Bone Marrow Aspirate

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August 9, 2018

Question:
Our surgeon aspirated bone marrow for a subtalar fusion. We are unsure how to report this. Are you able to help?

Answer:
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.

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