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 ...
Apr 1st, 2012
2012’s bundling of procedures and assigning of “experimental” T codes can hamper provider reimbursement. By Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC Changes to CPT® 2012 spinal codes and coding guidelines have an important impact on reimbursement, new technologies, and the advancement of patient care. Let’s review the changes you’ll need to know to properly document and code ...
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...