Mary ann Posted Thu 19th of September, 2013 09:39:10 AM
of cervical medullary metastasis. I was going to use 61518 but wasn't sure how to capture the C1 laminecetomy part of the procedure. Thanks
SuperCoder Answered Thu 19th of September, 2013 16:03:07 PM
Because the codes for laminectomy are bilateral or unilateral, you will not need any modifiers for this encounter. On the claim,
- report 63045 (Laminectomy, facetectomy and foraminotomy [unilateral or bilateral with decompression of spinal cord, cauda equina and/or nerve root(s) (e.g., spinal or lateral recess stenosis)], single vertebral segment; cervical) for the initial (C1) laminectomy.
Mary ann Posted Thu 19th of September, 2013 16:20:41 PM
Do I also assign the 61518??
SuperCoder Answered Thu 19th of September, 2013 16:24:28 PM
Yes if the documentation supports it. Both can be used. There is no bundling in between.