AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 11 (November)

Coding Brief: Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Decompression (MILD) Procedure (November 2010)

November 2010 page 4 Coding Brief: Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Decompression (MILD) Procedure New minimally invasive therapeutic spine techniques and technology have led to questions as to when it is appropriate to report an existing spine surgery code(s) when the procedure involves an open surgical technique, and/or a combination of open and endoscopic techniques. The following information may help to clarify the most correct code selection. Question: May either CPT code 63030 or 63047 be reported for a Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) described as follows: Through a small incision and using fluoroscopic guidance, the surgeon performs an epidurogram...

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