Product Details

Coding Update 2021: An Interactive Virtual Course

January 23, 2021 CDT

  • Category: OnDemand & Webinars
  • Published On: Nov 12, 2020

Program Details

Take some uncertainty out of your life this year by attending the NASS Winter Interactive Virtual Coding Course.

With all of the changes going in in everyday life, we have decided to present this year’s winter course in a dual recorded/live format. Most of the same great materials and tidbits will be presented, but this year, due to COVID-19 concerns, we will be presenting this as a virtual course with an interactive component. This will allow you to interact with the faculty and ask the same great questions in real time. This timely and highly interactive course is led by expert physician faculty who will provide comprehensive coding information you can immediately use to maximize your profits and minimize your losses and update you with the most recent changes that have taken place this year.

This course will teach you the necessary caveats to ensure payment on initial submission, thereby decreasing time spent on appeals and denials. 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 in 2021, 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 and attendees will leave this course with the necessary knowledge and critical tips on how to navigate through the coding process.

Course Director

Donna M. Lahey, RNFA, CNOR

Coding Committee Chairs

Donna M. Lahey, RNFA, CNOR

Scott I. Horn, DO

Karen R. Swartz, MD


Peng Bai, DO

R. Dale Blasier, MD, FRCSC, MBA

Christopher P. Kauffman, MD

E. Kano Mayer, MD

Charles A. Mick, MD

William Mitchell, MD

Gregory J. Przybylski, MD

Paul Saiz, MD

Jeffrey A. Stone, MD, FACR

William J. Sullivan, MD


Review online course recordings on your own time. The recordings will be available to registered attendees beginning on January 13, 2021.

Est. time required: 5 hours


You will have the opportunity to discuss issues specific to your practice and we encourage your participation:.

List the top 3 pressing issues for your practice that you would like to see discussed at the Coding course.

  • OPERATIVE REPORTS FOR CODING: We will be going over coding for operative reports. Please submit any BLINDED operative reports you would like assistance in coding (when submitting notes, the patient’s age and gender is fine; please blind all other identifying information from your Op Notes, including, but not limited to facility name, address, phone number, surgeon, anesthesiologist, PA, medical account and tax ID numbers, signatures on the notes, etc.; any notes received with identifying information will not be considered). We will try to get to as many of these as possible. 

  • APPEALS/DENIALS Please forward a copy of your operative report, dictated procedure note or authorization request for your procedure as well as all documentation submitted to the insurance company. Be sure to include any office notes you sent to insurance company as well. Additionally send a copy of HCFA 1500 submitted as well as Denial / EOB from insurance company. We will be happy to anonymously review these during the course and provide our expert opinions.
If you are interested, please send to Colleen O’Brien via email: [email protected] who will forward to participating faculty. There is no guarantee that your submission will be reviewed during the course. Nothing will be accepted after January 18, 2021.


Register for the course webinar by January 21, 2021.


Participate in the live webinar on January 23, 2021, 9:00AM-2:00PM CDT. Participation in the webinar at this time is required in order to receive CME/CEU course credit.

Est. time required: 4 hours


Member/Nonmember Doctor: $125/$175

Member/Nonmember Allied Health: $125/$175

Member/Nonmember Resident/Fellow: $90/$115


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

Comprehend the NEW changes coming 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;

Apply these techniques in the critical appraisal of studies that impact planning patient care

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 their practice.


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

The North American Spine Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education 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


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. The option to enroll in a webinar on an alternate date will be determined on a case by case basis.

Please note that this webinar takes place in Central Daylight Time (CDT). Participation in the webinar at this time is required in order to receive CME course credit.

Have A Question?

Contact Colleen O'Brien