2013 General Surgery CPT Updates

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Kathleen A. Mueller, RN, CPC, CCS-P, CMSCS, CCC, PCS
Conference Date
Wed, Dec 19, 2012
60 minutes
Product Description

Economy-proof Your Practice By Implementing These 2013 General Surgery Coding, Billing & Compliance Updates.

If you’ve been losing pay when a physician assistant (PA) or other appropriate caregiver performs E/M services in your surgical practice, recent changes could come to your rescue.

You’ll find revisions to more than 80 E/M codes in CPT® 2013 that allow you to bill services for certain "qualified healthcare professionals" other than physicians. We’ll show you what you need to know now to take advantage of the change.

Find out how to implement these changes — and more — to your general surgery claims sooner rather than later.

2013 Updates

  • Physician fee schedule cuts on hold until January 1, 2013
  • Proposed conversion factor reduced from $34.02 to $25.00
  • ASC payments to increase by 1.6%. Conversion factor increases to $42.627 from $41.939.
  • ASC payments to increase by as high as 2% on January 1, 2013.

Key Highlights:

  • Specialty versus sub-specialty analysis
  • 3 Day Rule Updates, Scenarios and examples.
  • 2013 CPT Codes, Changes on bariatric surgery billing, vascular procedures billing, use of modifiers and more!
  • How to prepare for audits form RAC's, ZPICs, MACs, private payers and CERT.
  • RAC issues involving RAC attack, RAC Prep and General surgery.
  • Use of Debridement codes in general surgery.
  • 2013 Revisions to E&M and E/M Billing During Global Periods with examples.    
  • Incident-to Errors – Complaint use and billings for your Non Physician Practitioners.
  • Split/Shared visit and E/M Service.
  • E-Prescribing, E-Prescribing Exemptions & Registration Requirements
  • 2013 PQRS update and surgery measures.
  • Strategies on how to economy proof your practice.
  • ICD-10 Updates, Transition Guidelines and Expected Challenges
  • Transform how you report bariatric surgery with these tips.
  • Change the way you code vascular procedures given CPT® 2013’s new guidance.
  • Find out what to do when a screening colonoscopy turns diagnostic.
  • Learn how to navigate the modifier maze.
  • Apply these strategies, so that you don’t leave any ethical reimbursement on the table.
  • And much more....

Who should attend? General surgery billing and staff, general surgeons, midlevel providers, coders, practice managers

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About Our Speaker

Kathleen A. Mueller - General Surgery Billing Coding Expert

Kathleen A. Mueller, RN, CPC, CCS-P, CMSCS, CCC, PCS is a coding consultant with over 30 years experience in both clinical and physician office settings. Her vast background includes ICU/CCU nursing, physician office administration, surgical and endoscopy billing and coding, and insurance claims submission and adjudication. In addition to being a nationally recognized speaker and author of multiple coding handbooks, Kathy has provided onsite and remote instruction and coding assistance...   More Info
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