Endoscopic spine surgery makes it into CMS' 2017 fee schedule proposed rule: 4 things to know

Megan Wood -  

CMS proposed rules for the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System.

Here are four things to know:

 

1. In both proposed rules, CMS included information on physician and hospital payment for the CPT code 630X1 for endoscopic decompression of the lumbar spine.

 

2. The code is newly created.

 

3. Minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery has recently gained traction due to favorable literature demonstrating its efficacy.

 

4. Journal of Neurosurgery's February special edition includes a variety of endoscopic spine surgery studies.

 

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