Month: April 2017

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Corpectomy Denial

We submitted an op note at the request of a payer (not Medicare) and they denied the corpectomy code we billed, 63081 with the fusion code, saying the documentation doesn’t support it. Instead, they paid us for 22551. I don’t understand this because my neurosurgeon’s operative note says he did a corpectomy.

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Scribe Question

In my office, we use a PA as a scribe for new patient office visits for our doctors. We have an electronic medical record and the scribe signs in under her own name when she begins notating for the doctor. What is the correct way to notate in the medical record that the PA is only acting as a scribe and not performing the service personally?

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