“Counting” Levels for Posterior Spinal Instrumentation

“Counting” Levels for Posterior Spinal Instrumentation

June 25, 2020

Question:
When placing pedicle screws, do I bill per pedicle screw or per level? For example, pedicle screws and rods at L5-S1, is it 22840 x 4 units or just 22840?

Answer:
The posterior spinal instrumentation codes are used once per construct. So pedicle screws and rods at L5-S1 is 22840 only.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 6/25/20.

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