Reduction of Kyphotic Deformity

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July 7, 2016

Question:
When we reduce a kyphotic deformity as well as correcting stenosis and spondylosis on an anterior cervical discectomy, decompression and fusion, can we bill 22808 along with 22551?

Answer:
No. CPT 22808 is a separate stand-alone procedure for an anterior fusion for spinal deformity and should not be reported with 22551 for procedures at the same level(s). Any deformity corrected as a result of the ACDF procedure are included in 22551 and not separately reported. Reporting 22808 and 22551 together is also not accurate because both codes include an arthrodesis; so you’re coding the arthrodesis twice.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 07/07/16.

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