Professional Medical Coding Training Module 10: Cardiovascular Surgery All these systems create significant coding challenges—the CV system is one of the most complex to code accurately.
The cardiovascular system organs—heart and the blood vessels—pump and move blood through the body. The cardiovascular system includes the heart and the blood vessels, and the respiratory system organs are responsible for carrying oxygen from the air to the blood stream and expelling the waste product of carbon dioxide. The system consists of a muscular pump, the heart, in a double circuit of vessels that carry blood from the heart to the lungs, then back in pulmonary circulation to the rest of the body, and back to the heart in systemic circulation. Within the circulation system, there are three types of vessels: arteries, capillaries, and veins. All these organs comprise coding of the cardiovascular system.
Our training goals for this module are to understand cardiovascular services across three sections—Surgery, Medicine, and Radiology; recognize the major differences in the subheadings of the Cardiovascular subsection; review the coding rules for arteries and veins; define rules of coding cardiovascular services when codes from the Medicine section are used; identify the major rules of coding cardiovascular services using the Radiology section codes; and finally, to review surgery coding modifiers utilized in CV coding, particularly those related to redo procedures, return to OR, complications, etc.
During this module, we will perform hands-on exercises of CV procedures. Whenever possible, we will utilize redacted CV operative reports from instructor's clients.
At the conclusion of the module, a 30-minute quiz will be administered to demonstrate your coding skills and knowledge.
Friday, Feb. 5 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern, B-102,1101 E 33rd St., Baltimore, MD 21218 Register online
Get Connected! Learning to Network in Today's World In these days of uncertainty in economic survival and job security, the importance of social and professional networking cannot be overstressed. In this workshop, the how, why, and where of making and maintaining contacts will be discussed in depth. There will be examples and demonstrations of a variety of skills necessary for success in reaching out to and securing contacts for future business and personal relationships. Professionally, the competency of influencing others is an absolute necessity. It is important to understand what factors move others to action. The ability to influence and motivate other people sets one apart as a leader who knows how to get things done.
By the end of this six-hour course, the participants will
- Define networking and discuss its benefits
- Know who should network: why and where
- Explore social networking–LinkedIn vs. Facebook
- Know what factors influence others
- Receive an overview of interpersonal skills
- Appreciate the necessity of influencing others on or off the job
- Understand informal networks: the grapevine vs. gossip
- Learn the rules for small talk—Engage, Exchange, Explore, Enjoy!
Thursday, Feb. 18 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern, B101, 1101 E 33rd St. Baltimore, MD 21218 Register online
Professional Medical Coding Training Module 12: Genitourinary Surgery This in-depth course will cover all commonly performed surgeries involving the urinary system and/or male and female reproductive systems including but not limited to transurethral surgery, pelvic laparoscopies, removal of urinary calculi, and prostatectomies.
To understand the anatomy and physiology of the urinary system, the coder must become familiar with appropriate terminology as well as the function of the structures within each system.
Additionally, in this CPT chapter, attention will be directed to surgeries such as incision and destruction codes in the vulva, perineum, and introitus. We will learn the importance of defining the extent and size of vulvectomy procedures. Students will differentiate between colpotomy and colpocentesis. LEEP procedures (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) are commonly performed surgeries of the cervix. Students will have exercises to assist with correct coding of these procedures.
As part of this course, students will acquire an understanding of how to code laparoscopic, hysteroscopic, and abdominal procedures. Maternity coding for vaginal and cesarean deliveries plus abortions will be thoroughly discussed.
During the session, students will obtain hands-on exercises to challenge their knowledge of each portion of these systems as we discuss it.
A 30-minute quiz will be administered at the conclusion of this class to test each student's education and skill in urological and male and female GU coding.
Friday, Feb. 19 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern, B102,1101 E 33rd St., Baltimore, MD 21218 Register online
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