Take a walk through procedural devices, vertebral segments, and spacing, while dodging certain modifiers. Coding for spinal instrumentation is quick and easy, with only a few basic steps to follow. Step 1: Determine if the Instrumentation Crosses Spinal Levels Spinal instrumentation comes in two basic varieties: devices placed within the intervertebral space (that is, the instrumentation ...
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Aug 9th, 2012
Imagine coming home from the hospital after having brain surgery only to find out you may have been infected with a deadly disease. Here’s how I imagine that conversation would go: Hospital: “Dear Mr. Doe, we regretfully inform you that you may have been exposed to a fatal disease during your hospital stay.” Patient: “Say ...
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...