August 9, 2018
Our surgeon aspirated bone marrow for a subtalar fusion. We are unsure how to report this. Are you able to help?
Yes, with the guideline changes surrounding CPT code 38220 and the new code 20939, CPT instructs to report 20999 for bone marrow aspirate for other musculoskeletal fusions (non-spine).
(For aspiration of bone marrow for the purpose of bone grafting, other than spine surgery and other therapeutic musculoskeletal applications, use 20999)
*This response is based on the best information available as of 08/09/18.