Multiple Laminectomies to Place a Spinal Cord Stimulator

Multiple Laminectomies to Place a Spinal Cord Stimulator

September 5, 2019

Question:
I billed 63655 (Laminectomy for implantation of neurostimulator electrodes, plate/paddle, epidural) twice because I did laminectomies at T9, T10 and T11. I billed 63655 and 63655-59 but only 63655 was paid. Can you help me appeal?

Answer:
Actually, no we can’t help. CPT 63655 includes any number of levels of laminectomies in order to place the paddles. And it includes any number of paddles placed. It was not accurate to report 63655 and 63655-59.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 09/05/19.

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