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    We have been coding lengthening of growing rod [/B]as 22849. Is this correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHEQUITA View Post
    We have been coding lengthening of growing rod [/B]as 22849. Is this correct?

    First let me start by stating that I am NOT a spine specialist!!

    But..."lengthening of a growing rod" me...sounds like a revision of what is already present. Based on that assumption, 22849 would not be correct. It seems that you need some sort of revision code rather than "reinsertion"...unless of course there is more to the above that you didnt mention. Maybe they are taking the whole thing out and putting in a longer one? then Its possible that 22849 is correct.

    just my two cents on a wonderful FRIDAY afternoon
    Mary, CPC, COSC

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    No, they are just lengthening the rod because the child has grown, no reinsertion involved.

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    Our Pediatric Orthopaedic Service uses 22899 (Unlisted procedure, spine) for lengthening of growth rods. We show description as Lengthening of Spinal Growth Rod, and price at about 80% of 22849.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Thanks for all your help.

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