As the AMA owns the copyright for CPT codes, ZHealth Publishing pays a licensing fee to use/reference this material in our products. This is the 'AMA Royalty' charge you see added in your cart.
For the 10+ years our books have been in publication, the prices for the Interventional Radiology, Interventional Cardiology, and Vascular/Endovascular Surgery references have remained the same. The new expense is to cover AMA royalties, but the book is still $295.
The easiest way is to pay online at time of purchase with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express). However, we also accept check, money order, or Purchase Order from a hospital/facility signed by an authorized person.
We continue to see a greater than 50% error rate on cases audited. This is often due to process issues that go undetected. In addition, not all questions are answered on the website (about 50%) and what may be the correct codes to assign in one situation may be different in another. Each case should be evaluated individually.
Yes, the information is sent to the corporate office in Nashville, Tennessee, and then one of the physicians comes on-site to present his findings. Trained non-physician consultants provide on-site consulting services for process improvement.
Yes, we do provide audits of other specialty areas. Please contact Brian Church at (615) 714-2371 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our scope of services beyond cardiovascular, endovascular surgery, and interventional radiology.
With the former, one of our physicians comes on-site and provides education tailored to your specific needs. You determine the content, the number of education sessions, and who will attend. It is billed at a per day fee. Please contact Brian Church at (615) 714-2371 or email@example.com for on-site educational services for your facility.
If you are willing to participate in a longer learning process, the webinars are a great option. Our webinars are available for viewing by groups and the CEU exams are discounted per person. It is the most cost-effective option of our educational offerings.
One great reason is the convenience of having the eBook on your desktop PC or laptop. The hardcopy book weighs in at nearly 6 pounds, which can be cumbersome. Also, the eBook format allows you to find what you’re looking for at the click of the button rather than having to thumb through pages. In addition, you may use the eBook to project any diagrams or parts of the book through your PC, which is great for meetings or coding education. Lastly, it’s available immediately with no shipping costs. Note that the eBook versions are typically available 30 days before the hardcopy versions are printed and shipped each year.
Absolutely, and the price is the same for both formats (save eBooks, which have no shipping charges). Also, pricing for a complete set of the 4 coding eBooks and multiple orders of the same eBook are discounted just like the hardcopies. At various times during the year, we may offer time-limited specials if you purchase both versions at the same time.
Beginning in 2009, ZHealth Publishing coding references have been print-enabled. You are allowed to print pages or sections of the eBooks for your personal use. However, the printable eBook versions are under copyright protection, and you may not distribute duplicate copies.
Once the new code changes and rules have been released, ZHealth Publishing updates and revises Dr. Z’s Medical Coding Series. We start accepting pre-orders for all upcoming editions starting in November. The eBook versions are typically released 30 days prior to the printed hardcopy versions (usually in December). On average, the hardcopy books start shipping by the second or third week of January.
The activation key that you receive by email after you purchase your eBook (which gives you access to the eBook) is good for a single activation - it only works on one computer at a time. However, you can deactivate your eBook on one computer and transfer it to a different computer with your activation key as often as you like. As long as the un-activated eBook file is installed on a particular computer, simply deactivate the eBook on the first computer and then re-activate it using the same activation key on the new computer. We recommend saving a copy of your activation key on your computer for easy reference (in case you lose or delete the original email containing it).
Yes. You download an un-activated version of the eBook to your computer, and then use the activation key you receive via email upon purchase to activate it. The un-activated eBooks can be downloaded from your dashboard (under My eBooks)or from the email you receive after the purchase is complete.
Visit our website and purchase your eBooks online. Upon purchase, you will receive an email containing a link to your dashboard to download your eBook. On your dashboard will be the code to activate your eBook. When you open your un-activated eBook, click the “eBook” menu option at the top left-hand corner of the screen and select “activate”. Then copy and paste your activation key in the text box that appears. Note that activation keys are specific to the book you bought and make sure to use the appropriate keys for the appropriate books.
IMPORTANT: When you go to download your eBook file, a prompt pops up that asks if you’d like to “Run” or “Save As”… click “Save As”.
No, ICD-9 coding is beyond the scope of our seminars. If there are particular diagnoses that nationally restrict coverage (such as those involving carotid stent placement), those coverage issues will be discussed.
However, ICD-10 coding is covered at each of our live seminars. The ICD-10 Coding Seminar provides a detailed introduction to ICD-10-CM coding basics, including hints and tips specific to each chapter. We also discuss the fundamental construction of ICD-10-PCS codes and cover documentation requirements for these highly specific new code sets. The coding examples focus on our specialty areas of cardiovascular, IR, EP, and peripheral procedures performed in the cath lab. For more information, please view our individual live seminar pages.
A current CPT Code Book is the only required resource. Cases will be coded both in class and outside of class. Paper copies of key anatomical charts to select catheter placement codes are part of the class handouts.
