|CPT® 63081 includes the diskectomy (63075, 63076) at the interspaces above and below the level of the corpectomy assuming a total corpectomy was performed. However, 63081 does not include the fusion (22554 and 22585 for the second level). Contrast that to 22551 which includes both the diskectomy (63075) and the fusion (22554) at the same level.
Therefore, when you do a total corpectomy and fusion at the same level you would bill 63081 with 22554 and 22585. CPT® 22551/22552 should not be billed for the same corpectomy level.
Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC KarenZupko & Associates, Inc. www.karenzupko.com