Need cpt code for triple pelvic osteotomy

mindyanna

Networker
Messages
60
Location
Charm City
Best answers
0
Hi,

Does anyone know which code would be appropriate to use for a triple pelvic osteotomy? I am in dire need of this code so if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
 

Laxwido

Networker
Messages
58
Location
Piedmont Area Coders, VA
Best answers
0
Many reads, no replies... I'll take a shot.... I am assuming this is a unilateral triple pelvic osteotomy...

27146 (qty 3) or 27146-22.

Thoughts?

My Peds Ortho Doc has done several of these, and I am having a dog of a time getting the qty version to pay. I have resorted to using the 27146-22.

Good Luck!!
dc
 

molly3

Contributor
Messages
18
Location
Rocket City Coders
Best answers
0
According to Karen Zupko & Associates, the proper way to code this scenario is unlisted 27299. See her advice below. I am coding a case like this today and will use 27299. Use your own best discretion.

Periacetabular Osteotomy

December 5, 2019
Question:
We have a new pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who has joined our practice. He recently performed periacetabular osteotomies for hip dysplasia. He wants us to report CPT codes 27228 and
27146 x3 for this procedure based on information he received during his fellowship training. We have told him that we must report an unlisted CPT code. Will you advise if we can report the codes he suggests, or is the unlisted CPT code correct?
Answer:
There are two options to report this service based on whether the payor follows Medicare rules or not:

  • From a CPT standpoint, the correct Category I CPT code is 27299 (Unlisted procedure, pelvis or hip joint).
  • A Level III HCPCS code exists (S2115 Osteotomy, periacetabular, with internal fixation) for payors who recognize S codes; Medicare does not recognize these level three codes. These codes were commonly referred to as “local codes” and are not published in the CPT manual.
CPT code 27228 (Open treatment of acetabular fracture(s) involving anterior and posterior (two) columns, includes T-fracture and both column fracture with complete articular detachment, or single column or transverse fracture with associated acetabular wall fracture, with internal fixation) is incorrect, as the physician is not treating a fracture.
CPT code 27146 (Osteotomy, iliac, acetabular or innominate bone;) is also incorrect, as the surgeon is not performing a single osteotomy of any one of these bones; the surgeon is performing multiple osteotomies, or cuts in the acetabulum.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 12/05/19.
 
Top