2023 STS Coding Workshop Online

Activity Description

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 15 hours of video lectures and 7 hours of recorded Q&A (scenario-based questions and challenging coding examples). Review them at your own pace, and enhance your coding knowledge! Continuing medical education (CME) or coding (CEU) credits are available.


STS recommendations are based on documentation of medical necessity and actual physician work performed; on correct interpretation of the global period rules; on the methodology of code valuation. Be aware of potential conflict of interest when being advised by a third party on billing issues.

STS Members and Their Employees$275
Non-Members and Staff Unaffiliated with an STS Member$325

*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.

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 2023. 
  • Relate the importance of specificity and identification of services provided in a patient encounter. 
  • Recognize coding and reimbursement criteria in order to identify and capture relevant documentation elements efficiently.  
  • Explain common coding issues for each subspecialty and how they should be reported and resolved.  
  • Discuss the 2023 changes to the E/M codes and guidelines.  
  • Summarize the necessary documentation and regulations relevant to critical care and cardiothoracic surgery E/M services for 2023.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 23.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 23.50 CEUs
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Faculty and Staff Disclosure Information 

The individuals listed below have contributed to the planning and success of the 2023 STS Coding Workshop. Unless noted, speakers have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. All financial relationships listed below have been mitigated. 


Aaron M. Cheng, MD 
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA 
John Howington, MD, MBA 

St. Thomas Health, Nashville, TN 
Richard Freeman, MD, MBA 

Loyola University Medicine, Chicago, IL 
Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD 

University of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL 

Joseph Turek, MD 
Duke Children’s Hospital, Durham, NC 

James D. St. Louis, MD 
Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Augusta, GA 
Stephen J. Lahey, MD 

University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 
Commercial Relationships: Consultant/Advisory Board, Human Resolution Technologies 
Francis C. Nichols III, MD 

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 
Julie Painter, MBA, CCVTC, CPMA 
Medical Reimbursement Analysis & Solutions, Inc. 
V. Seenu Reddy, MD, MBA 

TriStar Cardiovascular Group, Nashville, TN 
Commercial Relationships: Consultant/Advisory Board, AtriCure 
Sanjay A. Samy, MD 

Albany Medical College, New York, NY 
Scott C. Silvestry, MD 

AdventHealth Transplant Institute, Orlando, FL 

STS Staff 

Scott Bradbury, MS 
Vice President of Education, Chicago, IL 
Meredith Herzog 

Associate Director of Education, Chicago, IL 
Karen Kostrinsky 

Senior Manager, E-Learning, Chicago, IL 
Melisa Puthenmadom, MS 

Senior E-Learning Coordinator, Chicago, IL 

David Kaczmarek 
Marketing Manager, Chicago, IL 
Malinda Little 

Meetings Coordinator, Chicago, IL 
Michele D. Rush 

Senior Manager for Education, Chicago, IL 

Accreditation Statement

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 23.5 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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity.

Note: Physicians claiming CME do not need to complete the CEU post-tests.

Continuing Education Credits

AAPC Medical Coding CEU Approved VendorThis program has the prior approval of AAPC for 23.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor. 


AHIMA Approved CEU ProgramThis program has been approved for 23.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting of Approved CEUs from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program provider.

Available Credit

  • 23.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 23.50 CEUs
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