2021 Coding Workshop Online


Available for purchase now — the digital archive of the 2021 STS Coding Workshop!

Explore the latest coding and reimbursement updates affecting cardiothoracic surgery coders, surgeons, billing professionals, and cardiothoracic surgical practices in this convenient, online course.

The online course includes approximately 13 hours of video lectures, 7 hours of recorded Q&A (scenario-based questions and challenging coding examples), and five supplemental online modules. Review them at your own pace, and enhance your coding knowledge! Continuing medical education (CME) or coding (CEU) credits are available.

Participant Feedback from the 2021 Workshop

  • "I found all the speakers very informative; their taking the time to break down the actual codes and what the physician is doing within a procedure is extremely helpful."  
  • "The information contained in this workshop covered a vast array of areas and information that I will be able to use on a daily basis."
  • "I work in the cardiothoracic/vascular surgery suite, and although I don't actually work with the billing company any longer, this event always serves to expand my knowledge of the procedures and what is required for reimbursement."

Course Description
This activity features archived, recorded lectures that were presented as part of the STS Coding Workshop, a virtual event that took place in February 2021, and a series of supplemental online modules. The course provides cardiothoracic surgery coders, surgeons, and all billing professionals with the latest coding and reimbursement updates affecting cardiothoracic surgical practices. Topics include coding and reimbursement changes specific to all areas of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, with special attention to new and updated office/outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) codes for 2021. The course also includes 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. 

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

STS Members and Their Employees* $250
Non-Members and Staff Unaffiliated with an STS Member $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.

For more about the course content or access to it in the STS Learning Center, contact the Education department

Accreditation Statement

"ACCME Accredited with Commendation"

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 enduring material 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. 

Physician Assistants (PAs) may claim a maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

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 the American Academy of Professional Coders (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.