2017 Spinal CPT® Code Changes—New Cage Codes, Endoscopic Decompression and More!

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Prerecorded Event
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CCS-P, PCE, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
60 minutes
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A Break Down of New CPT® Codes & Documentation for Spinal Procedures in 2017

In 2017 spinal coding will have to grapple with new issues and new CPT® code changes related to spinal procedures. Be well-informed and prepared for the upcoming changes and challenges.

In this audio conference, expert speaker Margie S. Vaught will break down the new CPT® codes for cages, show when to use them and discuss documentation requirements.  Margie will also look at the spinal distraction codes that were moved from Category III codes to ‘real’ CPT® codes. Additionally, she will address new CPT® guidelines, endoscopic issues and more in this session.

You will come away from this audio session with a better understanding of what is needed documentation and coding wise for the new 2017 spinal CPT® codes as well as the updated guidelines.

Session Highlights:

  • New CPT® cage codes with examples
  • Understand the new CPT® guidelines on how to select the correct spinal CPT® code based on approach
  • When and if you can bill for the exploration of fusion code 22830, and when it is considered bundled
  • The codes that were moved from Category III codes to ‘real’ CPT® codes for spinal distraction services
  • Understand the rule of endoscopy and how to use it appropriately for 2017 spinal procedures

Session Agenda:

  • CCI Issues for Spinal Procedures – 22830 per CCI and CPT®
  • Fluoro and CCI and Spine
  • Bundling of decompression spine
  • CPT® guidelines/subsection guidelines 20000 section
  • CPT® guidelines examples under codes 22110-22116
  • Spinal Instrumentation Issues and examples
  • New Cage Codes
    • Code 22859
    • Examples of cage/plate combos
  • Decreasing RVU values
  • Guidelines for use under 22853, 22854, 22859
  • Cage and Instrumentation issues and combos
  • OIG issues with Coflex
  • Spine deformity vs. Arthrodesis Coding
  • Posterior Fusion Combo Code
  • Updates to Spinal coding guidelines
  • CPT® example for Endoscopic discectomy
  • Coding and documentation for 63030, 63042 and 63047
  • Use of 63056 and 22633 together
  • ESI Injections 2017
  • Recommended Documentation for Spinal Surgery
    • Spondylolysis
    • DDD
    • Lumbar fusion s/p prior surgery
    • Treatment of Pseudoarthrosis

Who should attend?

  • Coders
  • Billers
  • Office Managers
  • Practice Manager
  • Spine Surgeons

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About Our Speaker

Margie Scalley Vaught - Wound Care Coding Expert

With over 30+ years’ experience in the Healthcare arena, in positions from nurse’s aide to ward clerk and medical transcriptionist to office manager, Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CCS-P, PCE, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR, understands how offices are structured.  Margie spent twenty years in the field of Orthopedics.  She obtained Certified Professional Coder (CPC) designation in 1995 from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), where she served...   More Info
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