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Hardware exchange

  1. #1
    Traverse City Michigan
    Question Hardware exchange
    Medical Coding Books
    Hi everyone, have kind of an odd question. We have a patient who is 6 wks out from great toe fusion and was having a problem with the hardware. Our doctor took him to the OR, removed the original screw and replaced it with a new would I code this? 20680 for the removal but what about for placing the new screw? Or is there a code for both...? Any suggestions?


  2. #2
    I used the unlisted code one time for this on an ankle and got paid by BCBS. (I just checked it to make sure.)

  3. Default
    Yeah I would also use unlisted code only.

  4. #4
    New Orleans, La
    BUT what are you comparing the unlisted code to?? That is the question that I have.
    Thanks, Tobie

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