Yes, ICD-10 coding is covered at each of our live seminars. The ICD-10 Coding Seminar provides a detailed introduction to ICD-10-CM coding basics, including hints and tips specific to each chapter. We also discuss the fundamental construction of ICD-10-PCS codes and cover documentation requirements for these highly specific new code sets. The coding examples focus on our specialty areas of cardiovascular, IR, EP, and peripheral procedures performed in the cath lab. A set of ICD-10 Procedural Anatomy Charts with corresponding ICD-10 codes will be provided to all attendees. For more information or to register, please view our individual live seminar pages.
The seminar information is updated every quarter with the new guidelines and information that have been published since the previous seminar. Our repeat customers tell us they pick up something new every time.
The cardiology session is specific to cardiology and as such, does not include peripheral angiography and interventional coding. If your physician performs peripheral studies, as most cardiologists do, we recommend that you attend the "Diagnostic and Interventional Vascular Coding" session as well.
The seminar is for all individuals who are involved in charging, coding, and auditing these specialty procedures including billers, physicians, nurses, technologists, consultants, and other healthcare professionals. The emphasis is on CPT coding, so a basic understanding of how charges translate to codes is helpful. You may also want to take the "Introduction to Vascular Coding" session to better prepare you for the Diagnostic and Interventional Vascular Coding seminar.
No, you will not be called on; answering questions is voluntary. However, you should not hesitate to ask questions when you are unclear about a subject. It is a very casual format and questions from attendees are encouraged.
No, we do not provide discounts for this. We believe the course is priced according to its worth. However, if you are a ZHealth Online website member (which your hospital may be willing to fund), you receive a 10% discount on all products, including the seminar. Another possible option is to sign up for our webinars or video seminar, which does not require travel.
All topics covered in the CIRCC exam are included in the ZHealth Publishing seminars. We cannot guarantee you will pass the CIRCC exam after attending the seminar, as it will depend on your basic understanding of the concepts and how well you retain the information discussed. Everyone has a different learning curve. The AAPC also requires evidence of at least two (2) years of experience charging or coding of the specialty in order to qualify for the CIRCC certification.
All sessions are CIRCC Certified, with the exception of the “Introduction to Vascular Coding” session, as it is an introductory class geared toward beginners. CIRCC CEUs are only for intermediate/expert level courses due to the complexity of the credential.
Call us at 615-873-1111 (9:00-5:00PM Central Time Mon-Fri) for an alternate hotel. There is usually another hotel available within walking distance. We recommend that everyone sign up as soon as possible to avoid this situation.
There are usually several entrée options for lunch. The hotels have a full service restaurant, and there is enough time to go to the restaurant if your dietary needs are not met with the included lunch.
No, you will not receive a refund, but you may attend a future conference without any additional charge. You also have the option of letting someone take your place. Your enrollment is fully transferable to another individual.
At the seminar, each attendee will complete an evaluation form. On that form, you will be asked which CEU certificate(s) you desire. The certificate(s) will then be emailed to you within two weeks following the seminar.
Yes. Each webinar purchase allows for one person to receive CEU credit. Additional CEU exams may be purchased in your Webinar Center dashboard ($49 each). After purchase of these additional test there will be an Additional Test section in your Webinar Center. Please note, the person who purchased the webinar will need to specify (via email address) each webinar attendee/test taker so that he/she will have the necessary information to access the webinar. Enter these email addresses in the dashboard under “My Webinars Center” upon logging into the ZHealth site. Each person wishing to view the webinar/receive CEU credits will need his/her own ZHealth login. If the attendee does not have a login already, he/she will be prompted to create a new account.
Yes, but if you’re already a member of ZHealth Online or you’ve purchased from ZHealth Publishing before, then you already have an account with us. If you do not have one, you’ll be prompted to establish an account.
You can exit the study guide and the test before completion and return to complete the activities that you have not yet completed. The test is not submitted and scored until you indicate you have completed it.
The number of test questions varies from course to course, depending on how many CEUs are available and depending on the rules of the particular CEU organizations. The CEUs awarded are based on the amount of time it is expected to complete the education module and take the test. One CEU is equivalent to one hour of time. Course time may vary, however, based on the level of expertise of the student.
ZHealth Publishing does not report CEUs awarded to any of the credentialing bodies. You will need to retain your certificate of completion and report the session completed with the number listed on the certificate to your credentialing organization as required.
The passing grade is based on the percent of questions in the test answered correctly. The credentialing organizations typically determine what is considered passing: AHIMA – 70%, AAPC – 70%, ASRT – 75%.
When you sign into your ZHealth Publishing account online, you can see purchased eLearning courses under "My Orders". You will only be able to view current eLearnings and certificates from My eLearning Center for 90 days after purchase, when they expire and will no longer be available.
