Master Acute & Chronic Pain Scenarios from Head to Toe

Learn by doing, not by lecture. Improve the accuracy and efficiency of your coding during this intensive boot camp for experienced pain management coders.

You'll spend a day and a half working through advanced scenarios based on real-life patient encounters to treat chronic, acute and neoplasm-related pain. Get in-depth, practical experience during sessions dedicated to coding complicated scenarios for each part of the body, as well as E/M and drug coding. Learn how to quickly spot documentation gaps that are burning a hole in your revenue and leaving you vulnerable to denials and overpayment demands.

We’ll cover procedure and diagnosis coding during this expert-led, eight-session training boot camp for advanced coders. At the end of each session our expert educators will walk you through the answers and provide additional guidance you’ll use every day. And watch out — some of our experts may include a note that can’t be coded. Can you spot it and explain the information you’d need from the provider to code the chart and submit the claim?

Bring your coding reference materials and be prepared to do some reading before the conference begins. Don’t want to bring your books? Bring your laptop instead and use SelectCoder — your registration comes with a free 30-day subscription to our premier coding tool.

Register today to get the hands-on training you need to master advanced pain management coding!

For information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy Roadman at or 615-594-1865.

Join us in Dallas, TX for this must attend Boot Camp.
You’ll walk away with:

5 hours of in-depth scenarios based on real-life patient encounters

Advanced pain management coding from head to toe

Earn up to 8 CEUs


Day 1 | Monday, April 3

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

E/M Services

Start your boot camp by coding the encounters that form the bedrock of a pain management practice’s revenue ($223 million in Medicare payments in one year). Review notes that will show you how to decipher the trickiest E/M charts and make sure they’re complete and will stand up to scrutiny before you submit the claim. Auditors are looking for excuses to demand money back.

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Drugs & Contrast

Get ready to do a little math as you work your way through charts selected to show you how to determine the drugs used including compound drugs, how to calculate the amount, when you should and should not use drug wastage modifier JW, which all Medicare administrative contractors will require Jan. 1, 2017. You’ll also take a shot at coding the use of contrast.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Head & Neck

Start at the top with the practical training you need to master diagnosis and procedure coding for treatments to relieve pain of the head and neck including headaches (such as migraines), face pain and neck pain from trauma.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Shoulder to Hand & Torso

Move down the body and get a grip on the diagnosis and treatment of pains of the shoulder, arms and hands. But you won’t stop there. You’ll also work through scenarios for pains of torso, such as the chest and abdomen.

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Spine Part 1 — Epidurals, Paravertebral Facet Joints & More
(with Image Guidance)

Tackle scenarios featuring the new interlaminar epidurals, and learn how to whip through charts for old standbys such as transforaminal epidurals, blocks and radiofrequency ablations of paravertebral facet joint nerves, including the image guidance used with these procedures.

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Spine Part 2 — Implantable Pain Management

From work up, to trial, to implant; a lot of work goes into neurostimulator and pain pump implants. During this session you’ll work on scenarios for both modes of chronic pain treatment, including refills for pain pumps and reprogramming for neurostimulators.

Day 2 | Tuesday, April 4

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Hips, Legs, Feet

Finish the full-body boot camp with a review of notes for hip, leg and foot pain, from encounters related to S/I joint pain to the treatment of Morton’s neuroma.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Reporting the Unlisteds

It’s easy to select an unlisted code, but you shouldn’t reach for it too quickly, and payers want to see detailed documentation before they’ll pay. During this final session, you’ll learn how to determine whether a chart warrants the use of an unlisted code and whether it will stand up to payer scrutiny.

11:45 a.m.

Boot Camp Adjourns

Expert Speakers


Dennis Grindle, CPA
Judith Blaszczyk,

Medical Compliance Auditor, Auditing for Compliance and Education, Inc.

Judith Blaszczyk has 19 years of experience as a registered nurse working in an acute care hospital setting. This background provides invaluable insight into the clinical aspects of medical coding and documentation as well as experience interacting with physicians and other clinicians. In addition to her clinical background, she has more than 25 years of experience in medical coding and billing, specializing in anesthesia and pain management.

