AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 7 (July)

Musculoskeletal, 22840, 22845 (Q&A) (July 1996)

July 1996 page 10 Coding Consultation Musculoskeletal, 22840, 22845 (Q&A) Question In the March 1996 Q & A, it was noted that an anterior, two segment spinal instrumentation would be coded as 22845-52. Would a posterior two segment spinal instrumentation be coded in the same way? AMA Comment From a coding perspective, it would be inappropriate to code the posterior approach in this fashion, since there is a non-segmental instrumentation code for the posterior approach. If there are less than three vertebrae involved, then code 22840, Posterior non-segmental instrumentation (eg, single Harrington rod technique), would be reported, since...

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