Mar 1st, 2009
Part 2 in spinal series By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Spinal fusion involves multiple steps beyond those described by arthrodesis codes 22532-22632, including bone grafting (20930-20938) and instrumentation placement (22840-22851). For complete coding, you should report these additional procedures separately. When extensive decompression accompanies arthrodesis, you may report the procedures ind...
Apr 1st, 2007
By Tammye Harber, CPC, CPC-H Senior Healthcare Consultant Ellis Medical Consulting Inc. Webster’s dictionary defines the term partial as “relating to, being or affecting only a part; not total; incomplete.” Webster’s also defines the term complete as “having all necessary or normal parts, components, or steps; entire; absolute; total.” How do these terms — partial and complete — apply to us, specif...