ED visit and hand surgery

heathergirl

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I sent a claiml into Medicare that was denied. Patient was seen in ED as a consult and hand surgery was performed.

99255
26615x2
26410x2 51
Dx code: 815.19

Please help me with this claim. What was coded wrong? Thanks in advance!


Heather D Unklesbay, CPC, MA
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ndhight

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Look at the ED services E/M codes. 99282. Why were you using a comprehensive history and exam for a problem focus? What was involved in the hand surgery? Was only two bones done? I don't think 26140 is right because it is for interphalangeal joint and the diagnosis code is for metacarpals. So wouldn't you use 26130 or 26135? Sorry can't really help without further info.
 
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I sent a claiml into Medicare that was denied. Patient was seen in ED as a consult and hand surgery was performed.

99255
26615x2
26410x2 51
Dx code: 815.19

Please help me with this claim. What was coded wrong? Thanks in advance!


Heather D Unklesbay, CPC, MA
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Did you bill 99255 and ER as your place of service? - 9925X are Inpatient consult codes, and when used- your place of service should indicate Inpatient/ Inhouse. You should also be using a 57 modifier to the applicable E&M / Consult code.
re: 26615 and 26410, you should use your identifying modifiers (eg: FA-F9) and 59 on the duplicate of each. Also, 26410 is not payable with just the open fx diagnosis sometimes... indicate an open wound code, or crushing injury if applicable.

Since I do not have the reports in front of me I am not sure what E&M is applicable - using your original E&M - your claim would look like this:
99255 -57
26615 -F_
26615 -F_, 59
26410 -59, F_
26410 -59, F_

Can't think of any other reason why MCR would deny... if this isn't it, let us know the exact denial reason, I'd be happy to help! Have a good day! ;)
 

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in addition to the above entries, often times the ER doc will charge the ER code. Most carriers will not allow two docs to bill the ER code so you may have to use an outpatient consult code (9924X).
 
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