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    Hi

    Have a question. Doc does L2,L3,L4, and L5 laminectomy. L2-3 microdiskectomy.

    I am sure about the code choice for 63047, however on the 63048, do I add a 59 to the 63048 or just leave it since its an add on code?

    63047
    63048
    63048-59
    63048-59

    Also is the fluro 76000 included in the codes? CCI says its bundled but can use a modifier to separate. I'm thinking its inherent to the 63047 and shouldn't be unbundled.

    Thanks for the help.

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    i do not use 59 on add on code...they are self explanatory if you will

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    thanks. that was my first instinct, but then i second guess myself.

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    Your example is exactly how I code my additional levels....

    63047
    63048
    63048-59
    63048-59

    I have found that when I do not add 59 to the 2nd/3rd "add on" codes, the carrier denies as duplicates. And you are correct about the fluoro..it is bundled into these codes.

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