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Orthopedic Coding Alert

Spinal fusion, spine surgery, spine procedure, 20930, 20931, 22851, 20936, 20937, 20938


- Published on Thu, Dec 31, 2009

One thing's for sure: List V code first.

New E codes in ICD-9 have multiplied your options for accurate diagnosis coding, but learning to incorporate them with other choices sometimes trips up coders. "I love all the new E codes that have been added," says coder Carol Wilson, practice administrator for Leesburg Orthopaedics in Leesburg, Va. "I think it would be interesting to learn how to use them on the same claim as V codes."

If you've been wondering the same thing, read on for easy ways to file a claim with both E and V codes.

Adhere to 3 E-Code Reporting Rules

You can look to the ICD-9 2010 guidelines for distinguishing E code characteristics and their diagnostic purpose. When assigning an E code, be sure to follow these rules:

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