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EDUCATION

ASGE Endorsed Activities

As you partner in endoscopy, ASGE provides endorsement for both domestic and international educational activities that meet certain requirements. Attaining ASGE endorsement is a process involving the submission of certain materials to ASGE and an understanding of the conditions under which ASGE agrees to provide endorsement.  ASGE carefully reviews all submitted materials and endorses the educational activities that meet the specific requirements. ASGE offers endorsement for educational activities and enduring materials.

 Submit all completed application(s) to: endorsements@asge.org


Documentation 101 for the Gastroenterology Provider: The Key to Economic Survival

COURSE DIRECTORS
Kathleen Mueller, RN, CPC, CCS-P, CMSCS, PCS, CCC
Kristin Vaughn, CPC, CGCS, CPMA, ICDCT-CM 

Seattle, WA

 November 12, 2016

 Atlanta, GA

 December 3, 2016

 Chicago, IL     

 January 13, 2017

Philadelphia, PA

 February 24, 2017

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to enhance the ability to capture all charges with proper and accurate documentation.

 INTENDED AUDIENCE

Gastroenterologists, Gastroenterology Fellows, Residents, Non-physician Practitioners, and Practice Managers

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Are you leaving money on the table based on your documentation or lack of? Learn how to improve your documentation with the focus on quality and not quantity. 
  • Are you billing the appropriate level of care based on medical decision making?  Decision for colonoscopy and EGD is not considered straightforward complexity.  Learn how to choose the appropriate levels based upon the three elements of decision making.  
  • Could you be billing based on time for some of your visits?  Learn the clinical scenarios that will apply and how to document time correctly in both the office and hospital setting.  
  • Discuss coding issues regarding GI practice such as colonoscopy screening coding issues, determining average risk versus high risk patients and screening versus diagnostic procedures, multiple endoscopy billing, and other GI issues. 
  • Learn what needs to be documented on your procedure report when performing multiple techniques to ensure approval for procedures as well as payment on initial claim submission. 
  • Discuss the “incident-to” and “split-shared” policy as it applies to physician versus non-physician practitioner billing.  Learn the differences and the documentation requirements of this very “risky” issue for your practice as this is one of the top areas for OIG and RAC auditors. 
  • Discuss “PATH” (physicians at teaching hospitals) guidelines and the differences between requirements between PATH and Non-Physician Practitioner policies.  
  • The initial diagnosis that you choose can either get you paid, pended, or denied.  Are you submitting co-morbidities and risk factors to back up the levels of service and need for MAC?  Specificity is the key.  Learn what needs to be documented to determine the primary and secondary (supporting) diagnoses for both visits and procedures. 

 For seminar registration and information contact:

AskMueller Consulting, LLC
www.askmuellerconsulting.com
Link: Documentation 101 for Gastroenterology Provider
Link: Constant Contact 

tel:   573.332.8348 (33-AUDIT)
email:  Don@askmuellerconsulting.com


 4th Annual Mayo Clinic Esophageal Diseases Course
December 2-3, 2016
Mayo Clinic Education Center
Phoenix, Arizona

CME Credits:  14.75

Course Description

Join guest faculty, Ikuo Hirano, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Mayo Clinic experts at the “4th Annual Mayo Clinic Esophageal Diseases Course,” December 2-3, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.

 Esophageal disease is a rapidly-developing area marked by significant advances in diagnosis, therapy and identification of new diseases. In this continuing medical education activity, a comprehensive approach will be taken to explore these exciting advancements including high-resolution manometry and impedance monitoring, new techniques in endoscopic detection and treatment of Barrett’s esophagus, and insights into new diseases such as eosinophilic esophagitis.

 A special feature of this program is a hands-on workshop for interpretation and performance of motility studies, new endoscopic imaging techniques, endoscopic mucosal resection and ablation, and transnasal endoscopy. Participants will rotate through each of the following stations:

•  EMR Cap

•  EMR Ligation

•  Radiofrequency Ablation

•  Endoscopic Closure of Esophageal Perforations: Clips (through scope and over the scope) and Stents

•  Esophageal Laboratory Testing:  Reading Ambulatory pH Tests and Esophageal Manometry

•  Transnasal Endoscopy

This course is designed for practicing gastroenterologists, fellows and residents in gastroenterology. Thoracic surgeons, otolaryngologists and pulmonologists, as well as other health care professionals with an interest in esophageal diseases may benefit from this program.

Course Director:  Prasad G. Iyer, M.D.
Course Co-Directors: David A. Katzka, M.D., Francisco C. Ramirez, M.D., and Herbert C. Wolfsen, M.D. 

