Sep 6th, 2019
Part 1: Proper payment starts with understanding lumbar spinal fusion anatomy and procedures to better code them in the facility setting. Spinal fusion (arthrodesis) procedures are performed every day around the world. Coding spinal fusion in an outpatient or ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting with CPT® is an entirely different animal than in the inpatient ...
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Jul 8th, 2019
Take time to learn anatomy and surgical procedures to lessen coding confusion. Surgeons often use the terms “arthroplasty” and “replacement” interchangeably to describe the repair of a joint. As a medical coder, you need to be able to associate medical lingo to the formal medical terminology used in code descriptions and have a general understanding ...
Understand the procedures and approaches for better coding of operative reports. There are different surgical approaches for spinal fusion. When coding arthrodesis, you must be sure to match the approach on the surgical report to the CPT® code description. Let’s review arthrodesis treatments for spinal conditions and then look at a case study showing why ...
Sep 1st, 2013
Five principles will help you capture appropriate charges for spine surgeries. “It seems like coding spine cases is as complicated as doing the surgery,” said a spine surgeon at his first coding training session with me. Spine procedure coding can make even the most confident coder squirm. But spine procedure coding doesn’t have to be ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS   Add-on code +15777 Implantation of biologic implant (eg, acellular dermal matrix) for soft tissue reinforcement (eg, breast, trunk) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) was added to the “Other Flaps and Grafts” category of the Integumentary System, Repair subheading in CPT® 2012 to describe the ...