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Ramona Posted 7 Year(s) ago

There is a new code in 2011 22551 and this code bundles the arthrodesis and the discectomy and decompression together (formerly would have billed 22554 and 63075. cervical region. If you have two physicians where normally the primary physician would have billed 22554 arthrodeisis, 22845 andterior instrumentiation & 20931 - allograft then billed a 63075 with modifier 80 as an assist. If this code is now bundled how can each surgeon bill and claim his portion of the procedure as the primary physican for the the services he rendered primarily individually. There is nothing indicated on the website to advise of this change.

SuperCoder Posted 7 Year(s) ago

Does this concept help you code in a more logical manner ?
Two surgeons: when 2 surgeons work together as primary surgeons performing distinct part(s) of a procedure, each surgeon should report his/her distinct operative work by adding modifier 62 to the procedure code and any associated add-on code(s) for that procedure as long as both surgeons continue to work together as primary surgeons. each surgeon should report the co-surgery once using the same procedure code. if additional procedure(s) (including add-on procedure(s) are performed during the same surgical session, separate code(s) may also be reported with modifier 62 added. note: if a co-surgeon acts as an assistant in the performance of additional procedure(s) during the same surgical session, those services may be reported using separate procedure code(s) with modifier 80 or modifier 82 added, as appropriate.

Posted by Ramona, 7 Year(s). There are 2 posts. The latest reply is from SuperCoder.

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