Coding Book

Common Coding Scenarios


New Features:

  • New for 2024: Coverage Indications (CMS) & Suggested Operative Report Dictation Guidelines
  • Revamped Surgical Chapter with new and updated scenarios for 2024
  • Details on updates to CPT® E/M codes and documentation
  • Recommendations on CPT® coding for procedures without specified codes

Standard Features Include:

  • Information on reporting MIPS Measures
  • CPT® codes 22000 series, 63000 series and Modifiers
  • CPT® codes for Injections, Pain Management, Radiology and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) list of covered procedures


As of October 1, 2015 all health care entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) were required to use ICD-10 codes in place of the previous ICD-9-CM code set for medical diagnoses. ICD-10 is a more detailed system that allows for collection of more specific data about patient diagnoses. ICD-10 codes are 3-7 digits compared with the 3-5 digits in ICD-9-CM.

NASS has developed a crosswalk of ICD-9-CM codes commonly used in spine care to the new ICD-10 codes. These recommendations reflect the opinions of the NASS Coding Committee and do not constitute an official position or statement by NASS.

CMS has numerous resources related to ICD-10 maintenance and assessment. NASS also continues to include ICD-10 information in its coding courses and in Common Coding Scenarios for Comprehensive Spine Care.

Coding Articles

The following articles appeared in SpineLine, the clinical & news magazine of the North American Spine Society. They were written by members of the NASS Coding Committee and are provided here as a resource to NASS Members. Through the archives, members can quickly access all coding articles for the past 10+ years.