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
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).
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.