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I was hoping someone would reinforce for me that my trip won't be a total waste of time/money.
too late now. flight/hotel booked!
You are doing the right thing. They don't teach us how to bill and yet we need to know how.
It's an investment.
 
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Thanks for the reply.
it also gets me out of chicago and to orlando in January! =)
 
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I'm also going to the Ultrasound workshop which I hear is really good.
 
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and I was considering NOT going, since there are so many new changes coming into play that no one is absolutely sure how things will pan out.
You'll spend your money more wisely by attending the event in 2015, after 6 months of fellowship, not before you even start fellowship
 
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You'll spend your money more wisely by attending the event in 2015, after 6 months of fellowship, not before you even start fellowship
I'm sure you are right, and I debated canceling to attend like you suggested.

BUT, I really am glad I went to this workshop, and the ultrasound portion as well.

The speakers were excellent, and though I can't say I understood all of it I think it will help me keep an eye out for what to keep an eye out for, and questions to ask next year during fellowship. It was also interesting to hear how all the practices are coping with the big cuts. many seem to be struggling to tighten their belts . Some practitioners don't think they will be able to survive.

I also am really enjoying the ultrasound workshop. I have been to 4 or 5 US workshops in the past, and so far this has been the most educational and enjoyable. they had 8 stations with small groups of 5-6 participants. each station had easily enough time for the demonstration, and every participant to get adequate hands on practice.

I just wish I knew about their February course in Las Vegas before making plans to come down to Orlando.

http://www.sppm.org/vegas2014.php
 

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Agree with bedrock.
I disagree, it is never too early to learn about billing and coding .....and if you search through this blog it is evident many on here lack quite a bit of knowledge
in regard to billing and coding. You are doing the work, you should get paid for it. a couple thousand dollars is small price to pay when you could potentially lose 5x-10x that in a year with incorrect coding
 

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I disagree, it is never too early to learn about billing and coding .....and if you search through this blog it is evident many on here lack quite a bit of knowledge
in regard to billing and coding. You are doing the work, you should get paid for it. a couple thousand dollars is small price to pay when you could potentially lose 5x-10x that in a year with incorrect coding
he is correct, I was billing expert when I left fellowship, and it helped alot.
 

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he is correct, I was billing expert when I left fellowship, and it helped alot.
Ostensibly, i would be the individual, being an employed hospital physician, who would least need to know about billing and coding, but i concur with the above sentiments (oh crap im agreeing with stim! the horrors!)

for almost all hospital systems, the pain department will only be a small cog, and there will not be a pain coding specialist. you will be surprised at how much money clinics lose through this. just by looking at the billing and coding, you can improve the revenue by thousands of dollars. Admin loves this.

fortunately, employed docs have more time to learn billing and coding than someone in PP. i am nowhere near an expert, but i have enough knowledge to make me dangerous...
 

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Attended the course last year during my fellowship and it helped me a lot with the biling as well as the coding nuances ... I will also recommend attending the ASIPP Practice management and controlled substance courses...