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Stay Current with Spine Procedural Coding

AAPC News –  May 2017 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP See how spine procedure codes, guidelines, and reporting have changed in 2017. There are many 2017 CPT® code changes pertaining to spine procedures. Here’s a rundown of the most significant changes. Removal of Moderate Sedation Inclusion The moderate sedation symbol (¤) was removed from...

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2017 Spine CPT Code Changes

AAOS Now –  November 2016 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP Spine surgeons face a multitude of Current Procedural Terminology ® (CPT) code changes, effective Jan. 1, 2017. This article provides a summary of these changes so practices can get a head start on understanding their implications. A complete listing of changes can be...

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Spine Practices May Lose Money When They Do Not Bill for Consults

Healio- October 2016 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP and Teri Romano, BSN, MBA, CPC, CMDP Medicare eliminated payment for consultations in 2010, which resulted in significant revenue losses for spine surgeons and all specialists. All office consultations for Medicare patients became a new or established patient, or an emergency department visit if the...

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Spine Surgery Quandary: Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Healthcare Business Monthly – June 2016 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP When do you bill 63056-59 with 22633, rather than 63047-59? A common question among coders and spine surgeons is whether to bill 63056-59 with 22633, or 63047-59. The answer is complex, but CPT® and Medicare guidelines provide essential guidance. Read Full Article

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Follow an eight-step formula for correct spine coding

Spine Surgery Today, September/October 2014 Teri Romano, BSN, MBA, CPC, CMDP, and Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC Reporting the “just right” CPT codes isn’t easy for spine surgeons and coders. In fact, it is complicated. If you under code, in effect, you “pick your own pocket” by losing revenue and/or relative value unit. Overcoding leads...

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Follow an Eight-Step Formula for Correct Spine Coding

Follow an Eight-Step Formula for Correct Spine Coding – September/October 2014 by Teri Romano, BSN, MBA, CPC, CMDP and Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP As part of the new Spine Coding Source column, Spine Surgery Today will begin discussing relevant spine coding issues for surgeons. We hope this new feature will enhance your practice and...

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Procedure Coding Made Simple: Five Principles Will Help You Capture Appropriate Charges for Spine Surgeries

Procedure Coding Made Simple: Five Principles Will Help You Capture Appropriate Charges for Spine Surgeries – September 2013 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP “It seems like coding spine cases is as complicated as doing the surgery,” said a spine surgeon at his first coding training session with me. Spine procedure coding can make even the...

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Coding For Same Day Anterior-Posterior Spine Procedures: Four Myths Clarified

Coding For Same Day Anterior-Posterior Spine Procedures: Four Myths Clarified – November / December 2012 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP Coding and billing for anterior-posterior spine procedures can almost be as complex as performing the procedure, particularly if you aren’t familiar with the nuances of the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT) codes. Many...

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