AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2019 Issue 1; Ask the editor

Placement of external spinal neurostimulator generator

A patient with chronic low back pain presents for placement of a Stimwave stimulator electrode into the epidural space. According to the operative report, the Stimwave stimulator electrode was inserted and advanced through the epidural space parallel to the L4 body. The wearable antenna assembly (WAA) external stimulator receiver /battery was attached externally to an elastic belt worn outside of the body. Our facility wants to know how to correctly report this procedure since the lead is in the epidural space but the generator is worn outside of the body. ...

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