Yes, we have specialized consulting staff that can provide this service. Please contact Brian Church at (615) 714-2371 or [email protected] for more information.
Yes, we can code individual cases. However, since we provide volume discounting, we recommend submitting more than one or two cases.
We have two options: on-site education or webinars.
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 protected] 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.
Please contact Brian Church to discuss pricing. Phone: (615) 714-2371 Email: [email protected]
Yes, we do! Please see our ZHealth Consulting website or contact Brian Church for more information. Phone: (615) 714-2371 Email: [email protected]
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 [email protected] for more information on our scope of services beyond cardiovascular, endovascular surgery, and interventional radiology.
As the American Medical Assocation 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.
One great reason is the convenience of having the eBook on your desktop 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 computer, 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.
Should you want a printed version, please purchase the hard copy format. The eBooks are not printable at this time.
No, the content is exactly the same. It's essentially a PDF version of the book.
Due to copyright protection, it is not possible to print eBooks at this time.
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 download link that you receive by email after you purchase your eBook is good for a single activation - it can only be downloaded once, period. If you purchase multiple eBooks, then you will receive multiple single-use download links. Take Note: If you send the link to someone else who then downloads it before you, the link will no longer work for you.
It depends on your Internet connection speed, but it typically takes just a few minutes.
Yes. Prior to downloading the eBook you must download/install Adobe Digital Editions (free and easy to download). To install this software click here.
Note: This software is compatible with both Windows and Macs, so be sure to download the appropriate software for your computer system.
Yes - our eBooks are now both Mac and PC compatible with the use of Adobe Digital Editions.
1. Visit our website and purchase your eBooks online. Upon purchase, you will receive an email containing instructions and a download link (you will need this for Step 4 below).
2. Open the Adobe Digital Editions application on your device. Please note that you will need to first download/install Adobe Digital Editions (free and easy to download) if you haven't already done so.
3. Click the "Help" option at the top of the screen and select the "Authorize Computer" option.
- A box will appear on screen. If you have an Adobe ID already, use it to authorize your computer. If not, you may obtain one for free by clicking the "Create an Adobe ID" link.
- Click "Next" and then "Authorize".
4. Now you are ready to download your eBook. Click the download link at the bottom of your email (in red). If it doesn't automatically open in Adobe Digital Editions upon downloading, simply locate the newly downloaded eBook file on your computer and open it.
Older versions of our eBooks are no longer supported (2015 and prior) because Secure eBook has closed. Any eBook (2015 and prior versions) not activated or requiring a validation to be opened will not work anymore after March 6, 2017.
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. For more information, please view our individual live seminar pages.
If you are both coding the same type of cases, you should attend the same sessions. However, if one of you is from IR and the other from cardiology, you may want to attend different sessions.
No, they are only available in hardcopy and are handed out at the conference. The answers to the cases given at the conference are available after the conference in your dashboard.
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.
We are not equipped to provide sign language at our conferences, however we do have some options for those who may be hearing impaired. Please call us at 615-873-1111 (9:00a-4:30pCentral Time Mon-Fri) to discuss options for accommodating your needs.
Call us at 615-873-1111 (9:00a-4:30p 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 within a year without any additional charge. You also have the option of letting someone take your place. Your enrollment is fully transferable to another individual.
During the conference you will be given a code word that will allow you to answer a one answer test at the end of the seminar. You will sign into your ZHealth Publishing online account. There you will find the "test" that will allow you to print off your certificate. These certificates will be housed in your account so you may access them anytime you may need to have them.
You may purchase the hard copy of the book for $195 with your paid registration to the conference.
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.
Yes, this is correct. Each year we videotape the Las Vegas seminar, which covers the upcoming year's new coding changes/rules. By entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording, and their release, publication, or reproduction to be used for promotional purposes, advertising, inclusion on websites, and any other purpose by ZHealth, LLC. Images, photos, and/or videos may be used to promote similar ZHealth events in the future. You release ZHealth, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of photographs, video, and/or sound recordings. By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, or other publication of these materials. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by ZHealth or the person or entity designated to do so by ZHealth. You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event.
Yes, that's correct. ZHealth, LLC reserves the right to photograph/record conference activities for use in publications, including electronic publications, audio-visual presentations, promotional literature, advertising, or in other ways. If you'd like to request that your image not be used in such materials, please submit your request in writing via email to [email protected] Not doing so gives ZHealth, LLC and their legal representatives permission to publish, without charge, imagery that may include you.
After purchase of a webinar, all you need to do is go to your MY ZHealth dashboard and click on Webinar Center. All purchased webinars with associated tests will be available.
The expiration dates for webinars vary. You can check your dashboard to see the number of days remaining for a specific course, and we have also listed the expiration date on the individual product webpage for each webinar. To receive your CEUs, you must complete and pass the post-test PRIOR TO the expiration date. However, all CEU certificates you have received can be accessed at any time by visiting the My CEU section of your dashboard.