Dennis Grindle, CPA
Doris Branker,

President, DB Healthcare Consulting

Doris Branker is president of DB Healthcare Consulting, a practice management consulting firm that also offers medical coding preparation camps. Doris is a nationally-recognized educator, coding expert, and practice management consultant, as well as an approved educator and PMCC licensed instructor with the AAPC. Her areas of expertise include medical coding, compliance, auditing, billing, and collections management. She holds specialty certifications in E/M, Interventional Radiology, and Cardiovascular coding.

Dennis Grindle, CPA
Amy Turner,

Amy Turner is based in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been in the healthcare field since 1989 when she completed her Associates Degree in Nursing at Middle Tennessee State University. Amy then continued her education at MTSU by receiving her Bachelors of Science in nursing, followed by a MMHC from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. She began her nursing career as a charge nurse of the ICU at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Ten years after beginning her career in healthcare, Amy focused her career in Pain Management. She is currently the Director of Revenue Integrity at Comprehensive Pain Specialists.

Required Materials

With this hands-on Boot camp, you’ll be spending at least half of each session working on scenarios. You are required to bring your coding reference materials (CPT Professional, ICD-10-CM, Procedural Coding Expert, or electronic tool) to help you complete the course work. Also, some extra reading material provided by the speakers may be sent to you before the conference begins.

FREE 30-day Subscription!

Included with your registration is a free 30-day trial subscription to SelectCoder, DecisionHealth’s premier coding solution that simplifies the complexity of tracking disparate code sets, rules and regulations and streamlines them into a single, consistent online coding system. Search the most current CPT®, ICD-10-CM, HCPCS Level II and modifiers by key terms or abbreviations. SelectCoder training will be provided ahead of the Boot camp.

Travel & Location

Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Market Center

Located less than one mile north of Dallas Market Center and the World Trade Center, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Market Center Dallas hotel is in an ideal location. You’ll be close to the Dallas Medical District, which features 13 hospitals, clinics and other world-class medical facilities. Stay here and enjoy being close to downtown and an array of great attractions.

Special Conference Room Rates

2727 N. Stemmons Freeway,
, TX 75207

Check-In: 3:00pm
Check-Out: 12:00pm
Phone: (214) 630-5332

Important notice

For room reservations, contact the hotel directly and mention you are attending the Pain Management Coding Boot Camp to take advantage of discounted rates. To receive the discounted rate, reservations must be made by March 4, 2017, or until the room block is full. Thereafter, reservations will be taken on a space and availability. Register online today!

Airline discount

United Airlines is offering conference attendees a special discounted rate. Call your professional travel agency or United Meetings at 1-800-426-1122 and provide the Z Code ZXFG and Agreement Code 975523. There will be a service fee collected, per ticket, for all tickets issued through United Meetings Reservations. This fee is subject to change without notice. The service fee is nonrefundable and applies to all itineraries, one-way or round-trip. To avoid a service fee book your reservations online at Enter both your Z-code and Agreement code (ZXFG975523) in the Offer Code Box. You may also call our travel agency World Travel and they’ll apply the discount.

Rental car discount

Avis Car rental is offering conference attendees discounted rates. To take advantage of these rates, please call 1-800-331-1600 and mention AWD #T706699 to receive the discount.


Embassy Suites by Hilton
Dallas Market Center

2727 N. Stemmons Freeway,
, TX 75207
Reservations: Call (214) 630-5332
or register online

$159 per night!

  • Free made-to-order breakfast; beverages at Evening Reception
  • Atrio Restaurant and Bar, featuring Chef Newsom's Texas creations
  • Complimentary parking; transport to and from Dallas Love Field airport (DAL)
  • Indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness center

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5 hours of in-depth scenario work

8 expert-led training sessions


PLUS — yours FREE with registration:

Pain Management
Compact Coder
30-day SelectCoder
trial subscription

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Cancellation/Substitution Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event. If you cancel within 14 days of the conference or after materials have been distributed your registration will not be refunded. Registrants who do not cancel and do not attend are liable for the full registration fee.

Transfers/substitutions of conference attendees are permitted at any time. However, for administrative purposes, please notify the conference registrar at 1-855-CALL-DH1 as soon as changes are made. Email for cancellations. Phone cancellations are not accepted.

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