National Scoliosis Awareness Month is observed all over the world to come together, about life with scoliosis. Scoliosis refers to the abnormal curvature of the spine and it affects all age groups.
June is observed as “Scoliosis Awareness Month” to raise awareness about detecting and treating scoliosis at early stage. Proper documentation is crucial to ensure appropriate care. For perfect documentation of scoliosis, physicians rely on the services of medical billing outsourcing company
Factors like – birth defects, genetic conditions, neurological abnormalities such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy and injuries and infections of the spine are main causes of scoliosis. In most cases, scoliosis is diagnosed during the first 7 years of life. In most cases, scoliosis is mild, but may became more severe as children grow due to certain spine conditions. Severe scoliosis is disabling and decrease space within chest, making dificult for lungs to function properly.
Scoliosis is categorized into five types – congenital, degenerative, neuro-muscular, syndromic and adolescent idiopathic. Signs and symptoms scoliosis vary depending on the degree and type of scoliosis. Major symptoms of scoliosis are – uneven shoulders, uneven hips, a rotating spine, one hip higher than the other, one shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other and back pain.
Diagnosis of this spinal disorder arrived by detailed physical and neurological exam for muscle weakness, numbness and abnormal reflexes. Diagnostic imaging tests such as X-ray or MRI scan of the lumbar spine taken to study type and severity of spinal curvature. Treatment finalized after analyzing several factors like – patient age, type, severity of curves, intensity of symptoms and growth, and location of symptoms. For mild and moderate cases of scoliosis, physicians may recommend wearing a brace. Other treatment include – physiotherapy, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and chiropractic therapy. In severe cases – spinal fusion surgery suggested to reduce the severity of the spinal curve.
Billing and coding for this spinal disorder is challenging, and hiring medical billingcompany and coding specialist ensure accurate coding and medical claim submission. Use the relevant ICD-10 and CPT codes to bill for the diagnosis and procedures.
Codes used to report scoliosis are:
M41 – Scoliosis
M41.0 – Infantile idiopathic scoliosis
M41.1 – Juvenile and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
M41.2 – Other idiopathic scoliosis
M41.3 – Thoracogenic scoliosis
M41.4 – Neuromuscular scoliosis
M41.5 – Other secondary scoliosis
M41.8 – Other forms of scoliosis
M41.9 – Scoliosis, unspecified
22800 – Arthrodesis, posterior, for spinal deformity, with or without cast;
up to 6 vertebral segments
22802 – Arthrodesis, posterior, for spinal deformity, with or without cast; 7
to 12 vertebral segments
22804 – Arthrodesis, posterior, for spinal deformity, with or without cast;
13 or more vertebral segments
22808 - Arthrodesis, anterior, for spinal deformity, with or without cast; 2
to 3 vertebral segments
22810 - Arthrodesis, anterior, for spinal deformity, with or without cast; 4
to 7 vertebral segments
22812 - Arthrodesis, anterior, for spinal deformity, with or without cast; 8
or more vertebral segments
22818 - Kyphectomy, circumferential exposure of spine and resection of
vertebral segment(s) (including body and posterior elements);
single or 2 segments
22819 - Kyphectomy, circumferential exposure of spine and resection of
vertebral segment(s) (including body and posterior elements); 3
or more segments
L1290 – Addition to thoracic-lumbar-sacral orthotic (TLSO), (low profile),
lateral trochanteric pad
L1300 – Other scoliosis procedure, body jacket molded to patient model
L1310 – Other scoliosis procedure, postoperative body jacket
L1499 – Spinal orthotic, not otherwise specified
Participate in Scoliosis Awareness Campaign in June and generate awareness and support them who are suffering from scoliosis.
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