June-Scoliosis Awareness Month



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 billing company 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:


ICD-10 Codes:

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


CPT Codes:

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


HCPCS Codes:

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.



Your perfect Medical & Dental Billing Partner


You are at the right place for a Medical & Dental Billing Partner who can focus on your Revenue Cycle Management and make the technology and implementation just as simple.


That’s what the best medical billing company X-Factor Healthcare Solutions LLC can do.


Schedule a meeting with our medical billing manager by filling out schedule appointment form from our website.


Or


Just book a call.



0 comments