Spinal Neurostimulators

Spinal Neurostimulators

January 17, 2019

Question:
My physician inserted a permanent spinal neurostimulator and we used CPT 64655.  He also billed CPT 95970 for the electronic analysis at the same operative session.  Is this the correct way to bill for the permanent placement and the analysis?

Answer:
The electronic analysis at the time of implantation is not separately reported.  Based on the revised Neurostimulator guidelines in CPT 2019 “Test simulation to confirm target site placement of the electrode array(s) and/or to confirm functional status of the system is inherent to placement and is not separately reported.”

*This response is based on the best information available as of 1/17/19.

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