Removal of Spinal Cord Stimulator

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12/03/15

Question:

My doc removed an electrode plate previously placed via laminectomy – 63662. At the same time, he removed the pulse generator – 63688. Is the removal of the generator considered a secondary procedure and therefore reduced in reimbursement by 50%?

Answer:

Yes, that’s correct. CPT 63662 is the higher valued code so it should be paid at 100% of the payer allowable. The generator removal, 63688, is the lower valued code and CPT says to report it with modifier 51 (multiple procedures).

Therefore, 63688 will typically be reduced by the payer’s multiple procedure payment formula (MPPF). Medicare’s MPPF is 50% for secondary stand-alone procedures.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 12/03/15.

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