PCS Spinal Fusions Basics On-Demand

(84 customer reviews)

Individual pricing: $35.00

The CEUs will expire on 1.31.22, but the webinar recording will be available until 1.31.23.



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.


  • 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

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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

Kristi is a senior consultant with more than 20 years of industry experience and is the author of a delightfully funny blog dedicated to the profession of coding.  Kristi has an extensive background in coding education and consulting and is a national speaker on topics related to ICD-10 and CPT coding as well as code-based reimbursement.  She has designed and developed training programs for inpatient and outpatient hospital-based coding including vascular interventional radiology, interventional cardiology, orthopedics and obstetrics.

Kristi has served the Colorado Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) as board Director, co-chair of the Data Quality Committee, and co-chair for the ICD-10 Task Force. She is also a past president of the Northern Colorado Health Information Management Association (NCHIMA). Kristi devotes extra time to mentoring current and future coders through her Coder Coach blog and is the proud recipient of the 2011 AHIMA Triumph Award for Mentoring. She has also received awards from CHIMA for Distinguished Member (2018) and Outstanding Volunteer (2013) and from AHIMA for Roundtable Achievement in Coding Excellence (RACE).

CE Credits

CEUs are available to all participants, live or recorded. The CEUs will expire on 1.31.22, but the webinar recording will be available until 1.31.23.

This webinar has been approved for 1 continuing education unit for use in fulfilling the continued education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

This program has the prior approval of the American Academy for Professional Coders (AAPC) for 1 continuing education hour.  Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

Purchasing Details

  • Individual Purchase: Entitles you to access the live webinar from a single device, plus individual access to the recorded webinar post event.
  • Group Purchase: Entitles you to access the live webinar from a single device, but you may invite all interested parties within your employed organization to attend the live event with you. For individuals to receive CEU’s from the live event, their name must be submitted on the post-event survey. The recorded event may be shared with others in your organization post event.
  • If your organization requires and invoice to proceed with this registration, you may select that option at check out or contact us at 720-502-7690.
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84 reviews for PCS Spinal Fusions Basics On-Demand

  1. Edwin

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  3. Kellie

  4. Haugen Customer

    The information will help me code fusions accurately

  5. Haugen Customer

    Excellent presenter

  6. Hyoju

    Good detail of surgery and explanation of the PCS code

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  10. Abigail

    Great Job and awesome visuals!!

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  12. Mary Sue

    On-Demand Webinars are very convenient! The presentation was very well done!

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  14. Courtney

    I feel these webinars are great! I love the presenter, the material, and the overall presentation. I don’t have any suggestions.

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  17. Jene

    It’s always great to go back to the basics. I loved all of the spinal information.

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  26. Joyce

    Like the examples

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  30. Melinda

  31. Haugen Customer

    I like your approach/column table

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  33. Haugen Customer

    great info about differences between the types of fusions

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  40. Theresa

    great detail around fusion surgeries

  41. sean

  42. Haugen Customer

    A good refresher to approaches and anterior / posterior columns

  43. Lynne

    Keep up the good work!

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  48. Haugen Customer

    Liked the clarification of the body part when screws are removed. I particularly liked the illustrations on slides 18 and 30.

  49. Yvonne

    Absolutely LOVE Haugen’s webinars! Its the only offering that I can affordably purchase for myself as well as my staff. What you receive for the fee is priceless information!

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  51. Charmaine

    Just that I like watching and learning from these webinars.

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  59. Debra

    Loved the presenter. She was informative and funny.

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  61. Haugen Customer

    “It’s always the Joint” – I have had internal auditors correct me on removal of fusion hardware before and it turns out I was doing it correctly!

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  63. catherine

    Kristi is an awesome speaker with very informative info and appreciate her pictures/diagrams !!

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  66. colleen

    Great information

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  72. Susan B.

    Love your education, it is excellent and affordable 🙂 Thank you!

  73. Rachel A.

    Loved the graphic page with the hierarchy, I tend to think in pictures so that really helped me.

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  80. debbie

    very good, loved it

  81. Haugen Customer

    loved the graphic page with the hierarchy, I tend to think in pictures so that really helped me

  82. Susan

    Love your education, it is excellent and affordable 🙂 Thank you!

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