Month: February 2016


Dealing With a Patient’s Fear of Scars

White Paper – Winter 2016 by Cheryl Toth, MBA In 15 years of asking more than 2,000 patient care coordinators about the non-financial reasons patients don’t schedule surgery, fear of scarring is consistently ranked as reason number four.1 In fact, it just may be a clandestine objection that’s keeping your patient acceptance rate (PAR) from...


Augmentation of Pedicle Screws

My neurosurgeon recently went to a meeting where someone told him that they bill a vertebroplasty (22521) for injection of cement around pedicle screws at the time of placement. They said as long as there is a separate diagnosis of osteoporosis then it’s ok. Is this true?


The Impact of ICD-10 Implementation

by Kyle M. Lee Survey finds a smooth road so far On Oct. 1, 2015, the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) code set was implemented in the United States. This was the largest and most far-reaching change since the adoption of ICD-9 in 1979, and was anticipated to have a profound...

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