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Code Ventriculostomy, Craniotomy for Separate Burr Hole Sites

Question: The physician performs a frontal ventriculostomy during an exploratory supratentorial craniotomy. The physician creates a separate burr hole contralaterally and an external ventricular drain (EVD) is inserted. Is the ventriculostomy included in the craniotomy procedure, or can I bill out for both procedures separately? Colorado Subscriber Answer: When the physician performs a ventriculostomy alongside a craniotomy, they have the option to [...]