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KristinM522

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Can someone tell me how they would code these scenarios?

MBB:
Cervical Diagnostic Medial Branch Nerve Block C3, C4, C5 with fluoroscopic guidance.

I have seen the CPT assistant from 2010 that says you'd code 64490 & 64491- which is what I would normally do, but I have a doc questioning this and wants me to check for updated info, all I can find says the same thing.


Also for an RFA:
therapeutic left L4, L5, S1 medial branch radiofrequency ablation with full denervation of left L4-5, L5-S1 and partial denervation of left L3-4 facet joints4

Thanks in advance for any help!
 
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The cervical medial branch blocks would be 64490 and 64491.

The RF would be 64635 and 64636 x 2 - I believe even if you do a partial denervation you would still recognize that level.

Melissa Harris, CPC
The Albany and Saratoga Centers for Pain Management
 

KristinM522

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Thank you for your response! That's exactly the way I would code both of those. I feel much better knowing I haven't been doing it wrong for the last few years! Sometimes a doc can shake your confidence! lol
 
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