Navigating Through Complex Spine Coding

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Product Format
Prerecorded Event
60 minutes
Product Description

Strategies to Improve your Coding Accuracy in Complex Spinal Procedures


Despite many instructional courses on spine surgery coding, the reporting of complex spine procedures remains a challenge for surgeons and coders alike. With services being coded by components rather than as a single bundled code, difficulties in navigating the rules for accurate coding still persist. In addition, changes in CPT® over the last few years that have led to more bundled services among new and existing CPT® codes have further complicated accurate reporting. There has also been increased scrutiny on improper reporting of spinal procedures which has raised concerns among surgeons.

Improvements in technology and anesthetic care have facilitated successful performance of more complex spinal procedures.  In addition, emphasis on bundling procedures typically performed together has prompted gradual revision of codes that were component coded.  Many spine surgeons are performing a combination of minimally-invasive and open complex procedures that have increased the challenges in accurate reporting of these services. Bundling of certain spine services has further complicated component-coded procedures.

In this audio conference, expert speaker Greg Przybylski, MD, will highlight strategies to improve your accuracy in describing complex spine procedures in light of these changes. You will get tools to more accurately report complex spine procedures, recognize common coding errors, and highlight anticipated future coding changes. Rather than struggling to understand the various rules, this session will facilitate your approach to complex spinal procedures and improve your acumen and accuracy in reporting these complex procedures.

Session Highlights:

  • Understand the four key components and additional secondary components of complex spine coding.
  • Learn about the anatomical and coding differences among various arthrodesis procedures.
  • Review codes that have been bundled and their impact on reporting the other procedures performed.
  • Identify the correct decompression codes for anterior and posterior spinal procedures.
  • Learn about resources for keeping up-to-date on changes and current coding practice for spine procedures.
  • How to identify common coding errors?
  • Improve your acumen and accuracy in reporting complex spine procedures

Who should attend

Professional coders, office managers, and surgeons in neurosurgical and orthopedic practices

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About Our Speaker

Greg Przybylski - Neurosurgery Coding Expert

Gregory J. Przybylski, MD is Professor of Neurosurgery at Seton Hall University and Interim Chairman of the NJ Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center. For two decades, he has been involved in socioeconomic issues for spinal surgery and neurosurgery. He is a Past-President of the North American Spine Society, the largest professional medical association representing spine care providers. He formerly chaired the AANS-CNS Coding and Reimbursement...   More Info
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