63001 & 63015

mmunoz21

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Hello,
63001 is Laminectomy 1 or 2 vertebral segments; CERVICAL
63015 is Laminectomy more than 2 vertebral segments; CERVICAL

If the Dr. performed 6-7 vertebral cervical segments, would it be correct to bill just 63015, or do you bill 63001 plus 63015? under CCI edits line 1 63015 line 2 63001 is allowed w/modifier. when is it correct?
 

amanda23

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I agree. You should only code 63015. The only way I think it would be appropriate to code both would be if procedure was performed at one level (63001) and then, through a seperate incision, it's performed at different, multiple levels (63015).
Amanda
 
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63015 is not an add on code, so I would still use only 63015 unless Surgeon A preformed Laminectomy on 1-2 vertebral segments, and Surgeon B did more than 2. In this case I would bill:
63001 - Surgeon A
63015 - 80 - Surgeon B

Have a great weekend everyone!!
 
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