Originally Posted by RebeccaWoodward*
When using the corpectomy codes, the disc above and below the vertebral segment site are included and discectomy for decompression codes are not separately reported. 63075/63076 (which is a component of 22551) are not separately reported unless done at another site. By billing 63081 and 22551, you are essentially trying to report the discectomy twice. This may be a matter of reporting 63081 and 22554 (assuming a fusion was done and same site)
Its the same site. They are doing the fusion at C5-C6 and doing a corpectomy at both C5-C6 verterbal segments. So even though, 22551 does not specifically state that a corpectomy is included, I cannot code/bill for 63081?
I know that I can still use 22554 and 63081 with Workers Compensation. But for regular PPo/HMO insurance, i am not sure if still use 22554 and 63081.