•Coding for excisional breast biopsy
or partial mastectomy
•How to initiate a successful appeal
when receiving incorrect payment
• When and how to report E/M
services for major and minor
procedures, especially trauma
• The difference between returning
a patient to the operating room to
treat a surgical complication and a
•Procedures correctly documented
and reported that are unrelated to
surgeries done previously in the
Can I earn CME for
attending a workshop?
Physician attendees are
eligible to receive continuing
medical education (CME)
credits through the ACS.
Physicians are eligible for
6. 5 CME credits for each day
of attendance. In addition,
nonphysician attendees who
are members of the American
Academy of Professional
Coders are eligible for 6. 5
continuing education units
for each day of attendance.
When and where will the
2015 ACS Surgical Coding
Workshops take place?
The workshops will take place
on the following dates:
•February 19–20, Las Vegas, NV
•April 23–24, Chicago, IL
•August 13–14, Nashville, TN
•September 17–18, Dallas, TX
•November 12–13, Chicago, IL
The dates and locations change
each year; visit the ACS practice
management Web page at www.
for the most current schedule.
How do I register?
Register for the two-day
workshop online at www.
html or call 312-642-8310. The
ACS offers a special price for
members and their coding staff,
but ACS membership is not a
requirement for attendance. The
member price is $650 for each
course or $995 for both days.
The non-member price is $750
per day or $1095 for both days.
ACS Fellows and their staff
should have their ACS member
number available and enter it
for each individual registering.
For hotel reservations, contact
the hotel that is hosting the
workshop using the number
provided in the registration
process, and then indicate that you
are attending the ACS Surgical
Coding Workshop for special
pricing (see table, this page).
The ACS also offers special
airfare discounts on United
Airlines. Contact an ACS Travel
Counselor at 800-456-4147 or
ACSTravel@facs.org, or contact
United Airlines by phone at 800-
521-4041 or online at www.united.
com. When booking individual
travel, be sure to indicate the
name of the meeting and refer to
the ACS file numbers provided
for any applicable discounts.
The ACS file numbers
are Agreement Code:
973454; ZCode: ZTEZ.
Additional ACS coding resources
To assist surgeons in their
efforts to address coding
questions, the ACS also offers
the following resources:
• The Coding Hotline (1-800-227-
7911), 9:00 am–6:00 pm EST. The
Coding Hotline staff will answer
five free coding questions per year
for each Fellow of the ACS. For
additional information on the ACS
Coding Hotline, visit www.facs.
•Coding and Practice Management
Corner, a column in the Bulletin,
provides tips on a range of
The topics change monthly
and in past years have included
coding for hernia and other
complex abdominal repairs,
debridement, and sentinel lymph
node mapping and its relation to
biopsy. These and other articles
are available at www.facs.org/ahp/
pubs/tips/ index.html. ♦
City Date Location Phone Room rates Hotel cut-off dates
Las Vegas, NV Feb. 19–20 Wynn Las Vegas 866-770-7555 $219 1/28/2015
Chicago, IL Apr. 23–24 Park Hyatt Chicago 888-421-1442 195 4/3/15
Nashville, TN Aug. 13–14 Loews Vanderbilt Hotel 800-336-3335 176 7/22/15
Dallas, TX Sept. 17–18 The Magnolia Hotel 888-915-1110 159 8/26/15
Chicago, IL Nov. 12–13 Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile 888-591-1234 209 10/12/15
HOTEL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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