Maria Posted Wed 10th of April, 2013 15:51:16 PM
If a surgeon does a craniectomy with 1 bone flap and does separate incisions under that bone flap for removal of an occipital and a parietal tumor, can only 1 unit of 61510 be billed?
SuperCoder Answered Thu 11th of April, 2013 14:00:09 PM
Code 61510 represents everything supratentorial. It appears that your surgeon performed one craniotomy and made two incisions. If your surgeon incised more than one area, you might be able to append modifier 59 (Distinct procedural service) for additional incisions and separate tumor excision. Then you can code 61510, 61510-59