Simply go to the Webinar Center and download and print your certificate if you've passed the test.
Yes. Each webinar purchase is good for one person only; however, if you purchase multiple copies of a single webinar each additional copy after the first is only $49.
Please refer to each individual webinar page to verify available CEUs before purchase, as the CEUs vary by webinar. Webinars are approved for up to 2.0 CEUs for both AHIMA and the AAPC; however, please confirm available CEUs prior to purchase, as this is subject to change from year to year.
You may purchase webinars online with a credit card (preferred method) or purchase order (must include valid PO # when ordering online, as well as submit a copy of the purchase order by email at: [email protected]
Our webinars are viewable/downloadable in MP4 format, which is standard and included on a number of software platforms.
Each online course includes a detailed Course Outline, Study Guide, Test, and Certificate (upon successful completion). You can check out each of the course descriptions before purchasing as well.
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.
At this time, eLearning courses are only AAPC approved (and most are CIRCC certified). This is subject to change, so please check each individual eLearning course webpage for specific CEU information.
The expiration dates for eLearning modules vary. You can check your dashboard to see the number of days remaining for a specific course, and we have also listed the expiration date on the individual product webpage for each eLearning course. To receive your CEUs, you must complete and pass the post-test PRIOR TO the expiration date. However, all CEU certificates you have received can be accessed at any time by visiting the My CEU section of your dashboard.
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.
You may receive CEUs from AHIMA, AAPC, and ASRT. Please see the eLearning Course Descriptions for the number of CEUs available per course.
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.
Yes, when you have successfully completed the post-education test you will be awarded a certificate of completion online to print for your records. The CEUs are housed in your "My CEU Center" of the dashboard. You can access your CEUs anytime you need to print them.
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%.
No, you must pass the test to receive CEUs.
You may take a test up to three times. AAPC and AHIMA require 70% to pass, and ASRT requires 75% to pass.
The credentialing organizations do not award CEUS for repeating the same module. However, if the module has been revised, the new version can be taken for CEUs.
No, you either pass or fail the entire module.
If you print out the module, you can refer back to it. However, it is recommended that you learn the material such that you don’t need to refer back.
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 through the calendar year of purchaser purchase, then they expire and will no longer be available. (ie., you purchase an eLearning module in January your module will be available to you until December 31 of the same year. On the other hand, if you order the module December 1, your module will still only be available until December 31 of the same year.
The courses are priced based on the number of CEUs and range from $25.00 to $50.00. Since these courses are affordably priced, we do not offer volume discounts for multiple individuals, but ZHealth Online members receive a 10% discount.
Your purchased eLearnings are available in your Dashboard on the left under 'My eLearning Center' once logged in. You must redeem a purchased eLearning course into your account before you can view the material and take the post-test. To receive your CEUs, you must complete and pass the post-test PRIOR TO the expiration date, which can be found on your dashboard or by visiting the product webpage.
Please call ZHealth Publishing directly at 615-873-1111 (9:00a-4:30p Central Time Mon-Fri), and we will be glad to help.
Absolutely. ZHealth Publishing also offers live seminars, webinars, and video seminars, which are all eligible for CEUs.
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.
* Except the CIRCC Study Guide
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 include all of them when you initially sign up, or the designated “administrator” of your organization can add them at any time from their dashboard upon login.
Call us at 615-873-1111 (9:00a-4:30p Central Time Mon-Fri), and someone will be glad to assist you with setting up your membership and taking your credit card information over the phone.
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 but your membership will discontinue immediately. Annual members will be provided a renewal notification before their membership expires.
No; your username is always your email address, and your password remains the same.
Approximately 60% of questions are answered. (Although a recent internal review revealed a response rate of closer to 75% over the last year.) Dr. Z reviews all questions submitted, but only responds to questions not previously answered that are the most relevant to interventional radiology, cardiology, and endovascular coding (we recommend searching the database of previously answered questions prior to submitting a new question). 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.
We strongly encourage you to review the CIRCC Study Guide and concentrate on those sections that you are less familiar with. If you want more thorough explanations, Dr. Zs Interventional Radiology Coding Reference is the best source of information. ZHealth Publishing's anatomical coding charts are a great help with catheter placement coding. To identify any areas where you may need further education, you can take an online practice exam on the AAPC website.
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.
Please see our page on CIRCC Coders for more information about our CIRCC Study Guide and CIRCC Exam Prep Course.
The expiration dates for Video Seminars vary. You can check your dashboard to see the number of days remaining for a specific course, and we have also listed the expiration date on the individual product webpage for each Video Seminar course. To receive your CEUs, you must complete and pass the post-test PRIOR TO the expiration date. However, all CEU certificates you have received can be accessed at any time by visiting the My CEU section of your dashboard.