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Coding Update 2022: Mastering the Coding Maze

Nashville, TN

Starts: Fri 8:00AM CT (Apr 01, 2022) Ends: Sat 5:00PM CT (Apr 02, 2022) OnDemand

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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. As coding has become increasingly complex, the Coding Update course will take you beyond the basics, covering the latest information on CPT coding of surgical, medical and radiologic spine procedures, and working through the insurance process. NEW E&M coding and documentation guidelines will be reviewed as well as new changes occurring in the MIPS program. 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 prior authorization and denial and appeals processes, identify nuances that affect proper billing and cause rejected/delayed claims, utilize Medicare NCCI edits, and properly document to receive appropriate reimbursement.

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, spinal anatomy, APMs, MIPS, practice management, and more.

Op Notes Review:
Examine real life cases and perform operative note dissection in the hands-on coding sessions.

SHORT VIDEO: NASS Prepares You for 2022 Coding Changes and Challenges!

Course Director

Donna Lahey, RNFA

Co-Vice Chairs

Scott Horn, DO

Karin Swartz, MD

What You'll Learn

Comprehend the new Evaluation & Management codes and guidelines and how these changes will impact your practice;

Be familiar with the changes to MIPS, MACRA and know what to expect moving forward in 2022;

Differentiate the types of bundled payment programs and APMs that may come into play in your practice in the future;

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;

Effectively and accurately code injection and neurologic testing procedures;

Utilize payer reimbursement policies and guidelines to avoid claim denials and obtain proper authorization;

Incorporate the teachings of this course into their 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$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


Springhill Suites Nashville Downtown/Convention Center
410 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 514-2502

Hotel & Travel

Springhill Suites Nashville Downtown/Convention Center
410 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Event Name: Coding Update 2022: Mastering the Coding Maze

Please Note:

The hotel cut-off date for the group rate was March 2nd. To make a hotel reservation, please call the hotel directly at (888) 236-2427 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 11, 2022 to receive a full refund less cancellation processing fee of $50. No refunds after March 11; 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.


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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