AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 9 (September)

Surgery Musculoskeletal (September 2000)

September 2000 page 10a Coding Consultation Musculoskeletal System, Surgery, 22548-22585, 22899 (Q&A) Question Should I use the anterior or anterolateral approach technique arthrodesis series of codes (22548-22585) to report intra-abdominal laparoscopic, video assisted anterior interbody fusion? AMA Comment The anterior or anterolateral approach technique arthrodesis series of codes (22548-22585) are intended to describe arthrodesis performed via an open surgical approach. There is not a specific CPT code that accurately describes laparoscopic anterior interbody fusion. Therefore, code 22899, Unlisted procedure, spine should be reported. When reporting an unlisted code to describe a procedure or service, it will be necessary...

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