May 25, 2023
Our physician stated he was told at his prior hospital that he could report an annular repair with a discectomy. We have told him this was inclusive but he is asking us to contact KZA. Is the annular repair reportable in addition to the discectomy code? If yes, what CPT code would we report?
Thank you for your inquiry. Your response was accurate; it is unfortunate when physicians are given inaccurate coding device. While the hospital may be able to bill for closure devices, the work of repairing the annular defect is inclusive to the physicians work. Report the appropriate discectomy codes (e.g. 63020-63030)
*This response is based on the best information available as of 05/25/23.