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    Default 2011 Instructional notes revised Facets

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    I just noticed that the instructional notes under the section Paravertebral Spinal Nerves and Branches in the 2011 AMA CPT manual state:

    "(For paravertebral facet injection of the T12-L1 joint, or the nerves innervating that joint, use 64490)"

    Last year they were saying 64493 for this.

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    I see that as well. Do you think it is a typo or a correction? The thoracic area would pay more than the lumbar area.

    Ellie-Ann Marchese, CCS-P, CANPC

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    Apr 2007


    That same question came to my mind, but I receivied 2011 CPT Changes and the same revision arrows and statement with the 64490 code is in that book also so I think it is correct and T11 and T12 nerves innervate the T12-L1 joint so this would make sense to use 64490 in 2011 once the revised instruction are in effect.

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