tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2013 Issue 1

Spinal Procedures: Follow 3 C's to Capture Radiological Supervision During Vertebroplasty

This detail helps separate vertebroplasty from kyphoplasty. If surgeons in your facility perform vertebroplasties, be sure you understand the procedure and capture all the components. Our experts share top tips on reporting radiological assistance during the procedure. Clarify What the Surgeon Is Doing Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive, image-guided therapy used to relieve pain from a vertebral body fracture. Physicians operating in an outpatient facility normally perform percutaneous vertebroplasty instead of using an open surgical approach. When using the percutaneous approach, the physician injects specialized cement into the affected vertebral bodies. The cement hardens within the vertebra to provide...

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