Learning and Development classes for January

Cell Culture Techniques Workshop, 4 days
The purpose of the Cell Culture Workshop is to provide a solid understanding of basic cell culture techniques through classroom and laboratory work. It provides prerequisite training for the culture of numerous cell types including stem cells. Students gain significant experience in the manipulation of cells through culture. Through integrated learning techniques, utilizing both hands-on training and lectures, students will learn the biological basis and relevance of the process of culturing cells. This will allow students to translate the techniques and information learned in this workshop into their own laboratories.

Topics covered
Introduction to cell and tissue culture, Serum-containing and serum-free culture media, Trypsinization, cell counting, viability and growth curves, Growth of adherent and suspension cultures, Differentiation and attachment, Adaptation to suspension culture, Adaptation to serum-free media, Transfection technologies and reporter assays, Cryopreservation and cryothawing, Cell cloning, Primary culture, The cell cycle, Apoptosis and cell culture

Tuesday, Jan. 26, through Friday, Jan. 29
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BioTechnical Institute of Maryland
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Overcoming Procrastination: Bridging the Gap Between Your Goals and Reality
Do you tend to procrastinate when it comes to your personal or professional goals? What if you could overcome this procrastination and motivate yourself to make change a reality—not just for a few weeks but permanently? What effect would that have on your sanity and sense of satisfaction? In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to customize four principles that are at the heart of making personal and professional change stick. This is so much more than just putting together a plan to accomplish your goals. After all, how many plans have you put together in the past? You will learn how to find the time, energy, and motivation—given everything else that's going on in your life—to be able to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you'd like to be. If you want to make a significant difference in the future quality of your life, this workshop will empower you to do just that.

Thursday, Jan. 21
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eastern, B101,1101 E 33rd St. Baltimore, MD 21218
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Professional Medical Coding Training Module 8: 2015 CPT Updates
This coding module provides coders with a comprehensive understanding of CPT 2015 code changes effective Jan. 1, 2014. Instructor will discuss in detail many of the significant changes to CPT 2015 codes and descriptors. Scheduled topics include:

Evaluation and Management
Interventional Radiology
Vascular Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Radiology Oncology
General Surgery

Physicians and coders both should attend this important coding module in order to remain current on all AMA and CMS code changes.

Friday, Jan. 8
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eastern, B101,1101 E 33rd St. Baltimore, MD 21218
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Professional Medical Coding Training Module 9: Respiratory and Digestive Surgery
The Respiratory System
The respiratory system covers surgeries on a number of anatomic sites such as nose, accessory sinuses, larynx, trachea and bronchi, and the lungs and pleura. The coding has numerous guidelines that must be followed to code these procedures correctly. Respiratory surgeries are highly specific in nature and range from open to endoscopic surgeries.

The objectives of this course are to understand basic anatomy and functions of the respiratory system, the hemic and lymphatic systems, and the mediastinum and diaphragm; to define key terms relevant to these systems; provide practical advice to overcome the most common CPT® coding dilemmas involving these systems; discuss application of most frequently used CPT® modifiers; review diagnoses common to the respiratory system, the hemic and lymphatic systems, and the mediastinum and diaphragm; to introduce HCPCS Level II codes and coding guidelines as they apply to these systems; and, finally, to supply hands-on examples and review material to improve your mastery of the above concepts.

The Digestive System
The digestive process provides the body with fluids, nutrients, and electrolytes. The performances of both of these systems are intricate and crucial to the human body. The Digestive section of the CPT® surgical chapter is divided into 18 different subsections. Each subsection is further divided into procedures that involve incision, excision/destruction, repair, manipulation, laparoscopy, and endoscopy. There are exceptions based on anatomy, such as the external fistulization of the intestines under the intestines subsection (except rectum). During this course, we will learn in detail coding-specific guidelines related to approaches for procedures such as endoscopic procedures, Category III endoscopic procedures, excision versus destruction of digestive lesions, and will discuss noninvasive digestive procedures found in the Medicine section of CPT. A quick review of CCI edits will be covered.

During the course we will carve out time for hands-on exercises including operative reports.

A 30-minute quiz will be administered at the end of the class to challenge your newly acquired or refreshed Respiratory and Digestive coding skills.

Friday, Jan. 22
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eastern, B102, 1101 E 33rd St. Baltimore, MD 21218
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