ICD-10-PCS Spinal Fusion Coding: Conquering Complexity and Confusion
Is the confusion surrounding spinal fusion procedures compromising the accuracy of your ICD-10-PCS coding? Subject matter expert Kristi Pollard tells us that inpatient coders are asking for guidance in reporting the different types of spinal fusions. The reason can be summed up in one word: complexity – specifically, the intricacies of spinal anatomy, spinal conditions and procedures, and operative reports from which ICD-10-PCS codes are derived. The resulting confusion often leads to non-compliant coding, making spinal fusion a favorite target for listeners.
As an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, Kristi will present a unique webcast on the ICD10 Monitor focusing on Spinal Fusion. Using images to illustrate key points, she will explain the anatomy, conditions and procedures related to spinal fusions. From there, you will learn how to apply coding guidelines and root operations to operational reports, which will allow you to consistently arrive at the correct ICD-10-PCS codes.
Why is this relevant:
A number of factors make spinal fusions one of the most difficult procedures for coders to understand and translate into ICD-10-PCS code assignments. First, there is the complexity of the vertebral anatomy itself – very difficult to visualize from two-dimensional views. Add complex conditions (many with similar names), procedures, and documentation, and you have a recipe for coding errors. From this ICD10monitor webcast, you will gain essential knowledge to ensure accurate coding and protection against unfavorable listener decisions.
- Identify root operation for osteotomy to correct spinal deformities
- Determine when to code for laminectomy
- Recognize when a 360 degree merge has been performed
- Differentiate anterior/posterior column and anterior/posterior approach
- Be able to apply spinal fusion coding guidelines to selecting ICD-10-PCS codes from operative reports
Who should attend:
Inpatient coders, auditors, coding compliance personnel, coding management and clinical documentation integrity (CDIS) specialists.
Webcast Access Privileges:
Only one connection is allowed per webcast purchased. Reduced rates for additional registrants are available.
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