2015 Anesthesia Coding, Compliance & Reimbursement Symposium

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

general session Keynote Session — Compliance case studies:
4 practices that ran afoul of the law and how a
compliance plan could have saved them

Vicki Myckowiak, Esq.

Small practices are paying big settlements, fines and even facing exclusion because of coding mistakes and bad business decisions. But a custom-made compliance plan can protect your practice and make it more efficient. During this 1 hour keynote presentation for all four specialties, health care attorney Vicki Myckowiak will show you how to build a compliance plan. She’ll use real-world examples of anesthesia, cardiology, orthopedic and pain management practices that ran afoul of the law and explain how a compliance plan could have prevented these problems. By the end of this session, you’ll know how to take the steps that will protect your practice from the mistakes that can put a practice out of business.

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Early Morning Break

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Head, neck & thorax: Start your anesthesia coding from the top


Learn how to correctly report anesthesia services performed on the head, neck and thorax. During this session, anesthesia billing and practice administration expert Kelly Dennis will demonstrate how to protect your revenue for procedures such as lens surgery, procedures on the esophagus and mastectomy from documentation errors and tricky ICD-10-CM changes.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Midmorning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Intrathoracic & spine: Get to the heart
of coding for complex procedures

Leslie Johnson, CPC

Don't leave behind revenue for anesthesia performed with procedures such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), services that require one-lung ventilation and multi-level discectomies. During this session, anesthesia coding consultant Leslie Johnson will also share tips for getting your providers to boost their documentation and capture the information you need.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Abdomen: Get to the core of coding upper
and lower abdomen procedures


This is a last chance for a gut check of your diagnosis coding for procedures of the abdomen and the perineum. After this session, you’ll be able to confidently select the correct anesthesia and ICD-10-CM code for services such as upper GI endoscopies, hernia repairs for adults, and hysterectomies.

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Extremities: Don't let coding mistakes cost you an arm and a leg

Leslie Johnson, CPC

Review the rules for coding services performed on the limbs, such as anesthesia for arthroscopies, nerve repairs and bypass grafts and then dive into the rules for selecting the correct episode of care code for ICD-10-CM, information you'll need for services such as fracture care.

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Denials management for anesthesia practices: Overcome appeals problems that plague your claims

Devona Slater, CHA, CMCP, CHC & Vicki Myckowiak, Esq.

Walking away from denials is like setting money on fire. But many practices struggle to find the time to work the appeals process. Coding and compliance mavens Devona and Vicki will show you how to maximize your revenue by minimizing the time and effort you spend replying to denials.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Multi-Specialty Conferences

Are you part of a
multi-specialty practice?

This year we are co-locating four physician specialty conferences! Please feel free to share our agendas for Orthopedics, Pain Management and/or Cardiology with your colleagues, and call 1-855-885-0192 to speak with an Account Manager about our multi-attendee discount.

Download your materials
ahead of time!



Approved for up to

The Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance has approved 20 continuing education units, and the American Academy of Professional Coders has approved 18.5 continuing education units for the Advanced Anesthesia Coding, Compliance & Reimbursement Symposium.