Mastering Complex Cranial Surgery Coding Including Skull Base

Mastering Complex Cranial Coding: Skull Base Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Functional Neurosurgery and More!

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60 minutes
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Challenging Areas of Coding Cranial Surgery and How to Master Them


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 As a result, the approach and definitive procedure skull base surgery codes no longer represent the variety of procedures currently performed.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.

Session Highlights:

  • Differentiate among the common surgical approaches of skull based surgery.
  • Know when to choose a skull base code pairing rather than standard craniotomy codes.
  • Coding rules behind open and minimally-invasive approaches to cranial surgery.
  • Understand inclusions and exclusions in functional neurosurgery coding.
  • Identify situations when specific endoscopic codes are used.
  • Learn about overlooked component codes in cranial surgery and when to apply them
  • Case examples that highlight how to apply the coding rules in typical and complex surgical scenarios.

Who should attend

Professional coders, office managers, and surgeons in neurosurgical 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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