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The Four Elements of Spine Coding

Presenter Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC
Broadcast Date 3/7/2018
Time 10:00am PT / 11:00am MT / 12:00pm CT / 1:00pm ET
Presentation Length 60 minutes
Price $65 (Non-members $85)
The Four Elements of Spine Coding Webinar

Mastering Spine Coding: Essential Insights for Surgeons and Billing Professionals

Surgical procedures for the spine are complex and may be the most difficult procedures for facilities to code and obtain proper reimbursement. This presentation breaks down the process of spine coding into “four” elements, allowing the coder to capture the important details of the procedure being performed. Attendees of this presentation will have a better understanding, and through process, on what to look for when coding spine procedures.

Who would benefit from this topic?
Spine Coders, Billers, Appeal Specialists, Billing Managers, Spine Surgeons

How would this benefit the individual and/or their company?
They would have a better understand of spine procedures as well as a thought process of the spine for these procedures.

What information or new skills will the attendee take away from this webinar?
Attendees will have a better understanding of what to look for while reading and coding operative notes for spine surgeries.

Why is the presenter the expert on this topic?
I have been working in the spine reimbursement industry for 30 years. My focus has been not only working through the coding obstacles of spine reimbursement, but also overcoming the reimbursement hurdles. I founded Business Dynamics RCM in 1997, a revenue cycle firm dedicate to the spine industry. BD-RCM continues to succeed by expanding our operations, developing staff efficiency and providing the continuous training and skills needed to develop top agents in the field of Spine Coding and Reimbursement. This is demonstrated in the operational structure that promotes the detailed services needed to fully maximize reimbursement while remaining compliant with the ever changing business of spine. These services include coding by our certified spine coding team, swift submission of claims, analysis of every surgical claims, aggressively appealing incorrect payments and denials and encouraging state agency and insurance executive office assistance when carriers do not comply with policy or industry guidelines.


  • The diagnosis; the reason for the surgery.
  • How are you getting there, what approach?
  • Where is the anatomical location?
  • What is it that you are doing?
Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC

About The Author

Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC

Barbara Cataletto is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Business Dynamics, Inc., a company dedicated to revolutionizing the business of spine. At its foundation, her expertise stems from years of hands on coding and reimbursement along with coaching, consulting, and collaborating with spine specialists nationwide. She thoroughly reviews the billing and collection procedures used by her clients, and offers recommendations to help improve the process, thereby allowing the physician or practice to maximize their surgical revenue. Barbara has taken the concept of coding and brought it to the next level with the production of the first, web- based spine coding and auditing applications such as CaseCoderSuite.

As Managing Director of Business Dynamics RCM, Barbara Cataletto demands only the highest level of service for her clientele, which includes spine specialists, medical groups, neurosurgical and orthopedic centers, product manufacturers, Fortune 500 companies, and various organizations within the medical community.

A leader in education, Mrs. Cataletto founded The Business of Spine, a company dedicated to education and consulting in the spine industry. Its goal is to ensure that the spine specialist's billing office utilizes the most current and efficient methods of revenue collection. By developing a variety of courses, she is able to share the expert techniques implemented by the Business Dynamics RCM team with other professionals in the field.

A dedicated and dynamic individual with over 25 years of expertise in the spine industry, Barbara Cataletto has personally raised the bar on revenue management systems for both physician and implant companies in the spine industry. Through her innovative and operation driven systems, she has been able to create a dramatic new way for physicians to realize greater revenue generation.

Barbara has received numerous awards for her knowledge, leadership and management of Business Dynamics RCM , including the coveted Stevie Award, an International business award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year-Business Services, One of the 50 Most Influential Women In Business on Long Island, The Trail Blazer Award from the International Society of Women Business Owners, as well as being recognized as a finalist for the inaugural Long Island ATHENA award – having demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in her business and profession, providing valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community and actively assisting women in achieving their full leadership potential.

Recognized for her business acumen Barbara, has been appointed to Adelphi University's Robert B Willumstad School of Business Board of Advisors which is accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Her advanced knowledge of spine coding and reimbursement has led to her appointment to the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) Coding & Reimbursement Task Force, where she is one of only four non-surgeons represented.

Barbara maintains affiliations with the following: North American Spine Society (NASS), International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), Better Orthopedic Network Exchange, National Association of Healthcare Professionals, Who's Who in Women Executives, Who's Who in Business Executives and the National Association of Female Executives.

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