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Hammertoe of first toe?

  1. Question Hammertoe of first toe?
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    How would you code a Hammertoe repair of the first toe? Would it be 28285? Coding Companion says 28285 is for "one of the lesser toes". Most of the definitions I read for hammertoe also refer to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th toes.
    I've never run across this before.
    Any help would be appreciated!

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    28285 is correct for Hammertoe. Below are the modifiers for the digits.

    "In billing hammertoes the T modifiers should be used to indicate which toe has been operated on. TA= the left hallux, T1=2nd left, T2=3rd left, T3=4th left, T4=5th left, T5=Right hallux, T6= 2nd right, T7=3rd right, T8=4th right and T9 5th right."

    I attended a seminar conducted by the AAPC and this was a topic of interest. Above was some of the information provided.

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    Thanks so much!

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    I agree with Rebecca. Also, the Coders Desk Reference does not refer to "lesser toes".
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    I agree with Rebecca as well, but my 2009 CDR does refer to "lesser toes"..
    Karen Maloney, CPC
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    I agree with all of the above..my 2009 Coders desk reference also references the lesser toes. I never noticed it until pointed out (but I dont look up this code).

    Mary,CPC,COSC

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    Red face It's true...
    I must be blind!
    Lisa Bledsoe, CPC, CPMA

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    We all have those days!!
    Karen Maloney, CPC
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