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Neurosurgery Coding Alert

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Single Access May Bundle Craniectomy Procedures

Question: In a patient with a brain tumor, our surgeon excised the growth and also evacuated a subdural hematoma through the same craniotomy approach. How can we report for these two procedures? Kansas Subscriber Answer: Your surgeon is performing two different procedures: excision of the tumorous growth and evacuation of the subdural hematoma. Submit code 61510 (Craniectomy, trephination, bone flap [...]