Month: June 2021

Global Period for Debridement
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Global Period for Debridement

June 24, 2021 Question: I thought the global period of debridement of muscle or bone was 10 days. Is that true? Answer: The debridement codes were revised in 2011 and the global period for all codes (11042-11047) was revised to 0 days. *This response is based on the best information available as of 06/24/21.

Open or Arthroscopic CPT Code
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Open or Arthroscopic CPT Code

June 24, 2021 Question: Our foot and ankle surgeon performed a right talar arthroscopic intraosseous bioplasty core decompression for an insufficiency fracture. We coded this with an unlisted procedure code, 29999. Our hospital is instructing us that this is incorrect and we must report 28899, unlisted procedure foot or toes; they state this code is...

MDM Credit for Office Visits in 2021
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MDM Credit for Office Visits in 2021

June 24, 2021 Question: I am a Dermatologist. I have a patient who was referred to my office who has dementia and was unable to provide her medical history. The patient’s granddaughter was able to provide the patient’s medical history to me as the patient was confused and unable to provide this information. Is there...

How Do You Define “No Qualified Resident Available”?
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How Do You Define “No Qualified Resident Available”?

June 24, 2021 Question: Our physicians utilize residents during surgery but we have a discrepancy in what is considered a “Qualified Resident”. Some physicians consider a resident qualified to assist day 1 of their residency rotation, while others consider only 4th and 5th year residents as qualified to assist. Can you guide us to documentation...

Trigger Finger Injection
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Trigger Finger Injection

June 10, 2021 Question: Which CPT code is used 20550 or 20551 for a trigger finger /A1 pulley injection? Answer: CPT code 20550 defines an injection to a single tendon sheath, or ligament, aponeurosis (eg, plantar “fascia”). CPT code 20551 defines an injection to single tendon at the origin/insertion site. Trigger finger injections are most...

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