AMA CPT® Assistant - 2012 Issue 3 (March)

Surgery: Operating Microscope (Q&A) (March 2012)

March 2012 page 9b Surgery: Operating Microscope Question: If a neurosurgeron and an ENT perform a -cosurgery and they both use the operating microscope to complete their portion of the procedure, may both physicians report code 69990, Microsurgical techniques, requiring use of operating microscope (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure), with Modifier 62, Two Surgeons, appended? Answer: No. Code 69990 should be reported only once per operative session. Code 69990 does not only represent the work of setting up, calibrating, positioning, and adjusting the operating microscope when brought into the surgical field, but it also represents the...

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