In Coding
May 1st, 2014
When coding cage placement, you must know the type of device used. By Paula Vandenberg, CPC, CPC-H The intervertebral fusion cage is a hollow device available in many shapes and sizes. The cage may be made from any of several materials, including titanium or, most commonly, polyetheretherketone (PEEK). The surgeon places bone graft material inside ...
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...