AMA CPT Knowledge Base - Jun 16, 2015

The physician performs a laminectomy for implanting spinal cord stimulator electrodes for a simple peripheral neurostimulator system. The patient is awakened intraoperatively to perform testing and programming of the device to ascertain whether placement of the electrodes covers the patients pain/paresthesia. The patient is then placed under anesthesia for placement of the generator, and electrode connections are made. May the electronic analysis (code 95971 [REVISED IN 2012]) be reported in addition to the neurostimulator insertion codes 63655 and 63685? What documentation about the analysis should be in the operative note?

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