AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2018 Issue 1; Clarifications

Spinal Fusion Procedures without Bone Graft

Advice published in Coding Clinic, Second Quarter 2017, page 23, stated spinal fusion procedures without bone graft cannot be coded to the root operation “Fusion.” However, this advice appears to conflict with the root operation explanation, which states, “The body part is joined together by fixation device, bone graft, or other means.” Could you provide an explanation? ...

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