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Repair of annular tear

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    Medical Coding Books
    Anyone out there familiar with the coding for repair of an annular tear - we have the procedural code of 80.53 but need a cpt code if it is billable - can anyone please help? Thx

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    is that the only thing that was done?
    Mary, CPC, CANPC, COSC

  3. Default repair of annular repair
    no, primary procedure was a right L2-3 disectomy - 63030 with flouro.

    Doctor has documentation from a vendor on annular repair with only the ICD-9 procedure code of 80.53 and we are trying to equate it to a CPT code.

    any suggestions?

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    North Carolina
    Are you referring to the X-Close? If so, you would have to use an unlisted code...22899.

    However, per the AANS, the X-Close is not separately billable when performed with a discectomy.

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    Yes, it was referred to as the "x-close" - thx for your help - we had a rep tell the doc it was billable (which we all know they will do). Thx again.

  6. #6
    North Carolina
    You are so right!! If you need a copy of this, let me know. Providers often want to see proof.

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    Rebecca - yes, please if you can send a copy of this it would be lovely as the doc always wants proof - you can e-mail copy to or fax to 904-209-1057 - thx again.

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    Could you forward this to me. My fax # is 580-250-5940


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    North Carolina

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    Could you please send me the reference from AANS that supports the recommendation that X-Close is not separately billable when performed with a discectomy? My email address is Thanks so much!

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