AMA CPT® Assistant - 2017 Issue 9 (September)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (Q&A) (September 2017)

September 2017 page 14 Surgery: Musculoskeletal System Question: What Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code is reported for arthrodesis for an adult with idiopathic or degenerative scoliosis? Answer: Arthrodesis for treatment of idiopathic or degenerative scoliosis is reported with Musculoskeletal/Spine Deformity (eg, Scoliosis, Kyphosis) subsection codes 22800-22819, which do not have age requirements or limits. The spinal deformity may be congenital (eg, scoliosis) or acquired due to a disease or other process. Codes 22800-22819, however, are not reported for fusion for spinal deformity due to a fracture or previous arthrodesis. Question: The descriptor for CPT code 21085 reads, “Impression...

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