How Physician Work Is Valued: A Coding Primer for Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Activity Description

This 15-minute STS e-learning module presents an introduction to reimbursement and compensation models in cardiothoracic surgery. While primarily intended for trainees and early career attendings, the content is relevant to all CT surgeons.


STS Members$25
Resident Member/Non-MemberFREE

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain what ICD-10 and CPT Codes are and why they exist
  • Describe where CPT Codes come from
  • Explain how CPT Codes are converted into value in the form of Relative Value Units (RVUs)
  • Describe how the number of RVUs associated with a service are determined
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Developed by the STS Workforce on E-Learning and Innovation

Led by Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCP
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
University of Florida


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