Coding Twist Drill Ventriculostomy with Craniotomy/Craniectomy

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August 23, 2018

Question:
When is it ok to unbundle 61107 from the craniotomy/craniectomy code?

Answer:
It is acceptable to report both codes when the ventriculostomy placed via twist drill hole is performed through a completely separate approach/access point from the craniotomy/craniectomy.  For example, you’ve performed a right suboccipital craniectomy and place a left frontal twist drill hole for placement of a ventricular catheter.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 08/23/18.

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