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    Apr 2007
    Traverse City Michigan

    Question Hardware exchange

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    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 one...how 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?


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    Join Date
    Apr 2007


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

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    Yeah I would also use unlisted code only.

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