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Sharpen Your Grasp of Spine Procedure Coding to Ensure Appropriate Reimbursements

Product Code: YMPDA012318D

Quick Overview

Medicare and government auditors are on the lookout for high-dollar spine surgeries such as fusions, laminectomies, and laminotomies. Numerous updates are slated to take effect on January 1, 2018, that will affect how doctors document, code, and bill for these procedures. Practices must stay up to date on these changes to ensure proper reimbursement. In this webinar, participants will receive guidance from veteran coding expert Margie Scalley Vaught, who will explain the difference between the various laminectomy, laminotomy, and decompression codes and when it’s appropriate to combine and bill these codes with other spine surgeries.

Price: $199.00

Sharpen Your Grasp of Spine Procedure Coding to Ensure Appropriate Reimbursements

Sharpen Your Grasp of Spine Procedure Coding to Ensure Appropriate Reimbursements

Now available ON-DEMAND

Presented on:
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Presented by:
Margie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR

Level of Program:
Intermediate                         

At the conclusion of this on-demand program, participants will be able to:

  • Learn how to use the new and revised bone aspiration codes—as well as when this procedure is separately billable with a spinal surgery
  • Know when it’s appropriate to bill corpectomies with other spine surgeries such as laminectomies
  • Understand when it’s appropriate under Medicare to separately report plates and screws with a biomechanical cage implant, and the steps to code these services properly
  • Be able to navigate the decompression, laminotomy, and laminectomy codes and select the correct code, based on the most recent CPT® guidance

Agenda:

  • Changes to CPT codes for bone marrow graft aspiration
  • New CPT guidance for corpectomies—know when it’s appropriate to bill these codes with other spine surgeries such as laminectomies
  • New CCI manual policy for coding of spinal instrumentation, including biomechanical cages, plates, and screws
  • The difference between the various laminectomy, laminotomy, and decompression codes

Who Should Listen?

  • Orthopedic practice coders
  • Coding managers
  • Billers
  • Billing managers

1 CEU Approved

Continuing Education

AAPC
(Live + On Demand) - This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 1.0 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor. (Ability to claim CEH’s for this webinar expires on: 1/22/19.

AHIMA
(Live + On Demand) - This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing education unit for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor. (Ability to claim CEU’s for this webinar expires on: 1/22/19.

Your Expert Presenter:

Margie Scalley VaughtMargie Scalley Vaught, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P, MCS-P, ACS-EM, ACS-OR, has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena, including more than 20 years in orthopedic coding, billing, and reimbursement. She frequently performs internal audits, provides education and training to physicians and office staff, and helps clinics establish billing and compliance manuals. She is an advisor on orthopedic coding to the Board of Medical Specialty Coding, and she helped develop the Advanced Orthopedic Coding credentialing exam. Vaught 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.