March 2002 AAOS Report

Courses planned on orthopaedic coding, reimbursement

The AAOS, in cooperation with KarenZupko & Associates, is presenting workshops during 2002 in a number of U.S. cities, aimed at increasing efficiency and profitability in the practices of orthopaedic surgeons. "Gold Medal Reimbursement Strategies" is an all-day Friday workshop. "The Masters in Orthopaedic Coding for 2002" is an all-day Saturday course. New this year will be suggestions on how HIPAA will alter the orthopaedist's practice and questions that practitioners should be asking today to protect their practices. Also new are lessons on protecting commercial contract revenue streams with careful attention to policies regarding modifiers, supplies, new physicians and mid-level providers. In addition, class attendees will be advised of ten ways that technology can improve their day-to-day practice operations and control overhead. In the coding course, featured topics include how to apply the new codes and the demystifying of modifiers; getting paid accurately; and E & M: Reducing the chances of audits and refunds. Ample time is allowed for questions. Upcoming sessions for 2002 now scheduled include Dallas, April 12-13; Buffalo, N.Y., May 16; New York City, May 17-18; and Minneapolis, May 31-June 1. To register, go to the AAOS home page,, click on to Orthopaedic Campus, and in the Medical Education section, click on "Student Union," and go to "Other courses." Or call Customer Service to register, (800) 626-6726.

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