Charles Posted Wed 11th of April, 2012 16:20:12 PM
How to code the following: Cervical Laminoplasty C3,C4,C5,C6 & C7 with bilat foraminotomies C3-4, C4-5 & C5-6 also posterior arthrodesis with allograft bone plus plate and screws C3, C4, C5 C6 & C7 no op report yet, only hand written
SuperCoder Answered Thu 12th of April, 2012 07:30:37 AM
63051 should be the code. No other arthrodesis should be coded as theyall are inclusive.
I am in little dilemma whether can code 63020 - 59, 50 ; +63035 - 59, 50 ; +63035 - 59, 50 for bilat foraminotomies. But it seems that foraminotomy is an integral part of laminoplasty, and reporting of 63020 would be overcoding just for the "foraminotomy" part since the code itself has laminotomy and disc excision included.