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Clarification-Modifier 51 vs. 59

Cari Posted Mon 04th of June, 2012 18:07:02 PM

If the surgeon does a laminectomy/foraminotomy/facetectomy, 63047 for decompression at the same level of an arthrodesis 22630, what modifier is appropriate 51 or 59. lami/foraminotomy/facetectomy NOT done to prepare space, but for decompression.

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SuperCoder Answered Mon 04th of June, 2012 21:42:24 PM

Code 63047 is a column 2 code for 22630 , but a modifier is allowed in order to differentiate between the services provided.
Use modifier 59 with code 63047

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