There are many 2017 CPT® code changes pertaining to spine procedures. Here’s a rundown of the most significant changes. Removal of Moderate Sedation Inclusion The moderate sedation symbol (¤) was removed from the vertebroplasty (22510-22512) and vertebral augmentation (22513-22515) codes. These codes no longer include moderate sedation, which can now be reported separately, as appropriate, ...
Apr 1st, 2012
Part 1: Make room for the latest in CPT® coding. By Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, ACS-PM, CHCO, and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2012 brings important changes to pain management coding. In the first of this two-part series, we’ll: Review the revised coding guidelines for sacroiliac (SI) joint injection. Clarify the methodology ...
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Apr 1st, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced, March 18, updates for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), effective April 1. If your facility or ambulatory surgical center (ASC) submits outpatient claims to Medicare, you’ll want to know about these changes, which include code additions and deletions, payment status changes and corrections, too. ...
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...