CPT: TLIF Spinal Surgery

CPT: TLIF Spinal Surgery

Join nationally recognized coding authority Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P, for this discussion of CPT coding of the Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) spinal procedure.

Launch Presentation

   Short bursts of learning to illuminate current challenges in medical record coding.
Shining a light, where and when you need it.


E/M Coding: Evaluation and Management Coding Changes 2021
Let nationally recognized CPT coding expert Gail I. Smith show you how the biggest change in E/M reporting since 1990s will affect your reporting of E/M services.  Learn more here.

About the Author

Gail Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P
Gail Smith, president of Gail I. Smith Consulting, is a nationally recognized coding educator. For most of her career Gail was an associate professor and director of the health information management (HIM) program at the University of Cincinnati and HIM program director at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Gail is a currently a consultant with a software company specializing in medical terminologies. Gail has authored several textbooks, including Basic Procedural Terminology and HCPCS Coding published by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).   An advocate for advanced coder training, Gail is the author of several titles for Libman Education including CPT: Introduction to Procedural Coding and two courses on the unique challenge of CPT coding in the pediatric setting: CPT for Pediatrics and CPT for Pediatrics: Advanced Orthopedic Coding. According to Gail: “One cannot possibly teach every coding scenario a coder will experience in their career. That is why coding education needs to focus instead on how to arrive at an accurate and defensible code assignment. It is the difference between learning to fish, and being given a fish. If you learn to code instead of being given answers to memorize, you will be able to arrive at the complete codes more quickly and with greater confidence.”

2 thoughts on “CPT: TLIF Spinal Surgery

  1. Alfredo Loya - October 22, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Hi there. I’m Alfredo Loya. I’m an new coder and am having trouble with spinal procedures especially CPTS, I loved your quick learning segment, im looking for other ways to study spinal procedures. what materials
    do you recommend to learn spinal procedures?