Coding Growth Strategies

Live Workshops

Private engagements

DVD/CD products

This physician-taught course will help improve your coding efficiency and compliance, while creating sustainable business value for your practice. Earn up to six hours of AMA PRA Category 1 credit™ while learning to improve coding of office visits in the primary care setting.

What is Coding Growth Strategies?

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Maureen Mathews, Office Manager

"I have attended several of Dr. Firth's Coding Growth Strategies Conferences and I have learned something new every time which has improved either our coding, billing or office flow. I send every new physician or billing staff that we hire to his soonest available workshop. I subscribe to coding newsletters and have several manuals, cd's and dvd's on coding and billing. Dr. Firth's coding workshops have been the most helpful coding tools of all those we have used.”

Richard Sharp, MD

“Clarified some long standing misunderstandings about coding requirements, entertaining and topical.”

Irfan Khan, MD

“I wish I had attended this conference before. Over 6 years in practice and I was not coding correctly.”

Ricci Silberman, PA-C

“I am more than happy to offer a testimonial- i have attended the conference twice and learned so much each time. I co-own a family practice clinic and our revenue soared after I attended the first seminar. My business partner attended the second year and, again, our revenue continued to increase as we learned the intricacies of coding. We probably under-coded for many years! I recommend this highly to anyone.”

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Medical Efficiency Systems. The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conflict Resolution Statement

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Professional Development has reviewed this activity’s speaker and planner disclosures and resolved all identified conflicts of interest, if applicable.

Activity Description and Intended/Target Audience:


Activity Description: Coding Growth Strategies is designed for any primary care healthcare professional who desires to improve their coding efficiency and compliance. The course includes elements that define Evaluation & Management coding and level 2 through 4 E&M coding requirements. For each level of service, specific elements are explained and video vignettes/case discussions showing actual patient encounters are utilized for hands-on training. Each level of service also focuses on the specifics of what documentation is required in the progress note to support that level of service. The course also discusses workflow and implementation strategies including utilizing the nursing staff effectively and integrating EMR systems into the practice.

Intended/Target Audience: Primary care physicians including emergency medicine, family medicine, general medicine and pediatrics; physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners.

Planning Committee Members:

Paul Firth, MD – Course Director

David Thompson, BS, MS – Course Contact

Salena Dixon, MSPNP

Kathi Henderson, MSPNP

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will improve their competence and performance by being able to:

1.  Apply and integrate new and existing coding laws and guidelines in order to improve medical care in the office setting, thereby enhancing services, revenue and coding compliance.

2. Distinguish between E&M levels of service as related to the elements of Patient History, Physical Exam and Medical Decision Making.

Nondiscrimination Statement:

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services.

Accommodation Statement

Accommodations on the basis of disability are available by contacting David Thompson at (866) 335-2040 or

Acknowledgement of Commercial and In-Kind Support

Commercial support is financial, or in-kind, contributions given by a commercial interest, which is used to pay all or part of the costs of a CME activity. A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

This activity has received no commercial or in-kind support.

Disclaimer Statement:

Statements, opinions and results of studies contained in the program are those of the presenters, authors and joint provider and do not reflect the policy or position of the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma (“OU”) nor does OU provide any warranty as to their accuracy or reliability.

Every reasonable effort has been made to faithfully reproduce the presentations and material as submitted. However, no responsibility is assumed by OU for any claims, injury and/or damage to persons or property from any cause, including negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instruments or ideas contained in the material herein.

Policy on Faculty, Presenters and Joint Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine that the faculty, presenters and joint provider disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s).

Program Agenda

Moderator: Paul Firth, MD

7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 Welcome & Announcements

8:05 - 9:45 Introduction to E&M Coding

9:45 - 10:05 99212

10:05 – 10:20 Morning Break
10:20 – 10:30 Q & A

10:30 - 10:50 99213

10:50 - 12:05 99214

12:05 – 1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 1:15 Q & A

1:15 - 2:15 99215

2:15 – 2:30 Afternoon Break
2:30 – 2:45 Q & A

2:45 – 3:15 Coding Challenges

3:15 – 3:30 Wrap-up and Conclusions

Faculty Disclosure Report:

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and the Irwin H. Brown Office of Continuing Professional Development must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its activities. We have implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity has disclosed to us all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. In addition, should it be determined that a conflict of interest exists as a result of a financial relationship one may have, this will be resolved prior to the activity. This policy is designed to provide the target audience with an opportunity to review any affiliations between the CME organizers/presenters and supporting organizations for the purpose of determining the potential presence of bias or influence over educational content. The following is a summary of this activities disclosure information.




Commercial Interest

Nature of Relevant Financial Relationship

What was received?

For what role?


 Salena Dixon, MSPNP

I have no relevant financial relationships or affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.

 Course Director,



 Paul Firth, MD

Medical Efficiency Systems




 Kathi Henderson, MSPNP

I have no relevant financial relationships or affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.

 Course Contact,


 David Thompson, BS, MS

I have no relevant financial relationships or affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.

Attendance Worksheet:

The attendance worksheet will be handed out with the conference notebook. At the end of the conference, submit your completed worksheet to the registration desk or you may mail the completed worksheet to the Office of Continuing Professional Development. You must return the worksheet as it does not constitute a certificate and cannot be used to claim credit for the conference. Upon completion of the online evaluation and submitting a completed attendance worksheet, a certificate will be issued and mailed within 4-6 weeks. Mailing address: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Irwin H. Brown Office of Continuing Professional Development, PO Box 26901, ROB 202, Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901.

Accredited Provider Information:

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Irwin H. Brown Office of Continuing Professional Development, PO Box 26901, ROB 202, Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901, (405) 271-2350 or (888) 682-6348, Web address:


Online Overall Program Evaluation and Post Test:

Participants are required to attend, complete the attendance worksheet, and go online and evaluate the activity to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. The Office of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) will track attendance and evaluations. Evaluations will be available for two weeks after the activity. You will be e-mailed a link to the overall evaluation. If you do not receive an e-mail within one week, please contact Susie Dealy in the office of CPD by sending an e-mail to or calling (405) 271-2350, ext. 1.