When you can speak the language, correct reimbursement comes naturally. As healthcare business professionals, we’re expected to know the meaning of an infinite number of terms. It’s inevitable for some terms to be misinterpreted. For example, the terms “global service,” “global surgical package,” and “global period” often are used interchangeably, but they are distinct. To ...
Understand the procedures and approaches for better coding of operative reports. There are different surgical approaches for spinal fusion. When coding arthrodesis, you must be sure to match the approach on the surgical report to the CPT® code description. Let’s review arthrodesis treatments for spinal conditions and then look at a case study showing why ...
When you’re told as a teen by a teacher that a small physical deformity will prevent you from doing something you love, it makes you reassess the direction you were headed. For example, something as simple as a bunion prevented me from taking pointe ballet. I still studied ballet into early adulthood, but pointe was ...
When do you bill 63056-59 with 22633, rather than 63047-59? A common question among coders and spine surgeons is whether to bill 63056-59 with 22633, or 63047-59. The answer is complex, but CPT® and Medicare guidelines provide essential guidance. Interbody Arthrodesis Codes The primary codes we’ll discuss are 22630, 22633, 63047, and 63056. Although not ...
Overlooking minor changes can be a costly mistake. Within the Surgery section of CPT®, the new year brings just two new Integumentary codes, and deletes a single Musculoskeletal code. Minor changes such as these are easy to overlook, but costly to ignore. Integumentary Updates Fiducial markers serve as radiologic landmarks. Using imaging guidance, each marker ...