Accreditation Credit Designation

CME Certification Provided by
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
Center for Continuing Education

Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Tulane University Health Sciences Center and Medical Business Solutions, LLC. Tulane University Health Sciences Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation

Tulane University Health Sciences Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program has prior approval of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for 19 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the Academy of the program, content or the program sponsor.

This conference has been pre-approved by the Board of Medical Specialty Coding (BMSC) for 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards the maintenance of the ACS-AN and/or SCP-AN credential.

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 18.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1034397; Expiration Date 5/1/2017.

Tulane University Health Sciences Center and Medical Business Solutions, LLC present this activity for educational purposes only and do not endorse any product, content of presentation or exhibit. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected because of their recognized expertise.

Statement of Need

With advances in medical technology, the best practices in anesthesia are rapidly changing, requiring physicians, billing and coding specialists, and other public health professionals to modify their practices and increase their knowledge base on the subject.

Goal

This activity designed to improve practice management protocols needed to provide high quality patient care, while enhancing the understanding of the anesthesia marketplace. Billing and coding policies and procedures continue to be updated as new best practices evidence emerges in anesthesia practice management. The goal of this activity is to equip physicians as well as other allied health professionals with the knowledge and competence of the latest billing and coding guidelines while also monitoring future trends and requirements in the anesthesia.

Target Audience

The target audience includes Anesthesiologists, CRNAs, Practice Administrators, Billing Managers, Professional Coders and other Allied Health Professionals.

Educational Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to effectively:

  • Identify anesthesia billing compliance issues, including main compliance risk areas for anesthesia practices.
  • Explain billing and coding for obstetrics, postoperative pain, spinal nerve stimulators, medications, and critical care.
  • State the specific CPT codes to enhance practice revenues and maximize reimbursement.
  • Identify future trends in the anesthesia marketplace with emphasis on new technology, hospital relationships, the sale and acquisition of group practices and the future of groups.
  • Describe the salient points of educating providers and billing companies to Governmental Quality Programs including PQRS, QCDRs, MACRA and MIPS.
  • Describe interpretations of the QZ Modifier.
  • Identify the new trends in the anesthesia marketplace that will allow practices to remain viable.

Predicted Outcomes

Predicted Changes in Practice as a result of this activity may include the improved ability to:

  • Implement correct billing and coding procedures in practice.
  • Increase practice revenues and maximize reimbursement.
  • Incorporate the most evidence based, up to date, coding and billing requirements into current office guidelines.

Disclosure

It is the policy of the Center for Continuing Education at Tulane University Health Sciences Center to plan and implement all of its educational activities in accordance with the ACCME® Essential Areas and Policies to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is required to disclose all financial relationships with any commercial interests within the past 12 months that creates a real or apparent conflict of interest. Individuals who do not disclose are disqualified from participating in a CME activity. Individuals with potential for influence or control of CME content include planners and planning committee members, authors, teachers, educational activity directors, educational partners, and others who participate, e.g. facilitators and moderators. This disclosure pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, biotech firms, or other commercial interests as defined by the ACCME. Any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of the presentations must be resolved prior to the educational activity. Disclosure of off-label, experimental or investigational use of drugs or devices must also be made known to the audience.

Physician Competencies

This activity is designed to address the issues of competence in the following areas:

ACGME/ABMS Competencies: Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, Practice Based Learning Improvement and Systems- based Practice
Institute of Medicine Competencies: Provide Patient centered Care, Work in Interdisciplinary Teams, Apply Quality Improvement and Employ Evidence-based Practice
Interprofessional Education Collaborative Competencies: Roles/Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication and Teams and Teamwork