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    I have a doc that wants to bill 20550 per injection. My understanding is that the code represents one or multiple injections. Can anyone clarify this for me?

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    Code 20550 should be reported one time for multiple or single injections to a single tendon sheath, ligament, tendon origin, or tendon insertion performed. Therefore, if three injections are performed into the same tendon sheath, code 20550 should be reported one time.

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    Thank you.. I appreciate your input. The doc just doesn't seem to understand the code.

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    I understand. I went through the same issue with some of my providers. Just remember...

    Multiple injections to the same tendon sheaths, tendon origins, tendon insertion, or ligaments would be reported one time only, while injections to multiple tendon sheaths, tendon origins, tendon insertion, or ligaments are reported one time for each injection.

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    I appreciate your help very much.. Your statement will help me explain this to the doctor. Thanks.

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