Welcome to the new Coding Question and Answer (Coding “Q & A”) addition to the NASS Web site! This members only section serves as an educational resource for the correct coding of surgical and medical interventional spine care procedures. The Coding Q & A is comprised of common and uncommon coding questions that have been submitted by NASS members online through the “Ask a Coding Question” service available to NASS members. The answers to the coding questions have been provided by the Medical Coding and Surgical Coding Committees. When searching the Coding Q & A, determine the category and/or code of interest and simply click on the Question icon, found in the far right column. The built-in navigation will immediately bring the question to the screen.
Answers provided to coding questions express the interpretation, by the members of the NASS Medical Coding and Surgical Coding Committees, of the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) 2008 code book. The Committees' answers are the opinions of the NASS coding committee members only and do not reflect an official position or statement by NASS. Coding answers given by the Committees should not be relied on as an official interpretation of the AMA CPT® 2008 code book. The AMA is the only entity that can give an official and binding interpretation of the AMA CPT® 2008 code book, and should be contacted directly if an official comment is needed or desired. For more information contact the AMA’s CPT® Network at www.cptnetwork.com.
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Additional coding resources offered by NASS:
Spine care coding instruction may be acquired at one of NASS' Coding Update courses offered throughout the year. For more information on coding courses, contact the NASS Education Department at (630) 230-3600 or visit our Conferences/Courses page.
NASS’ Common Coding Scenarios for Comprehensive Spine Care publication contains key components of procedure documentation and coding for spine procedures, injections and radiologic techniques according to AMA CPT Guidelines. For more information or to obtain a copy, contact the NASS Member Service Department or visit the NASS Store.
NASS Member Benefits for Coding Professionals