Spinal Nerve Decompression

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Question:

I was at a meeting and a neurosurgeon told me he bills 64722 in addition to all his discectomies and laminectomies for the additional spinal nerve decompression part of the procedure. He says he gets paid on 64722 most of the time. I’ve never billed this code. Should I start? I hate to lose out on revenue!

Answer:

It is not appropriate to separately bill 64722, Decompression; unspecified nerve(s) (specify), for decompression of a spinal nerve. This activity is inherent in all discectomy and laminectomy codes and not separately reported.