This session will discuss spinal fusion coding, which continues to be an area that many struggle with due to the complexity of coding these procedures and their confusing documentation. An understanding of spinal anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and surgical descriptions included in operative reports is required to achieve correct coding assignment for spinal fusions. We will review ICD-10-CM; ICD-10-PCS; and CPT spinal coding tips.
March 25, 2021
1.0 – Data Structure, Content, and Information Governance
Leigh Poland, RHIA, CCS
Leigh has over 20 years of coding experience and has worked extensively in the coding and education realm over the last 15 years. Her true passion is coding education and making sure coders are equipped to do their job accurately and with excellence. She was the Corporate Auditor/RAC Coordinator for a major healthcare provider and had the opportunity to work closely with HIM directors, supervisors, and coders across the United States. She managed the following in her role as corporate auditor: coding education, auditing support, and HIM system implementation. She also served as the RAC Coordinator at the corporate level during this time. Leigh has also worked as coder, coding supervisor, and director of HIM in a 250-bed acute care facility. She has experience in an acute care setting, post-acute care, behavioral health and a physician-owned ambulatory surgery center. Academically, Leigh has graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor’s of Science. Leigh is also certified in RHIA, CCS and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Leigh has had the opportunity to present at the AHIMA National Convention on multiple occasions. She has been a guest speaker on AHIMA webinars & has published articles in the AHIMA CodeWrite publication. Leigh has traveled the US and Internationally providing coding education.
Srivalli Harihara, CPC
Srivalli Harihara is the Manager of Medical Coding Business Excellence and Training at AGS Health. She has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry devising organizational training strategy, oversee its implementation and assess outcomes. At AGS Health, Ms. Srivalli provides professional direction and monitors the effectiveness and success of all training programs. Srivalli has completed her Master’s in Microbiology and is a Certified professional coder (CPC).