Coding and Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons

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Register today for Challenges in Vascular Surgery 2011: Coding and Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons, September 30 – October 1, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago, IL. Registration is also available for the optional workshop, E & M Coding for Vascular Surgeons, offered on September 30 (additional fee required).

Challenges in Vascular Surgery 2011: Coding and Reimbursement for Vascular Surgeons will take place on September 30 – October 1, 2011 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. This course is intended for those who seek to expand their knowledge of accurate coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery. The program covers 2011 coding and reimbursement updates, including changes to non-invasive physiologic arterial studies, changes to lower extremity endovascular arterial interventions and changes in PQRI measures. Additionally, reporting standards for interventional and open surgical procedures, the global surgical package definition, vascular laboratory, and modifier usage will be discussed.

An optional half day workshop, Evaluation & Management (E & M) Coding for Vascular Surgeons, will focus on coding and documentation rules for choosing a correct E & M category and level of service for the vascular surgeon. Differences between Medicare and private payers will be reviewed.

The course is designed for vascular surgeons and their office staff including practice managers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, surgery schedulers, coders, and any other staff members who seek to improve their knowledge of accurate coding and reimbursement for vascular surgery. Team attendance is encouraged.

The faculty includes Sean Roddy, MD, Robert Zwolak, MD, PhD, Sunita Srivastava, MD, and Teri Romano, RN, MBA, CPC; all are experts on coding and reimbursement for vascular surgeons.

The Coding Course, offered twice each year, is an interactive seminar with significant time allotted for questions and answers. Attendance remains robust. With the 2011 re-imbursement changes, attendance at the Coding Course is more essential than ever. Additional information regarding the March 2011 Coding Course is posted on VascularWeb.org.

Dr. Sean Roddy said, “the SVS coding course provides an interactive venue for practicing vascular surgeons and staff to better understand CPT coding, reporting standards, and documentation requirements which can improve both compliance and reimbursement for their practice.”



Sean Roddy, M.D.

SVS has approved 25 second year vascular fellows/PGY5 (Chief) integrated residents to receive complimentary registration for the Fall 2011 Coding Course. In order to be eligible to apply for the complimentary registration, vascular trainees must meet the following criteria:

• Be an active SVS Candidate Member (including trainee status)

• Be in their last year of vascular fellowship/residency (training must be completed in 2012)

• There may only be one application per institution

The selection process will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Trainees should discuss attendance with their program director before applying to confirm the necessary time-off to attend the course. If less than 25 fellows/residents sign up for this course, the offer can be extended to fellows who are not in their last year of fellowship/residency. Trainees that received complimentary registration for previous Coding Courses are not eligible to apply. For more information or to apply, contact studentresident@vascularsociety.org . Attendees will have their course fee waived, but they are still responsible for any travel and accommodation expenses accrued.

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