Excision of Rheumatoid Nodules

Excision of Rheumatoid Nodules

February 4, 2021

Question:
I excised a rheumatoid nodule on both the left and right elbow.  What CPT code do I report?

Answer:
You would report CPT code 24120 (excision or curettage of bone cyst or benign tumor of head or neck of radius or olecranon process).  You can report this procedure when performed bilaterally. Make sure you report the excision on both the right and left elbows with either Modifier 50 or RT, LT depending on what the payor allows.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 2/4/21.

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