For additional information, contact:

Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development
Web:  https://ce.mayo.edu/gastroenterology/node/18479 
Phone:  (480) 301-4580
Email:  mca.cme@mayo.edu 


24th International Symposium on Pancreatic and Biliary Endoscopy

January 26-29, 2017
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Harvey Morse Conference Center
Los Angeles, CA

Course Directors:
Simon K. Lo, MD
David Carr-Locke, MB, BChir
Takao Itoi, MD

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 33.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The Cedars-Sinai 24th International Symposium on Pancreatic and Biliary Endoscopy teaching conference will be held in cooperation with three major endoscopy centers in North America, Europe, and Asia.

This unique course offers an intensive and comprehensive review of pancreatic and biliary endoscopy for gastroenterologists, gastroenterology fellows and gastroenterology nurses. Symposium planners invited expert faculty to perform multiple live EUS and ERCP procedures to demonstrate technique and technology for the benefit of participants watching the live feed in the Cedars-Sinai auditorium.

In addition to the live procedure video feeds, symposium faculty will present the latest and most relevant information on pancreatic and biliary endoscopy using a variety of traditional formats, including lectures, panel discussions, case review, and Q&A. Balanced viewpoints, special techniques, and practical clinical approaches will be highlighted throughout the program.

To reinforce skills, attendees may participate in hands-on workshops designed for GI Fellows and GI nurses and are also encouraged to attend the new “video forum” portion of the program that will feature short video clips of various clinical scenarios followed by a Q&A session.

Also new to this year’s symposium is a special radiation safety course that will provide attendees with 4 credit hours needed for renewal of their California Fluoroscopy

Supervisor’s license.

This year’s special symposium features:

• Eleven hours of ERCP procedure demonstrations, telecast live from Cedars-Sinai

• New radiation safety course that satisfies new California requirements for earning 4 of 10 CE credits every two years to support the safe and effective clinical uses of fluoroscopy

• Over twenty clinically coherent and carefully chosen didactic topics

• Current literature review, including significant findings pertaining to ERCP and EUS

• Ample time for questions and discussion throughout the program with colleagues and faculty

• Case conference to apply technical skill to challenging clinical scenarios

• Concurrent GI Fellows’ Program (practicing gastroenterologists are invited to attend, space permitting)

• Bonus Session for GI Fellows & Nurses

• New Video Forum

• Optional non-pancreaticobiliary endoscopy demonstration on Thursday afternoon

For additional information and to register online, visit

Link: www.cedars-sinai.edu/pancreaticbiliarycme 


14th Annual Rocky Mountain Interventional Endoscopy Course
February 8-10, 2017

CME Credits: 16.75 

Course Co-Directors
Brian Brauer, MD, FASGE
Steven A. Edmundowicz, MD, FASGE
Hugo Rosen, MDRaj J. Shah, MD, FASGE, AGAF 

Program Information

The Rocky Mountain Interventional Endoscopy 2017 Course offers the following programs for Gastroenterologists, Gastrointestinal Surgeons, and Gastrointestinal Nurses:

GI Nurse and Technicians Program- Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fellows Advanced Endoscopy Programs- Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rocky Mountain Interventional Endoscopy Main Course and Workshop- Thursday-Friday, February 9-10, 2017

Learning Objectives

Improve the performance of ERCP and EUS in the community by understanding established indications, contraindications, techniques to optimize success, and minimize adverse events. This includes advanced and alternative methods of bile duct access and to employ them to enhance palliative therapy options of neoplastic lesions in the pancreas and bile duct.

Implement the best endoscopic treatment strategies for patients with Barrett's esophagus and understand the importance of the role of new techniques and technologies to improve and expand treatment options and enhance patient education of alternatives to more invasive, surgical options. 

Integrate practice guidelines and expert opinion in the identification and treatment of esophageal strictures. These can be benign or malignant. The difficulty is determining when to periodically only dilate the stricture which may lead to numerous endoscopic procedures or to consider temporary or permanent esophageal stenting and this will be reviewed.       

Summarize techniques, use of intravenous fluid administration, and medications that can be utilized in minimizing the incidence of post-ERCP pancreatitis.       

Incorporate the most current practice guidelines in the management of pancreatic cysts to include use of EUS, surveillance imaging, and when to consider referral for surgical resection consideration. 

For more information, please visit course website – www.rmiecourse.com   


 ENDO 2017 World Congress of GI Endoscopy

The World Endoscopy Organization invites you to ENDO 2017, February 16-19, 2017 in Hyderabad, India. The Scientific Program includes cutting-edge information on a broad range of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Oncology topics presented from the perspective of an endoscopist.

http://www.endo-2017.org/