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 ...
Understand forms of anesthesia, and their guidelines, for better documentation and reporting. By Michelle N. Myrick, CPC, CPC-I There are many forms of anesthesia that may be used when performing (surgical) therapeutic or diagnostic procedures. Excluding office-based anesthesia, these include general anesthesia (GA), monitored anesthesia care (MAC), and regional anesthesia. Having so many options ...
May 1st, 2012
Part 2: Make room for the latest in CPT® coding. By Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, CHCO, ACS-PM, and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2012 has brought important changes to pain management coding. Last month, in the article “Move Over Obsolete Pain Management Coding,” we reviewed new coding guidance for sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, ...
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Oct 15th, 2010
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) board of directors recently approved at their Sept. 24 meeting a new clinical practice guideline on the treatment of osteoporotic spinal compression fractures. The guideline includes 11 recommendations, but only two of those recommendations carry any real weight, the board said. Whereas the board found that for nine of the 11 recommendations the ...