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Pay-per-view: ICD-10-CM anatomy refresher focuses on the spine

APCs Insider, October 14, 2011

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The spine is only one part of the musculoskeletal system, but its interwoven bones, nerves, and muscles make it a very complicated section. To make matters even more confusing, a single vertebra is more than just a bone; it is a complex segment of anatomical structures.

"It's important for a coder to understand all of these individual segments of the vertebrae because these details are necessary for accurate coding in both diagnoses and procedures," says Shelley C. Safian, PhD, MAOM/HSM, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, CHA. Safian is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer at Safian Communications Services in Orlando, FL.

Continue reading “ICD-10-CM anatomy refresher: Spine ” HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the October issue.

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