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What is the difference between 22551 and 22554?


What is the difference between 22551 and 22554?

Use code 22551 for the 1st level of fusion and discectomy performed and add-on code 22552 for subsequent levels. Code 22554 is for an arthrodesis, anterior interbody technique, including minimal diskectomy to prepare interspace (other than for decompression); cervical below C2 performed without a discectomy procedure.

How do you code a Microdiscectomy?

Procedures that are covered Microdiscectomy, also known as percutaneous manual nucleotomy, (63030).

Is CPT 22853 an add-on code?

CPT® guidelines direct you to report +22853 for each treated intervertebral disc space. Report +22853 in addition to the definitive procedure(s) since it is an add-on code. Do not append modifier 62 (Two surgeons) to 22853.

Is 22845 an add-on code?

Both 22853 and 22845 appear to be add-on codes.

Is 63048 an add on code?

The denial stands as CPT 63048 is an Add On code and has ASC Payment Indicator of IO and the Surgical procedure not on ASC allowable list.”

Can CPT 22845 and 22853 be billed together?

Answer: To “unbundle” +22845 from +22853 and have it separately paid, you will report +22845 with modifier 59. This is appropriate if you use a completely separate plate that spans the interspace, it can provide independent stabilization, and is not considered integral to the intervertebral device (+22853).

What is the medical billing code for 22551?

22551 – Arthrodesis, anterior interbody, including disc space preparation, discectomy, osteophytectomy and decompression of spinal cord and/or nerve roots; cervical below C2- average fee payment – $2000 -$2200.

Can a CPT coder report 63075 with 22554?

A: No. Per the CPT guidelines, coders should not report 22554 in conjunction with 63075, even if these procedures are performed by separate providers.

What are the CPT codes for surgical debridement?

Physicians use codes from the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) to bill Medicare for these services. There are five CPT codes for surgical debridement which are based on the level of skin, tissue, muscle, or bone removed. These CPT codes are: 11040 – Debridement; skin, partial thickness;