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    Default 22851

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    we are having a discussion on the definition _ Is this code decription per space or only one time (as an add to primary ) no matter how many times (spaces) are done?

    Thanks again for you epert assistance.

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    Per CPT Assistant:

    CPT code 22851 should only be reported one time, regardless if one or more metal cages are placed in the intervertebral space at the same level. However, if metal cages are placed at two different levels, (placed at L3-4 interspace and L5-S1 interspace), then 22851 may be reported more than once to indicate that one or more cages were placed at two or more different levels.

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