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Orthopedic Coding Alert

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Highlight These Terms to Determine Graft Differences

Question: What’s the difference between a spinal allograft and an autograft? Texas Subscriber Answer: If the surgeon harvests bone from the patient’s own body, you’ll code for an autograft with one of the following codes: +20936 — Autograft for spine surgery only (includes harvesting the graft); local (e.g., ribs, spinuous process, or laminar fragments) obtained from same incision (List separately in addition [...]


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