Category: CC-Neurosurgery

Bilateral Posterolateral Fusion
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Bilateral Posterolateral Fusion

June 11, 2020 Question: I did a posterior lumbar fusion bilaterally. Can I bill 22612 with modifier 50 for bilateral procedures? I looked at CPT and it doesn’t say that I can’t bill modifier 50 on any of the fusion codes. Answer: Interesting question! This brings up the point that the CPT book can’t possibly...

Provider Remote Working from Home
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Provider Remote Working from Home

April 16, 2020 Question: If the provider is working remotely from home (temporarily), what would the place of service (POS) be? Answer: If billing telehealth visits (with real-time audio and video) then the POS would be the place of service where the provider would have normally seen the patient (office, or hospital-based clinic, etc.) for...

Waiving Medicare Cost-share for Telehealth Visits
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Waiving Medicare Cost-share for Telehealth Visits

April 2, 2020 Question: I heard that Medicare patients don’t have to pay their deductible or coinsurance if they have a telemedicine visit. Is this true? Answer: Medicare is not waiving deductibles or co-insurance. However, they are allowing providers to do so at their discretion without penalty for telemedicine visits. This means the provider will...

Are Pre-Op Visits Billable?
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Are Pre-Op Visits Billable?

March 19, 2020 Question: For patients that are having surgery that day, I’ve been doing pre-op visits that morning (coming in earlier), and not doing a pre-op visit in clinic the week before surgery. Can I bill a follow up visit for the meeting/note (H&P) that occurs the morning of surgery? Answer: No—a routine pre-op...

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