CPT codes 20985-20987

kari2007

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I am for examples on when to use these codes. Our ortho doc uses a mini c-arm during surgery. Are these codes used to report that?
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mbort

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yes they are. Since they are "add on" codes, make sure that you are billing an approved primary procedure (there are a ton of them). These codes are also -51 exempt.

(I just put a memo out on this to my docs today as a matter of fact because they werent documenting image-less or obtained images)
 

kari2007

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Thanks! Is there a appendix or a list of approved primary procedures for this or do I need to check the CCI edits each time? I too will need to have the docs tell me if it was image or image-less
 

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Thanks! Is there a appendix or a list of approved primary procedures for this or do I need to check the CCI edits each time? I too will need to have the docs tell me if it was image or image-less
I use Encoder Pro which has the list provided there. If you dont have this available, then I would use the CCI edits

I do not see an appendix or even a reference in the CPT book for that matter as to where to find this list (thats kinda dumb on CPT's part..pardon the dig).
 
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