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    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?

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    63015 is not an add on code, so I would not use both. - Only use 63015.

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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).

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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!!
    Last edited by PatriciaCPC; 12-12-2008 at 09:56 AM. Reason: code error

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    That's what I thought, thank you all for your replies....

    If possible may I have your personal email addresses for any future questions?

    My work email is marilyn.munoz@wellcare.com

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