Event Details

Coding Update 2019: Mastering the Coding Maze

New Orleans, LA

Starts: Fri 8:00AM (Apr 05, 2019) Ends: Sat 5:00PM (Apr 06, 2019)

Take the pain out of your practice and conquer your coding challenges by attending this timely and highly interactive course led by expert physician faculty who will provide comprehensive coding information you can immediately use to maximize your profits and minimize your losses.

Coding Update course will take you beyond the basics, covering the latest information on ICD-10, E&M coding, and CPT-4 coding of surgical, medical and radiologic procedures. Coding and reimbursement is the lifeblood of every practice, and attendees will leave this course with the necessary knowledge and critical tips on how to navigate through the authorization and denial process, identify nuances that affect proper billing and cause rejected/delayed claims, utilize Medicare NCCI edits, and properly document to receive reimbursement.

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to:
*Meet one-on-one with physician faculty who lead NASS’ CPT, RUC and reimbursement efforts;
*Examine real life cases and perform operative note dissection in the hands-on coding sessions;
*Participate in an interactive panel discussion with leading experts in the spine coding industry.

What’s on Your Mind? Interactive breakout sessions with faculty to ensure that no stone is left unturned and all questions are addressed by the end of the course.

Managing Denials and Appeals: During an interactive discussion on surgical denials and the appeals process, join faculty as we examine a payer policy on lumbar fusion and learn how to avoid unwanted denials, peer reviews and the murky appeals process. Both payer and provider perspectives will be presented, after which the audience will have time to ask questions of the panel and discuss issues relevant to their practice.

Breakout Sessions: Faculty will hold separate breakout sessions for physicians and coding/billing/allied health/ physicians new to spine. The breakout sessions allow attendees to ask basic to complex questions particular to their specialty. Faculty will address questions and issues in depth about complex surgical procedures, APMs and MIPS, practice management, and more.


Donna Lahey, RNFA

Coding Committee Chairs

Scott I. Horn, DO

William Mitchell, MD

Karin Swartz, MD

What you will learn:

  • Improve cash flow by reducing denials and resubmissions
  • Identify problems which cause rejected/delayed claims
  • Correlate correct coding with practice reimbursement ensuring that every procedure is reimbursed at its highest allowable level
  • Recognize the relationship between proper diagnostic (ICD-10) and procedural coding (CPT-4) and how to link them to avoid denials
  • Learn the elements required for complete and accurate documentation for E&M coding, and medical and surgical procedure notes
  • Know the accurate use of modifiers and their impact on reimbursement
  • Effectively and accurately code interventional injection procedures and neurologic testing
  • Utilize payer reimbursement policies and guidelines to avoid claim denials and obtain proper authorization
  • Effectively incorporate teachings of this course into their practice


This course is for nonoperative or operative spine specialists who have a basic understanding of ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT-4 coding and RBRVS for reimbursement. While it is designed especially for physicians, office staff are encouraged to attend with or without a physician.

 Price LevelRegistration Fees
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Registration: General Registration

 Commercial Affiliate$700.00
 Commercial Business Interest$800.00
 Member Affiliated Healthcare$550.00
 Member Doctor$700.00
 Member Emeritus$550.00
 Member In-Training$350.00
 Non-Member Affiliated Healthcare$600.00
 Non-Member Doctor$800.00
 Non-Member In-Training$450.00
Meeting is full. Waitlisting is not available for this meeting.


Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans
739 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Hotel & Travel

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans
739 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Rate: $219
Cut off date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Reservation Phone Number:877-408-9661 (Mention Coding Update 2019)

Our Policy

Cancellation must be submitted via email to registration@spine.org by March 15, 2019 to receive a refund less cancellation processing fee of $50. Registrations are not transferable and there are no substitutions.

Nonmember Resident / Fellow - To receive resident and fellow pricing, fax a letter on letterhead from your program director with your program status to (630) 230-3709 or scan and email it to registration@spine.org. If you haven’t attended a NASS meeting or purchased a product, please create new contact before letter is faxed.

The North American Spine Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The North American Spine Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the US, that participate in this CME activity, are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ .

Attendees seeking AAPC continuing education units should note that they will not be able to claim multiple NASS coding courses in one year due to an annual accreditation status.

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Have A Question?

We want to make sure that your registration process is a pleasant one, so if you have any trouble or a question, please email or call us at (630) 230-3600.