Neurosurgery Coding Resources


2017 Spine CPT Code Changes

AAOS Now –  November 2016 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP Spine surgeons face a multitude of Current Procedural...

KZA Coding Coaches answer specialty-specific coding questions every other week.

+22851 vs. +20931

We’ve been told we cannot bill +22851 and +20931 with the ACDF code, 22551. Is this true?

1997 CMS Neurological Exam

Please explain the difference between the Eyes exam bullet and the bullet for the exam of cranial nerves 3, 4 and 6.

22633 with 22610

I’m trying to figure out how to code a procedure for precertification. My neurosurgeon said she’s going to do a T10-S1 fusion. She’s doing a combined interbody and posterolateral fusion (22633) at L4-L5 and posterolateral fusions at all the other levels. Do I code 22610 for the thoracic fusion with modifier 59 along with 22633 (L4-L5, combined fusions) and 22614 x 6 units for the other levels?

63005 vs. 63047

Help me understand the difference between 63005 and 63047 – I don’t get it! The codes look the same to me.



April 25, 2019 Question: When would I ever use 63042?  I am not sure I understand the meaning of this...

63075 with 22551

We are used to billing 63075 with 22551 and putting modifier 59 on 63075 to indicate these procedures were separate. We’re getting more and more denials on 63075. What can we do to get these paid?


MIPS Made Easier for Surgeons

MIPS Made Easier for Surgeons

More Info You Will Learn This webinar will cover orthopaedics, ENT, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, and general surgery.  ...

Hand Coding II

Hand Coding II

Build on your knowledge of hand coding. This course addresses the granular nature of coding and documenting hand fractures and...

Hand Coding I

Hand Coding I

Staff and managers new to hand coding who want to code correctly for common hand procedures will find good value...

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