Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 51045

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Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES

51045

51045 - Additional Information

Item Start Date:
01-Nov-2018
Description Updated:
01-Nov-2018
Schedule Fee Updated:
01-Jul-2019

Group
T8 - Surgical Operations
Subgroup
17 - Spinal Surgery

Spinal fusion, anterior column (anterior, direct lateral or posterior interbody), 5 or more motion segments, not being a service associated with a service to which item 51041, 51042, 51043 or 51044 applies

Multiple Operation Rule

(Anaes.) (Assist.)

Fee: $2,200.05 Benefit: 75% = $1,650.05

(See para TN.8.141, TN.8.145 of explanatory notes to this Category)


Associated Notes

Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES

TN.8.141

Application of items 51011 to 51171 (Sub-group 17)

Spinal surgery items 51011 to 51171 cannot be performed in conjunction with any other item (outside of subgroup 17) in Group T8 of the MBS (surgical operation items 30001 to 50952), when that surgical item is related to spinal surgery. Items 50600 to 50644 - spine surgery for scoliosis and kyphosis in paediatric patients - are excepted from this rule when claimed in conjunction with items 51113 and 51114.

 

Meaning of Motion Segment

Motion segment is defined as including all anatomical structures (including traversing and exiting nerve roots) between and including the top of the pedicle above to the bottom of the pedicle below.

 

Combined Anterior and Posterior Surgery

Combined anterior/ posterior surgery items 51061, 51062, 51063, 51064, 51065 and 51066 cannot be claimed with any item between 51020 and 51045 (i.e. items for spinal instrumentation, posterior bone graft and/or anterior column fusion).

 

Interpretation of Spinal Fusion

Lumbar spinal fusion may not be claimed for chronic low back pain for which a diagnosis has not been made.

Related Items: 51011 51012 51013 51014 51015 51020 51021 51022 51023 51024 51025 51026 51031 51032 51033 51034 51035 51036 51041 51042 51043 51044 51045 51051 51052 51053 51054 51055 51056 51057 51058 51059 51061 51062 51063 51064 51065 51066 51071 51072 51073 51102 51103 51110 51111 51112 51113 51114 51115 51120 51130 51131 51140 51141 51145 51150 51160 51165 51170 51171

Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES

TN.8.145

Anterior column fusion, with or without implant, or limited vertebrectomy (less than 50%) and anterior fusion (cervical, thoracic and lumbar) - Items 51041 to 51045

Items 51041 to 51045 are for services which include placement of local morcellized, artificial, harvested bone graft, bone morphogenic protein (BMP) and prosthetic devices into the invertebral space. Artificial bone grafting materials must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Items 51041 to 51045 are to be selected irrespective of surgical approach (anterior, direct lateral or posterior via open or minimally invasive techniques).

For instrumented spinal fusion with interbody and posterolateral bone graft (with or without cages) and decompression, four item numbers are selected: one from one from 51011 to 51015, one from 51020 to 51026, one from 51031 to 51036 and one from 51041 to 51045.

For and instrumented anterior cervical decompression and fusion, (with or without cage) three items are selected: one from 51011 to 51015, one from 51020 to 51026, and one from 51041 to 51045.

Items 51041 to 51045 cannot be claimed with any item between 51051 and 51059 if performed at the same motion segment.

If an assisting surgeon is used at any time during the procedure, then 51160 or 51165 should be used in isolation by the assisting surgeon. If the assisting surgeon needs to perform complex non-spinal surgery, they may use a more appropriate item from outside the spinal surgery schedule.

Related Items: 51041 51042 51043 51044 51045


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  • Assist - Addition/Deletion of (Assist.)
  • Amend - Amended Description
  • Anaes - Anaesthetic Values Amended
  • Emsn - EMSN Change
  • Fee - Fee Amended
  • Renum - Item Number Change (renumbered)
  • New - New Item
  • NewMin - New Item (previous Ministerial Determination)
  • Qfe - QFE Change