2021 Gastroenterology Reimbursement and Coding Update

Positively Impacting Your Practice’s Bottom Line Through Coding and Billing


Thursday, November 19, 2020
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM CT

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NEW THIS YEAR: Virtual Exhibit Hall

ASGE’s Virtual Exhibit Hall in GI Leap will allow you to:
  • Explore the latest practice management resources, GI tools, equipment and technologies
  • Chat with Exhibitors
  • View video demonstrations
  • Access product literature• Network with attendees and exhibitors
  • Enter our raffle drawing
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Now more than ever, efficient revenue cycle management is critical. See for yourself why so many attendees participate in this course year after year! Designed to increase your practice proficiencies in coding and reimbursement, this course will prepare participants for 2021 GI endoscopy coding and reimbursement changes, including major changes to E/M coding and documentation. Expert faculty will provide resources, tools and case studies that will positively impact your practice’s bottom line through appropriate coding and billing, documentation and contract negotiations.

Register for this course or obtain team access with a bundled registration for GI Outlook (GO) - on-demand, and all Trifecta practice management courses. Save $200 when you purchase the bundle! View the registration tab to learn more.

What you will learn

Upon completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:

  • Implement all CPT changes affecting GI practice in 2021 by becoming familiar with all new, revised and deleted codes for 2021.
  • Comply with new 2021 requirements for Medicare physician and facility payment.
  • Implement GI billing and coding procedure changes for evaluation and management services.
  • Apply coding strategies for new and emergent GI technology.
  • Evaluate and resolve GI-specific coding issues.
  • Properly code for services provided through Telemedicine and audio-only technologies.

Why you should attend

Practicing gastrointestinal endoscopists and surgeons, coding and billing professionals, practice managers, and practice professionals involved with the business management of a GI medical practice.

Course Directors and Faculty

Photo of Dr. Littenberg

Glenn D. Littenberg, MD, FASGE
inSite Digestive Healthcare
Pasadena, CA

Kathleen Mueller

Kathleen A. Mueller, RN, CPC, CCS-P, QMGC, QMC, ICD-10 Proficient
AskMueller Consulting, LLC
Lenzburg, IL

Kristin Vaughn

Kristin Vaughn, CPC, CPMA, QMGC, QMC, ICDCT-CM
AskMueller Consulting, LLC
Lenzburg, IL


7:30 - 7:35 AM
Course Directors’ Welcome and Introductions
Breaking News in GI Coding and Reimbursement

7:35 - 8:15 AM
Breaking News:  2021 Preview and Current Issues Impacting GI Practice
What has COVID-19 done to/for telehealth & related services

Kristin Vaughn, CPC, QMC, QMGC, CPMA, ICDCT-CM

8:15 - 8:30 AM
Questions and Answers

Navigating the Landscape of GI Coding and Billing

8:30 - 9:00 AM
Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) Coding Guidelines for Gastroenterology

Kristin Vaughn, CPC, QMC, QMGC, CPMA, ICDCT-CM

9:00 - 9:30 AM
Anesthesia and Sedation Coding for GI Services

Kathleen A. Mueller, RN, CPC, QMC, QGMC, CCS-P, ICD-10 Proficient

9:30 - 10:00 AM
Best Practices in Coding for Ancillary Services:  Pathology and Other Services

Kathleen A. Mueller, RN, CPC, QMC, QGMC, CCS-P, ICD-10 Proficient

10:00 - 10:30 AM
Questions and Answers

10:30 - 10:45 AM

10:45 - 11:15 AM
Screening versus Diagnostic Colonoscopy:  Dealing with a Never-Ending Issue

Kathleen A. Mueller, RN, CPC, QMC, QGMC, CCS-P, ICD-10 Proficient

11:15 AM - 11:45 PM
Proper Documentation for Advanced Endoscopies and Reimbursement Tips when Billing Unlisted Procedure Codes

Kristin Vaughn, CPC, QMC, QMGC, CPMA, ICDCT-CM

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Top Denial Reasons in GI:  Don’t Just Write It Off

Kristin Vaughn, CPC, QMC, QMGC, CPMA, ICDCT-CM

12:15 - 12:45 PM
Questions and Answers

12:45 - 1:15 PM

1:15 - 1:45 PM
Changes in E/M Documentation, Coding and Reimbursement for 2021

Glenn D. Littenberg, MD, FASGE

1:45 - 2:15 PM
Perfecting Proper Documentation for Medical Necessity

Kathleen A. Mueller, RN, CPC, QMC, QGMC, CCS-P, ICD-10 Proficient

2:15 - 2:45 PM
2021 is Here:  Where’s Your EHR, How Are You Preparing?

