CPT changes to spine procedure coding
Codes 22520, 22521 and 22522: These CPT codes were changed from a percutaneous vertebroplasty, 1 vertebral body, unilateral or bilateral injection; thoracic or lumbar and add-on code for an additional level, to now include a bone biopsy, if one is performed as part of the percutaneous vertebroplasty procedure.
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Teri A. Gatchel, MBA, CPC, a consultant with KarenZupko & Associates who is an expert in coding for orthopedic surgery practices,dsicusses four coding challenges and how they can be handled.