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    I'm trying to code an assist with a decompressive laminectomy, lumbar along
    with a disc excision, lumbar also. Can I use 63005 with 63030? If so do I use
    a modifier? I don't do these very often,could use help. Thanks.

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    Milwaukee WI

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    This is NOT my area of expertise, but ...

    These two codes are bundled per CCI edits, so you definitely need a modifier if they are performed on two different segments.

    Also you state you are coding for an assist ... your physician should be coding the exact same code(s) as the primary surgery with the 80 modifier (or 82 if you're in a teaching hospital). So check with the primary surgeon's coder, because these should be identical.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC CPC-E/M

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    North Carolina


    Tessa is correct. Our Neurosurgeons use PA's as assistants, also. The AS modifier would be applicable in this situation.

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