Event Details

Coding Update 2022: Mastering the Coding Maze

Chicago, IL

Starts: Mon 8:00AM CT (Oct 10, 2022) Ends: Tue 12:00PM CT (Oct 11, 2022) OnDemand

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During this highly interactive course, physician faculty who lead NASS’ CPT and RUC efforts will address ICD-10, E&M coding and CPT4 coding of spinal surgical, medical and radiologic procedures. Attendees will leave this course with the necessary knowledge and critical tips on how to utilize new E&M codes and guidelines for 2022, 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.

We will provide practical tips to ensure payment on initial submission thereby decreasing time spent on appeals and denials for both Medicare and private insurers. NEW E&M coding and documentation guidelines will be thoroughly reviewed so that you have a clear understanding of this new process. We will present up to date information on what is happening with healthcare legislation for pre-authorization, Medicare cuts, and other news that will affect coding and reimbursement. Time will be spent on coding for surgical, medical, and radiologic procedures, correct utilization of both 22000 and 63000 codes, operative report coding and documentation correct use of modifiers, and the ever-important coding for Telemedicine, which has become significant in these trying times.

Coding and reimbursement is the lifeblood of every practice. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to parlay your coding knowledge to optimize reimbursement, navigate through the coding, authorization and appeals process, identify nuances that affect proper billing and cause rejected/delayed claims, utilize Medicare NCCI edits, and properly document to meet medical necessity guidelines.


Donna M. Lahey, RNFA


Christopher P. Kauffman, MD

Peng Bai, DO

David Cohen, MD, MPH

Gregory J. Przybylski, MD, M.Ch

Charles A. Mick, MD

Jeffrey A. Stone, MD, FACR

E. Kano Mayer, MD

Karin R. Swartz, MD


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

Comprehend the changes to Evaluation & Management for 2021 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.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The North American Spine Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. The North American Spine Society designates this live activity 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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 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$400.00


McCormick Place, West Bldg.
2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

Hotel & Travel

Note: Meeting registration must be completed to secure your hotel reservations.

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. Written, verbal, or fax notice of cancellation will be given within five (5) working days of the actual date of the program whenever possible. NASS reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

Attendee Cancellation: Cancellation must be submitted via email by September 13, 2022 to receive a full refund less cancellation processing fee of $50. No refunds after September 13; regardless of cause. Registrations are not transferable and there are no substitutions.

Health Guidelines:If health guidelines change in Illinois, I 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022 Coding Update: Mastering the Coding Maze.

In addition to all other rules and regulations relating to the attendee’s attendance at the NASS 2022 Coding Update: Mastering the Coding Maze, attendee agrees to comply with all COVID-related procedures that may be implemented related to the NASS 2022 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 2022 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.

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