PM Residents: Basics of Coding and Billing - Your Name Is on the Claim

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Member price: $0.00
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Course Description

THIS IS AN ONLINE ACTIVITY. Hard copies are not available.

Free to ASA Resident Members!
Non-member price: $14.00

The process of coding and billing for anesthesiologist services is a critical aspect of an anesthesiologist’s practice that if done correctly, will improve coding accuracy, minimize risk of an audit, and ensure that a practice receives revenue in a timely manner.

Accurate and thorough documentation is the key to successful billing and payment.


Learning Objectives:

The goal of this course is to provide participants with basic information and resources to accurately report, decrease audit liability, and obtain proper payment for services.

After completing this learning activity participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize types of providers specializing in anesthesia and the roles they play in coding and billing process within various practice settings.
  2. Describe billing areas cited as common audit problems.
  3. Define basic terms related to anesthesia coding and billing.
  4. Identify the seven steps of medical direction related to coverage
  5. Identify the six services allowed while medically directing.
  6. Identify resources to properly code anesthesia care.
  7. Identify the different types of codes used in submitting claims for services.
  8. Identify elements of the methodology used to determine payment for medical service.
  9. Use the methodology to determine payment for anesthesia services.

Faculty & Credentials:

Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P
Director of Payment and Practice Management
American Society of Anesthesiologists

Author: Sharon K. Merrick, M.S., CCS-P has reported no financial relationships with commercial interests.

ASA Staff: Employees involved in planning this course have no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Resolutions of Conflicts of Interest:
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the American Society of Anesthesiologists will implement mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.

The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Target Audience:

Residents in Anesthesiology

CME Credit:

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

1.00 Non-physician Credit

Non-physicians may receive a Certificate of Completion stating that this activity was designated for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


Watch the educational module, achieve a score of at least 70% correct on the post-activity exam, complete the activity evaluation and claim your CME credit.

Required Hardware / Software:

Internet connection, web browser version must have been released within the last three years, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash player. Download the latest Flash Player here:

Activity Release Date:

11/18/2013 (All day)

Activity Expiration Date:

11/17/2016 (All day)

Estimated Time to Complete:

60 minutes