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Question:

Do the stereotactic radiosurgery codes 61796-61799 include the planning? I’m being told that I can also bill 77295 along with the stereotactic radiosurgery codes. This doesn’t seem right to me.

Answer:

You are correct to question this advice. The surgical stereotactic radiosurgery codes that a neurosurgeon reports, 61796-61799, do indeed include your planning as well as being present with the patient at the time the service is provided. A neurosurgeon should not also report 77295.