Fluoroscopic Examination During a Procedure . . .

bwilliams

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Hello everyone!

Ortho is not my specialty, but I came across an op note today for the following procedure:

Arthrodesis, CM joint of the left thumb, with autogenous graft from the left distal radius and internal fixation using a T-buttress plate followed by application of a short arm thumb spica splint.

The last paragraph of the op note states "Fluoroscopic examination was conducted during the procedure to confirm satisfactory positioning of the CM joint, placement of hardware, appropriate length, etc."

I am coding the ortho's fees for this surgery, and I was wondering if the fluoroscopic examination is separtely billable (professional component only, -26), and if so, which code I should use?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Bryan L. Williams, CPC
 
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