Denials of 20930 and 20936

March 16, 2017

I’m new to neurosurgery coding and notice a big problem with denials. Medicare doesn’t pay us on 20930 and 20936. I’ve been appealing but don’t seem to have any success. Can you help?

While CPT says it is accurate to code 20930 (morselized allograft) and 20936 (local autograft), Medicare considers both codes “bundled” into the primary code which is typically an arthrodesis/fusion code. Accept these denials and don’t waste your time appealing denials to Medicare.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 03/16/17.


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