AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 4 (April)

Modifier 62 (April 2008)

April 2008 page 11-end Modifier 62, 22612, 63047 (Q&A) Question: Is it appropriate for each of two orthopedic surgeons to append modifier 62 to codes 22612 and 63047 if they perform the surgery concurrently on opposite sides of the midline? Neither of the surgeons would be considered an approach surgeon but rather would be performing identical parts of the decompression and fusion on opposite sides. Answer: Yes. As stated in the explanatory notes and the last example of the Spine (Vertebral Column) subsection of the CPT codebook, "...When two surgeons work together as primary surgeons performing distinct...

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