AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 10 (October)

Surgery: Nervous System (October 2010)

October 2010 page 9aa Surgery: Nervous System Question: Is it appropriate to report CPT code 62287 more than once per encounter/operative session if decompression is performed on more multiple spinal levels? Answer: CPT code 62287, Decompression procedure, -per-cutaneous, of nucleus pulposus of intervertebral disc, any method, single or multiple levels, lumbar (eg, manual or automated percutaneous discectomy, percutaneous laser -discectomy), is reported once per encounter/operative session because the code descriptor includes the phrase “single or multiple levels.” Question: The day before a patient undergoes placement of a neurostimulator in the operating room, the patient comes to the...

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