Yeah I would say it is included because for that code it specifically says your removing one strut and replacing it with another strut at the same time.So the cost of the strut is included in this code?
Just wanted to clarify because I'm not finding anything written that specifically states whether the strut is inclusive.
Most of the CPT I use don't include supplies.
They have a separate L,J or Q code in addition to the CPT code.
I do about 30-35 strut changes a week and have to figure out how to code this properly.
WE still haven't established IF the cost of the strut is inclusive of the CPT code.The only way you can capture this is IF your office actually purchased the strut fromthe vendor and carried it to the operating room. Usually the vendors supply the facilities with these. The facilities pay for them and charge out to the carrier.