Top 10 Neurosurgical Procedures and How To Code Them

Code with Accuracy

Do you know the right codes or do you need to look them up? This one-hour on-demand course will address the top 10 neurosurgical procedures and the correct ways to code for them. 

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The AANS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the 10 most common neurosurgical procedures.
  • Recognize incorrect codes commonly used in neurosurgical practice.
  • Discuss the correct codes for appropriate billing of common neurosurgical procedures.

Joseph Cheng, MD, MS, FAANS

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Cheng is the current Frank H. Mayfield chair of neurological surgery of the University of Cincinnati (UC) department of neurosurgery at UC College of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and continued there to complete his post-residency fellowship in complex spinal surgery. During that time, he also received a Master of Science in biomedical engineering at Marquette University with his thesis on Spinal Biomechanics and Modeling. His research interests include health policy, surgical outcomes, spinal biomechanics, spinal oncology, spinal deformity and minimally invasive spinal techniques. He has taught numerous courses on spinal surgery, published extensively with research papers and book chapters, along with being a well-known speaker and presenter. Dr. Cheng is an active member of many professional organizations and has been in leadership roles, including in the AANS, the AANS/CNS Spine Section, the AANS/CNS Trauma Section, the AMA, the AO, the CNS, North American Spine Society (NASS), the Wisconsin State Medical Society and the Tennessee Neurosurgical Society. He previously served as professor and vice chair in the department of neurosurgery at Yale University and previously as the director of the neurosurgery spine program at Vanderbilt University. He is currently chair of the AANS/CNS Coding and Reimbursement Committee and is the AANS CPT advisor and liaison. He has been past chair of the CPT Committee for the AANS/CNS Spine Section, as well as being past vice chair of the AANS/CNS Coding and Reimbursement Committee and past director of the AANS Coding Program.

Disclosure Information

The AANS controls the content and production of this CME activity and attempt to ensure the presentation of balanced, objective information.  In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support established by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers, paper presenters/authors and staff (and the significant others of those mentioned) are asked to disclosed any relationship they or their co-authors have with commercial interests which may be relate to the content of their lecture.

The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.  Relationship refers to receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by research grant, receiving honoraria for education service elsewhere, or any other relationship to a commercial interest that provides sufficient reason for disclosure.

It is the policy of the AANS that all individuals in a position to affect the content of a CME activity disclose relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial entities.  Further, should any such relationship be determined to be in possible conflict of interest as it relates to the individual’s proposed role in the CME activity, such conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to confirmation of the individual’s participation.

All potential conflicts of interest have been reviewed by an effective peer review committee to ensure the content is valid and aligned with the interest of the activity audience.

Speakers, paper presenters/authors and staff (and the significant others of those mentioned) who have disclosed a relationship with commercial interests whose products may have a relevance to their presentation are listed below.

John Ratliff, MD, FAANS*Stryker
OREF, Agency for Health Research and Quality
Consultant Fees
Grants Research Support

Those who have reported they do not have any relationships with commercial interests:

Joseph Cheng, MD, MS, FAANS

Samantha Luebbering*

*Indicates activity planner.


The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the grant provider or the AANS. This educational activity does not endorse one particular type of instrumentation, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of management. It presents one of numerous recognized methods of clinical practice for consideration by physicians for incorporation into their practices. Variations of practice taking into account the needs of the individual patient, resources, and limitations unique to the institution or type of practice may be appropriate. Disclosure about patient confidentiality, standards of care, or course of management does not imply endorsement or disapproval of products.

Please Note: It is recognized that the use of non-FDA approved devices is described in some of the published material, but these techniques are often the standard of care and may be of value to the patients we serve.

Accreditation Designation

The AANS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AANS designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Term of approval is for three years, beginning from 07/01/2019 to 07/1/2022.

Upon successful completion of the CME test, credit will automatically be reflected in your member record. Non-members must print a certificate and retain a copy for your CME records.

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Top 10 Neurosurgical Procedures and How To Code Them
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10 Questions  |  2 attempts  |  7/10 points to pass
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CME Certificate
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM credit  |  Certificate available