2021 Coding Workshop: Best Practices for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Event dates
Virtual Workshop


Registrants can access recorded content in the STS Learning Center, including seven CEU-approved recorded sessions and five supplemental learning modules. The live sessions have been recorded and also are available. 

If you missed the live event, purchase access to the digital archive now. 

Course Description
The 2021 STS Coding Workshop: Best Practices for Cardiothoracic Surgery is a 2-day virtual event that provided cardiothoracic surgery coders, surgeons, and all billing professionals with the latest coding and reimbursement updates affecting cardiothoracic surgical practices. 

Delivered through an online platform, the event featured live Q&A and recorded video lectures. Sessions were presented using scenario-based questions and challenging coding examples.  Additionally, participants have access to a series of supplemental online modules to enhance their coding knowledge.

Topics include coding and reimbursement changes specific to all areas of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. Special attention will be paid to new and updated office/outpatient Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes for 2021. The course also included a session on the physician’s role in documentation and reimbursement. 

Target Audience
Cardiothoracic surgery coders, surgeons, office managers, medical billing specialists, physician assistants, nurses, and anyone else involved in the coding, reimbursement, and compliance efforts for the cardiothoracic surgery team. 

Live Q&A and Discussion Schedule


Friday, February 12, 2021

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET Welcome and Introductions
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET Adult Cardiac Q&A 
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET Congenital Cardiac Q&A
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. ET Vascular Surgery Q&A 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. ET General Thoracic Q&A
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET Esophageal Q&A
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET Break
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET E/M, Critical Care Q&A 
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET E/M Updates, Telehealth Q&A 
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET Physician Documentation Q&A


Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify new CPT codes, updates and payment policies affecting cardiothoracic surgery coding for 2021
  • Complete the documentation required to support relevant diagnoses, services rendered, and medical necessity for a patient encounter
  • Explain the importance of specificity and identification of services provided in a patient encounter
  • Define coding and reimbursement criteria required to identify and capture relevant documentation elements efficiently
  • Describe common coding issues for each discipline and how they should be reported and resolved
  • Summarize the 2021 changes to the E/M codes and guidelines
  • Interpret the necessary documentation and regulations relevant to critical care and cardiothoracic surgery E/M services

  Early Bird 
(through Jan. 14)
(Jan. 15 – Feb. 13)
STS Members and Their Employees* $200 $250
Non-Members and Staff Unaffiliated with an STS Member $250 $300


*An STS Member ID (6-digits) is required to receive the discounted member rate. Database participation is not the same as STS membership. A Database participant ID is different from an STS Member ID. For help with an STS Member ID, please contact Member Services.


  • Registration: Amy Cacich, Senior Coordinator, Meetings and Conventions
  • Program: Wesley Peart, Education Manager

Accreditation Statement

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

STS designates this internet activity for a maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Credit will be granted for each session upon viewing all videos in that session and completing an evaluation.

Coding CEU Information
AAPC Medical Coding CEU Approved VendorThis program has the prior approval of AAPC for 18.0 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

This program has been approved for 18.0 continuing education unit(s) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.