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On-Demand CECH: Spring 2021 Virtual Coding Seminar Information

The on-demand CECH offering of the Spring 2021 Virtual Coding Seminar offers purchasers up to 4.0 hours of CECH (doctors of podiatric medicine) or CME (podiatric medical assistants). The two course offer a deep dive into foot- and ankle-specific coding issues, featuring Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM, CPC, and Sarah Abshier, DPM. The presentations cover a variety of topics to enhance processes and better serve patients. Please note: No CEU credit for AAPC-certified professional coders is available for these recordings. If you have questions about the educational credit available, please email onlinecech@apma.org.

Please note both sessions are a pre-recorded video of a live event originally recorded on April 10, 2021 via the Online Learning Center. Any attendees of the live event will not be permitted to register for the recorded version and will be ineligible for duplicative credit.

These recordings were certified for credit on July 8, 2021. It will be valid for CECH or CME credit through July 7, 2023, unless APMA determines the information presented has materially changed. 

Sessions Available for Purchase

  • Registration rates:
      Member: $49.50
      Non-member: $99.50
  • Location: APMA Online Learning Center
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Education Credit:
      - Doctors of Podiatric Medicine: 2.0 CECH
      - Podiatric Medical Assistants: 2.0 CME
  • Post-Course Evaluation Required: In order to receive CECH or CME for this session, viewers will be required to complete an evaluation.
  • Assessment Test Required: In order to receive CECH or CME for this session, viewers must complete an assessment test at the end of the session, and score at least 60 percent. Viewers will be permitted to take the test as many times as necessary in order to achieve a passing score.

Spring 2021 Virtual Coding Seminar: Session 1


  1. How Do I Know If I Am Unbundling? Correct Coding Initiative Edits + Q&A Session (30 minutes)
  2. Coding for Arthroscopic Procedures + Q&A Session (45 minutes)
  3. Shaving, Cutting, Excision, Destruction, Oh My!  When to Use What + Q&A Session (45 minutes)


At the conclusion of the Spring 2021 Virtual Coding Seminar: Session 1, attendees will be able to:

  • differentiate between a column 1 code and a column 2 code as they pertain to procedure – to – procedure coding edits;
  • define “unbundling”;
  • differentiate between the -XS and -59 modifiers;
  • detail the 2021 change in coding guidance regarding removal of loose bodies during arthroscopy procedures;
  • differentiate between synovectomy of an ankle joint via arthroscopy and debridement of an ankle joint via arthroscopy;
  • differentiate between limited debridement and extensive debridement of an ankle joint via arthroscopy;
  • differentiate between shaving of a dermal lesion and paring of a callus;
  • list three different options for treatment of a porokeratosis and the CPT® coding that accompanies each; and
  • list the steps of a procedure for which CPT® 11305 would be the appropriate code.

Spring 2021 Virtual Coding Seminar: Session 2


  1. Coding for Bunion Surgery: Head, Base, Shaft, and Combo Procedures (30 minutes)
  2. Intercuneiform Instability: What Are We Doing? (15 minutes)
  3. Joint Q&A Session (15 minutes)
  4. What About All the Other E/M Types? Back to Basics with Coding and Documentation for Hospital, Nursing Facility, and Home Visit E/Ms + Q&A (60 minutes)


At the conclusion of the Spring 2021 Virtual Coding Seminar: Session 2, attendees will be able to:

  • differentiate between the clinical definition of “bunionectomy” and the AMA CPT® definition of “bunionectomy”;
  • select the appropriate CPT® code when a first metatarsocuneiform joint fusion is performed in the absence of resection of the medial eminence of the first metatarsal head;
  • list the appropriate CPT® codes that represent Akin, Reverdin, and Lapidus procedures all performed at the same encounter;
  • list which joints are involved in an intercuneiform joint fusion;
  • list the steps of an intercuneiform arthrodesis;
  • differentiate between the definitions of an initial and subsequent encounter in a facility setting;
  • list 12 exam bullets as detailed by the 1997 Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services; and
  • compare the use of “initial” and “consultation” CPT® coding in the facility setting.


  • Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM, CPC
  • Sarah Abshier, DPM

Refund Policy

Users may request a refund within 30 days of purchase if they have not accessed the course. Refunds will not be issued after 30 days.

Educational Credit Information 

APMA’s Continuing Education Mission Statement

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) advances and advocates for the profession of podiatric medicine and surgery for the benefit of its members and the public. To this end, APMA offers continuing education opportunities for podiatric physicians to meet their licensing requirements, to maintain and expand their knowledge, to provide optimum patient care, and to receive updates on advances in foot and ankle care. These educational opportunities may include face-to-face, web/ computer-based, and audio/video recorded continuing education activities.

Doctors of Podiatric Medicine

APMA is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. APMA has approved each of the sessions above for 2.0 continuing education contact hours (CECH). Podiatric physicians are responsible for reporting their attendance to all appropriate boards and agencies requiring continuing education. Credits may be registered with state boards by providing them with a copy of your CECH certificate.

Podiatric Medical Assistants

APMA is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Podiatric Medical Assisting Certification (CAPMAC) as a sponsor of continuing education in podiatric medical assisting. Program participants may earn up to 2.0 CME credits per session above. Only 20 credits are required per year for certification renewal. Podiatric medical assistants are responsible for reporting their attendance to the recertification committee.

All CECH- and CME-Eligible Recorded Program Attendees

In accordance with the requirements of CPME and CAPMAC, attendees of the CECH and CME eligible recorded sessions must take and pass an assessment at the end of any sessions they purchase and watch for attendance verification purposes. A passing score is 60 percent. Attendees will be able to take the assessment as many times as required but will have to pass the test before a certificate can be generated and downloaded.


To support this activity, APMA has designated an unrestricted educational grant from The Podiatry Foundation.


Contact onlinecech@apma.org.

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