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CPT® Coding Essentials for Upper Extremities and Spine 2021

Expected release date is 19th Dec 2020


Coding Essentials for Orthopedics:Upper Extremities and Spine 2021

Optimized for medical necessity and reimbursement understanding, this all-in-one resource focuses on the most important CPT® and HCPCS codes for upper extremity and spinal orthopedics, plus medicine and ancillary services codes chosen by experts who have taken into consideration utilization, denial risk and complexity.

CPT® Coding Essentials optimizes both CPT® and ICD-10 code selection with helpful CPT®-to-ICD-10-CM crosswalks and detailed explanations of anatomy, physiology and documentation. Other than the AMA CPT® Professional Edition codebook, this is the only book in the market with verbatim CPT®-panel–approved guidelines and parenthetical information specific to upper extremity and spinal orthopedics.

This is the ideal daily companion featuring useful, definitive specialty-specific coding information beyond what is provided in a full procedural codebook.

Upper extremity and spinal orthopedics coding and billing knowledge available in a single volume, conveniently superseding the need for multiple resources or years of experience.

Features and Benefits


• A subset of specialty-specific CPT® codes chosen by experts based on utilization, denial risk and complexity 

• Official AMA coding guidelines pertinent to the specialty and not available in any other specialty codebooks in  the market

• Official code-specific CPT® parenthetical instructions

• Plain English descriptors that clarify for the reader the details of the service represented by the CPT® code

• CPT® Assistant citations

• Procedural illustrations

• Crosswalks from CPT® to ICD-10-CM

• National Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits to identify bundled and separately billable codes

• CMS Pub 100 billing guidance citations

• Facility and non-facility relative value units (RVUs) including global surgery days, physician work and practice, malpractice and total expenses as well as those modifiers that can affect relative values

• Additional chapters on terminology and anatomy, HCPCS codes, CPT® modifiers and ICD-10-CM coding and documentation practices • Appendixes offering clinical documentation checklists and evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines

• Call outs regarding additional information available in the CPT® QuickRef app (requires in-app purchases)