant from Access Medical Purchasing (AMP).