AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 3 (March)

Coding Communication: Injection Procedure for Discography, Lumbar (March 2011)

March 2011 page 7 Coding Communication: Injection Procedure for Discography, Lumbar Question: What is the proper use of codes 62290, 72285, and 72295 when reporting lumbar discography procedures? When should code 77003 (fluoroscopic guidance) be reported with the discography procedure? Answer: To respond to your query, it is key to understand that dye injected into the disc space for tissue identification purposes is considered inclusive of the discectomy procedure performed (eg, 63030) and does not constitute diagnostic discography (62290). When performed for diagnostic purposes, independent of a discectomy, lumbar discography is essentially a two-part procedure. The first component is...

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