Medicare Benefits Schedule - Item 51065

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Category 3 - THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES

51065

51065 - Additional Information

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

Group
T8 - Surgical Operations
Subgroup
17 - Spinal Surgery

Spinal fusion, anterior and posterior, including spinal instrumentation at 8 to 11 motion segments, posterior and/or posterolateral bone graft, and anterior column fusion, not being a service associated with a service to which item 51061, 51062, 51063, 51064 or 51066 applies

Multiple Operation Rule

(Anaes.) (Assist.)

Fee: $5,565.45 Benefit: 75% = $4,174.10

(See para TN.8.141, TN.8.147 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.8.147

Anterior and Posterior (combined) Spinal fusion under one anaesthetic via separate incisions - Items 51061 to 51066

Only one of these items should be billed for any appropriate combined anterior and posterior surgeries which are completed under one anaesthetic. The appropriate item is determined by the number of motion segments to which grafting and fusion occur.

These items cannot be claimed with any item between 51020 to 51026, 51031 to 51036 and 51041 to 51045.

If a laminectomy is included, an item from 51011 to 51015 can also be used appropriate to the level of decompression.

If spinal osteotomy or vertebrectomy (>50%) is performed as part of the combined anterior/posterior approach, it is appropriate to claim one item between 51051 to 51056 in addition to an item between 51061 to 51066.

Related Items: 51061 51062 51063 51064 51065 51066


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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