Glenn D. Littenberg, MD, FASGE

Kristin Vaughn, CPC, QMC, QMGC, CPMA, ICDCT-CM

2:45 - 3:15 PM
Questions and Answers

3:15 - 3:30 PM

3:30 - 4:00 PM
Top Documentation Errors in GI: How to Avoid Cloning Issues, Inappropriate Template Use, and Contradictions

Kristin Vaughn, CPC, QMC, QMGC, CPMA, ICDCT-CM

4:00 - 4:30 PM
Top Coding and Reimbursement Issues Impacting Physicians and Facilities

Kathleen A. Mueller, RN, CPC, CGCS, CCS-P, CMSCS, PCS, CCC

4:30 - 5:00 PM
Your Questions and Priorities:  Roundtable Discussion

5:00 PM

Agenda subject to change



GI Outlook 2020: This activity was approved for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

2021 Gastroenterology Reimbursement and Coding Update: This activity was approved for a maximum of 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

GI Unit Leadership: This activity was approved for a maximum of 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Looking at GI Practice Management Differently:  This activity was approved for a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

PHYSICIANS - The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ASGE designates AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for this activity. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PRACTICE ADMINISTRATORS, CODERS, ADVANCED PRACTICE PROVIDERS and NURSES - All Non-Physician participants in the GI Outlook (GO) and GI Practice Management Trifecta courses will receive a certificate of attendance specifying hours of education accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

How to get access for teams

A special note to purchasers on course access to your GI Team

Purchasers of these courses will be fully registered for all events purchased and do not need to take any further action for your access.  You may now share the links for these courses you receive in your confirmation email with members of your GI team that are responsible for helping to advance your practice operations in these areas.  In your confirmation email for the courses registered, you will find the below instructions on how your team can register with the links and receive CME/CE for these courses.

Instructional steps for members of your team to participate and claim CME/CE:

  1. Forward the included links to the appropriate team members that will also be participating in this educational activity. In order for these members to receive CME/CE and to access the recordings after the course, they must register using the appropriate course link.
  2. If team members are members of ASGE, have previously attended an ASGE programming event, or have purchased a product, they should register using the email address associated with their ASGE account. This allows ASGE to link participation to their ASGE profile.Creating a new account will establish a duplicate record.
  3. If they have never participated in any ASGE activity, an ASGE account will be created for the team member after they register through the provided link. Your team member will receive a confirmation email of their new ASGE account and login instructions to activate the ASGE account.Their CME and access to the course recording can be accessed through GI Leap, ASGE’s online learning platform, using this account.

If you need assistance, please contact ASGE Customer Care at info@asge.org  or 630-573-0600.



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Requests for refunds must be sent in writing at least two weeks before the activity to education@asge.org. Refunds will be subject to an administrative fee of $100. Attendee substitutions are permitted with ASGE authorization. ASGE has the right to cancel a program at any time at its discretion.

For more information about this or upcoming ASGE educational courses, please visit www.asge.org, email education@asge.org or call 630-573-0600.

Educational programming through the ASGE Institute for Training and Technology is supported, in part, by the ASGE Foundation. To donate visit ASGE.org.

Additional Information

ASGE Assurance to High Level Scientific Evidence and Adherence to Neutrality: ASGE is committed to you, our learners. We are committed to assuring the highest level of scientific rigor, research-based evidence and practicality to clinical use is conveyed throughout this educational activity. Members who designed this educational activity are carefully selected for their content expertise, teaching excellence and neutrality on the topic(s) being presented. ASGE requires all subject matter experts, committee members and staff planners who are in a position to control any aspect of content to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests. Financial relationships in any amount is considered a potential conflict of interest, is peer-reviewed and resolved according to ASGE’s Educational Conflict of Interest policy and procedure prior to the start of this program.  

HIPAA Accountability: ASGE makes every effort to not include individually identifiable health information in this educational activity. To protect patient privacy, faculty are requested to de-identify patient related material in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Educational Attributes: This ASGE educational program addresses the following desirable physician attribute(s) that align with ACGME/ABMS Competencies, Institute of Medicine Competencies and/or Interprofessional Education Collaborative Competencies: a) Medical Knowledge; b) Practice-Based Learning and Improvement; c) Provide Patient-Centered Care; and d) Employ Evidence-Based Practice.

ASGE’s Commitment to Our Learners: ASGE’s continuing medical education program consists of a diversified educational portfolio. Each educational activity serves to maintain, develop, or increase our learner’s knowledge, skill, and professional performance. It is our intention that you will be able to transfer this learning to the provision of services for your patients, the public and the endoscopy profession. Content developed for this educational activity is based upon a body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the GI profession and ASGE’s standards of practice, the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public.

ASGE Outcome-Based Education Level
The course is designed to meet ASGE’s Level 2 on an anticipated outcome-based education (OBE) scale. ASGE’s OBE level designation is an educational indicator on what is anticipated for participants to gain from this program’s instruction and objectives.