CPT Code 22558

CPT code 22558 is for a surgical procedure involving the anterior interbody fusion of the lumbar spine.

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What is CPT Code 22558

CPT code 22558 is for an anterior interbody arthrodesis of the lumbar spine. This procedure involves surgically fusing the bones in the lower back (lumbar spine) from the front (anterior) to stabilize the spine and reduce pain.

Does CPT 22558 Need a Modifier?

When billing for CPT code 22558 (Arthrodesis, anterior interbody technique, including minimal discectomy to prepare interspace (other than for decompression); lumbar), several modifiers may be applicable depending on the specific circumstances of the procedure. Below is a list of potential modifiers and the reasons for their use:

1. Modifier 22 - Increased Procedural Services
- Use this modifier if the procedure required significantly more work than typically required. This could be due to unusual anatomy, extensive scarring, or other complicating factors.

2. Modifier 50 - Bilateral Procedure
- Apply this modifier if the procedure was performed on both sides of the lumbar spine during the same session.

3. Modifier 51 - Multiple Procedures
- Use this modifier when multiple procedures are performed during the same surgical session. This indicates that the primary procedure was accompanied by additional procedures.

4. Modifier 52 - Reduced Services
- This modifier is used when the procedure is partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion.

5. Modifier 59 - Distinct Procedural Service
- Apply this modifier to indicate that the procedure was distinct or independent from other services performed on the same day. This is often used to bypass National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits.

6. Modifier 62 - Two Surgeons
- Use this modifier when two surgeons work together as primary surgeons performing distinct parts of the procedure.

7. Modifier 66 - Surgical Team
- This modifier is used when a complex procedure requires the services of a surgical team.

8. Modifier 76 - Repeat Procedure by Same Physician
- Apply this modifier if the same physician repeats the procedure on the same day.

9. Modifier 77 - Repeat Procedure by Another Physician
- Use this modifier if a different physician repeats the procedure on the same day.

10. Modifier 78 - Unplanned Return to the Operating/Procedure Room by the Same Physician Following Initial Procedure for a Related Procedure During the Postoperative Period
- This modifier is used when the patient requires an unplanned return to the operating room for a related procedure during the postoperative period.

11. Modifier 79 - Unrelated Procedure or Service by the Same Physician During the Postoperative Period
- Apply this modifier if the procedure is performed during the postoperative period of another procedure but is unrelated to the original procedure.

12. Modifier 80 - Assistant Surgeon
- Use this modifier when an assistant surgeon is required for the procedure.

13. Modifier 81 - Minimum Assistant Surgeon
- This modifier is used when a minimum assistant surgeon is required for the procedure.

14. Modifier 82 - Assistant Surgeon (when qualified resident surgeon not available)
- Apply this modifier when an assistant surgeon is required, and a qualified resident surgeon is not available.

15. Modifier AS - Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, or Clinical Nurse Specialist Services for Assistant at Surgery
- Use this modifier when a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist assists in the surgery.

Each of these modifiers serves a specific purpose and should be used accurately to ensure proper billing and reimbursement. Always refer to the latest coding guidelines and payer-specific policies when applying modifiers.

CPT Code 22558 Medicare Reimbursement

Medicare reimbursement for CPT code 22558, which refers to "Arthrodesis, anterior interbody technique, including minimal discectomy to prepare interspace (other than for decompression); lumbar," is subject to specific criteria and guidelines. Generally, Medicare does reimburse for this procedure, but the amount can vary based on several factors, including geographic location, the setting in which the procedure is performed (hospital inpatient, outpatient, or ambulatory surgical center), and the specific Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) policies.

As of the most recent data, the national average reimbursement for CPT code 22558 in a hospital outpatient setting is approximately $1,500 to $2,000. However, this figure can fluctuate, and it is essential to consult the latest Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) or your local MAC for the most accurate and up-to-date reimbursement rates.

For precise reimbursement details, healthcare providers should verify with their local MAC and review the latest MPFS updates to ensure compliance and accurate billing.

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