In Coding
Jul 18th, 2014
If you can master basic terminology and identify within documentation the answer to three key questions, you can accurately apply spinal bone graft codes. 1. Is the Bone Graft from the Patient’s Own Body? Bone harvested from the patient’s own body is known as an “autograft.” For spinal grafts, the applicable autograft codes are: +20936 ...
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...