AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 1 (January)

Surgery Musculoskeletal System (January 2001)

January 2001 page 12 Coding Consultation Musculoskeletal System, Surgery, 22554, 22630, 63001-63048, 63075-63078 (Q&A) Question The descriptors of codes 22554 and 22630 describe anterior (22554) or posterior (22630) interbody technique arthrodeses to include laminectomy, and/or diskectomy to prepare the interspace (other than for decompression). In what procedural circumstance would the 63001-63048 code(s) be reported in addition to code 22630? Similarly, in what procedural circumstance would code(s) 63075-63078 be reported in addition to code 22554? AMA Comment For both codes 22554 and 22630, if the surgeon is removing disk and/or bony endplate solely with the need to prepare the...

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