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Spring Coding Update 2023: Mastering the Coding Maze

New Orleans, LA

Starts: Fri 8:00AM CT (Mar 31, 2023) Ends: Sat 5:00PM CT (Apr 01, 2023) OnDemand

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This highly interactive course will help you conquer your coding challenges with strategies and solutions to navigate through the reimbursement process with confidence. The course will address CPT coding for spine surgical, medical, radiologic procedures as well as E&M coding.

You’ll Learn practical tips to ensure payment on initial submission, decreasing time spent on appeals and denials for both Medicare and private insurers, correct utilization of both 22000 and 63000 codes, operative report coding and documentation, correct use of modifiers, coding for telemedicine. Understand the new E&M coding and documentation guidelines, up-to-date information on healthcare legislation for pre-authorization, Medicare cuts, and other news that affect coding and reimbursement.

In your downtime experience New Orleans, a fascinating city that's a unique melding of culture, food and music. Sample unforgettable cuisine at some of the country's best restaurants, visit the many historical attractions and neighborhoods, or listen to some jazz music while enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.


Donna M. Lahey, RNFA, CNOR


Christopher P. Kauffman, MD

Peng Bai, DO

Gregory J. Przybylski, MD, M.Ch

William Mitchell, MD

William Sullivan, MD

Karin R. Swartz, MD


Upon completion of this course, participants should gain strategies to:

Comprehend the changes to Evaluation & Management for 2023 and how these changes will impact your practice;

Understand proper Telemedicine coding and its new evolving role in your practice;

Improve cash flow by reducing denials, resubmissions, and rejected claims;

Identify problems which cause denied/delayed claims and how to prevent these issues from occurring;

Correlate correct coding with practice reimbursement to ensure that every procedure receives the highest allowable level of reimbursement;

Recognize the relationship between proper diagnostic (ICD-10) and procedural coding (CPT) 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 procedural notes;

Know the accurate use of modifiers, the relationship between modifiers and their impact on reimbursement;

Learn about important legislation that will affect your coding bottom line;

Feel comfortable coding your most complex surgical procedures;

Effectively and accurately code injection and neurologic testing procedures;

Incorporate the teachings of this course into your practice.


This course is for spine specialists, practice managers, and coders who have a basic understanding of ICD-10, CPT coding and the insurance billing process. Office staff and physicians are encouraged to attend the course together.

 Price LevelRegistration Fees
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Registration: General Registration

 Commercial Affiliate$800.00
 Commercial Business Interest$900.00
 Member Affiliated Healthcare$700.00
 Member Doctor$800.00
 Member Emeritus$700.00
 Member In-Training$450.00
 Non-Member Affiliated Healthcare$750.00
 Non-Member Doctor$900.00
 Non-Member In-Training$550.00


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans
300 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(855) 610-8733

Hotel & Travel

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans
300 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Event Name: Mastering the Coding Maze

Please Note:

The hotel cut-off date for the group rate is March 10, 2023. After that date, the discounted rate may not be available. Reserve your accommodations early as hotel may sell out prior to cut-off date.

Hotel Reservations: Please call the hotel directly at (855) 610-8733 or click below.

Our Policy

Meeting Cancellation: NASS reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or reformat (including to digital form) programs due to circumstances beyond its control or close registration when programs are oversubscribed. For these reasons, registrants are advised against purchasing non-refundable airline tickets. NASS is not responsible for penalties incurred as a result of cancelled transportation fares, hotel reservation policies or Visa rejection/refusals.

Attendee Cancellation: Cancellation must be submitted via email by March 10, 2023 to receive a full refund less cancellation processing fee of $50. No refunds after March 10; regardless of cause. Registrations are not transferable and there are no substitutions.

Health Guidelines: If health guidelines change in Louisiana, you will be required to adhere to all health guidelines accordingly. Guidelines may include, but not limited to, facial masks, social distancing, attestation to being fully vaccinated or will have a negative COVID-19 lab results within 72 hours of meeting arrival.

COVID-19 Assumption of Risk and Waiver: Attendee assumes all risks and accepts sole responsibility for any injury (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that attendee may experience or incur in connection with attending the NASS 2023 Coding Update: Mastering the Coding Maze. Attendee hereby releases, covenants not to sue, discharges and holds harmless the North American Spine Society its employees, agents, and representatives, from any such claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, or expenses of any kind arising or relating thereto.

Specifically relating to the global COVID-19 pandemic, attendee acknowledges the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assumes the risk of exposure or infection by attending the NASS 2023 Coding Update: Mastering the Coding Maze, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, disability, and/or death to attendee. Attendee understands that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the NASS 2023 Coding Update: Mastering the Coding Maze may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of others who may attend the event or their families, colleagues, or others with whom they may have contact. Accordingly, attendee understands and agrees that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of the North American Spine Society, any of its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in at the NASS 2023 Coding Update: Mastering the Coding Maze.

In addition to all other rules and regulations relating to the attendee’s attendance at the NASS 2023 Coding Update: Mastering the Coding Maze, attendee agrees to comply with all COVID-related procedures that may be implemented related to the NASS 2023 Coding Update, including but not limited to, mask-wearing and social distancing requirements and restrictions on certain activities that carry higher COVID-related risk, in order to protect as much as possible the health and safety of all NASS 2023 Coding Update: Mastering the Coding Maze attendees.

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 or emailed.


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 enduring material for a maximum of


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™ .

This program meets AAPC guidelines for 15.0 CEUs. Can be split between Core A, CANPC, CASCC, CEMC, COSC, CPMA and CPCO for continuing education units.

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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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.