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Four codes for paravertebral facet joint nerve destruction (64622, 64623, 64626, and 64627) were deleted. According to AMA CPT® Changes 2012, “Four new codes have been established to more accurately reflect the work and anatomical site involved in these procedures.” Your new code options are:
- 64633 — Destruction by neurolytic agent, paravertebral facet joint nerve(s) with imaging guidance (fluoroscopy or CT); cervical or thoracic, single facet joint
- 64634 — … cervical or thoracic, each additional facet joint (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)
- 64635 — … lumbar or sacral, single facet joint
- 64636 — … lumbar or sacral, each additional facet joint (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure).
Reason: Providers perform most paravertebral facet joint services with some type of imaging guidance. Therefore, including “imaging guidance” in the descriptor makes sense.
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While the previous destruction codes addressed levels, codes 64633-64636 address individual joints.
“Prior to 2012, the unit of service used to report these procedures was a single nerve at a...
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