Coding and Billing for Cardiothoracic Surgeons 2018

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PRS Consultants have worked with thousands of physicians over the past 25 years. One common theme we have identified is that physicians have not received a formal education regarding Coding and Billing. Many physicians who are very knowledgeable in this area still have gaps in their knowledge. In the business of coding and billing, all it takes is one small gap in knowledge to cost your practice tens of thousands even hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. This course is for all physicians who want to make sure they are collecting all the revenue for the services they are providing.

  • Provides physicians only information necessary to be efficient in the practice
  • Not designed to make physicians Certified Procedural Coders, however it provides knowledge necessary to determine if coder is good and has learned the billing rules
  • Walks physicians through all aspects of what they should be doing in their practice and the knowledge they need to do it.
  • Designed by physicians for all physicians wanting to make sure they are maximizing their income for the services they provide
  • All practicing physicians can benefit from this course.
  • Revenue starts with the clinician.
  • Trains physicians to become a valuable asset in the reimbursement cycle.

Many physicians already know a lot of this information, but very few know it all. Even physicians that think they know this information benefit from this course.



We get that physicians are busy; we know that physicians are intelligent; we have worked with and trained thousands of physicians; we constructed this course for the busy, intelligent physician.

  • Course is all online AND available on demand for one year for review and completion
  • Course contains 9 modules with abbreviated videos for quick review. Modules released weekly and include an exam
  • At the end of the 10-week course is an online timed final exam. Participants passing with a 70% or better receive a Medical Billing Specialist – Cardiothoracic Surgeon certificate.
When we asked physicians currently taking the course – ‘What have you liked about the course?’ Some responses were:
  • all aspects
  • overall layout and comprehensiveness
  • I am LOVING AUACODINGTODAY and the Coding and Billing for Urology course. I should have done this ten years ago.


  1. Introductory Webinar
  2. Introduction | Coding Overview | Identification
  3. Procedural Coding | Global Modifiers | Scenarios
  4. Bundling Modifiers | Bundling Scenarios
  5. Procedures – Other Modifiers | Other Modifiers Scenarios
  6. E & M Essentials | E & M Office | Office Scenarios
  7. E & M Facility Coding | Facility Scenarios
  8. ICD-10 Concept and Structure | ICD-10 How to Find a Code | ICD-10 Scenarios
  9. Problematic Coding Issues
  10. QPP, MIPS, APMs – “Alphabet Soup”
  11. Review and Prepare
  12. Final Exam

Real World Tools

Each course participant will receive world-class tools from PRS:

  • One year subscription to ($399 value)
  • Access for one year to the PRS “Ask the Experts” forum ($399 value)
  • E&M Pocket Card and Wall Chart ($16 value).

That is a total value of $814 in tools included in the price of the course. 


Earn More by Working Smarter Not Harder

How to Earn More: Take this Course and Formally Learn Documentation, Coding and Billing

How would you like to save time with your documentation, and increase your take-home pay (some as much as 20%-30%), without seeing more patients or working any harder?

The path to working smarter and being paid fairly for all you do is to become a knowledgeable, active part of your billing process.

I’m sure you are, like most, confident that your billing process is effective and accurate. But, do you know for sure? If you have not spent the time to learn about documentation, coding and the billing process and are not involved, we can tell you, based on the hundreds of practices we have consulted with and the charts that we have audited, that you are leaving money on the table.

This course will benefit you if you are in private practice or are in a salaried position. It will fill in the gaps for the knowledgeable and provide additional detailed information for the beginner.

Protect Yourself

Cardiothoracic Surgeons, salaried or in private practice, are liable for all claims submitted for the procedures they performed. Just because you are employed or an independent contractor does not protect you from the possibility of false claims. You may have heard or read of the horror stories of your physician colleagues that had to pay significant fines or are facing civil lawsuits, check out these articles:

Is Your Employer Making You Liable for False Claims?

United States Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Orthopedic Surgery Practice For $4,488,000

False Claims Act: The Medicare Horror Story

You need to be involved and have a good understanding of documentation, coding and the billing process to make sure you are not at risk.

I’m sure you are, like most Cardiothoracic Surgeons, confident that your billing process is effective and accurate. But, do you know for sure? We know you’re knowledgeable, but did you miss understanding a concept or miss a new rule? We can tell you, based on the hundreds of practices we have consulted with and the charts that we have audited, that you are potentially at risk for take backs and civil action. False Claim Act fines more than doubled August 1st, 2016.

DON’T WAIT – take the PRS Course: Coding and Billing for Cardiothoracic Surgeon and give yourself peace of mind. The course teaches only the the key concepts and basic knowledge that you as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon should know.


You are wise to question who you can trust when it comes to learning coding and billing.

With all websites, consultants, associations, and companies offering coding and billing information, it is hard to figure out what is their real motivation and qualifications?

Our motivation is simple: we want to aggregate and disseminate up-to-the-minute, precise medical coding information and error-free claims processing instruction to maximize physician reimbursement dollars. This has been the same mission for over 25 years.

Who is Dr. Ray Painter and why is he qualified to teach a coding and billing course?

Learn more about Dr. Painter