When the general or thoracic surgeon opens for the neurosurgeon or orthopaedic surgeon who will be performing the anterior spinal fusion they BOTH code the primary fusion surgery codes with -62 modifiers.
You'll need to check with the surgeon who did the fusion to see what code s/he is using.
Both surgeons should use the same codes with -62 modifier on each surgeon's claim.
NOTE: Only the surgeon who performed the fusion can code for the instrumentaion.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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