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    Default 38220/59 & 38221/51

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    Can I code (38220/59 & 38221/51) if the procedure report states bone marrow aspiration and bone marrow biopsy? MD states due to the fact that different trocars were used in both procedures it would be appropiate to code as such.

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    Default 38220/59 & 38221/51

    CPT codes 38220 and 38221 may only be reported together if the two procedures are performed at separate sites or at separate patient encounters. Separate sites include bone marrow aspiration and biopsy in different bones or two separate skin incisions over the same bone. When both a bone marrow biopsy (CPT code 38221) and bone marrow aspiration (CPT code 38220) are performed at the same site through the same skin incision, only the bone marrow biopsy (CPT 38221) should be reported. You would amend the 38220 with -59 modifier

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    Thanks for the input.

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