Denials of 20930 and 20936

March 16, 2017

Question:
I’m new to neurosurgery coding and notice a big problem with denials. Medicare doesn’t pay us on 20930 and 20936. I’ve been appealing but don’t seem to have any success. Can you help?

Answer:
While CPT says it is accurate to code 20930 (morselized allograft) and 20936 (local autograft), Medicare considers both codes “bundled” into the primary code which is typically an arthrodesis/fusion code. Accept these denials and don’t waste your time appealing denials to Medicare.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 03/16/17.

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