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Old 03-24-2008, 09:19 PM
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what cpt code to use? 20550?
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:38 AM
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If the release was done through an incision try 26055; "The physician makes an incision in a tendon sheath to release tension in the tendon. (For example, this procedure would be performed to relieve trigger finger.) The physician incises the skin overlying the tendon and dissects to the tendon sheath The sheath is incised lengthwise. The incision is sutured in layers.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:32 PM
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the procedure note looks like " injected finger w/ X. patient tolerated procedure well. " dx is trigger finger.
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Old 03-26-2008, 06:56 AM
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if injection was done then you can use 20550 or 20551. I'm more inclined to the 'origin' (20551). Anyway in both procedures the physician identifies the injection site by 'X'.

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thank you very much!
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:34 AM
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I looked in the index for trigger finger and it reads 26055...hope this helps
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:13 PM
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Red face Injection code 20550

What is the proper way to code a bilateral 20550 for medicare (current/Palmetto) payment? Modifier 50 is not allowed. When mod 59 is appended it is denied as inclusive.

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Old 10-06-2008, 01:59 PM
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I would code with the appropriate digit modifier FA through F9 and then you shouldn't need the 59 with this.
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Old 10-14-2008, 02:46 PM
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Question Cpt 20550

In this case 20550 is being reported for Podiatry services injected to the "sinus tarsi" bilateral & sometimes more than once on the same foot.

When billed previously to NHIC as 20550 X # injected was paid???

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