In Coding
Jun 27th, 2016
When reporting vertebroplasty, code selection depends on the location and number of vertebral bodies treated. Choose a single “initial level” code based on the location of the first vertebral body treated: Cervicothoracic: 22510 Percutaneous vertebroplasty (bone biopsy included when performed), 1 vertebral body, unilateral or bilateral injection, inclusive of all imaging guidance; cervicothoracic ...
In Coding
Dec 24th, 2015
Percutaneous vertebroplasty involves injecting “bone cement” into the vertebral body to provide support for the structure. Coding is determined based on the segment of the spine and the type of guidance. Report 22510 Percutaneous vertebroplasty (bone biopsy included when performed), 1 vertebral body, unilateral or bilateral injection, inclusive of all imaging guidance; cervicothoracic for the first...
Dec 1st, 2012
By Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC The practice of medicine constantly evolves. Established roads change direction. Familiar landmarks disappear, and new paths emerge. Even those who know the lay of the land can feel lost in an ever-shifting terrain of technologies, methods, and standards of care. To keep ...
Feb 25th, 2011
By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure during which a “bone cement” (methylmethacrylate) is injected into one or more fractured vertebra(e) to fill fractures, treat pain associated with fractures, and restore spinal integrity. CPT® provides three codes to describe vertebroplasty: 22520      Percutaneous vertebroplasty, one vertebral body, unilat...
In Coding
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 ...