AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 11 (November)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (Q&A) (November 2010)

November 2010 page 8 Coding Consultation: Questions and Answers Surgery: Musculoskeletal System Question: Is it appropriate to report CPT code 22612 for placement of bone dowel allografts during posterior spinal facet fusion? Answer: No. The “posterior spinal facet fusion” procedure is reported using the following appropriate Category III code(s) released July 1, 2009, for implementation effective January 1, 2010: 0219TPlacement of a posterior intrafacet implant(s), unilateral or bilateral, including imaging and placement of bone graft(s) or synthetic device(s), single level; cervical 0220Tthoracic 0221Tlumbar 0222Teach additional vertebral segment (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) Because bone...

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