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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Modesto, CA; Central Valley Chapter

    Question FB vs removal of implant

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    Surgeon removed proximal interlock screw from tibia.

    He is coding 27372 FB removal.

    I get 20680 removal of implant.

    Which is correct?

    Tina Crummett, CPC

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default Certified Professional Coder

    You would use 20680 in this instance. Your dx should be 996.4X.

    Judith L. Doss, CPC
    OAD Orthopaedics

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    St. Louis West

    Smile 20680

    A screw is a screw is screw and it's hardware removal unless the patient swallowed it!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Lewiston, Maine


    Report is as the 20680.
    Catherine Nolin, CPC

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