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CPT code 22845 with 22851

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    Is separate reimbursment allowed for 22851 with 22845 or would this be inclusive of 22845?
    An guidance and references are appreciated.
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    Cindy

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    Yes, you can report 22845 & 22851 together. 22851 is not bundled with 22845.

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    Yes. These can be reported together.

    If different instrumentation is used in addition to the metal cages or methylmethacrylate through the same approach (eg, an anterior plating system) or pedicle screws and posterior lumbar interbody fusion utilizing cages, then the appropriate instrumentation code would be reported in addition to code 22851. However, 22851 and 22845 should not both be reported if only the metal cage is inserted.”


    http://www2.aaos.org/aaos/archives/b...oct04/code.htm

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    Thank you for your responses. greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RebeccaWoodward* View Post
    Yes. These can be reported together.

    If different instrumentation is used in addition to the metal cages or methylmethacrylate through the same approach (eg, an anterior plating system) or pedicle screws and posterior lumbar interbody fusion utilizing cages, then the appropriate instrumentation code would be reported in addition to code 22851. However, 22851 and 22845 should not both be reported if only the metal cage is inserted.”


    http://www2.aaos.org/aaos/archives/b...oct04/code.htm
    It is to my understanding that when billing an ACDF, 22845 would NOT be separately billable in additon to 22851 if the purpose of the additional instrumentation i.e. screws, plating is to only stabilize the cage. Anybody have any additional information in regards?

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