Neurosurgery Coding Boosters: Brain Tumor Excision vs. Hematoma Evacuation

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Conference Date
Wed, Sep 28, 2011
60 Minutes
Product Description

These tricky skull surgery coding slip-ups could cost you big-time.

It's one thing to code for brain tumor excision and quite another to code for hematoma evacuation. But, what do you do if you're coding for both concurrently? Obviously you're going to use skull base surgery codes and  You'll have to know the rules. Join Gregory Przybylski, MD as he teaches you how to code for complex skull surgeries. Greg will not only teach you the rules for coding in this situation, he will also walk you through case scenarios to highlight how to properly code for these procedures.

Here's what you will learn:

  • Effectively use modifiers to obtain appropriate reimbursement for tumor excision after recent biopsy.
  • Learn which hematoma evacuation codes accept the bilateral surgery modifier.
  • Zoom in on how to describe abdominal wall craniotomy flap placement/retrieval in traumatic brain swelling 
  • Some tumors have specific codes that are to be used in lieu of skull base surgery codes – learn which ones.
  • Key components and supporting codes for craniotomies.
  • Location is everything especially for hematomas as applied to coding hematoma evacuation..

Who should attend? Certified coders, office manager, neurosurgeons billing professionals and compliance officers.


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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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