AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2010 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Paravertebral Facet Joint Injection of the Spine

We would like clarification regarding how to code paravertebral facet joint injections of the spine. Some physicians have suggested that these injections should not be assigned to code 03.91, Injection of anesthetic into spinal canal for analgesia, or 03.92, Injection of other agent into spinal canal, since these codes indicate spinal canal or spinal nerve root. How are paravertebral facet joint injections of the spine coded? ...

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