Changes to this section in CPT® reveal the latest medical technologies. CPT® Category III codes describe emerging technologies and allow for data tracking. If a Category III code is available, you must report it instead of a Category I unlisted procedure code. CPT® 2017 includes substantial Category III code changes, of which you’ll need to ...
When grafting moves below skin substitutes, use a code for soft tissue reinforcement. By J.D. Rosdeutscher, MD The past decade has seen an explosion in the number of, and uses for, biologic implants (see “Biologic Implants” for a list). For several years, CPT® categorized these implants using an ever changing code set that identified the ...
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Apr 24th, 2014
Q: How do you decide which CPT® is more appropriate, 20680 Removal of implant; deep (eg, buried wire, pin, screw, metal band, nail, rod or plate) or 20670 Removal of implant; superficial (eg, buried wire, pin or rod) (separate procedure)? Our physician is reporting 20680 for removal of implants on toes, heel, and wrist. Would ...
Sep 1st, 2012
By Govind Acharya, MD, FACS Reconstructive plastic surgeons offer several procedures for breast reconstruction. Many women opt for immediate breast reconstruction at the time of mastectomy. Here, we will discuss immediate breast reconstruction using expander-implant and dermal allograft. Breast Reconstruction Progresses in Three Stages Stage 1 A patient is scheduled for mastectomy by her oncologic ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS   Add-on code +15777 Implantation of biologic implant (eg, acellular dermal matrix) for soft tissue reinforcement (eg, breast, trunk) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) was added to the “Other Flaps and Grafts” category of the Integumentary System, Repair subheading in CPT® 2012 to describe the ...