Despite the development of skull base techniques around three decades ago, there has been a significant evolution in technologies and experiences that have allowed application of endoscopy and minimally-invasive approaches to these complex procedures. As a result, the approach and definitive procedure skull base surgery codes no longer represent the variety of procedures currently performed. While neuroendoscopic surgery codes were subsequently developed, these also represent only a portion of the techniques currently used to remove skull base tumors. Finally, functional neurosurgery has seen innovation that has advanced the field and provided challenges to coding these procedures. While attention is often concentrated on the challenges of spinal surgery coding, there are areas of cranial surgery which are component coded as well.
In this program, expert speaker Gregory J. Przybylski, MD, will highlight specific challenging areas of coding cranial surgery including skull base surgery, endoscopic surgery, and functional neurosurgery. You will learn the coding rules behind open and minimally-invasive approaches to cranial surgery including skull base and endoscopic neurosurgery. Several case examples will highlight how to apply these rules in typical surgical scenarios. As a result, you will have more confidence in approaching and handling these often challenging and complicated cases.
Who should attend
Professional coders, office managers, and surgeons in neurosurgical practices
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...
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