PCS Spinal Fusions Basics

(143 customer reviews)

Individual pricing: $25.00


This webinar was released on February 18, 2021.

This webinar is no longer eligible for CEUs. The webinar recording will be available until January 31, 2023.

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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).

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143 reviews for PCS Spinal Fusions Basics

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  2. Gloria

    always great info and clear to understand

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  7. Tracye

    Excellent presentation

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  20. Emily

    I have better clarity on the approach for LIF now– I really like the way the information was presented with both a diagram and a table, saved them both for future reference!

  21. Nancy

    Very good presentation. Kristi Pollard is a wonderful presenter–very likable in her teaching approach

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  24. Cynthia

    The entire webinar was very helpful.

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  26. Suzonne

    I love the way the presenter explained the operative report and what was being described using all the normal surgical terminology. She explains it so well! Can’t wait to code a spinal fusion!

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  31. Miriam

    This is one of the best educations i have had on spinal fusions

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  40. Suzanne

    I have a better understanding of how to wade through the surgical report to extract the information needed to code basic spinal fusions.

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  43. sarah

    It was interesting to learn about all the different approaches for spinal procedures.

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  51. sherrill

    very helpful

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  57. Julie

    The hierarchy of the devices was extremely helpful. I don’t code spinal surgeries often, but appreciate all of the info given.

  58. Dianne

    Even though I use CPT codes, I found the explanations of the the types of fixations, grafts and surgical approaches extremely helpful

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    The information will help me code fusions accurately

  64. Haugen Customer

    Excellent presenter

  65. Hyoju

    Good detail of surgery and explanation of the PCS code

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  69. Abigail

    Great Job and awesome visuals!!

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  71. Mary Sue

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

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  73. 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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  76. Jene

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

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  85. Joyce

    Like the examples

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  90. Haugen Customer

    I like your approach/column table

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    great info about differences between the types of fusions

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  99. Theresa

    great detail around fusion surgeries

  100. sean

  101. Haugen Customer

    A good refresher to approaches and anterior / posterior columns

  102. Lynne

    Keep up the good work!

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  107. Haugen Customer

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

  108. 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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  110. Charmaine

    Just that I like watching and learning from these webinars.

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  118. Debra

    Loved the presenter. She was informative and funny.

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    “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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  122. catherine

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

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  125. colleen

    Great information

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  131. Susan B.

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

  132. Rachel A.

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

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  139. debbie

    very good, loved it

  140. Haugen Customer

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

  141. Susan

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

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