Any professionals involved in interventional radiology, cardiology, or endovascular/vascular surgery coding, including: hospital or physician coders, clinicians, medical billers, technologists, and consultants. Any professionals who want to stay current with the ever-changing coding developments, continue to learn more about ensuring compliance and appropriate reimbursement for their organizations, and want access to the country’s top interventional radiology and cardiology coding experts Dr. David Zielske and his ZHealth Publishing team. Lastly, ZHealth Online members get 10% off all ZHealth Publishing products.*
Typical titles of current ZHealth Online members include: Coding Coordinator, Coding Manager, Coding Supervisor, Coding Specialist, Director of Coding, Director of Reimbursement, Director of Revenue Management, Director of Revenue Enhancement, Manager of Cardiology Coding, Manager Cardiac Cath Lab, Lead Vascular Technologist, Radiology Manager, Reimbursement Analyst, Revenue Analyst, RN, MD, Radiology Technologist, Cardiac Cath Lab Technologist, Medical Director, Director CDM Compliance, Billing Manager, Billing Supervisor, Senior Medical Audit Analyst, Office Manager, Team Code Leader, Consultant, Physician, Senior Coder, Practice Administrator, Director of Health Information Management, Medical Information Coder, Compliance Coordinator.
Besides access to our Ask Dr. Z Database with over 3000 coding questions and answers in addition to the ability to submit your own coding questions, there are a number of other ZHealth Online benefits. Members receive 10% off all coding products. Read more here.
You may purchase a monthly membership at $24.95/month, or a yearly membership at $250/year, saving approximately $50. We also offer Group and Enterprise membership accounts, where more individuals can join at a substantial discount. Read more about ZHealth Online pricing.
You can only choose the monthly option if you are an individual paying by credit card. ZHealth Publishing will charge your credit card the ZHealth Online monthly fee each month until you cancel your membership. You can cancel your monthly membership at any time and retain access until the following month. Annual members will be provided a renewal notification before their first 12 months are up.
Dr. Zielske personally reviews all members’ coding questions, but only those that are most relevant to a broad audience of interventional radiology, cardiology, and endovascular coding professionals are answered (approximately 50-60% of those not previously answered). All answers are written by either Dr. Z or Dr. Dunn. Please read the Ask Dr. Z Disclaimer.
Interventional radiology has developed into its own specialty as its complexity and difficulty became clearer. Coding schools spend very little, if any, time discussing catheter placement coding and the component coding system, and they often do not focus on how to code the radiological S&I codes. Technologists and nurses who enter charges may not be trained in CPT coding. When you put the two components together the final results are destined to be error-prone. Due to its complexity and the lack of any comprehensive training, individuals with this credential are sought after by facilities to oversee their charging and coding process for interventional radiology and basic cardiology. Individuals with the CIRCC credential are valuable assets to an organization and compensated accordingly. Interventional radiology is one of the highest paying coding specialties.
Even if you have been coding for a significant amount of time, there may be areas to which you haven’t been exposed. For example, if you are in a hospital setting, aortic stent graft placement is an inpatient procedure and not CPT coded. If you aren’t familiar with the radiological S&I coding rules, you need to learn them for the exam. You are also expected to know basic cardiac cath lab coding and understand the basics of modifiers.
The AAPC mandates that to possess and maintain the CIRCC credential, one must obtain 24 CEUs specific to interventional radiology and cardiovascular coding every two years. There are a wide variety of educational offerings that provide the educational credits required to maintain the credential, including ZHealth Publishing’s medical coding products and seminars/webinars.
The CIRCC exam is offered by the AAPC throughout the year at various locations around the country, including the Saturdays following each of the four quarterly ZHealth Publishing live coding seminars (at the same location).
You can take CPT and HCPCS Level II code books and a set of anatomical charts. ZHealth Publishing recommends the ZHealth Publishing anatomical coding charts as the best resource for selecting the appropriate catheter placement codes.
ZHealth Publishing live coding seminars are certainly beneficial, and by attending just one of them, you can earn up to 27 AAPC CEUs, 24 of which are CIRCC Certified - enabling you to meet the CEU requirements to maintain the CIRCC credential all at once.
However, the AAPC also requires a letter attesting to your current competency with interventional radiology/cardiovascular coding from your employer or a physician to be eligible for the CIRCC credential. They also recommend that the applicant possess an associate’s degree. The CIRCC test is designed for seasoned medical coding professionals with many years of medical coding experience.
We recommend Dr Zs Interventional Radiology Coding Reference as the best reference material on interventional radiology. It provides in-depth explanation of all IR procedures and includes anatomical drawings to help explain the procedures.
The CIRCC Study Guide is an important addition to Dr. Z’s Interventional Radiology Coding Reference to prepare for the CIRCC exam. We also recommend ZHealth Publishing’s anatomy charts as the best reference available for catheter placement code selection. Our anatomy charts can be taken into the exam with you.