2024 STS Coding Workshop Online: Best Practices for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Activity Description

The STS 2024 Coding Workshop: Best Practices for Cardiothoracic Surgery provides coders, surgeons, and billing professionals with the latest updates to CPT and physician coding and reimbursement. Sessions include recordings of panel discussions, Q&A responding to scenario-based questions submitted by attendees before and during the meeting, and challenging coding examples. Additionally, participants have access to supplemental online content to enhance their coding knowledge. 

This educational event covers coding changes specific to cardiothoracic surgery, with concentrations in Evaluation and Management (E/M) visits, Adult Cardiac Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery (Esophagus, Mediastinum, Pulmonary), and Vascular Surgery. Post-pandemic changes to telehealth will be discussed. The program also focuses on physician reimbursement issues affecting the entire specialty. 


STS Members and Their Employees*$300
Non-Members and Staff Unaffiliated with an STS Member$350

*An STS Member ID (6 digits) is required to receive the discounted member rate. For help with an STS Member ID, 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 2024. 
  • 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 2024 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 2024.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 24.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 24.50 CEUs
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Faculty and Staff Disclosure Information 

The individuals listed below have contributed to the planning and success of the 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. Michael Medical Center, Silverdale, WA
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, Edwards Lifesciences; Consultant/Advisory Board, Medtronic; Consultant/Advisory Board, Abbott
Sanjay A. Samy, MD 

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

AdventHealth Transplant Institute, Orlando, FL
Commercial Relationships: Speaker, Medtronic; Speaker/Consultant, Abiomed; Speaker/Consultant, Abbott

Sunita Srivastava, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

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 

Kasia Chalko
Senior Manager, Marketing, 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 enduring material for a maximum of 24.5 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

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 24.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor. 

Available Credit

  • 24.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 24.50 CEUs
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