Pediatric Procedure Coding for Neurosurgeons

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Code with Accuracy

This one-hour live online course provides accessible coding updates unique to pediatric neurosurgery procedures. This course provides case examples and time for question and answer.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 6 p.m. EDT


AANS Member$69


The AANS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the correct codes for various pediatric neurosurgery procedures, including hydrocephalus, craniofacial, tumor, spine, spasticity and epilepsy.
  • Discuss coding of endoscopic and other minimally invasive procedures.
  • Examine complex coding examples.

Alice Edwards, MSPA, PA-C, MPAS

Physician Assistant, Rutgers, The State of New Jersey; Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, RWJ Medical School

Alice Edwards, MSPA, PA-C, MPAS, currently serves as Physician Assistant (PA) liaison to the Education Programs Committee and Online Education Task Force of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). She also serves as a Director-at-large for the Association of Neurological Physician Assistants and is president-elect. Since 2016, she has acted as co-director of AANS Advanced Practice Provider Course. She has worked as a PA for 12 years in neurosurgery and continues clinical practice in inpatient and outpatient settings. She currently holds titles of Assistant Professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Director of Practice of Operations for Department of Neurosurgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and RWJ Barnabas Health. Edwards earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Baylor College of Medicine. 

Michael L. Powe

Vice President, Reimbursement and Professional Advocacy, AAPA

Michael L. Powe is vice president of reimbursement and professional advocacy for the American Academy of Physician Assistants with supervisory responsibility for a staff of four. He addresses issues surrounding health care policy, private third party payment concerns, the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and various state and federal regulatory agencies. He has been with AAPA for 20 years, and serves as staff liaison to the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Update Committee, which evaluates the Medicare payment process. He is the author of the book, “Physician Assistant Third Party Coverage,” and an adjunct assistant professor at the George Washington University Division of Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. Before joining AAPA, Michael worked in the insurance industry for New York Life Insurance Company. Prior to that, he served as a legislative researcher on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University.

Disclosure Information

The AANS controls the content and production of this CME activity and attempt to ensure the presentation of balanced, objective information.  In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support established by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers, paper presenters/authors and staff (and the significant others of those mentioned) are asked to disclosed any relationship they or their co-authors have with commercial interests which may be relate to the content of their lecture.

The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.  Relationship refers to receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by research grant, receiving honoraria for education service elsewhere, or any other relationship to a commercial interest that provides sufficient reason for disclosure.

It is the policy of the AANS that all individuals in a position to affect the content of a CME activity disclose relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial entities.  Further, should any such relationship be determined to be in possible conflict of interest as it relates to the individual’s proposed role in the CME activity, such conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to confirmation of the individual’s participation.

All potential conflicts of interest have been reviewed by an effective peer review committee to ensure the content is valid and aligned with the interest of the activity audience.

Speakers, paper presenters/authors and staff (and the significant others of those mentioned) who have disclosed a relationship with commercial interests whose products may have a relevance to their presentation are listed below.

John Ratliff, MD, FAANS*Stryker
OREF, Agency for Health Research and Quality
Consultant Fees
Grants Research Support

Those who have reported they do not have any relationships with commercial interests:

Lance Governale, MD, FAANS

Catherine Mazzola, MD, FAANS

Samantha Luebbering*

*Indicates activity planner.


The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the grant provider or the AANS. This educational activity does not endorse one particular type of instrumentation, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of management. It presents one of numerous recognized methods of clinical practice for consideration by physicians for incorporation into their practices. Variations of practice taking into account the needs of the individual patient, resources, and limitations unique to the institution or type of practice may be appropriate. Disclosure about patient confidentiality, standards of care, or course of management does not imply endorsement or disapproval of products.

Please Note: It is recognized that the use of non-FDA approved devices is described in some of the published material, but these techniques are often the standard of care and may be of value to the patients we serve.

Accreditation Designation

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

The AANS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

© 2019 American Association of Neurological Surgeons


Pediatric Procedure Coding for Neurosurgeons
05/23/2019 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/23/2019 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
Pediatric Procedure Coding for Neurosurgeons Archive
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CME Certificate
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM credit  |  Certificate available