AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Need help coding an "exposure" for back surgery

  1. #1

    Default Need help coding an "exposure" for back surgery

    AAPC: Back to School
    I am billing for the general surgeon, who is doing a retroperitoneal exposure for the orthopedic surgeon and then the general surgeon stays and assists during the entire surgery. Can I bill the exposure with 49010-62 and then the surgical CPT codes with -80? Would that be correct? Thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default CO-Surgeons

    You would NOT code the exposure separately.

    BOTH surgeons will be using the code for the back surgery (I'm assuming arthrodesis of some kind) with a -62 modifier (co-surgeon). Each surgeon will dictate his/her own operative note indicating what s/he actually did.

    If the general surgeon is truly staying to assist for all the rest, s/he might also be coding the spinal instrumentation codes with the -62 modifier. (Our general surgeons will open and close for the orthopaedic or neuro surgeon performing the arthrodesis and instrumentation; but the general surgeon doesn't stay to assist with everything, so we only code the arthrodesis for the general surgeon.)

    Be sure to check to see if the -62 modifier is allowed on all the codes. You'll need to coordinate with the other surgeon's coding staff to ensure that the same exact codes are used by each surgeon.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CPC-E/M

Similar Threads

  1. "Back mouse" injection
    By ahonkomp in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-11-2015, 10:17 AM
  2. Reporting "No Tobacco Exposure" for ICD10
    By HarmanyB23 in forum Pediatrics
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-23-2015, 06:49 PM
  3. """Looking for on Remote coding Possition""".
    By yeima26@yahoo.com in forum Resume Postings
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-15-2014, 10:13 PM
  4. Definition of "surgical exposure"
    By skorkfranks in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-28-2011, 06:55 AM
  5. "Obtaining anterior exposure"
    By ARCPC9491 in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-27-2008, 03:50 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.