AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 9 (September)

Implantation of Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator System (Q & A) (September 2011)

Septempber 2011 page 12a Implantation of Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator System Question: What code(s) should be used to report the implantation of a hypoglossal nerve stimulator system for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea? Implanting this device includes placing chest wall sensors that sense respiratory patterns, a pulse generator, and stimulator lead(s) to the hypoglossal nerve. Respiration-synchronous stimulation of the tongue is intended to help prevent or minimize obstructive sleep apnea. Answer: There is no existing CPT code that accurately reports this service. The existing CPT code 64568, Incision for implantation of cranial nerve (eg, vagus nerve) neurostimulator electrode array and...

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