Year by year, coding and billing for spine surgery is getting complicated and troublesome for healthcare practitioners. Surgical procedures for the spine may be the most difficult procedures for facilities to code and obtain proper reimbursement. To prevent claim denials, it is very important to carefully and accurately bill and code for spine surgery. While coding for spine surgery, one of the most common error occurs in coding the appropriate codes based on the number of vertebral segments or interspaces involved. Spine surgery coding involves understanding the anatomy of the spine, and choosing the right codes based on area, approach, and other critical factors including diagnosis.
Through this webinar, expert Lynn M. Anderanin, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CPPM, COSC will discuss how to make coding for spine surgery accurate and effective, Frequently, multiple levels of the spine are involved in procedures involving the musculoskeletal system as well as the nervous system requiring the use of CPT codes from the 20000 and 60000 code ranges. This webinar will walk through coding spine cases to allow an understanding of the multiple codes that could be involved in one surgical case.
This webinar breaks down the process of spine coding into different elements, allowing the coder to capture the important details of the procedure being performed. After attending this presentation participants will have a better understanding and through process, on what to look for when coding spine procedures.
- Review the anatomy of the spine for proper CPT code assignment based on what area of the spine is involved.
- Understand the differences in the approach of spinal procedures.
- Learn how the diagnosis can affect CPT code choice in laminectomies.
- Know what the current road blocks are from insurance companies on spine surgery.
- Apply modifiers for more clean claims to avoid delays in claims processing.
Areas Covered in the Session:
- Anatomy of the spine
- CPT codes in the musculoskeletal and nervous system
- Bone grafting
- Decompression of the spinal cord and other nerves
- Modifiers used in spine surgery
- Co-surgery and surgical assistants
- Live Q&A Session
- Medical Assistants
- Claims Processors
- Anyone involved with Orthopedic Surgeons or Neurosurgeons performing spine surgery
About the Presenter:
Lynn M. Anderanin, CPC, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, COSC, is the Sr. Director of Coding Education for Healthcare Information Services, a physicians revenue cycle management company. She has over 35 years experience in all areas of the physician practice, and specializes in Orthopaedics. Lynn is currently a workshop and audio presenter. She is a former member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) National Advisory Board and has served on several other boards for the AAPC. She is also the founder of her local chapter of the AAPC.
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