multiple CPT's and ICD-9's: associating them properly.

weidman2000

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does anyone know what I do when the surgeon has performed multiple CPT procedures and there are multiple ICD-9's. For example a skin graft on a fasciotomy site of the forearm, and a carpal tunnel release for compartment syndrome.
There are three ICD-9 codes: carpal tunnel syndrome, open wound of forearm and compartment syndrome of the arm. Do you have to bill the correct CPT with ICD-9 codes? i.e. if i list the open wound ICD-9 with the carpal tunnel release will my claim get rejected?
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Lisa Bledsoe

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You must link the appropriate ICD-9 code to the appropriate CPT code. The skin graft procedure will not get paid with the carpal tunnel dx. Check CCI edits on your procedure codes...
 
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