When:
February 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm America/Denver Timezone
2021-02-18T12:00:00-07:00
2021-02-18T13:00:00-07:00
PCS Spinal Fusions Basics

Overview:

Once you have a solid understanding of spinal anatomy, the next step to coding spinal fusions is understanding the procedures themselves. In the second part of our PCS spinal series, we will address coding guidelines for spinal fusions, describe anterior and posterior fusions, and discuss accompanying procedures, such as spinal decompression and discectomy. We will also look at documentation for these procedures and code some simple spinal fusion cases.

Objectives:

  • Rank materials used in spinal fusion according to the device hierarchy
  • Identify the vertebral structures of both the anterior and posterior columns
  • Differentiate between anterior/posterior columns and anterior/posterior approaches
  • Determine when a code for laminectomy may be coded separately from a spinal fusion
  • Choose the root operation for discectomy based on medical record documentation

Target Audience:

  • Facility inpatient coders
  • Compliance & revenue integrity professionals
  • Coding auditors & educators
  • Coding managers

Kristi Pollard, RHIT, CCS, CPC, CIRCC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

CEUs: 1 AHIMA | I AAPC