Results 1 to 3 of 3

Instrumentation Removal

  1. Default Instrumentation Removal
    Exam Training Packages
    have a physician that performed a corpectomy, and a fusion. However, (DURING THE SAME SURGERY) he took the patient down CT scanner, and it did not appear that the screws were medial. He brought the patient back to the OR and all the screws were question is can he bill for his work performed? Is there a modifer that should be used?

    Please help...we are really confused on how to handle this one.


  2. #2
    Seattle First Hill
    I don't think he can bill for it. It would be the same thing if during surgery, the doctor accidentally caused a dural leak- the repair is not billable.

    Kirsten, CPC

  3. #3
    North Carolina
    I tend to agree with Kirsten but have you thought about adding a modifier 22? (with proper documentation).

Similar Threads

  1. Spine instrumentation removal & reinsertion
    By knedley in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-13-2014, 11:06 AM
  2. Spinal Instrumentation Removal / Revision
    By mkessler10 in forum Neurology/Neurosurgery
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-19-2013, 01:50 PM
  3. removal and reinsertion of spinal instrumentation
    By sherring1 in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-02-2012, 05:00 PM
  4. Removal Instrumentation
    By Colleen25 in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-17-2010, 03:03 PM
  5. Spinal Surgery Instrumentation Removal
    By MelanieB in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-16-2008, 11:32 AM

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.