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    I am taking a billing and coding class so I am totally new to the wonderful world of coding. A question arose tonight - how to code joint replacement of an index finger. The complete text reads as follows:

    Mr. Rappaport has been diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in the joints of his fingers. The physician performs a joint replacement of the index finger. What is the code?

    No one in class can agree on it - if anyone can help, we would all appreciate it.

    Thank you.

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    ICD code should be V43.69

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    Default joint replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by PattyAnn1006 View Post
    I am taking a billing and coding class so I am totally new to the wonderful world of coding. A question arose tonight - how to code joint replacement of an index finger. The complete text reads as follows:

    Mr. Rappaport has been diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in the joints of his fingers. The physician performs a joint replacement of the index finger. What is the code?

    No one in class can agree on it - if anyone can help, we would all appreciate it.

    Thank you.
    ICD-9 or CPT?

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    I work for a hand surgeon and this is a common procedure in our practice. The correct CPT code would be 26535 (arthroplasty interphalangeal joint; each joint). If the joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant it would be 26536.
    Hope this is of some help. Good luck!

    Sheila

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    UHC denied 26536 as unproven. Has anyone had success getting this code paid?

    Thanks!!!

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