Learn to properly assign new spinal cage codes and ensure your practice gets paid.
The new spinal cage codes have caused more than their fair share of confusion for spinal surgeons and their coders – even payers have been having trouble figuring out codes, 22853-22859. Some insurance companies have issued non-coverage policies for the codes, saying they are “experimental and investigative,” even though those same payers covered the cages for years with the prior code, 22851.
Coders don’t know how to assign the new codes and spine surgeons don’t know when they can separately report instrumentation. There is ongoing confusion regarding when to report 22849 and when not to.
Join orthopedic coding expert Margie Scalley Vaught to learn how codes 22853-22859 should be reported and get your questions answered about these codes. You’ll get a clear understanding of 2017 spinal surgery code changes to ensure your practice gets paid.
She will also help you make sense of the new visualization definitions for laminotomy codes 63030, 63042 and 63047.
After this comprehensive on-demand webinar, you’ll:
- Learn practical strategies to address payer policies that restrict cage insertions
- Get a clear understanding of when to report the biomechanical cage codes - as opposed to a bone dowel implant – during a spinal procedure
- Understand what instrumentation is included in the biomechanical cage codes and what instrumentation may be separately reported.
- Get a working understanding of the definitions of percutaneous, endoscopic and open procedures and how they are distinguished in the 2017 CPT manual
- Understand when to report 22849 and when not to
- Gain insight to the new visualization definitions you must refer to when reporting laminotomy codes 63030, 63042 and 63047
YOUR EXPERT PRESENTER:
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, CPC-H, CCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR
Margie Scalley Vaught has more than 30 years of experience in the health care arena, including more than 20 years in orthopedic coding, billing and reimbursement. Margie frequently performs internal audits, provides education and training to physicians and office staff, and she helps clinics establish billing and compliance manuals. She is an advisor on orthopedic coding to the Board of Medical Specialty Coding, and she helped to develop the Advanced Orthopedic Coding credentialing exam. Margie has contributed many articles to the AAOS Bulletin, and she serves as consulting editor to Medical Practice Coding Pro and the Orthopedic Coder’s Pink Sheet.