General Surgery Update for 2014

Highlight How ‘Malignant Neoplasm’ Will Become ‘Sarcoma’ For Radical Soft Tissue Resections

Five codes for percutaneous breast biopsy and placement of localization devices won’t cut the mustard this year. Instead, CPT® 2014 deletes the existing five codes and replaces them with 14 new, more specific codes that you need to know.

These changes are among the nearly 170 your general surgery practice should learn for the current year. If you want expert advice on how to put these changes into practice, join this vital audio conference, presented by Lynn Pegram, CPC, CPC-I, CGSC, CEMC.

She’ll comb through all of these changes and let you know what affects you the most.You need to understand the guidelines, Fee Schedule, and OIG rules that may apply. You should also investigate any ICD-9 changes that may apply.

Get the latest information, straight from the AMA conference in November 2013. Work through these examples, and learn how to implement these changes.

This session will help you:

  • See how “sarcoma” changes more than 20 soft tissue radical resection codes in the range 21015-23333, 24077-24079, and 25077-28047.
  • Implement eight new codes for endovascular aneurysm repair: 38481-38484
  • Clarify vascular stent and embolization coding as CPT® 2014 replaces six codes (37204-37210) with nine new options (37217-37244)
  • Greet the massive digestive system coding overhaul with more than 80 code additions, revisions, and deletions in the 40000 level codes. These include changes to how you’ll report esophagoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and image-guided fluid collection drainage by catheter, among others.

Who should attend? All coders, billers and physicians

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