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Coding Spinal Procedures

Presenters at this session will discuss spinal fusion coding, which continues to be an area that many struggle with due to the complexity of coding these procedures and their confusing documentation. An understanding of spinal anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and surgical descriptions included in operative reports is required to achieve correct coding assignment for spinal fusions.

Learner Outcomes

After completing this session, attendees will:

• Have knowledge about how to accurately assign the characters of a spinal fusion procedure code.
• Be aware of the procedures performed during a spinal fusion that are considered integral to the fusion and are not assigned additional codes—versus those not considered to be integral and are assigned separate codes.


Leigh Poland, RHIA, CCS, AHIMA-Approved Certified ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
Coding, AGS Health Monroe, LA

Srivalli Harihara, CPC
Medical Coding, AGS Health PA
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