Learn coding intricacies at October workshop on reimbursement

Sean Roddy

The SVS will host the SVS Coding and Reimbursement Workshop this fall, providing a comprehensive program designed to equip vascular surgeons and their support staff with essential knowledge and competence in appropriate billing and coding procedures. 

Over the course of the workshop, scheduled for Oct. 16– 17, attendees will receive a review of coding practices, recent changes to the current procedural terminology (CPT) and Medicare, the proper application of modifiers for streamlined reimbursement, and the impact of Medicare’s Global Surgical Package on billing and reimbursement. 

Workshop director Sean Roddy, MD, provided an overview of what attendees can anticipate during the workshop, which includes an optional half-day workshop on evaluation and management (E&M) codes. The workshop will address the intricate and distinctive aspects of vascular surgery coding that distinguish it from other medical specialties. 

“Vascular surgery has some nuances that are different from other specialties, and it is important to get the vascular lab coding correct for the ultrasounds and procedures. Endovascular procedures can be confusing on what codes you bill, so we try to clarify that with examples,” said Roddy. 

Participants can expect to receive the most up-to-date information directly from vascular surgeons who are deeply involved in the creation and valuation of codes, ensuring the most accurate and reliable recommendations. Roddy emphasized the significance of this educational event, highlighting the direct impact Medicare has on the specialty. 

“We have decreasing revenue from Medicare, which uniquely impacts vascular surgeons since up to 70% of our patient population has Medicare. Accurate coding and good documentation are crucial to optimizing our revenue for all payers, reducing denials, optimizing accounts receivable, and increasing our revenue,” said Roddy. 

The workshop demonstrates SVS’ commitment to empowering medical professionals with the tools they need to provide the highest quality of care possible, according to Roddy. 

Medical professionals interested in attending the educational course are encouraged to register early. It will be held at the OLC Education and Conference Center at SVS headquarters, 9400 W. Higgins Road in Rosemont, Illinois. 

It is 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. 

Course leaders point out the event is ideal for vascular trainees and surgeons as the level of the content is intermediate to advanced. 

Attendees can earn a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) for the optional evaluation and management (E&M) coding workshop and 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) for the Coding and Reimbursement Workshop. 

The optional workshop will be held from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Oct. 16, while the main workshop sessions will follow from 1–5 p.m. the same day and from 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. 

More information about the courses and the preliminary agenda can be found at vascular.org/coding23. 


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