There's a direct correlation between a coder's understanding of a spinal procedure and the ability to select the correct ICD-10-PCS code for that procedure. Unfortunately, many coding professionals don't receive the education on spinal anatomy and procedures that they need. Often they lack the time to search for this information — or they simply don't know where to look. Regardless of how your coders are challenged, these knowledge gaps are putting revenues and compliance at risk.
From this ICD10monitor webcast, your inpatient coders will take away a deeper comprehension of several common spinal procedures: the anatomy involved, how and why they're performed, key elements of the physician documentation and step-by-step guidance through the building ICD-10-PCS codes.
Why This is Relevant:
Spinal procedure coding mistakes holds major financial and compliance implications. For example, spinal fusion incorrectly coded as a different type of spinal procedure can decrease DRG relative weight by approximately 50%. Considering the high volume of lumbar fusions (top 5% of discharges, per CMS), it's easy to see how one recurring error can quickly add up to a significant loss of revenue. Empowering your coders with the how-to knowledge from this ICD10monitor webcast will help safeguard a vital revenue source, while contributing to higher coding productivity.
- Anatomy and objectives of several common spinal procedures, including spinal fusion (arthrodesis), laminectomy, foraminotomy, spinal instrumentation and nerve blocks
- Which documentation is needed to support the assignment of specific spinal procedure codes; includes discussion of anatomical terminology
- Coding guidelines and official coding advice pertaining to spinal procedures
- ICD-10-PCS character values used to build spinal procedure codes
- Sample ICD-10-PCS coding scenarios for various types of spinal procedures
Who Should Attend:
This webcast will be beneficial to a broad range of positions involved with inpatient coding, including coders, auditors, supervisors/managers and clinical documentation improvement specialists.
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